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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

September, 2010

Hey guys and gals.. I am sending some recipes for homemade cleaning supplies and body care supplies…

Starting with window cleaner.

Recipe #1

2 cups water
3 TBS vinegar
1/2 tsp dish detergent (liquid)

Recipe #2

1 gallon water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp dish detergent (liquid)

Recipe #3

1 gallon water
1/4 cup vinegar
2 TBS lemon juice
squirt dish detergent (liquid)

Recipe #4

1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

Spray windows with preferred cleaner solution then wipe clean with crumpled newspapers. The newspaper helps prevent streaks.

Avoid cleaning windows and glass when the sun is hot and shining on the window–glass will dry too fast and there will be streaks.

Also wash one side of the window in an up and down direction, on the other side scrub side to side. This will help determine which side of the glass has the streaks that need to be polished out.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Shake ½ Cup of Borax and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into toilet,
give it a quick scrub with the toilet brush, close the lid and leave for
several hours or overnight. Scrub again, flush and delight in your sparkling
clean, fresh-smelling bowl.

Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent

Recipe #1

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda

  • Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
  • Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
  • Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  • Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Recipe #2

Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar

  • Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
  • Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Recipe #3
Powdered Laundry Detergent (
I use this and it is great. You can pre-wash with Dawn if you get grease or oil stains)

2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

  • Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
  • Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Recipe # 4
Powdered Laundry Detergent (
you can make this in smaller batches. It works great too.)

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)

  • Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
  • Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

Liquid Detergents Note

Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

Optional

You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

If you add an extra ½ cup borax and a ½ cup salt to 1 ½ cups liquid detergent you can make a great soft scrub.

All purpose cleaner

2 Tablespoons Borax
1 Teaspoon Castile Soap
15-20 drops total of Essential Oils such as Pine, Lemon, Lemongrass,
Eucalyptus or Tea Tree (remember that Tea Tree is has great disinfectant
qualities)

Add Borax to a 1-quart spray bottle.
Fill with warm water.
Add Castile soap and 15 to 20 drops of oil.

Shake and use.

Body care

Basic Shower Gel

1/2 cup unscented shampoo
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
15 drops fragrance oil
Food coloring ( optional)

Directions:
Pour shampoo into a bowl and add the water. Stir until its well mixed add the salt and fragrance.

Add any fragrance oil that you like!

Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

1 bar of soap, small (not super size)
3 C. Water

Take your bar of soap (we use Dove or store brand like it, because it’s more moisturizing), and grate it with a cheese grater. Pour the water and grated soap into a microwaveable container and cook on high for 3 min. Remove and stir until all soap bits have melted (put in a bit longer, if needed). Let it cool, then pour into pumps (leftover from store bought liquid soap), and the remainder in any container with a lid. Makes about 24 oz.

Peach Shower Gel

3/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup shampoo concentrate (or substitute with 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and increase salt to 1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. table salt
1 tbs. apricot kernel oil
15 drops peach fragrance oil
5 drops vitamin E oil (2 capsules)
1 drop orange food coloring (optional)

Warm the water and pour into a ceramic bowl. Add the apricot kernal oil, salt, peach fragrance oil, vitamin E oil (just break open the capsules) and coloring. Stir until well blended and thick. Pour into a squeeze bottle and close.

Hair Growth herbal Shampoo

This shampoo not only helps encourage hair growth, but it also keeps the
Scalp very clean and healthy and helps prevent dandruff.

2 cups distilled water
1 cup fresh spearmint
1 cup fresh rosemary
1 cup all-natural, gentle baby shampoo
Essential oil or fragrance oil, your choice, optional (to make it a
Scented shampoo)

Boil the water with the fresh herbs for about ten minutes, in a glass
Saucepan (like Visions). Or, you can put in a microwave-safe glass or
Plastic bowl and heat in the microwave until boiling, and allow to boil
For about ten minutes. Then, remove the pot from the stove or bowl from
The microwave and cover with a lid and allow to sit and steep for an
Hour. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Mix this with the baby
Shampoo. Pour into bottles and let set overnight. The next morning you
Can add some fragrance or essential oil to the shampoo in whatever scent
You like the most.

Until next month
Merry Cooking and Blessed Eating
The Hearthkeeper

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