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10 Essential Oil Blends to Benefit Your Home and Your Health

What day is it? Hump Day! Congratulations, you’ve successfully made it to the mid-point of the week, and not only is it Wednesday, but it’s also the first day of summer! That’s right, at 12:24 AM EST it officially became one of our favorite times of the year as we welcomed in the summer solstice. The warm weather is here to stay, and with it comes pool parties, barbecues, vacations, carnivals, festivals, and a whole bunch of other fun activities that we can look forward to over the coming months.

One of the best things about summer is the way it smells. Flowers, trees, freshly cut grass, the scent of meat and veggies being cooked on the grill…it’s an assault on our senses, but in a totally good way because who doesn’t like things that smell good?

Nobody!

And as promised we’re here today with a post about things that smell not just good, but awesome: essential oils.

To get started, and for maximum results, you’re going to want to pick up a cold air diffuser since these work best because they don’t heat the oils, thus destroying their therapeutic properties. They work by using room-temperature air to blow the essential oils into a nebulizer, which in turn vaporizes them into the air. It sounds complicated, but really it’s not. They’re easy to set up, easy to clean, and once you start using one you’re never going to want to use another scented candle ever again.

So with all that being said, here are some fantastic essential oil recipes for your diffuser.

1. Cool Your Jets

When you’ve been on the go all day sometimes it can be hard to settle your brain down in the evenings enough for you to get a restful sleep. Try this blend in your diffuser after dinner for a cool, calming effect:

1 drop patchouli essential oil

1 drop bergamot essential oil

1 drop ylang-ylang essential oil

2. Sinus Support

Summer is great, sure, but in the spring and summer months allergies can really get you down. To help keep your breathing clear and you immune system in tact, try this blend that is sure to help:

2 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

3. Pick Me Up

Feeling tired during they day or just need something to help you focus? Ditch those energy drinks and use this blend in your diffuser to help keep you alert:

2 drops peppermint essential oil

2 drops wild orange essential oil

4. Bye Bye Pet Odor

This next recipe is great if you’ve got pets and have a constant problems with pet odor taking over your home. This will help to freshen the air, and eliminate those odors lickity-split:

1 drop cilantro essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

1 drop lime essential oil

1 drop melaleuca essential oil

5. Welcome Home!

If you’ve got company coming and you want to make them feel right at home, this next recipe is great for creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will soothe your guests and make your home, feel like theirs:

2 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops rosemary essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

6. Breathe Easy

Are you suffering from respiratory problems and have trouble breathing? This recipe is great to help open up your airways so you can take deeper breaths and get the help you need:

1 drop eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil

1 drop rosemary essential oil

1 drop lemon essential oil

7. Stress Free

Has life been dealing you a bad hand lately? Are you completely stressed over bills, work, the kids, or any number of other things you might be trying to juggle? Put this next blend in your diffuser to help quiet your mind and release some of that tension:

2 drops bergamot essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil

8. Wake Up!

If you feel sluggish in the mornings, even with a cup of coffee, this next recipe will work wonders to help give you a nice boost so you can start your day off feeling energized:

2 drops frankincense essential oil

2 drops wild orange essential oil

2 drops cinnamon essential oil

9. Fresh Cut Flowers

Want the pleasant aroma of flowers in your home but can’t be bothered to pick and maintain a bouquet? This blend will have your house smelling like an amazing garden in no time flat:

2 drops lavender essential oil

1 drop geranium essential oil

2 drops roman chamomile essential oil

10. Rock-A-Bye Baby

If you’re looking for a blend that will help you fall asleep at night, then look no further. This recipe will do wonders to have you off to dreamland before you can count 50 sheep:

2 drops chamomile essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops vetiver essential oil

There you have it! Ten essential oil recipes for your diffuser that are super easy to do. See, we told you we had something awesome for you.

Not only will these make your home smell great, but the health benefits of essential oils will work in a variety of ways to help you out when the going gets tough.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone. We’ll talk to you again on Friday!

5 DIY Uses for Sugar Other Than Eating

Well, another Monday is upon us and we hope you’re not feeling too down about that. Hopefully you had fun this past weekend and made lots of good memories to carry you through the week.

For some of us it was a weekend spent outdoors in the garden, tending to our crops and flowers, making sure everything is coming in nicely. The thing about gardening, though, is that while it can be very therapeutic and help take your mind off your troubles, it can also be extremely messy. Your clothes and hair get dirty from digging in the dirt, and your hands? Lordy, don’t even get us started on the hands. Dirt, mud, caked on grime. After a day spent in the garden they look like something from The Walking Dead, am I right?

Luckily we always have some DIY hand scrub available to take care of those nasty messes. It’s made with just two simple ingredients: sugar, and dish soap. Of course after rinsing our hands clean we got to thinking about some of the other ways we use sugar, which leads us to today, where we’re going to tell you 5 uses for sugar, other than eating.

1. Hand Scrub

As mentioned, this is our go-to recipe for creating a great sugar hand scrub that will take care of some of the nastiest messes. All you have to do is fill a jar 3/4 of the way full with sugar, and then add dish soap until the jar is full just below the mouth. Mix it all together, and add more sugar a little at a time until it turns into a paste consistency…and you’re done! You can even decorate the jars any way you wish and pass them out as gifts.

2. Body Scrub

This one takes the same principals as the hand scrub, only it can be applied to your entire body for exfoliating purposes. Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing those expensive sugar scrubs you find on the market.

To make it, just combine sugar with coconut, almond, or olive oil until it forms a loose paste. For added effect, put in some drops of your favorite essential oil for a refreshing fragrance.

To use this wonderful scrub, just step into the shower and wet your skin and allow those pores to open up. Turn off the water or step out of the stream, and apply the scrub to your body just like you would your ordinary soap. Then, turn on the water or step back under the stream and rinse it all away.

3. Clean Your Grinder

We love freshly ground coffee in the morning, but the only drawback is that coffee beans contain natural oils that can build up over time in your grinder.

To clean your coffee grinder with sugar, just pour 1/4 cup of the white stuff into the machine, then let it run for a few minutes. The sugar will do all the work breaking down and cleaning out the excess oil that has built up, as well as scour it clean at the same time.

4. Cool Your Tongue

You know how you burn your mouth when you sip a drink that’s too hot, or eat something that hasn’t quite cooled yet because you’re so hungry you just can’t wait for it to simmer? Hey, we’ve all been there.

To relieve the sting caused by hot food or drink, try sucking on a little bit of sugar to bring you some comfort, or alternately suck on a sugar cube until it has completely dissolved.

5. Fresher Flowers

Whether they’re flowers cut from your own garden, or flowers your significant other has brought you just because they love you (or they’re trying desperately to apologize for something), using sugar can help prolong the life of those beauties.

Just add 3 teaspoons of sugar to one quart of water, and drop your flowers in the vase. The sugar will feed the stems, helping those roses, carnations, and peonies to thrive long after they’ve been separated from their natural habitat.

For an extra kick, pour in 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to help combat the growth of bacteria.

Pretty neat, right? Most of the time we think of sugar as something we use to take care of those sweet tooth cravings. Who knew it could be used for so much more than eating?

We hope you got some use out of those DIY tips, because there will be some more coming your way on Wednesday when we pass along some great combinations of essential oils that will help make your home smell amazing!

Until then…have a great start to your week, everyone.

14 DIY Recipes to Clean Your Home Naturally

Good Monday morning, everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve spoken to you at the beginning of the week, rather than the end, but that’s just one of the many changes going on around here lately. Why? Because we love sharing cool things with you so much, we thought we’d do it more often.

We’ve been talking about toxins lately, as well as how to make your own cleaning products, and while that’s all well and good, today we wanted to share with you a variety of ways to clean your home using ingredients that you probably have kicking around the house already, and if not, they’re definitely ones you can snag at the grocery store on your way home from work.

These are all safe ways to clean using non-toxic ingredients. They’re all natural, won’t harm your pets or children, and in most cases they’ll do the job better than those chemical laden cleaners you buy at the store.

We’ll break it down by room, for easy reference.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • To make your own liquid fabric softener, just add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar. Close the lid, give it a shake before using, and measure out 1/3 cup per load for soft, comfy fabrics.
  • Instead of using bleach in the wash, try adding a bit of lemon juice to your rinse cycle to replicate the disinfecting powers of bleach, without all the toxicity.

KITCHEN

  • To clean and sanitize your cutting boards, just rub half a lemon over it and let the board sit for ten minutes before rinsing. For extra scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the surface before scrubbing with the lemon.
  • To remove caked on gunk from your microwave, pour some white vinegar into a small cup, and add a little lemon juice. Run that in the microwave for 2 minutes, let it sit with the door closed for another 5 minutes, then wipe that microwave clean with a warm sponge.
  • If you’re someone that washes their dishes by hand, skip the dish soap you buy at the store, and instead combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 3 tablespoons of water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well, and use just like you would any other liquid dish soap.
  • Is your fridge looking a little gunky? For an easy cleaner just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a bucket of hot water, then use a clean rag to wipe down the guts of your fridge to get it nice and clean.

BATHROOM

  • For an all natural disinfectant, combine 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap, and 20-30 drops of essential tea tree oil, and disinfect till your heart’s content!
  • For a quick and easy recipe to make your own foaming hand soap, check out this link!
  • To make an awesome, all natural toilet scrub, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bowl along with 10 drops of essential tea tree oil. Pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar into that, and scrub away while the mixture fizzes and goes to work deodorizing and cleaning all that the same time!
  • To eliminate mildew in your tub and shower, simply spray the area down with white vinegar, and let it sit for 30 minutes. When it’s done, rinse it clean with warm water. For really grimy areas, don’t be scared to use a clean sponge to help during the rinsing process.

ELSEWHERE

  • To make your own wood furniture polish, mix 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 1/4 cup of olive oil, then use a soft cloth to work it into your wood for a nice, clean shine.
  • For an easy wall scrubbing solution, combine 1/4 cup white vinegar along with 1 quart of arm water, then use a rag to get those walls nice and clean. For stubborn marks, scrub the area with some baking soda.
  • If you’re looking for an all natural way to clean your tile floors, mix 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts warm water, and mop that dirt away with no need to rinse.
  • To clean your mirrors and windows au naturel, combine 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle, then spritz and wipe with a sponge or rag. For a fresher scent and more disinfecting power, add some lemon juice to the mix.

There you have it. Simple, effective ways to clean your home using ingredients you probably have at your fingertips.

Ditch those chemicals in favor of these all natural, non-toxic methods, and once you see how effective they are you’ll never want to go back to store-bought products ever again.

For those of you who don’t have any interest in making your own cleaners because you don’t have the time, check out some of the products we’ve already mixed up for you!

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