Recipes

Essential Oil Recipes

Bath Bomb is, a sweet scented mixture of citric acid, baking soda and other ingredients that fizz when you plop them into your tub.

This Aromatherapy bath recipes are a wonderful way to turn a simple bath into a spa-like experience of relaxation …..

Summer Breeze Bath Bomb

Ingredient :

  • 11/2 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup of Citric Acid
  • WitchHazel
  • ¼ teaspoon Lemon Sunshine Fragrance Oil
  • Soap mold Sunflower
  • 1/8 teaspoon Powered colourants yellow 5
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Mist sprayer

Instructions :

  1. Blend well baking soda and citric acid. add powder colourants and Stir
  2. Add fragrance oil. Drop by drop. If you find the scent too soft, you can drop a litlle bit more until you get the scent you want !
  3. Once your material all blended, spritz about 3 or 4 times and stir and spritz and stir, being careful not to over spritz before you stir. If you take too long through this process, your Bath Bombs won’t stick together very well. About 10 minutes spritzing and stirring would be fine.
  4. Put the blended material into the mould. Press it in hard.
  5. Leave the bath bombs in the molds or you may put your bombs into the freezer for 1 hours in the molds to help keep them together then flip the mold over and tap it out. Give it one or two spritz of WhitchHazel again to let the outside of the bath bomb get a little crust on it. It will still be fragile, but this helps a bit in toughening it up.
  6. Let your bombs dry at least 4 days in a very dry place. Some of the smaller ones may be ready before this-actually in a day or two. Then you can pack it.

To Use : Drop one into the bath tub after you get in. They will fizz and give off a cloud of scent in your bath while you soak. Relax and have a Wonderful bath!

Relaxing Lavender Bath Salt

2 cup sea salt finne
2 cups baking soda 
5 drops lavender scented oil 
handful of lavender buds (can leave out)
4 tablespoons of liquid glycerin

Combine all of the above ingredients and stir well. The liquid in this recipe might cause some lumps or  clumps to form, so simply break apart with the help of a fork or use your hands.

Ebooks for Aromatherapy Scrubs, Salts, Bombs, Lotions 

Eye pillows, and herbal packs for your back, knees or any area large or small.  I can make for you or instructions below for you to make yourself.  I get a lot of requests for  WRIST SUPPORT IF YOU SIT AT THE COMPUTER ALL DAY.  GREAT GIFTS

Silk Lavender Eye Pillows

Beautifully made dream pillows and eye pillows are the epitome of pampering!

It will block out the light and spread a soothing gentle weight over and around your eyes.

These are perfect anytime. Take a little time to relax and soothe your eyes.Great for rejuvenating tired eyes.

  • You will need flaxseed, you can also use rice, or differents types of seeds  along with some soft, luxurious fabric such as dupioni silk. Flaxseed is perfect for those that are sensitive to scent. Cool, refreshing and blocks out the light. Provides gentle weight that gently relaxes your temples.

 

  • You can add lavender or chamomile flowers if you want- lavender and chamomile can be left whole, but for an even softer pillow grind it into a powder using a food processor, magic bullet or spice grinder. Then place a spoon full of each in a re-sealable paper tea bag. You will be placing several bags in each pillow (between the flax seed). Lavender is a natural anti-depressant and is becoming well known for relieving insomnia, headaches and stress.

I have a medium sized one for my back I have had two surgeries and sometimes I over do or the weather bothers me when we travel I have one for the car and heat it up in the gas station microwave.

Calming Winter Bath Salts

4 drops   Chamomile   essential oil

5 drops Mandarin essential oil

3 drops Sandalwood essential oil

1 Cup Pink Sea Salt

Mix together and let the aroma’s blend for 24 hours you can double this recipe

Health Benefits Of Amla:

1. Cures Sore Throat & Cold:

Amla helps to cure sore throat and cold. For this, mix 2 teaspoon of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it 3-4 times in a day for effective results.
2. Great Vitamin C Source:

A great source of vitamin C, consume a raw amla daily instead of the vitamin C supplements as it is not easily absorbed in the body.

3. Reduces Constipation:

Daily consumption of raw amla reduces constipation problem, as it rich in fibres and a gentle laxative. But remember to consume raw amla as powder, juice will not help in this case.

4. Heals Mouth Ulcers:

Suffering from mouth ulcers frequently? Then amla juice is the best solution for your problem. Dilute the amla juice in half a cup of water. Gargle with this mixture daily for best results.

5. Heals Arthritis Condition:

Do you know that amla benefits in reducing arthritis pain? It has anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing the swelling and pain of the joints of knees caused due to arthritis. Have raw or amla juice daily in the morning.
6. Cures Sleep Disorders:

Can’t have a peaceful sleep? Then try this “wonder fruit” to relieve stress and therefore cure sleep disorders like the insomnia.

7. Improves Eyesight:

Amla is very useful for improving eyesight. It also reduces reddening, itching and watering of eyes. Mix 2 teaspoons of amla juice in half a cup of water and drink it every morning.
8. Removes Toxins from the Body:

Consumption of alcohol, pain killers, medicines etc regularly increases the build up of large amount of toxins in our body. Amla helps in maintaining the proper functioning of the liver and the bladder, and get rid of these toxins. Have amla juice in an empty stomach every morning.

9. Regulates Acid Levels in the Stomach:

Regular consumption of amla is very good for your stomach, as it balances the acids of stomach and thus improving digestion.

10. Fights Off Free Radicals:

Amla is the powerhouse of anti-oxidants and thus helps in fighting off the free radicals in your body. Daily consumption of raw amla or juice reduces the risk of many serious diseases including cancer.

11. Improves Metabolism:

Are you a fitness enthusiast?? Then make amla your best friend as it helps in increasing your protein metabolism. If you have a high metabolism, then you lose weight faster. Therefore those who want to lose weight, have an amla daily to increase your metabolism.

12. Strengthens Respiratory & Central Nervous System:

Amla strengthens the lungs, the respiratory system and the central nervous system of your body.

13. Boosts Immunity:

Daily consumption of an amla, boosts your immunity due to its high concentration of vitamin C.

Medicinal uses of Amla:

14. Improves Haemoglobin & Purifies Blood:

Amla increases the haemoglobin in blood, the RBC (red blood cells) count and purifies blood.

15. Maintains Cholesterol Levels:

Suffering from high cholesterol and looking for natural alternatives? High cholesterol levels increases the probability of heart attack and stroke. It builds up and deposits on the walls of the arteries, thus clogging them completely. For this, have 500 mg of amla powder daily with a glass of water before going to sleep. It is known to
•Reduce LDL (bad cholesterol), VLDL and triglycerides level by over 40%.
•Increases the level of HDL (good cholesterol) significantly.

16. Reduces the Risk of Gall Bladder Formation:

Amla reduces the risk of gall stone formation in the gall bladder.
•When there is excess cholesterol in the bile, gall stones are formed.
•Amla helps in reducing them as it contains vitamin C, which converts the cholesterol into bile acid in the liver.
•Therefore include amla in your daily diet to cut down the risk of gall bladder stones.

17. Cures Infections & Ulcers:

It helps to cure infections, ulcers and reduces fever due to its anti bacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

18. Prevents Scurvy & Jaundice Outbreak:

Drinking amla juice early in the morning with an empty stomach is a natural tonic to prevent scurvy and jaundice.

19. Cures Diabetes:

Diabetes or high blood sugar is most common and prevalent in today’s world.
•You would be surprised to know that India has the most number of type- 2 diabetic patients in the world. Thus they have become hugely dependent on insulin or dialysis.
•But our “wonder fruit” is well known to cure diabetes naturally.
•Amla is rich in chromium which regulates the carbohydrate metabolism and makes the body more responsive to insulin, which reduces the blood glucose levels.
•Mix 2-3 teaspoons of amla powder or juice in a glass of water and consume daily.

20. Reduces ill Effects of Cigarette Smoke:

Studies have shown that intake of amla juice regularly reduces ill effects of the cigarette smoke in the lungs. Due to its high anti-oxidant contents, it fights off free radicals liberated from the smoke.

Gooseberry / Amla Skin Benefits:

21. Delays Pre-Mature Ageing:

Due to the high concentration of anti-oxidants, Amla helps to reduce the effects of pre mature ageing, wrinkles and fine lines.

22. Reduces Facial Lines:

It tightens and tones the skin and thus reduces facial lines.

23. Exfoliates the Skin:

Amla is a natural exfoliater as it helps in removing the dead cells and soothes the skin due to astringent properties.

24. Gives Soft & Supple Skin:

High content of vitamin C boosts the collagen cells production in the skin, giving you soft, supple and youthful skin.

25. Works on All Skin Types:

It can be used on every skin type without any reaction or irritation.

26. Reduces Pigmentation:

Amla is known to reduce pigmentation and with regular use, brightens dull and dry skin.

Following are the few face packs and scrub made using amla

27. Amla scrub
•Take 1 teaspoon of fresh tamarind paste.
•To this, add 1 teaspoon of amla powder and mix well.
•Apply all over the face and scrub gently in circular motion.
•Rinse off after 10 minutes with warm water.

28. Amla and avocado pack

This face pack is suitable for dry to normal skin people. Avocado is well known for its moisturising and hydrating properties.
•Mix 1 teaspoon of amla powder in water to form a smooth paste.
•Add 2 teaspoons of avocado pulp into it and mix well to form a mixture.
•Apply and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

29. Amla facial

This facial can be done twice a week and it instantly gives you a refreshing feeling. It is suitable for every skin type.
•Take 2 teaspoons of yogurt in a bowl.
•In this, add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of the amla paste and mix well.
•Apply and leave it for 20 minutes to get clean and smooth face.

30. Skin brightening mask

This face pack gives you an instant brightening effect by reducing the pigmentation and dark spots. Papaya is known for its skin brightening properties due to its “papain” enzymes.
•Mash a few pieces of papaya in a bowl.
•In this, add a teaspoon of the amla paste and ½ teaspoon of honey.
•Mix well to get a smooth consistency.
•Apply and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Skin brightening mask
Source: Shutterstock

31. Amla and tea pack

This face pack is helpful for relieving any skin disorder. It also helps to reduce the signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots due to tea.
•Boil and strain the tea leaves and let it cool down.
•In the amla paste, add 2 teaspoons of the tea water and 1 teaspoon of honey and mix well.
•Keep for several minutes after applying and wash with warm water.

32. Fresh amla pack
•You can boil a few pieces of amla in water and use the water to rinse your face everyday in the morning.
•This water can be stored and used as an astringent.
•You can also apply the boiled amla pieces directly on the skin everyday.

Hair benefits of Amla:

You must have seen and used various amla based hair oils, shampoos and conditioners. And by now you surely must have realised why amla is so popular.

33. Cures Hair Loss:

Amla oil is being used since ancient times for hair growth and as a cure for hair loss.

34. Offers Luster to Dry & Dull Hair:

Amla powder used in hair packs strengthens the hair root and provides the lustre to dry and dull hair.

35. Controls Pre-Mature Hair Greying:

It is been used from centuries to control pre mature greying of the hair.

36. Treats Lice & Dandruff:

Amla oil is also an effective treatment for lice and dandruff.

37. Enhances Natural Hair Colour:

When used with henna powder, it helps in enhancing the natural hair colour. Listed below are a few hair packs using amla:

38. Amla oil massage:

Massage your scalp at least once a week with amla oil, as it helps to increase the blood circulation in the scalp. It reduces dandruff by clearing away flakes from the scalp. It makes hair softer, silkier, smoother and bouncy. Regular hair massage with amla oil prevents pre mature ageing of the hair. You can warm the oil slightly and massage onto the scalp. You can also keep it overnight for hair conditioning.

Amla oil massage39. Strengthening pack
•Mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder into warm water and form a smooth paste.
•In this, add 2 teaspoons of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey.
•Mix to get a smooth consistency and apply on the hair strands and roots.
•Rinse with warm water, after 30 minutes.

40. Anti dandruff pack

This hair pack helps to remove dandruff flakes, cure rashes and hair fall problems. It also adds natural colour to the hair.
•Take 2 teaspoons of amla powder and shikakai powder in a bowl.
•Make a paste by adding the required amount of curd.
•Apply this paste over your hair and keep for 15 minutes.
•Rinse off with cool water and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

41. Herbal shampoo

This is my favourite home remedy for soft and shiny hair. This herbal shampoo gives an instant lift to your hair and makes it smooth to touch.
•Soak equal quantities of dried amla, shikakai and reetha in water overnight.
•Rub them together to get a soapy solution.
•Use this soapy solution to wash your hair. You can also use your conditioner after this hair wash.

After reading the various benefits of Amla and uses of amla, you will surely agree why Amla is known as the “Wonder fruit”. Include Amla in your daily diet, hair packs or skin packs to make the most of it.

Indian Perfume

Ingredients

 1 drop of Black Pepper…

 10 drops of Sandalwood

 3 drops of Lavender (India)

 5 drops of Jasmine absolute

 2 oz of Jojoba Wax (Organic)

Directions

Blend into 2 oz. of jojoba oil or unscented lotion.

Uplifting Jojoba Perfume

Ingredients

 10 drop of Sandalwood

 10 drop of Grapefruit

 1 oz of Jojoba Wax (Organic)

Directions

Add drops to Jojoba and enjoy the aromas! Use when you want to add aroma to your day!

Uplifting Solid Perfume

Ingredients

 10 drop of Grapefruit

 10 drop of Sandalwood

 1/2 oz of Beeswax Pellets – Organic

 1 oz of Jojoba Wax (Organic)

Directions

Place both the beeswax and the jojoba oil in a Pyrex glass measuring cup. Fill a soup pot 1/4 of the way with water and boil. Place the Pyrex in the pot of water and wait for the beeswax to melt into the jojoba. This takes about 5 minutes on a high heat. Be sure none of the water from the pot boils into the Pyrex.

When melted, mix quickly and pour into a 2 oz jar, add the essential oils, stir and cover right away. Let it cool and you have your perfume!

 

All you need to make perfume at home is a quality oil to use as a base, good quality essential oils, and a non-reactive container to store it in.

Which Oils Should I Use as a Perfume Base?

For your carrier oil, you want an oil that has a neutral smell that does not go rancid quickly. Some options include:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

If you want to make a solid perfume, use equal parts carrier oil and beeswax. Melt together gently and then add fragrance and pour into container for storage.

Which Essential Oils Should I Use to Make Perfume and How Much Should I Use?

 

Top notes: 3 drops

Middle notes: 2 drops

Base notes: 1 dropThe top notes are the most pungent and volatile. They act quickly and disappear quickly, and their first impression only lasts for about 30 minutes. They stimulate and uplift.

The middle notes are more stable. Their scent unfolds anywhere from one hour to three hours after application. They soothe and balance the body, and they round out a blend with softer tones.

Base notes are the least volatile and may be used as fixatives in a blend, holding in the fragrance longer than a blend without a base note. They are heavier and thicker than other oils, and are generally relaxing. Base notes are deep, warm, sensuous, and often sweet-smelling.

 

Jasmine Perfume Blend

2 drops jasmine

4 drops sandalwood

2 drops ylang ylang

0.5 oz. carrier oil

 

Stress Relief Perfume Blend

3 drops lavender

2 drops bergamot

1 drop Roman Chamomile

0.5 oz. carrier oil

 

Self Confidence Perfume Blend

1 drop jasmine

1 drop rose

I drop ylang ylang

3 drops thyme linalool

10 ml carrier oil

Put in roll on bottle and apply throughout the day as perfume.

 

Sensual Perfume Blend

2 drops ylang ylang

2 drops geranium

2 drops sandalwood

0.5 oz. carrier oil

Simply mix the essential oils into the carrier oil and store in a glass bottle or roll on applicator.  Put these blends in a pretty bottle, and you have a beautiful and functional gift – or just a little special something for yourself.

Tips for cleaning around the house

Herbal Disinfectant

A super disinfectant formula that’s incredibly easy to make

2 cups hot water

10 drops thyme essential oil

1/4 cup washing soda

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on surfaces  and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

Citrus Dishwashing Blend

Dishwashing liquids have been designed to lure the consumer with their  stimulating lemony scent. Their aromatic choice is more than an advertising  gimmick; citrus oils are natural degreasers. It’s the rest of the ingredients in  these harsh detergents that we are better off without.

Liquid castile soap

20 drops lime essential oil

10 drops sweet orange  essential oil

5 drops citrus seed extract

Fill a clean 22-ounce squirt bottle with castile soap (diluted according to  directions if using concentrate). Add the essential oils and extract. Shake the  bottle before each use. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of liquid to dishwater and wash  as usual.

Super-Easy Automatic Dishwasher Powder

This formula is effortless to make, and because it stores well it can be  doubled or made in bulk.

3 cups washing soda

1 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients and store in a sealed container. To use, add about 2  tablespoons to the soap compartment of your dishwasher. If you find your glasses  are getting a residue of buildup, then reduce to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

Sink Scrubber for Stains

For stubborn stains, allow this formula to rest on the stain for several  minutes, then scrub and rinse with vinegar and hot water.

1/4 cup washing soda

1/4 cup baking soda

8 drops rosemary, eucalyptus  or tea tree essential oil

3/4 cup vinegar for rinsing

Combine washing soda, baking soda and essential oil in an airtight container  and shake well to blend. Sprinkle a small amount into the sink and scrub with a  damp sponge. Rinse the sink with vinegar, then with hot water.

Serious Oven-Cleaning Formula

This formula is great for ovens that have been neglected for a while. If you  have a lot of baked-on grease or food splatters, you may want to use fine steel  wool to scrub those areas. Use a bit more salt if necessary.

1/2 cup salt

1/4 cup washing soda

1 box (16 ounces) baking  soda

Scant 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup white vinegar

10 drops thyme essential  oil

10 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oil

Combine salt, washing soda and baking soda in a glass bowl. Add just enough  water to make a paste. Remove oven racks and preheat oven to 250 degrees for 15  minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door open. Carefully spread the  paste on oven walls with a sponge or cloth and allow to set for 20 to 30  minutes. Combine the vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle and shake  well. Spray the oven walls and wipe clean. Rinse well.

Germs-Be-Gone Toilet Cleaner

This antibacterial spray cleaner is specially formulated for cleaning the  general surface area of the toilet, and under and behind the seat.

2 cups water

1/4 cup liquid castile soap

1 tablespoon tea tree  essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on toilet  surfaces and wipe clean with damp cloth or sponge.

Peppermint Foam Carpet Shampoo

This formula is great for heavy-traffic areas.

3 cups water

3/4 cup liquid castile soap

10 drops peppermint essential  oil

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Rub foam into soiled areas with a damp  sponge. Let dry thoroughly, then vacuum.

Ready-When-You-Need-’Em Kitchen Wipes

Instead of using paper towels to wipe spills or clean countertops, store  multiple squares of cotton cloth in a container filled with a mixture of 1 cup  water, 1 ounce liquid castile soap and 6 to 8 drops of your favorite essential  oil. The cloths, made from old T-shirts or pajamas, can be washed and returned  to the jar for reuse. Cap jar between uses.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Make sure you’re buying pure, undiluted essential oil. Although  there are grade differences among pure essential oils, these differences pertain  to the quality of the fragrance—for the purpose of household cleaning, they are  insignificant. Essential oils should come in either blue or brown glass bottles.  If stored away from heat and direct light, some essential oils retain their  potency indefinitely. Citrus oils are an exception; they usually last for about  one year.

Use only the amount of oil called for in a recipe. The oils are  highly concentrated, and

adding more won’t make a superstrong formula; instead, it can increase the  risk of skin irritation. Always practice caution when handling essential oils  (wearing protective gloves is recommended), and never allow children to handle  pure oils. Take special care with food-related oils; citrus oil, for example,  could offer a temptation to a young child who may mistake a finished product as  something to eat or drink. Exercise the same caution with herbal cleaning  formulations as you would with any commercial cleaner, and keep them away from  pets and children.

Controlling Kitchen Pests

Even the cleanest of kitchens are susceptible to unwanted visitors. Give bugs  the boot with these quick remedies.

Ants: Wipe cabinets with a damp sponge and 6 to 8 drops peppermint  or citronella essential oil. Then place 3 to 5 drops of the same oil on  windowsills, doorway cracks and in the corners of cabinets under the kitchen  sink.

Centipedes, earwigs, silverfish: Place several drops of peppermint,  eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas that collect moisture such as  basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.

Cockroaches: Sprinkle a mixture of washing soda and sugar in dark  areas where roaches like to hide, but avoid this method if you have children or  pets. It may be best to consult an exterminator.

Mice: Place sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your  cabinets, or make a solution of 2 cups water and 3 teaspoons of peppermint  essential oil and spray it wherever you find mouse droppings.

Mites and weevils: Place a few whole nutmegs in flour containers.

Other insects: Place loose bay leaves in kitchen cabinets.

Don’t Give Up on Tough Cleaning Jobs

• For very greasy dishes, add 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice to dishwater.

• To loosen baked-on food from pots and pans, immediately add some baking  soda to the dirty dish and wait 15 minutes before cleaning. If the pot or pan  has cooled before you’ve had a chance to add baking soda, boil a solution of 1  cup water, 5 drops cedar or other

Don’t Give Up on Tough Cleaning Jobs

• For very greasy dishes, add 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice to dishwater.

• To loosen baked-on food from pots and pans, immediately add some baking  soda to the dirty dish and wait 15 minutes before cleaning. If the pot or pan  has cooled before you’ve had a chance to add baking soda, boil a solution of 1  cup water, 5 drops cedar or other essential oil, and 3 tablespoons baking soda  directly in the pot or pan. Allow mixture to stand until food can be scraped off  easily.

Ingredients for Natural Cleaning Recipes:

Baking soda: Otherwise known as bicarbonate of soda, you can find  this ingredient in any supermarket, usually in the baking supplies aisle.

Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural  preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. Often sold as grapefruit seed  extract, it is available at health-food stores or by mail order.

Essential oils: Read about selecting essential oils in “Essential  Oils 101” at the end of this article. These natural cleaning recipes  include lime; sweet orange; rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or  lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella; all are available via health-food  stores or mail order.

Lemon juice: Lemon juice is readily available in supermarkets.

Liquid castile soap: An olive oil-based soap, liquid castile is  available at health-food stores, some supermarkets or via mail order.

Salt: Choose kosher salt for scrubbing; available in  supermarkets.

Vinegar: Vinegar is found in the oil aisle of any supermarket. To  avoid buying petroleum byproducts, choose vinegar marked “grain alcohol,”  “neutral grain spirits” or that lists the natural

ingredients it’s derived  from.

Washing soda: Some stores stock washing soda—also known as sodium  carbonate or soda ash—in the laundry products aisle. If yours doesn’t, order it  online.

Herbal Disinfectant

A super disinfectant formula that’s incredibly easy to make

2 cups hot water10 drops thyme essential oil1/4 cup washing soda

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

Citrus Dishwashing Blend

Dishwashing liquids have been designed to lure the consumer with their stimulating lemony scent. Their aromatic choice is more than an advertising gimmick; citrus oils are natural degreasers. It’s the rest of the ingredients in these harsh detergents that we are better off without.

Liquid castile soap20 drops lime essential oil10 drops sweet orange essential oil5 drops citrus seed extract

Fill a clean 22-ounce squirt bottle with castile soap (diluted according to directions if using concentrate). Add the essential oils and extract. Shake the bottle before each use. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of liquid to dishwater and wash as usual.

Super-Easy Automatic Dishwasher Powder

This formula is effortless to make, and because it stores well it can be doubled or made in bulk.

3 cups washing soda1 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients and store in a sealed container. To use, add about 2 tablespoons to the soap compartment of your dishwasher. If you find your glasses are getting a residue of buildup, then reduce to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

Sink Scrubber for Stains

For stubborn stains, allow this formula to rest on the stain for several minutes, then scrub and rinse with vinegar and hot water.

1/4 cup washing soda1/4 cup baking soda8 drops rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil3/4 cup vinegar for rinsing

Combine washing soda, baking soda and essential oil in an airtight container and shake well to blend. Sprinkle a small amount into the sink and scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse the sink with vinegar, then with hot water.

Serious Oven-Cleaning Formula

This formula is great for ovens that have been neglected for a while. If you have a lot of baked-on grease or food splatters, you may want to use fine steel wool to scrub those areas. Use a bit more salt if necessary.

1/2 cup salt1/4 cup washing soda1 box (16 ounces) baking sodaScant 1/4 cup water3/4 cup white vinegar10 drops thyme essential oil10 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oil

Combine salt, washing soda and baking soda in a glass bowl. Add just enough water to make a paste. Remove oven racks and preheat oven to 250 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door open. Carefully spread the paste on oven walls with a sponge or cloth and allow to set for 20 to 30 minutes. Combine the vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the oven walls and wipe clean. Rinse well.

Germs-Be-Gone Toilet Cleaner

This antibacterial spray cleaner is specially formulated for cleaning the general surface area of the toilet, and under and behind the seat.

2 cups water1/4 cup liquid castile soap1 tablespoon tea tree essential oil10 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on toilet surfaces and wipe clean with damp cloth or sponge.

Peppermint Foam Carpet Shampoo

This formula is great for heavy-traffic areas.

3 cups water3/4 cup liquid castile soap10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Rub foam into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let dry thoroughly, then vacuum.

Ready-When-You-Need-’Em Kitchen Wipes

Instead of using paper towels to wipe spills or clean countertops, store multiple squares of cotton cloth in a container filled with a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 ounce liquid castile soap and 6 to 8 drops of your favorite essential oil. The cloths, made from old T-shirts or pajamas, can be washed and returned to the jar for reuse. Cap jar between uses.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Make sure you’re buying pure, undiluted essential oil. Although there are grade differences among pure essential oils, these differences pertain to the quality of the fragrance—for the purpose of household cleaning, they are insignificant. Essential oils should come in either blue or brown glass bottles. If stored away from heat and direct light, some essential oils retain their potency indefinitely. Citrus oils are an exception; they usually last for about one year.

Use only the amount of oil called for in a recipe. The oils are highly concentrated, and

adding more won’t make a superstrong formula; instead, it can increase the risk of skin irritation. Always practice caution when handling essential oils (wearing protective gloves is recommended), and never allow children to handle pure oils. Take special care with food-related oils; citrus oil, for example, could offer a temptation to a young child who may mistake a finished product as something to eat or drink. Exercise the same caution with herbal cleaning formulations as you would with any commercial cleaner, and keep them away from pets and children.

Controlling Kitchen Pests

Even the cleanest of kitchens are susceptible to unwanted visitors. Give bugs the boot with these quick remedies.

Ants: Wipe cabinets with a damp sponge and 6 to 8 drops peppermint or citronella essential oil. Then place 3 to 5 drops of the same oil on windowsills, doorway cracks and in the corners of cabinets under the kitchen sink.

Centipedes, earwigs, silverfish: Place several drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or citronella essential oil in areas that collect moisture such as basements, garages and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.

Cockroaches: Sprinkle a mixture of washing soda and sugar in dark areas where roaches like to hide, but avoid this method if you have children or pets. It may be best to consult an exterminator.

Mice: Place sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your cabinets, or make a solution of 2 cups water and 3 teaspoons of peppermint essential oil and spray it wherever you find mouse droppings.

Mites and weevils: Place a few whole nutmegs in flour containers.

Other insects: Place loose bay leaves in kitchen cabinets.

Don’t Give Up on Tough Cleaning Jobs

• For very greasy dishes, add 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice to dishwater.

• To loosen baked-on food from pots and pans, immediately add some baking soda to the dirty dish and wait 15 minutes before cleaning. If the pot or pan has cooled before you’ve had a chance to add baking soda, boil a solution of 1 cup water, 5 drops cedar or other essential oil, and 3 tablespoons baking soda directly in the pot or pan. Allow mixture to stand until food can be scraped off easily.

 

Ingredients for Natural Cleaning Recipes:

Baking soda: Otherwise known as bicarbonate of soda, you can find this ingredient in any supermarket, usually in the baking supplies aisle.

Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. Often sold as grapefruit seed extract, it is available at health-food stores or by mail order.

Essential oils: Read about selecting essential oils in “Essential Oils 101” at the end of this article. These natural cleaning recipes include lime; sweet orange; rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella; all are available via health-food stores or mail order.

About 10,000 years ago, ancient people  discovered a product that would change lives forever. Wine had been around for a  while, but after some was allowed to oxidize, vinegar was born. It became an  immediate hit. The Babylonians used vinegar as a preservative, as did Ancient  Greeks and Romans. Some peoples, including the Chinese, believed that vinegar  was a tonic that would give them strength and vitality, as well as bestow  healing properties. Legend has it that Hannibal only succeeded in crossing the  Alps because his armies heated mountain boulders and doused them with vinegar,  causing the rocks to crumble and clear the path.

Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which comprises about 5 percent of  the finished product. Vinegar has been produced commercially for about 2,500  years, making it one of the oldest products in use by humans. There are many  different types of vinegar out there, all produced by the oxidization of alcohol  into acetic acid, but white vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by  far.

White vinegar has dozens of household applications, and the best part is that  it’s green. It’s enjoying a newfound popularity as many people try to avoid  toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals around their pets and children, as well as  save money by making their own cleansers. Not to mention that vinegar is cheap, it’s  versatile, and it doesn’t irritate allergies like some fragranced cleansers.  Chances are, whenever you run into a household funk, vinegar is your answer.

Kitchen Remedies: Besides adding zest to salad dressings,  white vinegar is handy for many cooking tasks.

1. Adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching eggs  helps the whites stay formed. Add a few tablespoons to the water when boiling  eggs, and if any shells crack, the whites won’t leak out.

2. If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little  vinegar can perk them right up.

3. After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by  rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.

4. When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or  cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and  reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans, making  Mexican food a far more attractive option.

 

Cleaning House: Vinegar can help with a variety of cleaning  tasks, since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer.

5. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and  baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture  sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and  stink-free sink.

6. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on  food and get rid of odors in the microwave, too.

7. One of my favorite vinegar remedies and my personal weapon against fruit  flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit,  covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it–the flies crawl into the trap,  but can’t get out.

8. If your stemware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper  towels soaked in vinegar, let them sit, and the cloudy deposits will rinse right  off.

9. There’s no need to use bleach on tile grouting when you can let vinegar  soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.

10. Bring lightly scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with  some vinegar on a soft cloth.

11. If you have water condensation marks on your wood, just rub the piece of  furniture with equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil to remove them. Make sure  to rub with the grain, and then invest in a set of coasters.

 

Cleaning Clothes: Vinegar works magic on upholstery and  fabric, too.

12. If a child has an “accident” on a mattress, clean it with a solution of  vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and  brush or vacuum the residue once it’s dry.

13. Spraying vinegar onto deodorant-stained shirts before the wash can remove  the discoloration. It’s also great for fighting mustard, tomato sauce, or  ketchup stains.

14. Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can  freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. Acetic acid won’t harm  fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing. It also  acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.

15. Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and  carpeting.

 

Outdoor  Solutions: Tough enough even for the outdoors, vinegar can function as  a car cleaner and an organic pest remover.16. If your car still sports a bumper sticker from two elections ago, remove  it by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the  sticker will peel off in a few hours. (You might need to spray it a few  times.)

17. Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water  mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.

18. Kill weeds and crabgrass growing in sidewalks and driveways by pouring  vinegar onto them. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill  garden slugs if it’s sprayed directly onto them.

19. To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to  the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.

 

Pet  Protection: There’s no need to use chemicals near pets when vinegar  can handle most cleaning and bathing tasks.

20. Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from  scratching at them.

21. Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting  on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.

22. For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden  area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area  with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.

23. Vinegar also gets rid of skunk odor. Soak the animal with a half-and-half  vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with fresh water.

Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize, and de-gunkify just about everything. From  shower curtains to sofa cushions, there’s not much that it can’t do. As an  alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you  can feel good about keeping in your cupboards. White vinegar and baking soda can  even remove product buildup from hair and leave it soft and manageable. A  product that can clean you, the dog, your car, and your house is what I’d call a  good, green buy.

 

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/23-ingenious-uses-for-white-vinegar.html#ixzz32wy5Ms14

About 10,000 years ago, ancient people discovered a product that would change lives forever. Wine had been around for a while, but after some was allowed to oxidize, vinegar was born. It became an immediate hit. The Babylonians used vinegar as a preservative, as did Ancient Greeks and Romans. Some peoples, including the Chinese, believed that vinegar was a tonic that would give them strength and vitality, as well as bestow healing properties. Legend has it that Hannibal only succeeded in crossing the Alps because his armies heated mountain boulders and doused them with vinegar, causing the rocks to crumble and clear the path.

Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which comprises about 5 percent of the finished product. Vinegar has been produced commercially for about 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest products in use by humans. There are many different types of vinegar out there, all produced by the oxidization of alcohol into acetic acid, but white vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by far.

White vinegar has dozens of household applications, and the best part is that it’s green. It’s enjoying a newfound popularity as many people try to avoid toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals around their pets and children, as well as save money by making their own cleansers. Not to mention that vinegar is cheap, it’s versatile, and it doesn’t irritate allergies like some fragranced cleansers. Chances are, whenever you run into a household funk, vinegar is your answer.

 

Kitchen Remedies: Besides adding zest to salad dressings, white vinegar is handy for many cooking tasks.

1. Adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching eggs helps the whites stay formed. Add a few tablespoons to the water when boiling eggs, and if any shells crack, the whites won’t leak out.

2. If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can perk them right up.

3. After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.

4. When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans, making Mexican food a far more attractive option.

 

Cleaning House: Vinegar can help with a variety of cleaning tasks, since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer.

5. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink-free sink.

6. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food and get rid of odors in the microwave, too.

7. One of my favorite vinegar remedies and my personal weapon against fruit flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit, covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it–the flies crawl into the trap, but can’t get out.

8. If your stemware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper towels soaked in vinegar, let them sit, and the cloudy deposits will rinse right off.

9. There’s no need to use bleach on tile grouting when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.

10. Bring lightly scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with some vinegar on a soft cloth.

11. If you have water condensation marks on your wood, just rub the piece of furniture with equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil to remove them. Make sure to rub with the grain, and then invest in a set of coasters.

 

Cleaning Clothes: Vinegar works magic on upholstery and fabric, too.

12. If a child has an “accident” on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it’s dry.

13. Spraying vinegar onto deodorant-stained shirts before the wash can remove the discoloration. It’s also great for fighting mustard, tomato sauce, or ketchup stains.

14. Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing. It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.

15. Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and carpeting.

Outdoor Solutions: Tough enough even for the outdoors, vinegar can function as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover.

16. If your car still sports a bumper sticker from two elections ago, remove it by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. (You might need to spray it a few times.)

17. Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.

18. Kill weeds and crabgrass growing in sidewalks and driveways by pouring vinegar onto them. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill garden slugs if it’s sprayed directly onto them.

19. To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.

 

Pet Protection: There’s no need to use chemicals near pets when vinegar can handle most cleaning and bathing tasks.

20. Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.

21. Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.

22. For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.

23. Vinegar also gets rid of skunk odor. Soak the animal with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with fresh water.

Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize, and de-gunkify just about everything. From shower curtains to sofa cushions, there’s not much that it can’t do. As an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you can feel good about keeping in your cupboards. White vinegar and baking soda can even remove product buildup from hair and leave it soft and manageable. A product that can clean you, the dog, your car, and your house is what I’d call a good, green buy.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/23-ingenious-uses-for-white-vinegar.html#ixzz32wy5Ms14

 

Lemon juice: Lemon juice is readily available in supermarkets.

Liquid castile soap: An olive oil-based soap, liquid castile is available at health-food stores, some supermarkets or via mail order.

Salt: Choose kosher salt for scrubbing; available in supermarkets.

Vinegar: Vinegar is found in the oil aisle of any supermarket. To avoid buying petroleum byproducts, choose vinegar marked “grain alcohol,” “neutral grain spirits” or that lists the natural ingredients it’s derived from.

Washing soda: Some stores stock washing soda—also known as sodium carbonate or soda ash—in the laundry products aisle. If yours doesn’t, order it online.

Insect Repelents

Just in for summer. Thew following is the list of essential oils that can be used as Insect Repellent:

Ants – spearmint, peppermint, garlic, citronella

Aphids – spearmint, peppermint, cedarwood, hyssop

Bean beetle – peppermint, thyme, garlic

black fly – lavender

cabbage root fly – thyme, sage

cabbage white butterfly – peppermint, sage , rosemary, hyssop, thyme

caterpillars – spearmint, peppermint,

cutworm – thyme, sage

flea beetle – peppermint, spearmint, rue, lavender

fleas – citronella, rue, tansy, lavender

flies – rue, lavender, citronella, peppermint

gnats – spearmint, citronella, patchouli

greenfly -lavender, garlic

lice – spearmint, peppermint, cedarwood, rue

mosquitoes – lavender, citronella, lemongrass, tansy

nematodes – sage, citronella

plant lice – rue, spearmint, peppermint

slug – garlic, cedarwood, pine, patchouli

ticks – rue, citronella, thyme, sage

weevils – cedarwood, rue, sandalwood, patchouli

white fly – lavender, sage

woolly aphids – sandalwood, patchouli, pine

Just put a few drops into the spray bottle with water and spray (shake vigorously before each use).

Most insects will not tolerate marigold essential oil or tea.You can also use teas: make a very strong herb tea and spray the garden.tent

Gardeners Hand Care

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 Emu oil and 1/2 c coconut oil
1/4 cup Sea Salt
2 Tsp Seaweed
5 drops lavender and 5 drops vanilla

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir to combine.
3. Store in a glass container
After digging in the soil our hands were sore and feeling dry . This did wonders. You can use any oils you like . The Emu and seaweed are used to help soften your hands

 

I AM NOT DOCTOR. Although I help on the use of essential oils and herbs, it is important to follow up with your doctor as needed. Thanks

Copyright©2006-2017

Comments & Responses

Comments are closed.