Natural Cleaning Tips Around The Home – Natural Home Cleaning Recipes

Who hasn’t experienced house cleaning as an assault on the senses? Blame it on those harsh cleaning compounds that emit strong odors and fumes. But did you know that by using the principles and ingredients of aromatherapy, we can make our most wearisome household chores pleasant and invigorating?

Formulating your very own household cleansers isn’t complicated at all. In fact, it can be an enjoyable undertaking and a money-saving one at that, especially if you mix your solutions in bulk.

Label your homemade cleansers and fresheners properly, the way you would your regular chemicals. Store them beyond the reach of children and pets. Even non-toxic substances can cause sickness when ingested in large quantities.

Make your own air freshener by putting drops of your favorite scent in a pot full of water. Let the mixture boil on the stove for several hours without putting the lid on. The scent of citrus rind will invigorate the members of your household as it wafts across the rooms in your house. Try other essential oils beside citrus.

Freshen up your bathroom by placing a few drops of essential oil on the cardboard that holds the toilet paper in bathroom. Smell the oil’s fragrance as it is released with each pull on the paper.

Use your old chemical cleansers without leaving a harsh smell by making a rinse. Mix your favorite essential oil with plain water. Pine, lemon, wintergreen, eucalyptus, lavender and other scents make good fresheners. Use a ratio of four drops of oil to a pint of water. For your final rinse, squirt your mixture from a spray bottle. Keep it in a dark place if your bottle is clear.

A few drops of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil mixed with water make a good countertop cleanser with anti-bacterial action. Spray on kitchen tops and other surfaces you want cleaned and disinfected. For the more major operation of stamping out mold and mildew, add 50 drops of oil into a bucket of water.

Use this recipe to make a homemade carpet freshener:

  • 4 cups cornstarch or baking soda
  • 25 drops rosewood essential oil
  • 35 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil

Procedure: Mix these ingredients in a bowl, breaking apart clumps as you stir thoroughly. Sprinkle your freshener from a shaker bottle on carpets approximately 15 minutes before vacuuming. You can create your own set of oils to mix in place of the ones listed above.

Use the following mixture for cleaning floors:

  • 15 drops orange essential oil
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 2 tbsp liquid soap

This concoction is effective on tough cleaning jobs and is fresh-smelling besides.

A towel with a smidgen of essential oil is as good as the dryer sheet you purchase from the supermarket. Use this towel as you normally would a regular dryer sheet, adding it in the dryer together with newly washed clothes.

For a night of sound sleep, spritz lavender essential oil onto your bedsheets a few moments before you retire.

Aromatherapy Carrier Oils for Topical Use

Unlike essential oils that come from flowers, roots and leaves, carrier oils are extracted from nuts and fruits and are generally much cheaper than their essential counterparts. They are, however, vital in order to create skincare aromatherapy products as they both dilute and anchor the more volatile essential oils that should never be applied undiluted to the skin as they could cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Being familiar with both the scent and texture of the different carrier oils can make all the difference between being a good aromatherapy professional or being the one people keep coming back to buy aromatherapy blends from. You are probably already familiar with the names of many carrier oils, as they are used as base on many moisturisers and skin care products. Some popular oils that are also frequently used on cosmetic products are sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba or even olive oil.

If you are considering making your own aromatherapy products, the choice of carrier oil will greatly influence the results. For example, lavender oil is astringent and works well to help with skin problems such as acne, so combining it with other essential oils that have complementary qualities can greatly enhance its effects. However, mixing it with carrier oil indicated for dry skin is counterproductive and won't get such good results.

In some cases, instead of carrier oil you may want to use aromatherapy butter, which is an emulsified and creamy version of the oil. This can help create richer textures for products such as creams or face masks, which may also benefit from using skin care clay to achieve the right consistency. As the carrier oil will be a large part of the end product, is important to make sure you only buy the highest quality products that will give you reliable results and offer the best aromatherapy properties.

Essential oils have been used in all sorts of skin products and formulations for centuries, and their healing properties were already observed and exploited by ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, who were great cosmetologists that left many of their formulas entombed with pharaohs and other nobility to the delight of modern archaeologists. Most of those same essential oils are still used on modern cosmetics and natural or handmade skin-care, and along with the right carrier oils they can improve improve your skin and beauty regimen and even help you make some money selling aromatherapy products.

Aromatherapy Fragrances For Your Home & Workplace

Uses of aromatherapy fragrances can be used for so many things, they can hide unwanted smells, of just to stimulate your senses. In fact some real estate agents advise their sellers to use clary sage or lemon essential oils in their home before potential buyers arrive to put them at ease. If you are trying to uplift your study or office, to get rid of the stuffy feeling, then I would try some of these oils. Basil, rosemary, bergamot or lemon.

Using a vaporizer or burner in the living / lounge room can add a fragrance that can help to prevent ill-health, can balance your emotions and of cause disguise those unwelcome smells that can occur. In the bedroom for a peaceful night sleep try burning, Rose, neroli and lavender oils to create some atmosphere. If you are having visitors and your spare room hasn't been used for awhile try using lavender to get rid of that musty smell.

To get rid of insects try putting Tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemongrass in a vaporizer. And to keep insects off your clothes in your cupboard, place a drop of oil onto a cotton ball and put in your draw or cupboard. If someone is sick in the home, try vaporizing Tea tree, bergamot, lemon and lavender, all these essential oils have excellent antiseptic properties. You can also wipe down your bathroom using a damp cloth with a few drops of one of these essential oils on it to disinfect it. If you're having a party for a "feel good" atmosphere you could use clary sage or jasmine. Or for a Big Festive effect, blend oils like frankincense, sandalwood, cinnamon or orange.

If you want to make a spray bottle for, disinfectants, air fresheners or insect repellent these are all make the same but different essential oils are used for each. Put 250mls of boiled water (cooled) into a spray bottle and add the blend of oils which you want to use, put the lid on shake and keep in the fridge until you want to use it and then just spray the mist into the air. My favorite air freshener is 7.5mls rose, 2.5mls orange and 2.5mls clove, this gives a lovely floral smell, or just creates your own. My favorite disinfectant I use around the home is, 5mls eucalyptus, 2.5mls tea tree oil, 2.5mls of lemon, 1.5mls clove and 10 drops of cinnamon. For our Insect repellent we use the following essential oils, 5mls eucalyptus, 1.5mls of citronella, 1.5mls of geranium, and 10 drops of peppermint, I find that that blend keeps the insects away.

Seven Tips On How a 50 Year-Old Man Can Make Love Like a 20 Year-Old Youth

As we grow older, it is natural that our testosterone level declines. Coupled with daily work stress, many men experience some form of low sex drive, temporary impotence or some level of erectile dysfunction. It can be physical or emotional causes but the bottom line is that we will not enjoy our love-making session like the way we use to.

Here are seven effective tips on how a 50 year-old man can unleash his masculine power and become like a 20 year-old man during love-making…

Tip #1: Aromatherapy – Jasmine is known for its aphrodisiac properties. Use jasmine oil or essence in your room when you make love or soak in a handkerchief and inhale.

Tip #2: Using magnets. A few hours before love-making, place a magnet at your sacral chakra point. Stick the magnet to your body using masking tape or surgical tape or plaster. The sacral chakra is situated about 2 inches below your navel. If you place the magnet overnight, you may get a morning erection the following day. This shows that blood circulation has indeed occurred in your body.

During love-making, you can attach two magnets at your back or kidney areas. Great way to prevent back ache.

Tip #3: Drink guinness stout (black beer) with raw egg. In Asia, this is a popular concoction. Break a raw chicken egg in your cup with stout, stir and drink.

Tip #4: Yoga exercises. There are various poses to increase your blood circulation for the targeted areas like your groin and back. Two popular poses are the cobra pose and the easy bridge pose. Very briefly, cobra pose is when you arch backwards. Legs and buttock on the floor. Bridge pose is when your buttocks are lifted up. Head and shoulder on the floor. Warning: do not perform them if you do not know what I am talking.

Tip #5: If you are a crystal lover, this if for you…Fluorite rekindles libido. Jasper prolongs sexual pleasure and pink tourmaline has aphrodisiac properties.

Tip #6: Minimize or quit smoking and minimize drinking alcohol. This is common knowledge but often neglected

Tip#7: Using Chinese herbs. This is my favorite as it is fast acting and may last many hours. You don’t have to know if your failure to achieve peak performance is due to physical or emotional causes.Just try them. There are many commercially available herbs and you just have to try out a few to find your favorite formula.

As a precaution, always consult your doctor if in doubt.

The Power of Natural Lemon and Aromatherapy Lemon Essential Oil

The Power of Lemon!

“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” Dale Carnegie

The lemon is one of my top fruits. It’s full potential is often overlooked. It helps cleanse the body, provides us with a wealth of vitamins and minerals, helps balance acidity in the body so that your immune system and your healthy inner flora can survive!

Lemon Facts

Did you know that the lemon originated from China? That lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emperors? That lemon was used for bleaching and as an internal and external astringent way back then?

The lemon tree is a small evergreen that grows up to six meters tall and is now widely cultivated throughout the World.

For you folks in the United States, lemons made their way to you through the Catholic Missionaries and were first of all planted in Arizona and California!

Lemon’s Vitamins & Minerals:

Vitamin C, B5 & B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Iron and Magnesium

The lemon make’s up for one of nature’s top sources of potassium. Potassium helps with brain and nerve function, helps regulate blood pressure and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance.

Acid-Alkali pH Balance – Your body thrives on a delicate balance of acid and alkali. Lemons help this delicate balance. Despite its acidic nature, the impact it has on the body once ingested is to increase the alkali balance so in turn becomes Alkaline and restoring your immune system.

And talking about the immune system, the lemon also aids this system with its bioflavonoid, antioxidants and vitamin C content, which in turn helps with inflammation too.

Yeap, all of this goodness is one little yellow fruit!

Fresh Lemon Tips:

First things first, always rinse thoroughly the lemon skin. For the tips below, only the inside of the lemon is used for its juice.

To reduce fever & for detox:

Fresh lemon juice promotes perspiration & helps block pain. When lemon juice is heated, salicylic acid (probably best known as a compound that is chemically similar to the active component of aspirin) is produced. The juice of half a lemon in warm water morning, noon, and night helps eliminate toxins and ease aches & pains.

Sore throat quick fix: Squeeze from a fresh lemon or lemon slice 5-10 drops of juice onto your tongue & swallow these drops. Let the drops linger at the back of your throat. Do this 20 mins before & after eating, drinking. Do this twice a day for a week to help with throat infections & boosting the immune system for colds & flu.

Coughs: Drink lemon juice straight up or mixed with a fruit juice. Also as a hot night cap drink, lemon is great in a hot toddy or grog: Add warm boiled water to half a squeezed lemon juice, add an amount of quality honey to taste.

Weight loss & detox: Lemons are great to help loose weight and detox. Do half a freshly squeezed lemon juice with a small glass of fresh carrot juice or warm water first thing in the morning before breakfast and late afternoon, for a couple of weeks.

Lemon Essential oil

In Aromatherapy, lemon essential oil has many therapeutic uses. If you don’t like eating lemons, this could be an alternative for you in order to get the benefits of the lemon’s good stuff another way.

Lemon essential oil has long been used as a remedy for fevers, infectious diseases, particularly the common cold. It strengthens the immune system, stimulates the kidney and liver functions.

Main therapeutic uses for:

Acne, greasy skin, warts, corns, cellulite, arthritis, brittle nails, colds, throat infections, herpes, high blood pressure, kidney stones and varicose veins.

Mixes well with other essential oils:

Chamomile, ginger, lavender, juniper, frankincense, fennel & other citrus oils.

Safety data:

Non-toxic. Possible irritant in high concentrations on the skin. Increases photosensitivity – avoid direct sunlight after use.

Lemon Essential Oil Tips:

Throat/Cold & Flu / Immune booster:

Use 4 to 5 drops of the oil into your aromatherapy oil burner with some water. Place the burner for 20 minutes in your bedroom before going to bed.

Flick some drops of the oil on your shower unit walls (only on tiles or plastic) before getting in the shower. The steam of the hot water from your shower drives the essential oil molecules into the air giving you a lemon steam inhalation.

Before getting in the shower drop a couple of drops of oil on to your face towel. Use the face towel in the shower and rub the towel on your chest and around your neck.

Cellulite mix: (following amounts are only a guideline) For 10ml of carrier oil (almond & wheat germ preferable) add to 2 drops of lemon oil, 1 drop of grapefruit oil & 2 drop of lavender oil, or 3 drops of lemon oil & 2 drops of lavender oil.

Warts: Add a few drops of lemon oil onto a Q-tip bud and apply directly to the wart. You can also directly use lemon juice instead. The lemon oil is more concentrated and is more effective but both are good.

Recipes:

One tip which lemon is great for food is to help preserve it and stop it going brown with the help of the lemon’s antioxidants. For example, squeeze some lemon juice over your avocado guacamole and this will help keep it preserved and stop it going yucky brown!

Lemon mustard sauce for meat dishes

6 T unsalted butter or alternative cooking oil

2 large cloves garlic, crushed

3 T coarsely ground French mustard

juice of 2 lemons

salt and pepper

Put butter (or cooking oil) & garlic in small saucepan. Cook over low heat 3 to 5 minutes. Just before serving, whisk remaining ingredients; heat mixture briefly. Do not leave on heat because sauce will curdle.

Healthy Lemon Ginger Yogurt Crumble Dessert

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

CRUMBLE: Mix together crushed up rolled oats, crushed walnuts, add small raisins or sliced & diced raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. This mix can be to your taste so have fun making your own healthy mix! The crumble makes up the base and 1/3 of the dessert. Put this crumble directly into your dessert bowls / cups. I usually serve this dessert in glass cups.

LEMON/GINGER YOGURT: Use a low fat healthy plan yogurt. Greek style yogurt is good. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, a small amount of freshly squeezed ginger juice and mix well but gently into the yogurt. This yogurt mix should make up about 2/3 of the dessert. Add this now on top of the crumble base mix.

TOPPING: Fresh strawberries hulled & sliced (or other fruit). Now drizzle quality honey over the top of the strawberries and yogurt.

Put in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to cool and there you have it!

I hope you have found this information interesting and helpful.

NB: The contents of this article is for information purposes only. The reader is recommended to think carefully about any difficulties he or she is having with their own health and to consult their doctor if uncertain as to its cause or nature.

Peppermint and Lemon Aromatherapy Foot Bath Recipe

Simple peppermint and lemon aromatherapy foot bath recipe for tired feet will lift depression, relieve stress and aid relaxation.

An aromatherapy foot bath is effective and easy to do at home – real DIY stress relief.

Here are our favourite ways of using a peppermint and lemon aromatherapy foot bath recipe with essential oils to ease and restore tired feet… And the benefits extend beyond just fresher feet!

Foot Bath Recipe 1

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 4 drops lemon and 4 drops peppermint

Directions

  1. Add oil to the salts and keep in a sealed container.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon in warm foot bath, once a week. (Can use Dead Sea salts instead of Epsom salt. Or, skip the salt and just add the oils directly to the water. You can also use other oils.)

Foot Bath Recipe 2

  • 1 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil and 3 drops lemon essential oil

Directions

  1. Fill a basin with warm water; and then add the almond oil, peppermint oil and lemon oil.
  2. Swish the water with your hands to mix the oil.
  3. Soak your feet in the water until your feet feel tingly and cool.
  4. Put pebbles or marbles in the bottom of the basin and rub your feet over them for a stimulating foot soak.

Tips for Aromatherapy Foot Baths

  • A good rule of thumb is 8 to 10 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons of water.
  • Soak for at least 15 minutes.
  • Listen to relaxing music to add to your relaxation.
  • Use different blends of oils to suit your mood and needs.

* Benefits of adding lemon oil to your foot bath…

  • Eliminate toxins that cause arthritic pain.
  • Lemon scent can lift your spirits, dispel sluggishness and relieve depression.
  • Oil of lemon can also help dispel fear and apathy.

* Benefits of adding peppermint oil to your foot bath…

  • Helps alleviate digestive problems such as indigestion and nausea.
  • Clears respiratory congestion and helps with sinusitis, colds and bronchial asthma.
  • Helps to clear the mind and aids concentration.
  • Use peppermint to assist with anger, guilt and apathy.

Aromatherapy is an excellent way to treat your feet…

Other Essential Oils that you can use for a foot bath and other treatments include:

•Lavender – soothing and relaxing.

•Rosemary – mild stimulant and good for rheumatic aches and pains.

•Eucalyptus – powerful bactericidal with anti-viral properties, good disinfectant.

•Tea Tree – disinfectant: use for blisters, fungal infections, athletes foot, insect bites.

Aromatherapy Candles

Nothing turns a commonplace, ho-hum room into a radiant, inviting setting faster than the flicker of a few ordinary candles scattered strategically throughout the room. Add scented candles and you can quickly evoke childhood memories, transport your imagination to a tropical island, or infuse the room with the crisp scent of a pine forest. Aromatherapy candles add yet another dimension to the equation.

Aromatherapy candles release a small, but continuous stream of herbal and floral essential oils into the air as they burn. The chemicals in the essential oils enter your body as you breathe, and travel throughout the body, including the brain, through the bloodstream. You receive subtle benefits as the chemicals interact with your body. Don't expect to receive full healing benefits by lighting a candle, but aromatherapy candles provide the same dual benefits inherent in conventional aromatherapy in less concentrated doses: smell therapy and chemical reactions to the essential oils.

Burn aromatherapy candles to alter, enhance, and improve your state of mind while adding a touch of nature's pure perfume to your surroundings. What a pleasant, powerful quick fix to an otherwise rotten day, not to mention a less destructive alternative to downing a pint of ice cream or a pound of chocolate to chase away the blahs.

Let aromatherapy candles help set the right mood for others with whom you spend time. Your guests will only know that you have that "special something," that magical touch when it comes to hospitality.

Tips for Using Aromatherapy Candles:

Make sure that you purchase aromatherapy candles, not just scented candles. Look for labels that include "pure essential oils."

Select the right candle for the situation. The best way to ensure that you have selected the best candle to achieve your goal is to purchase a candle with labeling that achieving your desired effect.

Invigorate – Perhaps you arrive home lethargic and drained after a grueling day at work, and like so many other busy parents, your workday at home is just beginning – with no time for an intervening catnap. Treat yourself to a short break, and light an energizing aromatherapy candle. Invigorating candles typically contain some mixture of oils from the mint and citrus families. The mint essential oils – peppermint, spearmint, basil, and eucalyptus – provide quick stimulation, revitalization, and an extra dose of energy. Other invigorating essential oils include cedar, rosemary, cinnamon, geranium, cassia, and vanilla.

Relax – Sometimes a sense of accomplishment or closure leaves you wired. You know that feeling. You've finished a big project, and you're bursting at the seams with energy when you really want to kick back, relax and enjoy some quiet time. Light a stress-releasing aromatherapy candle, take a few deep breaths, and allow your mind to clear. Stress-releasing essential oils include lavender, chamomile, patchouli, geranium and rose.

Concentrate – Use aromatherapy candles to improve concentration when you need to tap into your creative powers. Nothing sparks creativity like the ability to concentrate and block mental and environmental distractions. Citrus essential oils help you to concentrate: lemon, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, and bergamot.

Add atmosphere – You've planned a quiet evening at home with that special someone, and you've made every effort to impress. You've cooked a dinner right out of a Parisian bistro, fresh flowers grace your home, the table is set with china and linen napkins, the wine is chilling, and you've never looked better. Add the final touch with an aromatherapy candle containing some of the sensual essential oils: Ylang ylang, vanilla, neroli, rose, clary sage, sandalwood.

When using candles to add atmosphere, grouping candles together is fine, but less can be more. You're striving for natural and nonchalant: think elegant understatement, not sacrificial altar.
When you light more than one aromatherapy candle, burn candles with complementary, not competing essential oils. You don't want to burn candles with invigorating oils along with candles that contain a relaxing mixture of oils. Your body will receive mixed signals.

Why reserve your aromatherapy candles for special occasions or for company? Add an elegant touch and a little mood to your everyday life. What else can add so much pleasure with so little effort? Include aromatherapy candles in your repertoire to turn the mere ordinary into the extraordinary.