Essential Oils 101 and How to Use Them

Whether you are looking for a natural all-purpose cleaner, combinations for aromatherapy, or for other practical household and skincare uses, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll walk you through our favourite essential oil blends to help you enjoy a safe, clean home and lifestyle!


    All Natural Household Cleaning Blends

    Are you ready to bring nature into your home with the fresh, cleaning power of essential oils? Trying your best to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals used to maintain your household is very important, but isn’t always easy. While reading labels and researching ingredients heightens awareness, it doesn’t always ensure the health and safety of your home.

    Fortunately, DIY essential oil blends will help you eliminate toxic chemicals and give you the peace of mind you need. The best part is, you can customize the essential oils to your scent preference, or even disinfectant properties for your unique household needs. What better way to get your hands on the perfect all-natural household products than to make them yourself!?


    lavender oil

    Organic Lavender
    Bulgaria oil (10ml)

    Buy it for $11.00

    All Purpose Cleaner: Lavender, cypress, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass

    Add 8 drops of oil to 2 litres of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray.


    Dishwashing liquid: Lavender, bergamot, lime, orange

    Add 8 drops to a mild liquid detergent.


    Carpet Cleaning: Lavender, bergamot, lemon, grapefruit

    1 drop of oil per 1tbsp of kaolin, borax or talc. Sprinkle onto carpet and let sit for 10 minutes before vacuuming.


    Window Cleaning: Lemon, lime, grapefruit

    After washing windows with surface cleaner, add 1 drop of oil on clean cloth and rub on windows to remove streaky marks.


    Bathroom Cleaner: Lemongrass, bergamot, lavender, orange, lemon

    2-3 drops undiluted on a wet cloth.

     

    Homemade Natural Plant Sprays

    Organic Patchouli oil

    Organic Patchouli oil (10ml)
    Buy it for $8.00

    Maintaining thriving house plants takes lots of hardwork and dedication. That’s why it’s important to protect them against insects, mold and fungus which thrive in low light environments. We recommend trying these simple all natural plant sprays with essential oils to nurture your plants:

    Repel insects: Garlic, cedar, pine

    Place a few drops of oil on lids/small plates, and place around plants to deter pests, without killing them.

    Repel insects: Peppermint, spearmint, garlic, hyssop

    Add 4 drops to a spray bottle with warm water. Shake and spray.

    Prevent fungus: Patchouli, tea tree

    Eight drops of oil in a gallon of water. Apply with spray to leaves to discourage mold.

    Get creative with it!

    See, making your own all-natural and aroma-therapeutic household product isn’t as complicated as you may have thought! All it takes is some research on how each ingredient can help you care for your household. We encourage you to have fun experimenting with different ingredients and recipes. Whether you’re looking for ready made all-natural cleaning products, or looking to blend your own, we’ve got you covered at our online shop.

     

    Introducing Alternative Thinking Oil Blend & Smudge Kits

    oil & smudge kits on front entrance table

    We just released our very own curated Essential Oil Blend Kits, assembled by hand and available for purchase in-store! Each kit comes with an information card to tell you more about the intention behind the selection of oils in the blend, the benefits of each ingredient, and how you can use them. These blend kits would make a perfect gift for the holidays!

     

    About Alternative Thinking

    What started off as a small used bookstore in Toronto has evolved into an all-encompassing alternative lifestyle boutique. Alternative Thinking is a holistic lifestyle and metaphysical store, offering a wide range of alternative lifestyle products like ethically sourced organic bulk foods and nutrients, healing crystals, essential oils, eco-ware household essentials, and books.