It’s that time of year, the seasons are trying to change over and I am ready for it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the uniqueness of each season. It’s just time for a change…and I’m especially ready this year. With the sunshine trying to peek through the windows; it reveals I really need to get some extra deep cleaning going on around here!
For years now, I’ve been making up my own cleaners with simple, natural ingredients. I found that using things such as Baking Soda, Vinegar, Herbs and Essential Oils; the things that God has given, that my home and my family are blessed in many ways!
Essential oils add powerful properties to our homemade creations and are so versatile; whether it’s homemade toilet powder or sugar scrub, window cleaner or lotion bars. Essential oils offer up not only beautiful, truly natural fragrances; but antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, too. However, did you know of essential oils role in healing and rebuilding our bodies?
Essential oils are the heart & soul of herbs, plants and trees; God’s gifts to us for His way of healing and caring for these bodies He created. Dating back to biblical times, oils were used for anointing and healing the sick. Scientific clinical research studies of today even confirm and reveal that many oils contain very high levels of stimulating immune system properties and a host of healthy benefits for us. Essential oils are small in molecular structure, therefore have the ability of permeating the skin and entering the bloodstream, and from there entering our cell structure. Using them in our homes and making them a part of our everyday lives is a great blessing to us. Breathing them in, using them in our laundry that therefore touches our skin, in our linen sprays, cleaners, aroma therapies, in our homemade lotions and salves . . . is only wise; they get rid of the bad and give us the good.
God has many herbs and oils specifically mentioned in His Word, one that we are all familiar with is Frankincense. Frankincense is an amazing germ killer and disinfectant, but it also rebuilds and renews our cells. Frankincense also supports our immune system, increases our leukocyte activity to defend the body against infections, is an anti-tumoral, anti-inflammatory . . . and SO much more.
I’ve yet to buy any man-made cleaners from the store shelf that could do that; in fact, they tend to do the exact opposite.
Here are a few basic recipes for making up some of your own natural cleaners; simple to make and implement in your home. It is a great lesson to teach our children to make things ourselves and rely on the things that God made naturally for us to use in our everyday lives, for even the simplest of tasks.
All Purpose Spray Cleaner
Using a clean sprayer bottle, fill 1/2 with Vinegar, the rest with water; leaving a good 1-2 inch head-space (depending on the size of your bottle). Add in 30-40 drops of Lemon, Grapefruit or Frankincense essential oil (or whatever your favorite is, as long as they are pure essential oils). Shake it up and you can clean and disinfect just about any counter top (or anything) with this.
I use a half pint canning jar, fill about half – 3/4 full with Olive Oil and add 10 drops of Orange essential oil. Secure the lid, shake up and I dab a tiny amount on a flannel cloth and rub into wood. Shines wood up beautifully and smells so clean and fresh.
I use a clean spray bottle (that will spray as a mist vs a stream) and fill with water, leaving head-space of about an inch. I will then take one of my favorite essential oils, such as Frankincense, Spearmint or Douglas Fir, and add about 40 drops (I use a 8 oz. bottle for this mixture). I spray it wherever I want wonderful fragrance. The Spearmint or Douglas Fir are great ‘all around’ the house sprays, especially for bathrooms. For bedding, I make up a Linen Spray with Frankincense as the base. (I use this for the obvious, bedding, but also to spray down the couch, clothing when I’m ironing, to freshen up closets–I’ll even take it into the foyer where all the barn coats and snow gear hang and spray like crazy.) It is soooo nice to crawl into sheets that smell so inviting! Frankincense offers so many health benefits; it is great to sleep, breathing in the healthy properties of this essential oil!
Those cans of convenient ‘air freshener’ at the store? They are generally HIGHLY toxic, I don’t want to fill the air of my home with that. We gotta BREATHE that air. Not to mention I enjoy mixing up my own custom oil mixtures and they are super inexpensive.
As always, take care if you are pregnant, nursing or have allergies and talk to your doctor first before using any essential oil or herbal preparation.
If you are looking for even more handcrafted cleaning recipes and such for your homestead, check out my book “Simply Homemade Clean” – available in eBook or paperback HERE.
The list of uses for essential oils is endless. I use numerous essential oils in my home, our cleaners, homemade remedies, my handcrafted creations, for healing & medicinal uses, and in our prayer life; they are truly amazing…just like He who created them!