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All Natural Stain Remover DIY for Hard Water

Stains…..my greatest weakness haha. I have 2 babies under 2 plus myself and my husband. I do a lot of laundry and I deal with a lot of stains!

I try to stick as natural as possible when it comes to my cleaners (especially for my littles). I used to buy stain remover, I ran out and I repeatedly forgot to purchase again. I finally got tired of stains on my kids lights and I decided to search some natural stain removers I could make with what I have at home!

I found a few and wigged the recipe to work with what I had. I’m going to assume stain remover ingredients are pretty forgiving.

Ingredients:

4oz amber spray bottle

1tbsp baking soda

1tbsp dish soap

15 drops lemon essential oil

Fill the rest with distilled water

I combined all ingredients in the bottle, swished and then put the lid back. I don’t recommend shaking the bottle once closed, this made it fizzle haha

I sprayed on the affected areas and washed on warm/cold or hot/cold. It’s gotten out milk/spit up, chocolate, tomato sauce, grass and dirt and so many other misc stains on the kids clothes! It worked amazingly well!

Now, we’re on a well and this works amazing with our hard water. If you are on city water I would LOVE a review!

You can shop diffuser oils including lemon on my website !

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Lavender Love

Lavender, we all love it. Usually when we purchase lavender, it is true lavender but I’m going to share your common options, so you can grab the right oil for the right reason!

True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). This is the one I typically use and the one I offer for sale. It works as a calming, antidepressant on the mind.

It has antiseptic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties. This makes it great for treatment of wounds and burns. It can also help throat infections and inflammation. It works to regulate the nervous system and balances the body. You can use it to help migraines, asthma and can help calm heart nerves (palpations).

Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia). This is a more intense lavender than true. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic properties and can act as an expectorant. This makes it great to help headaches, aches/pains, respiratory complaints and broken skin.

As this oil is more potent, you must be mindful of the chemistry. This makes it less appealing for children, pregnancy and epilepsy!

Lavender (Lavendula stoechas). The properties are similar to true Lavender with a calming, anti-depressant for the mind! This oil is great for migraines, asthma, burns, wounds and for calming and balancing.

You can find 100% pure lavender oil in my shop! You can also find Lavender scented Lip Balm in my shop here!

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Selecting a Carrier Oil

Carrier oils. Who has been told to ‘make sure you dilute your essential oil before applying to the skin’ ? Probably all of us! Neat essential oils are just TOO potent to be added without proper dilution. Just like western medicine, too much can be a bad thing. Like essential oils, carriers have unique properties and benefits! It is important to know carrier properties so you can pair the right oils for the best impact.

I’m going to touch on a few of the most common and some of my favourites.

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba oil)

Jojoba works on all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As it is penetrates the skin well, it works well as a carrier oil for essential oil application it also works to keep pores clean acting as an antibacterial. Jojoba also had protein minerals creating a waxy substance that mimics collagen making it a good facial oil. It is similar in structure to our bodies natural oils making helping balance oil production of the skin. It is highly moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Jojoba also has an SPF rating around 4.

Prunes amygdalus (Sweet Almond)

This is a super oil. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, D & E. It is high in protein and trace minerals. It works great for all skin types but especially for itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Vitamin E is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Oxidative stress is a major cause of the deterioration of your skin’s collagen layer. Since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free, you want to stave off oxidative stress with antioxidants. Almond oil has a natural SPF rating around 5.

Cocus nucifera (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Clear, odorless and light in texture making it great for blending with oils in perfumes or fragrances. In order to remain a liquid, the lauric acid has been removed making it an incomplete oil. Both regular and fractionated coconut oils are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil also has a natural SPF rating around 2-8.

Triticum ciestivum/durum (Wheatgerm Oil)

This oil has a strong odor and heavy texture and is best used in small amounts. It has vitamin E and essential fatty acids which helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy collagen formation and maintain even skintone. Wheatgerm works best on dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Due to the high level of antioxidants and vitamins, wheat germ oil helps regenerate scar tissue and lubricate the skin. The best part, it has an SPF rating of 20 making it one of the higher SPF ratings.

Those are a few of my favorites and I hope you have more information to pair the perfect carrier with your essential oils.

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Essential Oil Fragrance Stone DIY

I’ve been searching for fun DIY projects lately and stumbled upon fragrance stones, I had to give it a try. These stones offer an alternative to diffusers, potpourri etc. as they hold and emit fragrance from essential oils. This is also the easiest DIY, anyone can do it. It was also a fun way to get my son involved in the kitchen 🙂

I took the instructions from Hello Glow with a couple modifications from my own trial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 30-40 drops essential oils
  • Flower petals, grated citrus rind or food coloring (optional)
  • Parchment paper.

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl. While the water is hot, use a whisk to combine everything as best you can (it’s going to thicken quickly). When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
  2. Add the essential oils and optional ingredients (like flower petals) and continue kneading.
  3. Break off 1 to 2 inch pieces of dough and roll with your hands until it forms a ball. Press the ball slightly until it resembles a stone.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight.
  5. Put several stones in a bowl or stash individual stones wherever you need a boost of fragrance.

I have found these to be a great option for small spaces like the bathroom or conversation spaces like a side table. With little kids in the house, these stones make an awesome alternative to waxes and oils 🙂 I might even try them in my sons room for some lavender oil.

Note** in these photos mine have not dried fully. I ran out of time for camera photos and a full dry time 😂

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Why Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are EVERYWHERE these days. It’s a great and a bad thing. The term ‘aromatherapy’ means using essential oils from plants for improving or maintaining health and beauty.

EOs are organic compounds and may react to light, temperature, air and time. They are volatile at room temperature and shouldn’t leave you feeling greasy. It takes them anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours + to penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream. Yes, you ready that right…into your blood stream.

Essential oils are extracted from plants using a variety of methods, usually with distillation or expression. An essential oil has the “essential” aromatic and chemical properties of that plant.

Essential oils are made up of minute molecules that are very easily absorbed. Each oil has a unique chemical composition of terpenes, esters, oxides, alcohols, phenols, ketones, and aldehydes. These components interact with bodily systems, and depending on the essential oil support various systems of the body.

I’ll write more another day about how they work 🙂 For now, let’s chat 5 reasons why you should use them.

1. They’re versatile. No, there isn’t one oil to rule them all…but we can get close. Take an oil like peppermint. Peppermint has 10 properties: analgesic, antiseptic, decongestant, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and on. This means you can solve a lot of problems with one tiny amber bottle. This also means that you can use them for anything from low energy to chronic pain.

2. They’re natural! Hollaaa, they are from plants. There is a reason the use of essential oils can be dated back around 5000 years. I’d rather start natural and use western medicine if I absolutely must. No point filling my body with shit if I don’t have to 🙂

3. They work to help heal the body and to help relieve symptoms as apposed to masking them.

4. You can skip the chemical dyes and scents. No not all essential oils smell awesome, but some do! The scents of the forest, rose, coffee, amber, citrus, eucalyptus…yum.

5. You can clean with them! If you have dogs and kids that lick everything (hopefully that’s not just my house), natural cleaners are important. Your skin also absorbs everything you put on it, which means every night you do the dishes or clean the bathroom, your skin is lapping up the Vim, lysol or whatever it is you’re using.

Now, like anything there are risks. If you are pregnant, prone to high blood pressure, epilepsy etc. it is important to check with a certified aromatherapist before using.

Different oils and uses require different dilutions. It is important to understand how to dilute your EOs for topical use. Please please use safely. Make sure their properties align.