My Essentials: 3 of my favourite quick & easy DIYs

I want to share some of my absolute favourite recipes that are fast, easy and work really well & tell you a bit about which Essential Oils I use in them! If you missed it – I share a bit about how/why I got started with essential oils here.

Hand Soap

Combine Equal parts of water and unscented castile soap (Dr. Bronners is what I usually use), add approx. 1tsp of vitamin E oil (or Fractionated Coconut Oil, or avocado oil or another moisturizing oil of choice) to add some extra skin moisturization. Then add 15-25 drops of essential oils of your choice. Some suggestions: Protective Blend, Cleansing Blend, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lime, Lemon, Arborvitae, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Grapefruit. Two of my favourite combos so far are Peppermint & Rosemary – it is oh so fresh, and Lemongrass, Wild Orange & Basil – super invigorating! Super clean hands & a lovely aroma that actually comes right from the plant rather than toxic chemicals and synthetics – and don’t get me started on the dyes used to colour it… I put mine in a high quality plastic (number 1 or 2 is safe to use essential oils in, otherwise the oils will breakdown and leach toxins from the plastic – not leaving you much better off toxin wise) foaming soap pump and it goes a long way!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap - non toxic & with Essential Oils


Mouth Wash

I shared all about how we overhauled our oral health care routine and gave the boot to all the weird chemicals that can be found in conventional products in this post, but since this is truly the quickest and easiest of all DIYs I thought I would share once again. Find a glass bottle or jar – I recycled a kombucha bottle.

Fill jar/bottle with distilled or boiled then cooled water, or even just tap water – the oils will purify it anyways. Add approximately 8 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 2 drops of Clove Bud essential Oil, you can use more or less drops depending on preference and size of container. Shake before use & you are all set for an all natural, economic, super effective mouth wash!

(not all essential oils are equal – ensure that yours are pure and of the highest quality before ingesting!)

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health - Mouth Wash

Dry Shampoo

Forget diamonds – dry shampoo is truly a girls best friend! Aerosol products generally are filled with not so lovely chemicals that can disrupt proper hormone levels, irritate our lungs and eyes, as well as do awesome thing that make our hair look way fresher than it is, right? So if you can take away the negative effects and still freshen your hair – why not?

Light Hair: 1/4C Arrowroot Powder

Dark Hair: Combine 2 Tbsp each of Arrowroot Powder & Cocoa Powder

Add two drops each of Lavender, Peppermint & Rosemary or a combo of your preference for a total of 6 drops. My preference is 3 each of Peppermint and Rosemary! These three oils are great for your scalp, can help promote hair growth and smell ah-mazing! Also, the dark hair one does have a slight chocolatey smell to it which is rather appealing to a chocolate lover like myself!

To apply – if you are like me and you don’t have make up brushes for days – just sprinkle some on and massage it into the desired areas with your fingers. If you prefer a brush – a dense and largish brush will work best for you!

Non toxic Dry Shampoo with Essential Oils

 

I hope you enjoy these recipes & have caught a glimpse at how truly easy it can be to ‘clean up’ the products you use in your home with the added benefits of essential oils & feel free to contact me with any questions: eoswithtani@gmail.com & feel free to check out my EO Instagram (separate from my blog account) for daily tips, diffuser recipe suggestions & even cooking with essential oils! The link is right here :)

Please comment below if you try any of these recipes & share some of your favourite ways to use Essential Oils!

Friday Essentials- Lovely Lemon Essential Oil

Friday Essentials: Lovely Lemon

I wasn’t planning on featuring specific single oils for this series but Lemon came to the rescue a few times this week so I thought why not! I’m going to share a few ways to use it on it’s own and then also a couple ways it is extra awesome in combination with other oils.

A little about Lemon Essential Oil in general:

  • It is cold pressed from the lemon rind to preserve it’s potency and delicate nature.
  • It has powerful cleansing and and detoxifying properties but is gentle enough to use on little ones (if it is pure essential oil with no additives)
  • It has a fresh scent (okay I hope everyone here is familiar with what a lemon smells like), that is emotionally up lifting, bonus!
  • Some of the other amazing properties of lemon essential oil: antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral… and that is why you can make.

Here are my favourite ways to use lemon essential oil and how it saved my favourite end table this week:

So we recently began colouring with Hudson using crayons, but when I put the crayons away he took notice of a drawer that he’s technically been able to reach for a while but that had flown under his radar, and it is full of things like pens, felts, permanent markers, passports, you know just everything you don’t want your toddler to get in to. I’m sure you know exactly where this is going, he got his little hands on an extra thick black permanent marker and started colouring on the table, I knew that lemon EO could be used for things like this so I thought I’d give it a try and it worked really well! Quite a bit of elbow grease and some lemon EO and off it came!

Black Marker on Table - Friday Essentials with Imaginary Sails

Black Marker on Table cleaning with lemon essential oil - Friday Essentials with Imaginary Sails

Another thing you can do is make an all purpose cleaner with it, you can go to town with this as there a lots of EOs with powerful cleansing properties but it’s nice to keep it simple sometimes, mix equal parts water and white vinegar, you can add some baking soda as well if you’d like and add as many drops of EO as ounces of liquid, give or take depending on if you prefer a stronger smell. I love that a cleaner like this works really well but also, I don’t have to worry about it making Hudson sick if he gets his little paws on it! I have some pretty glass spray bottles on their way so when they get here I will do a full post on the different cleansers to make, for now I have just been mixing in a recycled glass jar, as the oils can breakdown and pull out the toxins in plastic bottles so they aren’t the best option.

Here’s another favourite, I love a drop or two in my water, it gently detoxifies your body ANNNND helps to balance the pH of your body without being hard on the enamel of your teeth like fresh lemon can be.

I also have started putting a small amount over the bridge of Hudson’s nose and the snot storm ceases! This means less snail trails across the shoulder of all of my clothes, a definite victory!!!

Combined with Lavender and Peppermint it is my new life saver for normalizing histamine levels, I put a few drops of each in 2tsp of carrier oil and apply around my eyes, it is amazing! You can also diffuse this trio daily to keep those itchy eyes at bay!

If you saw my Instagram today I am making dryer balls which are awesome to add a few drops of essential oils to to help freshen, deodorize and scent your laundry, in an all natural non toxic way. I love this idea because then you aren’t stuck with all of the crazy chemicals that come with dryer sheets, and you can switch up the scents as you wish! (read a little more about toxic load here). I will let you know how the dryer balls turn out once I felt them!

Lemon is also awesome for it’s immune function boosting ways! I have it in both Hudson’s and mine and my Hubby’s daily immune boosting rollers along with Frankincense, Protective Blend, and Tea Tree. You can also add Oregano if you need a power house boost. Let me know if you want to know about dilution ratios and where to apply these great little mixtures!

I love to diffuse it with any other citrus or minty things like peppermint, spearmint & eucalyptus, it’s just so good & you get the bonus of the air getting cleansed as well!

Friday Essentials: Lemon Essential Oil

As always, I encourage you to empower yourself and be sure that you are using Essential Oils that are truly just Essential Oils and aren’t full of scary and undisclosed additives!

Come check out my Essential Oil Instagram if you are curious about other ways to use essential oils! Contact me any time if I can help you out with anything oil related!

Mama Gems Teething Necklace Review

I’m going to be really honest – I didn’t really get the whole teething necklace thing at first,  maybe because I don’t really do jewellery in general or maybe because there are a million things your baby will chew on but it usually isn’t what you want them to chew on, and maybe because I just hadn’t gravitated to any that I had seen. The teething necklace I got from Mama Gems totally changed my mind.

When I saw my friend with a super cute, but subtle teething necklace I thought it might be a good distraction/toy/teether to try because my hair cringes when H leans in for a hug/to grab the little tiny curls at the back of my neck. He has also taken to jamming his hand down my shirt at random and was getting into the habit of pinching and grabbing while nursing – no thanks! I hoped a necklace would be a good little something to keep his hands busy! I told her I had been thinking about looking for one but didn’t know where to start because there seems to be a lot of options out there, and let’s just say I am not terribly decisive. She told me it was from a company called Mama Gems, Mom owned and operated and local – in Vancouver which to me is a huge bonus!

Mama Gems Teething Necklace Review - H Imaginary Sails (more…)