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!

Natural Fingernail Polish Remover

Doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil
Photo by Lauren Witt

Well ladies and gents, I just got WAY too excited over this DIY Natural Nail Polish Remover I put together!  Have you ever tried to take nail polish off without nail polish remover? It’s typically pretty impossible, right? Not anymore! Keep reading to find out the super simple 2-ingredient recipe below.

Now I’ll be honest, I’ve tried a few methods using the same doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil but tonight I hit the jackpot.  So keep reading this and at the very end I’ll post the recipe!  I’m not going to bore any of you with the different ways I’ve put this remover together, but what I can tell you is they all worked I just happened to like this the best.

So let’s back track a sec here.  A few years ago I started following this UH-MAZINGGG Beauty Movement called Beauty Lies Truth.  You can and should totally check out their blog as you may find some of your “clean” products aren’t so clean after all at www.beautyliestruth.com.  Yikes, right?  Well anyways, I started reading the labels on everything I owned and legit freaked out.  Now, I was in no position to just throw away everything, but I had to start somewhere.  So I started researching with the help of above said blog and figured out where I wanted to start first.  I started with makeup and facial cleansers/lotions.  Within a month I had gone completely clean with those items and couldn’t have been happier.  Really makeup isn’t the focus here so we can always save that for another day.

So how can we take off layers of nail polish without chemicals, you ask?  I’m honestly thrilled you did:  The answer is doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil!  Exciting right?  I can’t be the only one who might be amazed by this answer.  So what I did was take a small ceramic dish and dropped in 8 drops of the Lemongrass EO.  I then added a couple splashes of Witch Hazel so I could soak my fingernails.  I set my fingernails in this dish for 30 seconds.  I then dipped the cotton ball into the same mixture and just started rubbing like I would with regular nail polish remover. You will be amazed at how effective this works.  What did I do next?  My other hand!  I couldn’t believe how safe and easy this was.  So you have polish on your toes as well?  No worries–just take another cotton ball to the same mixture, let it soak some of the liquid up and do the same.  Without the soaking you might have to work just a midge harder to remove it all but it really wasn’t all that serious.

Afterwards I tossed a little doterra Fractionated Coconut Oil on my cuticles and went about my evening.  It really was that simple and I avoided inhaling all kinds of nasty chemicals and leaving a gross smell behind on my hands.  Have I also mentioned that my hands smell amazing?

Until next time, friends!  I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and please feel free to leave comments, questions and ideas below!

-Lo!

DIY Nail Polish Remover

-Ceramic/Glass Dish
-6-8 drops of Lemongrass EO
-Witch Hazel (depending on dish size just use enough to soak your fingernails)
-Cotton Ball
Have fun!

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,