How to Clean with Essential Oils

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I bet it’s no news to many of you that a natural way of living and creating a more natural lifestyle is becoming the popular thing to do.  Good thing here at That Midnight Oil, we think the same thing and that it’s a great bandwagon to hop on!  I mean why wouldn’t you want to know what you’re putting IN and ON your body and who wouldn’t want to know how to get rid of toxins in your home?  I’m just sitting here on a Sunday afternoon drinking some tea thinking about all the ways I can make changes in my household currently and even though I try to keep the products in our house “clean and free” of chemicals, I know I can do better.  So now that I have your attention, I bet you are wondering how to clean with essential oils–and DOES IT WORK? Spoiler alert: Yes. Keep reading to find out how.

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed but I am not afraid of the DIY world whatsoever.  If I can make it and it’s not a HUGE process, I’m down.  I’ve completely cleaned up my beauty regime by making many of my own cleansers and toners.  What’s the difference in household products?  Really, there isn’t one.  One thing I will say is that dōTERRA has an amazing line of household cleaning products in the OnGuard line, but there are also so many different essential oils that you can use to create your own cleaners as well.  I’m sure this is where you will want me to list some these off, huh?

 

Let’s cut to the chase and get this popular EO out of the way first.  I just didn’t have it in me to skip it.  dōTERRA Lemon EO is not only effective at cleansing and purifying the air, but it’s extremely safe for you to breathe in.  So while you’re cleaning your countertops, the lemon can also benefit you aromatically and create an uplifting environment.  You can also mix dōTERRA Lemon EO with some olive oil to clean, protect, and shine your wood surfaces.  These are just a few of the amazing benefits this powerful oil can offer you.  Have I mentioned that wholesale this EO is ONLY $10.00?  I feel this is an easy staple to keep around.

 

Let’s move on to hand soaps.  Don’t think for one minute that I wasn’t once OBSESSED with all of the hand soaps from Bath & Body Works.  Trust me–it was an issue.  I used to have a closet FULL of that stuff.  Sometimes I still find myself wanting to stroll in there because I see all the glitter, bright lights, and BIG SALE signs.  I have to say I haven’t made a purchase from Bath & Body Works in over a year.  Did you know you can make your own hand soap?  Now let me be a little more clear here: I don’t actually make my own liquid hand soap from scratch.  I cheat a little by using some Dr. Bronner’s “Baby Unscented” pure castile liquid soap and put it in a glass soap container w/pump.  From here your options are endless, and I truly mean ENDLESS!  If you love a certain diffuser blend why not make it a hand soap?  I know we all appreciate a good Serenity and Balance mixture.  Why not make that into a soap?  For the kitchen you could make Lemon, Tangerine, OnGuard, Peppermint, Cheer or Elevation.  Don’t let me tell you how far you can go with all the different blends you can create!  Have some fun and comment below with some of your favorite blends!

 

So to kind of cover some basics, I want to end this post with a DIY room spray.  We have got to stop coating out households in chemicals.  We just have to.  A few scary reasons why are that in these chemical-filled sprays, there are hormone-disrupting ingredients, cancer-causing chemicals and many other ingredients that can effecting your lungs, skin, and balance of chemicals in your own body.  Yikes!  I always advise that you mix these oils in a glass spray bottle, but guess what else you need?  Water!  That’s it!  Just some distilled water and the Essential Oil of choice.  Again it can be ANY blend that you like, or if you want to use after cleaning or before some guests come over you should try dōTERRA Purify or Citrus Bliss.  There really is no wrong or right answer when it comes to the scent you want for any of these products, as it can be tailored to you and what you like.  Keep in mind that by doing this, you will be taking one step to being closer to keeping you and your family safe from all of the chemical-filled products we pay so much money for.

 

I hope you guys have found this post to be informative and if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reply in the comments below or email one of us.  As always, if you make something and create a blend please please please comment and let us know what it is!

 

Until next time,

Lo!

Essential Oils for Sunburn – DIY After Sun Spray

DIY After Sun Spray
DIY After Sun Spray

OMG everyone! HOW IS IT JULY?! Maybe I’m just having a little too much fun, and the summer is about to fly on by. In reality I had a crazy busy June, and I now feel like I’m truly enjoying summer. I even got out to the pool this past weekend which brings me to the awesome news I have for y’all! I’ve put together a DIY After the Sun Spray with some amazing dōTERRA oils and a few other simple ingredients. Exciting right? Keep reading for all the details.

So I’m going to assume, even though you shouldn’t EVER assume, that we can all get a little too much sun sometimes. Am I right? Well to give you the best idea of my skin if you don’t know me, it’s pretty fair. Even since moving from the North down South, I’m still pretty fair and get rosy-gold in the Summer. I am very into organic sunscreens made with little to no chemicals but we all know you can still get some unwanted sunburn. Once you have the sunburn, there’s no turning back or time to apply more sunscreen so we need to now worry about aftercare. First and foremost: STAY HYDRATED! That’s going to be key in the healing process, but next you’re going to want to apply something for the burn itself.  Good thing you can use essential oils for sunburn! I can’t tell y’all enough how after using this spray I’d wished I’ve had this spray forever. I have extremely sensitive skin and sometimes there’s just no avoiding getting some extra sun sometimes. So why punish yourself when you can soothe and hydrate your skin with ingredients you have right at your fingertips?

The first dōTERRA oil I am going to talk about today isn’t going to be the most obvious but it’s important and is in my spray. It’s dōTERRA Basil Essential Oil. Basil itself acts as a cooling agent to the skin so I figured why not add this in there! ….and to clear it up yes Basil is mainly used in the culinary world but Basil has a rich history of medicinal uses! So I would say most definitely add this in!

The second oil I’m going to talk about for the DIY Spray is dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil. Y’all probably saw this one coming a mile away as Lavender is a natural antiseptic so it has its own built in healing properties. How cool is that? To me this screams “YAY I don’t have to slather a cream or a lotion full of chemicals all over my already irritated skin”! Does anyone else feel that way? So for obvious reasons I have added Lavender EO to this as well.

Last but certainly not least I have added some of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil. Did the thought cross my mind that maybe I’m making an intense cooling spray? It did but only for like 10 seconds. I really won’t get to into Peppermint EO here as really I generally use it for stomach upset or to cool me down when I have a migraine so I also thought this would be a good feature for my spray. Another reason I wanted to add Peppermint EO to the spray has everything to do with the fact that even if you are NOT sunburned and just want to cool off for the summer you can just give your skin a few spritzes and go about your day! You can’t ever apply too much and it’s safe and free of chemicals.

Now I realize that there are several other EO’s that would be good for being a natural antiseptic including Bergamot, Lemon, Clove, Myrrh, Thyme and many many more; just pick the one you have the best experience with or try Lavender! I find for skin irritation Lavender is what I have had the best luck with. If you differ from my recipe I would love if you share your experience. I am always up for trying new things or even adding to what I’m already including ingredient wise.

At the end of this post will be my full recipe. If the bottle you are using is larger than mine please just adjust your measurements accordingly. I love the 10ml spray bottles as they are easy to just toss in the bag I am carrying with me that day. I hope y’all enjoy making and using this spray. Please keep enjoying your summer and keep this spray handy. Until next time KEEP COOL!

In a 10ml Spray Bottle:

15 drops Basil EO
10 drops Lavender EO
8 drop Peppermint EO
5 drops FCO

Fill the rest of the bottle with Organic Rose Water and shake it up!  I would also recommend shaking before each application.  Enjoy!

See you next time,

Essential Oils for the Skin: DIY Facial Toner

Photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Hello everyone and hello Summer! I really hope everyone is having an amazing June so far. Things have been a bit crazy here with some travel and moving this month. It’s been a minute since we’ve posted but I promise we are back and ready to deliver some really awesome content from here on out! I’d also like to thank everyone for hanging around and keeping up with our Instagram @thatmidnightoil in the meantime. We are thinking of doing a series on Essential Oils for the Skin and this is our first post in the series.

So today I am coming to you guys with an awesome DIY Facial Toner! It was really simple to make and I chose the oils based on wanting to combat oily skin for these hot and muggy summer months. I already have oily combination skin so when the weather is muggy and constantly warm, I need a little more help taking care of my skin. So if you’re someone with skin similar to mine or just want to control oily skin for the summer this could be the toner for you!  In a 10 ML spray bottle I put 10 drops doTERRA Geranium Essential Oil, 12 drops doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil, and last but not least 5 drops doTERRA Juniper Berry Essential Oil.  After that I filled the bottle to the halfway point with Witch Hazel, and then the rest of the way with pure Rosewater. Put the top on and give it a good shake! Now if you wanted to make this in a bigger bottle just adjust the measurements accordingly.  You could also swap an oil for one of your choice as well. Please don’t feel limited, but just know that the doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil was the main one I chose to help with the excess oil on my skin so I’d keep that one in there for sure!  I chose doTERRA Geranium EO for its anti-aging properties, and doTERRA Juniper Berry EO based on its ability to be a natural skin toner.
I do recommend shaking before each use–just a few sprays goes a long way! I personally use this morning and night after washing and before moisturizing, but feel free to use in the middle of the day as well!
I hope you all try this at home, and please leave comments on your thoughts!
See you next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils for Grounding: Let’s Get Through Mercury Retrograde

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So here I sit on a Sunday night almost forgetting that I need to blog when a good friend sends me a reminder that Mercury is Retrograde! She said that if I needed some inspo this could be a hot topic. So here we are y’all! Let’s dig into some essential oils for making it through Mercury Retrograde together.

So first off let’s do a quick overview: What is Mercury Retrograde? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited that you asked! It is said to be that Mercury is moving in the opposite direction that planet Earth is moving. It is also said that this movement is really just an illusion, but whether it is or isn’t astrologers believe it has some kind of effect on life here on Earth. Now you might want to know my opinion right..that’s why you visited this blog today one might assume!

I’m not an astrologer by ANY means, but I’d like to think there’s some reasoning behind some of the unexplained or random events of people’s lives. That is something I am a true believer in whether you link it to fate, luck, forces of, or just a plain old woke up on the wrong (or right!) side of the bed kind of situation. Either way it’s happening or it’s already happened. I’ve been told by a few and especially my mother “don’t do that….Mercury is in Retrograde!!” The first tens times I heard this statement I was ready to bounce my head off the wall, but as I got older and actually read up on Retrograde I started to understand a little bit better. I feel like you could spend days, months or even years researching all of the things you should and shouldn’t do during Retrograde and I feel those things are great to know! However you can’t always control all of those situations that life throws at you. So now what?

What is something you can control? The essential oils you can grab for during Mercury Retrograde of course (if you thought this too bonus points for you!!). So let’s just dive right in and start with Vetiver! So Vetiver is a member of the grass family with a unique and exotic aroma. Vetiver is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions. To me this screams that it could be helpful in the Retrograde presence. With all of these crazy (or not crazy) situations happening around you why not use something that has a grounding effect?  The next on my list that I want to share is Roman Chamomile.  The reason I am choosing this Essential Oil is because of its soothing properties for the body and soul.  Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, resembles a daisy and has the scent of an apple.  Ancient Romans used this oil for courage.  For some of you who are skeptical of things during Retrograde this could be an oil for you!  Maybe it can help sooth your mind and put you at ease during these next few weeks.  The last EO I am going to talk about today is Patchouli.  This is another grounding oil, but the way I look at it we need all the grounding we can get!  On top of Patchouli having amazing healthy skincare benefits it has a balancing effect on emotions.  Even if you aren’t a firm believer in many of the effects of times during retrograde, but you like to have oils by your side I think these three can really be of some help.  Once you’ve got yourself grounded or feeling at ease I do believe you can incorporate some uplifting oils as well or even making a blend with one of the ground oils.

With all of this being said I wish you all a peaceful Retrograde, and I am very curious to know what are some of your factories or go-to’s during any time of Retrograde?  I look forward to some discussion!
Until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

I don’t know about you, and I cannot speak for everyone BUT my hair has been through HELL the last 16 months. I would get my usual which is called a “bleach and tone”. If you’re not familiar it’s when the hair is pretty much bleached and toned every 4-6 weeks. Well there happened to be an incident which left my hair very damaged, and unable to come back from what had happened. I politely changed salons and immediately had to cut several inches off my hair. Now I know you don’t know me (just yet), but this crushed me. I get it-it’s just hair right? “It will grow back” they say! These are all things I know, but just didn’t want to hear.

In the last 12 months I have taken extra good care of my hair. I have been getting routine trims/cuts every 3-4 months and have only applied some basic color (at the advice of my colorist) to my hair twice. I did the whole root grow out which I absolutely fell in love with, but I’m ready to be close to platinum again! So this is where Essential Oils comes into play for me, and dōterra Geranium Oil to be exact. I’ve been looking into many different dōterra oils for the effects of helping hair become stronger. When I stumbled upon dōterra Geranium Essential Oil I just HAD to get my hands on it.  Some of the benefits of the dōterra Geranium EO are giving hair a vibrant and healthy glow, promoting the appearance of clear and healthy skin, a natural stress reliever, reducing blood pressure, naturally repel insects and that’s just to name a few.  The beauty side of this EO is really what grabbed my attention.

Hair mask in bun
So you’re probably wondering at this point what I’ve been doing with this oil right?  Well you’re in luck!  I have been taking Organic Unrefined-Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and mixing it with some dōterra Geranium EO.  There isn’t an actual method or calculation–for however much you are going to make, I would suggest using 1/4 parts Geranium EO with either 1/2 or 3/4 parts Olive Oil.  I haven’t made a large batch yet-I just make it as I want to use it.  All I do is section my hair into three parts and start at the ends and work my way up each section.  I then just top knot it and let it sit for a minimum of one hour.  You could technically leave this mask on for as long as you want including overnight, but generally I do about three hours while I clean up around my house or sit and relax.  My only suggestion to you is if you’re going to sleep or sit on something porous put a towel down, or a sheet you don’t mind getting some oil on temporarily.  So the results!  You want those right?  I only have to shampoo my hair once and I put in a very small amount of conditioner but what I find when my hair dries is the smoothness and shine!  Whether I apply heat to it or wear my natural curls my hair feels and looks so much healthier.  Now I can be pretty forgetful so I will sometimes go weeks without doing this mask and let me tell you when I do I regret not being on a better schedule with this thing!  I am no professional but I’d like to say giving my hair some extra love now and again has truly helped my hair grow and become strong again.  Lastly have I mentioned how awesome my hair smells afterwards?  Have a spa night, and give this a try!  You owe it to yourself!
Have any of you ever used Geranium EO for a hair mask or beauty treatment of any kind?  If you have please leave a comment below to share your experience as we would love to hear!  Also feel free to ask any questions!  Thank you so much for stopping by-until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.