Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Essential Oils in The Home

Today I'm excited to introduce my friend and doTerra essential oil expert, Sarah Savage

She's here to share how you can make your home a happier, healthier place using essential oils. I've wanted to start using essential oils myself for a while now, so I'm excited to get started! Sarah is happy to send you more info and even some free samples. Head over to her website to get yourself started! 


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Essential oils aren’t just for hippies anymore! 
They are a simple way to make your home a little healthier, a little greener, or even just a little more pleasant. They naturally kill bacteria, germs, fungi and mold without dangerous side effects so they can be used for almost everything.  Let me share with you just a few of my favorite ways to use essential oils around the home.

A quick note before we get into the details.  There is a huge range of quality and types of essential oils, and you need to be informed about what you’re using.  Essential oils are potent and concentrated and when you’re putting them onto your body (or even just breathing them in), they’re getting INTO your body, so it’s important that you have pure products. 

Because of these reasons I use doTERRA essential oils.  I trust the quality of the oils for myself and my family (they’re all Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade or CPTG) and I trust the company that maintains that quality.  Do your research and make an informed decision.  ‘Nuff said.



 One of the most recognized benefits of essential oils is aromatherapy.  Using natural plant compounds affects our moods!   You’re probably aware that lavender and chamomile help relax you, while peppermint will energize you.  
One really easy way to help improve our moods in powerful ways is to smell CPTG essential oils.  Smell them straight out of the bottles, wear them like perfume, or diffuse them into the air and make your home a happier and healthier place.  All your friends will ask what smells so nice!

Here are a few of my favorites to diffuse.  Try one at a time or blend them to create your own concoctions. Two of my favorite combos right now are Balance with wild orange to calm, and peppermint with wild orange to energize.

  • Uplifting and Energizing: peppermint, wild orange, eucalyptus, white fir, lemon, grapefruit, Citrus Bliss.  These oils are great for parties and social gatherings.  Citrus scents promote a particularly comfortable, refreshing atmosphere. 

  • Calming and Relaxing: lavender, clary sage, orange, geranium, sandalwood, bergamot, Balance, Serenity.  These are all great for de-stressing after a long day or for helping children feel calm. 


But essential oils aren’t just to make things smell nice.  Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils also stimulate the immune system, are powerful antioxidants, and are naturally antimicrobial.  This makes them a natural component for a green cleaning!
As much as I like to avoid it, cleaning my home is a necessary part of life.  There are loads of cleaning products on the market, but there are very few that I actually feel safe using around my house and my kids.  I like using oils because they’re toxin-free, effective, safe to use around children and pets, and inexpensive!  More cash in my pocket and fewer noxious fumes into my brain and lungs makes me a happy homemaker. 

Here are the two recipes we use most often in our home – 

First is our all-purpose spray. 
 I use it to clean countertops, bathrooms, tables, doorknobs... I even give it to my two year old and let him go to town spraying and disinfecting everything.  He loves spraying the house and I know he’s safe doing it!

When I’m feeling lazy I just mix some water and On Guard cleaner concentrate.  Easy, peasey.  


When I’m feeling ambitious or just want to mix things up a little I make this all-purpose spray.




-1/4 c. white vinegar
-2 c water
-30 drops of essential oils (see chart below for ideas on which oils to use)
-1 tsp liquid castile soap or borax*
*note: borax is natural but is toxic when ingested.  Keep away from children, pets, and food preparation areas.

You can change up this recipe based on what you want your home to smell like and what kinds of properties you want.

Disinfecting
Deodorizing
Antibacterial
Antiviral
Antifungal
cinnamon
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eucalyptus
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geranium
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lavender
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lemon
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lime
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melaleuca
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On Guard
x
x
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x
peppermint
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Purify
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x
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thyme
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wild orange
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x




This little concoction will make your glass and mirrors sparkle. 
-1/8 c vinegar
-1 c water
-10-15 drops citrus oil (try lemon, lime, grapefruit, wild orange, bergamot, or a combination of these)




The benefits of using certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils are almost countless.  If you haven’t tried them out yet, gimme a shout and I’d love to teach you more about oils and send you some free samples for you to try out.  You will love them.  You can send me an email at satsavage @ gmail.com.  And if you’d like to purchase oils or learn a more, check out my website.


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