Sunday, June 3, 2018

Allergy Relief

To 1 ounce of vodka, add 20 drops of combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils

Add to inhaler, place a couple of drops on pillow or inhale from the bottle. 

Herbal Vinegar

Fill jar with herbs (1/2 full with herbs that have been washed and dried)
Pour vinegar over herbs
Stir, push down so herbs are covered
Cover with lid that is plastic or plastic-lined
Store out of direct sunlight for six weeks, shaking daily
Strain

Spearmint Vodka for Indigestion

Cover spearmint with vodka
2 cups fresh, washed, dried mint
2-3 cups vodka
Leave in glass jar, out of direct sunlight for 3-5 days, shaking gently at least daily
Use 80 proof vodka, for more versatile results
Strain mint from vodka, using cheesecloth or coffee filter
Pour into glass bottle or jar, cap or seal
Store out of direct sunlight

Use for flavoring drinks, or a little for indigestion.
Great after dinner drink, especially if you've served spicy or rich foods

Fruit Fly Remedy

Toss any damaged produce, empty trash bin and clean your garbage disposal.

  • Make a trap by filling a glass with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.  
  • Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in it with a toothpick.  
  • Place the trap near the area with the most fly activity.
  • Adult flies will be attracted to the vinegar smell and crawl in through the holes. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Body Scrub

Ingredients
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup  Coconut Sugar or Honey
1/2 cup coffee, ground (I made mine with used coffee grounds that I dried out)
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 drops cinnamon essential oil

1.  In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil. Be careful not to melt the oil – heat just enough to blend easily with the sugar (or honey) and coffee grounds. Once warm, remove from heat and transfer the oil to a bowl.
2. Add the coconut sugar, coffee grounds, vanilla, and cinnamon essential oil. Stir by hand until all of the ingredients are well blended.
Yields 8oz. Transfer to a container, like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping.
To Use: Activate the scrub by scooping a small amount into the palm of your hand, add a bit of water and then gently exfoliate your skin. Use with caution as the coconut oil might make the tub slippery.

Fly Repellent

Gather supplies. This outdoor fly repellent can be placed in the center of your patio table to repel flies throughout the day and evening. It's a simple mix of essential oils and a carrier oil that will help diffuse the scent into the air, naturally keeping flies away. Here's what you'll need:
  • A small tin with a lid. A small coffee can, mint tin or cough drop tin would work.
  • A clean piece of cloth or a dish sponge.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel (or vodka, if you don't have witch hazel).
  • 100 drops essential oils.

Make an essential oil blend. Several essential oils have properties that keep flies away. They also work well on mosquitoes and other pests. Essential oils can be found at health food stores or ordered in bulk online. You can use 100 drops of the same oil, or a blend of any of the following:
  • Lavender oil - lavender is considered to be particularly effective against flies. It has many other household uses as well. 
  • Citronella oil - this ingredient is commonly used in candles meant to keep flies and other bugs away.
  • Eucalyptus oil - another great essential oil you can use around the house for all types of purposes.
  • Peppermint oil - this is likely more effective against mosquitoes. but also considered to work against horse flies.

Mix the essential oils with the vegetable oil and witch hazel (or vodka). Pour all of the ingredients together into a bowl, and stir until combined. Diluting the essential oils will keep them from immediately evaporating and help them diffuse into the air.
  • All essential oils should be diluted before use; especially if you want to apply them directly to your skin.
  • Use an extra 1/2 teaspoon of vodka in the mixture will help preserve it for a second use.
 
Saturate the cloth or sponge with the mixture. Place the cloth in the tin and pour the mixture inside so that it completely saturates the cloth or sponge. Place the cloth in the tin and shut the lid. Allow to sit for 24 hours. 
 
 Open the lid to use the repellent. Whenever you need to use the tin, remove the lid and place on the entertaining table. Make as many as you wish to put around the entertaining area to deter flies. 
  
Replenish the oil every few uses. Once open to the air, the strength weakens and needs to be topped up. Sprinkle more essential oils inside, or make another blend. 
 
 http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Natural-Outdoor-Fly-Repellent-with-Essential-Oils
 
 
 
 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sleep Pillow

1 part Mugwort
1 part Lavender

Mix together and put in small sachet bag.  Tuck into pillowcase at night.