Recipe: Hand Sanitizer

I have to confess that though I love being able to use all natural and simple ingredients, I am not exactly scared off by chemicals or against them. That being said, I have found a wonderful hand sanitizer recipe that I love and it has very simple ingredients. I made this one mostly on my own, but I used ideas from a few different recipes I found. I hope you like it!

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Deep Cleaning Your Diffuser

Hello all, last time I posted about my every day diffuser spray to do spot cleans between uses (you can find that here). Today, I want to let you all know how I deep clean my diffuser. I try to do this once a week, but realistically, it happens twice a month ( I still ALWAYS use my spray though). This cleaning method not only cleans the water chamber, but it also cleans inside the lid an all those nooks and crannies that hard to get every day.

  • All you need is filtered/distilled water and distilled white vinegar.
  • Fill the chamber up about 1/4+1/8 of the way (so just under halfway) with vinegar.
  • Fill the rest up with your water.
  • Run the diffuser for as long as you can stand the smell of the vinegar. It will be unpleasant, but it does a good job. You don’t need to run it until the chamber is empty. I would recommend at least 10 minutes, but I usually do about 30 minutes.
  • When finished, dump the remaining solution out.
  • I like to wipe out the chamber with a soft cloth after this step.
  • Fill up with just water.
  • Run for at least 10 minutes to “rinse.” You can run it until the chamber is empty if you choose to since it’s just water. It’s really up to you.
  • After this, I like to let my diffuser just air dry for a few hours after this. Once dry, it’s ready to use again and should be free of any oily residue or leftover scents.

I hope this helps you out. Vinegar is a really great do-it-all product when it comes to dealing with essential oils.

Hope you all had a decent Monday and are ready to have a terrific Tuesday full of essential oils. 🙂

Diffuser Cleaning Spray

If you own an essential oil diffuser, you probably are aware of the importance of cleaning it frequently. Taking care of your diffuser is critical for its performance.

Here is just a quick tip before I go into the recipe: Make sure you at the very least wipe out the water chamber after each use with a soft, damp (not soaking wet) cloth. The spray I am about to discuss is a good in between uses spray. This is not a “deep clean” spray. I have a post on how to deep clean your diffuser that can be found here.

I made this spray myself with no real external sources aside from just looking up what to use to clean a diffuser when I first got mine a while ago. I hope you enjoy!

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Best Ways to deal with Cold & Flu Congestion

Is it too late into the cold & flu season to start giving tips for it? Ah, well. I got my first cold of the season, so now I’m sharing how I take care of it with essential oils. 🙂

Usually when I get a cold, I am mostly fine. No severe coughs, usually no fever and if I do get a fever it’s only 1 degree higher than my norm. I just get very tired and very congested. I’d say about 50% of the time my congestion turns into a sinus infection, which honestly nothing can help except antibiotics.

So what do I do when I’m congested when it’s still just a cold?

I grab peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, cajeput, anything that tingles when you sniff it. My personal favorite pre-made blend for this situation is actually Fabulous Frannie’s Cold & Flu (blend of eucalyptus, cajeput, & peppermint).

Here are some options for what I do:

  • Diffuse it into the air. This is my number one option. I curl up next to my diffuser and let it run a blend of the above mentioned oils. Not only is the humidifier aspect soothing when I’m sick, but the scent of the oils helps open up my nasal passages.
  • Dilute about 30 drops total of oils in fractionated coconut oil, then smooth it over my cheeks, nose bridge, and right under my nostrils. This awakens my senses, helps me think more clearly when I’m in the cold virus fog, and helps open up my nasal passages.
  • The last thing I do is place that diluted blend of oils on a tissue and occasionally rub my nose with it. I don’t actually blot my snot drippings or blow my nose; I just essentially inhale the scent. This does the same thing as rubbing it on my nose does, but it just quickly opens up and soothes. You can get the same effect from making an inhaler as well.

No one enjoys being sick, and no one enjoys congestion. Hopefully these tips help alleviate some of the most aggravating symptoms for you. Honestly, when it comes to having a cold, the best thing you can do is rest, drink lots of water, eat healthy, and try to not overexert yourself.

Essential Oils & Pets

Hello all! Today I want to discuss something that has been on my mind for a while: using essential oils on pets.

I am a big fan of Pinterest, but the danger of it is that there are thousands of posts linking to bloggers who are not certified aromatherapists or professionals or scientists or health care professionals telling you how to use essential oils. And I realize the irony in that statement because here I am, an unqualified blogger, telling you what to do with essential oils. BUT, if you’ll notice, I’ve never once told you to do something crazy with them such as INGEST them, put them all over your kids, and all over your pets.

Here’s my thing: there is not enough peer reviewed, scientific research right now on essential oils to back up claims that some essential oils are safe to use on your pets. In fact, there are some oils you should NEVER use on your pets.

I’m mainly just here to remind everyone to be extremely cautious when it comes to using essential oils. I have read posts about putting tea tree oil on your pets to prevent fleas and such. And quite honestly, I know those scary chemical names on the box of flea meds is frightening, but chemicals are not always a bad thing. Yes, they are unsafe to ingest and put on your own skin, but they work. And it’s more harmful for your pets to NOT use flea/tick medications. I trust my vet, and there is nothing wrong with using decent brands of flea meds (always opt for the more expensive option; the cheaper ones use cheaper chemicals and can irritate your pet’s skin).

I love my cat as if she were my own child, and I am not going to rub oils into her skin that I can’t be certain are safe–especially since cats (and dogs for that matter) have a tendency to, you know, lick themselves, so there is that possibility of ingestion there. I just think it’s amazing how a) people throw information out there without researching it and b) how people will read this information and use it without researching it.

Yes, essential oils are “all natural,” but that does not necessarily mean it’s safe. Plenty of harmful things are found in nature. Obviously, I am a big fan of essential oils (why else would I have this blog?), but you still have to be cautious. NEVER use undiluted oils on your skin, and for the sake of my sanity, please don’t use them PERIOD on your pets!

Thanks for listening to me rant for a while. I’m not trying to piss anyone off, so hopefully this wasn’t offensive. Just please be careful, and always err on the side of caution!

Uplifting Oils

If I am going to be quite honest, I have been in quite the funk lately. I have a history of anxiety and depression, and lately, I have been having “flare ups.” Part of this is definitely attributed to my job (I am a mental health paraprofessional, working on-one-on with kids) and part of it is attributed to just general life things. Lately, I have been relying on my essential oils more and more to keep myself grounded.

This post is about what individual oils or blends I enjoy when I am feeling blue.

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Tea? Yes, tea! (Blog Update #1)

If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am positively OBSESSED with tea. I’m not quite sure how this started. I went most of my life thinking I hated tea if it was warm and not traditional Southern Iced Sweet Tea. Boy, was I wrong!

I debated posting about things other than essential oils/aromatherapy on this blog since the URL and title of the blog have to do with just that! But some changes may be underway. I definitely still want to stick to posting as much as possible about aromatherapy and such, but I also want to expand so that this blog can incorporate my other passion in life– tea! (Okay, I have many other interests, but the only thing relevant or remotely interesting to blog about would be tea…and maybe coffee. But mostly tea. 😀 )

Now, I know that this blog currently has a small following, and most of those came from my essential oils posts. I don’t want anyone to leave! In fact, I am trying to expand and invite more people to come! If you have absolutely no interest in things that aren’t essential oils, there are many things you can do (really, I want everyone to stay!). You can filter tags (I tag EVERYTHING so that it is easily accessible and organized) or simply search by category. WordPress is an awesome blog host because of this!

I have not yet decided if I am going to change the title or URL. I quite like both, but I definitely don’t want it to be misleading. Hmm…something to think on, or drink tea over, eh?

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that this is something that is underway. Like I said, I want EVERYONE to stay here and not go anywhere. I also invite newcomers to check this place out!

Thank you for your support and for sticking with me on this journey through figuring out a healthy/happy lifestyle!

 

UPDATE: I decided to make a separate blog for tea. You can find it here.

Sleep Body/Linen Spray

I’m all about sleep on this blog because it’s something that is very important to me since I struggle so much with it. I’ve posted a couple of times already on it. If you’d like to check out my nighttime routine, you can find that here. If you would like to check out diffuser blends for sleep, I’ve posted about that here.

Now, a very important part of my nighttime routine is this spray. I like to run the diffuser as well (not necessarily with all of these scents), but the linen/body spray just helps relax me as I finish my routine. You can adjust this to your preferences (for example, some people hate the scent of Patchouli, but I find it very relaxing it and it’s my go-to sleep scent, but if you don’t like Patchouli and find another scent relaxing for sleep, go for it!). When it comes to recipe like this, nothing is set in stone. You have to find what portions and what scents work for you, but, I am always happy to discuss and share about what works for me to help give you ideas. 🙂

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Nighttime Routine

Alright, so it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted, but I’m back now! First off, I want to wish everyone a very happy (yet belated) New Year! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

As my first post for the new year, I thought I would start off with something a tad bit different. While I am still going to incorporate essential oils into this post, it’s not mainly about essential oils. Hopefully that’s okay!

I have mentioned previously that I am an insomniac have been for the greater portion of my life. It can be frustrating as hell, and those of you that suffer with insomnia can surely relate.

While taking melatonin supplements has helped me a lot to get to sleep and stay asleep, I have also found that there is something that helps in addition: having an established nighttime routine that you don’t stray from much. There is plenty of research out there that can confirm that having a routine helps, and much of my routine goes along with other articles I’ve read about how to go about a routine. It’s important to have a routine because it’s gets your mind in “bedtime” mode.

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