Cleaning with essential oils

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Cleaning with essential oils

I’ve got to be honest, I hated cleaning my house before I used essential oils. The smell of bleach products would set a migraine off in no time. This post, How I started with essential oils, is why I use essential oils and other natural products for a lot of things around the house and barn.

As everyone knows a lot of cleaning products have harmful ingredients. I use this website to find what ingredients are safe and what is not.

Storing your homemade products

When making your own cleaning products with essential oils, it is best to use them in a glass container or glass spray bottle. Store them in a dry, dark, cool area.

Basic cleaning ingredients

Lets start with a couple basic ingredients that some people may already have around the house.

Baking soda can be used as a gentle scrub ingredient, eliminates odors.

White vinegar White vinegar has 5% acetic acid and is great for disinfecting, deodorizer , and degreaser. Be careful when purchasing your vinegar. Some have a higher acetic acid content which could be damaging to surfaces.

Castile soap soap helps lift dirt and grease. It eliminates tough stains.

Salt is a natural scouring agent, deodorizer, eliminates grease buildup.

Coconut oil or Olive oil can be used as a natural cleaner and polisher.

Essential oils for cleaning

Each essential oil has a different effect when using them. Here is a list of essential oils and what they are used for.

Arborvitae – antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Eucalyptus – antibacterial, disinfectant
Grapefruit – astringent, purifier
Lemon – antibacterial, disinfectant, helps remove grease
Lime – antibacterial, disinfectant
Melaluaca – antibacterial, antifungal
Orange – helps remove grease
Peppermint – disinfectant
When cleaning with essential oils it is best to use them with natural products. I also love using essential oils in homemade recipes. If you want to buy a natural product already made, go to this website, type Onguard in the word search. This will bring up a few products. The laundry soap and the cleaner will be included. If you’re a DIYer, keep reading.

Bathroom

I love the smell of lemon in my bathroom and a clean bathroom is a must. Melaleuca is a great essential oil to use in the bathroom because it is known for its antibacterial properties.

If you want a pleasant smell in the bathroom, add 1 – 2 drops of your favorite essential oil and place on the cardboard of the toilet paper roll.

Laundry

Everyone has dirty laundry and adding essentials oils to your laundry routine leaves you with a fresh smell on your clothing. You may add any of the following essential oils to your laundry soap. Adding essential oils to laundry wool balls, washcloth, or a piece of small fabric, will leave you with refreshing smell.

My favorite blend is 4 drops of calming blend (Serenity) and 2 drops of cleansing blend (Purify) on my wool dryer balls. I apply once every 4 – 5 times of use.

Essential oils for laundry

Invigorating blend (Citrus Bliss) – helps reduce germs and odors.

Lavender – antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic.

Lemon – antibacterial, disinfectant, helps remove grease.

Melaleuca – antibacterial, antifungal.

Cleansing blend (Purify) – helps reduce odors and germs.

Wild orange – helps remove grease.

Tips

You may add citrus essential oil to baking soda with a little water to make a gentle scrub for tubs or sinks.

4 drops of your choice of essential oil to 1 cup baking soda, sprinkle on carpet, sweep after 10 minutes.

Have any natural cleaning tips, comment below.

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Check out my post on Cooking with Essential oil basics if you want to use essential oils in a totally different way…

Cooking with Essential oil basics

Want to spruce up your dish? Try cooking with essentail oils. They add great flavor and are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Please do your research before using essentail oils in your food. Some brands do not recommend ingesting. I use these essential oils for cooking. They will say on the side of the bottle if they can be ingested.

How much to use

Remember when preparing your meals, a little essential oil goes along way. When cooking with essentail oils start with either a little on a toothpick and swirl it into your dish or place a drop until you get the taste you want. A good rule of thumb is that 1 drop of essentail oil equal approximately 1 teaspoon of ingredient.

Baking

For the baking recipes using coconut oil, olive oil, etc., add essentail oils to them before adding to your other ingredients. Using honey or syrup to your sweet recipes, add essentail oils to them first, then into the rest of your ingredients. This will help disperse your essentail oils.

Stove Top Cooking

Essentail oils can dissipate in extreme temperatures, so add oils toward the end of your cooking.

Keep in mind, citrus essential oils are cold pressed, so they are more sensitive when exposed to heat.

Here are some essential oils that can spruce up your plate.

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Black pepper
  • Cardamom 
  • Cilantro 
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Essentail oils to use for each course

Breakfast and desserts

  • Bergamont
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Thyme

Dressings and Marinades

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Thyme

Drinks

  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Ginger
  • Orange

Main Dish

  • Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardomom
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram 
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Salads

  • Basil
  • Black Pepper 
  • Lemon
  • Lime

Sauces and Soups

  • Basil
  • Black Pepper 
  • Clove
  • Cilantro
  • Coriander
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Side Dish

  • Basil
  • Black Pepper 
  • Cilantro 
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass
  • Thyme

Snacks

  • Cinnamon
  • Orange
  • Lime

Here are some delicious recipes that call for essential oils. Hope you enjoy!

Introduction to Essential Oils

What are essential oils

Essential oils help protect plants and are 50 – 70 x more powerful than herbs. When extracted from different parts of the plant, by steam distilled or cold pressed, they can be used for many different things.

Essential oils and synthetic drugs.

  • Less side effects than over the counter drugs
  • Essential oils are made from hundreds of compounds that have medicinal benefits

Wintergreen has a chemical compound called methyl salicylate which is also found in Bengay.

Three ways to use essential oils

  • Aromatic – by breathing in essential oils this is the fastest way to get essentail oils into the bloodstream. Diffusing essential oils is a good way to reduce germs in the air.
  • Topically – when applying essential oils to skin, it enters the bloodstream within 30 seconds. You can also apply to head, feet, ears, chest and the back of the neck.
  • Internal – when ingesting essential oils always read the labels first. Add essential oils to water, gel capsule, or under the tongue or roof of the mouth. You may want to consult your doctor before using them as well if you feel uncomfortable with ingesting them.

Using Essential oils safely

Always do you research before using a brand of essential oils. They are not all equal. This is the brand  I have been using.

Essential oils should be kept away from eyes, inside ears, and nose. They also can be diluted with a carrier oil. Do not use water.

Essential oils are safe when used properly and have very few side effects. One side effect of using citrus oils can result in sun sensitivity. Please keep that in mind. Check out How I started with essential oils below. Please share, like, comment, share your experience with essential oils.

How I started with Essential Oils

Before we get started, I am not a nurse or doctor, nor do I claim to be. I am only here to share my own experience with essential oils. If you have health problems or an emergency, you should make your doctor aware of it as soon as possible. Do not leave health problems unattended.

Let me tell you how I got started.

I’ve had migraines occasionally. Then it got to the point, it was just about once a week. Something that a simple pill would help as long as i wasnt already getting sick to my stomach.

Back in 2011, I wanted something besides daily medication. Going to the Dr. or Urgent Care to have shots to help with migraines and my nausea was not fun.

I spent alot of time sleeping because of the medication I had taken , or the shots but it got to the point where I thought I didn’t have a choice. I would get sick 3 – 4 hrs without it slowing up. Shots was the only way to make it stop at the time.

So I did my research online, looked into “natural remedies”, and came across easentail oils. It’s one of those things were you think it’s going to be a waste of money. So what do I do, I order some anyways.

Starting with essential oils, I did a little research online of which ones are 100% pure essentail oils. I had come across this brand to try.

I didn’t want to spend too much money on something I wasn’t sure of, but I had to try something.

My first essential oils I tried was lavender and peppermint. As soon as I had a headache coming on, I would apply lavender to my forehead, keeping it away from my eyes. Lavender is considered calming and soothing. It worked rather well. I thought it was just a coincidence.

The next time I had a headache, I tried peppermint. It was very cooling, but with migraines, certian smells can make them worse.

So after using myself as a guinea pig, I have found that the lavender was more helpful for the headaches and migraines. The peppermint is great on my stomach when I felt sick to my stomach.

After all I had found a home remedy that kept me from going to the doctors almost every week. I have essentail oils all over my home for different uses.

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