Create a healthy Spring break with aromatherapy

Is your spring cleaning really as clean as you think it is? Spring cleaning is supposed to be a ritual of purging the accumulated dirt, germs and odor from a winter-weary home to create a clean and healthy living space. Unfortunately, the often caustic and toxic ingredients used in most conventional cleaning products can be just as harmful as the dirt and germs they are meant to eliminate.

Even some so-called natural cleansers can contain these same or similar nasty ingredients. And you would know this only if the manufacturer practices full disclosure of ingredients on their labels, which is not required on home care products. Think about it -- when was the last time you saw a full ingredient listing on your spray cleaner?

Lemon has a clean, uplifting scentThe best way to make sure your living space is clean and healthy is to use safe, natural cleaning products you create yourself, using natural and inexpensive ingredients you can pick up at any natural grocery store. It's cost-effective, not difficult and, like the task of spring cleaning itself, it’s satisfying and rewarding.

Essential oils have potent antimicrobial effects along with their clean, pleasant natural aromas. Especially good are: lemon (clean, sweet, uplifting scent; deodorizing), peppermint (minty, fresh; air purifier; mild pest repellent), eucalyptus and tea tree (air and surface sanitizers; fresh, therapeutic aromas).

Here's a shopping list of key ingredients for making your own homecare products:

  • Natural bristle scrubbing brushesEssential Oils
  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) -- Gently abrasive scouring powder, odor absorber and an excellent base for making your own cleaning preparations.
  • Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate)
  • Borax (Sodium Borate) -- Natural mineral compound, laundry booster, multipurpose cleanser, fungicide/insecticide.
  • White Distilled Vinegar (Acetic Acid)
  • Distilled water -- Clean, distilled water acts as a better carrier and dirt solvent. Tap water will often contain salts and minerals that can lead to spotting and build-up.
  • Natural bristle scrubbing brushesSpray bottles
  • Natural bristle scrubbing brushes
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Cotton dusting cloth
  • Hemp or Jute fiber scrubbing cloth
  • Tote to put it all in

Follow these simple recipes for making your own basic homecare products:

Basic Spray Cleaner
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sodium borate
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap
36 drops essential oil


Which Oils?
Cleansing & Purifying essential oils: lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, spike lavender.


Gentle Scouring Cream
1/2 cup baking soda
Liquid soap
18 drops essential oil

Add essential oils to baking soda and blend. Next, incorporate the liquid soap, several drops at a time, until a creamy paste forms.


Which Oils?
Oils that brighten: lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit.


Carpet Deodorizing Powder
1 cup baking soda
18 drops essential oil

Carpet Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid soap
18 drops essential oil


Which Oils?
Deodorizing essential oils: bergamot, coriander seed, lavandin.


Window Cleaner
2 cups water
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap
36 drops essential oil

Wooden Furniture Polishing Oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
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Sandalwood essential oilThe sacred scent of sandalwood finds its way into expensive perfumes as a tenacious base note that serves to fix the aromatic elements of the blend and extend the diffusion time. But did you know that sandalwood is highly regarded for its purifying properties? An added benefit is that because sandalwood is so slow to evaporate this purifying effect is sustained over a longer longer period than, say, tea tree, which is much more volatile in comparison.

Sandalwood is distilled from woodchips and sawdust from the heartwood of the tree. Aura Cacia directly sources its sandalwood from strictly regulated, sustainable sources in Western Australia. The aroma is woody, balsamic, earthy and rich. Besides its purifying and protecting properties, sandalwood oil provides a calming/centering scent used to focus awareness, strengthen the spirit and is an important adjunct to meditation and prayer.

Meditative Sandalwood Diffusion
1 ounce water
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil

Place ingredients in the bowl of a candle lamp diffuser. Light candle.

Purifying Sandalwood and Tea Tree Skincare Oil
1 ounce jojoba or grapeseed oil
9 drops sandalwood essential oil
9 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix ingredients and massage into skin after cleansing.

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