Scentsable Living

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


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DIY Carpet Freshener

homemade-carpet-freshener-powder If you are like me, you love a fresh, clean smelling home. You look forward to having it nice and welcoming when company arrives. We hurry to the cleaning cabinet, pull out all of our “smell good” cleaning supplies and begin preparing for our guests like they are royalty. It’s something I enjoy!

But somewhere along the way, I stumbled across an article sharing the many harmful ingredients in our household cleaners. Ingredients that are hazardous to our health. This bothered me tremendously! Why? Well, let me create a scenario real quick, here we go:

Brand new mommy, trying to do everything she can to be the best mommy she knows how. She wants everything clean and sanitized, ready for baby. Enter the carpet. Before she puts baby down for tummy time, she sprinkles carpet freshener, let’s it sit for a couple of minutes, and vacuums it up. She places a small blanket on the floor and then baby joins the blanket for tummy time. It sounds so sweet doesn’t it? But baby’s face is closer to the carpet than anyone else’s. Breathing in the chemicals that have just been sprinkled onto the carpet! Some of them are vacuumed up, yes of course, but not all.

Did you know that the air quality inside of our homes can be worse than the pollution outside? It’s estimated that the average home contains about 63 synthetic chemicals for a total of about 10 gallons of hazardous material inside of just one home!

These chemicals are linked to asthma and an entire slew of other health issues! Are you still with me? So THIS mama HAD to do something! Yes, I wanted a fresh and clean smelling home but NOT with ingredients that are harmful to my baby’s health, or anyone else in my home for that matter. I needed to find a healthier option that would freshen AND deodorize our carpets.

Hello essential oils! Hello baking soda! Oh my goodness, it’s THAT simple? Why yes, yes it is! And soooooo much better than the store-bought versions. Are you ready? Here is the recipe! Brace yourself because it’s super simple!

DIY Carpet Freshener

Directions: Combine baking soda and essential oils in jar. Cover opening and shake well to disperse the essential oils throughout the baking soda. Fasten lid and it’s ready to use!

How to use: Simply sprinkle onto the carpets, let sit for about an hour, and then vacuum up.

That’s it! Simple as can be and you have fresh smelling carpet ready for guests and gentle enough for tummy time. This makes mama very happy!

Favorite Essential Oils for Carpet Freshener

And blends like:

  • Citrus Fresh: A wonderful blend of Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Mandarin oils with a hint of Spearmint
  • Purification: A refreshing combination of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree
  • Christmas Spirit: Don’t let the name fool you, this blend is everything heartwarming and welcoming with oils of cinnamon bark, orange and spruce.
  • Thieves: is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma.

Favorite Combinations

  1. 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
  2. 10 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
  3. 10 drops Lime, 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Orange
  4. 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Rosemary
  5. 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Lavender

To be honest, the possibilities are endless. The key is ridding our homes of unhealthy chemicals and replacing with healthier options. Using essential oils is a fantastic way to bring in wonderful aroma’s without toxic chemicals. Experiment with a few combinations and see what you create. And don’t forget to come back and share with us!

 

CUTE CONTAINER IDEAS FOUND ON AMAZON

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I was looking for a few container ideas to use with my DIY Carpet Freshener and there are quite a few ideas on the internet. Aren’t these great! So if you prefer to save your mason jars for canning, there are options available to you online.


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Never Have I Ever…

This is such a fun game and so I thought I’d play too! Here are my answers and then let’s see what yours are in the comments below. Did you get a chuckle playing this?

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  1. Run out of Lavender – I sure did! I remember running out of my lavender during the WRONG season of the year and calling a friend to see if she had an extra bottle I could buy off of her.
  2. Gotten Oil in my Eye: Whew! Yes! It was on our road trip, as we were driving back to Ohio from Tennessee. I accidentally put a drop of Lemon EO in my eye and WOWZA did it sting! We made an emergency stop at the nearest gas station for a small bottle of whole milk. I had remembered learning that something fatty like milk or oil could help move it out of the eye. I am soooooo thankful to have learned that little handy tip prior to my own incident, lol.
  3. Used Oils on my Pets: Oh yes! My boys had turtles for a while. Our youngest’s turtle came home from the pet store with a cracked shell. As parents, we go to great lengths for our kiddoes because we love them so much. He noticed the crack and felt so bad for his turtle and we just had to save her. I read online that Tea Tree essential oil can clean the area and super glue would seal the crack, so that’s what we did. Oh, and in case you’re wondering….it worked! Mom win!
  4. Used Oils in the Bedroom: Let’s just say romantic nights with my hubby have been taken to a whole new level (wink). But there are others uses in the bedroom as well. How about diffusing an aroma for a peaceful sleep, or mixing up a linen spray, or scented sachets for your dresser drawer. The possibilities are endless!
  5. Dropped a Bottle and Broken It: Oh the devastation! I watched my essential oil slowly going down the drain and I couldn’t save it. Can you relate?
  6. Added Oils to My Food: Yep, yep! This is so much fun. I’ve used them in homemade pasta sauce, lemon coconut truffles, peppermint patties, cocoa, coffee, water (well I guess technically that isn’t food, whoops!), scones, on fish, in ice cream, and more!
  7. Forgotten to Dilute a Hot Oil: Let me just say, you’ll only do this once, lol!
  8. Used Oils on a Plane: Oh yes! I use Valor before boarding the plane, Stress Away as I prepare for take-off and landing, and Thieves while on the plane.
  9. Diffused in my Car: We sure do. We have a travel car diffuser that goes where we go. Who doesn’t like a nice smelling car? Car fresheners give me headaches, essential oils don’t. And I love that we can change the scent whenever we’d like. If it’s a long road trip, Peppermint helps to keep us awake and alert.
  10. Grabbed the Wrong Bottle in the Middle of the Night:  Tired is real, lol!
  11. Offered an Oil to a Stranger: I’m pretty good at this, lol!
  12. Used Oils for Cleaning: Most definitely. See #4 above. I also use them in freshening trash cans, while vacuuming, in my homemade furniture polish and more.
  13. Made DIY Recipes with Oils: Hmmmm, see #4 and #12 for this one. I also use in homemade lotions, facial washes, moisturizers, toners, bath bombs, the list is endless. I love DIY Recipes!
  14. Diffused Oils in a Hotel Room: Yep, yep! Our travel diffuser comes into the hotel rooms with us. Purification is a favorite for insects, they do NOT like this essential oil blend. Also Thieves to help support our immune systems along with some calming essential oils for a good night’s sleep. If I forget to bring the travel diffuser up, we’ll place a couple of drops of essential oils onto a tissue and tuck into the air vents. It works great too!
  15. Added Oils to a Bath: Of course! 🙂 Essential oils for relaxation, or essential oils to help soothe tired and sore muscles after a long day or tough workout.
  16. Used Oils for My Feelings: Oh my goodness, I’m pretty sure my family is thankful for this. Because….women, hormones, all the emotions…need I say more!
  17. Reorganized My Collection: Many times! I’ll never forget being so excited to have rearranged my collection according to how we use each oil only to find that my youngest wanted to color coordinate them instead and surprise mommy!
  18. Shared Oils with a Neighbor: If you know me, you know I share oils with everybody, lol!
  19. Given an Oily Gift: Oh how I love to make gifts! Bath bombs, body scrubs, perfumes, roll-on’s, sachets, foot soaks, and more!
  20. Used Too Many Drops of Peppermint: I guess my question is, who hasn’t? Lol!

Okay, it’s your turn to play. Let’s see your answers in the comments below. Have fun!


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Roll-On Romance: Massage Blend

Looking to get in the mood with a romantic massage? Try making your own DIY massage blend with essential oils:

1. Simply add the essential oils below into an empty roller ball or essential oil bottle with a roller ball attachment.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with Young Living V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex until the bottle is around ¾ full.
3. Roll on desired areas and enjoy a wonderful essential oil-infused massage.

• Sensation™: The aroma inspires feelings of love and affection.
• Idaho Blue Spruce: The aroma helps create a grounded and balanced environment.
• Black Pepper: The aroma is stimulating, energizing, and empowering.
• Sandalwood: The aroma is positive, stabilizing, and grounding.

 

 

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“Aromantics:” Where aroma and romance come together in this incredible bedroom blend.

To add a little “spice” to the bedroom, create this romantic blend to have on hand at all times.

The Romantic Bedroom Blend

  • 8 drops Palma Rosa
  • 4 drops Lime
  • 2 drops Clary sage
  • 2 drops Nutmeg
  • 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Ylang ylang

Mix in these proportions together in a darkly colored glass bottle, and fill the rest of the way with vodka (helps the oils remain suspended), witch hazel, or distilled water with a pinch of salt. Spritz around the room and enjoy.

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Love is in the Air

It’s February which means everywhere you turn, Love is in the Air.

Here are a few fun recipes that combine wonderful essential oils together into “lovely” diffuser blends.

In need of a diffuser? You may find something you like here. My favorites are the Desert Mist with its candle flicker option and the Aria for its intrigue, elegance,  music options and remote control.

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And here are some romantic inspired roll-on blends using some of our favorite “love” combinations.

This is a fantastic Make ‘n Take idea!

You can purchase roller bottles for essential oils through amazon.  Buy them in bulk, invite some friends over and have fun!

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A Healthy Colon

Yesterday I shared about the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse for a gentle and effective cleanse to improve overall health and wellness. Today, let’s begin with targeted cleanses beginning with the colon. But first, let’s talk about the colon for a moment. I know it isn’t much of a “table talk” discussion but it’s definitely important to understand the function and role that our colon has in regards to our health.

The colon is considered the large intestine which plays a part in the final role of digestion. It is a large tube averaging about 6 feet in length of dense muscle tissue that escorts waste from the body. Before it escorts waste from the body, it removes liquids and salts from the waste as it passes through the body. From here, the body prepares to excrete it through the means of bowel movements. It is important to keep this part of the body healthy to do its job.

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Cleansing the Colon

One of the important things about cleansing that I have learned over the years, is understanding that the “back door” needs to be open and clear before the garbage can escape. Meaning, a colon cleanse is usually the first system of cleansing to take place before any other body systems get cleaned out (unless doing a total body cleanse). It doesn’t make sense to release toxins from the body only to have it reabsorbed because there was a faulty exit strategy, so it’s important to have a healthy colon ready to do its job.

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ComforTone® (capsules) are an effective combination of herbs and essential oils that support the health of the digestive system by eliminating residues from the colon and enhancing its natural ability to function optimally.* Because it supports normal peristalsis (the wave-like contractions that move food through the intestines), ComforTone is ideal for strengthening the system that delivers nutrients to the rest of the body.* It also contains ingredients that are beneficial to liver, gall bladder, and stomach health.*

 

 

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Companion Oils

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This essential oil blend consists of tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise and patchouli, and may be useful for improving digestive function.

It can be applied topically, breathed in aromatically, or both. One method of applying topically is to apply to the abdomen followed with a hot compress.

 

Here’s to your health and to a new year. Here’s to a fresh new start, a clean slate, and an optimal functioning body. Here’s to your wellness, purpose and abundance!

 

Franklin


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Essential Oil-Infused Wine

Did you know that you could enhance the experience and flavor of a good glass of wine simply by adding essential oil to the moment? Have I peaked your interest? Well then let me share with you what I have learned…

When selecting a wine, I learned that there are a few categories and terms to choose from. Terms such as woodsy, warm, crisp, fruity, floral, etc… You can do the same with essential oils and pair them accordingly. Let me show you how:

Riesling, for example, would pair well with a fruity essential oil such as mandarine, tangerine, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, jade lemon, or a fruity blend such as Citrus Fresh.

A woodsy wine would pair well with cedarwood, juniper, spruce, or fir.

A more floral based wine could pair lavender, rose, geranium, etc…

When talking about pairing essential oils with wine, there are two ways to enjoy this combination. One is simply inhaling the paired essential oil by running a diffuser in the desired room. The other would be to add to your glass, bottle, or recipe of the chosen drink of choice. Here are a few fun recipes to try.

 

 

The wonderful thing about adding essential oils to the evening is that they don’t interfere with the wine, they enhance it. May you take delight in trying something new with your next glass of wine.