DIY Bathroom Scrub

Happy Sunday friends!

Yesterday I managed to get my whole house clean (save the floors which I did today), it had been far too long since my bathrooms had a good scrub.  As I was cleaning using the products I make myself I thought that it was about time I start to share some of my tried and true DIY and toxic free living recipes with you.

I’m going to start with one of my very favourites – my husband was even blown away after seeing how powerful this is! This scrub is amazing for showers, tubs, sinks, stove tops or really anything that needs a good scrub.  I use this once every month or two on our shower when I notice the hard water spots building up.  My all purpose cleaner (which I’ll share soon) keeps the build up at bay for the most part but every so often it needs a bit more of a cleaning. When using this on the shower I make sure to clean it right before I’m going to have a shower.  I scoop it out with a wet sponge, scrub the walls and then to rinse off I just jump into the shower – because of the peppermint oil I use I get a wonderfully invigorating wake up shower at the same time as getting a sparkling clean shower!  I’ve used this on tough to clean bath tub, dull and stained kitchen sinks, caked on and burnt food on stove tops and it’s worked amazing every time.

The recipe:

1/2 cup baking soda
1-2 Tbsp Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap (I like non-scented so I can add my own scents)
Enough distilled water to make a paste (you can alternatively boil water and let it cool down)
10 drops each lemon and peppermint oil (or essential oil of your choosing)

Add everything to a glass jar and mix well.

Give it a try and let me know what you think! If you don’t have any essential oils (and want to try them out) feel free to contact me via e-mail or leave me a comment and I’ll give you some more info.  If you want to know why I use essential oils check out this post.

Beating the Cold and Flu Season Naturally

For as long as I can remember I have been, what seems to me, unnaturally prone to being sick.  I remember all through college and then university having to have an endless supply of tylenol cold and flu on hand.

For the most part I just accepted what was and instead of fight it I let it run it’s course while medicating my way through it.  I knew that as soon as I felt a bit run down that the next day I’d have a stuffy nose which would last 7 – 14 days and on about day 4 or 5 my lungs would get hit, finally around days 9-14 I’d have the most annoying tickle in my throat that would force me to have coughing fits in the most awkward of times.

I thought I had some relief from this in the past.  From about 2012-2014 I was fairly healthy and happy to be so! Then, back to work for me and to daycare for Ezekiel which means being very tired and run down.  Mix that with all the germs in the world being brought home and I have been sick far more than I care to count in the past year (not to mention my poor toddler who gets the brunt of the germs).

I am so happy to tell you I have found the perfect mixture of all natural remedies that don’t just help me through a cold – they stop the cold from happening!

I know, you probably don’t believe me – I wouldn’t believe me either, but I’m telling you this works for me! It’s so amazing in fact, that I tell most people I know and I even share my supplies at the first mention of anyone getting sick.  I haven’t yet found something that is safe for my little guy but at least us adults can ward off the germs and take care of our littles in the meantime.

I’ve been using Young Living Essential Oils for some time now, and originally I was so very skeptical of them.  When I bought them originally I thought if nothing else I’d be able to get rid of my candles and have an all natural scent to diffuse through my house instead but I’ve found them to be so useful in so many areas in my house.

Young Living’s RC blend is by far the most amazing results to me because I know my body and I know the exact course it takes when it gets a cold.  At the slightest discomfort in my chest I began to rub 2 drops of RC on my chest 3-4x/day and the results were almost immediate!  I’d inhale for a few minutes and the burning would subside.  I’m not joking.

I also diffuse Thieves to cleanse the air daily.

Then I take 2500mg of Echinacea 3x/day and suck on a Zinc Lozenger 5 times a day, doing this for 3-6 days depending on how I am feeling has helped me to not ever feel bad enough to have to take anything else.  This is amazing – pure magic.   Once I get a week of great sleep (which isn’t happening any time soon while I work nights) I’m back to feeling great.

If you are interested in trying out Young Living Essential Oils let me know, I’d be happy to lead you in the right direction!

Wishing you a happy and healthy rest of the winter!

Essential Oil Bandwagon

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Essential Oils.

I’m not going to pretend I didn’t just jump on a bandwagon and join the trend.  I’m ok with that.

I’m also not going to pretend that I know anything about essential oils.  I’m also ok with that.

I am on a very slow and steep learning curve when it comes to essential oils.  I’m writing this post, not as education for you, rather as a way to let you know what I’ve been doing and what I hope to do with essential oils.  I’m exploring essential oils as a way to keep my family happy and healthy, and as an addition to my simplified living ways.  I’ve been cautious with using them with Ezekiel and I’m not comfortable with ingesting them but I’m enjoying what I’ve used so far.

I haven’t used them long enough with enough consistency to truly testify to the benefits of using essential oils but here are some of the ways I have used them:

  • Ezekiel has never been a great night sleeper.  In January he finally had 2 weeks of sleeping through the night and then that abruptly stopped.  In the last week or so I’ve been adding 2 drops of Lavender to his nightly baths and I’ve created a cream (1/4 cup coconut oil with 10 drops Lavender) that I rub on the bottom of his feet and massage in for a couple minutes and he’s started to sleep 12 hours through the night again.  I’m not about to stop doing this to test out whether it’s really the oil that’s helping! I use the cream as a preventative bum cream for him as well.  I tried using it to clear up a rash that was already there but didn’t have luck with that.  I resorted back to disposables for a week and a half with a heavy duty diaper rash cream to clear it up.
  • I’ve diffused almost every oil in my house.  Most often I diffuse Thieves blend.  I did this for over a week and then stopped doing it and when I stopped we all got sick.  I can’t say for certain that we got sick because I stopped diffusing Thieves, but I’ve started diffusing it again in an attempt to get us healthy.  Carlos is sensitive to scents so while he’s home I only do quick 15-20 minutes spurts of diffusing.  I’ve also started rubbing Thieves on the bottom of Carlos and my feet to help our immunity.
  • I’m hoping to revamp our cleaning supply pantry with all homemade supplies made with oils.  Right now I’m using up our supplies we already have and will start to make all natural alternatives once they run out.
  • I’m also toying with the idea of revamping my beauty supplies – this one is more on the back burner but I’m reading lots about it.
  • I’m really hoping to be able to get Carlos to use oils consistently enough to help with the stress and anxiety associated with school and also help with his concentration.

I’ve been following a few blogs for quite some time which contributed to my desire to try out oils.  They have been a great resource and inspiration for me:

Live Simply

it’s the little things

Hello Natural

Very recently I’ve been exploring this website which I’ve found to be a great resource.

I’m all ears for tips and tricks and resources for using oils so please leave some for me!

Just in case you are wondering about why I chose Young Living, there are two reasons.  First their seed to seal policy really appealed to me.  Also the fact that signing up for a wholesale account will save me money in the long run was a huge factor.