Cleaning Green with Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is an excellent resource for addressing bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections that normally thrive in homes and offices, and which are created by toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
Experience teaches us that at least half of the trauma caused by toxic chemicals manifests itself as stress. At least another one fourth of the total problem is bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections that also need to be addressed.
The following oils have been identified as beneficial for reducing and eliminating environmental stress and offering these additional benefits when inhaled or topically applied* (Source: Aromatherapy Coach, http://www.aromatherapycoach.com):
Basil – decongestant for the circulatory, respiratory and hormonal systems
Bergamot – provides a hostile environment for bacteria, parasites and inflammation
Cedarwood – provides a hostile environment for fungi and other infections
Chamomile, Roman – provides a hostile environment for intestinal parasites
Clary Sage – nerve tonic, provides hostile environment for fungi
Coriander – removes heavy metals from nerve tissue and reduces stress
Cypress – improves circulation, provides a hostile environment for bacteria and other infections
Geranium – balances emotions, detoxifies liver and improves blood circulation
Grapefruit – improves lymph and blood flow
Helichrysum – removes heavy metals from nerve tissue and reduces stress
Lemon – provides a hostile environment for viruses, supports immune system
Lime – improves circulatory system, supports immune system
Mandarin – provides a hostile environment for viruses, supports digestive system
Orange – improves cardiovascular system, supports bones and digestive system
Patchouli – provides hostile environment for inflammation, fungi and infections
Rosemary – provides hostile environment for bacteria and other infections
A few examples of how essential oils have been used for cleaning and disinfecting are:
“I was helping set up for a workshop and noticed that the white board we were going to use had a lot of information that had been on there for months. I first tried a chemical cleaner, which didn’t do much to take off the marker and, boy, did it smell awful! I then remembered I had a small bottle of peppermint and orange essential oil mixture oil under the counter. I put several drops all over the board and the old ink came right off with very little rubbing needed. The best part was the office then smelled wonderful and we got a little lift from the scent as well.” – Jessica S.
“A piece of gum—accidentally left in a jeans pocket—made its way through the clothes washer and dryer, leaving gum smears on the inside of the dryer drum. Using a drop or two of lemon essential oil on a paper towel, I was able to remove the smeared gum with very little time and effort; it came right off! The lemon oil made the dryer smell nice and clean, too. I’m thinking any Young Living citrus oil would also do the job—not that I want to repeat this experience any time soon!” – Sharon R.
“I was having trouble with my dishwasher not rinsing the dishes properly. I had a bottle of orange essential oil on the windowsill for use in my water and decided to try a few drops in the detergent cup along with the powdered dish detergent. The dishes came out sparkling, with no residue, and the whole house smelled of orange. Now I look forward to doing dishes, which is a miracle in itself!” – Angie T.
“Smelly feet or shoes can be remedied by either dropping a few drops of Geranium essential oil directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Athlete’s foot? Tea tree is great!” – Bree W.
For more ideas of how to clean green with essential oils, visit http://www.oil-testimonials.com/945299 and search ‘Clean’.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.*
Written by Stacey Hall, L.S.H., C.N.T.C., C.R.T.S., C.A.C
Stacey Hall, CEO and Founder of The Hall Institute of Intuitive Wellness, is a licensed spiritual healer and a certified aromatherapy and natural therapies’ coach. She is also the organizer of the Aromatherapy and Wellness – Las Vegas Meet Up Group. For more information about her, visit www.chi-to-be.com