Seedy Saturday 2016

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Lemon Essential Oil

 

images (2) (4)Lemon Essential Oil has a myriad of uses:

When used on your skin it is a very effective natural astringent.  It can also be used to help diminish brown/age spots on your skin.

Want to curb your appetite?  Take a big sniff of Lemon Essential Oil.

Citrus smells help to lift your mood and to stimulate your brain.  It also helps with confusion and restlessness.

Lemon Essential Oil makes a great natural mouth wash.

Lemon Essential Oils is amazing for taking sticky residue off anything!  I had some old carpet tape on my laminate flooring and Lemon Oil worked better than anything else I tried.

Add Lemon Oil to your wash cycle for additional cleaning strength.  Also add it to your hand wash dishes and your dishwasher cycle.

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BAN MICROBEADS

I was listening to CBC the other day and heard a story about New York State banning the use of Microbeads in body products. I found it hard to believe that any company remotely tuned into sustainability would add little bits of plastic to personal products. These little beads appear in toothpaste, cleaning products and personal skin products.

Here is the Wikipedia information on Microbeads

Plastic microbeads found in exfoliating personal care products are polluting United States Great Lakes. Recent research published in peer-reviewed journal The Marine Pollution Bulletin found high concentrations of plastics in U.S. lakes, particularly Lake Erie, with microbeads accounting for 90 percent of these plastics. Microbeads are designed to be small enough to wash down the drain, but they are obviously not being caught by sewage treatment and are instead flowing into waterways. Natural products such as ground nuts and fruit pits can exfoliate without harming the environment.

There is an app for that!!! The excellent website noted below will allow you to download an app that scans the bar code of a product to see if there are any microbeads present.

beatthemicrobead.org

Just to play it safe; always buy local and really know your local producer!!!

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5 Surprising Uses for Soap

Here at Orchard Valley Soap and Essential Oils, we think a lot about the uses for our products. In our experimentation, we have found 5 creative uses for our soap!

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Gardening:

  • Scrape your fingernails across a bar of soap before you begin gardening, your clean up will be easy.
  • Plant a bar of soap or soap slivers anywhere you wish to repel bugs.

Cleaning:

  • Rub a wet bar of soap along dirty windowsills to pick up the debris and dirt often found in the difficult to get at surfaces.

Sewing:

  • Lubricate sewing needles and pins by using soap.
  • Cover a bar of soap with fabric for an excellent pincushion.
  • Rusty or stubborn zippers will often un-stick after you rub them with a bar of soap.

Aromatherapy:

  • Place soap bars anywhere you want to freshen up a space. For instance: cars, RV’s, luggage, drawers, linens, under the kitchen sink, closets and crawl spaces.

Home Repairs

  • Screws, nails and saw blades will all be easier to work with after rubbing with a bar of soap to lubricate.

What creative uses do you have for soap?

 

 

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Top 10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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In 1930, Mr. EM Humphrey found that Tea Tree leaves contained an essential oil which showed antiseptic and bacterial properties 13 times stronger than carbolic acid: the accepted standard of the time.

Dr. Humphrey identified Tea Tree oil’s disinfectant action on the typhoid bacilli was sixty times greater than that of ordinary hand soap and Tea Tree in the 1940’s became standard issue in first aid kits for the Australian Armed Forces.

 Top 10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  1. Treat acne or prevent cold sores from spreading with a few drops of Tea Tree.
  2. Dissolve a wart by applying few drops every morning and every evening at bedtime.
  3. Clean cuts and scrapes with Tea Tree. 
  4. Clear congestion with a few drops in the bath or in a vaporizer.
  5. Boost cleaning in your clothes washer or to your dishwasher by adding a few drops.
  6. Use to treat head lice by making a Tea Tree spray.
  7. Make an all purpose household cleaner! (3 cups of water, two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two teaspoons of lemon essential oil.)
  8. Use Tea Tree to clean all surfaces and deter germs.
  9. Great travel antiseptic travel companion (especially on an airplane!).
  10. Stop any fungal infection by soaking feet in a tea tree bath and then apply directly to affected areas.

While Tea Tree Oil should never be ingested and is only rarely used without diluting it’s full strength, it’s practical applications are incredible!

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Hello Baby! Aromatherapy for Your Wee One.

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Long before the big “birth day”, a baby’s olfactory nerves are formed and receptors in their brain they are able to interpret different smells! At approximately 13 weeks of a pregnancy, babies can actually smell a number of things.

At birth, a baby’s their sense of smell is the most well developed of all their senses. A baby needs to be able to smell the important people who are there to offer them food, love and comfort. Babies are often only comforted when being held by their mothers. This is in part due to the wee ones’ well developed sense of smell.

Introducing smells when playing with your baby will stimulate their interest and engage the baby more deeply by adding an olfactory level to play.

Guidelines for using Aromatherapy with Babies:

  • Babies less than three months old should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist. To introduce aromatherapy to babies try placing 2 drops of essential oil on a cloth and keeping it nearby when the baby is being fed. This will cause an association to form between the smell and the comfort they feel at feeding time.  Our sense of smell can at times seems less important than our other senses. However, to a baby, how something smells is more important than sense of taste in choosing foods.
  • Do not apply essential oils directly on a baby’s skin; always dilute the oils with a carrier oil.Only very mild oils should be used on young children (Primarily Lavender and Chamomile)
  • Massage is a great way of communicating with your baby. Use about 5 drops of Essential Oil to one ounce of carrier oil.

 

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Thieves Oil Recipe

image14This is a very, very old recipe used to ward off sickness and plague.

The story behind the oil recipe is: Four men in the early 1400’s were caught in the act of robbing the homes and graves of plague victims. They were sharply arrested and brought before a magistrate. The court debated their sentencing and then decided to grant them leniency if they were willing to share the secret and potent recipe they used to ward off the plague.

The recipe they divulged was a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. The combination of oils made an extremely effective bactericide, germicide and virucide.

Recipe One:

Clove Essential Oil – 40 drops
Lemon Essential Oil – 30 drops
Cinnamon Essential Oil – 20 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – 15 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil – 10 drops

Recipe Two: Blend of  clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils in equal parts.

Thieves Oil can be used as an air cleaner, added to steaming baths and used when travelling in order to purify surfaces and air.  Try  out each of the different recipes that you can try out to ward off modern day bacteria, viruses and plagues.

 

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Moisturizing Mature Skin

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 Mix together two ounces of jojoba oil with 15 drops of Frankincense Oil in a small glass bottle.

Apply several drops to dry skin following a bath or shower.

Rich jojoba oil and heavenly Frankincense is the perfect fix for thirsty skin.

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Holiday Smells for A Healthier Home

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Clean the air, scent your home and keep the micro-bugs away!

Use these warm indoor oils in a vaporizer, add them to boiling water to clean the air or make a spray by combining oil, witch hazel and distilled water!

Sweet Orange

Clove

Cinnamon

Peppermint

Frankicense

Pine

Eucalyptus

Mix and match your favourite scents to create a warm and cozy holiday atmosphere!

 

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The Best Massage Oil for Cold and Flu Season!

Reduce aches and congestion by using this wonderful massage oil!

Cold and Flu Season Super Massage Oil: 

4 ounces of your favourite carrier oil (almond oil or grape seed are very nice)

20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

20 drops of lavender essential oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

Pour into a bottle (preferably dark coloured glass) mix well and massage  2 to 3 teaspoons on chest and back to relieve congestion and reduce the achy feeling that comes with colds and flu.

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