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Before washers and driers, our ancestors laid their clothes on lavender or rosemary plants to dry so that the scent would permeate the garments. Today we can use essential oils in the washer, dryer, drawers, and closets to keep our clothes smelling nice and to receive even more benefits.

Add 3-5 drops of lemongrass or lavender to your rinse cycle water for wonderfully fresh smelling clothes. For a more alluring fragrance, add ylang-ylang essential oil to the final rinse. During the cold and flu season rinse your bed linens with eucalyptus, rosemary, or pine essential oil to relieve coughs throughout the night. Use a rinse of peppermint essential oil when your children have whooping cough. If insomnia is a problem, rinse linen and nightwear with marjoram, chamomile, or sweet orange blossom essential oil to aid sleep.

Add 2 drops of essential oil to a 4 inch square piece of material and put it in the dryer with your clothes. To infuse your garments with a fresh scent use lavender, rosemary, or bergamot; for a floral scent use geranium, or palma rosa; for a romantic or exotic scent use ylang-ylang, jasmine, or rose essential oil.

Other uses for essential oils with clothing include:

  • Making a natural moth repellent by placing cotton balls with lavender, lemongrass, camphor, or rosemary essential oil on them between clothes in drawers.
  • Making fragrant drawer liners with no chemicals by cutting blotting paper to drawer size and dotting it with essential oils. Brush the paper with orris root powder which acts as a fixative and then shake the powder off and place the liner in your drawer.
  • Making a synergistic blend of 3 drops lavender, 2 drops sage and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to add to sneakers and repel odor. Add this blend to a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture into sneakers and leave overnight for fresh smelling shoes the next morning. Don’t forget to tap the soda out in the morning or you will be walking around with puffs of smoke coming out of your shoes.


Kitchen smells run the gamut from the wonderful aroma of freshly baked cookies to the stinky smell of burnt popcorn. Kitchens have a trash area where garbage is tossed, a spot for wet coats and muddy boots, and a corner for dog bedding and the cat’s litter box. Essential oils are a natural alternative to commercial air sprays because they cleanse the air for you instead of masking odors; they are harmless to food, humans, and the ozone; and many of them are antibiotic and antifungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 4-6 drops of any one of the following essential oils to one pint of water: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, or lemongrass. For a kitchen synergistic blend combine the following essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 5 drops eucalyptus. This mixture is disinfectant, antibacterial, and leaves a lovely fragrance when used on kitchen surfaces. You can add 8 drops of this formula to 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant spray bottle to spray the air or surfaces.
  • To kill germs on dishtowels soak them in a bowl of boiling water and 1 drop of eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, or lavender. Let the towels soak  until the water is cool then wash as usual. This will keep your towels germ and bacteria free.
  • To lighten the chore of dishwashing and uplift your spirits at the same time, add 5 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, and 1 drop orange essential oil to your dishwashing liquid. The natural aroma of these essential oils will make a boring task take on a much lighter note. If you use a dishwasher, simply add 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the detergent you use in your machine and stir it before closing the door.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic properties after about two years but do not toss them out! Put two drops at a time down kitchen drains to create a nice scent when hot water runs down. Also use them in the water you use to wash windows and trashcans both inside and out. Essential oils make kitchen work safer and much more pleasant.


Many rooms in a home or apartment open onto the hallway and the scents from each room mingle to form a unique aroma that is distinct to that home. Most hallways have no windows so smells linger and fill the area with stale air creating a kind of aroma smog. Hallways need a fresh pleasant fragrance rather than the spicy herb scented aroma of the kitchen or the heavily scented oils that might be used in other rooms.

A good suggestion for a hallway fragrance is the citrus oils of grapefruit, lemon, lime or bergamot essential oil. Any of these oils can be blended with lavender to give an uplifting aspect or geranium to impart a calming effect. Use the geranium when company is coming because it will make them feel good as soon as they enter your home. If someone has a cold or flu, add 2 to 3 drops of rosemary to the citrus base using a total of 8 drops of essential oil in 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant-spray bottle. Spray the carpet and stairs in your hallway to help freshen up the entire area.

Hallways get a lot of traffic and are likely  to gather dust and scuff marks. Washing down the paintwork and baseboards is much more pleasant when you use the uplifting aroma of citrus essential oils, especially when you know that they are also antiseptic, disinfectant and can play other useful roles.


In today’s world most of us are very conscious of what we are doing to the earth’s ozone layer with commercial aerosol air fresheners. When you use essential oils to scent your home, you are providing your family with a much better option and your home will have a delightful aroma. You can scent your home with essential oils in the following ways:

  • Use  about 8 drops of essential oil to 2 1/2 cups of water and spray as finely as possible towards curtains and carpets. Test curtain and wood materials before spraying to avoid water stains.
  • Purchase a light bulb ring or use one drop of essential oil directly on a light bulb in a standing lamp. Make certain the light is turned off before applying the oil because essential oils are flammable. Once the oil is applied, turn on the light and the heat from the bulb will release the scent into the room.
  • Turn a log fire into a fragrant event by applying one drop of essential oil (try cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood) to each log. Your guests will think you are using imported wood for your fire!
  • Diffusers are an easy effective way to scent a room. Wipe them clean before applying a different oil or blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, place a bowl of boiling water with 5-6 drops of essential oil in a centrally located place in the room. Remove the bowl when the water cools and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your heat source in winter months or put as many drops as you like in a humidifier.


Facial Mask Recipes

Author: Dr. Larita
09/02/2020

If you read the last blog post and are ready to start your natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. You will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formulas:

Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot

Acne

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli


Facial Masks

Author: Dr. Larita
09/01/2020

Facial masks have beneficial effects for many skin types because they can nourish, rejuvenate, and stimulate; refine, cleanse, and peel off the outer skin layer; soothe and calm inflammation; clear acne, loosen blackheads; and act as an anti-wrinkle treatment and natural face-lift. For natural skin care, you can use practically any fruit or vegetable in your refrigerator and many other foodstuffs. You can purchase a flower water to blend your dry ingredients but I prefer to use plain spring water as the moisturizer with essential oils added for the properties they bring to the mixture.

Clay masks are wonderful because the clay has absorbed the sun and the plants and minerals of earth over thousands of years giving it rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits for our skin. Clays come in an assortment of colors from all over the world and can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. When we combine  the clay with essential oils they complement each other with a synergistic effect providing natural skin care that is highly beneficial. White kaolin clay is best used on normal to oily skin because it has an astringent effect. It removes impurities from the skin as it cleanses and it improves lymphatic flow, increasing blood circulation the the area. Fuller’s earth is a stimulating clay that is a soft brown in color. It is a cleansing clay plus it removes dead skin cells. It is useful on oily to normal skin only.

Green clay is the best of the clays and it can be used on all skin types. It is good for treating acne and other skin disturbances as well as providing an antiaging effect for mature skin. Green clay balances combination skin, normalizes oily skin and revitalizes dry skin. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium and energizes connective tissue. It stimulates very gently and it is effective in increasing the lymph flow and circulation allowing oxygen to speed the elimination of waste products.

Of course, you can purchase a face mask that you squeeze from a tube providing an instant face mask but these products contain all kinds of unnecessary ingredients that may even be harmful to your skin. When I look at the expiration date on a product and it is a year or two away, I wonder how that product can be good for my skin and I want a natural alternative. That’s why I make my own facial masks and cleansers. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to assemble and once you put your tailor made product in a jar you have your own instant face pack ready to use at any time and tailor-made for your own skin type.


Do you want to know a simple and inexpensive way to cool off in this summer heat? Make yourself some lavender water and spritz your skin whenever the heat is getting to you. All you need is a plant spray bottle and a bottle of lavender essential oil. You can keep the bottle in the refrigerator until you get ready to go out in the heat. Be sure to shake the mixture before you spray yourself. The recipe below uses lavender water but you can use other calming herbs like rose or chamomile to help ease your skin’s discomfort in the heat.

  • 8 drops of lavender (or chamomile)
  • 1 cup spring or distilled water

Combine in a plant spray bottle like the one pictured above and shake well before using.


Cedar wood essential oil is the perfect oil to use for stress reduction. In ancient times Cedar wood oil was used by Egyptians to preserve mummies. It also works well as an expectorant and antiseptic.  Cedar wood has a woodsy, spicy and medicinal odor. This pure essential oil is great to use in massage oils and can be used to treat diseases, like arthritis, eczema and acne.

Chamomile essential oil is known for its calming affect. It is often used to ease symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome and menstrual cramps. Insomnia and anxiety sufferers can benefit from the sedative qualities of chamomile. It is also an antiseptic used to sooth skin irritations. You can use it in a diffuser to scent a room or in a carrier oil for massage.

Cajeput pure essential oil smells a bit like camphor and is pale yellow in color. Cajeput essential oil will relieve muscle aches, oily skin, asthma, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis.


Bergamot is a citrus essential oil that is defined as a cross between a sour orange and a lemon. It is the oil that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor. It has the unique ability to be both uplifting and calming at the same time. It is wonderful to use as a purifying and cleansing agent for the skin while also having a calming effect. It is also used to fight bacteria, help reduce scars and reduce headaches and muscle tension.

Seven Super Uses for Bergamot Essential Oil

  1. Natural Mood Booster – bergamot can create feelings of joy, refreshment and energy by supporting healthy circulation. Rub 2-3 drops onto the hand and cup your mouth and nose. Breathe in slowly. Also apply it to your feet and the back of your neck.
  2. Stress Buster – relieve stress and anxiety by using bergamot in a diffuser or apply 1-2 drops   topically to the wrists and temples.
  3. Lymphatic Support – Apply 2-3 drops onto your feet before bedtime or mix 3-5 drops with a carrier oil for a calming and relaxing massage that may encourage lymphatic drainage.
  4. Immune Boost – to fight harmful bacteria and stress, take a drop or two of bergamot oil internally in a warm tea (only under the supervision of your healthcare professional) or diffuse it, inhale it directly or add it to a warm water bath.
  5. Digestive System Aid – To support digestion and regulate appetite, rub 3-5 drops of bergamot oil onto your stomach. This may stimulate muscle contractions in the intestines and the production of digestive juices.
  6. Natural Deodorant – add bergamot oil to deodorant or apply it directly to the armpits to help prevent the growth of germs that cause body odor. Combine bergamot with lemon, cedarwood or sandalwood oils to make a personalized fragrance.
  7. Food Cravings Fighter – Diffuse bergamot in the classroom, office or at home in between meals to help control hunger pangs.

 

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Everyone likes for their home to smell nice. Have you ever visited someone’s home and when you walked in your nose wrinkled up at the smell? Don’t let that be your house. There are many ways to make your house smell good and you can do it inexpensively and with natural products.

  1. Simmer a pan of water on the stove with dried or fresh herbs and dried fruit; or simmer fresh lemon, apple or orange rinds.
  2. Make a reed diffuser by inserting reed sticks, chopsticks or skewers into a small bottle filled with 3.5 ounces of a liquid carrier oil like coconut oil and add 3-5 drops of an essential oil like lavender, chamomile or ylang-ylang.
  3. Purchase an essential oil diffuser and essential oils. The oils last a long time since you only need to use a few drops at a time.
  4. Add a daily drop of lemon, orange or peppermint essential oil to your garbage can.
  5. Add a few drops of an essential oil like lemon, lemongrass, lavender or peppermint to a spray bottle of water and use it as a room spray.


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