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!

Essential OilsAnd Oral Health

Essential Oils and Oral Health

Welcome to Friday Essentials! … Saturday Night Edition :D

Okay so I knew I needed a pretty graphic for such a random seeming post, because I know Oral Health is not exactly riveting and throw in the Essential Oils and it might seem really out there but I think this is an important topic and hey I get to run this little corner of the internet so here we go!

So I mentioned a few months ago that the dentist finally convinced me about the importance of flossing and taking better care of my teeth (they weren’t rotting out of my mouth or anything, I just wasn’t flossing very often, or really at all), and I was super excited to learn how helpful essential oils can be to help with this. (yes, I meant excited!!!)…

Here are a few things that your oral health can impact:

– Gum disease/inflammation
– Self-esteem (I feel wayyyy better after I clean my teeth!)
– Appearance
– People with pre-existing diabetes are more susceptible to complications.
– Respiratory Health
– Bad Breath
– Infections in the mouth & body
– Tooth loss (not the kind where another one is on it’s way heehee)
– Digestive health
– They are still exploring links between oral health & cardiovascular health

My Top Essential Oils for Oral Health (I would probably add Spearmint too but I don’t have it yet & want to share my own experiences):

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health

*these oils have a ton of other uses, but these are how they apply to oral care*

***As always I am talking about essential oils that are organic and truly pure & if an EO advises on the bottle to not to use internally they shouldn’t be used as I am suggesting below***

Clove: This oil is an antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, nervine, regenerative, immune stimulant. So everyone needs some clove in their lives, it has been used historically for toothaches & bad breath. It is a hot oil and so should always be used diluted on the skin so it does not cause irritation but is okay to use undiluted on a sore tooth in an adults mouth, I would always dilute for children.

Peppermint: Some relevant properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral. I would venture to say most people are familiar with peppermint in their toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, and floss because it is wonderful for freshening your breath & tastes so good! It is good for so much more than that though, kills germs and a whole lot more!

Melaleuca a.k.a. Tea Tree: Antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic. Helps with cavities and gum disease! To be honest I haven’t tried this one yet, I just came across this as I was firming up my research for this post but I like the taste & can’t wait to add it to our next mouth wash!

Here are some easy, all natural & inexpensive ways to re-vamp your Oral health regimen:

Mouthwash: I used a recycled glass kombucha bottle, filled it with previously boiled & then cooled water (leftover from the kettle) & added 8 drops of peppermint EO and 2 drops of clove. Oil & water don’t mix (duh) so you have to shake well before you take a swig & then swish and you have the choice to swallow or spit it out. It is also awesome to gargle with if you are feeling a sore throat coming on.

Using Essential Oils for your Oral Health - Mouth Wash

Breath Freshening Spray: A one or two oz little glass spray bottle is perfect for this, just add water and 2-4 drops of your EOs of choice, and just shake it up and spray when your breath needs a boost! Perfect when you are on the go, you can play around with what taste you prefer!

Teeth Whitening: Activated Charcoal!!! This works so well, I have done it twice now and there is a visible difference in how white my teeth are each time! This is recommended to do weekly, not more often. You can buy capsules at the health food store, they are pretty cheap so you are literally whitening your teeth for a teeny tiny fraction of the price of conventional whitening strips & without all the crazy chemicals, so a total win win! You can choose to bring essential oils into this if you want, it’s actually okay without but way better with.

Activated Charcoal - Essential Oils for Oral Health

Here’s what you do: wet your toothbrush, break open an activated charcoal capsule and dump it on your toothbrush (I find with the ones we buy are good for both me and my husband so we split one) add a drop of clove, peppermint, protective blend, or spearmint. Brush for 2-3 minutes, it is messy, your mouth will be black but once you rinse a few times you will have whiter teeth!

It’s this cute:

Activated Charcoal Brushing

Brushing with Clove: If you just want to give your mouth a little overhaul, add a drop of clove with your toothpaste, it is a bit of a shock but my mouth feels oh so clean after!

Natural Toothpaste: I have a lovely friend that sometimes brushes with just baking soda, but I just can’t hack it – it makes me gag… So do your own research about fluoride, I never had a problem with it before, but I have come to question if it is really necessary… SO we are using an all natural toothpaste that contains EOs and I am obsessed, I will never go back, if you want a suggestion shoot me a message! I also love that it is safe for little Huddy to use as well!

Clean your toothbrushes: I think everyone has heard the gross studies about what can lurk on our toothbrushes, so what I have begun to do is throw our toothbrushes in a glass with two drops of clove while I am cleaning the bathroom to give them a good cleaning as well! Doesn’t get any easier than that!

That wraps up my super awesome ideas on re-vamping your oral care & I promise it is all really easy and way cheaper than other oral health products out there! So now you know!

xo Tani