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Essential oils that boost respiratory system.

Essential oils that boost respiratory system are Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential oil. Breathe easy with Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential oil. The properties of Peppermint contain menthol that helps boost respiratory system and the decongestant properties in Eucalyptus boost it too.

Breathe easy with Eucalyptus

eucalyptus essential oil

Properties

Eucalyptus Radiata aka E. Radiata is an antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial antibacterial, antifungal and decongestant properties. It derives from the family called q1`Myrtaceae Commonly known as the myrtle family. They are powerful healing oils that are antiseptic and are useful for the respiratory and immune system. Other essential oils in this family are Tea Tree, Eucalyptus (all types), Clove Bud, Cajeput, Niaouli, and Allspice. 

Carrier oils: 

Eucalyptus essential oil carries well with coconut oil, olive oil, Shea butter, and cocoa butter. 

Boost respiratory system Through Uses and benefits of Eucalyptus: 

-Supports a healthy immune system. 

-Breathing support and decongestant. 

-soothes tired and aching muscles 

-boosts oral health. 

-cleanses and purifies the air. 

Application:

Massage under feet for supporting the immune system. 

As a chest on chest and back for decongesting. 

Diffusing for air purification. 

Blends to boost respiratory system are:

boost respiratory system

Blend with Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree for cleaning and cleansing. 

Add Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Peppermint for energy. 

Peppermint, Basil, Eucalyptus, and Epsom salt to purify your air making breathing easier and removing blockages. 

Tea tree, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus get rid of dust particles. 

For a steam bath, you may add Lemon, Eucalyptus and Clove bud to clear congestion. You may use over a bowl of hot water and cover with a towel as well. 

To boost your immune system, add Rosemary, Lemon, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Eucalyptus with coconut oil. 

A great chest rub includes Tea tree, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet orange, beeswax, Shea butter, and coconut oil. 

Toilet scrub: Eucalyptus, Lemon and baking soda. 

Cleaning with essential oils Lemon, Lavender, Tea tree, Thyme, Sweet orange, Rosemary, Grapefruit and Eucalyptus. 

Breathe easy with Peppermint Essential oil

peppermint essential oil

Peppermint Essential oil is known as Mentha Piperita. It has an ingredient called Menthol (menthol) which has cooling properties. It is part of the mint family called Labiatae.

Properties that make it a go-to Essential oil

Peppermint essential oil is fast-acting.

  • Energizing
  • Stimulating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiseptic
  • Insecticide (insect repellant)
  • Contains Antioxidants.
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral  
Safety first: Practice Caution when using Peppermint

Always dilute as it may cause allergic skin reactions.

Not to be used on or around pregnant women (can be used in very small potions on pregnant women with doctors’ advice) and children below 3 years of age.

Not to be used on eyes, ears, and should not be swallowed.

Carrier oils

Carries well with coconut oil.

Uses and benefits 

  • Cleanses oral health
  • Calms muscle, joint pain, and spasms
  • Energizing: gives a wake-up call.
  • Great for relieving itching
  • Reduces headaches
  • Boosts respiratory system
  • Great for traveling as it relieves nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness
  • Relieves short term diarrhea and irritable bowel system
  • Cools fevers
  • Helps calm menstrual pains
  • Aids with damaged skin
  • Repels mosquitoes, ants, rodents and spiders.
  • Boosts the digestive system
Application of Peppermint Essential oil
  1. Peppermint oil can be added to your diffuser.
  2. Can be mixed with toothpaste or water for oral health (do not swallow).
  3. A few drops can be added to your shower for a wake-up call.
  4. May be mixed with a carrier oil and made into a vapor rub for the chest, back and behind the neck.

Blends

Essential Oils for fresh breath: Spearmint, Lemon and Peppermint. These can be mixed together into a mouthwash. Clove bud, Tea tree, and Peppermint help soothe toothaches. Other essential oils good for oral health include Cinnamon, Cilantro, Coriander, Fennel, Frankincense, Lime, Juniper berry and Helichrysum.

Shaving cream: Shea butter, coconut oil, Tea tree, Peppermint, and Sandalwood.

Digestive system: Ginger and peppermint.

After sun oil: Chamomile, Jojoba oil, Rose geranium and Peppermint.

Freshen air, removes odors: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Basil, Rosemary, Tea tree, Lemongrass, and Cedarwood.

Allergy relief: Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon.

Uplifting and energizing boost: Cypress, Lemon, Douglas fir, Eucalyptus, Basil, Lime, Wild Orange, Peppermint and Grapefruit.

Garbage disposal: Wild Orange, Peppermint and Salt.

Leg, menstrual and muscle cramps: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender and coconut oil.

Bed bugs: Lavender, Tea tree, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus.

Headaches and inflammation: Ginger, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and coconut oil.

Effective disinfecting spray: White vinegar, distilled water, Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Wild orange.

boost respiratory system

In conclusion: Essential oils that boost respiratory system are

Peppermint essential oil is energizing and has menthol properties which are great for oral care and cooling muscle effects.

Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its decongestant properties. Therefore, making it great for purifying, cleaning and cleansing. 

Sources:

www.botanical-online.com

https://www.doterra.com/US/en

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US

Disclaimer: FDA DISCLAIMER. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers MrsChettyLife. Happy oiling. Let me know in the comments what ways you use Peppermint and Eucalyptus Essential oils. Read more here: green-plastic-free/  

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Green plastic-free

Easy ways to go green plastic-free.

There are so many things we do to live a healthier lifestyle. Going to the gym, eating healthier, Green plastic-free life. Nowadays going green is the ‘IT’ thing. You have read such a scary post about the toxins such as plastic are in many products we use in our day to day lives.

Green plastic-free

Ranging from shopping, cooking, makeup, fashion, cleaning and travel items, plastic is infused in a lot of things. If you are like me I got pretty freaked out and my head began to spin, it is pretty overwhelming. There are many products that contain cancer-causing global-warming creature-suffocating chemicals that affect our tomorrow’s. As a mother I began to worry for my child’s future. Plastics are a major pollutant on the earth.

The good news is every contribution a person makes is a much safer tomorrow. So don’t count yourself as insignificant. You are a manager in your home and a mini influencer among your family and friends. Every contribution makes a difference. Plus going green and cutting out single-use plastic is highly reducing the toxic chemicals that your family is exposed to. In honor of #plasticfreejuly, why not begin to go grow with these simple but significant changes in your home by going green plastic-free?

How to go green plastic-free:

Bulk buying of non perishable products: buying products in bulk reduces buying goods in single-use plastics.Buy meat, chicken etc. and meat products straight from the butchery like Nagiahs.

Purchase freshly baked goods like bread from your local bakery or grocery stores like spar and checkers. They are wrapped in paper. Better yet bake your own yummy goodies.

Living plastic-free

Another way to go green plastic-free is by reducing the use of plastics (plastic-free). We do this by buying from markets like fruit and veg or food lovers market. They sell fresh fruits and veggies that are not prepacked. It is as though they are pulled straight from the garden and sold. Avoid buying frozen foods.

Using essential oils for green cleaning to avoid harsh chemicals in your home that come in plastic containers: Green cleaning with essential oils

Other ways to save the planet:

Buying products in glass bottles like milk.
DIY your phone and tablet covers using biodegradable products.Reusing and recycling: using reusable coffee / tea mugs instead of disposable coffee cups, juice and soda bottles. Recycling old cotton t-shirts as your cleaning cloths: DIY glass purity bottles.

Making your own soap (DIY) and using soap bars, shampoo soap bars and dish washing soap bars. Or buy these from an eco-friendly shop.

Not forgetting these important solutions:

Using organic cotton bags instead of plastic bag for shopping. Don’t forget to carry them from your home to save you from buying them all the time.

Creating your own DIY compost heaps.

Make the switch from balloons to eco friendly decorations such as paper. You can make this a fun DIY moment to do with your children.Using stainless steel containers, pots, cutlery, plates, ice trays, bread bins, storage containers, sugar bowls and trays. Any plastic kitchen equipment can be switched to stainless steel.

Avoid using plastic straws, use paper or stainless steel straws.

Making your own make-up products, deodorant, travel products, air freshener, weed killers, insect balm, sunscreen, washing liquid with essential oils.

Green plastic-free:

Green

Incorporating bamboo spoons, dishes, toys, toothpicks to your household.

Switching to wooden / bamboo toilet brush and bottle cleaner handles and compostable bristles and combs or hair brushes.

Plastic free shoes and synthetic clothing, go for 100% cotton, wool, linen, bamboo clothing and hats.

Replace disposable razors with a razor with removable blades.

Make it fun for your children and educate them on the dangers of using plastic.

Practice gardening buy growing your own fruits and vegetables.

Look for a certified organic make up brand which is vegan, cruelty free, and uses eco-friendly packaging.

These last two points:

Use paper tape or ribbons, paper bags rather than wrapping paper and sell tape to wrap gifts.

Don’t forget to educate your friends and family. Better yet start your own green plastic-free movement. It takes time, patience, commitment and creativity to go completely green plastic-free.

Surround yourself with eco-friendly people.

Another way to go green plastic-free is to reduce plastic waste by reusing and recycling what you already have in your home.

Source:Tree hugger

Elephant Journal

Cheers to living a happier healthier green plastic-free life.

MrsChettyLife.

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My daily cleaning routine

As part of my daily cleaning routine I have been pushing a practice to shower or bath when we just wake up every morning. We usually eat breakfast after the shower.

This wakes me up to carter to the day’s demands and my daily cleaning routine. Another reason for showering in the morning saves me a diaper, because then I don’t have to change my son’s dirty diaper, then waste the clean diaper after taking a shower or bath.

The first thing in my daily cleaning routine is opening the windows in the bathroom. I open the curtains and blinds in the bedroom, lounge and the small room to allow some light in. Because it’s winter, I don’t want the house to get too cold for my son.

Our house is an average two-bedroom house. I place the mop in a bucket of warm water and add 5 drops of eucalyptus, 5 drops of lemon, 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of lemongrass and 5 drops of tea tree.

I also soak the toilet bowl and the sink in the same mixture adding some baking soda. These 👆are my top five favorite essential oils at the moment. (lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon and lemongrass).

I go to the lounge, play some music or educational song cartoons like the ABC song for my son. I love to work with music playing in the background.

My daily cleaning routine

Playing music keeps me motivated and I do things faster as my concentration is not on cleaning but dancing and having fun while getting all icky germs killed.

The next thing in my daily cleaning routine is to pick things up off the floor. I do this in all rooms all around the house. I make the bed. I add a few drops of essential oil at the foot of the bed.

My son follows me around the house pacing up and down, I think that is the way he feels he is contributing. He also imitates me as I clean.

Afterward, I wipe down my picture frames, bedside cabinet, windowsills, and headboard. I do a quick arrangement in my wardrobes, picking things that may have fallen.

Bedroom

Our bedrooms are carpeted. Sweeping the carpet in the master bedroom concludes the cleaning routine in the master bedroom.

The next is the small room, which is hardly ever dirty. I simply put staff in order, wipe down the photo frames, windowsills and sweep the carpet.

Next room is the toilet. I scrub the sink, bathroom and shower tiles and floor. I wipe down the tiles on walls, windowsills, and mirror.

I clean the toilet bowl, ensuring that I wipe down the bottom part of the toilet. The sink gets a scrub. I also try to make sure I hang bath towels outside for some fresh air.

I’m off to the lounge. In the lounge, I dust the couches. Placing the scattered pillows neatly. I put Nathan’s toys neatly. He has number foam carpets plus a pool full of toys in one corner of the lounge. I always say ‘there is a child in the house. Everyone should know that.’

I sweep the carpet and the floor. Using microfiber clothes to wipe down the tv, tv stand, picture frames and ornaments I have.

Next place to wipe is countertops in the kitchen. I add baking soda, a few drops of dishwashing liquid and lemon essential oil to the stove for soaking.

With lemon essential oil and vinegar, I wipe ornaments, windowsills, outside the electronics (Kettle, toaster, microwave, washing machine, etc.). I wipe the outside of the fridge. I then scrub the stove.

Then I sweep the whole house except bedrooms as I already did them. (I open the windows and keep the doors closed in the bedrooms).

 Afterward, I hand wash dishes. Then I mop the whole house. As the mop has been soaking in that water I mentioned earlier.

The tiles come out sparkling and clean. Those essential oils are good tile cleaners and add good shine. I have flowers in most rooms of my house. my husband loves to buy me flowers. I love to spray or drop my essential oils on them for a refreshed smell in the room.

My finishing touch is my DIY spray with my essential oils for a topping smell. I through the garbage from inside into the big garbage bin outside.

And open the front door for some air as well. This concludes my daily cleaning session for the morning.

I do laundry weekly on Wednesdays or Thursdays. I like to add 5 to 7 drops lemon essential oil to get rid of stains on laundry and tea tree essential oil to kill bacteria and disinfect laundry to my washing powder. I must say baby food and poop stain easily.

Laundry

I fold and pack the clothes away immediately they are dry, later during the day. I use this opportunity to tidy up the clothes and shoes in wardrobes.

I vacuum all the carpets and hard to reach corners. I scrub the carpets with light water and my favorite essential oil mix.

A garbage disposal service collects the garbage bin weekly on Thursdays at 8 am. We have a cleaning service that cleans the outside loan on Thursdays.

I clear out and clean the inside of the fridge once a week with vinegar, lemon essential oil and tea tree essential oil to disinfect and kill bacteria. I wipe walls, kitchen cabinets, light switches, and doors once a week with my favorite essential oil blend.

I clean walls, windows and the glass sliding door in the lounge twice a month.

This concludes my daily cleaning routine. What is your daily cleaning routine? Comment down 👇 below.

Please don’t forget to be cautious when using essential oils and keep them away from children. I don’t need a carrier oil as I am using these oils for cleaning.

FDA DISCLAIMER. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers MrsChettyLife. Happy green cleaning. Read here on https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/top-essential-oils-for-green-cleaning/

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Tea tree essential oil

In this post, I talk about Tea Tree essential oil and Lemon essential oil. Tea Tree essential oil is called Melaleuca alternifolia in Latin. It is rejuvenating, cleansing, purifying and soothing. Good for the skin and promotes a clear, healthy complexion. Tea Tree essential oil is considered as a neat oil therefore, it can be used without dilution in small quantities.

Tea Tree essential oil is affordable and safe when used as directed.

If you don’t like the smell, I would recommend mixing Tea tree essential oil with another oil like Lavender because it doesn’t smell kind. Don’t forget to continue reading for Lemon essential oil uses and benefits at the bottom of the post.

What are the properties of

Tea Tree essential oil that makes it a recommendable oil?

Tea tree essential oil
  • Antifungal.
  • Antiviral.
  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antimicrobial.
  • Antiseptic. 

What are the uses of Tea Tree essential oil?

Tea tree essential oil uses
  • Prevents razor burn from shaving.
  • Treats dandruff, lice and cradle cap.
  • Fights acne breakouts and scarring from acne, smallpox, and boils.
  • Treats nail fungus and ringworms.
  • Fights coughs, colds and congestion.
  • A good hand sanitizer due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Natural insect repellant.
  • Acts as a natural deodorant.
  • Used in personal care products.
  • Promotes a healthy immune system by increasing white blood cells that fight against germs.
  • Stimulates hormone secretions.
  • Promotes healing.
  • Prevents infection.
  • Assists in the absorption of food.
  • Helps prevent disease.
  • Fights against seasonal and environmental threats.
  • Removes excess water and salts from the body.
  • Provides relief from muscular pain, aches and sprains.
  • Purifies and freshens the air.
  • Soothes minor skin irritations
  • Promotes a clear, healthy complexion
  • Soothes ear infection.
  • Freshens foot odor

What are the best ways to use Tea Tree essential oil?

  • As a neat oil, applied directly to acne. Add a few drops to a cotton bud and apply to the affected area.
  • As a diffuser oil.
  • Add to your shampoo for dandruff.
  • As an air purifier. Add about 20 drops to vinegar and water, spray the room.
What are some blends of other essential oils with Tea Tree essential oil?
Blends with tea tree essential oil

Use as an antibiotic against yeast infections: 5 drops of Melaleuca, 5 drops of Lemon, 5 drops of Oregano

Mix with Lavender oil for treating head lice.

Tea Tree essential oil blends well with Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Geranium, Thyme, and Clary sage.

Safety first: Caution when using Tea Tree essential oil:

Tea Tree oil should not be inhaled as it becomes toxic to children and pets.

Its always advisable to do a patch test before using essential oils.

Use in small quantities.

The best carrier oils that blend well with Tea Tree essential oil are:

Grapeseed oil because it is good for the skin. It has regenerative and restructuring properties. It does not clog pores and may have properties that prevent wrinkles.

Jojoba oil has good nourishing properties for the skin and offers a protective layer to the skin.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil is highly known for its cleansing benefits. That is why it is used in many skin care and cleaning products. It has a strong smell. It is also called Citrus Limon. Lemon essential oil is a versatile oil.

What are the properties of Lemon essential oil that make it a recommendable oil?

Lemon essential oil
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Aromatic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Promotes cognitive ability, it gives you an awakening jumpstart 😊.

What are the uses of Lemon essential oil?

Uses of Lemon essential oil

In the kitchen: Stain removal for gum, oil, grease, and crayons. Is a natural dishwashing soap and as a laundry detergent. Adds a zesty flavor to your food and baked foods. Can also be used to purify tables, stove tops, counter tops, walls. As a refreshing beverage. Saves fruit from browning, like opened apples and pears.

In your lounge: Lemon essential oil is a good furniture spray and is an effective carpet cleaner.

In your bathroom as a toilet bowl cleaner. Good for cleaning sinks, tiles, and bathtub.

Great as a multipurpose cleaner and air purifier all around the house. Get rid of the smoke smell and other toxins in the air by adding eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon oils to vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Aromatically as an air freshener.

On the body: Supports immune and respiratory system. Acts as a skin lightener and improves complexion. It is also a neat oil for acne and blackheads. Reduces stress and anxiety. Eases pain and inflammation. Assists in weight-loss. Relieves nausea. Is a natural reliever from constipation.

Nourishes damaged skin and cellulite. Boosts oral health making it good at teeth whitening and reduces bad breath. Boosts the removal of body toxins. Works at uplifting and encouraging positive moods. Supports respiratory system. Aids in digestion.

What are the best ways to use Lemon essential oil?

Diffusion: Can be added to your diffuser. Can be added as a drop onto a cloth for inhalation.

Added a few drops to hot water, lean over the bowl of water, cover your head and inhale the steam.  

Internally: can be taken as a lovely beverage.

Topically: applied to the skin as a neat oil or with a carrier oil.

What are some blends of other essential oils with Lemon essential oil?

Blends with lemon essential oil

Eucalyptus, tea tree and lemon oils to vinegar and water in a spray bottle as a multipurpose cleaner

Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, baking soda and honey facial wash

Lemon, warm water, honey, ginger, cinnamon as a natural sore throat soother.

Safety first: Caution when using Lemon essential oil:

Lemon essential oil is phototoxic: Avoid sunlight after using it.

Avoid using on pets and children.

Remember to always do a patch test before use even on furniture.

Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding and have other health conditions.  

The best carrier oils that blend well with Lemon essential oil are:

Argan oil contains vitamin A which is good for anti-aging properties.

Grapeseed oil is a beneficial carrier oil for improving the appearance of skin.

Rosehip oil is an antioxidant and helps brighten skin complexion.   

In conclusion: Tea tree essential oil is considered safe as long as it is not inhaled and used in large quantities. It is good for your health, skin and hair conditions. And is considered as a healthy alternative to antibiotics.
Lemon essential oil is versatile. It is used in a lot of common household ingredients for its cleansing and purifying properties. Always find out from your doctor when using essential oils.

Bonus tip: Read here for the shelf life of essential oils: https://www.aromaweb.com/articles/essentialoilshelflifeasp.

FDA DISCLAIMER. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers MrsChettyLife. Happy oiling. Read here on essential oils for #greencleaning:  

https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/top-essential-oils-for-green-cleaning

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Lavender essential oil

As a mother, we want what is best for our children. One way to do this is by using as much natural ingredients as possible. Why not kill two birds with one stone by using a multi-functional, budget friendly Lavender essential oil which can be used for your entire household.

Lavender essential oil is part of the largest oil producing family called the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) also known as the mint family. Lavender oils’ Latin name is Lavandula Angustifolia. Other Essential oils part of this family are Basil, Bergamot Mint, Clary Sage, Melissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Marjoram and Thyme. This post is all about the wonderful uses and benefits of Lavender essential oil. 

Properties and benefits of Lavender oil

Lavender essential oil

Antiseptic- it prevents growth of disease caused by micro-organisms which makes its good for treating fungi and thrush.

Analgesic- it is a natural pain killer that relieves headaches and migraines.

Antidepressant- calming from stress and depression.

Aromatic- can be used as perfume or deodorant and as air fresheners.

Calming itches, dandruff, rashes, thrush and skin irritations.

Strengthens and supports digestive system.

Supports respiratory system- helps with allergies, flus, colds, sore throats etc

Anti-inflammatory- helps reduce inflammation.

Stimulating or healing oil- assists in healing scars, wounds, burns, stretch marks.

Natural insect repellant for fleas, lice, mosquitoes etc

Good Fungicidal oil in the sense that it facilitates in destroying fungi.

Increases blood circulation thus stops nose bleed.

Supports Hair growth.

Good for skin treatments as it treats and prevents acne and aging skin.

Antispasmodic- relaxes muscle spasms.

Common diseases Lavender Essential oil is good for are written below.

Please note that I am not a doctor, please use essential oils with caution and at your own risk. Don’t forget to do a patch test if you have never used the essential oil before. It is also best to ask the advice of your doctor before using this oil especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding and have blood issues. Use carefully around children and pets.

  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer
  • ADHD
  • Antibacterial
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Athletes foot
  • Back pain
  • Bladder infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Boils
  • Bug bites
  • Insect stings
  • Cancer
  • Cellulite
  • Chicken Pox
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colds and Flus
  • Dandruff
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Diaper rash
  • Ear infection
  • Eczema
  • Insomnia
  • Fear
  • Fever
  • Fibroids
  • Hair loss
  • Hangover
  • Heat stroke
  • Itching
  • Jet lag
  • Measles
  • PMS mood swings
  • Scars and stretch marks
  • Stress
  • Sunburn
  • Tonsilitis

Source: https://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com  

Uses of Lavender essential oil for babies.

Uses of lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil is considered generally safe to use while breast feeding and for babies. I will mention this again, do a patch test before use, dilute with a carrier oil and use with caution.

  • Calming and relaxing a fussy baby
  • As a sedative as it encourages sleep in your baby.
  • Reduces the sting of Insect bites and itchy skin.
  • Help alleviate colic
  • Soothes teething irritants
  • Heals wounds. You should keep it as a first aid must have.
  • Calms fever.
  • Eases eczema on your babies delicate skin.
What are the best ways to use Lavender essential oil?

Adding 3-10 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath for relaxation.

Rubbing your temples, neck and forehead to relieve migraines and nose blocks.

Add to your carrier oil or aqueous (unscented) lotion and massage onto skin for a glow, eczema and sun burns

Pour some onto cotton buds and apply onto affected areas on skin for acne and scars

Add some drops to your shampoo for hair growth

Add 10 drops of lavender oil with warm coconut oil, massage onto scalp and wrap your head for an hour for relieving dandruff.

Add to your diffuser.

As a natural cleaner: mix with white vinegar to clean counter tops, stoves and walls.

Add to your mopping water as a deodorizer and tile cleaner.

When scrubbing and sanitizing carpets, a few drops makes them smell fresh.

Drop in your washing machine when washing your towels, pillows and beddings. 

Make your own DIY salt bombs with lavender essential oil.

Drops to pine cone help in refreshing the house smell while being a lovely home decoration.

To your spray or roller bottle as a perfume.   

What can you blend Lavender Essential oil with?
Blends with Lavender essential oil

For efficient effects this essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove bud, Clary sage, Geranium, Lemon, Rosemary, Chamomile, Sweet orange, Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Vetiver.

Carrier oils that blend well with Lavender essential oil are Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Almond oil, sunflower oil and Rosehip oil.

Safety first! Don’t forget to be cautious when using these oils. Ways to be cautious include:
  • Stop use immediately if you notice an allergic reaction to the essential oil such as hives, swelling and difficulty breathing.
  • Do not inhale. Seek medical attention if inhaled accidentally.
  • Do not use if you will be going on a long drive as this essential oil causes sleepiness.
  • Do not use over prolonged periods of time. Use with caution.
  • Store in a dark bottle at room temperature and away from heat and sunlight.
  • Studies suggest that lavender essential oil is linked to breast tissue enlargement that is not suitable for young boys.  

In conclusion: Lavender essential oil is a widely used multipurpose oil that is good for babies as well.  It is one of the few essential oils that you can use without diluting or a carrier oil. Its safer to use with a carrier oil though. Apart from its wonderful smell, it is used for calming stress treatments, skin care routines, hair routines and cleaning routines. Read here for more on essential oils and download your freebie from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils

FDA Disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers and happy oiling, MrsChettyLife. PS let me know in the comments why, how you use lavender essential oil and why you love it.

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Top essential oils for green cleaning

This post concentrates on the top essential oils for green cleaning. By using essential oils, we eliminate the bad and toxic chemicals found in everyday cleaning solutions. Making blends of essential oils kills two birds with one stone.

Top essential oils for green cleaning: What is green cleaning?

green cleaning

According to Wikipedia green cleaning refers to using cleaning products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.

Apart from being environmentally friendly, essential oils are natural cleansing and purifying oils. Most of them according to their properties are antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial oils that make your next cleaning session easier whilst leaving a fresh, rejuvenating and divine smell in your home. There are many Household uses of essential oils which I list below.

Use these essential oils as deodorizers/ air purifiers to make your home more inviting:

  • Cedarwood
  • Yarrow
  • Tangerine
  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Cilantro
  • Juniper berry
  • Black pepper
  • Tea tree
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Citronella

Disinfecting your home with these:

  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Thyme
  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Citronella
  • Vetiver
  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit

Are bugs bothering you and your home? Lucky enough, these can be used as natural insect repellants:

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  • Eucalyptus
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium

Have your clothes smelling divine and remove stains with these as laundry detergents or you may use fabric softeners:

  • Tea tree
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot

Germs and grime in the toilet bowl will be killed with these as your toilet cleaner:

  • Lime
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree

Top essential oils for green cleaning.

The anti-bacterial properties in these essential oils will do the kill and prevent bacteria from brewing in your home:

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  • Thyme
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Tea tree
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

As well as the anti-fungal properties in:

  • Clove Bud
  • Pine
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang
  • Camphor
  • Citronella
  • Geranium
  • Patchouli
  • Tea tree
  • Rosewood
  • Cinnamon

Not forgetting the antiseptic properties in:  

  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove Bud
  • Allspice
  • Dill
  • Carrot seed
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cilantro

Replace your dishwashing liquid naturally with:

  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Thyme
  • Tea tree

The multifunctional properties in these below will serve as multipurpose cleaners:

  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Wild Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood

Revive your dull looking furniture with these as a polish for furniture, tiles, floors, windows, and walls:

  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Bergamot for wood
  • Lemon
  • Tea tree
  • Pine

Make your home smell fresh, rejuvenating and divine with these wonderful air fresheners:

  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Ylang ylang
  • Vetiver          
  • Orange
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Roman Chamomile

In addition to this top essential oils for green cleaning, others include:

Lemon is a stain remover, shower head, fridge, and microwave cleaner.

Peppermint, Tea tree, Lavender and Eucalyptus make a bed bud killer recipe.

Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Orange are best to de-grease those stubborn grease stains.

Other ingredients to use when cleaning with essential oils:

Apart from your basic mop, scrubbing brush, broom, toilet brush, sponges, feather dusters, newspaper and toothbrush for windows, you will also need a few more things listed below.  

Baking soda is a non-toxic cleaner that can be used for scouring ovens, stoves, and sinks. It is good at absorbing and eliminating smells.

Borax can be used as a good laundry detergent, for scrubbing, mold, sinks and unclogging drains.

Vodka or Rubbing alcohol is a good disinfectant, kills mildew, antiseptic.

Sea salt is a scouring agent, catalyst and deodorizer.

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar: Helps dissolve stubborn smells, grime, stains, and buildup.

Use organic inexpensive olive oil as your carrier oil and polisher.

Distilled or pre-boiled water.

Dark Glass spray bottles to store your essential oil mixtures safely.

Microfiber cloths are good for absorption and leave a streak free surface.

Gloves to protect your hands.

Bucket to mix ingredients and for mopping.

Measuring equipment for measuring every drop.

Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial ingredients.

Safety first! Don’t forget to be cautious when using these oils. Ways to be cautious include:  

Be careful when using Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and pine.

Also take note of essential oils that are not advisable to be used under certain health conditions like pregnancy, breastfeeding, elderly and blood-related issues.

Please keep out of reach for children (this includes pets).

Some essential oils phototoxic and require that you should not be exposed to the sun after using them. Such as Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Cumin, Dill, Wild orange.  

Remember to avoid inhalation.

Avoid misuse of essential oils. Use a few drops only as essential oils are highly concentrated. A little goes a long way.  

Always research thoroughly on properties, uses, adverse reactions and safety before using each essential oil.

Use in an aerated room (open the windows) when using these ingredients.

Always wash your hands after handling essential oils.

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Store your oils in a safe, dark and water-free environment.

You wouldn’t like your precious furniture to be damaged because of these essential oils so remember to do a patch test first.    

In conclusion:

Have fun (as much as I do) when cleaning with top essential oils for cleaning. According to your likes, the air fresheners can be sweet, minty or woodsy. You can try and play with oils to get your best.

Remember to be cautious when using essential oils and store away safely. doTERRA https://www.doterra.com/US/en offers natural cleaning blends if you don’t want to DIY. I received the best news that doTERRA is coming to South Africa soon. I can’t wait.  
You may read here as well on all you need to know about essential oils: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils-101/.

FDA Disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers and happy oiling 😊, MrsChettyLife.