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January 14, 2007

Molds and Mildews

Filed under: Home and Hearth, General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 7:41 pm

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There is no known way of killing the fungus completely due to the fact that molds produce airborne spores (seeds). What you will do is try to figure what caused the mold/mildew, then try to get rid of the mold/mildew and then try to keep the situation from happening again.

There are a couple of ways that an ordinary person can try to take care of mold/mildew. If it is your shower or bath and you have those dark spots (which happens on grout a lot), you can spray bleach on the spot and brush it off, let it dry and then put a sealer on (all grout should have a sealer put on before you take a shower or bath). If the spot does not go away then you will have to take out all the old grout and put in new and dont forget to seal it.

If you have a larger area, and it is in the sheetrock or behind wall coverings, the best thing to do is take the wall covering off, take the sheetrock down and install new waterproofing sheetrock. So basically it is a remodel job.

If it is in your basement, you will have to dry out the area (either a humidifier to take the water out of the air or even a fan will help dry it out).

If the walls have mold/mildew on them, you may have to get a professional in to clean the walls and then seal them. The other situation is if you have moisture coming in the walls then you need to either dig out around the basement, reseal the outside walls and you may have to put in drainage tile to keep the water away from the walls.

Remember too, that just painting the walls will not do anything – latex pain ‘breathes’ so do not use in a damp area.

Another thing in a basement to check out is the air system, if you have an older furnace and you get a funky aroma when the fan turns on, then I would check the filter, make sure it is clean and then you may have to get a professional in to clean the duct work.

If you have mold/mildew in your carpet, the best thing is to rip it up and throw it away. Then clean the sub-flooring well, seal it and then you can put new carpeting/flooring in. One reason there could be mold in carpets is when a carpet is cleaned, there is still water in the carpet and it doesnt dry quick enough. One thing most people dont understand is that it only takes 24 48 hours for mold/mildew to start growing!!

Now if you want to use Essential Oils to help with mold/mildew you can use any of the fungal oils.

These are Tea Tree, Dill, Geranium , Lemongrass, Rosemary, Thyme (linalool), Cedarwood (atlas), Cajeput, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram and Myrrh.

One recipe you may want to try this for mild mildew is

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

This may help keep things under control after the major cleaning has been done.

One thing to remember is that you can get really sick from molds and mildew, so take precaution if you are going to do the work yourself. A respirator, gloves, eye protection and more should be used at all times.

Other Essential Oils known to have antifungal properties besides those listed above include: Rosewood, German Chamomile, Lemon, Mandarin, any of the Eucalyptus, Fennel, Helichrysum, Cajeput, Peppermint, Spikenard , Basil, Geranium , Pine needle , Patchouli , Ravensara, Clary Sage, Clove bud , Basil, and Oregano.

Some of these may be more effective than others depending on where and how you are able to apply them. Whether or not these will work on the type of mold or mildew you have present will be up to you to decide. Some smell rather pleasant, others may not be enjoyed.

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January 12, 2007

Anti Fungal Spray for Yard and Garden

Filed under: Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 9:14 am

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Shake well and spray on surfaces (outdoor) that have been cleaned and dried where mold and mildew was present.
Allow this blend to dry without rinsing.

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December 26, 2006

Cinnamon Leaf Spray

Filed under: Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 9:12 am

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I personally use the following mixture to clean my toilet, bathtub, countertops and floor.

Combine the Essential Oils with Sunshine Concentrate in a trigger spray bottle. Spray on and wipe surface dry.

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December 24, 2006

Essential Oils for Christmas

Filed under: Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 2:50 pm

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If the aroma of Pine is what brings back memories like going out and cutting your own tree, we have a top list of memory-joggers that you are going to love! With nature’s Essential Oils, the aroma of Christmas need not be forgotten.

Simply spray the tree with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 6 drops of Essential Oil of Pine, or put a few drops of Pine oil on an absorbent material and tuck around the base of the tree. Here are several Essential Oils that you may use to help re-create your Christmas memories.

Cinnamon (Cinnamoma Cassia): Cinnamon comes from the dried Bark of trees in the Laurel family. Cinnamon has a rich history in Chinese medicine as well as Western Herbal Medicine. A holiday favorite, this dark scent is often used to accent cookies, cakes and cocoa. Cinnamon tea is not only delightful but helpful for relieving nausea and Indigestion. Cinnamon oil is great for Colds. Add a few drops of Cinnamon oil to boiling water and inhale the steam. Cinnamon oil is also used as a massage oil and has a warming effect on skin.

Clove (Caryophyllum aromaticus): Clove is a hot oil. A holiday favorite, this delicious scent is often used in warming recipes. It can be used in a Carrier Oil for any infection. It has been used in the dental industry for years to deaden pain.

Clove oil can be applied topically with a carrier. It has been used for arousing and fortifying. According to a study at the University of Iowa, compounds in Clove oil have shown “strong activity” against bacteria associated with plaque and gum disease.

Pine (Pinus sylvestris) : Pine Needle was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to treat respiratory problems and muscular aches. A holiday staple, this fantastic scent is often used to accent potpourri and diffused into the air. It promotes a healthy immune and musculoskeletal system. Distilled in Austria from the finest pines, Pine Needle can be diffused to help strengthen the respiratory tract and maintain Sinus passages.

When massaged into the skin, Pine Needle supports healthy Circulation and soothes the discomfort of sore joints and muscles. A true disinfectant, a strong germ killer, excellent for viral infections and for muscular aches, Rheumatism and Arthritis.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), (Juniperus virginiana) : A holiday favorite, this fragrant scent is often used in accenting closets and cupboards. Cedar is a versatile oil that acts as an astringent and a cleansing agent. Believed to have originated from the famous Lebanon cedars, this Essential Oil provides an exhilarating tonic for the scalp and face to help the body deal with Dandruff and Acne. It can also be massaged into the skin for soothing, relaxing muscle rubs. Cedars are thought to offer longevity, and the oil it yields was used for embalming in ancient Egypt, and as an Incense by Tibetan monks to aid in Meditation.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium) : A holiday favorite, this rich citrus scent is often used in the scenting of perfumes. Neroli oil has a sweet, floral and slightly haunting aroma, the color is pale yellow and the viscosity is watery. This Essential Oil is also known as ‘Orange Blossom’ and it takes about 1000 lbs. of Orange blossoms to make 1 lb. of Neroli oil.The name Neroli is said to originate from the Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille, Countess of Nerola, who used the oil as a perfume and to scent her bathwater and gloves.

The Orange petals were used in China in the making of cosmetics and are still an ingredient for making traditional smelling Eau-de-cologne. Orange petals are often associated with marriage, purity and brides who traditionally wore it in their hair.

Sweet Orange (Citrus vulgaris) : The Orange in itself is a highlight nutrias fruit containing many Vitamins including A, B, and C. Being that Essential Oils are extracted directly from the peel of the Orange, it contains all of these natural nutrients as well. This yellow-Orange oil is quite sweet in fragrance and is used in “fruity” fragrance blends. Orange may also be used by itself for a light personal scent. Orange has been used as a Beauty oil especially for the neck to help prevent and reduce the appearance of lines. Being that it is a citrus Essential Oil, it may cause irritation in people with sensitive skin.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) : Frankincense rejuvenates skin, so it’s used on mature and aging complexions and to fade old Scars, reduce inflammation, Moisturize dry hair, and cure Acne. A holiday favorite, this pungent scent is often associated with Christmas and is said to be one of the gifts of the Magi. Its Antiseptic properties fight bacterial and fungal skin infections in a salve, lotion, or as a compress. It also treats infection of the lungs, the reproductive organs, and the urinary tract, and it increases the menstrual flow. the oil works in two ways to help the body fight infection and pain. It first numbs nerve endings to reduce the amount of pain sensations that reach the brain. And then it boosts the body’s Immune System to accelerate the healing process. As an added bonus, the oil’s aroma relaxes the brain, which helps bring on sleep.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) : Myrrh has been used since Biblical times to treat many ailments. A holiday favorite, this pungent scent is often associated with Christmas and is said to be one of the gifts of the Magi. It is a sap that dries into hard Crystals. The sap is used by some for making tinctures. Myrrh is both Antiseptic and astringent. It is used today as a mouth wash and used for treatment of mouth ulcers, Sore Throats and even for the relief of sore gums. To use it as a mouthwash, drop a few drops of the sap into a glass of water.

Peppermint (Mentha piperata) : Peppermint recalls the images of candy canes and sweet treats made from this wonderful oil. Peppermint has the powerful therapeutic ingredient menthol, as well as menthone, menthyl acetate and some 40 other compounds. Peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid of Spearmint (M. spicata) and water mint (M. aquatica). The oil is made by steam-distilling the plant’s aromatic leaves and stems.

Peppermint oil acts as a muscle relaxant, particularly in the digestive tract, reduces the inflammation of nasal passages and relieve muscle pains. A mixture of Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil and ethanol (ethyl alcohol) on the forehead and temples can reduce headache pain. Peppermint can be take as a tea, capsules or tinctures.

About the author

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac. – Peacefulmind.com – Therapies for healing mind, body, spirit

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December 15, 2006

Refresh Stale Air

Filed under: Natural Scent Recipes, Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 10:36 am

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Blend in an amber bottle and diffuse or mix with 2 ounces of distilled water and spray around the room.

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November 13, 2006

Christmas Spritzer

Filed under: Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 9:24 am

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Blend well in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray around the house as needed.

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October 20, 2006

Citrus Air Freshener

Filed under: Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 8:32 am

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Fill a 4-fluid ounce (120 ml) mist spray bottle with purified water, and add the Essential Oils. Tighten the cap, shake well, and spray the mist into the air. As mist ages inside the bottle, the scent improves and becomes stronger.

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Make Your Own Natural Bug Repellents

Filed under: Home and Hearth, Essential Oil Blends, Insect Repellents — Administrator @ 7:50 am

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All natural bug repellents are becoming more common over their toxic counterparts. Why not try to make up your own natural bug repellent and see the different in the lack of fumes (some even smell really good!) and the cheaper price. Most all of these bug repellents incorporate Essential Oils.

Tick Repellent

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Tick Repellent #2

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Mosquito Repellent

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Mosquito Repellent #2

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Mosquito Repellent #3

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Black Fly Repellent

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Black Fly Repellent #2

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Lice Repellent

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Flea Repellent

Mix the above ingredients together, shaking to blend them well, and keep in a glass jar. Use a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Aphid Repellent

  • 1 Tablespoon liquid dish Soap
  • 1 Cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons water

Mix all together in a spray bottle. You can spray this mixture on flowers and on plants every 10 days, indoors or outdoors.

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October 16, 2006

Germ Buster Wipes

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health, Home and Hearth, Immunity, Prevention — Administrator @ 8:43 am

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Try this germ fighting blend.

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.

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October 7, 2006

Another Insect Repellent

Filed under: Home and Hearth, Essential Oil Blends, Insect Repellents — Administrator @ 9:10 am

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Blend the Essential Oils and place on a Terra Cotta Discdiffuser or Lavender sachet. Place in area you wish to repel insects.

This blend can also be added to 1 ounce of Sunflower oil or Jojoba and applied on the skin before going out doors to repel insects (mainly mosquitoes) from bothering you. If you will be in the sun, omit the Bergamot from this recipe as Bergamot can cause a photosensitization reaction to occur in some people.

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NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

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