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Essential Oils For a Safer, Cleaner Home

A clean home is something most of us desire. Having a clean home keeps germs away and reduces allergies from dust and other pollutants.   However, many of the products we clean with are toxic to our health and produce fumes that are highly irritating to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home.

Fragrances are added to many cleaners, most notably, laundry detergents and fabric softeners which may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. To make matters worse, companies are not required to list their ingredients, but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”

Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but are proven to contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption.  

While the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, and are poisonous if ingested.  There is no safe exposure level according to the EPA.

Over 100,000 children under the age of 6 are sickened by household cleaners each year.  

The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia.

So how do you know if your products are harmful?  Look for labeling that reads, “DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, FLAMMABLE, POISON”

So how can we clean our homes safely and effectively? Skip the toxins and start cleaning your home with essential oils! Essential oils protect against seasonal and environmental threats.  

Oils are multi-purpose and can be used to clean your house but also for many personal care needs.

Essential oils cost pennies per drop so you can save money on cleaning products and make your own!

Essential oils are ideal for cleaning. Here are some popular ways to use essential oils for cleaning:

  1. Lemon- dissolves sticky residue, cleans greasy messes, polishes furniture
  2. Melaleuca –  toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner
  3. Lavender- all purpose cleaner, freshens linens, add to wash loads
  4. Wild Orange – degreases and shines, add to all purpose cleaner for a great scent.  

Some additional products to have on hand for natural cleaning are:

  1. White Vinegar- which kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes and dissolves mineral deposits.
  2. Baking soda-scrubs, whitens, deodorizes, cuts grease, mildly abrasive and absorbs odors.  
  3. Carrier oil- such as almond, coconut or olive oil for polishing furniture.
  4. Castile soap-  which is a vegetable based soap to be used for personal care needs and for household cleaning.

Visit https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog-products for DIY recipes for a cleaner home!

Eco-friendly natural cleaners made of lemon and baking soda on white wooden table

Stress Less With Essential Oils

 

Who isn’t stressed these days?  It seems that stress, in one form or another, is something we all have to deal with at one time or another.  As moms, we strive to achieve the American dream.  We are taught to get a good education, find a great job, have a family, and balance it all perfectly at the end of the day.  With all of these expectations, the reality is, that we are overworked, run down, and flat-out stressed.

Unfortunately, your body cannot distinguish one type of stress from another.  Whether you get a flat tire on the highway, run 5 miles, or lose your job, stress is stress.  It is impossible to alleviate stress altogether, however, it is possible to make changes that can reduce stress in your daily life.

When you can reduce the stress in your body, you can help support your body’s natural functions, and have better overall health and wellness.

There are many ways we can manage stress more effectively:

  1. Determine what is causing your stress.  Is it a situation, a job, a person or just being overwhelmed?
  2. Simplify your life and place the most important things as a top priority (such as your fitness, children and healthy meals)
  3. Decide what your personal boundaries are with people, invitations, obligations, etc.
  4. Remove things that are no longer helping you grow or achieve your goals.  For example (smoking, people that do not support your goals, foods that are making you unhealthy)
  5. Improve sleep habits (aim to get 7-8 hours per night)
  6. Improve dietary habits (choose healthier options and do not purchase foods that will derail you) and exercise daily.
  7. Eliminate foods, unnecessary medications, excess sugar and alcohol from your diet.Use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils and blends to help balance and calm your emotions, stabilize sugar, metabolism and help with focus.

Many people have heard of essential oils, but are not quite sure what they are or what they do.  Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that are found and extracted naturally from plants.  They are nature’s defense mechanisms for plants and cells.  Essential oils have been used throughout history for their therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally.  Aromatic use of essential oils (whether diffused or inhaled) can help affect your mood, purify the air and ease breathing.  Topical use can service every cell in your body and can be applied to troubled areas for immediate relief.  Internal use can nourish the entire body and support your immune system.

Whether you choose to use essential oils aromatically, topically or internally, they can have life-changing benefits to your overall health and wellness.  Be sure to always use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils to ensure the safety and efficacy of your products.  

Here are my Top 10 Picks for Essential Oils for Stress:

  1. Wild Orange – Diffuse to help uplift mood and energy levels.  Also great as a powerful     cleaner and purifier.
  2. Lavender – Diffuse or apply topically to reduce stress and anxiety.  Also great for skin inflammation and many other uses.
  3. Sandalwood – Diffuse or apply topically to calm emotions and relax the mind and body.
  4. Frankincense – considered the king of essential oils.  Diffuse or apply topically to help with emotional balance, trauma or depression.
  5. Spearmint – reduces stress and nervous issues.  Also helps with emotional balance.
  6. Roman Chamomile – used widely for calming properties and soothes the systems of the body.
  7. Vetiver – helps with calming and relaxation.
  8. Bergamot – reduces stress.
  9. Ylang Ylang – reduces anxiety, frustration, stress and fear
  10. Neroli – reduces stress and menopausal symptoms for women, decreases blood pressure and cortisol levels, lowers pain and inflammation.

Below are some great diffuser blends for stress.  You can also make these same diffuser blends into a roller bottle blend and apply topically with fractionated coconut oil.                                                                                                            

Be Calm

4 drops lavender

4 drops spearmint

Stress Free

4 drops lavender

4 drops wild orange

Sleepytime

4 drops lavender

2 drops vetiver

2 drops roman chamomile

Anti-anxiety

2 drops sandalwood

2 drops ylang ylang

2 drops lavender

2 drops wild orange

Emotional Balance

4 drops frankincense

4 drops bergamot

Essential Oils Post

doTERRA Essential Oils are revolutionizing the way families manage their health.  They harness nature’s most powerful elements and share these gifts through our global community of wellness advocates.

Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants.  They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.  Essential oils give plants their distinct smells and they also protect the plant and play a role in pollination.  In addition to their benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment and health-care practices.

Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally.  They can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications.  They can be used as single essential oils or in complex blends depending on the individual’s needs.

doTerra Essential Oils are Certified Pure Therapeautic Grade (CPTG), which means they have been gently and carefully distilled from plants for ideal extract composition and efficacy.  Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.