A clean home and a clean conscience
Let’s face it, we all need our spirits lifting when we are cleaning. The great news is that it’s easy to clean the natural way using essential oils. That’s not all they can do; some experts say that oils such as tea tree, oregano, clove and thyme could be as powerful as antibiotics at killing topical bacteria.
Lisa Johnson is founder of organic beauty brand LJ Natural, who practises aromatherapeutic cleaning in her own home. “For my kitchen or bathrooms, I pour cooled boiled water in a spray pump and add around 30 drops each of thyme essential oil, and then lavender, lemon, or sweet orange, depending on what I have in or what I’m in the mood for. Don’t forget to shake the bottle every time before you spray it, as oils don’t disperse into the water”.
So why fake it when you can make it from nature? Here are some oils to freshen up your house without compromising your health.
This oil applied diluted to the throat chakra encourages people to have clear open communication channels and seek their true selves. Add as instructed above to clean bathroom surfaces.
This citric scent is great for using during a meditation, or alongside an affirmation, to anchor things into your mind. Make a daily shower spray with two cups of distilled water, two tablespoons of liquid body soap, ten drops of lemon essential oil and 15 drops of melaleuca essential oil. Spray it on shower doors and tiles every day after you shower to avoid limescale build up.
This encourages strength and balance. Applied near or on the solar plexus area, it can really ignite your inner confidence, plus ten drops added to seven ounces of distilled water makes a great-smelling air freshener.
Great for helping remove any negative energy blocks, this oil will help give yourself permission to let go of the relationships that no longer serve you. In a four ounce bottle of distilled water, add five drops of tea tree, five of lavender and two of wild orange essential oil to make a natural disinfectant.
Janey Lee Grace
is the author of the Imperfectly Natural Woman book series and a co-host on Steve Wright in the afternoon on BBC Radio 2. imperfectlynatural.com