Tag Archives: essential oils

Aromatherapy Blend for Menstrual Cramps

8 Nov

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce carrier oil such as sweet almond (or oil of your choice)
  • 15 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Lavender

Directions: Mix oils well in a clean, dark-colored glass container. Gently message a small amount into the abdominal area.

Source: Aromaweb.com

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Using Essential Oils Safely

10 Sep

Essential oils are very concentrated and potent. Even small amounts can cause harm if used improperly. Here are my tips on how to use essential oils safely.

Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, because they are too concentrated and may lead to a burn.

Essential oils are absorbed through the skin, so using too much can result in an overdose.

Make sure you store essential oils out of the reach of children.

Do not get essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after using essential oils. If working with pure essential oils, you may want to get disposable latex gloves (or latex-free alternatives) from the drug store.

Do not take essential oils internally. Even small amounts can be toxic and potentially fatal if ingested.

Before going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid essential oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as citrus oils (e.g. bergamot oil, grapefruit oil).

Do a patch test if you have allergies or think you might be sensitive to an essential oil. Test aromatherapy products (such as lotions or creams) by applying a small dab to your arm. For pure essential oils, add one drop in 2.5 mL (or 1/2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil and apply it to your arm. If the area turns red, or if there is burning or itchiness, wash the area and do not use that product.

Overuse of essential oils can trigger a headache or dizziness. Don’t exceed recommended amounts. If you’re working with essential oils (e.g. making your own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area or take breaks to go outside.

If you have a medical condition, consult a qualified practitioner before using essential oils. Certain essential oils should not be used by people with certain conditions.

People with liver or kidney disease should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Once absorbed in the bloodstream, essential oils are eventually cleared from your body by the liver and kidneys–using essential oils excessively may injure these organs.

Consult a qualified practitioner if you are using any medication, because essential oils may interact with certain medications. For example, relaxing essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and melissa (lemon balm) may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives.

Written by Cathy Wong

Source: About.com

Natural Ways to Freshen Your Home

23 Jun

Effective Homemade Non-Toxic Air Fresheners

Save Money with Safer Home Products Made with Common Pantry Items

Dec 14, 2008 Christopher T. Reilly

Clean air in your home
Air fresheners mask smells, coat nasal passages diminishing the sense of smell, or reduce your sense of smell with nerve-deadening agents. Here are safe alternatives.

 Commercial air fresheners can pollute the indoor air and pose a health hazard. According to Dr. George Grant, toxicologist and founder of the International Wellness Academy, “An EPA survey concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.” These pollutants can be drastically reduced by utilizing common non-toxic items.

These make-at-home recipes and time-honored solutions come from Michigan State University Extension, Readers Digest Practical Problem Solver (1991), and grandmothers everywhere.

Air Fresheners

Spray Bottle Recipes

  • In a spray bottle, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with water and shake well. The baking soda absorbs the odor. Add a few drops of perfume, essential oil such a lavender, or an extract such as lemon, orange or vanilla as desired.
  • Spray undiluted white vinegar in the air. The vinegar smell evaporates very quickly, taking odors with it.

Kitchen and Food Odors

  • Prevent or eliminate cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking.
  • To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.
  • Place a bowl of vinegar on the counter and let it sit for a few hours.
  • Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.
  • Grind up a slice of lemon or orange in the garbage disposal.
  • Simmer water and cinnamon, cloves, or other spices on stove.
  • Place a partially filled box of baking soda in the refrigerator. Replace every two months and pour the contents of the used box down the drain removing odors keeping the drain clean. Baking soda can also be used to deodorize bottles by filling them with undiluted baking soda and allowing the bottles to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.
  • In the refrigerator or car, place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer to remove odors. It is reported to remove even skunk odors. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children due to vanilla’s high alcohol content.

Tips and Tricks

  • Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This will also help to reduce toxic fumes that may be building up indoors.
  • Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
  • Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers (potpourri) in room.
  • Place new or used dryer sheets in the air vents, freshening the air as it comes into the room.
  • Dampen a towel with vinegar and wave it through the air
  • Place a few drops of essential oil or perfume on light bulbs.
  • Having houseplants helps reduce odors in the home. Spider plants are natural air fresheners.
  • To freshen the air in the basement or garage, set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 – 24 hours.
  • To avoid or remove onion odors from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will also remove the odor.

Carpet Freshener

  • Fill a Parmesan cheese shaker or similar container with baking soda. (spray with a little perfume or cologne if desired.) Sprinkle over carpets and let it sit as long as possible (Overnight is best). Vacuum. Add table salt to the baking soda, if desired. The salt absorbs moisture and acts as an abrasive, increasing the effectiveness of vacuuming.

Using these formulas and substitutions help minimize the use of toxic substances in the home, and reduce the environmental harm caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of toxics. Make sure to keep all homemade formulas well-labeled and out of the reach of children.