What is one of life's little pleasures that you most enjoy? Speaking for myself, I would have to say that connecting with people that are able to inform and enlighten not only myself but others as well is very fulfilling. Being able to transcend the boundaries of our central geographic locations to include our social reach to grasp a global perspective is always thrilling. Reaching out to connect with one another is how I was able to be introduced to a few basic essential oils, along with a few recipes for making my own DIY green cleaning products. Please be advised that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any type of disease. Thank you to Suzanne from Healthy Ever Afters for providing sample-sized oils from dōTERRA for the purpose of facilitating this honest and informative advertorial. This post may contain affiliate links.
Curiosity about preventative ways to keep my family healthy and learning ways in which dōTERRA can help to reduce the discomfort of so many health conditions was of great personal interest. Knowing a little about essential oils and not very much about dōTERRA, it was surprising to learn that essential oils have traditionally been used in food preparation, beauty treatments, and for personal health and wellness. Essential oils are extracted from bark, seeds, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of the plant using the steam of distillation or by cold pressed extraction. Suzanne explains, "Have you ever squeezed an orange peel or walked through a garden of flowers and enjoyed their fragrances? If so, you have already experienced an example of the aromatic qualities of essential oils. While essential oils are vital in the development and health of plants, individuals have long been able to benefit from their natural benefits in many aspects of day-to-day life." My introduction to essential oils began with Lemon, lavender, peppermint, wild orange and ginger. With allergies causing sneezing, red and itchy eyes and sinus congestion, the combination of Lemon, lavender and peppermint was recommended by Suzanne as a topical application for seasonal allergy relief. I'm enjoying a little aromatherapy from using ginger and peppermint for motion sickness and nausea. I also use peppermint to help when I feel the onset of a migraine. Rubbing just a few drops of peppermint and wild orange essential oils is an aromatic and invigorating, mood booster that really gets me feeling rejuvenated. I highly recommend this quick mental reset! When selecting oils for personal use there are two important factors to consider in the effectiveness and quality of essential oils. The organic plant potency and the essential Oil purity. If the growing conditions of the plants are not meeting optimal conditions, the efficacy of the oil is comprised. Likewise, oils that contain contaminants such as filler, pesticides or other chemical residues or have been diluted, diminish their purity and strength. The effects of essential oils are most beneficial when used in their purest form. A contributing factor to Suzanne and so many other independent distributors, referred to as Wellness Advocates are supporters of the dōTERRA brand is the "production and distribution of exceptionally high quality Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils." In reviewing the product selections, I observed that dōTERRA also offers products that are "naturally safe, purely effective, and infused with their CPTG essential oils, including personal care and spa products, nutritional supplements, and healthy living products." It's an sad reality to know that we are introduced to more harmful toxins on a daily basis than our ancestors were exposed to in their entire lives. As an advocate for green living for our family, I enjoy finding those brands and products that can help our family and other families to reduce our contact with toxins in our environments. Here are a few ways that dōTERRA products can help to turn your home into a green home with their products and D0 It Yourself (DIY) household products based from essential oils.
dōTERRAOnguard Cleaner Concentrate & Laundry Soap
On Guard Laundry Detergent is a naturally-based, highly-concentrated 6X laundry detergent that utilizes the power of On Guard Protective Blend and bio-originated enzymes for amazingly clean clothes. Formulated to be non-toxic and biodegradable, it is friendly for the whole family as well as the environment. I keep another bottle with peppermint for pests like ants. Here are a few more fun cleaning recipes from the doTERRA blog. There are many household uses and health benefits to using dōTERRA’s lemon essential oil. Lemon essential oil is a great boost to the effectiveness of cleaning with green products and creates a lasting, aromatic scent, without irritating your eyes, airways or skin. Another benefit is knowing that green products do not pollute and contaminate the air or our streams.
Try these recipes for simple DIY natural, green products to clean and deodorize with lemon essential oil.
Lemon Scented Furniture Polish (Test a small area prior to use)
*Lemon Essential Oil *Olive Oil (A natural oil that nourishes and polishes wood) Combine 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil to 1/4 cup of amount of olive oil.
Mix thoroughly and gently apply with a clean cloth. Follow with a final buffing for a lasting polish.
Lemon Scented Household Disinfectant (Test a small area prior to use) *Lemon Essential Oil * Lavender Essential Oil *White Fir Essential Oil *Plant-Based Liquid Soap *1 Quart Water in Spray Bottle Fill spray bottle with water and add approximately 3 drops of plant-based liquid soap. Add 5-10 drops each of your preference of lemon, lavender, and white fir essential oils to the soap and water.
Shake well and apply to surfaces with a clean cloth.
Lemon Scented Floor Cleaner (Test a small area prior to use)
*Lemon Essential Oil *Oregano Essential Oil *Distilled White Vinegar *I Gallon of Water in Bucket Pour 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar into the bucket of water. Add 10-20 drops lemon essential oil to water.
Add 3 drops oregano essential oil to water. Mix thoroughly for use with a clean mop or cloth.
Lemon Scented Mold & Mildew Spray(Test a small area prior to use) *Lemon Essential Oil *Melaleuca Essential Oil *Distilled White Vinegar in Spray bottle Pour 2 cups of distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle.
Shake well and carefully spray on area, wipe away with a clean cloth.
Lemon Scented Window Cleaner (Test a small area prior to use)
*Lemon Essential Oil *Distilled White Vinegar **1/2 Quart Water in Spray Bottle Add 1 cup distilled white vinegar to water in the spray bottle. Add to preference 10-15 drops lemon essential oil into spray bottle.
Mix well and spray onto windows. Wipe clean with a dry cloth or newspaper.
If you're interested in trying any of the products mentioned here, head over to Suzanne at Healthy Ever Afters!
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