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    A Hemlock Essential Oil Natural Cleaning Spray

    by Andrea Butje on July 01, 2019

    Is Hemlock essential oil safe? And what can you use it for?

    Hemlock essential oil would like to be your friend.

    Wait, don’t go!

    Hemlock essential oil is very friendly! It knows there’s another ‘Hemlock’ that’s been used as poison in the past, but that’s a totally different species of plant.

    Here’s what I wrote about that in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy.

    “It’s easy to confuse Tsuga canadensis with the poisonous plant that’s also commonly called ‘Hemlock,’ but they belong to entirely different genus and species. The toxic ‘Hemlocks’ are herbaceous members of the parsley family, while Tsuga canadensis is a conifer tree with a whole array of health-supporting properties.”

    See? Nothing to be shy of.

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    Three Aromatherapy Spring Cleaning Recipes

    by Andrea Butje on March 14, 2016

    Aromatherapy spring cleaning recipes to revitalize your home!

    Cleaning can be nourishing—and yes, even fun!—when you make your own natural cleaning recipes. Spring is a great time to do that. It’s associated with new beginnings, and cleaning helps us embrace beginnings with a fresh, open mindset. 

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    Homemade Gym Equipment Cleaner Spray

    August 31, 2015

    Make a homemade gym equipment cleaner with essential oils! Part of your post-workout ritual probably includes wiping down the gym equipment or yoga mat you used. […]

    Clean Your Kitchen Sponges Naturally with Essential Oils

    April 27, 2015

    I like to clean kitchen sponges naturally...and frequently! I’ve always been a little unsettled at the thought of all the bacteria in my kitchen sponge proliferating at rapid rates. I don’t want to wash my dishes with that! Sure, you can pop the sponge in the dishwasher or microwave, but what about between the times you run the dishwasher? (And I don’t know about you, but I have not always had a dishwasher and often don’t use it.) […]

    Clean Kitchen Sponges

    January 23, 2013

    I admit, my interest in clean kitchen sponges is a little weird--maybe a tad obsessive. I could go on and on about the disgusting bacteria that forms on your kitchen sponge and then gets spread all over your dishes (not to mention your hands), which is why using clean kitchen sponges is so important. If you doubt me (it's okay!), check out this quote from WebMD: "Consider this: One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours! The number of bacteria it takes to make people sick can range from as few as 10 up to millions. And infections spread when germs are transferred from a contaminated item (say, your cutting board) to your hands to your body." Enough said, you get the drift! Essential oils, vinegar, hydrosols, castile soap and hydrogen peroxide make it all go away! Bye-bye bacteria, hello great smelling kitchen and healthy household! Two simple steps to clean kitchen sponges! […]

    Spray for Cleaning a Sponge?

    September 11, 2012

    Sometimes people ask me if I know how to make a spray for cleaning a sponge. I do indeed! If we're going to make a spray for cleaning a sponge, there are several great recipes we can use. They all involve water, white vinegar and essential oils. […]

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