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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!

4 Ways to Detox Your Home

Good Friday morning, Moppers! You’ve successfully made it through another week, and in jut a few short hours the work day will be done and you can kiss all that stress goodbye.

Speaking of stress, we were talking to someone this week who was completely stressed out about life, and they mentioned it was time for a cleanse. You know, one of those whole body cleanses where you flush all those toxins out of your body? They said it was great for helping to relieve stress, so that got us to thinking about how that relates to your home life.

More specifically: your home.

There’s a lot of talk about detoxing your body these days, and that’s awesome, but what about detoxing your home? We live in a time where we’re exposed to more toxins in our air, our water, and our food. All of that stuff has to linger behind in our homes, right?

You bet it does!

So with all that in mind we thought we’d leave you this week with four simple thing you can do to start detoxing your home right now.

1. Cut Out All That Plastic

There was a time when everyone was worried about BPA (Bisphenol-A) in their plastic containers, so manufacturers stopped using it and instead started using EAs (Estrogen Activity). What are EAs? They’re synthetic chemicals that damage our immune system, increase aggression, and create chaos with our hormones.

Instead of storing your leftovers in plastic containers, or sipping your water from plastic bottles, switch to glass or stainless steel bottles and storage containers. They’re a lot safer, and will greatly reduce the amount of toxins in your home, and your body.

2. Stop Using Air Fresheners

Whether they are plug-in fresheners, scented candle air fresheners, or those air fresheners that come in aerosol cans….just stop. You might think they’re making your house smell great, but what they’re really doing is releasing phthalates into the air, which are linked to poor semen quality, low testosterone levels, and abnormally developed male genitalia. Not only that, but many of them also contain petroleum gas, lighter fluid, and acetone—which is an ingredient used to make nail polish remover.

When you put it like that, using store bought products to freshen your air doesn’t sound so refreshing, does it?

Note: Next week we’ll be showing you a variety of ways to make your own air fresheners using essential oils, so stay tuned for that!

3. Eliminate Store Bought Laundry Detergent

Yes, yes, we know. Grabbing laundry detergent from the store is way easier than going through the trouble of making your own, but you know what? Look at this list:

Benzyl Acetate

Pentane

Alpha-Terpineol

Those are common ingredients found in regular laundry detergent that have been linked to cancer, depression, brain and nervous system disorders, nausea, fatigue, and more! Do you really want to wash your clothes in a solution that contains all those toxins? Of course you don’t.

Eliminate all those nasty chemicals from your home by taking the time to make your own laundry detergent. For an easy method on how to do that, check out this link!

4. Filter Your Tap Water

It’s no secret that tap water can contain a myriad of chemicals such as chlorine, lead, fluoride, hormones, and even prescription medications. The sad thing is not many people take action to do anything about it, and thus over time they end up developing any number of health problems and don’t even think that those issues could stem from simple drinking water.

Do yourself and your family a favor by filtering that drinking water, okay? Whether it’s with a filter you attach directly to your faucet, or one of those jugs you keep in the fridge, anything is better than nothing, and the sooner you start filtering, the sooner you can start eliminating those toxins from your body.

Those are all pretty easy, right? Unfortunately it’s often the easy things that are the hardest to do because we’ve been set in our ways for so long that any sort of change is scary.

Trust us, these are changes you’re going to want to make for the betterment of your home, and your life.

It’s not too late to get started. Start taking those little steps now to detox your home, and before you know it you’ll see your quality of life begin to improve, and from there the sky is the limit!

Have a safe and healthy weekend, everyone. We’ll talk to you again next week!

You’re Not Alone: Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

For a lot of people the holidays are time to celebrate with loved ones, make memories with good friends, and find the best deals on gifts for the kids. They’re a welcome distraction from our day-to-day lives, adding some excitement to a season that is otherwise cold and dreary.

Unfortunately not everyone feels that way about the holidays, though. For many it’s a time of stress and anxiety brought on by many different things. Crowds, family, unhappy memories…there’s a variety of reasons the holidays can bring you down, and try as you might to enjoy them, you just can’t get past all those complicated feelings.

While there is no easy solution, we thought we’d step in and offer some tips that might help you enjoy the season a little more. They’re not a guarantee, but they could come in handy if you’re feeling overwhelmed this year.

1. Keep Expectations in Check

Depression can creep in when you’re feeling let down, so this year do your best to combat it by lowering your expectations. If you went to a family gathering last year that turned into a complete disaster, then don’t expect anything different this year. If you’re bank account isn’t where you’d like it to be, then don’t spend money you can’t afford on gifts. There’s really no point in expecting something to turn out one way, when 9 times out of 10 it ends up being the complete opposite of what you wanted. Be reasonable this year and hey, if things turn out better than you thought they would, then you’ll find yourself feeling pleasantly surprised.

2. Time Management

One of the biggest contributors to stress and anxiety is feeling overwhelmed. You have to do this…you have to do that…you have to be here, there, and everywhere. Well, no you don’t. If attending too many holiday functions makes you feel stressed out, then politely decline some invitations this year, and instead spend that time doing something you enjoy, whether it’s curling up with a good book, or relaxing in front of the TV with your significant other, it doesn’t matter. Manage your time wisely to avoid feeling like you’re being pulled in a million different directions, thus reducing the amount of pressure and stress that can bring about.

3. Have a Support System

If you do attend parties, bring along a friend for moral support, especially if crowds aren’t your thing. Having someone close by that can talk you off the ledge can be a tremendous help during n anxiety attack. If you’re not planning on attending any functions this year, but are aware that the holidays can still be a trigger for your anxiety, let someone know that you might be calling them for support over the next month or so. It’s nice to have someone watching your back because it will take some of the edge off, and help make it feel like you’re not alone…because you’re not!

4. Don’t Be Lonely

Whether you’ve been single for a while, or have recently found yourself without a +1, the holidays can bring about feelings of loneliness, which in turn can make you feel sad and depressed. This year, don’t sit home feeling lonely. If you don’t have any family close by to visit, and all your friends are off doing their own thing, reach out to some co-workers and see if they’d like to hang out, or maybe get together with some of your neighbors. Even if it’s just a phone call so you have someone to talk to, we’re never alone no matter how much it feels like we are. Be proactive this year to combat those feelings of loneliness, and before you know it you’ll start to feel better about the holidays, and yourself.

5. Plan Ahead

If the idea of going shopping in a crowded store quickens your heartbeat, do yourself a favor this year and plan ahead by making a list of what you need. Many times we find ourselves lost in a sea of deals, and lose track of what we’re really after. The next thing you know you’re wandering down aisle six surrounded by a bunch of other holiday shoppers that are shoving and pushing and making you feel claustrophobic. Just stop, take a deep breath, and consult your list. Did you go to the store to get a waffle iron? Then grab that waffle iron and get out. Don’t hang around to browse, especially if you’re prone to anxiety attacks. Just like the guy in the big red suit does every year…make your list, check it twice, and only get what you need.

6. Spend Time Giving

One of the best ways to combat your stress, anxiety, and depression during the holidays is to spend time giving of yourself. You can volunteer at a local food bank, help dish out dinner to the homeless, or swing by an elder care center to visit the elderly who might not have any family left to celebrate with. Either way, giving your time to someone else in need will not only make you feel good about your own self, but it will help to keep you centered on the true meaning of the season, and who knows…you might make some new and close friends in the process.

7. Accept Your Feelings

While much progress has been made to destigmatize mental illness, we still have a long way to go. One of the important things to remember is that there’s no shame in feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Everyone does from time to time, and some more than others. It’s okay. You’re not alone. When you’re feeling that way, try some deep breathing or relaxation techniques to help you cope, or find someone to talk to. We’re all in this together, and there’s no reason anybody should ever have to suffer alone, whether it’s during the holidays, or at any other point in the year.

Remember, the holidays are supposed to be a time for laughter and joy, not stress and anxiety. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid hurt feelings, or feeling of sadness and depression, and that’s okay. Just know that you will get through it, and by doing different things to help combat those overwhelming feelings, you might be able to breathe a little easier this year.

After all, you’re stronger than you think.

We all are.

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