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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:29

Aromatherapy in the Home

Aromatherapy in the Home

Its Aromatherapy Awareness week, so we’re celebrating the many uses of essential oils and how they can benefit our everyday lives.

A great way to make use of essential oils at home is through incorporating them into household chores. They’re a great way of helping spruce up the place by helping you create a warm, welcoming and clean space to live in. Not only this, but incorporating them into your household regime can help make it more enjoyable for you whilst you clean!

Here are just four tips and ideas for how you can do just this.

(1) Add a few drops of Bergamot essential oil to your hoover bag before vacuuming. Once the machine warms up, the aroma will be released into the air, helping the rooms smell fresh and rid the place of unwanted odours. For more ideas, have a look at one of our previous blogs:


(2) Add Lime Essential oil to your multi-surface cleaner to help add shine! For more tips and advice on this, check out one of our previous blog posts:


(3) Keep away pesky insects in the house. Try adding Cedarwood essential oil to cotton balls and placing them in your clothes drawers to help repel moths. This is also a lovely way to fragrance the bedroom.

(4) Keep your garden tools in tip top condition by soaking them in a bucket of warm water, vinegar and 5-10 drops of Lemon oil. For more gardening tips, have a look one of our previous blog posts:



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Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:26

6 Ways to Make the Most of Lavender Essential Oil around the House.

Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils there are. Over the past few blogs we've looked at its various uses in natural skin care and relaxation. But it is also incredibly beneficial for all its practical uses in and around the house. Here are just a few ideas to help you make the most of Lavender at home.

(1)    In the Kitchen…

Lavender has been used for centuries for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, this makes it an ideal ingredient to use for cleaning. 

In fact, when translated to its Latin name; Lavere, it literally means ‘to wash’. It has been used throughout history to help ward off bad smells and help beat airborne viruses. Today it is a widely used oil for helping ward off the common cold and help treat the symptoms of coughs, colds and flu. This is not only based on its ant-viral properties, but it also acts as an anti-inflammatory, enabling it to soothe and protect a sore throat and aching joints.

Its anti-bacterial properties and fresh, clean smelling aroma makes it the perfect oil to use in your household cleaning regime. Just one of the many ways you can do this is by using it in a natural surface cleaner; why not give it a go?

Simple 4 ingredient Natural Surface Cleaner

1 part water

1 part white vinegar

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil

20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Give it a good shake a spray generously over kitchen surfaces and enjoy the great results and wonderful aromas!

(2)In the Living Room…

Why not make the household chores more enjoyable? A great tip to fragrance your home is to  add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to the hoover bag. The scent will be released when the hoover is switched on – making the task much more enjoyable!

(3)In the Bathroom…

Lavender essential oil is something that every bathroom would benefit from! Other than using them as part of your personal care regime (try adding drops to shampoos and conditioners, to a relaxing bath or even mix with Virgin Coconut oil to create an all-natural deodorant), its a great way to keep the area smelling fresh. Plus you can also use it in your cleaning regime (why not also use the all natural surface cleaner recipe in the bathroom too!?) .

A really simple yet effective way to enjoy the aroma of Lavender essential oil in your bathroom is to place a few drops on the inside of the toilet roll tube. Each time the roll is spun, the aroma is released, filling the air with the lovely scent of Lavender (and helping mask any not so nice smells).

(4)In the bedroom

Linen Spray

Making your own linen spray using Lavender essential oil is a really lovely way to create a calming atmosphere in the bedroom and fill the air with a relaxing and restoring scent. Not only will it smell wonderful, but you’ll also enjoy the benefits of its properties. Perfect to use when getting the

Simply take an empty 100ml bottle,

Fill with distilled water and a table spoon of alcohol (vodka would work perfectly),

Add 20 drops of Lavender essential oil.

Next place an atomizer on in place of a lid.

Give it a good shake and it is ready to use as and when desired.

(5)Home fragrance

Add drops of the oil to cotton balls and place them in your clothes draws to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

Not only will this, but it keep away the moths as it acts as a natural insect repellent (it will also help deter fleas and other unwanted little visitors).

(6) In the First Aid Kit

Keep a bottle in your first aid kit to help with all sorts of mumps, bruises and other minor aches and pains.

Diluted and applied to the affected area, Lavender can be used as a natural treatment for:

Headaches, sunburn, insect bites and minor burns. What’s more its relaxing scent can help you feel calm in stressful situations when the first aid kit is needed!

There you have just a few simple ideas on how to make the most of this wonderful essential oil in and around the home. The possibilities really are endless! You can get creative in blending with other oils and once you start, you’ll find many more uses for this incredibly versatile oil!

Have you found any original or really effective uses for Lavender oil at home? We’d love to hear them.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 09:55

Spring Cleaning - the Natural Way! Part 3


Day 3 – Spring cleaning the bedroom!

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore! Incorporating essential oils into your cleaning regime can make the process a whole lot more enjoyable. There are many that contain excellent anti-bacterial properties which make them a great natural alternative to conventional, chemical laden household cleaners.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:50

Spring Cleaning - the Natural Way! Part 2

So we saw the spring equinox over the weekend! It’s now that exciting time of year when after the long winter months, the Daffodils finally emerge, the days start to get longer and the weather (hopefully) gets warmer. It’s also the great chance to have a good old spring clean! It’s a great feeling to get your home clean and free from clutter and ready for the warmer months to come! 

Although the end results are most worth it, cleaning can be a tedious task so why not make it enjoyable? Stick some music on and incorporate essential oils into your regime! There are many ways you can enjoy all the great benefits of essential oils whilst you clean! Not only this, but replacing conventional, chemical laden cleaning products with natural alternatives will benefit the health of you and those around you and have a much smaller impact on the environment.

Day 2 – Spring cleaning the bathroom!

• Get those bathroom mirrors gleaming with all natural Lime and Vinegar mix.

Take one cup on water, one cup of white vinegar and 10-12 drops of Lime essential oil!

Citrus oils such as Lime, Lemon and Grapefruit work wonders as part of a natural cleaning regime! Not only do they smell wonderfully fresh and uplifting, they help to cut through grease and stains and their anti-bacterial properties means they help keep surfaces clean and free from nasty bacteria.

Ideally combine the three ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and spray generously over your household mirrors.

• Peppermint oil for sparkling tiles.

Invigorating and refreshing! Peppermint oil’s energizing properties are sure to make cleaning the bathroom seem like a less tedious task! Its anti-bacterial and deodorizing effects.

Take two cups of water and two tea spoons of peppermint oil. Mix them in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and get cleaning! Spray generously over the bath and sink. Allow to sit for a few minutes then wipe away with a wet sponge. Enjoy the energizing and invigorating scents of peppermint whilst you clean and rest assure that the anti-bacterial properties are getting to work to leave you with a clean and fresh smelling bathroom
• Natural toilet cleaner with Tea Tree essential oil.

Conventional toilet bathroom and toilet cleaners can be incredibly overpowering and toxic. Luckily there are some incredibly simple ways to make your own natural alternative. A simple yet effective cleaner could consist of the following oh-so simple combination:

Combine one cup of white vinegar with half a tea spoon (roughly 35-40 drops) in a spray bottle. Give it a good shake and spray generously into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit for half an hour then scrub away. The tea tree oil will get to work on the nasty bacteria and odors, whilst the vinegar will help remove grime and stains.

*Handy tip – to enjoy the scent of your favourite essential oil by placing a few drops on the inside of a toilet roll!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:41

Spring Cleaning - The Natural Way!

Spring Cleaning – the Natural Way!

This Friday will be the first official day of spring! It’s that exciting time of year when after the long winter months, the Daffodils finally emerge, the days start to get longer and the weather (hopefully) gets warmer.