Friday, July 27, 2012

The Best Spray in the World!

There is something I have caught on to that is so great, it's hard to even tell you about it without sounding like a used car salesman.  This item has blown me away, and continues to impress me as I am still finding new uses for it.  Aside from it's amazing array of uses, what makes this product so remarkable is how shockingly simple its ingredient list is.

So what is this amazing item that I have found, and am dying to tell you about?  Water mixed with rosemary and lavender essential oils! 

Umm... what, you may be saying?  That doesn't sound very interesting or amazing.  And you are right, it doesn't, but what it can do will blow your mind!  (Relatively speaking :)

Did you know that Lavender is... antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, and an insecticide!?   (source)

Rosemary is... anti arthritic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal,  hypertensive, restorative, and a memory stimulant!   (source)

Have you ever wished you could take the 15- 20 household cleaning products you have and knock them all down to just a few.  Here is the list I have come up with for ways you can try this simple mix...

1.  Air Freshener-  Who doesn't want their home to smell amazing, and yet not have to deal with chemicals raining down on you for your pets and children to crawl around in.  Its probably a safer alternative to accidentally breathing those other sprays in too.

2.  Bathroom Cleaner-  Mirrors get clean and shiny, cleans the germs and bacteria off of counters and toilets, use as a daily shower wall spray after showers to prevent soap scum build up, spray on shower walls and add baking soda to scrub the shower clean.

3.  Sanitizer-  I love/ hate Lysol.  It's great for certain uses like smelly trash cans, but oh the nasty chemical smell that follows.  Spray this spray on instead and feel confident that it has done the job, and has left a fantastic fresh smell.  "This mixture was found, in the French state hospital system, to be as effective as standard hospital sanitizer, but in fact longer lasting." (source)  Essential oils have been shown to stand up to drug resistant super bugs like MRSA, and beat them. (source)

4.  Hand Sanitizer-  With concerns over ingredients like triclosan in some hand sanitizers causing liver damage, I was very happy to learn that this terrific spray could be used as a hand sanitizer as well.  Simply put some in a small spray bottle and spray your hands as needed. For a very interesting article on our skin's acidity and why this works better click here.

5.  Carpet Cleaner-  If you couldn't tell by now I have always had a strong aversion to chemical smells.  I have guiltily left the treacherous chore of smearing the chemicals into the carpet to my husband.  Then there is the don't touch the chemical spot until it dries game,  that is especially fun with small children around.  (In case you didn't know, what goes on your skin very often ends up in your blood stream.)

So I thought why not, and gave the spray a shot at carpet cleaning.  Totally shocked me!  Not only did it get the blue tempura paint out (from when my daughter slipped with the avocado seed she'd been painting to look like a robbin's egg), but it took out set in green vegetable juice, and all from our white carpet! (Warning- Try on a small out of the way area of carpet first as results may vary.)

You can see that it is easy to sound like a used car salesman with something this amazing around.  Rest assured though I have no intentions of selling you anything.  Just happy to be passing along helpful info.

To make the spray all you need is a spray bottle, purified water, rosemary and lavender essential oils, then liquid soap or vinegar.  That's it!  You want it to have a strong, but not overwhelming smell to it when you spray it.

To get this great recipe from Heather at mommypotamus click here.

I have a large all purpose bottle for cleaning, a small spray bottle in the bathroom as air freshener, and another bottle in the baby's room to use as hand sanitizer after diaper changes. 

I am checking into whether it can be used to clean up counters from raw meat and eggs.

As with all things in life there are different qualities of essential oils.  I bought mine from http://www.vitacost.com/ for about $4-5 each.  For another good quality oil try a company like Mountain Rose Herbs.  Both brands should yield good results.  

These are very cost efficient.  Each of my essential oil bottles have 0.5 oz in them, and I have used barely half of them since I got them 6-7 months ago.  A great investment in both health and peace of mind!

Happy cleaning!  :)



Disclaimer:
The above information, with the exception of what has sources, is my personal opinion and does not carry the weight of medical advice or lab tested results.  I cannot personally confirm or guarantee the exact results of what is listed in the article.  That being said I definitely believe them and personally practice the uses listed above without any problems.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

When around a new one I suggest smelling it first to see if any reaction occurs.  If no occurrence then test a small amount on the skin and wait to see if any reaction occurs.  If one does wash the area with soap and water immediately, and contact medical personnel if necessary.

I have only ever met one person with a sensitivity to an essential oil so I don't believe it to be a very common problem. 


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