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Comfort a cough with essential oils

My dear husband is suffering from a cold with a dry hacking cough. It’s been keeping us both up at night and so I headed to my herb and essential oil books to find some help. I mixed this up and it seemed to ease his symptoms.

Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops lemon essential oil with 2 tablespoons of organic honey. (Aura Cacia actually makes a combo essential oil with eucalyptus and lemon..find it here.) Take 1 teaspoon of this and dilute in a glass of warm water. Sip it slowly. You can add a slice of lemon too.

Then massage the back and chest with 3 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops ginger essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil (any vegetable oil would do).

To do a steam inhalation, you could boil some distilled water, add 3 drops of lavender essential oil and inhale the steam deeply with you head and shoulders covered with a towel. Be careful not to burn yourself.  The lavender has a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect.

Got these remedy from one of my favorite books: The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. It’s a great practical guide.

Hope you are in good health.

xo,

Ivy

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Lemon Butter Cuticle Balm

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Inspired by the lovely Burt’s bee’s product, this is my recipe to make your own version…

1 oz. shea butter

2 oz. sunflower seed oil

1 oz. beeswax

2 small Vitamin E caps

30 drops lemon essential oil

To order these ingredients online…click here.

Put wax, oil and butter into pyrex glass and place in hot water bath. Gently heat until melted. Stir to combine. Remove from heat. Pierce the vitamin E caps and add to oil mixture. Stir. Then add Lemon essential oil.

Pour into glass jar or tin. Place in fridge to harden overnight. This will yield 4 oz. of balm and last you about 6 months. Your cuticles will be lovely.

Enjoy!

xo,

Ivy

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Green cleaning

Good morning.

I am so over paying a bunch of money for “Green cleaners”. It’s so easy to make your own…here’s some recipes I like to use. I got these from a great organic lifestyle magazine that I subscribe to: Mary Jane’s Farm. My neighbor was reading it on her front porch one day and I asked to take a look. It’s very charming, vintage-y and full of great info and ideas.

Glass cleaner

1/2 teaspoon liquid Castile soap

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 cups distilled water

Mix together and pour into a 16 oz spray bottle. I like to add lemon essential oil to further help cut grease and leave a fresh natural fragrance. You can find Castile soap at drugstores and health food stores. I usually buy the Dr. Bronner’s brand.

This cleaner works wonderfully on all your glass and counter tops too!

Dishwasher Detergent

This works so beautifully!

1 cup Borax (in the laundry aisle)

1/2 cup baking soda

6 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Combine and add powder to your dispenser as usual.

Bonus: Fill your rinse dispenser with white vinegar for super sparkly dishes!

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