How I Get Ready For Back to School With Essential Oils


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Back to school is always a super busy time for us, getting the school supply list checked off, school clothes shopping, and getting bed time schedules on track. In my house I do a few extra chores to get ready for cold season, it never fails a month in to school at least one of my kids comes home with a cough. Here are 3 chores I do to prepare, so I'm ready!

Clean My Diffusers


I clean all diffusers with white vinegar and water. This time I used half water and half vinegar, because my diffusers were super gross. I must have got really lazy about cleaning them at the end of last year. It's good practice to clean them about once a month. If I'm on top of things and I'm cleaning them regularly  I use 2 or 3 cap fulls of vinegar with water. But this time there was a lot of vinegar, it took a few times of running just water to get rid of the vinegar smell. Tip. Put diffusers outside when cleaning. I've tried to clean them inside before with a much smaller diffuser, thankfully, and my house smelled like vinegar for days. After diffusing the vinegar, water mix take a wash cloth and wipe out the bottom and all surfaces you can get too.

Make Hand Washing Soap


I blend a hand soap that is high in properties that kill those little pesky germs. Learn more how I did this Here.  I love making my own soap because you can dress it up and customize the scent how ever you want. I love the holiday season so I'm getting super pumped and trying to plan my Christmas soap now!! 


Make A Chest Rubs
I make this every year in preparation of the cold season.


15 ML Glass Jar
Coconut Oil
Tea Tree
Eucalyptus
Lemon
Peppermint

I rub this blend on anyone who coughs in my house!! Husband, my kids, even the neighbors kids. This blend really helps to suppress the cough and open up the air ways. 


I hope that everyone is having a blast this back to school season! Stay healthy and happy learning!!



Does Essential Oils Really Eliminate Fart Smell Or Just Add to It?


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Have you ever heard the saying "air fresheners are pointless because now your just adding to whatever smells bad." So I had to test this out with essential oils. Weird right!!! I have been working with essential oils for like 8 years and never thought about testing this theory out?

My Test Subjects.

Hansome Husband A, Cutest can be Son B










Test Subject A and B have not gave me conclusive farts, surprisingly!

Unexpected test subjects C and D




Cosmo (left) - a 15 year old Fox Terrier Chihuahua Mix who likes to clean up after the little's when they drop food on the floor.
Qualifying Incident - stole my pizza pockets from my plate that I left on the coffee table when a dude came to my door to campaign for the next elections. Darn politician!

Bear Bear (right) - a 10 year old Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix who loves people food so much that he makes rounds several times a day to make sure there is no food on the floor.
Qualifying Incident - I have no idea he is waaaaay sneakier then Cosmo.

Both subjects have had ample data testing events this week! With 80% of the data recorded in the middle of the night, awaking tester to the awful data.

My findings?

Methods of ramifications of data.
Ceiling Fan - Just pushed the smell back to me.
Hiding under the covers - dog fart has a way of creeping through the covers
Other air freshers - now I'm smelling dog fart and terrible air freshener
Sleeping on the couch - this worked really well for avoiding the smell, but not as comfy as my bed.

Essential Oils Spray - IT TOTALLY WORKED!! The spray eliminated the smell and replaced it with the essential oil blend smell, and like right away too!!! I was super jazzed!!












What's In My Diffuser This Week! 4

Happy Friday, Wow what a week! I had such a fun week this week I didn't have anytime to diffuse many oils. We got my bathroom done now it looks all shiny and clean. I went to 2 sports events! The Seattle Sounders and to the Seahawks Vs Cowboys preseason game!! I've had so much fun this week!


Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Nothing. I'm trying to keep the peace! My dad and my husband are painting and repairing some things in my bathroom. So for the next few days I'll be oil free.

So how do I keep myself from dropping oils in the diffuser and secretly turning it on. These guys....



Aromatherapy Inhalers
Love them! Just drop a few drops of your favorite blend or you can mix your own blend right in the inhaler! The oil aroma last forever too, I've had one in my purse for months and it still is pretty strong. I love it for when your in crowded areas, or they are great for traveling. I do want to try one of those necklaces to see how long they last. Does anyone have one? Let me know how they work in the comments!!

My Inhaler Blend

Lavender
Palmarosa
Lemon

Monday, Tuesday, Wenesday
Lavender
Lemon
Peppermint
I had some left over from Monday.







Thursday 
Sandalwood
Lemon
Eucalyptus







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Tea Tree - Melaleuca alternifolia


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Aroma: Herbaceous, Fresh

Aroma Note: Middle, Top

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, batericidal, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicidal, parasiticide, vulnerary.


Uses


Body: Acne, athlete's foot, dandruff, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, wounds.


Respiratory: Asthma, bronchitis,coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough


Blend With: Cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranuim, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, rosemary, and thyme.



Safety: Avoid using undiluted Tea Tree due to risk of sensitization. Learn more about sensitization Here.



Skin Care Blend:

Glass Jar
Coconut Oil
Lavender
Tea Tree

Diffuser Blend:

Tea Tree
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Lemon
This works really well as a chest rub too. I use this blend every cold season on my kids.


References
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being


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Essential Oil Starter Kit On a Budget



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Like most people, how I discovered essential oils was from someone saying here this oil will help you. It was my first winter working as a massage therapist and I had come down with a cold. Being a massage therapist I always give my clients the heads up that I have a cold and get them the option of canceling or not. This day was a day that everyone came in. My co-worker who is a massage therapist, saw that I was miserable and suggested that I put some Eucalyptus under my nose or on my chest to help clear up some misery. I was miserable and was willing to try anything, it helped me get through the rest of my day. I thought this stuff was spectacular, it didn't take my cold away but it did helped. So I got some Eucalyptus for the next time, and I started to research oils. It was mostly for colds at first but then I found out I could do more.

So If you don't already have an oil collection and your just starting out here are 3 oils you can get for under $25.00 to start with.

Lavender - So far, that I personally know, lavender is one of the most diverse oils out there. It has so many properties you can use it for almost anything.


Eucalyptus - This oil is really good for any respiratory issues. This oils is best when diffused or put into a rub for cold and flue.


Tea Tree - This oil is the killer of all killers. This oil is anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, parasiticide.


The oils listed above is a good place to start and build your oil collection from there.

Now what can you do with these oils? Lots of things.....

Colds
Diffuse Lavender and Eucalyptus to help you sleep, or Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, or all 3. Make a rub using coconut oil as a carrier to rub on your chest. All 3 oils work very well on colds and flues. 

Pain
Lavender is your friend here. If diffused it can calm you. Make a rub with coconut oil and rub directly on the painful area. I use diluted lavender on most of my kids owies, they love it. Sometimes they fake owies to get the oil. Learn how to blend Here

Cleaning
I few things you can do here. When my kids are sick, I don't want to strip down there bedding every day and wash it. So I make an oil spray, lavender and tea tree would work great here. Spray the bedding and wait till they are well to wash it.
Counter tops, there are better oils I think to use on counter tops like Lemon, but if we are on a tight budget Tea Tree with do just fine. Make a spray and clean your counter till you can build your oil collection.


What's In My Diffuser This Week! 3

Happy Friday! We are prepping my bathroom for painting today! It's going to be a fun day! But I'll be soo happy when its done!!


Friday

Sandalwood
Vetiver
Ylang Ylang
All 3 of these are good for stress and smell really good together. We were starting a project to reconstruct my daughters closet, so I felt the need for calming. Construction project go along at my house like putting together Ikea furniture.

Saturday

Peppermint
Cinnamon Bark
Black Pepper
So I'm new to blogging, that is no secret, and I hope you are enjoying my post because I really am enjoying writing them. BUT sometimes doing this is soooo hard to figure out. So I found 3 mind stimulating oils put them in the diffuser, and was set to figure some stuff out!

Sunday Night

Frankincense
I wasn't going to diffuse an oil, because we had such a busy day and weren't home most of the day. When I went to bed I just couldn't shut my brain off, so then came frankincense.

Monday Night

Peppermint
Cinnamon Bark
Black Pepper
This was left over from Saturday, I am working on the blog now so I thought I would keep it. Wouldn't want to waist oils would I? Thems fightin words.
Husband comment: Oh when is this cinnamon stuff going to end?

Tuesday

Lavender
Ylang Ylang
Frankincense
My daughter picked these ones out. She probably picked them out because of the color of the oil label, but it did blend really well.

Wednesday Night

Vetiver -  this oil is supper thick and takes forever to get out.
I'm supper digging this guy tonight!
Husband Comment: Wow that actually smells good!
Me:Internal fist pump

Thursday

Grapefruit


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DIY Hand Soap with Essential Oils.




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I was making coffee this morning and noticed that I was completely out of hand soap, so I thought I would share with you guys how I make my hand soap. I made 2 batches. One for the Kitchen sink and Bathroom sink. Don't judge, we have been using Dawn and Soft soap, we are washing our hands. We all get busy, yeah?

What you will need

Glass Jar W/Pump
Castile Soap

Essential oils of your choice.


Few things before we start. Above is the bare minimum you will need to make the soap. You can add other ingredients to make it your own, like I have done here with the Hydrosol. You don't have to make it fancy, simple is nice too.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use the same oils every batch, switch up your oils to avoid sensitization. Also it is very important to dilute your oils as well. Both is explained better Here.


For this Blend I used.
Glass Jar W/Pump
Castile Soap
Lemon
Cedarwood
Palmarosa
Rose Geranuim Hydrosol

Journal to keep track of what oils you have used.


I don't do exact measurements, so my blends never come out the same. For a 16 oz bottle I put roughly about 200 drops of oils. Some oils come out really fast, so I start with less drops then I should to accommodate. Choose how you want the oils divided up, and add your drops. Then add the Castile Soap about 75% full, then fill the rest with the Hydrosol. Make sure you don't fill it all the way up leave a little room at the top. Shake it up and make sure it gets mixed up really well, this is why you don't fill it all the way up. I have had soap foam and come out of the top while shaking it up. Makes a huge mess. Oils will sit at the top you'll have to shake it a little before each use.

Blend #2
Glass Jar W/Pump
Castile Soap
Lemongrass Hydrosol
Sweet Orange
Tea Tree
Cedarwood

Same directions as above.

Other ingredients I've seen added
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Vitamin E oil
Grape Seed Oil


I like making my own hand soap so I can customize the scent and uses of the soap to fit my families needs. For example the blend that I just made for the kitchen is aimed for my husband. He had been complaining that the skin on his hand is peeling so I choose oils that he wouldn't mind and could help his skin. The blend in the bathroom I aimed at my kids they use that one the most and school starts in two weeks so I used oils that helps kill germs well, and scents that they like. Happy blending!! Have a great week!

Patchouli - Pogostemon patchouli

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Patchouli is known as the Hippy oil. I find it most useful in skin care blends and don't diffuse it often.


Aroma: Woody, Earthy, Resinous


Aroma Note:Base

Properties: Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Cicatrisant, Deodorant, Sedative, Tonic




Uses

Body: Acne, athlete's foot, cracked/chapped skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, insect repellent, sores, oily hair/skin, wounds, wrinkles.  

Mind and Emotions: anxiety, depression, irritability, Stress, Tension


Blend With: myrrh, sandalwood, geranuim, lavender, clary sage, cypress, lemon, and cinnamon



Skin Care Blend:

Cedarwood
Patchouli
Geranuim


Diffuser Blend:
Patchouli
Lemon
Sweet Orange


References
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being


What's in my Diffuser this week! 2

Friday Night
Frankincense - blog tip #1, don't put a sedative oil in the diffuser when your trying to write a blog! I'm going to bed.

Saturday Night

TerraShield blend from doTERRA
So my MIL is a doTERRA rep and sometimes she is amazing and places oils in my oil box. Well this is one of them. I haven't had the chance to really use it or check it out. So this is the blend and its already diluted, if I really wanted to I could put it on my skin. But I'm really digging the smell!! I put it in my car diffuser too, maybe that will keep away the barn flies when we are at my daughters horse riding lessons. TerraShield is advertised to repel bugs.
doTERRA TerraShield Repellent Blend 

Sunday Night 
Lavender 
I got home late from seeing a movie with a friend and Lavender always works really well for unwinding me.

Monday Night 

Lemon
Grapefruit
Sweet Orange
I was craving the citrus.
Husband comment: Getting indigestion of the oil smell! 

Tuesday

Lemon
Patchouli
My son choose this blend. It's not as bad as it sounds. But I also kinda like Patchouli when I know most don't.
Have to admit it was to much Patchouli, later had to dilute it with sweet orange.

Wednesday

Palmarosa
Lime
Eucalyptus citradora

Thursday

Frankincense
Peppermint
Grapefruit
I was feeling a little down today.

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Frankincense - Boswellia Carteri

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Frankincense is truly one of my favorite oils. When I'm stressed, or just want to chill, I'll but just straight Frankincense in my diffuser and smell away.

Aroma Note: Base

Properties

Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic


Image: Health Nutty Via Flickr
Uses

Skin
Acne, Mature complexions, scars, wounds, wrinkles.

Respiratory 
Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, laryngitis

Mind and Emotions
Anxiety, Tension, Stress, helps clear monkey mind (personal experience).

Blend With:
Sandalwood, pine, vetiver, geranuim, lavender, mimosa, neroli, orange, bergamot, camphor, basil, pepper, cinnamon.


Safety:
Can irritate the skin if oxidized. It is very important that you keep you oils in a cool dark place stored in a glass bottles.

Skin Care Blend
Frankincense
Rose
Lavender


Diffuser Blend
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Sweet Orange
Geranuim

References
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being



Car Humidifier and Aromatherapy Diffuser? Yes please!!!!!


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How many of you have dreamed about using essential oils in your car to relieve stress while driving in traffic, or to cover up the I live in my car smell! I know I have! I work part-time and when I'm not working I'm carting kids from soccer to horse riding lessons to Tae Kwon Do. All produce smelly equipment that gets left in my car. So when I saw Nanum Car Air Humidifier and Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser I rejoiced. My husband, not so much. The first 3 comments I got from him was "O Brother," "don't burn your car down," "it will kill your car battery." He is such a positive man!

Likes!

Its a humidifier and aromatherapy diffuser.
It does pretty well at diffusing the oils just like the diffuser in your house.
Has an auto shut off.
My car after about a week smelled like Lavender.
It didn't kill my car battery.
Hasn't burnt the car down!

Dislikes
Its a little bulky and doesn't sit straight up and down, because the water holder should be as level as possible. I haven't notice any performance issues with it not being completely level though.



Happy Essential Driving!!

If you have any questions leave them in the comments below, Ill be sure to answer them!

Wife win my husband turned the diffuser on today when he got in my car and was driving around with us. Score!! He's coming around!


What's In My Diffuser This Week! 1

Its Friday! Whoot Whoot! Who is glad the week is done? This girl!
One of my favorite things to do to terrorize my husband is to run the diffusers, yep there is an s at the end of that word. I have one in just about every room. It fills me with joy to open my box full of oils, and pull them out one by one, then here to oh so loud sigh. But aside from that I really do enjoy mixing oils and seeing what I can come up with. Some times it gos really well, and I find a blend that I really love. Sometimes not so much. The biggest regret is that I don't write them down, so now going to make a weekly post about it. Every Friday I will post what I have diffused for the week.
This weeks diffuser List is!

Sunday Night
Roman Chamomile
Geranuim
Ylang Ylang, Hydrodistilled
I actually really loved this one. Sometimes Ylang Ylang can be over powering to me. But the other two mix with it gave it a nice round sent.

Monday Night
Frankincense
Lemongrass
Peppermint

Tuesday Morning
Rosemary
Black Pepper
Sandalwood 
Husband Comment: "I got to go where there is not stinky stuff"

Wednesday Night                                         
Grapefruit
Cypress
Lemongrass 

Thursday
Geranuim 
Thyme, Linalool
Rankincense

Post your diffuser blends below!

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