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25 Cool Essential Oil Hacks

  1.  Runny nose – apply a couple of drops of lemon to the bridge of your nose. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation. 
  2. Keep ants and spiders away.  Bugs hate the smell of peppermint and other oils.  Apply a few drops of peppermint and cedarwood to cotton balls and stuff into corners of cabinets or anywhere you think you may see them.  You can also make a spray bottle with water and a few drops of either oil and spray areas where you see ants. They won’t return!
  3. Repel flies from coming into your home.  Add a few drops each of rosemary, spearmint and lavender and run during the day when you will have the doors opening and closing often. 
  4. Kill germs on bottoms of shoes and workout gear.  Make a 16 oz spray bottle (use an empty windex bottle) of distilled water and add 15 drops Melaleuca and 15 drops Purify.  Spray shoes and workout equipment upon entry to the home. I leave a pair of slip on shoes for my house shoes to keep the floors clean. 
  5. Eliminate bad smells in the house (from cooking or in the bathroom).  In your diffuser, add 4 drops lemon essential oil, 4 drops lavender and 3 drops wild orange for a beautiful aroma.
  6. Eliminate shoe odor. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil and melaleuca essential oil to cotton balls and stick inside of shoes overnight.
  7. Refresh your carpet.  In a mason jar, fill ¾ of the way with baking soda,  10 drops melaleuca and 10 drops lavender. Cover and shake well.  Sprinkle on carpet. Let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum. 
  8. Reduce a fever.  Add 1-2 drops peppermint to forehead, back of neck and bottoms of feet (dilute with carrier oil).  Apply frequently, 15-30 minutes until fever goes down. You can also make a compress with lukewarm water and add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus and apply to body. 
  9. For sparkling dishes, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your soap dispenser. 
  10. Room Spray – make a non-toxic room spray using an empty spray bottle. Use distilled water and in a 2 oz bottle, add 5 drops spearmint, 7 drops wild orange and, 7 drops eucalyptus. Shake well before use. 
  11. Boost germ killing in laundry.  Add 5 drops melaleuca or Purify to washer before starting the machine.  To make clothes smell nice out of the dryer, add a few drops of wild orange or lavender to wool dryer balls and reapply every few loads.
  12. Sore foot remedy – After shower, apply a few drops of peppermint and Aromatouch to bottoms of feet along with a body lotion and massage entire foot. 
  13. Hair detangler – Using an empty spray bottle, combine ½ cup conditioner, 1 cup of warm water (add a little extra if necessary), 4 drops lavender, 2 drops geranium.  Shake well and spray dry or damp hair for easy combing. 
  14.  Car Diffuser – apply a few drops of peppermint and wild orange to a cotton ball and stuff into vents.  This blend will keep you alert and focused.
  15. Dry Shampoo. Mix ½ cup arrowroot powder, 5 drops melaleuca and 5 drops lavender or rosemary.  Apply to roots of hair and run fingers through scalp. Add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder for darker hair. 
  16.  Make your own facial toner.  In a 2 oz spray bottle, add witch hazel and 5 drops melaleuca, and 5 drops juniper berry.
  17. Add a personalized scent to your unscented body lotion.  Add a few drops any combination of oils for an aromatic and physical benefit.  

Frankincense + Lavender (anti-aging)

Geranium + Grapefruit (moisture balance and toning)

Spearmint + Lemon (refreshing)

Peppermint + Marjoram (relieve muscle tension)

Serenity + Balance ( relaxing)

  1. DIY Face Serum for anti-aging.  In an empty glass bottle (2oz), combine jojoba oil with a 15 drops frankincense, 15 drops myrrh, 10 sandalwood, 10 geranium. 
  2. Make your own cuticle oil.  In a roller bottle, combine fractionated coconut oil with 10 drops frankincense, 5 lemon, 10 myrrh and apply nail beds 2-3 x per week.  
  3. Remove stickers or anything sticky.  Apply a few drops lemon to area and rub off. 
  4. Get rid of a sinus infection fast.  Boil hot water and put in a bowl. Add 2 drops OnGuard, 2 drops melaleuca, 1 drop oregano, 1 drop lemon. Place a towel over head to create a tent and inhale for 5-10 minutes (no more than that).  
  5. Reduce appetite.  Add 2-3 drops Slim and Sassy blend to water or tea to help with cravings.
  6. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and four drops of lemon essential oil to clean your microwave.
  7. Soak a cotton ball in lemon essential oil and place it at the bottom of your trash bin to eliminate odor.
  8. Removing a Splinter. Apply 1-2 drops of OnGuard to the affected area and wait a minute or two and watch the splinter rise from the skin. Once the end of the splinter has risen from the skin, use the tweezers to remove the full splinter (works well for splinters that are not super deep in the skin).

Makeover Your Laundry Room

Why should we care about our laundry products? It may surprise you to know that not all laundry detergents are safe for our skin or our health.  The laundry detergent companies are not required to disclose the ingredients. The dangers in laundry detergent are real.  When we wash our clothes with traditional products, you would think the chemicals are being rinsed away. However, this is not the case. Many of the chemicals are not washed away in the rinse cycle and that residue is left on our clothing. When we breathe in or sweat, the residue is absorbed into our body.  
So here is a list of ways to swap out products that you may currently have in your home. You can replace the toxic products with natural options that are toxic free and create a healthier, safer environment for your family.
1,  First, you must swap out your laundry detergent for something that is safer.  OnGuard Natural Laundry Detergent is super concentrated. A little goes a long way and it is cheaper too.   You will only need one tablespoon for a full load of laundry. It also has an entire 10 ml bottle of OnGuard in it. so all of those powerful cleansing properties contained in OnGuard, are in the laundry detergent. It will clean your clothes efficiently and thoroughly.  It also contains natural enzymes that break up stains such as sweat, dirt, and food. You can also use this detergent for stains on carpets and cars.
2.  Change out your fabric softener with white vinegar.  Fabric softener is full of chemicals. Add a ¼ cup of white vinegar into the fabric softener section of your washer.  It will make your clothes softer, cleaner and eliminate static.
3.  Make your own homemade stain stick .  In a 10 ml roller bottle, fill 3/4 of the way with Onguard detergent and top off with a little water.  Great for on the go, traveling, in your bag etc.
4.  Add essential oils to help with odor and heavily soiled clothing.  Presoak and add dirty clothes to a bucket or large bowl. Let them soak in water with a few drops melaleuca and lemon. To freshen up laundry may have been left in washer too long, add a few drops of Purify or Lemon essential oil to freshen up.
5 .Make a bleach alternative.  Use equal parts of hydrogen peroxide 3 percent and water.  Add a 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or ½ tsp citric acid and 10 drops lemon essential oil. Use this alternative instead of bleach for whites. Store in a brown bottle for up to 3 months.
6.  Swap out your fabric sprays for a DIY version. In a 4oz bottle, combine distilled water and 10 drops essential oil for sheets, clothes, etc. Use lavender, eucalyptus, lemon or any combination of oils you like.
7.  Trade out your dryer sheets for wool dryer balls.  Add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls.  Calming oils such as lavender and Serenity are great. Wool dryer balls also cut down the drying time by up to 50 percent and prevent clothing from having wet spots.  
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Boosting the Immune System Naturally

A healthy immune system protects our bodies from threats in the environment.  We are bombarded with chemicals and toxins in our food, water, household products, personal care products and even in the air we breathe.  These exposures can wreak havoc on our immune system. Most of the time, we don’t think about our immune system until we feel sick. We just don’t have time to feel under the weather!  Being sick means loss days from work and school, copays to the doctor, and expensive medications (many times unnecessary ones).

So what can we do to boost our immune system and avoid issues with our health?  

 

Here are some helpful tips:

 

  1. Get enough sleep and minimize stress.  Sleep deprivation and excessive stress will suppress immune function.
  2. Exercise daily.  Exercise is a natural way to rid your body of toxins through sweating.  Aim for 30 minutes of a sweat session daily.
  3. Drink less alcohol.  Alcohol can impair the immune system and dehydrate you.  Instead, drink up to a gallon of water per day or half your body weight in ounces per day.
  4. Eat high antioxidant foods such as berries, ginger and carrots.  
  5. Get some sun.  Sun triggers the production of vitamin D.  Low vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory infection.  Take a Vitamin D supplement in the winter months.
  6. Wash hands often.  This habit will drastically reduce the chances of getting sick.  Be sure to use soap that is not filled with chemicals and toxins.  Using a simple castile soap and a few drops of tea tree oil (aka melaleuca) is all that is needed.
  7. Take probiotics.  Probiotics help with a healthy gut flora.  Be sure to use a high quality brand.
  8. Use pure essential oils to boost your immunity.  Essential oils are immunostimulants. They can support the immune system so it can do what it is intended to do which is fight infections and keep us healthy!

 

Here are my top picks for essential oils that can support your immune system:

 

  1. Frankincense – known as the “king of essential oils, frankincense can stimulate the immune system by promoting the production of white blood cells and reducing inflammation.  Take 1-2 drops internally or apply 2 drops each day to the bottoms of feet.  You can also apply 1-2 drops to the base of your neck.
  2. On Guard Blend – this powerful protective blend contains oils such as clove, cinnamon and thyme to support our body’s natural defenses. This is a daily use oil.  Apply 2-3 drops per day to bottoms of your feet (dilute with a carrier oil) for protective support during cold and flu season. You can also add to a diffuse. Use 4-6 drops to kill airborne pathogens.
  3. Copaiba – this amazing oil supports healthy cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems.  Take 1-2 drops internally or apply 2 drops each day to the bottoms of feet.
  4. Lemon – Lemon essential oil is a lymph tonic.  It helps your body move cellular waste out of the body during times when your body is fighting infections such as a cold or flu.  Apply 2-3 drops to the back of your neck with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil to stimulate lymph drainage. Add 2-4 drops of lemon in water daily.
  5. Oregano – Use to support a healthy respiratory system.  Dilute 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and rub on bottoms of feet to help fight cold or flu.  You can also take this internally.

 

 

 

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