Going Green with Essential Oils at Home

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Lavender World

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For decades essential oils have been used for their medicinal, healing properties. They are one of the oldest and most powerful remedies which are used all over the world everyday.

Traditionally essential oils were used by professionals who would create heavenly blends to soothe and ease any ailments, however, essential oils are no longer a luxury purely for the experts.

Whether you have been using essential oils for years or even if you have never picked up an essential oil in your life, there really is a great deal that can be done with these miracle oils without a massage table in sight!

The list of products that you can create with your essential oils is truly endless, from making your own beauty products to creating completely natural and chemical free cleaning products for your home.

The Most Effective Oils for You & Your Home

We will be concentrating on what products you can create for your family and your home with a handful of our favourite essential oils, so get ready to bin the chemical filled products and swap them for a truly natural alternative that is not only good for you but good for your home too.

So, what are the benefits of going green at home? Well aside from the health benefits, creating your own products can save you a fortune in the process.

Given the huge variety of essential oils that are on the market it can be quite difficult to find thr right one for the job, but fear not we have compiled a list of the most popular and effective essential oils to use around the home.

The Shortlist

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil has a fresh , citrus scent. It is not only incredibly refreshing but it can also sharpen your concentration, making it the perfect scent for air fresheners in and around your home.

On top of all of this the scent can help relieve stress, ease headaches and can even help with a hangover.

Orange Essential Oil

Orange Essential Oil has a fresh, sweet, scent and is one of the most popular essential oils available.

One of the main reasons orange is popular in household products is due  to its antiseptic properties, it is also an incredibly effective insect repellent, so if you’re suffering with an ant or fly infestation, Orange is the oil for you.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and for good reason. Not only is the scent amazing but it is incredibly effective at relieving stress while being a powerful antiseptic.

Lavender Dawn

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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella essential oil is a great insect repellent, however it has many other qualities which are occasionaly overlooked. It is a soothing essential oil that can also help fight infection and help you relax.

Citronella is an astringent, similar to witch hazel, making it an absolute must if you’re trying to fight off those summer time bugs!

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil’s healing properties are vast. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights infection, making it the perfect choice for your home made household products.

The Floorplan

Given the amount of wonderful products that can be created, we would like to create a floor plan if you will, this will breakdown the products room by room with some lovely products for your family thrown in for good measure.

For the Home

Living Room

living room at morning

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Lemon & Olive Oil Polish

Lemon & olive oil make the perfect polish! Adding a few drops of lemon to some olive oil will give you a non-toxic furniture polish.

Lemon will leave your furniture looking brand new, while preventing the wood finish from drying out, it also replaces lost moisture in older furniture.

Kitchen

Beautiful Chalon Kitchen

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Lemon and Lavender Kitchen Spray

Lemon and bicarbonate of soda are classic cleaning partners, the acid of the lemon and the alkali of the bicarb producing vigorous fizzing. Lavender essential oil not only smells divine but is a natural bactericide.

Add 10-12 drops of lemon essential oil into a mixing jug and add three teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.

When the fizzing dies down, add one drop of washing-up liquid, three drops of lavender essential oil and enough water to top the bottle (around one part lemon mixture to two parts water). Stir well and use immediately.

This kitchen spray has a sublime natural scent of lemon and lavender, which makes this spray a real joy to use. It works well for wiping down lightly soiled work surfaces and dining tables but is not heavy-duty enough for tea and wine stains.

Bedroom

Lavender Linen Spray

40-50 drops (or approx. 1/2 tsp) lavender essential oil

1/4 cup unflavored vodka

approx. 3 1/2 cups distilled water

glass container for storing (I used a 32 oz. repurposed vinegar bottle)

small spray bottle

Directions:

Mix the vodka (helps the oil mix with the water) and lavender essential oil in the bottle.

Then, add distilled water to the bottle until it is almost full.

Shake the bottle to disperse the oils evenly throughout.

Store the linen spray in the large glass bottle.

Bathroom

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All natural Anti-Bacterial Bathroom Spray

Ingredients

1 cup water, distilled or filtered

5 drops orange essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

4 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.

Shake well before use.

Spray on countertops and other hard surfaces and let air-dry.

Store in a cool, dark place.

Office

My new office setup

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Mind Clearing Diffuser Blend

Being in the office all day can cause us to loose focus on the task at hand, but fear not, we have the perfect blend to pull your mind into focus allowing you to get back to the important jobs, it smells pretty amazing too.

5-10 drops Lemon Essential Oil

5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil

1 tbsp water

Add your essential oils and water to your diffuser, and there you have it the perfect blend to refresh your mind.

Outside Dinning

BBQ

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Citronella Candle

What you will need

cans

a double boiler

wax (soy wax, paraffin wax, old candles)

pre-waxed wicks with tabs (150mm / 6”)

citronella oil (use 1 oz per lb of wax)

Directions

Assemble your double boiler and add wax or old candles in small pieces. Don’t worry so much about bits of wick or other specks in the wax as you won’t see them in the candles when they are done. Heat over medium heat until the wax is completely melted.

When the wax is melted it’s time to add the fragrance. Add 1 oz of citronella oil per pound of wax and augment the scent with 0.5 oz of other scents per pound.

Let the wax cool slightly and carefully pour into containers. I can usually gently maneuver my wicks to stay in the centre as the wax cools but if you are having trouble, secure the wicks with a chopstick or clothespin to keep them in line. Careful not to disturb them too much and set them in a warm place to cool. Cooling slowly and completely will create the best looking candles.

If you get a depressed area around the wick when cooled, warm up some more wax and pour it into the void.

Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours undisturbed before burning. Then, when you fire it up, let the candle burn so that there is a full, wide pool of wax before you blow it out. It is said that candles have a memory, so it’s best to let the first burn set the tone for all the rest.

Decorate your candles by wrapping them in burlap, twine and/or yarn. Store near them near the garden, deck or patio so you can quickly light up when the pests start buzzing around.

For The Family

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Lavender Dog Shampoo

1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup unscented liquid dish soap

2 cups Filtered water

10-12 drops of lavender essential oi

Mix all the ingredients together and get ready to tackle your dog into the bath

Lavender & Tea Tree Headlice Shampoo

5ML TEA TREE OIL

5ML LAVENDER OIL

1 CUP WHITE VINEGAR – or cider vinegar

2 TABLESPOONS SHAMPOO or conditioner

Mix ingredients in a clean plastic bottle.

Shake well to dissolve essential oil.

Apply as much as you need to cover the head, scalp and hair.

Cover head with shower cap.

Leave for half an hour.

Rinse briefly.

Repeat every 4 days for 5 applications to break the hatching cycle successfully. Combing with a nit comb would be a good idea as well

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