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Essential oils for babies

Essential oils should be used on babies who are 6 months and older. Although essential oils are beneficial to babies, a little goes a long way. Always dilute with a carrier oil. Educate yourself thoroughly on each use.

Essential oils to use on babies:

  • Roman chamomile: insomnia, fussiness
  • Lavender: calming, soothes diaper rash, teething, unopen wounds, scratches and bumps.
  • Frankincense
  • Dill: for gas
  • Mandarin: restful
  • Tea tree: as an antibiotic, eases thrush.
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cypress
  • Sandalwood (Australian)
  • Geranium Bourbon
  • Sweet Orange: uplifting mood
  • Yarrow (Blue): soothes diaper rash
  • Bergamot: relaxing, enhances sleep.
  • Cedarwood Atlas
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum Italicum
  • Rose Otto
  • Carrotseed
  • Fir needle
  • Grapefruit
  • Copaiba

Why use essential oils on babies:

  • For calming
  • For sleep
  • To sooth Teething irritants
  • To purify the air
  • Helps soothe colds and flus
  • Manages pain and fresh closed wounds
  • Eases diaper rash, you may use essential oils around the private areas, inner thighs.

Do NOT use these essential oils for babies:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Wintergreen
  3. Camphor
  4. Rosemary
  5. Thyme
  6. Eucalyptus
  7. Clove
  8. Birch (Sweet)
  9. Mustard
  10. Garlic
  11. Oregano
  12. Wormseed
  13. Star Anise
  14. Lemongrass
  15. Myrtle
  16. Hyssop
  17. Ylang-ylang
  18. Citronella
  19. Bay
  20. Clary Sage
  21. Avoid premixed Essential oils unless you have patch tested each ingredient.

Carrier oils to use on babies:

If you like you may use carrier oils on their own as they provide wonderful therapeutic benefits. It is also a great idea to mix carrier oils to make salves.

Sunflower oil

Fractionated coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Calendula oil

Sweet Almond (unless allergic to nuts)

Grapeseed (unless allergic to grapes)

Cocoa butter

Other carriers:

Honey

Vegetable glycerine

Beeswax (unless your child is allergic to bees)

Safety (Caution):

ALWAYS dilute essential oils before use.

Keep in a cool dark place that is lockable and out of reach.

Store in glass containers.

ALWAYS do a patch test.

Avoid prolonged use of essential oils.

Oils make you and your child slippery. So be careful.

Be sure to follow correct dilution and usage. Diffuse for 30 minutes maximum at a time. Switch off for an hour and diffuse again.

Use one essential oil / carrier oil at a time.

Keep out of reach for children.

If irritation occurs, stop use immediately.

Do not replace essential oils with a child’s medication.

Consult your paediatrician for any concerns.

Be careful when using essential oils on yourself to avoid exposing your child.

Essential oils should NOT be ingested by children unless with advise of a doctor.

Keep diffusers on a high steady spot away from furniture (so that children do not climb to reach).

Always use best quality, organic essential oils.

Educate yourself as a parent on each essential oils, knowing the therapeutic uses, safety and what to look for and do, incase of an emergency.

Also spot for allergic reactions in children.

Do not use essential oils if your child is on medication. Some essential oils may alter medication.

Do not use if your child has broken or damaged skin and open wounds.

ALWAYS supervise children when using essential oils. Wash hands after use.

DO NOT place essential oils on the ears, mouth, nose, eyes and private parts for children. Avoid all openings on the body.

Keep E.O’s away from direct heat and sunlight.

If you are unsure, do not use, trust your instinct.

Add orifice reducers preferably, to all your essential oils as these limit the amount of E.O’s that come out.

Be smart, savvy and safe.

Dosage and Dilution:

To more than 10ml (8 drops of carrier oil / 2 tbsps)

6 Months to 1 year – add 1 drop of E.O

2 to 3 years – 2 to 3 drops of E.O

4 to 6 years and elderly – 4 to 8 drops of E.O

7 to 12 years – 8 to 12 drops

Best places to apply essential oils on babies:

  • Bottom of feet
  • Back of the neck
  • Rub into temples, be sure that it does not drip into eyes
  • Behind ears
  • Belly
  • Back
  • Jawline to sooth teething.
Best Method of application:
  • Diffusing
  • Baby massage diluted with a carrier oil
  • Baby bath
  • Foot soak
  • Chest rub
  • Compress
  • Add to unscented lotion, avoid putting on the face.

Sun sensitivity (phototoxic) essential oils:

Avoid going into direct sunlight after using Citrus essential oils= Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine. They are phototoxic and may cause skin reactions.

Other phototoxic essential oils are Dill, Rue, Cumin.

Blends:
  • Chest rub to ease congestion:

Lavender – 3 drops

Tea tree – 2 drops

Frankincense 2 drops as well

2 drops Cedarwood

3 drops Wild orange

1 ½ tbsp. Shea butter

1 ½ tbsp. fractionated Coconut oil

  • To uplift mood:

1 drop Lavender and Sweet Orange

1 tbsp . of any Carrier oil

  • For cradle cap

1 drop each of Sweet Orange and Tea tree, Geranium and Lavender

½ cup unscented lotion

  • For sleep

1 drop Cedarwood

1 drop Lavender

2 tbsps. carrier oil

1 drop vetiver

  • Teething

1 drop of Roman Chamomile

1 drop of Lavender

A tbsp. of carrier oil / (½ cup oats and drop Tea tree in a bath for diaper rash)

  • Boost immune system especially during flu / cold season for diffusing

Frankincense (1 drop)

A drop Sweet Orange

Lavender 1 drop

  • 10 drops Helichrysum

6 drops Roman Chamomile

20 drops Lavender

30ml of Carrier oil.

  • Soothing repairing salve

¼ cup fractionated coconut oil

¼ cup olive oil

A tbsp. Coconut oil

20 drops Lavender

1tbsp beeswax

12 drops of Frankincense

10 drops Sweet Orange

8 drops Tea tree

Hydrosols:

If you are uncertain, you may still use the benefits of E.O’s by using hydrosols. Hydrosols is the aromatic water that remains after essential oils have been steam distilled. A fraction of essential oils remains in hydrosols and are beneficial.

They are safer and gentler to use for children. Storing them in the fridge for up to 24 months. Hydrosols are great sprays with anti-inflammatory properties for calming and uplifting. They are a better alternative for baby baths, sun burns on babies and foot scrubs.

In conclusion: Essential oils for babies are highly beneficial as well as using the alternative of hydrosols. Be smart, savvy and safe when using them.

Read more here: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/how-to-calm-a-fussy-baby/

Sources: https://naha.org

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Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Cheers, happy oiling, MrsChettyLife.

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Essentials for essential oils

Everything needed for essential oils. When I began experimenting with essential oils, I read a lot on the vast uses and things you can do with essential oils. I read about what you can make with them and the different methods of application or the different ways you can deliver and use essential oils. Essentials for essential oils.

Everything essential oils

I realized that I will not be able to use essential oils on their own. Most other than neat essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil and equipment is needed for this. Essential oils can also be added to a lot of DIY natural living strategies.

I have researched a ton and come up with this list of essentials for essential oils. This is everything that you need when using essential oils. This includes as a business for example in soap making or as a hobby and for personal use. I hope this list is comprehensive enough to get you started.

Essentials for essential oils when using them aromatically and topically:

Diffusers: You may use candle diffusers, water diffusers, glass diffusers and or nebulizing diffusers. According to your preferences but nebulizers are the best because no water or heat is used. Therefore, you are using essential oils in their purest form.

Dark glass bottles in various sizes 10ml, 30ml 60ml.

Measuring cups and spoons.

Airtight containers for storing salts, bath bombs, powdered washing powder.

Pump bottles ideal for lotions, conditioners, fabric softeners and shampoo.

Roller bottles for roll ons, roller blends and perfumes.

Spray bottles for air freshners and cleaning.

Glass jars for scrubs, balms and salves.

Orifice reducers in various sizes to stop the overflow of the essential oils, these measure the amount of drops.

Essentials for essential oils

Waterproof labels to write down the name of the blend, date made and essential oils included.

Pens and markers.

Inhaler tubs: for making easy essential oil inhalers. http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/boost-respiratory-system/

Soap molds for use in DIY soap making

Brown sugar for making sugar scrubs.

Spritzer.

Honey

Salts, Butters and waxes

Witch hazel or vodka or rubbing alcohol.

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Aloe Vera gel

Distilled water

Various carrier oils according to their characteristic properties and your preferences.

Castile soap, sal suds or any unscented soap

Paper towels for use when making DIY cleaning wipes.

Unscented lotion

Cornflour or arrowroot powder

Glycerine

Bicarbonate of soda and or borax

Microfiber cloths

Vitamin E oil

Double boiler for warming substances such as beeswax.

Hydrosols are also a great thing to have.

Other essentials for essential oils include:

Other equipment to assist you when cleaning with essential oils. http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/top-essential-oils-for-green-cleaning/

Your sense of smell and creativity: You need your sense of smell to notice if your essential oils are not good for use.

Patience

Never give up, essential oils are delicate, they may seem overwhelming. Start slowly with a few oils, get to know them well and grow your base with other oils. And if one blend is a total flop, try another and try again.

Space in your fridge: To increase the shelf life of carrier oils and essential oils, they need to be stored in a cool dark place. A fridge is the most ideal.

Creative how to guides: if you are exploring essential oils you will need creative how to guides and blends, while you experiment with your own.

Specific conditions in your household such as health conditions, ages, allergies, likes, dislikes, pregnancy, pets and children. Remember some essential oils and carrier oils cannot be used on such with conditions as these mentioned.

Therapeutic properties, safety and prerequisites of each essential oil is a must know.

Experience is the best teacher. In order to understand essential oils, you should be able to have used them to give the best advice.

Have fun, essential oils are meant to make your life easier, so don’t strain yourself. Educate yourself as much as you can on essential oils and carrier oils.

Essentials

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your doctor.

In conclusion: everything needed when using essential oils. Essentials for essential oils for various methods or application. Read all about Lavender Essential oil, Tea tree and Lemon Essential oils, and Essential oils 101.

Good read: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/methods-of-application/

Cheers MrsChettyLife, happy oiling 😊.

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Natural Salts, butters and waxes:

Natural butters, salts and waxes: It is important to know what type of natural salts, butters, and waxes to use as carriers for essential oils and their properties.

This helps in boosting the ingredients in essential oils. Their properties help when deciding what will work best for each function especially for skin.

Natural Butters:

natural butters

Almond butter:

Contains fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, dietary fiber and manganese. Almond butter is made from tree nut. Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats, riboflavin, phosphorus, copper, Vitamins E, B12 and magnesium.

All these are great for your body and skin. The fats in Almond butter lower the risk of heart disease, cholesterol thus regulating heart health.  

Aloe butter:

Aloe butter is soothing to the skin, absorbs quickly, and restores the skins moisture. It contains natural anti-inflammatory and is high in lignin making it easier to draw ingredients into the skin.

It blends well with essential oils. As it is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B, Choline, B12, Folic Acid and high in antioxidants. Assisting with wound healing and inflamed skin.

Avocado butter:

Avocado butter is made from the flesh of avocados. It richly contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, protein, potassium and antioxidants. It is a great absorbent. Soothes irritated skin and has antiaging properties and leaves the skin feeling soft and revived.

Bacuri butter:

Originally from northern Brazil. It is extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Bacuri tree. It acts as an insect repellant and great for problematic skin.

A great moisturizer and has antiaging properties. It contains Sulphur and amino acids. Is anti-bacterial and antiviral. Reduces stretch marks as well.  

Babassu refined butter:

It is moisturizing and doesn’t clog pores. Being lightweight and absorbs easily. Babassu butter is made from the nuts of the Babassu Palm tree in Brazil. It contains vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids.

It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-microbial. Therefore, fights acne, soothes rashes, dry, itchy scalp, relieves sunburn and is used as a hair conditioner amongst other uses.   

Cocoa butter:

Is a vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa butter contains numerous fatty acids, antioxidants and emollient properties. It smells lovely. Fatty acids nourish, moisturize, hydrate and protect the skin. Good for dry skin and great to use during winter.

Cupuacu natural butter:

Cupuacu butter is made in Brazil from Cupuacu seeds. Being lightweight and moisturizes the skin for a longer time, thus causing deep penetration into the skin.

It improves the skins elasticity and reduces blemishes. Has antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, omega fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, and C, amino acids and calcium.

Jojoba butter:

Made in Southern California. Jojoba oil contains similar oils and fatty acids to the human skin natural oils (sebum) there as improving the texture of the skin. As well as a great moisturizer. It also contains proteins and minerals.

Great for all skin types including hypoallergenic skin. A must-have in your skin regime. Great absorbent and spreads easily for adding essential oils to your skin.  

Kokum butter:

Made from the seeds of Kokum tree. Has lots of fatty acids. Kokum butter melts slightly at contact with the skin. It has antioxidant properties, antiaging, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Ideal for damaged and sensitive skin. Kokum butter has healing properties as well as nourishing to the skin.

Kombo natural butters:

Derived from the seeds of the African Nutmeg found in West Africa (Ghana). Being anti-allergic, antifungal, anti-microbial and contains antioxidants makes it great for adding to essential oils as a skin rub. It absorbs quickly, helps alleviate muscle and joint pain while soothing irritated and dry skin in its unrefined form.

Macadamia nut butter:

Rich in vitamins B6, E, fiber, nutrients, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, healthy fats (monounsaturated fats) and antioxidants. Macadamia nuts are widely grown in Australia. They regulate heart, gut health and aid in weight loss.

natural butters

Mango butter:

Mango butter contains Vitamins A, E and C, antioxidants and emollient properties. It hydrates and balance skin, antiaging and complexion. Works wonders on skin and hair. Mango butter is extracted from the mango kernel originated from India. Great for insect bites, poison ivy, frostbite and damaged hair.

Murumuru butter:

Astrocaryum Murumuru seed butter is native to the Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Brazil and extracted from the seeds of the Murumuru palm tree.

It forms a glossy film while nourishing, protecting and moisturizing skin and hair. Containing Vitamins and fatty acids. It doesn’t clog pores and is good on problematic skin prone to breakout.

Orange peel butter:

Derived from orange peels that improve and tone oily skin. Orange peels contain Bioflavonoids that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite and anti-irritant properties. Moisturizing and has excellent spreadability on skin. It smells lovely too.  

Rosehip natural butters:

Vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids which help in nourishing, smoothing, protecting and revitalizing skin. Great for dry, capped hair and aging skin. Rosehip butter works well on all skin types and absorbs quickly.

It gives a natural glow to skin and may reduce the appearance of scars. Extraction from the seeds of Rose Canina bush. It is non-irritating and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Sal seed butter:

Sal seed butter doesn’t leave an oily residue. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While being rich in vitamins and fatty acids. It heals damaged hair and dry skin.

Sal seed butter is made from the seeds of Shorea robusta (Sal) tree in India. It also relieves itching and rashes. It is believed to flush toxins out of the body.

Shea butter:

Made in Africa from the nuts of Karite tree. Rich in Omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Acts as a natural sunscreen. Shea butter helps to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Eases razor bumps, insect bites, darkens stretch marks, sunburn, wrinkles and itching. Contains Vitamins A, E and F. It also blends well with other oils.

Soynut butter:

Made from soybeans in East Asia. It is cholesterol free and contains all the essential amino acids needed for growth. It contains Saturated Fat, Carbohydrates, Protein, Sodium, Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus.

Tangerine butter:

Tangerine butter is made from the peels of tangerines. It is a soft butter. It has an uplifting and tangy aromatic scent. Great for oily skin and contains Vitamin A.

It has stress relieving benefits and carries well with citrus essential oils such as Lemon, Orange, Lime and Grapefruit. It maybe photosensitive as it contains citrus oils. Therefore, it should not be used before going out in the sun.

Tucuma natural butters:

Is a vegetable silicone made in Brazil from the seeds and Tucuma oil pulp of Tucuma palm tree. Improves elasticity and makes the skin smooth and supple. It contains antioxidant properties, Vitamins A and fatty acids. Tucuma butter contains antioxidant properties and emollient properties. It leaves off a glossy shine and is a great moisturizer.  

Ucuuba butter:

Needs to be mixed with a carrier oil for application because it is very hard. Ucuuba butter is made from the seeds of the Ucuuba tree in Brazil. It contains Fatty acids, Vitamin A and C. It helps in regulating the immune system. Has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiaging properties.

Coconut butter:

Coconut butter is made from pureeing coconut meat. It contains proteins, magnesium, potassium and iron. Best used on aging and dry skin. It is believed to have healing and softening properties for hair and skin.

Butters, salts and waxes

Salts:

Natural salts

Epsom salt:

Epsom salt is known as magnesium sulfate. It is known to relax your body and muscles. Increase muscle and nerve function, may improve blood circulation. Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural cleanser and exfoliator. Can be used as an abrasive scrub and natural fertilizer.  

Himalayan salt:

Himalayan salt is a rock salt mined in Pakistan. It is minimally processed which makes it free of additives. It contains sodium chloride slightly less than normal salt and is pink in color. There is a possibility of containing minerals and trace elements.

It is added to bath salts that help relax muscles. Himalayan salt is also made into salt lamps that are believed to clear the air, improve skin and respiratory problems. Other minerals include small quantities of calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Waxes:

Waxes

Beeswax:

Beeswax is a natural substance that is secreted from bees. It has antiseptic, emulsifying properties, antibacterial, antioxidant and air purifying properties. Beeswax burns slow, smokeless and long leaving off the scent of honey.

It hydrates and soothes the skin and hair while relieving itchiness. Largely contains fatty acids and hydrocarbons. Works great on sensitive, dry and cracked skin and hair.  

Carnauba wax:

Is made from the leaves of Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) palm tree in Brazil. It is a natural emulsifier and hardening agent. It has protective qualities from heat, sun rays and water making it great for polishes. Carnauba wax has hypoallergenic properties. However, it may cause dry and itchy eyes. It is a good car wax.

Candelilla wax:

Another vegan wax used in soap making and lip balms. Candelilla wax has a high melting point. It contains stabilizing and emulsifying properties in balms, creams, salves and lotions. Easily absorbed into the skin and hair conditioning, odorless and is rich in nutrients.

Soy wax melts:

A natural moisturizer for dry elbows and knees. It is a better alternative in candle making. It doesn’t contain paraffin and petroleum which are harmful to skin and environment. Being a vegetable-based wax made from soybeans. Soy wax melts are vegan, renewable, biodegradable and nontoxic.

In conclusion:

Don’t forget to use natural butters, salts and waxes in their natural, unrefined form. Don’t forget to also check the ingredients if you are allergic to any one of the ingredients they are made from.

Remembering to do a spot check before use. You may have to heat up or use oil to some of these butters. Butters, salts and waxes come in hard solid form at room temperature.

Butters, salts and waxes

Therefore, Store natural butters, salts and waxes in dry, dark places for a longer shelf life. Keep away from pets and children. Taking note not to inhale these substances. And a little goes a long way. Practicing caution when mixing ingredients so as not to mix too much of one ingredient.

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Sources: www.wikipedia.org

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Cheers MrsChettyLife. Happy oiling.

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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:

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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.

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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.

Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

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?

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:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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

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.

Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

Essential oils 101

The most useful guide to essential oils you will need.

Essential oils 101.

Comprehensive guide to essential oils

Essential oils are one thing I heard about a lot but never bothered to try. My sister in law bought us Camphor essential Oil, Eucalyptus essential oil and mustard essential oil. I use eucalyptus oil to deodorize the air and cleaning. My interest for essential oils then grew. I love how I use a small drop of eucalyptus essential oil and that drop goes far in refreshing the smell in my house.

My son is going through a sleep regression and I began to research more on these oils. I also spoke to Shannon at www.merelymeadows.com and she was very resourceful. I bought my first lavender essential oil. Did a patch test on my son. He slept like the baby he is, and I love how it works. This intrigued me and that’s what inspired this post on essential oils.

Download your list of common essential oils and their uses at the end of this post. 

What are they?

Essential oils are the aromatic life source of a plant. They derive from herbs, flowers and other plants. They are used in Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy (also known as essential oil therapy) is the use of naturally extracted plant aromas to promote physical and emotional well-being. Aromatherapy is commonly used in spas.

Caution

  • Use in moderation, that is in small quantities (10 drops) and not with prolonged use. Essential oils are highly concentrated.
  • Some oils must be diluted while a few can be used without dilution such as chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, cypress and rose.
  • Do not use essential oils if you are epileptic or blood conditions
  • Store all essential oils in dark glass bottles.
  • Be careful when using essential oils around children and pets.
  • Close essential oils tightly when not in use.
  • Keep them out of direct sunlight, oxygen, heat and humidity.
  • Avoid water getting into the bottle.
  • Wash your hands after using essential oils.
  • Essential oils should not be taken internally, they are only for external use unless medically advised.
  • Always blend essential oils with a carrier oil or unscented lotion before applying to the skin.
  • Avoid essential oils getting in contact with your eyes. Rinse with milk or vegetable oil if this occurs. Go visit a doctor immediately.
  • Many essential oils are photosensitizers (which means that they increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun), you should not apply essential oils before going into the sun.
  • Research on an essential oil on its uses, safety and adverse effects before using it.
  • If irritation occurs, stop using the oil immediately.
  • Should be kept out of reach of children.
  • Are flammable, keep away from a naked flame.
  • Pregnant women should not use essential oils without consulting a doctor.
  • Should not be used on people who are ill or who have torn muscles or broken bones.
  • Essential oils should not replace the advice of a medical practitioner and should not be used to cure a medical condition unless prescribed by a medical practitioner.

How and where to use essential oils

  • Blend with carrier oil. Use in small quantities 10 drops of essential oil to about 20ml of vegetable oil
  • As a spritzer. Add to your water bottle and spray in well ventilated rooms.
  • Steam inhaler: add 7 drops in a bowl of boiling water, cover your head with a towel over the bowl, close your eyes and breathe through your nose. Eucalyptus, thyme and tea tree can be used this way.
  • You may also diffuse essential oils in a water based vapourizer.
  • Add 10 drops to your bath.
  • As a massage oil if blended with a carrier oil.
  • For use in hair care products.
  • Added to skincare products after the patch test has been carried out.
  • As a bath salt.
  • As lip balms and salves.
  • As a perfume, use with caution.

Essential oils that are safe for baby and their uses

  • Chamomile oil is good for insomnia, colic, teething and helps uplift babies’ mood. It has natural soothing properties.
  • Dill oil soothes indigestion.
  • Lavender oil helps relax a fussy baby and induces sleep. It is calming and helps relive insect bites.
  • Distilled Lemon oil helps uplift mood.
  • Tea tree is natural antimicrobial, antifungal, and disinfectant. Add a maximum of 10 few drops of tea tree oil to an unscented oil or lotion to help with diaper rash and fungal infections. Tea tree oil is a strong oil. Do a patch test before use.
  • Eucalpytus radiata helps unclog respiratory system. Make sure it is Eucalpytus Radiata.
  • Mandarin oil can be used if lavender oil irritates your baby.
  • Marjoram can help to increase circulation and ease muscles and joint pain.

Caution when using essential oils on babies.

  • Use only on infants who are 3 months and older.
  • Use organic oils.
  • Use in moderation.
  • If irritation occurs stop use immediately.
  • Always mix with carrier oil.
  • Essential oils are not to be taken orally.

It is not recommended to use the following on babies

Essential Oil                     Latin Name

Bay                                      Pimento racemosa

Cinnamon bark or leaf  Cinnamomum zeylanicum*

Clove bud                         Syzygium aromaticum

Citronella                          Cymbopogon nardus

Cumin                                Cuminum cyminum

Lemongrass                      Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon verbena              Lippia citriodora

Oregano                            Origanum vulgare

Tagetes                              Tagetes minuta

Thyme ct. thymol           Thymus vulgaris

How to know if the essential oil is pure.

  • Buy from a trustworthy source.
  • Should be in a glass dark bottle.
  • Place a single drop on white printer paper and let dry. If an oily ring left is behind, it’s not a pure essential oil. This is exceptional on heavy oils such as sandalwood.
  • Make sure the plant’s Latin name is listed on the label of the essential oil.
  • Must specifically state that it is an essential oil.

Why use essential oils.

They are natural. They also have multipurpose functions. Their properties help with a lot of things. They smell wonderful.

What is a patch test?

A patch test is a test to see if your baby is allergic to that essential oil. Do in bits, diluted with a carrier oil and one at a time. Apply a drop of diluted essential oil onto a spot on your baby’s leg or arm. Wait for at least 24 hours to see if there is a reaction. If a reaction in form of redness, itchiness or irritability occurs, discontinue use. If no reaction occurs, you may likely move forward with applying the essential oil.

What is a carrier oil?

Vegetable oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil are good carrier oils as they blend well with most oils and are nourishing to the skin.

Purpose / advantages of them according to the specific oil.

They have many advantages. It is also good to mix oils for a good effect. A few are mentioned below.

  • Peppermint increases concentration, clarity of mind and enthusiasm and reduces fatigue.
  • Lemon oil protects the skin from ageing.
  • Rose oil is used as a skin toner and is often used in skincare preparations.
  • Clary Sage relieves premenstrual cramps.
  • Eucalyptus oil relaxes nervous tension and aching muscles.
  • Tea tree oil is used for the treatment of acne, burns, cuts and wounds.
  • Bergamot is a good mood booster.
  • Lemon and eucalyptus oils purify the air.
  • Lavender oil can be rubbed into the temples of your head and forehead to relieve headaches and reduce insomnia.
  • Natural insect repellent such as neem oil.
  • Geranium, rosemary and ginger detoxify body tissues such as liver.
  • Coconut oil and lime are hair strengtheners.
  • Thyme treats skin disorders such as acne, eczema and athlete’s foot and relieves pain.
  • Peppermint and rosemary clear out respiratory tract during coughs and sore throats
  • Tea tree and lavender control dandruff.
  • According to the smell you like: Lavender, rose, Jasmine are nice smelling for the house and as perfumes.
  • Lemon and wild orange are used as cleaning agents.
  • Rosemary balances hormones.
  • Oregano helps with skin conditions such as eczema.
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 In conclusion: Essentials oils should be used in the right way and with caution. Other than that, they are good for multiple uses. Most skincare and medicines have essential oils in them. Read https://naha.org/index.php/explore-aromatherapy/safety/ on essential oils safety.

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