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  #1  
March 23rd, 2011, 11:25 AM
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Have you ever used Essential Oils?

If so, which is your favorite? If not, do you have any interest in them?
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March 23rd, 2011, 03:11 PM
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I use them for cleaning! My favorite combos that I use are eucalyptus/lavender and Grapefuit/lemon grass.
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March 23rd, 2011, 08:40 PM
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I've only used tea tree oil
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March 24th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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Love them! I just read peppermint oil repels rodents! I'm going to put some in my crockpot with water in my garage! It smells great, is not toxic and gets rid of pests!!

When I was sick, the crockpot with water and eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and I think thyme, really opened up my clogged head overnight as I slept! Is that all we used, Heather??
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March 24th, 2011, 07:47 AM
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I honestly have never used them, but would love start. Outside of cleaning, what are some other uses? Marmee, you used them for a cold? That would be great! Any other uses?
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March 24th, 2011, 11:46 AM
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Love them! I just read peppermint oil repels rodents! I'm going to put some in my crockpot with water in my garage! It smells great, is not toxic and gets rid of pests!!

When I was sick, the crockpot with water and eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and I think thyme, really opened up my clogged head overnight as I slept! Is that all we used, Heather??
Yep! That's it! The Eucalyptus works like a natural Vicks in clearing up congestion. Lavender is calming and offers some antiseptic properties. Tea tree is also good at killing most germs, and Thyme is especially helpful in warding off Flu bugs!

Lemon/grass and orange are what I use in my all purpose cleaners. They smell sooo clean and fresh!!

Oh, and lavender is also very helpful in treating burns, or any other wound for that matter.

Mari- if you're interested in learning more, check out the book- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy- Here or Here

It's our family's favorite! I reference it all the time!!
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March 25th, 2011, 08:03 AM
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Thanks Heather I will!
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March 27th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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I use them every day in my soaps, lotions, & salves I mainly use them for skin care, but I also use them for insect/bug/ant repellent and for cleaning.
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March 28th, 2011, 06:35 AM
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Please share the insect/bug/ant repellent ideas. I'm moving back to buggy FL and would love mew ideas to stay buggy-free!
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March 28th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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cloves will get rid of ants, you can actually buy clove powder for this purpose

To discourage an ant trail, I repeatedly wipe the known rail with a mix of eucalpytus, ravensara, tea tree, citronella, and lemon, and cloves.

lavender makes a great mosquito repellent, but it works best with repeated application.
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March 28th, 2011, 12:40 PM
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On that note- I've heard that Lemon grass is in the same family as citronella, and works as an insect replant
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March 29th, 2011, 05:52 AM
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History: The people of Madagascar refer to Ravensara essential oil as the oil that heals. A very useful essential oil for chest congestions and viral infections of all types, Ravensara is considered safe for use with children and great for family home care.

Read more at Suite101: Ravensara Essential Oil Profile: Properties, Characteristics and Uses of Ravensara EO in Aromatherapy Ravensara Essential Oil Profile: Properties, Characteristics and Uses of Ravensara EO in Aromatherapy

I had to look that one up. I've never heard of it before, but it looks like a great one to have on hand! Thanks for introducing a new EO.

I also found this info on the same site for relief of spring allergy symptoms. I love my new diffuser and finding ways to use it!
Aromatherapy for Spring Allergies
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March 29th, 2011, 05:58 AM
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one more thing..... where do you get your ravensara and how expensive is it? I don't like buying it from an unknown source, if I can get a recommendation.
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March 29th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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oh right!!! I think I put lemon grass in there too. I LOVE that scent!!

Ravensara - what I have on hand I got a long time ago from a specialty shop. But my trusted online sources are Wholesale Soap Making Supplies and Candle Making Supplies - WholesaleSuppliesPlus and www.texasnaturalsupplies.com.

Wholesale Supplies plus usually has the BEST pricing and free shipping on orders over $30. Texas Natural Supplies has a HUGE selection, okay prices, but outrageous shipping.
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March 29th, 2011, 01:47 PM
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I've never really used them, but it is something I want to look into!
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March 30th, 2011, 06:00 AM
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Thanks for the info!
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