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Clean your home green while saving lots of green

We all want the best for our families…what’s good for the environment, our budget, and for our health. Using eco-friendly natural cleansers is a great way to go green. Here are some great tips:

 

 

This was previously published at Yahoo Voices in 2009, but since that site is now closed, I’m sharing the full article in it’s entirety here:

 

We are all making a difference by taking care of our surroundings, and choosing to live ‘greener’ or at least more ‘eco-friendly’. We are teaching our children who will in turn teach their children. And who wouldn’t want to do that? Especially when we are able to do these things without breaking the bank.

I for one, am constantly on the lookout for natural products that don’t cost a fortune. It’s tough being green because all the “organic” and “natural” products are always twice the price of their synthetic counterparts (which is just backwards). But I’ve found a way to clean green without spending too much green.

Making natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?

Natural Floor Cleaner

When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else. Of course I tweaked the recipe a bit by adding pure essential oils for all their added benefits.
This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo, from natural wood to linoleum, it works brilliantly, better than the brand name cleansers– and safer too.

Just find a 16 oz. spray bottle, you can find one at the dollar store (or use a sanitized recycled one).
Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:

  • 1/3 distilled water,
  • 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
  • and 1/3 alcohol

Rubbing alcohol works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less ether smell.
Add about 2-3 drops of natural liquid Castile soap, or liquid dish soap, and about 25 drops of pure essential oils such as; Lavender, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Rosemary, Lemon or Orange essential oil.
Shake well before each use.

To Use: Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.

 

Air Freshener

To make this eco-friendly air-freshener, just add distilled water to a spray bottle, a few other easy ingredients, and add 30-40 drops of your favorite/favorites essential oils from the following list:

The essential oils are listed in descending order of anti-bacterial/antiseptic qualities (approx.), as well as other suggested e.o.s for a nice air freshener;

Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon,
and Lavender, Sandalwood, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli.

Each one is excellent for purifying and cleaning the air. You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.

Just dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl, something like Everclear or other neutral grain spirit );

or you can also use 10ml of mentholated spirits instead.

Add that mixture to approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water.

Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use)

Spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.

Be sure to always label your bottles. I use a Sharpie and write “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance see the ingredients clearly. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.

 

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything except the floors. It works just as good as the more expensive natural brands.

  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve. Just spray and wipe away. For tough to clean surfaces, leave it on for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Shake well before each use.

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle w/date, use in one month.

 

Soft Scrub Cleaner

This great cleaner is especially good for those glass top stoves, and is so simple to make you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.
This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops. Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency. You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional of course, but I think it adds more benefits– like orange oil with its awesome grease cutting properties).
Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that you want cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.
Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;

This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make. Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to 2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml); Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.

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I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?

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Sources;

Amazon
Neutral grain spirit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_grain_spirit

Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils/affiliate
http://www.organicreverence.com/id6.html

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Organic-Pergo-Floor-Cleaner_W0QQugidZ10000000006170856

 

Clean Your Home “Green” While Saving Lots of Green

How to Make Environmentally Friendly Laundry Detergent, Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners

How to MAKE YOUR OWN “Green” LAUNDRY DETERGENT
This is really much easier than you think, it works great, will be gentler on the environment (and your septic system), and will save you money.

With this recipe, you’ll only be spending about $0.01 – $0.02 per load of wash. Wow, huh?
First, gather your ingredients for the 1:1:1 ratio of; borax, powdered soap and washing soda (not baking soda).

You can get the inexpensive unscented or hypoallergenic soap (comes in a pack of three) and grate it into a fine powder (this is the most time consuming part of the whole recipe but quite worth it).

Then mix everything together and scent the soap powder with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. You can use whichever one(s) you want. I like to change it up and use different scents / essential oils everytime;

Like- lavender and vanilla,

or tangerine and grapefruit,

or jasmine and lemon…whatever you like.

Just make sure to not over-do the scenting with essential oils. Use less than you think you’ll need, adding only a drop or two at a time and mixing well.

One trick is to let it set over night and give it a sniff the next morning so it has time to permeate the whole batch. Never use essential oils directly on the skin and test patch for allergies first. You’ll find that you use a lot less than you think you’ll need. Just remember less is more!

TO USE:

You only need to use about one tablespoon of this homemade laundry soap mixture per load. It cleans clothes really well and it’s an all around winner.

It’s best to add detergent to the water before you add the clothes so the powder is fully dissolved. You don’t want to end up with soap spots on your clothes!

Congratulations! You just ‘greened’ your laundry and saved a bunch of $$$!!!

You are a fabulous frugalista!!!

 

 

List of Phototoxic Essential Oils & Homemade Sunscreen

Summer is in full swing, and for those that love to spend time outdoors it’s always a good idea to wear sunblock.

I love making  all natural products so I know exactly what’s in them, and what better way to take care of yourself (and/or family/friends) then by using an all natural sunscreen. I found a great recipe (found below list of phototoxic essential oils ).  Recipe is from Green Boot Girl. Thanks!

Be sure that if you add essential oils to your sunscreen stay away from using any of the phototoxic essential oils.

Not all citrus are phototoxic..

Robert Tisserand says,

Essential oils of verbena, tagetes, rue, mandarin leaf, bergamot fruit, lime fruit, bitter orange fruit, lemon fruit, grapefruit, cumin seeds and angelica root. Not tea tree, not patchouli, not celery, not cedarwood, not mandarin fruit, not tangerine fruit, not yuzu fruit, not bergamot FCF, and not parsley.

Essential oils with a high furanocoumarin content are photosensitizing, though a few photosensitizing oils have no furanocoumarins. Coumarin the molecule is not photosensitizing. It is found in several absolutes and in tiny amounts in one or two oils. Furanocoumarin molecules a made up of a furanoid ring attached to a coumarin molecule, which has two rings, so they are 3-ringed molecules.

Clementine oil has not been tested for phototoxicity.

here is a link to some helpful info on the NAHA website from Tony Burfield: http://www.naha.org/articles/brief_safety%20guidance%20.htm

Phototoxic Essential oils (may cause sun sensitivity)

  • Angelica
  • Angelica root
  • *Bergamot oil
  • Cassia
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fig leaf
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lovage
  • Bitter orange
  • Rue
  • Tagetes
  • Verbena (or lemon verbena)

* Unless it is bergaptene-free oil – sold as Bergamot FCF.

When using essential oils you should keep in mind that some of them are photo-toxic. If you apply them to the skin, and it gets exposed to sunlight within 24 hours, the symptoms of dermatitis may develop.


Photosensitizers

Expressed citrus oils are considered to be photosensitizers. The furocoumarin bergaptene, or 5 methoxypsoralen known as 5-MOP, is the phototoxic constituent of citrus oils like bergamot or other citrus oils. The phototoxic effect is neutralized when the furocoumarin content is 0.0075%.

Phototoxic oils

bergamot, Citrus aurantium var. bergamia
cold pressed lime, Citrus medica
cold pressed bitter orange, Citrus aurantium var. amara
angelica, Angelica archangelica

Mild photosensitizers

Cold pressed grapefruit, Citrus paradisi
cold pressed or distilled lemon, Citrus limon, Lippia citridora
distilled lime, Citrus medica
cold pressed sweet orange, Citrus sinensis
cold pressed tangerine, Citrus reticulata blanco

Other oils that may cause phototoxicity

cedarwood, Cedrus atlanticum
cinnamon bark, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
clary sage, Salvia sclarea
elecampane, Inula helenium
ginger, Zingiber officinalis
lovage, Levisticum officinale
opoponax, Commiphora erythraea
patchouli, Pogostemon patchouli

As you can see, the phototoxic oils themselves are not causing any reaction when applied to the skin without exposure to ultraviolet light.  Make sure that the essential oils are safe for you and that you  dilute the essential oils properly.

Sources:

FromNatureWithLove.com – FromNatureWithLove.com offers a large selection of 1,750+ natural ingredients used in skin care, hair care, cosmeceutical applications, massage, aromatherapy, spa products and herbal preparations. FNWL also offers a large selection of packaging supplies, bath accessories, natural body scrubs, books and equipment.

http://joshealthcorner.blogspot.com/2009/10/massage-and-how-to-dilute-essential.html
http://www.essentialoils.co.za/sun-sensitivity.htm
http://myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpress/are-your-essential-oils-photo-toxic-keep-safe-in-the-sun/

http://wp.me/p2bvEN-CZ

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I love this recipe! Thanks Green Boot Girl~! 🙂

Homemade Sunscreen

We live and Florida and love the beach.  We’ll be going to Honeymoon Island once a week when summer is finally here.

 

Just a few pictures to help you understand why. :0)

It is beautiful and the boys love playing in the water and sand.  If we are not at the beach, you can find us at the pool.  There is a great pool right by us and we go often.  I guess Florida is known for its outdoor recreation. We take advantage of it.

I have one son that is very tan, and one son is that is fair skinned.  I am right there with my fair skinned son, even though we tan easily… we have to be careful.  We mainly use natural sunscreen from the health food store.  Many of the ingredients in regular sunscreen contain toxic chemicals and endocrine disrupting chemicals.  These ingredients are especially  bad for children and women during child-bearing years.  Some sunscreens actually raise your chances of getting skin cancer.   There are some good options out there, but be careful even natural sunscreens can have sketchy ingredients.  Always read the LABELS.  If you want to read more in details about the risks and benefits check out this article.

Since making my homemade facial cream,  I have really wanted to try my own sunscreen formula.  Many of the ingredients are the same which makes it easy.  My boys are always in the sun, so it was a no-brainer.  Experiment time!!! I love this part.

Another way to help build and strengthen the skin and keep from burning~ take fermented cod- liver oil regularly.

I found the sunscreen formula here and changed it a little.

You can also find awesome ingredients at From Nature with Love;
FNWL

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil (coconut or olive)
  • 5 tsp zinc oxide (available online or in stores~make sure it is pure zinc oxide.  For those concerned about contaminants or nano-particles, I bought this version and it has larger particles)
  • 1 Tbsp Beeswax (I buy mine from here)
  • 2 Tbsp Natural Aloe Vera Gel (I buy mine from here) Not the kind with alcohol or propylene glycol.
  • 1/8 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp Rosehip essential oil (optional~ use any for scent, just not citrus bc it is phototoxic) Check out why rosehip oil is so great for the skin.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin
How to Make It

Heat Oil and beeswax on double boiler (or in a mason jar sitting in a pan of low boiling water) until just melted.

Remove from heat, and add essential oils.

Put into bowl that will not be used for food, and add zinc oxide powder, set aside.

In small pan, heat water and aloe vera until just warm.

Add the water/aloe mixture slowly while whisking vigorously or use an immersion blender.

(Note here- I tried whisking vigorously and it did not work very well.  I will be buying the immersion blender on amazon before I try this again.  You can always just strain the extra liquid off or add more beeswax)

Add any additional essential oils or fragrances (except citrus)

I left mine sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes to set.  Mine was a little watery (hence the immersion blender).  I think that really fluff’s it more.

On my skin ~ nice consistency and texture.  It rubs right in, but you can make it thicker (more beeswax less water) or thinner (more water).

Extra Notes:

~this sunscreen is not completely waterproof and will need to be reapplied after swimming or sweating

~make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide powder (use a mask if necessary)

~this recipe has a SPF of about 20, adding more zinc will increase the SPF

~add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen- adding about 3x the amount of beeswax and removing the water/tea will make a “sunscreen bar” that rubs on like stick deodorant

~vanilla extract is great for fragrance

~if you store in the fridge, it will be thicker

~remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes a great lotion

We are heading to the beach tomorrow.  I am excited to have our “real” sunscreen.  Enjoy the sun this summer.  Make your own sunscreen and take lots of Vitamin D!

~Green Boot Girl

link to Green Boot Girl’s post about Homemade Sunscreen.

Glamorously Green; Kaia Bamboo Cleansing Cloths

New-found glamorously green treat. And I thought I’d have to stick with plain ole’ cotton forever. Even infused with honey and essential oils! Woo Hoo! This is a fabulous find from mygloss.com. Thanks so much for this remarkable review. I’m buying one today!

I am in love with these bamboo cleansing cloths. They’ve provided a solution for a long-standing problem: what is the greenest and most effective way to remove makeup and moisturize when I’m on the road? When I use cleanser and facecloths, it seems so wasteful to just use the facecloth once -yet after removing a face of makeup, you really need to toss it in the laundry. Cotton or facial tissues just aren’t an option for me – to enter stage right, Kaia Cleansing Cloths!

They feel like cashmere, are infused with honey and essential oils, and are totally biodegradable. I’m sold and don’t think I’ll be traveling without a handy pack of these ever again.

Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths – $16.02 for a set of 30 at Amazon.com Gloss Find: Kaia Bamboo Cleansing Cloths

No matter how late it is, or how tired you are before falling into bed…kaia natural makeup remover keeps it simple…
no rinsing, no water, no bathroom required!

kaia naturals 4 products in 1

Avoid that tight-skin feeling as kaia has been formulated with organic Canadian honey and infused with eight pure citrus essential oils, sunflower seed and cleans impurities with oats.

Yes, kaia really does remove mascara…even waterproof mascara without tugging and pulling!

If you suffer from sensitive skin, you know that the ingredients found in many “wet wipes” are not ideal! The beauty of bamboo is that it is very, very soft, unlike rayon (which is what most cleansing wipes are made from, and they contain wood fibers), which can be rough and can pull on the delicate skin in the eye area or cheeks.

For those with red/ irritated, inflamed skin:
kaia bamboo facial cleansing cloths are ideal for those suffering from Rosacea as the skin is fragile due to inflammation/redness and the cashmere soft cloths and gentle cleansing formula will not aggravate the skin.

Getting the most from your cleansing cloth is important as the cloths are packaged to last you an entire month: Use both sides of the cloth:

use both  sidesStep 1: remove your facial makeup first

Step 2: then flip the cloth over and remove lipstick and eye makeup last.

The cloth is 100% biodegradable so there is no guilt when you dispose of it…Oh and it is from a sustainable crop too…
bamboo is a grass and grows like a weed (literally).

Here’s the Ingredient List;

Ingredients
Water/Agua, Acacia Gum : derived from the acacia tree and is soothing to the skin, Xantham gum: naturally fermented corn sugar, Canadian organic honey : an emollient and nutrient with antioxidant and anti-microbial properties with the ability to absorb and retain moisture, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate: a food grade emulsifier used in baked goods, Cetyl Alcohol : a fatty alcohol from plant oils with emulsifying properties, Sunflower Seed Oil: the extract from sunflower seeds, a rich emollient high in linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids and vitamin E, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, extremely mild cleansing agent which is skin friendly and derived from oats, Panthenol: A moisturizer, derived from vitamin B5, with humectant-like properties that aid in skin absorption. Benzyl Alcohol : a naturally occurring essential oil with antimicrobial properties, Dehydroacetic Acid: Food grade preservative, which protects against bacteria and fungus, has an excellent toxicity profile and is non-formaldehyde forming, Salicylic Acid: Gently exfoliates the skin, reducing sebum build-up, Benzoic Acid: Food grade preservative, which protects against bacteria and fungus and occurs naturally in cherry bark, raspberries. Phenoxyethanol: Food grade preservative, non-formaldehyde forming. Benzethonium Chloride: Provides antimicrobial activity against fungi, mold and is a food-grade preservative.

America Wake Up; Replacing Dependence on Big Oil with Alternative Energies

America needs rehab, seriously. We are majorly addicted to oil and if we don’t change our ways, it will kill us, and our world. Let’s stop the greed, the passivity, the indolence; snap out of our stupor and get back to basics. Let’s use what we have to energize our world. Even our President has promised to help take on this giant, so let’s get involved.

“WHERE ARE ALL the “Save the Gulf” concerts? Where are the T.V. Benefits with celebrities and musicians giving heart felt speeches on the poor fisherman, wildlife, beaches, loss of income and sabotaged gulf economy? I find it rather strange how these people (including our own government) are so quick to help Haiti and other countries…but sit on their butts for this one.”

It’s time we woke up from our comfortable slumber and act. We really can make a difference if enough of us make noise. We all know the story of the squeaky wheel.

In the next 20 years, America’s safest solution is to invest the money it would have given to oil companies to drill off shore (and yes, they do get subsidies, so don’t say ‘what money?’), and invest in alternative energies. Not only would this benefit our country’s self-reliance, but create massive jobs, which we all know is much needed.

Read the rest of this article on how you can make a difference:

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Essential Oils and other Natural Tips to Aid in the Prevention of H1N1, Swine Flu and Flu Viruses

I thought this was important enough to share…

Everyone should read this information on preventing the flu, swine flu, and H1N1 by using essential oils and following a few simple steps.

I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being. By taking these simple steps, it could save your life!

1.      Wash your hands

2.      Use hand sanitizer

3.      Use a home/car/room diffuser

4.      Eat right, exercise and take a multivitamin

5.      Vitamin C

6.      Zinc

7.      Vitamin E

8.      Tea Tree steam inhalation

9.      Use these foods;

“(PRWEB) May 10, 2006 — A Biology teacher from Australia, named Stephen Jones, has done extensive research into the H5N1 virus and compiled a list of natural foods that are effective against it and listed others that are detrimental.”

Helpful foods:

  • ·        Garlic
  • ·        Green Tea
  • ·        Apple Juice
  • ·        Cranberry Juice
  • ·        St. John’s Wort tea

Detrimental foods:

  • Dairy products (increase mucous production)
  • Bananas – increases mucous production.
  • Honey
  • Chocolate
  • Echinacea
  • Kimchi
  • Elderberry juice
  • Micro Algae (Chlorella and Spirulina)

References:

REad the rest of the article at; http://the-health-gazette.com/496/natural-antivirals/

Resources;

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/ (search using Pubmed ID number listed after each food)

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Also read this email from a Nature’s Gift Aromatherapy Blog;

Health Care Provider seeking Swine Flu (H1N1) guidance

Thought I would post (with permission, of course) an email exchange from earlier this week. (The title of this post is the subject line of the Email.)

Marge,So sorry to bother you again.
My husband and I are both health care providers, and both actually on the “front line” in emergency medicine. We also both work in emergency management. As such, we are both considered in the “high risk” group for both seasonal flu and H1N1. We also have 3 children, ages 17, 12 and 2 who will be considered in the “high risk” group for H1N1.

Because the peak for H1N1 is predicted for October, and the vaccine will be available in limited quantities in mid to late October, I am sincerely concerned about protecting my family.

I’ve attempted research in this area and have come across many essential oils for the prevention of H1N1 – Ravensara, Ravintsara, Cinnamon, Lavendar, Clove, etc., but am not sure the best way to use them to protect my family (diffuser, massage, inhaler,etc.). I have read that rubbing Ravensara on the soles of the feet every morning and evening will afford some protection, but am concerned about using it on the 2 year old and using it long term. I am also not sure of the safest oils to use to protect my 2 year old.

I have purchased Ravensara, Ravintsara, Thyme Linalol, Eucalyptus smithii, and the Flu Foil and Germ Beater blends, but any guidance you could give in their use, use of any additional oils or therapy, and duration of use would be greatly appreciated.

-”Because I suspect others might be pondering the use of Essential Oils to protect themselves and their families against the promised H1N1 epidemic, I thought sharing my comments in public might be appropriate.
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First… as a health care provider, I’m sure you know that I can neither give advice, nor even suggest that the essential oils we make available could have any possible therapeutic benefits. To do so would leave me open to the FDA charging me with selling “unregistered drugs”…

having said that.

For the two year old I would definitely use the ravINTsara, not ravensara.. What I would do for your whole family (I’ve seen case studies where this was used in schools and the absenteeism rate plummeted)… I’d blend ravintsara into aloe vera gel…as high as a 10% dilution… 5% for the 2 year old, and use that as “hand cream” three times a day.

For the whole family… I would diffuse Flu Foil… or even use inhalers on a regular basis (ie, every hour or so, for you and your hubbie…or between patients.) I’d reserve the Euc Smithii for ‘cold symptoms’… it’s the best decongestant for the little one…and effective for all of you… best by diffusion, or a drop on the pillow case.

I’d use the Germbeater as a room spray, or occasionally diffuse it… keeping in mind that it is truly aimed at bacteria, rather than viruses..virii?? specifically.”

Ravintsara, Ravensara, Palma Rosa, Eucalyptus and Lavender are the oils used in Nature’s Gift FLU FOIL, but you could very well make your own blend by purchasing the separate oils.

And as for the Germbeater blend that includes the following essential oils:

Lemon Myrtle, touched with Tea Tree and Lemon scented Tea Tree, Ravensara for its antiviral potential, Cedarwood, Pine, Lemon Eucalyptus for molds and spores, and the powerfully germ killing Cinnamon Bark. This is not a blend to use on the skin, it will burn, and contains a known sensitizer. It is designed for the diffuser, or to be diluted into a room and countertop spray.

-cont.

“The thyme linalol would be a gentle and safe antibacterial for the little one, as well as the whole family. I suspect that, had you not already purchased it, you might find Thyme Thujanol a bit more effective, but you have the linalol on hand, so I would go with that.

I’d look at alternating the ravensara and ravintsara for the older members of the family…either by diffusion, or, as mentioned, in the Aloe gel… it is my personal belief that it would be a more effective anti viral than the antibacterial soaps you probably use in your practices.

I’d think about diffusing flu foil and germ beater alternately…

and I’d look at using one oil or blend for 3 or 4 days, then alternate with another… ie, perhaps ravensara for 3 days, then flu foil, then back again. I think switching off is better than always using the same oils.

hope some of this helps… you and yours are most definitely on the front lines and more at risk than the general population. GOOD LUCK… and I hope to hear come winter that you all made it through ‘flu season’ unscathed!!!

as you can tell, I’m not much on the theory that the oils should be applied to the soles of the feet OH..and neither cinnamon nor cloves should be used topically. We have them both in our germbeater spice blend… but I’d not use them other than in a room spray or a blend for diffusion.

hope all of this helps.

I would LOVE to post your question and my rambling answer on our blog with your permission…”

Posted by Marge at 11:16 PM

Labels: anti-viral essential oils, flu prevention, H1N1 virus, swine flu

1 comments:

Carol said…

This is such good advice. I am a second grade teacher and my principal will not let me use any oils in my classroom. I was hoping to be able to diffuse some blends. He is afraid someone will have a reaction and even if it’s not caused by an essential oil blend a parent might think it is and sue us. So, I can only use them on myself.
I am going to order the Ravintsara Oil. I didn’t realize it was better than the ravensara. Thanks again for your help!

Read more: http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2009/08/health-care-provider-seeking-swine-flu.html#ixzz0StBdiALA

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I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being. By taking these simple steps, it could save your life!

What do you do to prevent sickness and promote your own well-being?


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I think it’s so important to take good care of our own health and be responsible for our own well-being.

What do you do to prevent sickness and promote your own well-being?

Have you tried using essential oils or making any of your own hand sanitizers? or diffuser blends?

read my ehow article

How to make a non-drying anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

http://www.ehow.com/how_4772522_make-essential-oils-aloe-gel.html

TOXINS: FYI

Toxins:

Did you know?

*The cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than those whose water does not contain chlorine – US Council of Environmental Quality

*According to CDC – average adult has 148 toxic chemicals in their body- there are over 3,500 different chemicals that can be put in processed foods WITHOUT listing them

*- there are 6 million pounds of mercury released into environment yearly

*More than 95% of the 37 million chronic sinusitis sufferers is a result of toxic mold? (Mayo Clinic study 1995)

*Over 248 million pounds of industrial chemicals are dumped into public sewage

*More than 418 million pounds of chemicals were released into the ground, threatening our natural ground water resources

*Over 45 million pounds of chemicals were discharged into lakes and rivers

*More than 1 trillion pounds of air emissions were released into the atmosphere

*The grand total of chemical pollutants released into the US environment, in one year, was enough to fill a line of semi-trailers parked bumper-to-bumper from Los Angelos to Des Moines, Iowa

Things that make you go…hmmmmmmm

Psychic Fair @Mystic Alternatives

It’s almost here!
This coming weekend:
June 12-14, 2009
from 10am-7pm
Crystal River’s Mystic Alternatives will be having their Grand Opening!

Ok…..well, its sort of a Grand Re-opening and they’re calling it another Psychic Fair. The newly remodled store has had a facelift and is ready for its closeup! 🙂 And what’s more fun than a fair?

Yellowstar*Essentials will be there bringing you loads of all natural aromatherapy products!
I’ve created some items especially for the celebration.

Made exclusively for Mystic Alternatives;
INTO THE MYSTIC…..
a mysterious and sultry unisex pure essential oil roll on everyone will love!

I’ve also created many new and luxurious aromatherapy products that are perfect for anyone looking to find affordable natural & organic products for mind/body/spirit/&home made with therapeutic grade essential oils and/or phthalate free fragrances. Most of our products are made with therapeutic grade essential oils which carry higher vibrations & frequencies than do their counterparts.

-Neroli Star Purefume (pure essential oil bliss…a one-of-a-kind purefume)
-Energizing Body Polish (body scrub)
-Citrus Blossom Moisturizing Body Spray
-Floralopeia Moisturizing Body Spray (Nectarine Blossom & Neroli…beautiful!)
-Whipped Body Butters (Cinnamon & Sandalwood and Nectarine Blossom & Neroli)
-Headache/Migraine Relief Roll on
-Aches & Pains Roll On
-Into the Mystic Roll On (made exclusively for Mystic Alternatives)
-Guardian Angel Roll On
-Happy Feet Soothing&Cooling Foot Spray
-Alert & PMA (positive mental attitude) Office, Car & Home Spray
-Caramel Apple Light Lotion Spray (phthalate free fragrance) last chance to purchase; item will be discontinued

Read more about these products here;

Customizable products are my specialty!

I do custom-intuited blends (with the help of the angels :)) for a personalized/one-of-a-kind aromatherapeutic experience. We (you, me and the angels) find a blend just right for you and then you can choose to either use it as annointing oil or a purefume, or I can add to any number of natural cosmetic bases to create your own unique item.

I can make many types of products for your personalized blend including:

  • annointing oils
  • purefumes
  • body sprays
  • massage oils
  • body butters
  • bath salts
  • salt or sugar scrubs
  • sacred space spray (gemstone, Genesis crystals &Reiki charged water)

plus many other items…just ask, I can probably make it for you!

MORE INFO ON PSYCHIC FAIR:
Friday June 12th from 10am to 6pm through Sunday June 14th
from 10am until 6pm
and will be held at 560 N. Citrus Ave. in Crystal River’s historic downtown district.

Attending Vendors:

  • Psychometry
  • Tea Leaf Readings
  • Vibroacoustic Therapy by Ki Consciousness
  • Past Life Regression (Sunday only, by appointment!)
  • Tarot Readings
  • Palm Readings
  • Intuitive Healing
  • Chakra Balancing
  • Rune Divinations
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Glass Blower

and lots more!

For more information, or to make an appointment for Past Life Regression please call the store at:
Local: (352) 563-0412
Toll Free: (866) 590-9921

Hope to see you there!

FYI:
Yellowstar*Essentials uses many YOUNG LIVING OILS!

Come join the fun and find some great deals!

Mystic Alternatives is located at;
560 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL
(352) 563-0412

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