Using essential oils in the home is quite simple and effective. I wanted to include some recipes that I had talked about this last week at the MASBO conference plus some basics about lavender essential oil.
When I wash my floors I use:
2 Gallons of hot water
¼ c vinegar
A squirt of dishwashing soap (castile soap works too)
20 drops of either lemon, peppermint, lavender, or tea tree (I usually do 15 lemon and 5 peppermint)
As a general cleanser for wooden surfaces and children’s toys use:
7 drops of lemon essential oil
1 cup of water
Each variety of lavender has a slightly different scent. Lavender is one of those desert island essential oils that has a huge variety of uses. It has antifungal, antiseptic, antidepressant, calming, normalizing, harmonizing, deodorizing, rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immune boosting properties. This oil can be used “neat” (not in a carrier oil) on most people but there are a few that are allergic to it so use caution. Lavender can be used to keep moths at bay instead of using moth balls and is also effective at repelling fleas and flying bugs. It is super effective to heal burns due to the fact it helps regenerate cells as well as protects them. Not only can this oil be used on burns, it can also be used to help stings and disinfect scrapes and cuts.
I will continue to talk about different oils and basic safety using essential oils in future blogs.
I am a wife and stay-at-home mom who enjoys making 100% natural body care products that will actually heal ailments using fixed oils and pure essential oils.