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Written by, Becki Andrus

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me about essential oils diffusers… why they should be used, and which diffusers are best. So, I’m writing this blog post as a reference for anyone who wants to see a comparison of diffusers.

Keep in mind, in this blog post, we are only discussing 2 types of diffusers because they are the 2 best options (in my opinion). You can find other types of diffusers out there, such as evaporative diffusers and heat diffusers, but both of those methods affect the compounds within the essential oils and can cause the essential oils to evaporate more quickly. When essential oils evaporate too quickly, it can affect the compounds within the oil, because the oils may actually be fractionated before they are released into the air.

So, instead of wasting your time by having you read information about diffusers that I wouldn’t personally suggest, I am simply highlighting the 2 types of diffusers that I like to use:

Click Here to Read More About Essential Oil Diffusers

Modern Medicine and Natural Medicine

Posted on August 18, 2013 | In Essential Oils
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bottle with homeopathy balm and leafWritten by, Becki Andrus

As you know, I am a big advocate for natural remedies. My first choice treatment for any health concern in my family is to use natural remedies before turning to modern medicine. But, I am also grateful to have modern medicine available when it is needed, and I personally believe that we are blessed to live in a time when those options are available for us to choose from.

This past week, my husband and I were working out in our garden. It was getting late and the sun was starting to go down, but there were a few more weeds that we were trying to get cleaned up before we called it a night. He had already taken off his gloves, and quickly reached down to pick up a big handful of weeds that needed to be thrown away. In the movement, his hand hit against a metal pipe and there was a shard of metal sticking out that buried deep into his thumb.

He didn’t tell me about it until the next morning, but by that point the area was red and swollen and we were worried about infection setting in. I immediately pulled out my essential oils and we applied OnGuard and helichrysum. We continued to apply the essential oils regularly, and within 24 hours the area looked much better.

Even though we were pretty sure the essential oils would help to prevent a major infection, there was still concern about tetanus. He hadn’t had a tetanus shot in over 10 years, so we made the decision to have him visit our doctor to get the booster shot.

This situation was the perfect example of the way modern medicine and natural remedies can be used hand-in-hand. I was glad to have our essential oils available so that we could treat the possible infection without having to use antibiotics, and it was nice to have the modern technology available to use the tetanus shot as well.
Do you have any questions about essential oils? Feel free to comment here on this blog post or contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

With love,

Becki :)

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe

Posted on June 11, 2013 | In Cleaning Tips
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toiletWritten by, Becki Andrus

Essential oils can be used with other natural ingredients to clean every room in your home. Many people overlook the benefits of using essential oils for cleaning… and reach for the commercial, chemical-filled products instead. When these store-bought cleaners are used in the home, they are creating a toxic environment that could be potentially dangerous to the health of your family.

Instead of risking your family’s health, it is better to use natural alternatives instead. In fact, it’s easy to make your own homemade cleaners with a few basic ingredients. Today, I’m going to share a recipe for homemade toilet bowl cleaner:

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe:

2 cups vinegar
1 cup baking soda
5 drops tea tree essential oil
Sprinkle the baking soda into the toilet bowl, covering the surface of the bowl as much as possible. Drop in the essential oil around the bowl, then drizzle the vinegar over the baking soda.

When the vinegar hits the baking soda, a reaction will occur that causes it to start bubbling and fizzing. This natural bubbling will help to clean the toilet. Also, the tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial benefits that will help to disinfect and kill any bacteria present in the toilet.Natural Cleaning small

When the fizzing stops, use a toilet brush or a rag to scrub the toilet bowl to help remove any remaining spots. Flush the toilet to rinse it. Repeat if necessary, for stubborn stains.

For more natural cleaning recipes, check out my book with 42 recipes for every room in your house: Natural Cleaning Recipes.

With love,

Becki :)

lavender bath saltWritten by, Becki Andrus

I spent a lot of time in the garden yesterday, and used the shovel for a few hours getting rows lined up and ready to plant our vegetables for the season. It was fun to be working outside, but I quickly remembered how that kind of work uses muscles that I’m not used to working so hard.

I had a LOT of sore muscles! My back, my shoulders, my obliques, and my legs were are tight and sore from the afternoon of work that I did.

Luckily, my essential oils came to the rescue!

That night, before I went to bed I soaked in a warm bath of Epsom salt and essential oils. The Epsom salt helps to detox and sooth minor aches and pains, and the essential oils were wonderful to help me relax and let go of the tightness in my muscles.

Here’s the Epsom salt bath recipe that I used:

1. Fill the tub with warm water. I like to get the water as warm as I can stand it, without it being scalding hot.

2. When the tub is halfway full, let the water continue to fill the tub and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Use your hand to stir in the salts and so that they will dissolve in the water.

3. Add in 10 drops of your favorite essential oils. I used a few drops of Cypress to help with circulation, a few drops of Lavender to help me relax, and a few drops of the Citrus Bliss blend to help boost my mood.

4. When the tub is full, get in the water and enjoy a relaxing soak. I like to soak for at least 20 minutes to get the full benefits of the Epsom salt and essential oils.

With love,

Becki :)

Essential Oils and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted on May 20, 2013 | In Educational
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Written by, Becki Andrus

I recently watched a news clip talking about the growing concern about antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria… and how those types of bacteria are becoming more and more common in hospitals and other medical facilities. Over the years, more and more antibiotics have been used, which have resulted in the bacteria strains morphing to overcome the antibiotics.

These changes are called “superbugs,” and the bacterial infections they caused often kill 50% of the people affected by them. It is scary to think that a person may go to the hospital for one health condition, and end up contracting a “superbug” infection that won’t respond to any of the antibiotics or medications that are given to the person.

The interesting fact is that there are multiple essential oils which have been found to be effective against these superbugs, including MRSA. Research studies have shown that using essential oils with strong strains of bacteria results in the bacteria dying. The essential oils create an environment where the bacteria cannot thrive.

If essential oils are so effective against these bacterial infections, why aren’t more doctors and hospitals using them to treat the patients who are suffering from the infections? Because many of the doctors aren’t aware that the essential oils can actually help– it is common for doctors to be stuck in their thinking, that medications are the only options that are available.

My hope is that one day we will have medical facilities that utilize both natural/holistic remedies as well as medications (if they are needed). I would love to be able to bring my bottles of essential oils to each of those patients, and offer them the healing blessings of essential oils that I enjoy in my own home!

With love,

Becki :)