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Essential Oils 101: For the Home

Hi guys! 

I know that I have been MIA the last few weeks, but I have a good excuse, honest! It has been busy end of the year in general but throw in prep for the #JanuaryWhole30 and spending a week and a half in South Carolina catching up with close friends, and I feel like I have hardly had time to do my dishes, much less share with you all. 

But with 2018 behind us and the first week on whole30 under my belt, I’m finally feeling ready to start 2019 strong with some essential oil tips and tricks I think you will enjoy!

I’m excited to continue our “Essential Oils 101” series; in this installment we will talk about ways you can use essential oils in your home. From diffusing to cleaning to home improvement. Keep in mind that we are doterra wellness advocates so I have added links to all the products you can easily place an order!

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DIFFUSING ESSENTIAL OILS

I love diffusers! The use of Aromatherapy has been documented as far back the 11th century. But also, its like perfume for the air! Who doesn’t like their home to smell good?


I have one for my car, my bedroom and living room. There are so many fun options to choose from, however all this variety can make it a bit more challenging when you’re picking a diffuser if you haven’t used them before.

Personally, I prefer misting diffusers over any other that I have tried. They double as small humidifiers, which is great if you live in the North. I have used one similar to this in the past which was super cute, but it didn’t run as long or cover as much area as I wanted. 


Within the last year I have switched over to the dōTERRA Lumo diffuser and it’s proven to be the best diffuser I have come into contact with. The Lumo can run for up to ten hours and covers 540 square feet. It also has seven different lighting options, including the option to turn the lights off completely.

Once you’ve chosen a diffuser that works for you, the fun begins! The great thing about diffusing is that you don’t have to stick with one oil. Blend those oils, baby!  

Here are a few of my favorite combinations to get you started.

Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint make up the breath easy blend.

This blend is great when your seasonal or indoor allergies hit; it smells great too. I am super sensitive to dust and pollen so I am usually running these oils a few times a week.

Spearmint, Bergamot, and Wild Orange make up the wake me up blend.

I will run this blend while I am getting ready for work on the days that I’m not so keen on being awake. Bergamot is one of those oils I don’t love on its own, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything it in this blend.


Vetilver and Lavender make up the say goodnight blend.

Anyone who struggles with sleeping will love this. Vetiver has a grounding effect on emotions while lavender eases tension and promotes restful sleep. You may also want to try it out when you’re having a stressful day.

Wild Orange, Peppermint, and Frankincense make up the pick-me-up blend.

Try this in your diffuser when you’re having your 3 P.M. slump.


Clove, Cinnamon Bark, and Wild Orange make up the scrub-a-dub blend.

An effortless way to cleanse the air around you. Start this up while you’re busy scrubbing away for double duty!

I’ve notice there are some oils that I don’t like the smell of alone but when blended with others the results are divine! So don’t be afraid of trying new things, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t like how they turn out.

Have fun with it, and share with us what you come up with!

CLEANING

I didn’t know much about how to run a home when I first moved out. I wasn’t aware of the dangers of cleaning chemicals, never even gave it a second thought. If there was ever a time you had doubts about the caution to not mix certain chemicals, I am here to tell you they were not kidding. I came as close to passing out as you can get while cleaning my bathroom one afternoon. It’s funny to think that cleaning can be dangerous, but when you are using the wrong products it certainly can be!

Even though there seems to have been a trend in more affordable natural cleaning products in recent years, it can still be expensive. Not to mention hard to find something you are 100% comfortable using around your family.

The good news is that it’s not hard to create your own cleaning products using essential oils.

Here are two different cleansers you can use in your home. Both the all-purpose cleaner and the kitchen cleaner use white vinegar which has purifying properties but is gentle enough that you might find the same ingredient in your favorite cook books.

A few things to keep in mind for these recipes:

  • While using doterra, a little goes a long way
  • Shake well before each use
  • Use a glass bottle like this one or these
  • Essential oils have the potential to break down plastic, strangely consider glass containers.
  • Store in a cool, dry space, out of direct sunlight

All Purpose Cleaner

Mix the following ingredients in a glass container and shake well.

1 cup of warm water

1 cup white vinegar

6 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil

6 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil

6 drops of Lime Essential Oil

Kitchen Cleaner

Mix the following in a glass container and shake well.

1 cup of warm water

1 cup white vinegar

10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

10 drops of Clove Essential Oil

10 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil

Our amazing designer, Bethany, has created some super cute labels to use on your bottles. Enjoy!

Purity - doterra's proprietary blend of essential oils.

Another doterra product you will want to familiarize yourself with is Purify. This proprietary blend can eliminate odors in a natural way, be used as a cleaner for countertops and various surfaces. If you have run out of your DIY cleaners or are in a hurry, just add a few drops of purify on a rag for a quick clean that will leave you with a lovely aroma. You can also run it through your garbage disposal if it’s getting a little stinky.

MILDEW

A few year (and a lot of learning) after the afternoon pass out incident, I had moved into a basement apartment in an older building. There were so many great things about this place, but one that was less than pleasant was the mild that grew on the bathroom ceiling and around the window sills.

I knew the couple who had lived there before me so I asked them about it. Their solution had been to spray straight bleach on the affected areas. I wasn’t into that solution, so I started doing some research on a natural solution for the problem.

It took a while, but I finally found something that worked for me – Melaleuca Oil.

In a small spray bottle mix 2 drops of melaleuca with 2oz of warm water. Spray on the affected areas and let sit for several hours. Scrub the area with soapy water to remove any mildew.

A few year after the afternoon pass out, I had moved into a basement apartment in an older building. There were so many great things about that place, but one major downfall – patches of mildew growing in the bathroom and on the window sills.

I am by no means an expert in mold and mildew, but this worked well for my circumstances. I only had to repeat these steps two or three times while I lived there.


Using essential oils and other natural solutions in your home is somewhat addicting. Hopefully, you have learned a few things and found some tips you would like to try out in your home.

What are you looking forward to trying? What are some of your favorite essential oils for the home?

Leave me comments and let me know!

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  • Franessa

    Do you have any blends for flu and body aches?

    January 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm Reply
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