Goodbye dust mites!

I deep cleaned my mattress last night using the instructions from doterrablog.comIt was SUPER easy to do and I had the best night’s rest I’ve had in a very long time. I’ve included the directions here with some extra tips so you can have a healthier night’s rest too!

For deep cleaned mattresses:

1. Remove all linens from bed and wash in hot water

2. In a mason jar mix:

    • Baking Soda: 1 cup for a queen, 1/2 cup for a twin
    • Essential Oil: 10 drops for a queen, 5-6 for a twin (See below for essential oil recommendations)

3. Use a sifter to evenly spread the mix over the entire top of your mattress. I also did my pillow.

4. Let it sit for one hour

5. Vacuum up the mix

6. Put on clean linens and sleep the sleep of the dead!

7. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as necessary/desired

Essential oils to consider using:

To kill dust mites be sure to use: peppermint, wintergreen, or eucalyptus

To help you sleep add: Orange, Citrus Blend, or lavender to the mix

To help with respiration: Just a respiratory blend which has peppermint & eucalyptus (and a couple others) which will help your entire respiratory system (may help with snoring too!) as well as killing the dust mites! (Note that it’ll just help for a day or two. To get nightly respiratory aid use a respiratory blend in a diffuser nightly.)

Additional Tips

Personally I used three drops each of peppermint and lavender on my mattress. Peppermint to freshen, detract spiders, and kill the dust mites. Lavender to soothe and help me sleep better. Next time I’m thinking I’ll do peppermint and my favorite blend, Citrus Blend. Feel free to experiment!

You can also use these steps (minus the linen ones) to deep clean carpet and upholstered furniture. A few months ago I did lavender and lemon on my carpet. It smells wonderful and the carpet was so clean!

If you don’t like the way an oil smells, just use a different one! There are plenty to choose from!

Goodbye dust mites! Hello beautiful sleep! 😀

 

Essential oil sprays tips

This post is a follow up to Reuse. After using my oil spray bottles for a couple months I’ve learned a couple more incredibly helpful tips that I really wanted to share!

The first is that the 5ml bottle is rarely large enough and that the 15ml bottle takes up barely noticeable more space in my purse so why not use the larger bottle?

Also, I just learned how to improve the life of your spray tops when using them with essential oils, and how to help them disperse the oil better (thus better using your oils). Here are the tips which I shamelessly stole practically verbatim from aromatools where I buy my essential oil accessories (And no, that isn’t an affiliate link. I just buy from them because they are high quality but inexpensive for many of their items.)

Tips for best use of spray tops:

    1. If you decide to use essential oils with these spray-tops, it is best to dilute them with a carrier oil or water and epsom salts. (Make sure to get unscented and unaltered epsom salts. Scented salts can have unwanted chemical reactions. The previous link is aromatools version but you can get them at the grocery or a health foods store.) If using the epsom salts, sprinkle them into the bottom of the bottle then add the desired amount of oil. Give the epsom salts a few moments to absorb the oils then fill the remaining space with water. The epsom salts help disperse the oil evenly throughout the water preventing the oil from floating to the top.
    2. Fill bottle with desired contents.
    3. Wipe threads of bottle and spray top with clean cloth to ensure the threads are dry and free from any liquid or dust.
    4. Cut tube on spray top to proper length (approximately 1/16″ above bottom of bottle). Cut tube at an angle. For best results, cut the tube at approximately a 45° angle.
    5. Screw spray top securely onto bottle (clockwise).
    6. If spray top becomes stiff, or hard to use, remove spray top from bottle, place the bottom of the tube in warm, soapy water, and spray the spray top a few times until the warm soapy water begins to spray through. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then spray again with dip tube in warm, plain water to rinse out. Remove dip tube from water and continue spraying until spray top is empty.

I know there’s quite a few tips in this article, but here are the really important tips to take away:

  • Read Reuse for how to create sprays that make your essential oils last longer and allow you to use them in more ways
  • Use 15ml to create & store your oil sprays in
  • Use epsom salts to help disperse the oils better
  • Cut the spray tube at a 45°  angel for best spraying

Happy spraying!

Flavored Hot Chocolate

I love my Hot Chocolate which doesn’t come flavored. And while I also like some of the flavored hot chocolates out there, some of them taste funny, and others are either too expensive, or I only like a glass or two and then they just sit there.

So what to do when you want something flavored? I tried adding some of my essential oils to the mix, but adding even just one drop (you want to add the oil after you’ve boiled the water and added the chocolate) is too much flavor.

The solution? Use a toothpick! Just dip a toothpick in your favorite essential oil (I did Citrus Blend today) and then stir your hot chocolate with your toothpick. You get nice and warm and all the added benefits of having essential oils.

Oils to try: Citrus Blends, Lemon and Lime, Peppermint. 🙂

What’s your favorite way to flavor, or your favorite flavor to add to your hot chocolate? Let me know in the comments below!

Use Therapeutic Grade Oils!

You’ll want to use therapeutic grade oils because they are the highest grade essential oil on the market so you don’t have to worry about any negative side-effects that lower and synthetic grades can sometimes cause. Be sure to choose a good brand too that thoroughly tests every batch of oils to make sure that no pesticides or harmful chemicals are present and that all the many (sometimes up to 20) constituents (these are the parts of the essential oils that give them their scientifically proven healing properties) are not only present, but are present in the right amounts. Keep in mind that these are healing compounds and you want to use the best! I’ve used several brands. Don’t go cheap when it comes to essential oils. You won’t get all the health benefits, and possibly negative ones, from cheap brands. I know personally because I’ve used cheap brands. They just don’t compare.

I know therapeutic grade oils seem expensive, but remember that these are also highly concentrated compounds. You’ll usually use just a couple drops of oil at a time. A drop is a serving! And if you calculate the price per serving is pennies. The peppermint I buy, for instance, is 11 cents or less per drop. Lemon is 4 cents. It’s a deal! Disclaimer

 

Why I love essential oils

Maybe you can relate to this: you go to the doctor to find out what is wrong with your body. You spend hundreds of dollars on tests to give your doctor more information so they can properly diagnose you only to have them turn to you and tell you, “I don’t know. Maybe you should stress less,” or “Just stay off your knee and it won’t hurt,” or, worse, they have you try several different compounds that aren’t working only to, many many months later, say, “It just takes time to heal.” Oh really, because it’s been YEARS that I’ve had this problem and with your help it hasn’t even begun to get better! I’m not bitter though. I just have come to recognize that there are some things doctors can’t cure, but alternative medicines sometimes can help the body heal itself, which is better than taking a sugar pill!

That’s when I began using essential oils. I’ve used it for headaches (that I was told I’d have to just “deal with” for the rest of my life), stomach issues (the doctor told me it was just a stress issue and if I stopped stressing the problem would go away. I was 16.), shingles (yes the oils are anti-viral!), and much much more! My favorite part of oils is they extracts from edible foods, which makes them powerful and non-toxic, so no negative side-effects, just positive, scientifically proven, effects. Yes, scientifically proven. You can google them yourself. Just type in a name of an oil (like tea tree or peppermint — my favorite) and “studies” and you’ll pull up a whole bunch of studies on oils. For example, did you know that it’s been proven that just smelling ylang ylang essential oil lowers blood pressure? And since they are just food extracts your body knows how to handle them and flushes them out of the your system too. That means they don’t build up in your system like drugs do so you can use them as you need them (but do give them a few minutes to get to work at least!).

I’ve done a lot of study on essential oils and it is amazing everything that they can do and help the body cure. Of course, essential oils aren’t an end all. They can’t replace a good diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, but they are certainly a part of one (or should be). For instance, did you know that we are exposed to more toxins in a day than our ancestors were in a life time? (I blame industry, but it’s sad because industry could also solve this problem, it just isn’t “profitable” to them. Which is silly, how is ruining the planet’s health profitable to anyone?) Because we are exposed to so many toxins it is good to do a gentle daily cleanse. I put a drop of lemon* (or any other citrus oil for variety) in my morning water every day. The water tastes great (so this is a great trick to use for people who hate the taste of water), and, since Lemon essential oil is the best at dissolving synthetics, the toxins get gently flushed out of your system. That’s not to mention all the other health benefits you’ll get from taking lemon daily, but it’s a good start!

(*Just make sure your lemon oil is at least therapeutic grade for the health benefits and for safety purposes before taking it internally.)

There will be more, much more, to come and while I could just talk about the things that matter most to me, I’d like to know: What ailment (physical, mental, or emotional), or even just help with things like focusing or de-stressing, would you like me to discuss? Let me know in the comments below.

Just a final note, before you use any of my advice from this or any other of my advice articles, just be sure you’ve thought about it, your individual situation, and check with your doctor if necessary. You may need to modify or disregard my advise entirely, but I certainly hope it helps and wish you the best of luck for your situation. Just use your smarts!