How to Make Your Own Effective, Inexpensive, Safe Household Cleaners

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How to Make Your Own Effective, Inexpensive, Safe Household Cleaners

Instead of spending money on expensive harmful chemical cleaners, why not make your own. They are easy to make and much safer than what you will find on store shelves.

Walls
If you have kids, you probably spend a good deal of time trying to get crayon or marker off your walls. And dirt, and whatever else they get on the walls. But if your walls are painted you have to be very careful what you use, otherwise the paint will come right off.

Here is a cleaner that won’t damage your walls, or your health.

Baking soda
Water

Really, that is all you need. Just take a damp sponge put a little baking soda on it and it will remove just about anything from any painted surface – crayon, ink, pencil, marker, and it won’t damage the paint at all!.

Mold Fighter


1 Teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
2 Cups Water

Mix well and put in a spray bottle, a little goes a long way!

Wood Cleanser
This is a super easy polish that you can make to use on wood, it is also really effective and safe.

Small spray bottle

½ teaspoon olive oil

½ cup of lemon juice or distilled white vinegar

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and polish. Using lemon will of course give you that lemon smell. But if you want the lemon smell to stick around- use lemon essential oil. Just a few drops to the olive oil. and start polishing your wood to a beautiful shine. The olive oil will give your wood a really nice shiny luster.

Glass Cleaner

50/50 solution of Vinegar and water

Mix together in a spray bottle. Now here is the trick- don’t use cloth or paper towels. Use newspaper if you can, that will give you the best clean plus it won’t leave streaks. The next best option would be cheese cloth or Microfiber.

Carpet Deodorizer
If you want your carpets to smell great, you will love this.

Baking soda.

Just sprinkle it over your carpet and let it set for an hour or so and then vacuum it up.

Amazing Air Freshener.

This is the perfect alternative to an aerosol or expensive fabric refresher.

Spray bottle

Water

Favorite Essential oil

Simply take a spray bottle, fill with water and put in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake and spray.

 

Enjoy!

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Health Benefits of Clove Oil

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The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. Clove oil can be used for treating a variety of health issues including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities. The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient. We recommend only using theraputic grade essential oils, like Young Living Essential oils.

Read on to find out more about the Amazing ways you can use Clove Oil.

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Health Benefits of Clove Oil

Essential Oils and Pets

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Essential Oils and Pets

You actually Can Keep fleas and other insects off the household furniture, carpets as well as anywhere the household pets might wander using a spray of cedar. Inside spray bottle, combine 1 drops of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ cedarwood essential oil for each ounce of water and lightly spray anywhere needed. Re-apply a couple of times per month to help keep the fleas away.

Fleas

Remove fleas from your pets by using 5-10 drops of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Melaleuca (alternifolia) essential oil in your normal pet shampoo. Massage the shampoo completely in to the coat, getting all the way to the skin, then let it set for Five to ten minutes. Rinse out, and see the fleas fall off.

Make certain that fleas don’t come back by, soaking a nylon collar in a 50/50 solution of water and Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Eucalyptus Blue essential oil. Allow the collar to dry completely before placing it on your pet. You will know it is time to re-soak the collar when you can no longer smell the eucalyptus. Typically, every two weeks or so.

Skin Irritations
Relieve minor skin irritations using a mix of 2 tablespoons of almond oil with 5 drops of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ lavender essential oil. Rub the essential oil mixture directly into skin irritations to reduce itching, kill harmful bacteria as well as relax your pet.

Ticks
Ensure that your pets are safe from ticks well before they go out into the outdoors. Mix a 50/50 solution of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ clove essential oil and water inside a spray bottle, and cover your canine friend with a fine misting. If you are going outside too, this is a great repellent for yourself as well.

Dander

Decrease dander negatively effecting your pets using a a little Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ patchouli essential oil. You can either combine 5 drops of patchouli essential oil with 2 Tablespoons of almond oil, rubbing that on the skin, or put 10-15 drops in your pet’s shampoo every time they get a bath. As opposed to Melaleuca, aka tea tree oil, you don’t have to let the oil set; but, it is essential that you provide your four-legged pal a deep, dander clearing therapeutic massage.

Smell Sweet
Make sure that you do not ever hear your house smells like a wet dog, with the use of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ bergamot essential oil, an all-natural deodorizer, 2 or 3 times per week on your own lovely, though not so lovely smelling household pets. Just as before, combine a 50/50 solution of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ bergamot essential oil and water, applying a light spray as needed.

Find out more about how to care for your pets naturally from-

Salina Bhimji AHT, BSc, Reiki Master

 

First Aid – Build Your Own Natural First Aid Emergency Kit

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Everyone should have a well stocked first aid kit. Knowing that you have the items on hand to be able to handle medical issues at home and immediately is simply priceless.

 

Know what you can treat at home and what you need to see a professional for is also essential. But, in this post we will talk about what you should have in your first aid kit. Herbs and essential oils have been effectively treating people (and animals) for thousands of years. But, which ones should you use for what? Read on to find out.

 

In the event of an emergency or disaster having all the items you need close at hand can make all the difference. A word of caution when selecting herbs and oils, always make sure that you are getting your herbs from a trusted source, they need to be clean and organic. Growing your own is a great way to stay stocked up. For Essential oils, you need to make sure that you are using therapeutic grade essential oils. NOT perfume oils, this is not something that you should try and skimp on. We like Young Living Essential Oils.

 

All of the remedies are available at any well-stocked health-food store and online.

 

Aloe vera gel: Cooling and healing, aloe vera (Aloe vera) soothes the inflammation of sunburn and common kitchen scalds and burns.

Arnica gel or cream: Arnica (Arnica montana) flowers have anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating properties; the gel or cream is excellent for sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises. Do not apply arnica to broken skin. 

Calendula-comfrey salve: The bright yellow-orange blossoms of calendula (Calendula officinalis) have astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) contains allantoin, a compound that stimulates the growth of new tissue and helps heal wounds. 

Chamomile tea bags: With its delicious distinctive flavor, chamomile (Matricaria recutita) makes a tasty tea. Gentle enough for children, chamomile has mild sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, when applied topically, soothes skin irritations.

Echinacea liquid extract: Rich in immune-stimulating chemicals, echinacea (Echinacea spp.) can be used for any type of infection. Liquid extracts are the most versatile because they can be used both internally and externally.

Elderberry capsules or liquid extract: Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is essential for stopping a cold or flu from ruining your vacation. The berries contain compounds that prevent cold and flu viruses from invading and infecting cells. If you’re flying or otherwise potentially exposed to viruses, taking elderberry is a good preventive. If you do come down with a cold or flu, taking elderberry can hasten your recovery time.

Eucalyptus essential oil: A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is excellent for treating colds, flus and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation. Dilute with oil or witch hazel extract before applying to the skin, and do not take internally.

Ginger capsules, tea bags and crystallized ginger: The antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale) soothe digestive upsets. Ginger also has been proven to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine, the conventional drug treatment.

Goldenseal capsules or powder: A powerful antimicrobial, goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is effective against a variety of microorganisms that cause traveler’s diarrhea. The powder has antiseptic properties and can be sprinkled onto cuts or wounds to stop bleeding. Do not take goldenseal internally during pregnancy.

Grindelia poison oak/ivy tincture or spray: Grindelia (Grindelia camporum), also known as gumweed, contains resins and tannins that help to relieve the pain and itching of plant rashes. It’s available as a tincture and also as a spray specifically for treating poison oak/poison ivy rashes.

Lavender essential oil: Virtually an all-purpose remedy, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has sed- ative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. For most people, lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin. Do not take more than 1 to 2 drops internally.

Laxative herbal tea bags: Travel constipation is a common complaint. Most herbal laxative teas rely on senna (Cassia senna), which contains compounds called anthraquinones that stimulate intestinal activity. Because senna has a bitter, unpleasant flavor, it’s often combined with tasty herbs such as cinnamon, fennel, licorice and ginger.
Peppermint essential oil and tea bags: With its high concentration of menthol, peppermint (Mentha xpiperita) soothes an upset stomach, clears sinuses and curbs itching from insect bites. If you have sensitive skin, dilute peppermint oil before applying. Taken internally, peppermint may aggravate heartburn. Valerian tincture: The sedative properties of valerian (Valeriana officinalis) make it useful for relieving anxiety, insomnia and tension; it’s also a mild pain reliever.

Witch hazel extract: Distilled witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) has mild astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for insect bites and skin irritations. It’s also an excellent base for diluting essential oils for a variety of simple, topical herbal first-aid remedies. Do not take it internally.

 

Additional First-Aid Essentials

  • Adhesive bandage strips: Various sizes, including butterfly closure bandages.
  • Alcohol: Small plastic bottle for removing poison oak/ivy oils from the skin.
  • Bandage materials: Sterile gauze pads, a roll of gauze, adhesive bandage tape.
  • Cosmetic clay: With drying and drawing properties, clay is useful for healing skin rashes and insect bites. Store in a small plastic container.
  • Elastic bandage: For sprains or strains.
  • Electrolyte replacement: Powdered drink packets such as Emergen-C.
  • Moleskin: Blister treatment.
  • Scissors: Small pair for cutting bandages, adhesive tape, moleskin.
  • Thermometer: Instant-read type.
  • Tweezers: For removing ticks and splinters.
  • Waterless hand sanitizer: Travel-size bottle.

 

 

Essential Oils and First Aid

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Essential oils can help you create a versatile, well-rounded first aid kit. Certain plants like lavender contain powerful constituents that may help relieve mild burns or cleanse small cuts. Other essential oils that can be added to a first aid kit include peppermint essential oil (stomach discomfort), lemon essential oil (cleansing), and Thieves® essential oil blend.

A word of caution though, you need to make sure that you are using only therapeutic grade essential oils. The best Brand on the market is Young Living Essential Oils.

Every home should have three fully stocked first aid kits: one each in the kitchen, bathroom, and car. In the event of an emergency, having all the items you need close at hand can make a big difference. As you prepare your first aid kit, be sure to include items such as burn ointment and pain reliever.

Here are some additional items you may want to have in addition to essential oils:

  • Two pairs of latex gloves (or other sterile gloves if allergic to latex)
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medication (insulin, asthma inhalers)
  • Prescribed medical supplies (glucose meter, etc.)
  • Cell phone
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Laxative

Young Living’s Most Popular Oils for First Aid

  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Thieves® essential oil blend