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dentures 2The methods discussed yesterday are definitely usable as methods to clean your dentures. The problem is that the soda and vinegar solutions are not as effective as the bleach method. The bleach solution is the one used the most but the American Dental Association advises against using bleach because it can whiten the pink part of your dentures.

Submerging your dentures in a bowl of water so they are covered and microwaving your dentures on high for 3 minutes has been found to kill germs. Be sure your whole denture is covered in water. It is best to check with your dentist first because the microwave can melt your dentures if they’re not fully submerged and also, you must know if there is any metal in your dentures. If there is you can not use the microwave method. When the dentures are cool, brush them with a cleaning solution and then rinse with mouthwash.

The safest way to disinfect your dentures is to use essential oils. A synergistic blend of 1 drop each of rosemary, tea tree and peppermint plus 3 drops of oregano essential oil in the water you submerge your dentures in will kill those nasty germs. Brush your teeth before placing them in the water and be sure to remove any adhesive you have used. Whichever method you use to disinfect your dentures, brush your tongue and the rest of the inside of your mouth because biofilms can develop there too.


denturesIf your wear dentures, you really need to read this blog. One of my readers asked me if there are any essential oils that can be used to clean her dentures. There are several ways to clean dentures naturally, some safer than others and some more effective than others. There are other ways that can keep your dentures clear of staph and MRSA infections.

There are three ways you can cleanse your dentures with products you probably have in your kitchen. You can use a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar, or 1 teaspoon baking soda stirred into 8 ounces of water. The third solution is to use 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Adding a teaspoon of calcium-chelating agent water softener to the bleach solution will help remove tartar buildup. For all three methods, soak your dentures for at least 20 to 30 minutes and be sure to rinse thoroughly before wearing. Tomorrow we’ll talk about keeping your dentures clear of infections that can develop into pneumonia.


Keep Skin Hydrated

Author: Natural-Beauty
November 15, 2016

Is your skin flaky even though it’s not even winter yet? Moisture is the key to healthy, comfortable skin. Start by upping the amount of water you drink on a daily basis. Your body needs water to function, including repairing damaged skin cells.

Next, try using a gentle body exfoliant a few times a week to clear away dead, dry skin cells. Use less hot water when you shower, as hot water can deplete natural oils that your body produces. Finally, follow up with skin moisturizers. You may need to use different moisturizers for your body and facial skin, as facial skin tends to be more sensitive.


KdgIt’s school time again and kids will catch every germ out there, especially Kindergartners because they haven’t built up an immunity yet. This is a great time to make an essential oil hand cleanser that is safe for children. This recipe does not use alcohol like commercial hand cleanser. Your kids can use it without having to wait on the teacher to pass it out. Make some for your child and his friends – you’ll keep everyone safe from germs.

Natural Hand Cleanser for Children

  • 2 oz  aloe vera gel
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil

To make it, combine all the ingredients together in a 2 ounce plastic bottle. Screw on the lid and shake it gently.

To use it, just spray some essential oil hand cleanser into your palm, and rub your hands together. It feels really good when your skin is dry. I like to use my aloe-based hand cleansers as moisturizers too. (I love that so many Aromatherapy products we can make have multiple uses!)

Thanks to Andrea Butje – Aromahead


You can have healthy teeth and gums without using commercial toothpaste that may contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. Many primitive societies had pearly white teeth and healthy gums without using toothpaste. They used certain sticks and rock salt to make a very effective dental cleanser. Essential oils can provide a natural alternative to commercial toothpastes, of course, it also helps if you steer clear of sweets!

You can make an effective tooth powder with the following ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons green or white clay
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Mix the above ingredients well in a blender and store in a box. Dip your toothbrush into the powder and wet it with a tiny amount of water, then brush as usual.

Myrrh essential oil can be used to treat mouth problems and also to keep your gums healthy. Make a myrrh mouthwash  by adding 2 drops of myrrh essential to 1 tablespoon of vodka and mix well. Add only 2 drops of this to each glass of water you use to rinse the mouth.

Here is another tooth powder formula that also helps keep your teeth white:

  • 1 tablespoon ground, dried orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground, dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

If you have gum problems, you can add 15 drops of tincture of myrrh (purchase at your drug store) into which you have added 1 drop of myrrh essential oil to your tooth powder recipe. Mix this well in a blender and store in a box. Use it the same way as the tooth powder recipe above and here’s to a naturally bright smile!


Essential Oils for Housework 2

Author: Dr. Larita
August 18, 2016

cleaning windowsMake your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then sit it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the lemon or the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Finally, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen  furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.


Essential Oils for Housework 1

Author: Dr. Larita
August 17, 2016

cleaning

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of peppermint, or grapefruit essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a zip lock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it; or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper, put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room. I’ll continue with more essential oil cleaning tips tomorrow.

 


Making Foam Soap

Author: Dr. Larita
August 4, 2016

hand soap foamingYou can make foam soap for your bathroom, kitchen, or travel bag. Foam soap feels so light, airy, and silky on my hands. I just had to create a recipe for it with essential oils (to make it feel even more luxurious)!

My favorite way to make foam soap calls for castile soap, which is already in a liquid form. I don’t blend my castile soap with water to thin it out (but some people do, as it saves on the cost of the final product). Instead, I like to blend in a little aloe vera gel, for an extra skin-softening effect.

You can get foam soap pump bottles from Aromatics International. They have two sizes—one is just right for your bathroom or kitchen sink, and one is small enough to travel with. This recipe is for the smaller size, which holds 50 ml (1.67 oz).

I’ll be honest . . . I don’t actually measure my ingredients when I make foam soap! I just fill my bottle most of the way with castile soap. I add a little aloe vera gel, then I add about 30 drops total of essential oils. I always make sure to leave some space in the bottle, because once I screw the lid on, it will cause the liquid to rise a little. In other words, don’t fill it to the top.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead


Clean with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
May 25, 2016

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of peppermint, or grapefruit essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a zip lock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it; or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper, put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room.

Make your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then sit it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Lastly, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen  furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.


Aromatherapy Cleaning Spray

Author: Dr. Larita
April 20, 2016

A Recipe for You: “Grime Go Away” Surface Spray 

 by Andrea Butje

Tea Tree and Lemon are some of the most trustworthy natural cleaners in the essential oil world. This recipe combines them in a base of Tea Tree hydrosol (which is a powerful cleaner all by itself) and a splash of vinegar.

  • 14 oz (420 ml) Tea Tree hydrosol (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 2 oz (60 ml) vinegar

  • 40 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Make this blend in a 16 oz (480 ml) spray bottle. (I generally like using glass, but for cleaning products I usually suggest PET plastic—it’s known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.) Spray “Grime Go Away” liberally on your surfaces. In areas that are especially grimy, you might want to let it sit for a minute before scrubbing it away with a sponge or rag.


I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks.


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