{Everyday Uses for Essential Oils}

A couple weeks ago I “insta-story-ied” ….”insta-story-ied”?? …no. I “insta-story-gramed”?

A couple weeks ago I posted a video to my Instagram account. You know, that thing that makes your profile picture light up with a rainbow around it letting people know you were talking to yourself again. That. I did that! I posted a few videos of my little science lab where I was making some old and new sprays using essential oils and a bunch of people asked me what I was mixin’ up! I had planned on sharing my most-used essential oils eventually, and now seemed like a good time.

Kitchen Sink Scrub

For YEARS the drains of my stainless steel sink were terribly stained. I tried scrubbing it with a toothbrush, making a paste from Comet which was the only “tough” chemical I had in the house, and nothing worked. Then one day Davin’s grandma came over with a bottle of beach in hand. I had mentioned to her a few days earlier that her dish cloths were always so white it almost seemed like she used them once and replace them with a new one. She said “Heavens, no! I use bleach!” Silly me, but I have never really seen bleach in action. I don’t keep it in my house because my skin and other senses are way too sensitive it’s not worth sparkling white dish cloths to me to have it in the house. When she showed up that day she wanted to show me how she keeps her well-used cloths so clean so she laid out the one I was using flat in the sink and poured bleach over it. Within minutes the coffee stained cloth turned white but my entire house wreaked and I just couldn’t handle it. Bless her heart, but I had to send the bottle back home with her. After she left I noticed the drains of my sink that were stained were now s-p-o-t-l-e-s-s. I couldn’t help but think, “well, SHIT.” I knew I couldn’t ever let it get like that again, but I couldn’t use bleach to clean it a month from now. So I asked my Young Living upline for kitchen sink cleansers and I am so annoyed with myself that I didn’t try this sooner.

RECIPE:

  • 2 drops lemon EO
  • 2 drops orange EO
  • 2 drops lime EO
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Mix into a paste, scrub into the sink and let sit for 5 minutes or so and rinse clean. Smells amazing and works like a fricken charm. My sink looked like it got a conditioning treatment that was a lifetime overdue.

Wood Polisher

We don’t have a ton of wood furniture in our house but when what we do needs some TLC I use my essential oils, some vinegar and olive oil to do the trick. Of all the household cleaners you can buy I cannot stand pledge! Especially when people use it on a kitchen table where you eat, it drives me insane. So even though I only have to make a wood polish once a month or so for our computer desk, I would still consider this a highly useful recipe that replaces toxic chemicals.

  • 100ml glass spray bottle (plastic will absorb the essential oils, so it’s important to always use glass)
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 50ml vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon EO

Using a funnel, combine the vinegar and olive oil into the bottle then add the essential oils. Shake well before use, then spray directly on the surface and work it into the wood (following the grain) using a microfiber cloth

Lemon Kitchen Cleanser

This isn’t a recipe but it warrants its own title because I do this every day, multiple times a day and it makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of my kitchen and dining area. Each time I wipe down the counter tops, table top & appliances I use lemon oil on the dish cloth. Lemon has antibacterial properties to it so it helps to keep your kitchen surfaces actually clean of germs and bacteria, not just crumbs and spills. Since I started doing this almost a year ago I noticed the dish cloth never gets that mildew smell sooner than you should have to replace it, and it leaves the finish on the laminate counter tops sparkling. Bonus is every time you wipe up your kitchen it naturally smells like freshly squeezed lemon without having to use scents, candles or toxic cleaning products.

RECIPE:

Rinse the dish cloth with hot water and ring out well. Add 5 drops of Lemon to the cloth and wipe all of your kitchen surfaces and appliances. Re-apply as needed.

Sleep Spray

This is a really common reason that people seek help from essential oils. Everyone seems to be in need of a little encouragement to fall into a deep and restful sleep. When Lyric was little, well before Harlow was on her way, I made sleep spray for her bedroom from just a few oils and a little household vodka. When my sister introduced me to oils she had me smell all of the oils in her collection and Lavender was one of the few that I instantly regretted bringing to my nose because I hated the smell. Knowing what Lavender’s long list of benefits are she laughed because “they” say that the oils that you dislike the smells of are often the oils that your body needs the most. Lavender is one of the most versatile oils, the top categories being skin health, promoting relaxation, relieving muscle and joint aches and headaches. At the time I was sick often, had been suffering from migraines for over a year and my skin (which has always been on ongoing battle) was at its worst.  After months of implementing lavender into my forming essential oil routine I benefited from improvements in all of those areas and more. Now it’s one of my favorite oils and I love the smell.

The awesome and convenient thing about a sleep spray is you can use any combination of oils that you have a calming affect on you; so you can go with what I suggest below or add another of your favorite relaxing oils – but make sure you keep lavender in the recipe. 😉

RECIPE:

  • 100ml glass spray bottle (plastic bottles will absorb the essential oils, so it’s important to always use glass)
  • distilled water
  • distilled vodka
  • 20 drops of lavender EO
  • 15 drops of cedarwood or stress away or peace and calming

Using a funnel fill the glass bottle 3/4 full of distilled water; add distilled vodka (water and oil don’t mix so vodka helps to disperse the EO oil), add essential oils then top up with distilled water. Shake well before each use.

Floor Cleaner

I’ve been using the Vileda Pro Mist refillable spray mop with washable microfibre floor pads for as long as I’ve been using essential oils and I’ve never used a mop or cleanser that I’ve loved more that this. I mix Theives Household Cleaner with Purification (and sometimes another fragrant oil as well) and fill the rest of the reservoir with water. It doesn’t leave streaks and the fact that it’s plant-based and mineral-based making it safe for crawling babies, a toddler that spends her day playing on the floor and the family pet makes it a no-brainer in our house.

RECIPE:

  • one – two cap fulls of Thieves Household Cleaner (or approximately 1 part cleaner to 30 parts water)
  • 20 drops of purification
  • optional: 10-15 drops of an additional fragrant or cleansing essential oil
  • water

Bathtub / Shower Cleaner

This is a new-ish regular household use for my oils, but it is easily one of my favs that I am so impressed by! I’ve been the Dawn dish soap + vinegar + water kinda girl when it came to my bath/shower combo for as long as I can remember. It cleaned it amazingly well, but that sure as hell didn’t go without a LOT of elbow grease to get the invisible build up that forms when my hubby forgets to rinse everything after a shower or bathing Lyric. I always do the cleaning while I’m actually in the shower because it used to take a long time and it was easier than having to leave over the edge of the tub. Then one day I tried a recipe that was shared in one of my upline groups and it was so. much. easier. to get a sparkling clean bathtub. I honestly barely had to apply more than a little bit of pressure and all the old soap suds and water stains came right off. The other huge bonus for me (since I clean in the shower and the steam accentuates whatever I’m using) is I find the smell of Theives Household cleaner way more appealing than vinegar, and it’s also non-toxic. Lemme tell you, vinegar turned to steam in a hot water shower is intense.

RECIPE:

  • an empty medium sized dish soap bottle
  • 1/2 cup Theives Household Cleaner
  • 2-1/2 cups baking soda

Using a funnel, pour the cleaner then the baking soda into the bottle, put the lid on a shake vigorously until completely combined for 3-5 minutes. OR mix in a separate bowl then pour into the bottle. Squirt onto one area and scrub clean. Works on tile too!

Face Toner

The main ingredient of this toner is raw, organic apple cider vinegar and it is the real deal, in my opinion, of facial toners. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to balance the pH of your skin. This, combined with essential oils and I have the best thing that’s happened to my acne-prone and uneven skin tone. Every night before bed I apply it to a cotton swab and wipe all over my face and neck. Even after removing my make up and using a warm wash cloth, you’d be surprised what the toner removes that was still left behind. It’s helped to even out my complexion and reduce redness and helps to eliminate breakouts. So easy, so cheap and so effective!

note: if you’re using this for the first time I highly suggest reading up on apple cider vinegar and the benefits it has on skin beforehand. You’ll learn that it will take your skin some time to adjust and you’ll have to build your tolerance to it so start with just a light spray. The more you use it the more you can tolerate it! And if you didn’t already know, apple cider vinegar does not smell glorious by any means. The essential oils will help, but don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉

RECIPE:

  • 100ml glass spray bottle (plastic will absorb the essential oils, so it’s important to always use glass)
  • 50ml distilled water
  • 50ml raw, organic apple cider vinegar
  • 25 drops lavender EO
  • 25 drops melrose EO (helps speed healing of cuts, scraps, burns, and open wounds so this is a great addition for acne prone skin)

Using a funnel, fill the glass bottle with half and half of distilled water and the apple cider vinegar the add the essential oils. Shake well before each use.

Lavender & Melrose Body Lotion

This is one of the long lasting uses I’ve used since the very first time I brought home my own essential oils. I use it on myself and both of our girls and I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe. I’ve shared it before and the reasons why I love it, which you can find here.

RECIPE:

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 20-30 drops lavender EO
  • 30-40 drops melrose EO

Work the coconut oil in a bowl with a spoon until it is smooth and cream and free of any big lumps. Add half of the lavender and half of the melrose and mix well, then repeat.

I wasn’t planning on blabbing so much besides just sharing my most used concoctions but I did, so there you have it. If you have any questions about essential oils, the Theives product line to kick your spring cleaning into gear, or the amazing Ningxia Red super-fruit beverage, please don’t hesitate to let me know! I love my oils and this is just a small glimpse into how we’ve incorporated them into our home. We use them for therapeutic & personal care and aromatic & cleansing purposes and our lives are better for it!

And if you’re local and need to stock up on anything or want to try something new I’ll be placing an order later this week so let me know if you want to place an order!

Much love & oil!

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