June 6, 2019
The Botanical Armour Kitchen Cleaning Spray
Would you like an antibacterial, mood boosting, stress relieving, memory enhancing and gorgeous, fresh smelling kitchen cleaning spray? Yes please!
I’ve written before about using essential oils in sprays, both for very specific purposes. One spray I shared last December creates seasonal aromas in your home, and a welcoming and calming atmosphere. The second, an energising and clearing car spray, will fill your car with scents to help you get where you are going in healthy and happy form.
This next spray that I’d like to share with you is one that I use everyday around the home. It’s a kitchen cleaning spray. All you’ll need to make this surface spray is a clean, used, spray gun bottle, some water and four easy-to-find essential oils.
Four beautiful, botanical oils
It combines four beautiful, botanical oils: Tea Tree, Lemon, Scots Pine and Rosemary. Each brings a special something to the mix.
Tea Tree has long been treasured for antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. It contains the compound terpinen-4-ol which has antimicrobial properties that has seen it being used in topical medicines, first in its native Australia, and now throughout the world. Its properties are outlined in Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties
“Of all of the properties claimed for TTO, its antimicrobial activity has received the most attention. The earliest reported use of the M. alternifolia plant that presumably exploited this property was the traditional use by the Bundjalung Aborigines of northern New South Wales”
A perfect oil for maintaining healthy kitchen surfaces.
Lemon oil or citrus limon is derived from cold pressing the skin of a lemon. Lemons grow well in the southern parts of Europe and many of us Northern Europeans associate their colour, smell and taste with sunny days and exotic holidays. Even if lemon had none of its chemical properties I would include it for these fabulous associations alone! Such a mood booster!
However in a 2017 study Citrus Limon Essential oil was proven to have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, leading the researchers to conclude:
“We also demonstrated, in vitro and in situ, the efficiency of Citrus Lemon Essential oil as a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial agent.”
They also state that as lemon oil seemed to have a particular effect on Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria responsible for spoiling meat, further investigation should be undertaken to see how lemon oil properties could be exploited in the food processing industry. So yes indeed let’s welcome lemon oil to the kitchen cleaning party.
A mood boosting aroma
Scots pine is a refreshing and mood boosting aroma. One 2011 study of the effect of pine extract on male rats concludes that “These results indicate that ethanolic extract of Pinus eldarica needles possesses an antidepressant activity.” The reason scientists undertake research such as this is because, anecdotally, pine has been considered a stress reliever. Ask anyone who has stood in a pine forest or has finished decorating their tree for Christmas and I am sure they will tell you that their mood is boosted. Let’s bring some of that joy to the kitchen.
A barrier to germs
Lastly, Rosemary is a powerful botanical essential oil that brings even more antibacterial goodness to this spray. The antibacterial properties of rosemary essential oil are such that research is ongoing about incorporating the oil into food packaging to increase the barrier to germs and disease. There is also evidence that Rosemary is a good memory booster so if you have a student studying for exams in the house this would be a great spray to use around the room in which they are hitting those books!
So with all those anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, memory improving and stress-busting properties who wouldn’t want to spray this aromatic mixture around their kitchen? Here is the recipe:
Kitchen Counter Cleaning Spray
I use this spray on all my kitchen surfaces including the sink.
It cleans and leaves fresh, energising aroma.
- Use an empty spray gun bottle.
- Fill with water or buy an ECOVER Surface Spray.
- Add the following Essential Oils
- Tea Tree. 15 drops
- Lemon 20 drops
- Scots Pine 5 drops
- Rosemary 5 drops
Total Drops: 45 drops of essential oil
- Add drops to the water and shake well. The oil will rise to the surface so shake well every time you use it.
- If you want the oils to dilute into the liquid. Add one teaspoon of vodka to the water before you put in the essential oil.
Will last about 3-4 weeks. Use gloves if your skin is sensitive and avoid eye contact.
I would love to know if you make a batch of this for your home. What did you think of it? Did it make you whistle while you work?
March 27, 2019
The Spring Clean: A car spray to get you there healthy and happy
Winter is coming to a close and there is a spring in our step. Traditionally, the brighter longer days give us an opportunity to roll up our sleeves and get stuck into a big spring clean. Using the therapeutic power of essential oils we can make this more than just a mammoth bout of cleaning. We can take the opportunity to lift our senses and clear our minds by adding some carefully chosen oils to our cleaning routine. I’ll be sharing a few different ideas about how to use essential oils day to day over the coming weeks. However, the recent good weather got me thinking about hopping in the car and hitting the road!
Some of us spend a fair bit of time every day in our cars. It’s a space we sometimes overlook when we are undertaking our spring clean. Do you ever consider what the dark and poky interior of your car might be harbouring? Don’t think about it too much and certainly don’t Google it! Yes you may get your car valeted but the chemical cleaners used by valeting companies will do little to raise your mood and energise your spirit.
Help is at hand! I have formulated a spray that helps in a number of ways. This fresh and energising formula will clear the stuffy air in the car and the cheering aroma will lift the mood and bring a smile to your face. The addition of zingy lemon will help you focus and has nausea reducing properties which should be a boon to uneasy travellers. Bergamot has calming properties to ease the stress of driving. The uplifting power of Cypress oil will help you arrive with a smile and the Scots Pine oil brings its cleansing and clearing properties to the mix. All in all a powerful little spray for you to have in the car.
I spritz this in the car before I take off on a drive. All four oils have antiseptic properties so, spray on the dashboard and clean with a dry cloth and let those oils get to work on those unwanted bacterial stowaways.
If you travel a lot by land, sea or air my Carry-On Travel Oil comes highly recommended and the handy size means that you can pop it in your carry-on luggage or in your glove compartment. Then you can roll it on and take a moment to breathe in its powerful, protective properties.
But while you wait for your Carry-On Travel Oil to be delivered rustle up a bottle of this energising and clearing car spray and prepare yourself for the road.
Energising and Clearing Car Spray
Equipment: 50ml Bottle of water with spray attachment
- 7 drops Bergamot
- 4 drops Cypress
- 4 drops Scots Pine
- 3 drops Lemon
- Optional: 1 tsp vodka
Total: 18 drops of essential oil
- Add drops to the water and shake well. The oil will rise to the surface so shake well every time you use it. Will last about 3 weeks.
- If you want the oils to dilute into the mix to avoid separation, add one teaspoon of vodka to the water before you put in the essential oil.
Using Essential Oils
When used appropriately, essential oils are a wonderful way to promote health and wellness in your home and in your life.
They are a way to connect with nature on a sensory level and can evoke happy memories and feelings of joy in a moment. Enjoy those moments and feel the benefits as you incorporate them into your everyday life.
Do remember that essential oils are highly concentrated powerful botanicals. Each drop is distilled from a large quantity of plant material so only a little needs to be used. Always adopt the less is more approach.
These oils are precious gifts from nature and should be used sparingly. They can also be harmful and are never to be used directly on the skin.
Read more about essential oil safety.
November 30, 2018
Christmas Calm: A Scent for Home
Make your own DIY room scent spray with this easy to follow recipe that I have been making for years. It really gets me in the mood for Christmas!
While many of us look forward to a break midwinter during all the festivities, it can get very hectic. We rush around making sure everything is in place. Meanwhile our minds are swirling, full of lists and to-dos (and even don’ts!)
Sometimes January arrives and we feel like we haven’t had a break at all!
I created this DIY room scent spray to calm and energise my senses. While the traditional festive scents of Frankincense, Cypress, Clove and Mandarin evoke times gone by they are also nurturing, energising and calming in equal measure. Just the formulation required during a time when you need to recharge but you also want to enjoy social occasions too!
It’s easy to pull together once you’ve gathered your ingredients.
Ingredients and Equipment
- 1 50ml spray bottle (These can be purchased in a good chemist, drugstore, Tiger or Muji.)
- 1 Mixing jug
- 1 spoon
- 4 drops Frankincense Oil
- 8 drops Mandarin Oil
- 2 Drops Cypress Oil
- 1 Drop Clove Oil
- Add 50 mls of water to the Mixing jug.
- Drop the oils carefully into the water. Don’t worry if an extra drop here and there fall in.
- Give it a good stir.
- Pour carefully into spray bottle.
- Put the cap on the bottle and give it a good shake.
- Spray twice in your room.
- Breathe, take a moment, feel calm and full of festive joy!
If you would like to give the gift of calm this Christmas all of my oils are formulated to reduce stress and imbue a sense of calm. My REST Oil in particular is designed to still an anxious, swirling mind. And, in the spirit of making your life easier, gift wrapping is included on all orders between now and Christmas.