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Aromatic Life

April, 2016

Spring Cleaning!

First a quick chant to get you in the groove…..Thanks to Mid-Stride Moxie!

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What better way to start a new season then with aromatic, healthy, safe ways to clean and fragrance your homes.

Here are a few recipes to help you get started:

 

Mold Buster
2 teaspoons Tea Tree essential oil
2 Cups Water

Add to a spray bottle, shake before using.
Apply to mold and mildew, do not rinse off.

Nothing works as well for mold and mildew as Tea Tree.

 

Scented Sheets to Help Sleep

Sheets scented with Essential Oil of Lavender help to induce sleep.
There are a few ways to accomplish this.
Add Lavender to the rinse cycle while washing.
Add Lavender to Unscented Bounce dryer sheets.
Store sheets in linen closet with Lavender sachets.
Spray sheets with Lavender hydrosol or floral water.

 

Musty Basements
This is a great idea, get one of those socket type diffusers

Add some Bergamot Mint and keep it in your basement. With the rainy
Spring some of us have had we need something to help with the musty
smell.

That damp, musty odor most basements get can be safely eliminated
with Bergamot Mint. Botanical name Mentha citrata
This unusual oil is actually a mint!
Soft with floral notes and touches of citrus it is similar to
Bergamot,this oil will brighten your mood and lift your spirits.
Unlike the mint oils it is not stimulating but actually de-stressing
like Lavender.
High in linalol and linalyl acetate (like Lavender) it is much safer
on the skin than other mint oils. Used in proper dilutions, it is
neither irritating, sensitizing, nor photosensitizing, much safer to
use than either Bergamot or Peppermint alone.

 

Tub and Shower Scrub
This recipe helps to remove and prevent mold and mildew buildup.
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Geranium essential oil

Combine all ingredients and using a damp sponge or cloth, scrub
bathtub and/or shower.
For serious mildew buildup areas, combine 20 drops of Tea Tree and
water in a spray bottle,
and spray area everyday for 5 days, then 2x a week.

 

Washing Floors

Next time you’re mopping the floors, try a combination of Murphy’s
oil soap and pure essential oils,in a ratio of 20 drops of essential
oils to 2 gallons of water. Recommended oils to try are: Eucalyptus,
Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Sweet Orange. Use singly
or in combination.

 

Refresh Your Pillows

To rejuvenate and fluff up pillows, place them one at a time
in the dryer on a warm setting for 10 minutes with two clean tennis
balls.
For a pleasant scent, sprinkle three drops of an essential oil, like
orange or rose onto a cotton ball, tie it into a handkerchief, and
add it to the dryer along with the pillows.
Enjoy!

 

The Scented Bath/Powder Room
An easy way to freshen the bathroom.
Place several drops of essential oil on the cardboard
of the toilet tissue roll.
Each time it is used the scent
will diffuse into the room.

 

Carpet Cleaning

Add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for each gallon of water when
cleaning your carpets.
You’ll notice the fresh smell!

 

Laundry Tip

Kill dust mites and other allergens in the laundry

Add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to the
final rinse water then dry clothes in the dryer.

 

Closet Tip

Here is a fragrant blend that will keep fabrics safe and smelling
fresh.
Mix two cups each cedar chips and lavender buds with 3 drops lemon
oil and 5 drops each cedar and lavender oils. Place this mixture in
a basket with a muslin covering. Keep the basket in a storage trunk
or in a linen or clothes closet!

 

Mothballs: The common mothball is made of paradichlorobenzene, which
is harmful to liver and kidneys. Cedar chips in a cheesecloth
square, or cedar oil in an absorbent cloth will repel moths. The
cedar should be ‘aromatic cedar’, also referred to as juniper in
some areas. Cedar chips are available at many craft supply stores,
or make your own using a plane and a block of cedar from the
lumber yard.
Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made with lavender,
rosemary, vetiver and rose petals.
Dried lemon peels are also a natural moth deterrent – simply toss
into clothes chest, or tie in cheesecloth and hang in the closet.

 

Room Spray to Cleanse & Freshen the Air

With all the colds going around perhaps
you need to take this spray to work with
you.

1 drop Tea Tree essential oil

6 drops Bergamot

8 drops Lemon
in
1 oz. of water

 

Germ Buster Wipes

Mix equal parts of Lavender, Thyme and Eucalyptus.
Use in a spray
bottle to wipe down surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.
Moisten paper towels with this blend and wipe over surfaces.

 

Lemon Mint Window Wash
For the shiniest windows ever!
Ingredients:
Juice from one fresh Lemon

2 Cups water or Club Soda

1/2 teaspoon Peppermint essential oil

1 teaspoon Cornstarch
Mix all ingredients and pour into a plastic spray bottle.
Shake before using.
Try using sheets of black and white newspaper, it
shines without streaking. An old home remedy.

 

 

Spring… a new beginning

The following essential oils are uplifting, help promote creativity,
and a sense of renewal. Geranium, Coriander, Rose and Nutmeg
Try placing 3 drops on a tissue and inhale.
Diffuse using any room
diffuser.

 

 

 

 

HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

March, 2010

In my Notes article this month I wrote about spring cleaning, both physical and spiritual.. so in this article I will give you some recipes for eco friendly cleaning supplies…

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Scouring Powder
1c baking soda
1c sea salt
1/2 c lemongrass
1/2 c lavender flowers
10 drops lemon, lime, or grapefruit essential oil

Combine all ingredients in the blender or food processor and pulse until they become a powder.

You can choose other herbs that go well together..as well as those that purify.

Carpet Freshener
1/2 c cornstarch
1/2 c baking soda
1/4 c lemongrass
1/4 c lemon peel
6 drops grapefruit essential oil

Combine all ingredients into the blender and pulse until they become a powder. Transfer into a mixing bowl and stir occasionally until completely dry. Sprinkle onto carpet and let sit 15 minutes before vacuuming.

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Lavender dryer sachet
Some of you may have made the muslin bags filled with
Lavender buds to add to your clothes dryer.
Here’s a little different twist.
Use raw uncooked rice in the muslin bags.
In a bowl add Lavender essential oil to the rice, stir and place
in bags. You can also use handkerchiefs or other material.
Just be sure to seal or tie it so you don’t end up with rice in your laundry and dryer.

Carpet Freshener Recipe II
This makes a big batch of carpet freshener that will last quite awhile. See the  end of this recipe for additional combinations.

Carpet Freshener
Ingredients:
6 cups baking soda
3 cups dried lavender buds/flowers*
1 cup cornstarch
Directions:
Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container (a clean ice cream pail works great). Set aside for a couple of days before using. Sprinkle generously on carpet and let sit for one hour before vacuuming.

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Alternative recipes:
Cloves & Cinnamon (50/50 mix or whatever you prefer)
Lavender & Rosemary (50/50 mix or whatever you prefer)
Dried Mint Leaves
Eucalyptus
Potpourri

Crush the herbs or flowers up a bit first before adding to the recipe.

Cleaning Floors
To clean hard floors, add l/4 cup of white vinegar to a
bucket of water. Then add 5- 10 drops of lemon oil. If the
floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dishwashing
soap or Thieves Household Cleaner. This will clean even
the dirtiest floor.

Oven Cleaner

Mix together: ¼ c. baking soda
2 tbsp. salt
Hot water, as needed to make a paste.
Let paste sit for 5 minutes. Caution: Keep off wires/heating elements.

Oven cleaner II
2 tbsp. liquid soap (castile, peppermint)
2 tsp. borax
1 qt. warm water
Spray on oven and wait 20 minutes, then clean. For tough stains, scrub with very fine steel wool and baking soda

Feel free to adjust the recipes to your preferred strength and scent or create your own combinations to make them your own

THE CLEANING CABINET ESSENTIAL 10

For basic cleaning, the following items are all you need.

1. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Mineral made from soda ash. Baking soda is a miracle cleaner – it absorbs odors and is mildly abrasive. However, make sure it’s fresh to ensure its cleaning powers. Test it by adding 1 tbsp to ¼ cup vinegar. If it fizzes, it’s fresh.

2. White distilled vinegar

An acid made from the fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids. Excellent disinfectant, deoderizer and anti-fungal.

3. Borax (sodium borate)

Alkaline mineral. Another miracle cleaner – however it is an eye irritant and toxic if swallowed. Keep out of the reach of children. (Caution: some borax has been found contaminated with arsenic from where it is mined. Use sparingly.)

4. Washing soda (sodium carbonate)

Chemical relative of baking soda, but more strongly alkaline. A great solvent, but slightly caustic, so wear protective gloves. Don’t use on wax floors, fiberglass or aluminum.

5. Hydrogen peroxide (household concentration 3%)

Bleach substitute in place of chlorine.

6. Bon Ami (original)

Founded in 1886, made from calcite and feldspar mineral abrasives. No chlorine, perfume or dye.Biodegradable. Excellent non-abrasive glass and appliance cleaner.

7. Liquid vegetable-based soap

Vegetable-based soap sometimes referred to as castile soap.

8. Liquid vegetable-based detergent

Detergents are chemically different from soaps in that they are made from synthetics. Look for products that are biodegradable and made from vegetable-based ingredients rather than petroleum based.

9. Olive and essential oils

Lavender, lemon, tea tree, and peppermint essential oils add natural fragrance and have antiseptic properties.

10. Grapefruit seed extract

A powerful anti-bacterial.

Many of these ingredients can be found in your local grocery store or health foods stores.

Enjoy until next month.

Merry Cooking and Blessed Eating

The Hearthkeeper