Sunday, April 19, 2009

50 Ways to Use Essential Oils Around Your Home In Cleaning and Cosmetic Care -- Part One | Natural Cleaning Product Review

Note from Pam: For the next few posts, I wanted to share with you an excellent list of uses for essential oils. Essential Oils gleaned from a cornucopia of botanicals have been used for thousands of years by homemakers and people "in the know" and now you can too.

Essential Oils can be used in cleaning and cosmetic care. Try some yourself and you will be pleased and surprised; a little can go a long way--and all as a natural cleaning product!
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Excerpt from "50 Ways To Use Essential Oils for a cleaner,
sweet-smelling life" Part One:

1. For Scent-Sational wash, place a few drops of your favorite EO onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Alternatively, add 5 drops of EO to 1/4-cup fabric softener or water and place in the center cup of the wash.

2. Revive potpourri by adding a few drops of EO.

3. Freshen air by adding a few drops of EO to water in a spray bottle and spray.

4. Add a few drops of EO to a pan of water and simmer on a stove or in a potpourri pot.

5. For a scented candle, place a drop or two of EO into the hot wax as the candle burns.

6. Eliminate household cooking odors; add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan of water.

7. For tired, aching muscles or arthritis, mix 1-drop Cajuput, Sage, and Basil oil to 30 drops vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.

8. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary/ Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.

9. Blend your own massage oil by adding 3 drops of your favorite EO to 1 oz. Jojoba or other skin-nourishing vegetable oil.

10. For fresher smelling carpets, add 10 drops of EO to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets in your home. Let set for an hour or more, and then vacuum.

11. To make a natural flea collar, saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Pennyroyal or Tea Tree oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal’s neck.

12. Smelly feet or shoes can be remedied by either dropping a few drops of Geranium EO directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Athlete’s foot? Tea tree oil is great.

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Note from Pam: This post is 1 of 4 posts in a series on Essential Oils for natural cleaning and cosmetic care around your house. Explore EOs in your green cleaning!
(See Next Post--Part Two--for a Continuation )

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