3 All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

Missy at How Does She made this a lot prettier than I would do. So check out her pictures and my recipes here. I no longer use the toilet bomb, even though it was rather fun, because it didn’t seem to be as effective as I would have liked. I have updated cleaning recipes in my book, Essential Oil Basics: The Complete Pocket Guide to Safe & Effective Essential Oil Use. You can also find my book as a single or in money-saving 10-packs on my website, Learn Essential Oils.


Essential Oils –

What are they?

They are pure extracts from various plant parts: bark, leaves, seeds, citrus peels, flowers, etc. They are typically extracted by steam distillation. They are not lipids (fats) so they are not greasy, even though they are called oils. They can be used topically, aromatically, or internally. In any of the three ways they enter the bloodstream and circulate through the body. Oils that contain sesquiterpenes can cross the blood/brain barrier so they are effective for emotional and psychological issues.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

Essential oils are highly concentrated. One drop of Peppermint is equivalent to about 27 cups of Peppermint herbal tea. They naturally contain a wide array of chemical constituents which gives them their active therapeutic properties. They can be calming, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, antiviral, sedative, invigorating–to name just a few. They have no dangerous side effects (unless ingested in very large amounts) and most people are not allergic to them in any way.

Always dilute your essential oils before application when you are a beginner. Some essential oils are very strong, or “hot”, for instance Clove, Oregano & Cinnamon, so should be diluted even more with a vegetable, nut, or seed oil before using on the skin. Never use mineral oil or lotions containing it since they prevent essential oils from absorbing as they should. Mineral oil blocks your pores and also blocks the absorption of fat soluble Vitamins – A, D, E, K, and CoQ10.

A very good place to use essential oils is on the bottom of the feet–especially for infants, children, and the elderly & frail. The skin there is quite tough, yet there are many blood vessels and capillaries so the oils absorb, quickly enter the blood stream and circulate throughout the body. That is why you can put Peppermint on a child’s feet who has a fever and the fever will come down within 5-10 minutes. Plus you can reapply if the fever does not come down enough. It would be very difficult to overdose on essential oils.

The most important thing to remember about essential oils is that “Quality is everything!!!” This point cannot be stressed enough. This is one case in which a cheaper essential oil is usually just that, cheap (low quality, impure, lacking essential components).

The first criteria is that an essential oil is certified to be pure. It should have no contaminants including: pesticides, other essential oils, synthetic ingredients, vegetable oil, foreign plant components, etc. The only real way to know this is through testing, which many companies do not perform due to cost. If it is certified pure then it is even better than organic, which only certifies that the plant was grown according to organic criteria, but has no guarantee beyond that.

The second criteria is that the essential oil is certified to be therapeutic grade. This means that the natural chemical constituents are there and in the proper ratios to meet the accepted standard for that particular essential oil. This means you can count on that oil to act in the body as expected and be effective. If an oil has been grown, harvested, or distilled under less than ideal circumstances it is likely that it will not meet this criteria. Also, if it has been diluted with a vegetable oil, extended with another essential oil, or a synthetic oil – then it will definitely not meet this criteria and you cannot know what to expect from it: how or if it will perform, if it will be effective at all, and it may even be harmful. Again, testing is the only sure way to know.

I am one of two Registered Aromatherapists in Idaho which means I successfully completed an approved course of study in essential oils then qualified for and passed the national exam administered by the Aromatherapy Registration Council, http://www.ptcny.net/clients/ARC/RA/Public/Search.aspx . To contact me: eden@teamclark.net

I have used many different brands of essential oils and was always concerned about finding the highest-quality oils to use and suggest for people. I finally found a company that tests their oils several times by hand and in the laboratory before they are packaged for sale and certifies them to be pure and therapeutic grade. They do this through independent laboratories. They will reject any batch of essential oil that does not meet the standard. Now I have peace of mind in using them for myself, on my family and in giving and selling them to my friends and clients. These CPTG – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are sold by  dōTERRA Intl, LLC. Visit this website (see the link on this page under Essential Oils) to see the full catalog, learn more about them, and to order: http://www.learnessentialoils.com/

You do not have to pay retail prices for these oils. To get the biggest discount, 25%, enroll as an Independent Product Consultant (IPC). You pay an initial $35 fee to be an IPC and a yearly renewal of $25 at which time you receive a free 15 ml Peppermint valued at $20. So, in essence, it costs $5 to renew.  There is no obligation to buy or sell. If you decide to join you would honor me by going through my website, http://www.learnessentialoils.com/, or use my member number, 10370, in the “Enroller” and “Sponsor” boxes when filling out the form. Thanks so much!

You can participate in the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) also. This is the smartest way to buy essential oils because you earn free product every time you order and the reward increases up to 30% back at the 13 month mark and thereafter. You only have to order 50 PV (Point Value) each month and essential oils are a full PV product, example: if you pay $20 dollars for an oil, it is 20 PV. The first 3 months you order you would get 2 PV back, by the 13th month you would get back 6 PV/or $6 to spend on product, on that $20 dollar oil. You can use it like cash to buy any essential oils and products they offer.

dōTERRA  is also a great business if you’re interested. Many people are doing extremely well and have replaced  and exceeded their previous income. dōTERRA has a 65% + retention rate and is part of the “Wellness Revolution” that is taking place in the US and abroad.  dōTERRA is expected to triple it’s business in the next year. I am just getting started in running it as a business but I’m part of a great team that is very supportive and focuses on sharing the oils and educating people about them. Join our team if you want support, education, and success!!! We would love to have you!

Contact me: jen@edenoils.com with any questions concerning essential oils.

All the best!!!