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 Allergies

Essential Oils for Allergies
Photo by Emily Michelle Jones
I’m just gonna jump right in here… It continually blows my mind that we can use essential oils for allergies, BUT it makes sense because ALL of our modern medicine originates from plants. So, if we can distill the essential oil that plants make for their own immunity, bottle it and use it for our own wellness, why wouldn’t we?! And why WOULDN’T it work amazingly well?! It does. It works. And it makes sense that it works. And that’s what I’ll say about that. :]
When I was a kid, I never had any allergy issues! I don’t know why, but I didn’t. I didn’t really understand when people would complain about allergies, either. Couldn’t they just get over it? No, the answer is no, they couldn’t. Turns out allergies majorly SUCK as I have learned as an adult. And sometimes, no matter what over-the-counter drugs (with myriad side effects) you throw at it, or even prescription meds, you still feel terrible for days and sometimes even weeks on end…
:::ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS:::
Not only do they make you feel better immediately, they also help your body heal naturally using its own resources. Amazing. Below I’ll discuss a couple of our favorite essential oils for easing allergy issues.
Breathe Respiratory Blend
Breathe Respiratory Blend
BREATHE Respiratory Blend © is an absolute must for your medicine cabinet, purse, and dresser. What’s in it: Laurel leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint plant, Melaleuca leaf, Lemon peel, Cardamom seed, and Ravintsara leaf. Only dōTERRA© makes this blend, and they know what they’re doing.
WHAT TO DO: If you have that stuffiness that comes with allergies and just can’t clear your airways, take one drop of this blend in your palms and breathe in deeply. Not only will it clear your airways, that raw burning feeling is replaced with a cool soothing feeling. Sooo comforting. I’d say do this like once an hour during the day if you’re really suffering. This is also an awesome one to diffuse at night to keep your airways open and get a good night’s sleep, which will help your body heal!
The other wonderful allergy options are the three single-origin oils Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender!
WHAT TO DO: You can inhale one drop of these together or separately–honestly whichever ones you have with you will help tremendously. You can also add a drop of lemon to your tea and it is so potent and soothing. One cool thing I learned from a Dr. Axe article is that you can take one drop of peppermint and put it on the roof of your mouth and drink some water. Very cooling and soothing to your whole system! *Note: I would NOT ingest any essential oil that didn’t come from dōTERRA. Their testing system (CPTG© Certified Pure Theraputic Grade) is second to none and I trust them. It’s important to me to know that the oils I’m using in my body do not have any fillers or contaminants in them.
I hope this article teaches you that it’s not complicated or difficult to use oils to help you feel better–you can order them today and it’s not expensive, either! Breathe is $20 wholesale (and will last you several months with conservative use–about the same price as a box of Mucinex and way less nasty!) Lemon is $10 wholesale, Lavender is $21 and Peppermint is $20.50. To get the wholesale price, you have to join and be a wholesale member. Your enrolling member would be me-Emily Jones, and my number is 3916348 when you are asked to enter it! Having that wholesale membership is key to getting all the goodness dōTERRA has to offer (including the wholesale price!). Comment below if you need any help or feel free to email me at emily@thatmidnightoil.com and I’ll hook you up!
I hope this posts helps someone get started who is suffering from allergies–you don’t have to! And you can heal yourself naturally and even preventively with the gifts of the earth!
Your Sister in Oils,
*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 Sleeping

Baby Sleeping
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

When it comes to getting good, quality sleep, essential oils are the purest, most natural form of aid out there. There are so many essential oils for sleeping, but I’ll just focus on the main blend today that we use in our house. When you have a baby on the loose, the house is typically scattered with toys, books and random objects already, so it’s nice to just have a few items on the dresser next to the diffuser keeping it visually clutter-free (this is also one key to helping create a restful mind!) The oil I’ll discuss today is the Serenity (Restful Blend).

Serenity  is the holy grail of sleep blends, and it is made by dōTERRA. Don’t let the word “blend” fool you–the ONLY thing that is in this mix are the world’s purest, CPTG© (Certified Pure Theraputic Grade) essential oils. Made from Lavender flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang flower, Marjoram leaf, Roman Chamomile flower, Vetiver root, Vanilla bean and Hawaiian Sandalwood, they have come up with a blend that not only smells divine (some people have told me it smells like chocolate to them!), it honestly makes you feel more relaxed the second you smell it, and there are several ways to reap the benefits of this blend.

AROMATICALLY::: Put 1-2 drops of the oil in your palm, rub your hands together and breathe in deeply for a few moments, letting your body take in all the benefits of these oils through the air. OR add 6-8 drops of the blend in your bedroom diffuser for nighttime sleep or in your children’s room for naps.

TOPICALLY::: Put 1-2 drops for adults on wrists, spine, bottoms of feet, or diluted in fractionated coconut oil for children. *Pro-tip: mix a drop of Serenity into your facial moisturizer at night and you will wake up to incredibly supple skin!

INTERNALLY::: Take either the Serenity softgels (dōTERRA makes it easy!) OR put 1-2 drops of the blend in an empty veggie cap and take with a full glass of water 1-2 hours before bedtime.

According to dōTERRA (and me), this blend calms the emotions while creating an overall sense of peace and well-being. No matter how much you are winning at life, we can all use a little of what Serenity has to offer at least once a day.

Another great thing about this blend from the perspective of a budget-conscious mama like myself is that it’s only $30 wholesale for a 15mL bottle (about 300 drops of oil). Considering you only use a couple drops at one time, that gives you between 37.5 to 150 individual applications/uses of this oil, depending on how liberally you are using it. Even for the most liberal of users, at this price, you’re still out less than a dollar every time you use this fantastic blend! A heck of a deal.

Have you tried Serenity Restful Blend? What are your favorite things about it or what other blends do you love for sleep? Let me know in the comments below! :]

Your Sister In Oils,
Emily

 

*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.

Essential Oils for Colds

doTERRA Breathe and OnGuard
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Aren’t colds the WORST? There is nothing more annoying than having a cold– feeling *almost* good enough to go to work/watch the kids/get stuff done, but then not really. If you’re anything like me, you want to kick a cold to the curb ASAP. Well, thankfully, we have essential oils for that! Low-cost, high-efficiency, and conveniently located in your home (once you have some)–am I speaking your love language yet?! Ok great–that’s what I thought. ;]

As you might find out from perusing our blog, essential oils can be used for so many things. Because the components of high-quality essential oils contain the benefits of whatever plant they are from, you can use specific oils topically, internally and aromatically to significantly decrease the effects of the cold you are experiencing.

Best Essential Oils for Colds: doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend is my absolute go-to when I or anyone in my family has a cold. We diffuse it and roll it on our wrists, temples, sinuses, back of neck, shoulders and bottoms of feet just about every hour (to make a topical roller,  purchase or reuse an empty essential oil roller and add 40 drops of Breathe to the roller, then fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil— and voila!). Breathe blend is an exceptional oil blend to use for a cold because it contains multiple powerhouse essential oils, such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca (tea tree), Lemon, Cardamom and some other awesome oils you’ve probably never heard of. These oils help promote easy breathing by relaxing and opening up your airways. Diffuse it in your bedroom about 30 minutes before you go to sleep (and while you sleep), as well as at your desk while you work if you are congested. Not only will this protocol help you breathe easier, the health benefits of the oils will help your body fight off the cold and lessen the effects of the cold, helping you bounce back quicker.

My other go-to during an acute case of cold AND as a preventative during cold season is doTERRA OnGuard Protective Blend. Not only does it smell amazing (think: the way you want your house to smell during the Holidays), it contains so many legit oils (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary) that help protect your body against seasonal threats, supporting your body’s natural antioxidant defenses. A couple of months ago, I woke up feeling the dreaded coming-down-with-something symptoms–scratchy throat, exhaustion, swimmy head, stopped up nose, coughing, all of it. This was before I had a bunch of oils or even a diffuser, BUT I did have OnGuard (literally the best oil I could possibly have for all the reasons stated above and one of my very top picks that answers the question “if I could only have one oil, what would it be?”) in a roller, so I just applied it directly (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) to my throat, neck and shoulders and massaged it in about once an hour all day. Just the smell of it was relaxing and soothing (if I’d had OnGuard beadlets at the time I’d have been popping a couple of those every hour, too), but, I kid you not, after a couple of hours, I could swear I was starting to feel better. BUT HOW CAN THIS BE?! Just rubbing an oil on your scratchy throat can make it go away?! Yep. This is powerful stuff. The next morning I woke up with that the-day-after feeling when you are coming out of a cold, but guess what? I never got that cold! I like to think the OnGuard helped my body fight off whatever the gunk was that was trying to keep me down.

There are MANY other essential oils that can help boost the immune system, but these two blends pack the most powerful punch, so I suggest you start there.

Have you tried using essential oils for colds? What was the outcome? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Until next time–your sister in essential oils,

Emily

 

*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 Bladder Infections

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Since I was little, my mom has struggled with bladder infections and UTI’s. Being a natural remedy kind of person to begin with, she has spent a lot of time trying the basics–cranberry juice, extra water, cranberry supplements, and eventually she landed on her most recent recommendations, which were taking D-Mannose (a simple sugar found in many fruits) and cinnamon every day. The reasons these things have not worked for her were they were either a. cost-prohibitive, b. inconvenient, c. unpleasant d. the amount required was insane or all of the above. Most recently she had been prescribed some low-grade antibiotics for the infection and had been taking those, and while they do help, the infection would come RIGHT BACK when she stopped taking them. So frustrating.

ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS. :] I started using essential oils consistently a few months ago for everything from sinus infections to calming a restless baby, and I have noticed some marked results. As I started reading all the things they could be used for, my mind ran wild with the possibilities. The first and most immediate thing I wanted to start improving was the lives of my family members, so I bought my mom some doTERRA OnGuard softgels to take once a day.
OnGuard soft gel ingredients: Wild Orange Peel: protects the body against seasonal threats*, Clove Bud: supports a healthy immune system*, Black Pepper Seed: supports healthy circulation*, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf: promotes healthy immune function*, Eucalyptus Leaf: purifying and cleansing properties*, Oregano Leaf: helps maintain a healthy immune system*, Rosemary Flower/Leaf: may help support the digestive system*, Melissa Leaf: may help support healthy immune system*

I also made her a roll-on (for topical application to her bladder area) with a combination of doTERRAOnGuard essential oil blend (same ingredients as above, minus the Black Pepper and Oregano)(20 drops), Frankincense essential oil–otherwise known as the King of Oils because it’s good for everything–(10 drops), doTERRA DigestZen essential oil blend (ingredients: Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)(5 drops) and doTERRA Oregano essential oil (2 drops), topped off with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil.

The reason I picked these oils were that I had asked around to my oil-using gurus and found out what oils they had experience with and what had worked for them or others they knew. Then I used what I had to make her a combination. She has only just started using the new protocol but I’ll check in with her in a few weeks and see how it’s going. The next day after applying the roller on her bladder area, she did say she woke up feeling “better.” I know that’s not exceptionally detailed, so I’ll continue to follow up with her and post my results here.

Two other things I’d like to try if what she’s using now isn’t enough: Lemongrass essential oil and Juniper Berry essential oil. These two were mentioned over and over in my research, I just didn’t have them on hand so I decided to go with what was readily available first. If this works for her, she will be spending $15 (for the OnGuard beadlets) per month and some change (when you figure in the cost of the roller and ingredients–though the one I made her maybe cost $10 to make and should last her probably 3 months with constant use). Not bad, all things considered! Cost-effective, convenient, and taken in small amounts, all while supporting her body naturally.

Have you used essential oils for bladder infections and UTI’s? What worked? I’d love to know so please leave a comment. :]

Until next time,

Emily

*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.