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Essential Oils for Rodent Control

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I had several questions yesterday on rodent control. We have used peppermint successfully to keep mice out of our home and in researching I have discovered that moles, rabbits, squirrels and other rodents do not care for the smell of peppermint either.

Here is a natural remedy to your gardening critter problems using peppermint essential oil.

—>  In a watering can, add one gallon of water and 20 drops of Young Living’s peppermint essential oil (I recommend Young Living as it is pure and safe, free from synthetics that can be harmful to humans and animals). You will sprinkle this solution over the soil in your garden every day until there is no more sign of rodents.  It is best to apply solution to wet soil.  <—

Happy Gardening!

:D


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Make-Your-Own Natural Breath Spray

   What you’ll need: a 4oz. glass spray bottle (or smaller), 25 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of Thieves essential oil blend .

    Directions: Fill your 4 oz. bottle with water, add the 25 drops of peppermint essential oil and the 5 drops Thieves essential oil blend.  Shake well and you are ready to use.

   Important: Be sure to read the label on your essential oil bottles.  They may say 100% pure on the front, but be careful, the back label may say do not ingest.  You can read more about how essential oils are not all created equal.

~ Tanya Patterson ~

http://www.scentsable-living.com


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Cooling Mist Spray

~ Tanya Patterson ~

Oooooh, the hot summer days are upon us and as excited as we are to have them here, some days are just a little “too” hot.  Especially during fourth of July week in TN where we visit every year.  This recipe is courtesy of Stacy McDonald over at The Common Scents Mom and it has been tried, tested and approved by my active boys who love to be outside, even in the heat.  I hear, “Mom, can you spray some cooling mist on me, I’m really hot?” as a common phrase around here now, instead of, “I’m hot, do I have do play outside?” :D

Cooling Mist Spray Recipe

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  • 5 Young Living Wintergreen essential oil
  • 25 Young Living Peppermint essential oil

Directions: Add the essential oils to the spray bottle, and fill the rest of the way with water.  Shake to evenly disperse the oils and than store in refrigerator until ready to take with you.  Toss into your bag and away you go.  When you are ready to use, spray the back of the neck, back, and arms.  Can spray forehead if careful enough to stay away from eyes. (It also helps refresh and rid that “stinky boy” smell from sweating and playing, until it’s bathtime).


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Garden Tea for Healthier Plants

Think of essential oils as preventative medicine for your garden.  They help build strong plants that are able to fight off bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew.  Using essential oils in the form of a garden tea will help increase the yield and make the fragrance and flavor of the flower/fruit more pungent.

Here is a printable chart listing which essential oils can be used in a homemade garden tea and for which plant.

~ Tanya Patterson ~

Recipe

Place 2 1/2 cups of water into a pot and add 8 drops essential oil.  Bring to a boil and than quickly turn off stove and remove pot from heat.  Allow to cool and than add 2 Tbsp. of mixture to 1 gallon water and you are ready to use, (store the remainder in an air-tight container for later).

~Happy Gardening~

:D


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For the Children’s Sake

~ Tanya Patterson ~

If you are like me, it is overwhelming to think that I am trying my very best to take good care of my children only to find out the the chemicals and ingredients in the products I’m using, isn’t really doing them any good.  In fact, it’s doing them more harm than it is good.

I am dedicating this entire week to posting on healthier alternatives for our children. Using products that most of us already have in our homes. And the ingredients in the recipes are safe to use, which means that you can even include the older children in the process and share the health benefits with them as you take the time to add a new bonding experience to your family. If making your own products seems a little tedious or time-consuming and you feel stretched already, I have posted towards the end, a few suggestions of trusted brands with ready made, natural, safe and effective products.

This is the first in a series this week and today we’ll be talking about household cleaning products. Let’s begin…

Antibacterial

Antibacterial soaps and cleaners are not healthy nor are they a necessary choice. The media plays on our fear of germs as parents (especially when a new baby is born).  They imply that anti-bacterial, anti-microbial or disinfectant cleaners, sprays and even toys are important for a healthy environment for a child. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many people choose anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners because advertising implies that using them will help protect your family against colds and flus. But colds and flus are viruses, and anti-bacterials have no effect on them at all. (Let me insert here that this is why I love essential oils, they have anti-viral properties along with antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, etc…and they come from a natural source compared to the synthetic alternative that is dangerous to our health :D)

According to the Guide to Less Toxic Products, “Several reasons why experts recommend not using anti-bacterial products for home use are:

  • In addition to being unnecessary, they expose us to harmful chemicals. The two most commonly used anti-bacterial chemicals in soaps are triclosan and chloroxylenol (or PCMX). Triclosan is a suspected immunotoxin, and a suspected skin or sense organ toxicant. It is classified as a high volume chemical: over a million pounds are used annually in the US. Triclosan is a derivative of the herbicide 2,4-D. It creates dioxin, a carcinogen, as a by-product. A Swedish study found high levels of this bactericide in human breast milk. Chloroxylenol is also a suspected immunotoxin and skin or sense organ toxicant, as well as a gastrointestinal or liver toxicant.
  • Not all bacteria make people sick. Some are beneficial. Anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners kill both beneficial and harmful bacteria. By killing the beneficial ones, they actually leave us more vulnerable to the harmful ones we encounter. Children especially need exposure to some germs, to develop their immune systems.
  • Scientists are concerned that the widespread use of anti-bacterials contributes to the development of resistant bacteria, bacteria that will only be killed by different or stronger doses of chemicals. So when we need to kill harmful bacteria, like strep, staph and e-coli, it will be more difficult.
  • Anti-bacterial soaps may be more irritating and drying to skin.

The US Center for Disease Control says that anti-bacterial soaps are not necessary. They recommend that the simplest and most effective thing people can do to reduce the spread of infectious disease is to use effective handwashing, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food. Proper handwashing means rubbing hands under running water for 15 seconds.
Cleaning products with added anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and disinfectant ingredients have similar risks to antibacterial soaps, and are equally unnecessary for normal home use.”

For more information on this and a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer please click image below:

All-Purpose Cleaners

According to the Guide to Less Toxic Products, “Cleaners may contain ammonia, a strong irritant which can also cause kidney and liver damage, butyl cellusolve which is neurotoxic and rapidly penetrates skin, and ortho phenylphenol which is a severe eye and skin irritant. Many all-purpose cleaners contain DEA and TEA which can react with nitrites (added as undisclosed preservatives or present as contaminants) to form carcinogenic nitrosomines which readily penetrate the skin.  Many coloured products are made with carcinogenic coal tar colours.  Hormone disrupting parabens may be used as preservatives. Many cleaners also include fragrances and detergents.”

All-Purpose Cleaner recipe:

Add ingredients to spray bottle and than slowly add the 2 cups very hot water and shake until dry ingredients are dissolved.

Bleach

According to the Guide to Less Toxic Products, “The main ingredient in chlorine bleach is sodium hypochlorite (chlorine added to lye.) Chlorine is toxic as a skin irritant, and by inhalation.  Sodium hypochlorite can create poisonous chlorine gas if mixed with ammonia (which may be an unlabeled ingredient in some cleaning products) or with vinegar. Workplace safety data sheets warn that sodium hypochlorite may be a neurotoxin and cause liver damage. People with chemical sensitivies report adverse reactions to minute quantities of chlorine.  Sodium hypochlorite readily combines with organic matter to form organochlorines which are highly toxic to aquatic life.”

Alternatives are:

  • 1/2 cup Borax in washer or,
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice in washer

Carpet Cleaner

“Carpet cleaners can contain perchloroethylene, a known human carcinogen which can have immediate central nervous system (CNS) effects including dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, tremors and disorientation as well as long term CNS effects. Napthalene, which the Condensed Chemical Dictionary describes as “toxic by inhalation” is another common ingredient. Carpet cleaners may also include butyl cellosolve, a central nervous system toxin, propylene glycol methyl ether which is an eye, skin and respiratory irritant, aliphatic petroleum solvent which is neurotoxic and isopropyl alcohol which is carcinogenic at high concentrations. They may also include detergents which can irritate skin, the carcinogen1,4-dioxane, ethanol, ammonia and fragrances. In areas where there is a large quantity of carpet, the amount of chemicals released from carpet cleaners and deodorizers can be considerable.” (Think about how often our children spend on carpets, especially infants with “tummy time” and crawling.)

Alternative:

  • Carpet Stain Remover
    In a 500 ml spray bottle: Fill one-half the bottle with warm water.  Fill rest of bottle with vinegar, to within one inch from top.  Add 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap. Label bottle.  Spray on carpet stains until stain is soaked.  With a damp cloth, rub the stain out. Apply to stain as soon as possible.
  • Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaner
    Mix  1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar.  Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours.  Vacuum.

Carpet Deodorizer

Far from freshening air, chemical-based air fresheners and deodorizers add dangerous chemicals to the air we breathe. Air fresheners work by using a nerve-deadening chemical that interferes with our sense of smell, by coating nasal passage with an oily film, by masking an offending odour with a different odour, or by deactivating the odour.

Air fresheners are made from a number of chemicals including formadehyde, a carcinogen and sensitizer, naphthalene, a suspected carcinogen, xylene, a neurotoxin and possible reproductive toxin, butane gas, a neurotoxin, cresol, ethanol, phenol and strong fragrances. Some solid deodorizers include the pesticide paradichlorobenzene, a carcinogen which can also cause liver and kidney damage. Aerosol air fresheners release chemicals as tiny particles which can be inhaled deeply into lungs and transferred into the blood stream. Plug in air fresheners break chemicals into even smaller particles.

The key to freshening air is to remove or dilute the offending odor (by cleaning, ventilation or absorption), not to cover it with another chemical.

Click image below for recipe:

Fabric Softener

“Fabric softeners are designed to reduce static in synthetic fabrics. They serve no purpose with natural fabrics. Fabric softeners may contain quarternary ammonium compounds (quats) and imidazolidinyl, both of which are known formaldehyde releasers. For about 5% of people, quats are an extreme sensitizer. They may cause a variety of asthma-like symptoms, including respiratory arrest. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chronic fatigue and a variety of other symptoms. In lab tests formaldehyde has caused cancer and damaged DNA. Both quaternium and imidazolidinyl can cause contact dermatitis. Fabric softeners work by leaving a residue on the fabric which never completely washes out. It can cause allergic reactions through skin contact and inhalation. Fabric softeners may also contain carcinogenic coal-tar dyes, ammonia and very strong scents. When fabric softeners are exposed to hot water, heat from dryers or ironing, vapours may be emitted which can be deeply inhaled, increasing their impact.” Guide to Less Toxic Products

Alternatives:

  • add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse cycle
  • add a couple of drops essential oil to damp rag and toss into dryer with clothes

Laundry Detergent

“Most detergents are derived from petrochemical ingredients. They may contain bleaches, synthetic whiteners, and chemical fragrances, even in some so-called “fragrance free” brands. Some detergents may contain ammonia, ethanol, napthalene and phenol.  Many liquid brands contain ethoxylated alcohols which can be contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.  Detergent residues on clothes and bed linens can be a source of skin irritation, and lingering scents from scented products can cause respiratory and other reactions in both the user and others.   Petroleum-based detergents cause more household poisonings than any other household product, (when eaten by children.) Laundry soaps, available as bar soaps or flakes, are usually made from natural minerals and fats and tend to be less toxic than conventional detergents.”

For laundry detergent recipe, click image below:

Not a “do-it-yourself-er?”  No problem!

If making your own homemade, household alternatives seems a little overwhelming and you do not mind spending a little extra on the already made products here are a few reputable brands to consider:

Young Living carries it’s own brand of all-natural cleaning product using the Thieves essential oil blend. To order, become part of the Young Living team or to learn how to purchase at wholesale cost, click here. Click on image above for a direct link to their product line.

Before you leave, I know this is a lot of information, but take a moment to watch a brief video on the cancer-causing chemicals in infant/children’s products here.

Thank you and God bless you and your family on your journey to healthier living!


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Carpet Deodorizer

I found the following information on this website discussing toxic chemicals in our everyday household products and wanted to share with all of you before we begin with a MUCH healthier alternative. “Far from freshening air, chemical-based air fresheners and deodorizers add dangerous chemicals to the air we breathe. Air fresheners work by using a nerve-deadening chemical that interferes with our sense of smell, by coating nasal passage with an oily film, by masking an offending odour with a different odour, or by deactivating the odour. 

Air fresheners are made from a number of chemicals including formadehyde, a carcinogen and sensitizer, naphthalene, a suspected carcinogen, xylene, a neurotoxin and possible reproductive toxin, butane gas, a neurotoxin, cresol, ethanol, phenol and strong fragrances. Some solid deodorizers include the pesticide paradichlorobenzene, a carcinogen which can also cause liver and kidney damage. Aerosol air fresheners release chemicals as tiny particles which can be inhaled deeply into lungs and transferred into the blood stream. Plug in air fresheners break chemicals into even smaller particles.

The key to freshening air is to remove or dilute the offending odor (by cleaning, ventilation or absorption), not to cover it with another chemical.”

The beauty of essential oils is that it does not “mask” the odor of anything, it breaks it down at the molecular level, destroys it and hence we have fresher air to breathe, not the chemically-covered up counterfeit. The chemicals in our everyday products that we buy at the store is frightening, just read the above article to discover the effects it has on our bodies and importantly our CHILDREN.  It doesn’t even kill the odor, it just blocks our nasal passages from “smelling” it anymore.  I’m sorry, I am ready to scream right now.  That is so backwards to me!  Is it any wonder that asthma is increasing in our youth? What about those of us who have never had asthma only to find out later on in life that we are asthmatic (mine are diagnosed as allergy-induced asthma…let’s change this to chemically-induced asthma shall we? I say this because since the change in all of these products to the homemade alternatives I’m sharing with you, I have yet to experience any compromise in my lungs and it’s been 4 years.)

How often do we use these products…think about it; carpet freshener, air freshener, bathroom freshener, fragrant surface cleaner, add a spritz of body spray, hair spray and some aerosol deodorant and it’s no wonder our lungs are weak, our systems compromised, not to mention the other affects that will arise later on in life due to being surrounded on a regular basis by these chemicals.

Homemade household cleaners are safe, efficient, cost-effective and healthier

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Carpet Deodorizer Recipe

You will need the following items:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • mason jar with lid
  • funnel
  • hammer and nail (I have a screwdriver and screw)
  • 5 drops essential oil of choice (the following have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and more: lemon, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme)

Directions:

  1. Insert the funnel into your mason jar and pour in your 1 cup of baking soda. 
  2. Add 5 drops essential oil of your choice
  3. Tighten lid and shake well to evenly disperse essential oil
  4. Using your hammer and nail (or screwdriver and screw), tap about 6 holes into the lid.
  5. You now have a carpet deodorizer
  6. Shake onto carpet, leave sit for a couple of minutes and than vacuum.
  7. Congratulations! You have just made a safer, more effective, healthier alternative that is easy for the whole family to use.

How easy was that?

:D

Interested in a similar recipe used as a comet substitute for cleaning the bathroom? Click here and scroll down to bathroom cleaner.

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To place an order for any of the above essential oils, and/or to learn more on how YOU can become part of the Young Living experience and begin shopping wholesale, please visit me here.

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DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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