I have taken the plunge into the world of quality essential oils. Back in 2007 I made the switch to cleaning with more "natural" products: baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, etc. You can read my post on it How I Learned To Clean My House, Part I and How I Learned to Clean My House, Part II.
years later, I'm still cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and
essential oils. The only thing that didn't work/hasn't worked for me
was the homemade toilet bowl cleaner, and I strongly suspect it's due to
the calcium and mineral content in our well water. I can cope with
buying store bought for that.
Recently I have taken
the next step in DIY cleaning products and bought therapeutic grade
essential oils. I have been researching several brands, which due to
new FDA regulations it seems I can't even mention here.
talked to two separate essential oil representatives from one company
(one who I liked, one who I didn't), I've talked to a soap maker, and
fellow yogis at yoga workshops. I received a free 5ml bottle of Basil
at the Minneapolis YogaFit Mind Body Conference last June, and because
I'm not one to waste, I've been using it.
So why the upgrade? Because I want to
start using oils on more than my kitchen floor and in my bathroom. If I'm
going to be squirting stuff on my counters or cutting boards, and putting
oils on myself (or my Husband) and breathing them in, I want to make sure
they don't have the chemicals I'm trying to avoid in conventional store
These are my observations to date:
Basil - This was my introduction to essential oils. I massaged it on my skin to lessen stress.
(Tea Tree) - I still use this one for cleaning. I add numerous drops
to my homemade soft scrub as a cleansing agent (be sure to let mixture
sit on surface for a couple minutes to do it's thing!). I also keep a
squirt bottle of water and oil as a natural bathroom air freshener
spray. For, you know, "those" moments. No chemical air freshener
concoction in my bathroom - phew!
Lavender - Ditto
Tea Tree above. I used this in my first DIY diffuser with a vase of
water and rattan sticks, but it wasn't the best system and eventually,
my sticks got moldy. Bleh. With my Petal Diffuser I can freshen any
room with tap water and a couple drops of lavender. Not that I'm saying
my puppies can be, ah, fragrant... (skunks, anyone?)
And lavender may promote a more restful sleep - something I could use more of!
Lemon - reading the literature on
quality lemon oil, it sounds like this is perhaps one of the most
versatile of the single blend oils. I'm embarrassed to say, I haven't
even scratched the surface with what I can use this one for. So far
I've used it to wash the kitchen floor as a purifying agent, de-greaser,
and deodorizer. I did NOT get the usual "ugh, lemon pledge!"
reaction. My kitchen smelled bright and spring-like! Yay! (I won't
tell you about the grossness I pulled out from under my fridge in my
spurt of spring cleaning, but even there got a good cleansing.) I
look forward to to using this one more.
Blend - this oil I've been putting in my bedside diffuser (the one I
bought). First time I put in too many drops by accident and it was a
bit overwhelming. But the combination of humidity and the blend has
become a nighttime favorite. I'm waiting to see if this helps the
Husband sinus's which do suffer during the dry winter months. This
blend is also touted as providing more restful sleep, which is something
I need, as I mentioned above.
Protective Blend - my
chosen company's blend of orange, cinnamon, cloves, eucalyptus, and
rosemary. Mmm! Yummy! I use this one on my hands as a purifying agent
and on my feet especially after any gym visit. Currently I'm trying it
mixed with a bit of water for gym use, but I'm thinking I'm going to go
"straight" when this mixture is finished. I have a little bottle I
carry with me that I can shake a few drops out for a quick "purify". My
palms smell sooo good! This will come with me for any airline travel
I'm still experimenting with Frankincense,
Oregano, Peppermint, and Muscle Rub and Digestive Blend (both blends).
I'm not a fan of Peppermint, but everyone seems to rave about how
fantastic it is. Digestive
Blend could be handy for traveling, especially to Mexico. Muscle Rub is
like a popular stinky goo - it provides a cooling, comforting massage. I know
it was a hot seller at the YogaFit Conference. Lol and duh! I should
be using this one after TRX and Kettlebells on Fridays! Need to toss it
into the gym bag, I bet this would be awesome after a sauna.
super excited about this new step and direction. With a handful of
single oils and a couple of blends, I can see so much application in
household application and my personal wellness.
**And, I'll stick in the disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.