Easy, Fun and Healthy Green Tips for Around Your Home!

Going Green with Mind Body Soul Essentials

Today’s Going Green tips and recipes are all about the inside of your home

We can control what goes into the air we breathe inside our home.  Let’s get started!

Do you enjoy the smell of Bleach or Synthetic Air Fresheners?  I don’t!  And it’s not FUN to clean and deodorize with that stuff!  You spray it into the air and POOF!…it’s gone in a flash.  Just the opposite, that bleach smell has eyes watering, noses burning and that smell lingers forever! Eww!

So what are we doing?!  We don’t sit there and say “Hey! I’ve got an idea! Let’s spray some toxic chemicals into the air today!”

No.  We are busy.  There is not enough time in the day.  We are always on the move.  We are multitasking machines!!  We have to go grocery shopping or no one eats and while we are at the store, cruising around, we grab & go; taking a bottle of air freshener for our fabric couches and rugs and air for $5.  We throw it in the cart and off we go to the milk section!

Do you love yourself?  Do you love your children? Your pets? Your family?

Of course you do.  I do, too.  Ever wonder why we are tired of being tired and sick of being sick?

Take the time to read that label before you put those cleansers, disinfectants, air fresheners into your cart.  There’s a LOT of really bad ingredients in what you are buying for $5.  Cheap toxic items…come and get it!  Sale on bad for you cleaners and 50% off chemical filled products for your family!

Essential Oils.  Maybe you don’t know what they are.  That’s ok!  Think about it this way…you know what plants are.  What trees, leaves and flowers are.

Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of a botanical plant.

Nature at it’s best!

It is the essential oils within plants that gives each oil their characteristic smell and flavor. When we smell the delightful fragrance of roses, open a cedarwood box and inhale its woody smell, or add the zest of orange or lemon to a drink, it is the essential oil that we are enjoying!

Essential Oils are medicines from the earth! A whole world of possibility is awaiting you!  Nature – in one of its most powerful forms – aromatic liquid extracted from certain flowers, grasses, fruits, trees, leaves, roots and herbs.

Any part of a plant may contain its essential oil! Each single oil is used for many purposes. They are indispensable to medicine, food and cosmetic industries. In food and drink, they are used to give natural flavor and aroma, and as preservatives.

Want to learn more? Read What Are Essential Oils? or How Do Essential Oils Work? or come to my website and search for the answers to what you are looking to learn. If it’s not on there, send me an email and I’ll answer you!  I’m a real person, not a commercial giant!

Why should you be Going Green in your Home?  Better question: why haven’t you?

Cleaning!

We make messes.  We do! We’re human! Then we clean it up (usually the same day)…

Essential oils, vinegar and baking soda can be used to create many effective non-toxic (and wonderfully fragrant) cleansers and disinfectants.  Clean, disinfect and shine for pennies!  A straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of viruses.  Clean the dishwasher, coffeepot, windows,  Deodorize your sink drains.  Remove pet urine stains, grease from kitchen walls and mineral deposits around faucets.

You can easily click Natural Cleaning With Essential Oils for more ideas and recipes 🙂

Oils excellent for cleaning:

· Cinnamon Essential Oil
· Clove Essential Oil
· Eucalyptus Essential Oil
· Thyme Essential Oil
· Spruce Essential Oil
· Lemon Essential Oil
· Lemongrass Essential Oil
· Grapefruit Essential Oil
· Orange Essential Oil

Orange and Lemon are my personal favorites.  The smell, the antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent power these oils have!

When I clean, I put Orange and/or Lemon Essential oil to work!  Put on some music, smell those delicious smells and get my clean on!

Ever wonder why there are so many orange cleaners today? Make your own orange cleaner to DISINFECT, SAVE MONEY and ENERGIZE.

These oils are UPLIFTING to the spirit but CALMING to your body!

Essential Oils are disinfectants!  Add to a spray bottle of water and spray into the air to deodorize, neutralize, and sterilize the air.

The majority of Essential Oils are inexpensive.  There are a handful that are not, simply because of the large number of flowers required to produce a small amount of it.

Floor Cleaner:
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 10 drops of lemon oil and 4 drops of oregano essential oil. Oregano oil has powerful antiseptic properties!

Carpet freshener:
Add 16-20 drops of essential oils to a cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over your carpet the next day and then vacuum the powder up!

Painting:
Adding essential oil to paint will counteract the unpleasant smell. And because essential oils are not fatty oils, they will leave no oil spots on the walls. Add a 5 ml. bottle of your favorite essential oil, such as White Angelica, Abundance, or Sacred Mountain, to 1 gallon of paint. Mix well.

Recipes for you below and so many more at Mind Body Soul Essentials – click here for more recipes or here for a ton of ways to use essential oils and go green the easy way!

Aromatherapy Air Fresheners

ROOM AIR FRESHENING RECIPES
It’s been proven that with the effects of aromatherapy, just the way things smell can altar your mood.

Ingredients
1 cup distilled water
8 -10 drops Essential Oils, of your choice

Antiseptic, Antibacterial and Antiviral
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Deodorizing
6 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
1 drop Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Pet Deodorizing
6 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
3 drops tea Tree Essential Oil

Apple Pie Spice
6 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
3 drops Clove Essential Oil

Orange Spice
5 drops Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

Mood Lifter
4 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
3 drops Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Stress Reliever
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Rose Essential Oil
2 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil (optional)

Sleepy-Hour Relaxation
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil

Uplifting
8 drops Orange Essential Oil

Vitality & Freshness
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
1 drop Grapefruit Essential Oil

Amazing Dryer Sheets

Aromatherapy Candle Magic

or easily buy a candle made with Essential Oils!  Come see all of the beautiful, affordable candles here!

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I need to do this more often…as I consume FAR too much coffee… 🙂

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So many more recipes & tips – click Natural Cleaning With Essential Oils for more free ideas!

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Best Tips and Recipes for Going Green Series

jBr1tv1355309168  It’s simple! Just follow this blog! 🙂 From now until the end of December, daily tips for going green in our life! Going green is cost effective, easy and fun! Why should you be Going Green in your Home? Do you enjoy the smell of Bleach or Synthetic Air Fresheners? Are you cleaning your body on one end (detoxing) by eating right and then bombarding it with toxins on another end by using toxic products in our home? About 98% of store bought products are made with synthetically made chemicals. And we wonder why we are tired of being tired and sick of being sick! Commercial products you are using in your home are not good for our planet and the environment The home products you are using are toxic to your our dogs, cats and…children! Who is Really Winning? The companies who manufacture drugs, cleaning products, paints, insecticides are slowing killing us with toxicity. They care about their bottom line; not our health. I hope you become committed to going green in your home. Do it as a gift to yourself, your children, your animals and your planet! I wish you the best in your life and your home!

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Easy Aromatherapy – Cinnamon Stick Candle

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So doing this!! The heat from the candle makes the cinnamon sticks release their aroma! Easy Aromatherapy 🙂

In happiness,
Vanessa
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Headache & Belly Aches Be Gone! Drink

Headache & Belly Aches Be Gone! Drink
ingredients:
2 tspn mint or thyme in a tea ball
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 an inch of ginger root
2 Tablespoons of honey (use maple syrup in children under 15 months of age)
32 oz of water
In a small pot add water and ginger root. Bring water almost to a boil. Take pot off of heat. Add tea ball and let steep for 5 mins. Add lemon and honey.
For Iced tea: let the finished tea cool completely before adding ice or putting in the fridge.
Variations: Substitute mint or thyme for chamomile at night. Serve hot.

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Herbal Baths

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Do yourself a favor…
Take some time off, just an hour will do!
Go into the bathroom, turn on some music…
Light some candles – herb candles are great!
…and sink into a hot herbal bath.
Rest your head and neck on a towel.
Your body will feel light in the water – go with it.
Let your arms float.
The rising steam will lift the fragrance of the Lavender and Chamomile around you…
Ahhhhh…just what you needed!

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BATHING BLISSShowers seem more practical when there is not enough time in the day to do everything you are supposed to do.
Quite the opposite is true, though.  Because of the hectic, high pressured speed of our fast paced world, a hot herbal bath can be practical.
Its soothing, healing and refreshing qualities offer vital relief!
It’s okay to say no.  It’s okay to take time for yourself.
For every three things you do for someone else, do something for yourself.
Start small.  Baby steps.

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BURNOUTYou can make a bath to perk you up for a fun evening out or in…
My fun evenings tend to be grocery shopping or working inside the house.  So I decided that I was going to do something for myself, to decompress, to feel better and to take some time for me.  Speaking for myself, I don’t take any time for me.  I’m a mom, so their needs come first.  But what happens when mom’s body shuts down and she gets sick from burn out?

Water alone heals and soothes, but add herbs to the bath and the benefits increase!

Preparing Your Bath

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Just toss the herbs into the water and get in? Nope. Imagine stepping out of the tub and having to pick the leaves and flowers off of your body! One of the easiest ways to prepare an herbal bath is to wrap some herbs in some cheesecloth and hang the bundle from the spout while running your water.


Herbal Infusion

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Another method for preparing an herbal bath is to make a strong herbal infusion from your herbs, then add it to the bath water.Pour boiling water over 1/2 c. of dried herbs; let the mixture steep for 15-20 minutes.  Strain the liquid and add it to the bath.


Temperature

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Pay close attention to the temperature of the water.  Warm baths relax muscles, while cool baths stimulate your body.  Higher temps will make you feel sleepy; warmer temps will feel relaxing but also refreshing.Be careful of hot baths.  They can dehydrate your skin, dry your skin and can be exhausting.  It can also lower your blood pressure and cause fainting. Yikes!

Remember, we are taking care of ourselves!


Decoctions

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Add a decoction to your bath!  Simmering herbs in water is one of the most effective methods for drawing the healing elements from the parts of the plant, such as barks, roots, stems and leaves.To make a decoction, use one ounce dried herb to one pint of water.  Add the dried herbs to water that has just been brought to a boil in a medium sized pot.  Keep water just below boiling for about 30 minutes and let the herbs gently simmer.


You can also use a saucepan (ceramic, enamel, or stainless steel) and a nylon or plastic sieve. Place the herb/herbs in a saucepan and then pour cold water over. Next, bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes until the total volume has reached 1/3 of its original size. The decoction should be taken off of the heat and strained. Lastly, add the decoction to your bath!Experiment and see which way works best for you!


Herbal Bath Recipes

Stress, especially internal tension, can increase the risk of heart problems.
An herbal bath can heal the mind and body.
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SOOTHING HERBS
catnip
chamomile flowers
comfrey
Elder (whole plant)
evening primrose flowers
hyssop
jasmine flowers
juniper berries
lemon balm
linden flowers
marsh mallow roots
melilot
mullein
passionflower flowers
rose flowers
slippery elm inner bark
tansy flowers
valerian roots
vervain (whole plant)
violet

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TONIC HERBS
blackberry leaves
comfrey
dandelion
ginseng root
jasmine flowers
nettle
orange
patchouli
raspberry leaves

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HERBS FOR ACHING MUSCLES & JOINTS
agrimony
bay
juniper berries
mugwort
oregano
poplar buds and bark
sage
strawberry leaves

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HERBS FOR  SKIN INFLAMMATIONS
alder
burdock root
dandelion leaves
hyssop
lecampane
lady’s mantle
marigold leaves
mint
plantain

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HERBS FOR FOOT BATHS
agrimony
alder bark
burdock
goat’s true
lavender flowers
mustard seed
sage
witch hazel
(bark & leaves)
wormwood

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STIMULATING HERBS
basil
bay
calendula flowers
citronella
fennel
horseradish roots
lavender flowers
lemon verbena
lovage roots
marjoram
mint
nettle
pine needles
queen of the meadow
rosemary
sage
savory
thyme
vetiver roots

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ASTRINGENT HERBS
agrimony
alum root
bay
bayberry bark
clary
comfrey leaves & root
dock
frankincense resin
lady’s mantle
lemongrass
mullein
myrrh resin
nasturium flowers
periwinkle
potenilla root
queen of the meadow
respberry leaves
rose flowers
rosemary
strawberry
white willow bark
wintergreen
with hazel
(bark and leaves)
yarrow flowers
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