Monthly ArchiveJune 2020

Why every home should have our cleaner concentrate

CLEANER CONCENTRATE

Whether you are looking for a safe, natural way to clean your home, or you’ve already experienced the benefits of the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend, you will love how the doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate helps keep your home clean while leaving behind a fresh, invigorating aroma. Just like the doTERRA On Guard Protective blend, doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate provides protection against certain environmental factors. In addition, you’ll have peace of mind as you use this non-toxic, biodegradable formula to cleanse surfaces around your home. 

Every doTERRA On Guard product incorporates the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend, which uses essential oils like Clove, Cinnamon, Wild Orange, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus to create a potent, energizing scent. 

USES AND BENEFITS

  1. It provides a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home. These days, many surface cleansers on store shelves are full of harmful chemicals and toxins. The non-toxic formula is designed to provide a natural option for cleaning surfaces around the home. If you worry about keeping your family safe from toxins, or if you have children or pets in the home, using a surface cleaner like this one allows you to clean your home with peace of mind.
     
  2. It uses pure essential oils known for their purifying properties, as well as their pleasant aroma. The combination of essential oils provides a natural way to clean your home while eliminating odours and leaving behind a potent, clean scent. 
     
  3. It’s a multipurpose cleanser by simply adding the cleanser to water. Mix two tablespoons per approx 500mL of water. Combine the water and concentrate to a spray bottle for easy application on surfaces around the home. 
     
  4. In addition to pure essential oils, the Cleaner Concentrate formula also includes plant-based surfactants to further improve the cleansing abilities of this product. Not only do these plant-based ingredients make for more powerful cleaning, they are also safe for the environment as well. The formula also doesn’t include any preservatives, in order keep your family safe, while remaining an effective household cleaner.
     
  5. Along with cleaning surfaces like benchtops and kitchen surfaces, the Cleaner Concentrate is great for keeping bathrooms clean and sparkly. The next time you want to deep clean your bathroom, mix three tablespoons of  Cleaner Concentrate per 500mL of water and use on surfaces like tile, countertops, bathtubs, and showers. 
     
  6. If you’ve used the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend, or other On Guard products before, you know how useful they can be for benefiting your family. Not only does the Cleaner Concentrate help your home look and smell clean, but, because it is infused with essential oils you’ll have the added benefit of protection against certain environmental factors. 
     
  7. The Cleaner Concentrate is also effective for cleaning dishes and cookware. If you want to use Cleaner Concentrate to clean your dishes, simply mix three tablespoons of concentrate per sink of hot water. Place this mixture in a kitchen cupboard so you have it nearby when you want a safe, effective way to clean your dishes. 
     
  8. For particularly tough or sticky jobs, you can apply the Cleaner Concentrate directly to the affected area and let it soak. Keep in mind that you should avoid direct application of Cleaner Concentrate on hardwood floors or natural stone. 

CAUTIONS

Use doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate only as directed as a household cleaner. Keep out of the reach of children

Essential oils and Chakra Balancing

Using Essential Oils To Balance Your Chakras

“Chakra”, which is the Sanskrit word for “wheel”, refers to seven site specific concentrations of energy emanating from the body. Each of these Chakra centres govern its own expression of associated bodily, emotional and spiritual energy, yet each are linked and in tune with all the others.

When one or more of the chakras is over- or under-expressing its associated energy, itmanifests as an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. When all of the chakras are balanced in their expression, then the physical, mental and spiritual well being is manifested.

Essential Oils Promotes Chakra Balancing

Within the practice of aromatherapy, the influence that aromatic plant essential oils have on the body, mind and spirit, can be adapted to promote greater balanced chakra functioning. By applying essential oils one can either activate and energize sluggish chakra functions or calm and quieten over-active ones. Balancing oils are good candidates for maintaining support of well-regulated chakras.

A combination of both activating and calming oils will tend to have an overall balancing and supportive benefit to the chakras. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Root Chakra – (Nutmeg / Cloves / Patchouli / Vetiver / Bergamot) A foot massage is a great way to balance the root chakra which regulates your sense of groundedness and stability. Nutmeg will activate a sluggish root chakra, while patchouli and vetiver calm an over active one. Choose a balancing essential oil such as bergamot to help maintain a smoothly functioning root chakra.

Sacral Chakra – (Cardomom / Orange / Ylang Ylang / Neroli / Bergamot / Sweet Orange / Sandalwood) The sacral chakra, which influences your sensuality, benefits from a lower back massage. Spicy cardamon essential oil awakens a dormant sacral chakra, while ylang ylang and neroli calm . Look to sweet orange and sandalwood to maintain a well functioning sacral chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra – (Chamomile / Eucalyptus / Juniper Berry / Vetiver / Helichrysum / Citrus Bliss / Grapedruit / Lemon) A gentle tummy massage influences the functioning of the solar plexus chakra which influences your gut instincts. Apply eucalyptus and juniper berry to activate the solar plexus, and vetiver or helichrysum to calm an over active one. Good balancing oils to apply to an already well expressed solar plexus chakra are citrus bliss, grapefruit and lemon.

Heart Chakra – (Palmarossa / Lavender / Sweet Marjoram / Geranium / Rose)

The emotional centre that is the heart chakra readily benefits from a supportive perfumed annointing oil, applied to the breast bone or massaged into the middle back area. Palmarossa essential oil will open the heart chakra, while lavender and sweet marjoram will quieten it down. Try regular applications of geranium or rose essential oil to maintain a well functioning heart chakra.

Throat Chakra – (Lemon / Lavender / Roman Chamomile / Vanilla / Coriander Seed / Ginger) A body spray applied to chest and neck areas is an efficient way to influence the functioning of the throat chakra which influences your expressiveness and communication. Turn to lemon essential oil to open a sluggish throat chakra, and vanilla or Roman chamomile to calm. Coriander seed and ginger are balancing oils to maintain the even expression of the throat chakra.

Third Eye Chakra – (Rosemary / Clary Sage / German Chamomile / Frankincense / Sandalwood) The visionary, awareness supporting third eye chakra can be influenced with an anointing oil applied to the forehead or through simple diffusion and inhalation. Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils will open a sleeping third eye chakra, while German chamomile will stabilize and focus this visionary chakra. Frankincense or sandalwood are good choices to maintain a clear and balanced third eye chakra.

Crown Chakra – (Lavender / Neroli / Vanilla / Frankincense) A room diffusion applied to the airspace around you is the best way to balance the transcendent crown chakra which occupies the space above the crown of your head. Spicy sweet lavandin clarifies a low functioning crown chakra, while neroli or vanilla calm. Look to frankincense to maintain a well functioning crown chakra.

How to Use Essential Oils for Gardening

Apart from repelling pests, essential oils also help in attracting beneficial pollinators! Here are the Best Essential Oils for Gardening and How to Use Them!

Essential oils have several medicinal properties. Besides many uses in the health and beauty sector, essential oils are used in gardens to prevent harmful pests and diseases. Learn more about the best essential oils for gardening and how to use them!


Using Essential Oils in the Garden

1. Rosemary Essential Oil

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Rosemary essential oil has a woody scent and is a great option for pest control in the garden. You can use it to deter pests like aphids, cabbage butterfly, flea beetles, ants, and more. It can be used as an essential oil tea for cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Spray a few drops, in the pot, to keep the bugs away from chewing up the foliage.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil has a strong, sweet fragrance that helps in repelling many garden pests like flies, aphids, spiders, cutworms, slugs, and beetles. Also, this essential oil is ideal for preventing mice, squirrels, and moles. Soak a cotton ball with few drops of peppermint oil and place it on the infected areas, or near the mole tunnels.

3. Melaleuca Essential Oil

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This oil is perfect if your garden plants are suffering from the fungus. Prepare a spray with 1 part melaleuca essential oil and four parts water and mist the plants and soil. This oil can make the plant more sun-sensitive. Hence use it on stems instead of leaves, as its coating can burn the leaves.

4. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is an excellent pest repellant and a wonderful attractant for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Take a few drops of this essential oil in a cotton ball and place it near the pots. You can also make a spray with water and mist the affected area with the solution.

5. Wild Orange Essential Oil

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Orange essential oil is another excellent option to attract pollinators in your garden. You can mix it with lavender or rosemary essential oil to prepare a solution. Fill it in a spray bottle or soak some drops on a cotton ball, and place or spray it on pots to attract the pollinators.

6. Cinnamon Essential Oil

This strong-smelling cinnamon essential oil works best for getting rid of weeds and pests like ants, snails, gnats. It also helps in preventing fungus. You can make a solution with 10-15 drops of cinnamon oil and water. Use this spray on weeds or other infected areas.

Note: Do not overspray as it can burn the plant.

7. Basil Essential Oil

You can use basil essential oil to keeps the insects away from plants like beans, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and potatoes.

8. Clove Essential Oil

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Clove essential oil is an all-purpose garden use oil that works on killing weeds, prevents mildew/fungus/mould, and repels insects on plants and soil. Use it as a spray, or on a cotton ball, soaked with the solution, on your plants and soil.

9. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil has a strong smell. It can be used in the garden to treat fungal infections. Also, you can use it to prevent flying pests like greenfly, carrot fly, mosquitoes, and other flies.


Sprays

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Take 4-6 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Fill it 3/4th with water, and your mixture is ready! Remember to shake the bottle before every use. For best results, spray the plants early morning or evening, as the cool atmosphere helps in quick absorption.

Recipe:

Insect Deterrent Spray

Use a large spray bottle and add 1-2 drops peppermint, rosemary, and thyme essential oil. Fill it half with water. Mix well and use it early morning or evening.

Fungus Spray (Powdery mildew, blight, etc.)

Take 3 litres (1 gallon) spray bottle and add one drop oregano oil, five drops tea tree essential oil, one squirt Castile liquid soap, three tablespoons baking soda, and fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution on plants once a week, in the morning or evening.

Essential Oil Weed Killing Spray 

Take a spray bottle and fill it with distilled white vinegar (below the fill line), one squirt of Castile soap, 15 drops of clove essential oil, and ten drops of cinnamon essential oil. Shake well and spray this solution on weeds.

Note: Use it only on weeds and not on plants as it can kill them.

Cotton Balls

You can use cotton balls to prevent pests at the ground level. Soak cotton balls in any of the essential oils from the list and put near burrows or rodent nests. They can be used in the garden to attract pollinators as well.

Strings or Strips

If you don’t want to use spray, then strings or strips are a good option. Soak cotton strips in essential oils and hang from a tree branch and near plants. The smell of these oils can confuse insects and repel pests.

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