Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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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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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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Spring Cleaning: Stock Your Pantry With These Ingredients

 SPRING-CLEANING

 

“Whip up your own cleaning products: Save money and go green at home with super-simple recipes”

Do you get the all*you magazine?  If not, you can purchase at Wal-mart or through subscription (I purchased mine through amazon.com).

In this month’s edition there was a 5 page article on making your own household cleaners.  I wanted to share with you some of the information I found to be of importance:

Stock your pantry with six (I’m inserting a seventh) all-natural staples

  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate): This mild alkaline compound acts as a detergent to neutralize and cut fatty acids in dirt and grease but also effervesces when combined with acids, like vinegar and lemon juice, to lift soil.  Plus it has gentle scouring and bleaching abilities.
  • Borax (sodium borate): Sold in supermarkets as a laundry booster, this product is a moderately alkaline mineral that, like baking soda, cuts dirt, stops the growth of mold and mildew, softens water and deodorizes (by eliminating odor-causing acids).
  • Castile soap (liquid): Because it’s made from olive oil (I did not know this!) castile soap is purer and milder than detergent-based soaps.
  • Distilled white vinegar (5 percent acetic acid): This acid solution is powerful enough to dissolve mineral deposits from glass and acts as an adhesive solvent, a soap scum and stain remover, and a grease cutter. (It even kills mold and mildew!)
  • Lemon juice or rind (citric acid): The juice and rind from this fruit are quick, capable deodorizers, degreasers and bleaching agents.
  • Washing Soda (sodium carbonate decahydrate): This alkaline salt is touted for laundry use because it’s an excellent water softener.  It’s also a powerful scourer.  Because it’s caustic, handle with gloves.
  • Essential oils (I’m adding this one :D): Essential oils add an extra powerful boost to your cleaning products.  Not only do they help deodorize and make things smell fresh they are also incredible bacteria-busters offering antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and so many more properties depending on which essential oil you choose.  The recommended essential oils for cleaning are:
  1. Lemon
  2. Lavender
  3. Peppermint
  4. Tea Tree
  5. Eucalyptus

Click on any of the above listed essential oils for recipes on homemade, natural household cleaning products for each essential oil. 

The magazine lists recipes for Spring Cleaning around your home beginning with the kitchen (liquid dishwashing soap, automatic dishwasher detergent), laundry room (HE-friendly detergent), bathroom (toilet bowl blaster, tub & tile scrub, antibacterial spray), around the house (floor wash, furniture polish, glass cleaner, all-purpose grease cutter, and wall spritz)

You can also boost your cleaning power with these items:

  • Club Soda: Add club soda to glass-cleaner recipes for extra dirt-lifting action, or dab it onto a rag to make metal fixtures sparkle. Note, it loses its efficacy when flat.
  • Cream of Tartar: Along with baking soda, this baking staple is a faintly acidic tub-and-tile scourer.  Combined with lemon juice, it makes a mildly abrasive grout cleaner.
  • Denture Tablets:drop one tablet into the toilet bowl, wait 20 minutes, then flush – no brushing needed.  Use two, with a dash of white vinegar, to unclog drain. 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Use it to pinch-hit for bleach laundry stains.  Wipe bathroom surfaces with white vinegar, followed by a 3-to-1 water-peroxide spray.
  • Vodka:Spritz this alcoholic beverage on ceramic bathroom tiles to remove pesky soap scum that cleansers didn’t remove.  Wait 10 minutes, then rinse clean.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Mix this condiment into homemade furniture polish and apply to mask nicks and dents in dark finishes.  The results will astonish you. (Cool!)

Not a “do-it-yourself’er?”

thieves-cleaner-ylwebsite-large-with-shadowThe improved Thieves® Household Cleaner has increased cleansing power and an even safer, more sustainable formulation. The new formula contains ingredients from renewable plant and mineral sources, vegetable-based surfactants compliant with the Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards, and even more Thieves and lemon essential oils for extra cleaning power. Bottle is 100% recyclable.

For more information on Thieves household cleaner, click here.

If you aren’t familiar with all*you, it offers a lot of higher value manufacturer coupons and tons of tips for around the home from cleaning to decorating to cooking and even to the latest fashion trends.  Check it out when you are at your local Wal-mart or jump ahead to a magazine subscription.

In the meantime, check out what supplies you have and which ones you need to stock your pantry shelf with to get started on your homemade, all-natural, household cleaning products and than head to the store to get your supplies and come back here for recipes to get you started. See you soon!

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Homemade Toothpaste

~ Tanya Patterson~

I have been reading a lot on the ingredients in regular over the counter toothpaste and realizing that this is some pretty harmful stuff to our bodies.

  • Sodium flouride is shown to cause cancer and neurotoxicity
  • Sodium laurel sulfate is used to create the foam and is likely to contain 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen
  • Propylene glycol can cause contact dermatitis at very low concentrations and is also a common ingredient in toothpaste
  •  Triclosan is a possible endocrine disrupting chemical and has been shown in animal studies to harm the thyroid.

 How about no thank you, I do not want those ingredients in my body, nor in my family’s body.  So I ventured out to see what recipes were out there for homemade toothpaste and here’s what I decided to make.

Homemade toothpaste:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp. baking soda
  •  1/4 tsp. -1/2 tsp. Xylitol o r1/2 pkt. of Stevia powder (sweetens similar to that of regular toothpaste)
  • 15-25 drops essential oil of choice, see above visual for ideas
  • 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil (kills germs AND adds that hot cinnamon flavor)

Directions: mix all ingredients together in a bowl using a small fork to mash it and mix it, when done it will be the consistency of thick cake icing similar to toothpaste.

 

Begin by adding half the essential oil and mix, try a little to taste and decide to add more or less as you go. The finished consistency is the same as store bought toothpaste.

You will need to think of a container to store your toothpaste in.  Glass is best.  I have switched to a small pint-size mason jar instead of the plastic container above.

Your are good to go…happy brushing!!!

This toothpaste is pennies on the dollar to make, and for my home these ingredients are already on hand, so it easier access than heading to the store to coupon for free toothpaste (as far as money, it costs about the same as the tax I pay on free toothpaste from the store BUT the health benefits are greater with the homemade option). :D

148941_433308403360577_1918543164_nWhen my boys spend the night at their Auntie’s or Pawpaw’s house they have their own little containers to take along with them (aren’t these adorable?) :D

I get the question quite often as to how we get the toothpaste out and onto our toothbrush.  I buy these small wooden craft sticks from the store for $1.00 (a pkg. of 100) and we use them to scoop a little toothpaste out and onto our toothbrushes.  We toss into the trash after each use.

*For information on the effects of flouride in toothpaste please visit Dr. Mercola’s site.


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Benefits of Peppermint essential oil

This by far is such a versatile essential oil and the more I am learning and using this oil, the more I am beginning to see that this is a “don’t leave home without it” oil.  So let’s jump right in to the many health and wellness benefits of peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint

We will begin with the head and work our way down :D

Headaches: use peppermint oil across the forehead, on the temples and at the base of the skull to help alleviate headaches.

Sinus pressure/Sinus headaches: apply under cheekbones, (avoiding eye area), across forehead and on base of skull. (I tried this method for the first time this week and it works incredibly well, this method is safe to use with children as well).

Stuffy nose/congestion: Peppermint, because of it’s abundant presence of menthol, is an excellent expectorant. Apply a drop to inside of nostrils to open nasal passages for easier breathing. You can add a 1-2 drops to a vaporizer to breathe in overnight or to a bath while soaking in it. Rub on chest for almost immediate results. Add a drop to a glass of hot water and drink slowly, taking time to breathe in the steam between each sip.

Mental Clarity/Attentiveness: diffuse peppermint essential oil in a diffuser for a slow release into the air throughout the day. This will help you stay focused on the task at hand.  From Bible study to house work, peppermint essential oil gives you that little added boost we need sometimes to keep us alert, to help us study as well as remember what we are studying and to stay focused on what we are doing.  My Psychology teacher while in school for Massage Therapy, would burn a peppermint candle during study time.

Fevers: 2-3 drops in a bowl of lukewarm water and sponge-bathe around the abdomen, chest, back of neck and forehead (avoiding the eyes).  Peppermint essential oil helps to pull the heat from a fever through the pores and out of the body.  (*please use your judgement  here, you know your body, or your child’s body, and am in no way replacing the advice of your doctor.  A fever is a sign that your body is fighting infection which is exactly what our bodies are suppose to do.  If the fever elevates and brings concern, contact your doctor…see disclaimer at bottom of page).

Dental Care: Because of peppermint’s antiseptic properties, a drop on the tongue will rid bad breath and fight germs in the mouth (no wonder it’s used in toothpastes), you can also apply a drop to affected area to help with toothaches.

Indigestion/heartburn/gas: add a drop to a glass of water after a meal and drink slowly (when using essential oils, drinking glasses are strongly recommended, not plastic).

Stress/Anxiety/Depression: Peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, mental exhaustion and depression due to it’s refreshing nature. You can simply open the cap and breath the oil in deeply, massage into soles of feet, or use in a diffuser for a steady, constant release into the air throughout the day, or treat yourself to a massage and request the use of peppermint oil (there is usually an added charge for aromatherapy so be sure to check beforehand).

Nausea: add a drop of peppermint essential oil to a glass of water and drink slowly.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome. This has been validated through preliminary scientific research though the exact mechanism is still unknown. You can drink a glass of water with a drop of peppermint essential oil in it as a cold drink or as a hot tea and also massage into the abdomen, including around the area of the naval.

Pain Relief: massage a drop into affected area (this is to be used externally).

Immune System: peppermint has been shown to increase your immunity to diseases, again, add a drop to a glass of water or tea and drink slowly as a refreshing drink throughout the day.

Feet: Revive tired, achy feet by massage peppermint oil onto feet.

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Item no. 3614

Wholesale price: $19.75

Retail price: 25.99

To join the Young Living team and begin shopping at wholesale prices, click 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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Peppermint Around the House

Today is Tuesday and it’s essential oils around the house day, yay!!! We will take a look at Peppermints’ properties for using around our homes and the benefits of using essential oils in place of the everyday, chemically loaded household products.  Well, let’s get going :D

~ Tanya Patterson ~

  • All purpose cleaner: Fill your spray bottle as follows: 1/3 dish soap, 1/4 white vinegar, rest with water and add 4-8 drops peppermint essential oil.  You can use this around the entire house, you can even wash dishes with it.  As an added boost you will stay focused on the task at hand as peppermint essential oil increases attentiveness (more tomorrow on the Health & Wellness benefits of peppermint essential oil) and increase mental clarity along the way.  Happy cleaning!
  • Rodents/Pest Control: Trouble with mice? rats? Try this: add a drop to a cotton ball and place in the areas of focus.  Rodents do not like the smell of peppermint and will steer clear.  Keep rodents away with peppermint!!
  • Ants: Would you like to see a mass exodus? Place 1-2 drops peppermint oil on an ants nest and watch. They hate it! To prevent ants from coming into your home, place 1-2 drops on the threshold or wherever they enter. Create a mobile barrier with a peppermint plant.  As the ants get smarter, you can take the plant from your back door to the side door as they try to find another way in OR place a plant at each entrance :D See also (Insect Repellant) below
  • Insect Repellant: Add 4-8 drops of peppermint to per gallon.  Add to bottle of distilled water and spray. Take the peppermint water and spray where insects enter your house.
  • Gardening: use above mixture (see insect repellant) around your garden for ridding pesky insects from your plants such as (ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage white butterfly, caterpillars, flea beetle (black), flies, lice, moths & plant lice. To keep slugs away bury an old container into the ground so that the top is level with the ground.  Fill with water and 4 drops peppermint essential oil. This will also deter pets from urinating in your garden.
  • Pets: prevent pets from urinating in certain areas by spraying with peppermint oil.  4-8 drops per gallon of water.

REMEMBER: Not all essential oils are the same, as I have learned first hand.  Be sure you have 100% therapeutic grade essential oil to ensure you have pure quality and peace of mind that you aren’t using a chemically created counterfeit.

I highly recommend using Young Living’s Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil, Item #3614.

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