Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fleur d'Elise At Home: Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Here in Seattle, the trees have been in bloom for weeks, and on sunny days, it almost feels like Spring. For at least an hour, you can have windows open or wear short sleeves without experience goosebumps. Call me old fashioned, but it's almost enough inspiration to do some spring cleaning!

Thanks to BrandBacker I got to partner with Insta Natural again to test out their peppermint & lemon essential oils. In return, I wrote two reviews on Amazon and this blog post.

First things first: the bottles are huge! Four ounces is a lifetime supply of peppermint oil! The dropper makes it easy to count out drops, but the rubber at the top doesn't prevent the potent peppermint smell from seeping out. It got a little overwhelming so I have to store it in a hallway closet

Tips for Use:

Home: Peppermint oil is said to be antibacterial and is a natural pest-deterrent. When cleaning window sills, add several drops to a mix of water & vinegar to deter mildew and bugs!

Health: Peppermint oil is great for sore muscles, but make sure it's well diluted before use! If used in baths, add to the water after you've filled the tub & gotten in.

Aromatherapy: To freshen up your home, I really love plug-in aromatherapy diffusers. Natural home fragrance without the risk of fire! My favorite combination is peppermint & bergamot.

The lemon oil comes in the same 4 oz. size, but I use so much of it, I don't think it will last as long as the peppermint. It smells so delicious!

Tips for use:

Home: Lemon oil is another great one for cleaning! Add it to all-purpose natural cleaners or apply drops directly to furniture to ward of insects. It can also be a great deterrent if you're trying to keep your pets off the furniture! Just make sure you put it in inconspicuous places, because it can stain.

Health: Combine 2 drops lemon oil and 6 drops argan oil for a leave-in scalp treatment. I usually massage it in at night and then wash it out in the morning.

Aromatherapy: Apply 3 drops lemon, 2 drops lavender, and 2 drops chamomile oil to a plug-in diffuser for a Spring scented home!

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