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How I Eliminated Toxic Fragrances and Chemicals From my Home
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Guest post, by Lori Logue

When I clean house, I love the scents of pine and lemon or clove and cinnamon. My home smells delicious!

In the past, I burned scented candles or popular wax candles to get that inviting scent. Sometimes. I’d start to feel a little sick or friends would come over and get headaches within a few minutes. One friend admitted that she couldn’t come over because the artificial smell triggered her allergies.

I started researching the effects of burning scented candles and learning about the ingredients. I was pretty mad at myself. As that mom who tries to keep her family healthy, I was sending toxins into the air of my home. Ughh!

It was about this time when I bought a diffuser and started researching the essential oils that cleaned the air and actually reduced the bad junk we were breathing.

Now, my diffuser runs constantly with cinnamon and orange or maybe I’ll add some melaleuca or doTERRA Breathe blend if I feel congested from seasonal allergies. It’s fun and there is no guilt when I crank up the diffuser and send those incredible scents throughout my home.

That was step one in my journey, and once I bought my book on the things oils can do, I was pretty hooked.

While I could write for days on the lifestyle changes we have made, one other significant way we use oils in my home is for cleaning.

I love the smell of lemon furniture polish, but I read an article about how toxic that is to your skin. One chore I give my kids is to dust the furniture. Again, the mom in me cringed when I realized that I could be harming my children form this simple chore.

I did a quick search for oils that are great to clean with and my good old standby, lemon, popped right up. I simply added an equal mixture of olive oil and vinegar into a glass spray bottle. Then, I put about 10 to 15 drops of my lemon oil into that and stirred it around. It was so simple and it’s easy to make more whenever I need it. My kids love helping and making their own sprays too.

My daughter even made a nightly spray for her baby brother and labeled it Monster Spray. She just added some lavender and water to one of our glass bottles and it’s totally safe for them to spray on pillows or in the air. It’s an added blessing for sweet dreams and a fresh-scented bedroom.

Having a clean home doesn’t just mean sweeping and mopping. It is so important to think about what we are cleaning with and what we are breathing in or putting on our skin.

Like with any change, it’s good to start small and manage one task at a time. We shouldn’t overwhelm ourselves by doing more than we can handle at once. It will all start to click as we feel better and realize that it is all just getting back to the basics.

Hi! My name is Lori Logue.  I am a full-time REALTOR, mom of 3 incredible kids, homeschool  mom, and wife to an amazing man! I am also a doTERRA wellness advocate and have been a lover of essential oils for almost three years.  My family and I  have changed our lifestyle so much in the last few years, and I am happy to share our experiences with you!

Essential Oils For Head Lice
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A few weeks ago my 11 year old daughter pointed out an itchy spot on the side of her head. I assumed it was a mosquito bite, and had her apply some Correct X to relief the itch. The next day she brought me a small bug she found in her hair. LICE!

My daughter had lice.

My 11 year is the youngest of our four children and this was our first experience with these pesky little bugs. It is important to note that head lice can happen to anyone, no matter how clean the person or how clean the house. We homeschool and interaction with other children is limited to church and the dance studio. After calling the dance studio I found out that 3 other girls also reported lice. My daughter picked up her annoying little hitchhikers at tumbling.

Some helpful facts about head lice from the CDC website:

  • Head lice do not spread disease.
  • They move by crawling, they do not fly or hop.
  • Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
  • It takes 8-9 days for the head lice nits to hatch.
  • Nymphs mature into adults in about 8-12 days.
  • An adult louse can live for 30 days on a human’s head.
  • The species of lice which live on humans can not live on our pets and vice versa.

I’m sorry. Is this making your head itch?

There are many different recipes for natural lice treatment, some using vinegar, vodka, coconut oil, olive oil, but one thing is consistent – Melaleuca.

Coconut and Essential oil treatment:

1 cup coconut oil

5 drops melaleuca

4 drops thyme

2 drops lavender

2 drops geranium

 

I worked this mixture through all 4 of my kids hair and my own. My 11 year old was the only one with lice, but I was being thorough. Nothing will make your own head start to feel itchy like pulling lice out of your very snuggly, loves-to-give-hugs little girl.

 

My plan was to keep the mixture in her hair over night then comb through her hair in the morning. But she was anxious to wash her hair. After 2 hours she washed her hair and while her hair was still wet and using a lice comb I carefully worked through her hair washing the comb out in a bowl of water. There were only 3 adult lice, but several nymphs floating in the water. I think we caught this early.

After combing her hair out I sprayed her hair with a lice repellant spray.
Lice Repellant Spray

4 ounce glass spray bottle

20 drops melaleuca

10 drops Eucalyptus

10 drops lavender

Fill with water. Shake before each use.

I washed all bedding, sprayed her stuffed animals with the Repellant Spray and put them in sealed plastics bags for 5 days and vacuumed my house.

The next day (day 2) I applied the coconut/essential oil mixture and wet combed again. No adults and less nymphs. I sprayed her hair at least 3 times that day.

Day 3-  I sprayed her hair and wet combed and couldn’t see anything.

Days 4-6-  I sprayed and looked carefully through her hair.

Day 7-  I sprayed and wet combed again but found nothing.

I added melaleuca and rosemary essential oils to our bottle of shampoo as a preventative measure.

It has now been two weeks and we have no recurrence of head lice. I am using a little more caution now. Some of my steps going forward are:

  • Adding oils to our shampoo.
  • Spaying the kids with the Repellant Spray before dance or other activities.
  • Not allowing my kids to try on any halloween masks/hats at the store.  

Other Essential Oils For Lice Prevention/Treatment:

This was my first experience with lice as an adult. I remember having lice once as a child. How does my experience compare to when your kids had lice? What did you use? Did you try any natural products? I would love to hear your story.