5 Essential Oils for Cleaning

Essential oils can be diffused to freshen the air, naturally deodorize any space, and enhance your cleaners! With spring cleaning in full force, it's important to use a cleaner that is not filling your home with harsh chemicals. Many commercial cleaners are filled with harsh chemicals that negatively impact our health and the environment. Scientific evidence is continuing to prove that exposure to harmful chemicals in your home is a contributing factor in many diseases. If you want more information and science on this topic, check out the Healthy Home PowerPoint in Young Living University.

What can you do to improve your home cleaning? It's simple! Use plant-based cleaners such as Thieves Household Cleaner, or try making your own DIY cleaner with these powerful essential oils! Adding a few drops of essential oils such as Lemon, Pine, Purification®, Tea Tree and-of course-Thieves to your naturally derived cleaning solutions is all you need for a powerful cleaning solution without the harmful chemicals!

These are some of our favorite oils to add to your cleaning routine. Tell us your favorite oils to clean with below!

Lemon
-Often found in cleaners and soaps, Lemon's citrus scent is an indispensable freshener in any home and is a cleaning must-have.
-Lemon has an energizing and uplifting aroma.
-It makes a great adhesive remover! Use a few drops to help remove stickers, labels, and goo from surfaces!
-Add a few drops to your laundry detergent or wool dryer balls for a pleasant, refreshing aroma.
-Add a few drops of Lemon to your surface cleaning solution to clean your floors, surfaces, and windows.
-Add a few drops to your toilet bowl to keep the room smelling fresh. Pro tip: Put a few drops in the bowl before you go to keep the room smelling fresh. Game changer.
-Make a toilet spritz by combining 15 drops of Lemon in ½ cup of rubbing alcohol and ½ cup of distilled water and save it in a glass spritzer bottle. Keep it handy to spray toilets before using to avoid smells from filling the room.

Pine
-Pine essential oil is steam distilled from the needles of the Pinus sylvestris tree, which originates in Austria, the United States, and Canada.
-Refresh your home with the rich aroma of Pine. This essential oil is a great addition to floor surface cleaners and creates an aroma reminiscent of fresh air and the outdoors.
-It adds a clean, sweet scent to your home when diffused!
-Add it to your Thieves Household Cleaner to mop your floors.
-Combine Pine with water and spray it on carpet for a fresh smell after vacuuming.
-Add a few drops of Pine to olive oil and Thieves Household Cleaner to shine your wood furniture and floors.

Purification Blend
-Replace overpowering aerosol fragrance sprays with Purification. This blend is great to keep your home and laundry fresh.
-Purification is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate tool against odors: Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree.
-It creates a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable, especially in the springtime!
-Add a few drops to laundry to give your wash a great-smelling boost.
-Place a few drops on cotton balls or wood clothes pins and stash them wherever necessary: the car, closets and drawers, air vents, shoes, or gym bags.
-Create your own air freshener by mixing 5 drops of Purification and 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil, plus a cup of distilled water, in a glass spritzer bottle to attack offensive smells after cooking. You can also use it to freshen your linens.

Tea Tree
-Tea Tree is best known for its ability to get rid of musky, undesired odors. Diffuse it anywhere that needs some refreshing.
-Tea Tree is a great natural deodorizer.
-Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree and 3 drops of Lavender with a cup of baking soda to make your own carpet powder. Sprinkle it over carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum away!

Thieves Blend
-This blend is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.
-Thieves fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma when diffused.
-Add a few drops to your dishwasher or dish water to thoroughly clean your dishes and eliminate odors.
-Add a few drops of Thieves to a cotton ball and leave it resting on your air conditioning vent to infuse your room with its spicy, sweet aroma and eliminate odors.
-Mix 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner and 3 parts baking soda to create a thick, deep-cleaning paste. Apply the mixture to desired areas and scrub thoroughly.

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Spinich Pesto Sauce

I am always looking for new recipes that I can enjoy that are non dairy, non gluten, and nutritious. Here is one that I think I will try.

And if you want to convert this recipe to non-dairy I would suggest making your own parmesan cheese using Brazil nuts.

To make the Brazil Nut Parmesan Cheese - this recipe is from I Am Grateful, by  Terces Engelhart with Orchid

Makes 1-1/2 cups 

1 cup Brazil nuts

1 tsp chopped garlic

1/3 tsp. salt

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the "S" blade, process until fluffy. At Cafe Gratitude this is one of our most popular garnishes. 

Brazil nuts are high in selenium, an essential trace mineral that acts as a potent antioxidant, which assists in turning the waste product hydrogen peroxide into water in the body. 

Also you can try Kelp Pasta. This is a non gluten option and very easy to prep. You can purchase it online or at your local health food store. 

Enjoy!

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Tomorrow is International Sleep Day-- Yeah!!!

Today is International Sleep Day, so let’s celebrate and use a few essential oils tonight to help you get a good night’s sleep. And sleep is so important for our bodies to heal and rejuvenate.

Adding essential oils to your nighttime routine is a great way to start your relaxation time off on the right scent. Some of our favorites are Cedarwood, Lavender, Peace & Calming®, Tranquil™, and Valerian. It's important to remember that essential oils work differently for everyone. The oils that your friend loves may not be the same one you swear by. Try experimenting with oils, or try a different usage option to find your perfect addition to your relaxation routine.

Valerian's unique aroma inspires a calm and emotional balance. It is an ideal companion to any aromatherapy to relieve stress and to calm the mind and the body.
-Eases occasional restlessness as part of a bedtime routine
-Promotes feelings of calm and helps with occasional nervous tension
-Promotes feelings of relaxation
-Diffuse to promote a focused environment
-Diffuse during times of occasional distress
-Nurturing aroma for women

Add it to your bedtime routine:
-Use this oil topically on the back of the neck or on the bottoms of feet as part of your relaxation practice.
-Diffuse it next to your bed to help ease occasional restlessness.
-Diffuse it to create a calming, focused environment before bedtime.
-Use it with a relaxing massage or diffuse it during times of occasional distress to help create a calming environment.

Cedarwood essential oil has a warm, relaxing aroma that is soothing when diffused.
-Creates a relaxing, calming, and comforting atmosphere when diffused to support a relaxing nighttime routine
-Includes naturally occurring constituents that are high in sesquiterpenes

Add it to your bedtime routine:
-Diffuse Cedarwood in the evening to create a relaxing atmosphere and help neutralize odors.
-Apply 1-2 drops onto your pillow before going to bed.
-Add Cedarwood to your favorite lotions and skin care and apply before bed.

Lavender essential oil
has a floral, calming scent that can be used aromatically or topically. With its many benefits, Lavender is one of our most popular products.
-Promotes feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension
-Has balancing properties to calm the mind and body
-Includes the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene

Add it to your bedtime routine:
-Add 4 drops of Lavender and 1 cup of Epsom salt to a bath to create a relaxing environment.
-Unwind in the evening with a calming, Lavender-infused neck or back massage.
-Use Lavender as part of a bedtime routine by rubbing it on the bottoms of your feet or diffusing it next to your bed.

Peace & Calming is a blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil blend is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids.
-Diffuse this blend to freshen the air, especially in rooms where children play or study.
-Diffuse it in your bedroom at night.
-Apply it to the bottoms of feet at night as part of a bedtime ritual for your whole family.
-Dilute it with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex for a calming back massage before naps or bed.
-Add 4-5 drops to 1 cup Epsom salt for a centering bath as part of a calming evening routine.

Tranquil Roll-On is a blend of all our bedtime favorites: Lavender, Cedarwood, and Roman Chamomile.
Add it to your bedtime routine by:
-Usher in bedtime for kids and parents alike with a familiar, soothing scent by applying Tranquil to the bottoms of feet during evening routines.
-Inhale or roll Tranquil over your heart for a centering aroma.
-Wind down after a hectic day by applying Tranquil to your neck or shoulders, then massaging for 20-30 seconds.
-Roll on the bottoms of your feet and your temples as you get in bed each night.

Other oils we recommend adding to your bedtime routine are Stress Away™, Vetiver, and Frankincense.

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Vitality Essential OIls

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Three Unique Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Would you like to discover some ways to use the essential oil of Eucalyptus. This oil is one of the most familiar essential oils around. I think Eucalyptus has been most used in Spas over the years. It certainly opens my lungs and almost helps me breath deeper. The aroma is so refreshing and renewing. I love to walk among an Eucalyptus Grove or even drive through one. I have experienced this up in Mendocino and also on the island of Kauai. 

The sharp, refreshing aroma of Eucalyptus essential oil is a familiar one, even to those who are new to exploring essential oils. Spas, yoga studios, and even high-end hair salons have used the distinct and delightful scent for decades to welcome guests into relaxation. What you may not know is that eucalyptus is not a single plant and that each variety offers unique benefits and different aromatic profiles. Different eucalyptus species also originate from around the world! Young Living offers three different varieties of Eucalyptus essential oil as single oils and in proprietary blends.

Eucalyptus Radiata

Origin: Australia

How is it made? Steam distillation of the leaves

Scent: Eucalyptus Radiata has a sharp, citrusy aroma that is fresh and clean.

Also found in: Thieves® essential oil blend, Raven® essential oil blend, and Ortho Ease® Massage Oil

How to use Eucalyptus Radiata:

Turn your shower into a spa by adding 5­–10 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata on a warm, damp washcloth and placing it just out of direct contact with the water before showering. It will create a cool, refreshing experience—perfect for a post-workout pick-me-up!

Boost the power of your next foot-rub by adding a few drops to Ortho Ease Massage Oil, and give your toes a little calming and relaxing love.

Rejuvenate and recharge in your home or office when you create an inspiring getaway by diffusing Eucalyptus Radiata.

Kick the stale odors out of closets, attics, and anywhere else they may loom with a DIY room refresher spray powered by Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil.

Eucalyptus Globulus

Origin: China

How is it made? Steam distillation of the leaves

Scent: Eucalyptus Globulus has a bold, rich, and earthy scent that is beloved for its stimulating and cleansing properties.

Also found in: R.C™ essential oil blend, Ortho Sport™ Massage Oil

How to use Eucalyptus Globulus:

Embrace the cleansing benefits of Eucalyptus Globulus by adding a drop or two to your favorite facial cream! Be cautious around the eye area, as it can produce a tingling sensation.

Breathe fresh! Enjoy an uplifting experience by inhaling Eucalyptus Globulus directly or rubbing it on your chest.

Create a refreshing atmosphere for your next workout! Diffuse Eucalyptus Globulus before or during your next at-home sweat session.

Give your muscles a break by adding Eucalyptus Globulus to V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and using it for a relaxing massage.

Eucalyptus Blue

Origin: Ecuador

How is it made? Steam distillation of the leaves

Scent: Eucalyptus Blue has an herbaceous, spicy aroma that is invigorating.

Also found in: Breathe Again™ Roll-On

How to use Eucalyptus Blue:

Cool down after a hard workout by adding a few drops of Eucalyptus Blue to a cold, wet washcloth and wiping your face and neck.

Wake up your afternoon by diffusing Eucalyptus Blue in your home or office.

Try this bright and refreshing diffuser blend to create the perfect environment for boosting your spirits:

Rejuvenate Your Space Blend

4 drops Eucalyptus Blue essential oil

3 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend

Eucalyptus Radiata

For an at-home spa experience, add 5 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata to a damp washcloth and place in shower (out of direct contact with water) before showering for Eucalyptus-infused steam

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