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10 Sweet uses of Orange Oil

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1. Place 2-3 drops of Orange oil to kitchen sponges and kitchen rags to help disinfect in between washes.

2. Mix 24 drops with 4-6 ounces of water in a spray bottle, shake and spray on houseplants to rid of plant pests.

3. To give yourself a brighter outlook, inhale a few times and relax, this should put a dance in your step!

4. To purify your kitchen cutting board: add 12 drops with ¼ cup of salt, rub on cutting board and rinse with hot water.

5. To make a great bath soak combine 12 drops with ¼ cup of Dead Seal salts, enjoy the smell and soak!

6. To clean outside or inside house pots, combine 24 drops into a bucket of warm soap water and wash.

7. Have a special needs child or an irritable child put a few drops in a diffuser into your children’s room.

8. To freshen any room add a few drops on the air vents, this will freshen a room in a few minutes time.

9. Have a stinky kitchen trash can? Easy fix, add 10 drops of oil into the garbage can, not only does this improve the smell but keeps insects at arms length!

10. To make a wonderfully smelling cleaner combine 12 drops with ¼ cup of castile soap and warm water. Use to wipe all household surfaces.

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10 Helpful Uses of Eucalyptus

10 Helpful Uses of Peppermint

12 Uses for Keeping Calm with Lavender

 


 

10 Helpful Uses of Eucalyptus

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  1. Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. On its exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-known antiseptic. Hence eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings.
  2. Soaps: Eucalyptus oil has applications in soaps, detergents and household cleaners as well.
  3. Room Freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals and sickbed atmosphere. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air and hence keeps the room environment clean.
  4. Dental Care: Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaques, gingivitis and other dental infections due to its germicidal properties. However do not swallow!
  5. This oil is well known to give relief from sinus infections, blocked nose, common cold, bronchitis, flu and other respiratory diseases. To treat these health conditions, apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the handkerchief and inhale it at regular time intervals. Another best way is to put a few eucalyptus oil drops in the bath water. Massaging a small drop onto the temples and the spot where your forehead meet the nose can relieve any sinus congestion.
  6. Protects Pets: Add a little amount of eucalyptus oil to the pet dog’s bath water to protect them from ticks and other parasites.
  7. Eucalyptus oil is very effective for sore throat problems. Add a couple of eucalyptus oil drops to a glass of warm water and gargle with it. This remedy reduces soreness and gives better relief.
  8.  Eucalyptus oil can also be used as an air purifier.  Put it in a diffuser and germs and airborne bacteria will be killed by it.
  9. Muscle Pain Relief: Eucalyptus oils are a popular treatment for sore muscles because you can simply massage them into the afflicted area and get instant results. Everything from minor problems such as stiff or sore muscles to serious problems like sprained ligaments and nerve pain can be relieved through a Eucalyptus oil massage.
  10. Household helper: To remove stubborn stickers, rub cloth with a few drops of eucalyptus oil on it and peel away.
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10 Helpful Uses of Peppermint

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  1. Start your day off with a zip in your step and add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shower floor, this is sure to pick you up and open your eyes!
  2. Add 12 drops of peppermint oil per 1 ounce of skin care oil and massage aching muscles.
  3. Add a little boggie to your step and add 2 drops on the bottom of your socks while dressing.
  4. For those sleepy mornings, diffuse while driving to remain alert.
  5. For extra production at work diffuse at your desk and work work work!
  6. Need an extra “moment” to boost yourself-inhale and breathe 5 times. Inhale for 5 seconds, exhale for 8.
  7. Peppermint, when applied topically, has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak.
  8. Looking to freshen your bathroom? Mix 6 drops per 1 oz of water and spritz for a minty freshness.
  9. To bring energy to your yoga work out mix 6 drops per 1ounce of water to your yoga mat.
  10. Always great for a quick pick up in tea, and has been known to help memory and irritable bowel syndrome.

I am really hard on my feet and I go barefoot as shoe of choice so every now and then a foot scrub is just what my achy feet need! Not only is peppermint is considered an invigorating scent in aromatherapy but in a foot scrub and it exfoliates dead skin  nourishing the skin and creating a refreshing tingle. Peppermint also has mild antiseptic, antifungal and deodorizing which is on a “good thing” list for the feet!

Ingredients:

1c Epsom salt

½ c baking soda

½ c dried peppermint leaves

Peppermint essential oil

Unscented liquid castile soap

 

Directions:

Combine the Epsom salt, baking soda and peppermint leaves in the large bowl. Mix the ingredients together with your hands.

Use plastic gloves to keep the essential oil fragrance off of your hands.

Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Mix it into the bowl and test the scent. If you want a stronger scent, add 10 more drops and mix again.

Continue adding oil, mixing and testing until you reach the desired scent.

Pour enough liquid castile soap into the bowl to make a thick paste.

Transfer the paste to an air-tight plastic container. Store the foot scrub in a cool, dry place.

 

What do you use peppermint for? Love to know if it is something not on the list!

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12 uses for keeping calm with Lavender

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  1. Add 2-3 drops to your bath salts for a soothing magical bath and Relaaxxx…
  2. Add 12 drops per 1 oz of skin care oil for a relaxing massage.
  3. Add 9 drops to 3 tablespoons of water in a candle lamp diffuser.
  4. Place 2-3 drops of lavender oil onto your sandals at night to leave them smelling clean and refreshed.
  5. Add 5-6 drops into a small towel and toss into the dryer during the cool down.
  6. Mix with baking soda and a spritz of lemon to create a natural scouring powder-green and fresh!
  7. Mix 6 drops per 1 oz of water and create a soothing skin mist. Great for summer use!
  8. Add a few drops to a sachet and hand in clothes closet to smell fresh, refresh as needed.
  9. Diffuse to calm a crying baby..
  10. Place a few drops on your pillow at night.
  11. Inhale prior to yoga or at the end.
  12. Inhale to calm a frustrating commute-leave in car!

Calming Tea:

Ingredients

2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
honey (optional)
lemon strips (optional)

Preparation

1. Put the mint and lavender flowers in the tea pot and add the hot water. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into tea cups. Serve hot with honey and lemon as desired.

 

Where can I find lavender?

Blue Moon Lavender

Local Harvest

Aura Cacia

Have you tried any of these great uses of lavender to help keep you calm?