Cleaning with Essential Oils

Do you follow me on Instagram? If you do you’ll know I post there a lot, but if not feel free to come on over and have a look. I post about all sorts of things like diffuser blends, DIY projects, essential oils, my life, what I’m doing, what I’m eating, and more.

Over the spring I posted about how to clean with essential oils and figured I would combine all that information into a blog post so it was easy to reference. So here are some recipes to help with not just spring cleaning but everyday cleaning.

We all love our diffusers but do we remember to clean them? Here are the steps for cleaning an ultrasonic diffuser.

  1. Turn off your diffuser.
  2. Fill the water reservoir halfway to the line with clean water.
  3. Add 10 drops of pure white vinegar to the water reservoir.
  4. Turn it on and let it run for 3-5 minutes, allowing the vinegar to disperse throughout.
  5. Drain the water reservoir completely.
  6. Dip a cotton swab in white vinegar and wipe down the edges of the water reservoir as well as the ultrasonic mist chip.
  7. Rinse the water reservoir with clean water.
  8. Wipe the reservoir with a dry cloth and let air dry before using it again.

Diffusers should be cleaned monthly to keep them in good working condition.

Lavender Linen Spray is a great way to refresh your laundry and sheets. You can use any oils you want with this but Lavender is a great way to help your sheets assist you in falling asleep.

Lavender Linen Spray

2 cups distilled water

2 tablespoons vodka or rubbing alcohol

15-20 drops Lavender essential oil (or oil of your choice)

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

Who doesn’t like nice clean windows and mirrors, this recipe will keep them sparkling clean.

Fresh Mint Window & Mirror Cleaner

3 cups distilled water

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka

1/4 cup vinegar

20 drops Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a quart-sized spray bottle. Shake to combine, then spray on mirrors, windows, or stainless steel. Wipe off with paper towels or old newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Cleaning the bathtub/shower/toilet is a pain, but this easy recipe makes the chore a little less daunting.

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

*This recipe is intended to be used same day or next day.

3/4 rounded cup baking soda

1/4 cup unscented liquid castile soap

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon vinegar

5-10 drops Lemon essential oil

In a bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap. Add water and stir. Add vinegar and Lemon essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.

When using apply to surface, and let dry for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean. If cleaning a toilet be careful as it will react to toilet scrub.

Wood polish is a staple in making all the wood surfaces in your house look shiny and new. Here is a simple recipe to keep those wood surfaces shiny.

Wood Polish

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar

10 drops essential oil (Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon)

Add olive oil and vinegar to a glass spray bottle. Add 10 drops essential oil. Shake well before each use. Apply to a microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean.

Do you clean your yoga mat? I don’t usually think about cleaning it but after doing hot yoga, outdoor yoga, and just being on a variety of different floors it has come into contact with a lot of germs (your bare feet, the floor/ground of the studio, the trunk of your car, etc.). Here is a simple recipe to keep that mat germ free.

Yoga Mat Spray

3/4 cup distilled water

1/4 alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar

5 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil

In a glass spray bottle combine all ingredients. Shake until combined. Spray on your yoga mat and wipe dry with a towel.

Before cleaning your whole yoga mat make sure to do a spot test to ensure that the essential oils will not damage your yoga mat.

doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Oils

DoTERRA has a collection of oils that are geared toward dealing with the different emotions that we face in life each and every day. They have six proprietary blends, Passion, Motivate, Cheer, Forgive, Peace, and Console which help to bring emotional balance to yourself. These oils come in either 5mL bottles or in 10mL Touch Roller Bottles which are prediluted for skin application.

Passion – Passion is doTERRA’s Inspiring Blend, it is great to apply when feelings of disinterest or boredom begin to take over your life. It helps to rekindle feelings of passion, excitement, and joy.

Diffuse Passion in the mornings to create feelings of energy and excitement.

Passion starts with your heart so apply over the heart to feel passion and inspiration throughout your day.

Diffuse at work to spark creativity, clarity, and wonder while working on projects.

You can even apply Passion to your pulse points and the back of your neck to create a unique personal fragrance.

Passion is a blend of Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Damiana.

Motivate – Motivate, doTERRA’s Encouraging Blend, will help bring confidence and courage when feelings of guilt and pessimism start to creep in.

Apply to the bottoms of your feet in the morning to jump-start your day with feelings of positivity.

Apply Motivate to your temples to help set your focus for the day.

Diffuse to keep on track when you have a big project to work on at home or at work.

Apply to the back of your neck before giving a big speech (or any public speaking event) to help instill feelings of confidence.

Apply Motivate to your pulse points before a sporting event or other competition to give yourself a boost of confidence.

Motivate is a blend of Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla.

Cheer – Cheer is doTERRA’s Uplifting blend. Use it to provide a boost of positivity and happiness when feeling down.

Diffuse Cheer to provide feelings of positivity in your environment.

Apply to the bottoms of the feet to boost feelings of positivity and cheerfulness when feeling down.

Wear Cheer as a personal fragrance to keep your spirits uplifted, especially in winter.

Apply to a cotton ball and place near the air vent of your car for an energizing feeling while on a long drive.

Cheer is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Star Anise, Lemon Myrtle, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Zdravetz.

Forgive – Forgive, doTERRA’s Renewing blend helps counteract emotions of anger and guilt while promoting feelings of contentment, relief, and patience.

Rub over your heart to help you forgive yourself and others.

Diffuse Forgive while meditating to help release harboring feelings of anger and guilt.

Apply to pulse points and heart throughout the day to feel grounded and content.

Keep Forgive nearby to counteract negative emotions that may arise throughout your day due to undesirable situations.

Forgive is a blend of Spruce, Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Arborvitae, Nootka, Thyme, and Citronella.

Peace – Peace is doTERRA’s Reassuring Blend. It helps to promote feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance when anxious feelings overwhelm you.

Diffuse at bedtime to promote a calming environment and restful sleep.

Apply Peace to temples and the back of the neck when feelings of tension start to creep in.

To calm an upset and restless child, apply Peace to the bottoms of the feet.

Diffuse or inhale before taking a big test or giving a speech to help counteract worry and distress.

Peace is a blend of Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum, and Spearmint.

Console – Console, doTERRA’s Comforting blend, helps promote feelings of comfort as you move along your path to emotional healing.

During times of loss, apply to the bottoms of the feet in the morning to help provide feelings of comfort throughout the day.

Diffuse Console during times of loss to comfort the soul and evoke feelings of hope.

Keep the rollerball with you throughout the day and apply to the wrists when feeling sad or unsettled.

Apply Console over the heart in the morning and evening to remind yourself that healing takes time and to be patient.

Console is a blend of Frankincense, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Labdanum, Amyris, Sandalwood, Rose, and Osmanthus.

emotional touch

Everyone person is different so while each oil is designated for a specific emotional aspect, find what works best for you. Your personal body chemistry and how you associate scent and emotion will affect how each oil works for you.

These oils are available through doTERRA as either a kit or you can purchase each oil individually.

Top 10 Oils

Lemon

  • Properties: cleansing, revitalizing, uplifting
    • Add to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces.
    • Use to remove gum, glue, or any other sticky residues.
    • Add to your favorite desserts or beverage for zesty flavor.
    • Take internally to support healthy digestion.*
    • Diffuse to purify air and create an uplifting, refreshing aromatic experience.

Lavender

  • Properties: soothing, calming
    • Diffuse or add a few drops to your pillow or feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
    • Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
    • Add a few drops to a warm bath to help soak away stress.
    • Consume 1-2 drops to help calm the nervous system.*

Peppermint

  • Properties: cooling, energizing, natural bug repellent.
    • Take internally to help alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
    • Apply a few drops to the back of your neck to cool off.
    • For a clearing, refreshing aroma, diffuse at night beside your bed.
    • Rub on head and neck for a soothing sensation when feeling tense.
    • Add to shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating scalp massage.

Frankincense

  • Properties: renewing, beautifying, rejuvenating, grounding.
    • Take internally to support healthy cellular and immune function.*
    • Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
    • Diffuse during meditation for a sense of relaxation and balance.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

  • Properties: soothing, cleansing.
    • Combine 1-2 drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
    • Apply to fingernails and toenails to keep nails looking clean and healthy.
    • Add a few drops to your shampoo or massage into the scalp for added cleansing.
    • Add to toothpaste or swish with water for a quick and easy mouth rinse.

Oregano

  • Properties: cleansing, purifying.
    • Take one drop in a veggie cap or 4 fl. oz of liquid daily to maintain healthy immune function.*
    • Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.*
    • Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
    • Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.

Breathe – Respiratory Blend

  • Apply topically to the chest to breathe deeply.
  • For a clearing aroma, diffuse at night by your bedside.
  • Apply diluted to your upper lip and inhale to invigorate and clear your senses.
  • Apply topically for an invigorating lift when you stay home from the office on a cold, rainy day.

Deep Blue – Soothing Blend

  • Apply on feet before and after exercise.
  • Make your muscles happy after your workout by applying to targeted areas.
  • Massage on your lower back after a day of sitting at the desk or doing manual labor.

DigestZen – Digestive Blend

  • Take a couple of drops internally to promote healthy digestion.*
  • Add to water or tea and consume to help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*
  • Reduce bloating, gas, and indigestion.*

On Guard – Protective Blend

  • Add two to three drops in a Veggie Capsule or take directly for an immune boost before traveling or during seasonal changes.*
  • Diffuse in your home or office during fall and winter months.
  • Add to water and use as a natural surface cleaner.

In future posts, I will delve deeper into each oil and the various ways that each can be used.

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All info from www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2016-essential-oils-for-beginners

Methods of Use

Aromatic

  • Essential oils that can be used aromatically. Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils.

Topical

  • Essential oils that can be used topically, which means you can apply them directly on to the skin or mix them with carrier oils or other personal care products.

Internal

  • Essential oils that can be used internally. You can add oils to beverages, take them in doTERRA Veggie Caps, take doTERRA essential oils supplements, or use them in your favorite recipes.

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All info from www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2016-essential-oils-for-beginners

Basic Terminology

Essential Oils

  • Natural aromatic compounds extracted from seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils contain natural and unique properties that can have powerful benefits for your health and overall wellness.

CPTG ® (CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade ®)

  • doTERRA quality protocol in which each batch of oil undergoes a multi-phase chemical composition inspection.

Carrier Oil

  • A lipid-based substance used to dilute essential oils, doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil is an excellent carrier oil option because of its long shelf-life, non-greasy texture.

Distillation

  • The process of extracting essential oil from plant material.

Cold Press Distillation/Expression

  • Most commonly used method for obtaining citrus oils. This process uses a mechanical press to squeeze essential oils from plant parts.

Steam Distillation

  • The most common distillation method. This process uses low-heat pressurized steam to circulate through plant parts and extract oils.

 

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All info from www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-fall-2016-essential-oils-for-beginners

Why doTERRA?

Why doTERRA?

You are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

Each oil is carefully and thoroughly tested using strict CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade ®) quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.

While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technology and techniques.

The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through the plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.

Steam Distillation

Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.

Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140-212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.

Expression

Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. DoTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.

Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.

All information above is found from https://www.doterra.com/US/en/why-doterra

My Choice

I have chosen to use and promote doTERRA over other brands of essential oils for a couple of reasons, some of which are listed above. I find that doTERRA provides ethically sourced oils from the native region of the plant. They also do third-party testing of their oils to make sure that we are getting the highest and most pure oil. Not all essential oil companies source their oils from the native region of the plant or use local farmers to provide plant material.

A second reason that I have chosen to use doTERRA is that they provide a lot of education about the oils and how to use the oils. It is wonderful if you are able to find oils that you enjoy and will use but there are many oils that I personally own and initially did not know how to use. Through the doTERRA website, you are able to find information about each oil, how to use the oils, and even recipes to make. Each month they have a series called Empowered Life which has a differnt theme related to the products that doTERRA has that highlights different uses and how different people use those products and oils.

Who is the Oily Travel RN?

My name is Jennifer. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, spent my initial college years living in Saint Paul, MN before moving back to Milwaukee and eventually going back to school to become a nurse. Some of my passions are cardiac nursing, travel and adventure, essential oils, health and fitness. My favorite things to do on my days off are to catch a barre or yoga class, going for a walk or run, explore new places, try new beer and wine, curl up with a good show on Netflix or a good book, and drink my share of coffee and tea.

I am currently living the life of a travel RN and move every three months or so. This definitely helps me to get in my travel and adventure while getting paid at the same time. So far I have been able to work as a nurse in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa, Virginia, and Georgia. I have a love for learning so moving from job to job and hospital to hospital allows me to see all of the differences in cardiac care around the country.

As for my love of essential oils, I am a Wellness Advocate through doTERRA and educate people on how to use essential oils to benefit their health. I provide education and mentoring to help you personalize your experience using doTERRA’s quaily, therapeutic grade essential oils. I will help you continuing education, recipes, tips and answer any questions that you may have as an oil user.

In addition to my use of doTERRA essential oils, I am currently working on becoming a Certified Aromatherapist. This certification will enhance my ability to provide education about essential oils and make recommendations based on individual preferences and characteries of each person.