DIY Toxin Free Products

While we think we are cleaning our house in reality many times we are just dowsing our home in toxins! Below are some easy DIY products you can make for common household cleaning products that are toxin free! Best part is it can even save you money! Citrus essential oils (EO) main constituents are limonene which is a powerful antioxidant and cleansing agent. Egyptians used lemon EO to remove toxins from their bodies. There are many EO mentioned in the Bible as well. Limonene can dissolve oils so it can also eat through plastic, causing toxins in the plastic to now be in your mixture. So make sure to store these essential oils in a glass container. Vinegar is another great product to use for cleaning. It contains natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It can get ride of grease and mineral deposits like lime scale. Feel free to experiment and switch out essential oils in the recipes listed below! Air Purifier Citrus oils and great for cleaning and can ride toxins from the air in less than an hour! Lemon and grapefruit are great options. fill diffuser with water
  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 1 drops lemon
  • 1 drops grapefruit
Air freshener There is no wrong mixture so go crazy! 1 cup water
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 6 drops of lemon
  • 3 drops of peppermint
Dusting 1/3 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 4 drops lemon EO
Hardwood and ceramic tile floor cleaner 1 gallon hot water
  • 1/4 cup Castile liquid soap
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 10 dropa melaleuca EO
Dish soap 2 cups unscented liquid Castile soap
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 drops lime
  • 5 drops orange
Dishwasher powder. Approximately 24 loads 3 cups washing soap
  • 15 drops lemon or lime EO
  • 1 cup baking soda
Add 2 tablespoons to soap compartment per load. Bathroom Cleaning Powder 2 cups borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 10 drops melaleuca EO
  • 10 drops lemon EO
Dampen surface with vinegar and spinkle cleaning powder over area. Let sit for 10 minutes, scrub, rinse. Multipurpose Cleaning Spray 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 5 drops melaleuca EO
  • 5 drops lemon EO
This can be used anywhere you would use a multipurpose cleaner, countertops, mirrors, tile, and other household surfaces Laundry Detergent approximately 24-48 loads 1 finely grated bar baby mild unscented Castile soap
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 10 drops lemon EO
  • 10 drops grapefruit EO
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons per load. Dryer Balls Wool balls
  • Any scent EO
Body butter 1 cup unrefined shea butter
  • 1/2 coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup bees wax
  • Jojoba (optional, wouldn’t use on face)
  • 15 drops frankincense
  • 10 drops geranium
  • 15 drops lavender
  • Or 20 drops copiaba
Heat shea butter, bees wax, and coconut oil in double boiler. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for an hour. Once solid add EO, whip with mixer until smooth, and store in glass container. If you want to use the body butter on your full body including your face I would leave jojoba out, it can clog up your pores. Homemade Deodorant 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (optional)
  • 5 drops lime or lemon EO
  • 5 drops bergamot EO
  • 1/2 teaspoon bees wax
Melaleuca reduces odor-causing bacteria. Bergamot has a great citrus smell and purifies skin. You can also use other EO’s lavender, lime, geranium, thyme, and frankincense. In double boiler melt shea butter, coconut oil, and bees wax until melted. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrow root. Add desired essential oils. Store in glass container or old deodorant stick. Bees wax will help solidify deodorant if you live in a hot climate. Body Wash 10-ounce  1 cup unscented mild Castile soap
  • 1/3 cup organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 3 teaspoons glycerin
  • 25 drops lavender (or any other EO)
If children 6 and under will be using it only 10 drops EO. Sleep Diffuser Blend Roman chamomile is known as the peacekeeper EO. Lavender is calming. Vetiver oil has been used in research for ADHD and is great at calming the nervous system. 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop vetiver
  • 1 drop roman chamomile
If you have 5-10 essential oils you can DIY almost any of these recipes! You can save a ton of money and live toxin free at the same time! If you are not into DIY it is okay. There is a website call EWG.org. They will rate products A-F based on ingredients and safety hazards. They have guides for household cleaning, laundry, makeup, etc. While you are not in control of all the ingredients switching from an F product to an A is still a step towards a healthier toxin free lifestyle. If you have a favorite DIY product let me know!

Essential Oils Of The Bible Class

Join us next Monday, January 28th at 6:30pm for Essential Oils Of The Bible class! We will cover different essential oils that were used in the Bible and how you can apply them to your life today!

One oil we will cover is Hyssop. Hyssop is mentioned in Psalms 51, “Thou shall purge me with Hyssop and I shall be clean.” Hyssop is known as the purifier and cleanser. The Romans believed it helped protect them again plagues.

Join us and learn how Hyssop can help you!

Monday, January 28th at 6:30pm
721 Long Point Rd, Ste 403
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464


Depression and Curcumin

May is Mental Health Awareness. The CDC reports 1 in 10 Americans experience symptoms of depression. Research has been looking for a long-term natural remedy to treat depression symptoms. Current medication, when taken long term, can cause sedation, weight gain, or physical sensations of pain or numbness.

St. Johns Wort has shown to be beneficial with mild to moderate depression. However, there was not any evidence to suggest that it helped with major depressive disorders.

Research is showing promising results for curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. Curcumin reverses stress and decreases inflammatory markers in the bloodstream. It helps support healthy levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine. It may also promote neuron growth.

This research looked at Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and was published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research. They looked at individuals on anti-depressant medication and those who took the curcumin blended turmeric essential oils. What they found was the curcumin turmeric essential oil had the same outcome as those on the medication. However, those on the curcumin/turmeric blend had no side effects of suicidal ideation or psychotic disorders.

This curcumin/turmeric essential oil blend may be the key to a more holistic risk-free intervention. If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of depression please seek help. Our office is always available to help 321-444-6750.

 

 

 

Sanmukhani J, Satodia V, Trivedi J, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Phytother Res. 2014;28(4):579-8.

Whipped Body Butter!

I recently starting making my own body butter and it has done wonders for my skin! I’m all for using more natural ingredients but only if it doesn’t require a long list and all day to make. When I started looking at all the additives in common lotions it made me think twice about applying it to my skin. Luckily this body butter does not require a long list of ingredients, it is not time-consuming, and it is healthy for your skin! You can use this base recipe and substitute any essential oil you would like!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw shea butter
  • 1/8 cup jojoba oil
  • 20-30 drops essential oils, I mixed geranium, frankincense, and lavender

Jojoba oil has many benefits for healthy skin. It is rich in vitamin B and E. Jojoba oil along with coconut oil and shea butter are great moisturizers. Frankincense contains Boswellia that is an anti-inflammatory compound. Lavender is very calming and helps reduce stress. Geranium is great at helping relieve skin irritation and can also tone! You can switch these oils out to create a different scent in the lotion.

You will add your coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil into a glass container and place inside a pot filled with water. Heat until mixture melts. Now place into the refrigerator until solid (usually 1-2 hours). Remove from refrigerator, add essential oils, and use a mixer to blend all ingredients together. Now enjoy and feel the difference in your skin!

 

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Essential Oils

I recently received my essential oils in the mail! It is like Christmas day again. I also ordered some all-natural organic face cream. I have used it for two days and can already tell a notable difference in how soft my skin is.

You can use essential oils for so many things. You can use them as chemical free cleaning products; diffuse them; skincare; hair care; and natural remedies etc.

For example, Geranium, Frankincense, and Lavender are wonderful for the skin. Frankincense is the most referenced oil in the bible. It is great at helping boost the immune system. Frankincense contains Boswellia which is an anti-inflammatory compound.

Lemon oil is great for cleaning, natural detoxification, and can even be used with raw honey to sooth sore throats.

Lavender is great to help reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. Just add a couple of drops in a diffuser and place it close by.

Essential oils are 10-70x more concentrated than when in the plant form. This means that 15 ml bottle of lavender oil is equivalent to 150 lbs of flowers! You do have to do some research to make sure the brand you are using is organic therapeutic grade oils.

Do you use essential oils?! If so, what are some of your favorite ways to use them?