“Clean Home” Diffuser Blend

Let’s be honest. Sometimes we really just don’t have time to clean our homes the way we would like. Sometimes all we have time for is a quick pick-up to make it look like we cleaned. How about a new diffuser blend that will make your home smell like you have been cleaning for hours? This diffuser blend has such a fresh and clean smell, you’ll absolutely love it—not to mention the illusion of deep cleaning that it provides. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

If you’re looking for a new diffuser, you’ve come to the right place! Our new Jade ultrasonic diffuser has a classy design that will fit the decor of your house or office, while also releasing the benefits of essential oils into the air for up to 8 hours. Click here to learn more about this incredible diffuser!

If you would like to learn more about choosing the right diffuser, you can consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best? Diffusion Methods and Comparison Charts” post for more information.

 

Essential Oil Spotlight: Clary Sage

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering plant. Clary sage can be identified by its herbaceous, spicy, and hay-like aroma. This essential oil possesses anticonvulsant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, nerve tonic, sedative, soothing, tonic, and warming health properties. Clary sage primarily affects the body’s hormonal system.

In the Middle Ages, clary sage was nicknamed “clear eyes” for its ability to clear eye problems. During that time it was also widely used for female complaints, kidney/digestive/skin disorders, inflammation, sore throats, and wounds. The French have long used this oil to aid with bronchitis, cholesterol, frigidity, genitalia, impotence, menstrual cramps, and weak digestion.

Today, clary sage essential oil is commonly used to help with the following health conditions: aneurysm, breast enlargement, convulsions, cramps, emotional stress, endometriosis, epilepsy, estrogen balance, hair (fragile), hormonal balance, hot flashes, infection, infertility, insomnia, lactation (start milk production), mood swings, muscle fatigue, Parkinson’s disease, PMS, postpartum depression, premenopause, and seizures.

Applications of Clary Sage Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Clary sage can be applied neat (with no dilution). Apply to reflex points and/or directly on the area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of clary sage may calm and enhance the dream state, helping to bring about a feeling of euphoria.
Internal Application: Clary sage is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA and can be taken in capsules or used as a flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be taken with caution and in greater dilution by children 6 years old and older. Use with caution during pregnancy. Not for babies. Avoid using this oil during and after consumption of alcohol.

Ways to Use Clary Sage Essential Oil:

1. Hot Flashes
Clary sage essential oil affects the hormonal system, making it a powerful tool when you’re experiencing hot flashes. Simply add 5 drops clary sage to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) jojoba oil, and add the mixture to bathwater as a relaxing bath oil.
2. Diffuse
The strong, herbaceous aroma of this essential oil adds an amazing new level to your diffuser blends. Here are a few you can try out!

3. Menstrual Cramps
Clary Sage is great for alleviating bloating and cramps caused by your menstrual cycle. Combine 3 drops clary sage, 3 drops grapefruit, and 2 drops lavender in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and top off with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil of your choice. Apply the blend on location whenever needed.
4. Hormone Balance
Taking essential oils internally can be an effective way to receive their benefits quickly. Balancing your hormones can be tricky, but essential oils are great to keep them in check. Place 2 drops of each rosemary, frankincense, and clary sage in an empty capsule. If desired, fill the remainder of the capsule with olive oil. Take internally 1–2 times a day, or as needed.

5. Hair Care
This essential oil is known for its ability to help strengthen fragile and thinning hair. It can be a great addition to your shampoo and conditioner, or you can click here for a recipe to make your own natural shampoo and conditioner. It’s completely customizable depending on your specific hair needs.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 51–52.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Essential oils are great for cleaning and disinfecting. We’ve created this all-purpose cleaning spray that you can use to clean almost anything! Those tough surfaces won’t stand a chance against this powerful spray. This recipe is a super easy way to free your home of harsh chemicals all while keeping your house clean. 

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture on a cloth, and wipe the area down. For persistent surfaces, you can spray the mixture directly on the surface and scrub it in.
  3. Shake before each use and store in a dark place.

Copaiba: The Miracle Oil

Copaiba essential oil has quickly gained the nickname as the miracle oil since its release.  After writing a post about copaiba, we’ve received many questions about how to apply the oil, so we wanted to share a little more about what we found! This essential oil is truly amazing with its powerful healing abilities, making it absolutely essential to your inventory. We want to help you understand a little of the science behind copaiba’s powerful properties, and then we’ll dive in to a few uses of this miraculous oil.

First, let’s talk about cannabinoids. That’s right—you’ve heard of cannabis oil and marijuana. Some cannabinoids are illegal due to their highly addictive nature. Recent studies have proven that the addictive nature of these substances is caused by their connection to the CB1 receptor in the body. This receptor allows for the healing and wonderful health properties to enter the body, but it all comes at the expense of adverse psychological issues and addictions. Recent studies have shown that if these cannabinoids could connect only to the CB2 receptor, then there would not be adverse psychological effects. However, this is much more difficult to achieve with these CBDs. Although cannabis oil is not addictive, it is incredibly expensive for a high-quality batch.

And that’s where copaiba essential oil comes in. Copaiba contains some of the same chemical properties as cannabinoids, but it is entirely safe and non-addictive. Copaiba bonds with the CB2 receptor, leading to a myriad of possible health benefits without bonding with the CB1 receptor—preventing possible addiction. This essential oil contains no THC, so it won’t show up as a false positive on drug tests; not to mention that copaiba contains a higher amount of BCP than high-quality cannabis oil, meaning that it is even more effective.

All the research is very interesting, but let’s get down to how to put it to the test. First, copaiba is a natural magnifier or enhancer, meaning that it can enhance the benefits of any oil it is blended with. This makes it extremely valuable in any blend, especially when combined with Roman chamomile, cedarwood, sandalwood, frankincense, and ylang ylang.

Copiaba has very powerful properties and can act as a pain reliever. Many people have inquired about the most effective application method. The only answer we can give is that it is entirely subjective. What works for one person may not work for others, especially when it comes to pain management. Our rule of thumb is to apply the oil topically when the pain feels topical. However, if you are experiencing internal pain or nerve pain, you may want to take the oil internally in a capsule or beverage. It would also be extremely effective to consult a reflexology chart to know where to apply the oil for specific conditions.

This essential oil has many other incredible uses, and we advise you to consult our “Essential Oil Spotlight: Copaiba” post for more information and usage instructions. Because copaiba has so many possibilities, we would absolutely love to hear your experiences with this oil. We are all learning, so we can all help teach each other. Let us know how you have used this oil to help you and those you know!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.
www.hempedification.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/copaiba-natural-anti-inflammatory-better-than-cannabidiol/
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4164977/

“Peaceful Mornings” Diffuser Blend

This sweet, fruity-floral diffuser blend is the perfect way to start your morning. Now you can wake up on the right foot. Just put this blend in your diffuser right when you wake up to relieve stress and tension before it even begins. Try out this blend and let us know what you think!

Need a new diffuser? We carry a wide variety of diffusers for you to choose from. Each diffuser is unique and has its own qualities. Click here to learn more about the different diffusers we carry and the features that make them unique. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Wings

Nobody can turn down a delicious grilled dish during the summer! These chicken wings have an amazing flavor with the combination of sweet honey and a tangy twist with lime essential oil. This dish makes a perfect addition to your next summer barbecue and goes great with grilled veggies and fresh fruit!

 

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Wings

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. (2 kg) chicken wings (about 24 wings)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) tabasco sauce
  • 3–4 drops lime essential oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Wash the chicken wings, and pat dry.
  2. Combine the lime juice, honey, garlic, soy sauce, tabasco sauce, and lime essential oil. Transfer to a bowl or a large plastic bag, add the chicken wings, and toss to coat.
  3. Marinate the chicken wings for 4–8 hours, tossing to coat occasionally.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  5. Remove the wings from the marinade, and place on the grill. Baste the wings with the marinade, and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Turn the wings every 5 minutes while cooking; about halfway through, baste the wings again with the remaining marinade.
  7. Cook until browned and cooked through. The internal temperature should be 165°F (75°C); it should take approximately 25–30 minutes.

If you don’t wish to grill the wings, you can also bake them at 450°F (230°C) on an aluminum foil–lined baking sheet following the directions above.

This dish can be a little sticky and messy, so we highly encourage you to use our Essential Oil Grill Cleaner after making this dish.

Essential Oil Grill Cleaner

With summer in full swing, barbecues are becoming more frequent, which results in a very dirty grill. We try to burn off the leftover residue, but sometimes heat alone doesn’t quite do the job. This grill cleaner utilizes the powerful effects of baking soda and vinegar, with the added benefits of lemon essential oil as a cleaning agent. This cleaner is specifically designed for grills, but it may also prove effective on pots and pans!

Grill Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Castile Soap
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • White vinegar

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the baking soda, castile soap, and lemon essential oil.
  2. Add vinegar slowly until the mixture reaches an oil-like consistency and starts bubbling.
  3. Brush the mixture on the grill, and allow it to sit for 15–30 minutes.
  4. Use a damp scouring pad or grill brush to scrub the surface clean.
  5. Rinse the grill with water.

If you have a lot of buildup on your grill, you may have to apply the mixture multiple times.

 

Lavender Sunburn Ointment

Nobody likes getting sunburned, but we do love soaking up the sunlight during the summer. Sometimes you can’t control how you skin will react to the sunlight, even if you wear sunscreen; but you can treat it properly to relieve the pain. This ointment was designed to help alleviate your sunburn while helping to hydrate and regenerate your skin. You’ll love how soothing this ointment will feel on your burned skin, and it can even help prevent peeling. Give it a try so you can enjoy your summer again!

This ointment can also double as a burn ointment for regular first-degree burns.

Lavender Sunburn Ointment

  • Servings: Yield=3 Tbsp. (45 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Fill the acrylic bottle until almost full with aloe vera gel.
  2. Add the essential oils to the aloe vera, and use a chopstick or skewer to combine. The mixture will become cloudy when combined.
  3. Pump the mixture until it begins to come out. Apply to sunburned skin, and allow it to soak in and provide soothing relief!

If you’d like, you can also combine the aloe vera gel and essential oils in a bowl and use a funnel to transfer the mixture to the lotion bottle or another bottle of your choice.

A Guide to Using Essential Oils with Your Furry Friends

Today’s guest blogger is Ashley Lipman! Ashley absolutely loves essential oils and enjoying aromatherapy benefits. She’s very excited to share her knowledge and experiences of using essential oils around pets with us today!

Essential oils have become a staple for many of us. I was first introduced to essential oils when I was having trouble sleeping. My daughter gave me a diffuser and some lavender essential oil. She explained that all essential oils are not equal. When I began reading about lavender essential oil, it seemed too good to be true, but I had nothing to lose. Within a few days, I was falling asleep faster and sleeping sounder. As a bonus, the scent of lavender keeps mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs away, which is useful if you like sitting on the porch in the evenings or going camping.

Our Fur Babies

We own a dog and a cat that are both indoor pets. My little friends have been part of the family for a long time. When it’s bedtime, they come into my room. The cat will jump up on the bed, allow me to pet her for a moment, and when I am no longer needed, she will curl up and go right to sleep.

The dog is a different story. It seems when the lights are turned off, his energy is turned on. He will get in his bed; then he will get out of his bed and jump up on my bed. He likes to get under the covers and burrow around until he has created a comfortable spot near my feet. And as soon as you think it’s over, he will pop his head out from the end of the bed and jump off the bed to get water. Then his ritual begins again.

Luckily, despite my two fur babies being polar opposites at bedtime, I have found ways to use essential oils with both of them!

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are torture for your pets. If they get infested with these pests, they bring them into your home. Since these pests live off of blood, they will bite you and your children as well. They are what you might call “equal opportunity” bloodsuckers.

The chemicals that are sold to fight fleas and ticks are smelly, oily, and expensive. From my research, I determined that you have to be careful with the essential oils you use on pets. Always dilute your mixture.

Dogs

For dogs, mix 30 drops of essential oil with 1 cup (250 ml) of water. Shake it well, and mist your dog twice a day. When you’re first trying a new oil, begin with only 10 drops; this solution will not be as effective for the dog, but it will give you a test period to see if your dog tolerates the oil well. The best essential oils for dogs include the following:

  • Eucalyptus
    • Bonus tip: if the humans in your house suffer from spring and summer allergies, this oil will help keep your sinuses clear and relieve other allergy symptoms.
  • Peppermint
    • Bonus tip: mist your kitchen cupboards, drawers, and baseboards with this oil, and it will help keep mice out of your home.
  • Cedarwood
  • Citronella

Cats

You must be very careful with the essential oils you use on cats. There are great essential oils to protect cats, but you MUST dilute with a carrier oil. Mix 5 drops of essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) of carrier oil. Mix it well, then rub it on your cat’s fur and legs. Avoid the eyes, mouth, and genitals. Here are some good essential oils to use on cats:

  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

***Do NOT let your cat ingest the oils.***

Don’t Forget about Your Parrots!

This is probably not something you hear about often. But if you are a parrot lover, you can help keep them happy and healthy with essential oils. You will need to do your research and make sure to use the best quality oil available.

Essential oils can help parrots feel like they are in their natural habitat. The oils we use often come from the plants, trees, and vines that grow in their home.

You will want to use an ultrasonic diffuser around your parrots. This adds humidity to the air, which is good for parrots’ skin. Use 3–4 drops of essential oil in your diffuser. Try one oil at a time for a few days to see if your birds function well with it.

When a parrot stresses, it is usually because it is away from its natural home. Parrots express stress by becoming aggressive, plucking out feathers, screaming for long periods of time, and self-mutilating. Often, if you introduce essential oils, the parrot will settle down and thrive.

The top 3 essential oils for parrots include geranium, lavender, and peppermint.

Final Tips

To help your pets between treatments, use a cloth-like collar on your pet. Place a few drops of oil on the outside of the collar. The pet will get the benefits of repelling insects, but since the oil won’t come into contact with their skin, there is no worry about overexposure. So what are you waiting for? Treat your furry (and feathered) friends to the benefits of essential oils today!

About the Author


Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer delivering awesome content through various niches, one of which is health and lifestyle. Apart from that, she is also an essential oil addict. She loves essential oils and enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy. Ashley uses oils on a daily basis for freshening her living space, hair and skin care, or massages. She especially cannot live without lavender oil, which helped her a lot with her sleeping disorder. Since then, Ashley has been researching the health benefits of essential oils and spreading the word about them.

Sources:
www.madewithoils.com/lavender-essential-oil
www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-sinus-congestion
www.creeklinehouse.com/how-to-use-essential-oils-when-you-have-cats

Image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/birds-nature-colorful-green-camera-3456261/

Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed seeds of this plant. Fennel can be easily identified by its sweet, somewhat spicy, and licorice-like aroma. This essential oil contains the following health properties: antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and expectorant.

Fennel was historically used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans when they awarded victorious warriors with garlands of fennel as a sign of praise. They believed that fennel would bestow these warriors with strength, courage, and longevity.

Common uses of fennel essential oil include blood clots, bruises, digestive system support, gastritis, kidney stones, lactation, pancreas support, parasites, skin revitalizing, tissue cleansing, and wrinkles. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Other possible uses of fennel essential oil include colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, nausea, obesity, PMS, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.

Application of Fennel Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to at least 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Internal Application: Fennel oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption and serves as a powerful flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Repeated topical use may lead to contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy. This oil should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children ages 6 and older.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

1. Digestive Problems
Fennel essential oil has beneficial digestive properties. It can quickly alleviate bloating, gas/flatulence, and diarrhea. Combine 5 drops fennel essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
2. Cooking
Fennel has a strong licorice-like flavor and serves as a valuable ingredient in many spices and other recipes. It can be strong, so start small when adding it to your recipes; you can always add more later. Here are a few recipes using fennel essential oil!

3. Bath Oil
This essential oil is known for its ability to revitalize the skin, cleanse tissue, and smooth wrinkles. For this reason, fennel makes a beneficial addition to bath oils and soaps. For a silky-smooth feel after your bath, combine 8 drops jasmine, 8 drops fennel, and 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) jojoba oil in the palm of your hand, and hold under warm running bathwater. Swish the water around with your hand to disperse the oils.
4. Diffuser Blends
With its strong aromatic influence, fennel can serve as a nice addition to a diffuser blend. Its sweet yet spicy aroma can uplift you and fill you with courage. Here are a couple blends for you to try out.

5. Air Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 63–64.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo