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Friday, July 19, 2013

Household Recipes using essential oils


RECIPES USING ESSENTIAL OIL
most of these are from doTerra


ACNE: Rub melaleuca (tee tree oil), lemon or Purify (a doTerra blend) on area of concern. (I use lemongrass)

ANT AND SPIDER REPELLENT:
mix 8 oz of water in a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon natural soap, and 12 drops of eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass or dōTERRA’s TerraShield Repellent Blend remembering to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water
OR In a spray bottle, combine 20 drops of lemongrass and ¼ - ½ cup of carrier oil such as grapeseed oil (this will keep the essential oil from evaporating quickly). Shake well, and often. Spray areas where ants commonly enter or congregate.

BUG REPELLENT:
Studies have shown that essential oils, such as eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass are highly effective nontoxic alternatives to DEET. dōTERRA’s TerraShield Repellent Blend is a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including lemon eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass, and 12 other carefully balanced oils blended in a base of 100% pure fractionated coconut oil. This blend can be used safely by the entire family, and reapplied every 4-6 hours for maximum protection.

CARPET “SHAMPOO” FOR STEAM CLEANER:
For first go-through, use 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for every quart of almost (but not) boiling water while filling my machine’s tank. But Dr. Bronner’s is soap, and leaving soap on carpeting can attract even more grime, which is why you should do a second pass-through.
On the second go-through, use a 50-50 mix of white vinegar  and almost boiling water, plus 20 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tangerine, lemon or grapefruit essential oil, for fragrance. 

CONDITIONER:
4oz water
4oz aloe vera gel
10 drops of essential oil (pick your favorite!)
Directions: Add water and aloe vera gel to a small bowl and stir lightly with a spoon. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and shake. Add an essential oil of your choice and shake lightly again. Spray into hair and leave in. Use daily or as often as needed to restore softness.



CUT FRUIT PRESERVATIVE: Spray lemon oil to keep your cut fruit fresh until serving.

DEGREASER: Soap alone won’t remove the grease, but lemon oil mixed with your soap will. 

Materials You Need:
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
8 Drops of dōTERRA Essential Oils
Stand or Hand Mixer
A few great essential oils for your hair include: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium, and Clary Sage. You can use one or all five of the essential oils in your deep conditioner. 
Directions:
1- Put 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and essential oils into mixing bowl.
2- Mix on medium/high speed for 5 minutes or until the ingredients are whipped to a thick and creamy consistency.
3- Once whipped, apply to clean dry hair. Comb through with a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and style as desired. 

DEODORANT RECIPE: 

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup pure, organic, virgin coconut oil
10 drops of  essential oil

Mix the baking soda and corn starch in a bowl.  Melt the oil in a pan on low heat and then remove from heat.    Pour oil into dry mixture and mix until there are no clumps.  Stir in essential oils of your choosing.  (blogger chose doTerra's Citrus Bliss and Purify. Purify because it contains Lemon, Line, Pine, Citronella, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Cilantro, oils that are good for eliminating odors, have antiseptic properties and are good for the skin.  Citrus Bliss because she likes the smell and it is a mood-lifting oil similar to Wild Orange.) This recipe will make enough to fill 1-2 empty deodorant containers, depending on size.
http://healingheartoils.blogspot.com/2012/06/homemade-deodorant-using-doterra.html



DISH SOAP: Take a glass soap pump container (Avoid using plastic with essential oils as the essential oil will eat at the plastic, and the essential oil will become ruined over a short period of time. Amber, green, or blue glass is best) , 20 drops of wild orange essential oil from doTERRA and a 1:1 ration of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap and water.



DISINFECTING SPRAY:
What You Need:
16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 3/4 cups water
30 drops dōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)



Some recommended combinations include:
15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
30 drops On Guard blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit and On Guard



These essential oils help kill bacteria, germs, fungi, and mold:
ANTIBACTERIAL: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, Wintergreen
ANTIVIRAL: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano, Sandalwood, Thyme
ANTIFUNGAL: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Patchouli, Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme
ANTIBIOTIC: Bergamot, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Melaleuca, Oregano, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile
Directions:
Add all ingredients to spray bottle. Shake thoroughly.



DUST MITE KILLER:
Dust mites are tiny bugs that are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. They stay alive by eating human skin flakes and thrive in a warm and humid environment. Ideal environments for dust mites usually include mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, and fabric-covered items.
Dust mites can even cause an allergic reaction in some individuals that is similar to hay fever and asthma, making it difficult to breathe, or can even cause sneezing or a runny nose.
A simple way to rid dust mites is to clean your mattress, carpet, and upholstered furniture using just baking soda and essential oils.
According to this study, dust mites can be killed by using peppermint, eucalyptus or wintergreen essential oil. When combined with baking soda, which absorbs moisture, deodorizes and sanitizes, this powerhouse duo can be an extremely effective, natural, and non-toxic household cleaner.
What You Need:
1 cup baking soda (enough for a queen size mattress)
10  drops dōTERRA essential oil
Mason jar with lid (an empty grated cheese or spice shaker will do away with the need for a sifter)
Sifter
Vacuum
How to Clean Your Mattress:
1- Remove bed linens and wash them in hot water.
2- Add the baking soda and essential oils to a Mason jar. Shake to evenly distribute the oils.



FABRIC SOFTENER: Combine 4.5 liters white vinegar and 10-20 drops essential oils. Use one cup of this mixture in the final rinse as you would regular fabric softener.



FURNITURE POLISH: Just add a few drops of lemon or lavender oil to olive oil for a non-toxic furniture polish. Lemon oil leaves a beautiful shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and replaces lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes.



GLASS CLEANER:

You will need:
16 oz. Spray Bottle
1 1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup distilled water
8 drops of any doTERRA citrus essential oil of your choice (could use doTERRA Lemon essential oil, Lime,Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)
Mix together your ingredients in your bottle and use with rag or newspaper to clean glass.






GOO REMOVER:
lemon essential oil is good for getting gum out of hair, and removing stickers and temporary tattoos.


HAND SANITIZER:
What you’ll need:
  • 15ml Glass Spray Bottle
  • doTerra On Guard Essential Oil Blend
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
Put 10-15 drops On Guard Oil into the spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.


LAUNDRY SOAP:
  • 1 cup Dr. Bronner's pure castile liquid soap
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice (see suggestions below)
INSTRUCTIONS
Warm the water and mix with salt and baking soda until dissolved. Pour into a one-gallon container. Add the Dr. Bronner's and fill the remainder of the gallon jar with water. Use 1/4 cup of laundry soap per load.
This laundry soap doesn't create suds, but it doesn't need to in order to get your laundry clean.

These essential oils help kill bacteria, germs, fungi, and mold:
ANTIBACTERIAL: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, Wintergreen
ANTIVIRAL: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano, Sandalwood, Thyme
ANTIFUNGAL: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Patchouli, Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme
ANTIBIOTIC: Bergamot, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Melaleuca, Oregano, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile



Mold: Take a glass spray bottle of water and for every 6 ox of water add 15 drops of OnGuard. Not only does this make a great spray cleanser for mold but you can also use it for an antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral surface cleanser, Make a pocket size spray for public restrooms, the gym, doorknobs, classroom desks and other areas you might wish for disinfectant powers! It also makes for a soap and water free handwash when traveling. Great for kids!

Mold and Mildew Cleaner: Pour 2 c. distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle. (OR combine one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water). Add 2 drops Lemon Essential Oil and 2 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
Shake well and spray on area. Leave on area for half an hour, then rinse.




STAINLESS STEEL DESMUDGER: Lemon oil is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances.



STOMACH ISSUES: Peppermint oil rubbed on the stomach or taken internally (if label allows) can calm indigestion, an upset stomach or other internal digestive commotion.



TICK REMOVAL: give that tick a nice bath of peppermint oil with a cotton swab. The tick
will stop burrowing and hopefully let go of the skin entirely.



TOILET/SINK/TUBSCRUB: 3 cups of baking soda and 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil plus an optional 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap (makes a creamy cleanser). Just use a bowl or small jam jar, place the baking soda in the bowl and add the essential oil, plus the optional soap. Use a tablespoon of this mixture per sink and 1/2 cup for the bath, shower or toilet. Scrub with a sponge or rag ad rinse.



TOILET BOWL CLEANER:
Add these ingredients directly to a partially drained bowl
1/2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of Melaleuca Oil
1/4 cup of vinegar
As it reacts – scrub the toilet
*this combination is intended for one use at a time


WEED KILLER:


  1. Pour one liter of white vinegar into a large spray bottle.
  2. Add a short squirt (about ½-1 teaspoon) of natural liquid soap to help the vinegar stick to the plants.
  3. To give extra oomph, you can put in 5 drops of an herbicidal essential oil such as citrus, clove, thyme or cinnamon oil.
  4. Put on lid and shake well, then apply to weeds.

WOOD FLOOR POLISH: Add a few drops of lemon or lavender oil to olive oil

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