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I can hardly believe it is March already. The seasons seem to fly by so quickly. I guess it feels that way when we are getting old.

Another Spring will be here soon. Spring is a time for renewal and freshening up around the house and even our mental state. We have been indoors and running the furnace. That may be why the Spring season makes us want to open the windows and let the fresh air flow in while we do a little spring cleaning.

It is a good idea to diffuse during any season but especially in the winter season when the air becomes stale. Some Spring Diffuser Recipes will surely help freshen the air and also help get in the frame of mind for the coming Spring season.

Spring Fresh Diffuser Blend
3 drops Purification
3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
3 drops Pine
2 drops Ravintsara
1 drop Petitgrain

Spring Garden
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Jasmine
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Hyssop
1 drop Elemi
1 drop Geranium

Wipe away those winter blues while disinfecting and deodorizing the kitchen, bathroom, or work area:

4 drops of rosemary
8 drops of lemon
4 drops of eucalyptus
8 drops of lavender
1/2 quart distilled water
1/2 cup alcohol
Mix in a spray bottle. Shake well and continue to shake well while using to keep the oils and water from separating.

Lemon oil is an amazing essential oil for cleaning and freshening up most anything. You can add several drops to your cleaning solutions to clean and purify your kitchen and bathroom. Lemon is tough on dirt but it also smells wonderful.

Make a spray bottle of water with 15-25 drops of lemon oil to sanitize bathroom or on kitchen surfaces.
Add lemon oil to freshen and sanitize your dish sponge or cloth.
Use 1-2 drops lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
A few drops of lemon will make your wood furniture glow.

One oil I really love using in diffusing and in cleaning is Abundance oil, especially in my office and other areas in my home where I do business projects. Abundance oil is great to put you in a feeling of abundance but also is uplifting and smells awesome!

Cleaning Floors
1/8 cup Thieves Dish Soap
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Mix ingredients in a bucket. Use to mop floors.

Furniture Polish
16 ounce spray bottle
Two teaspoons olive oil ( preferably the light kind)
15 drops of essential lemon oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
Spray formula on your rag or directly onto the furniture. Wipe it dry immediately. The olive oil conditions and the vinegar cleans. You can also squirt some on your dust mop for your hardwood floors

Mirror and Glass Cleaner
3 cups water
5 drops Citrus Fresh
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
Combine in a spray bottle.
Spray mirrors with solution and wipe clean with a lint free cloth.


Tub Cleaner

Make a thick paste with Thieves Household Cleaner and baking soda. Apply to tub and scrub with sponge or a soft cloth. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse.

Healthier Bleach
1 cup peroxide
1 cup water
20 drops lemon
Mix and use.

Essential Oils Good For Cleaning:
Thieves
Purification
Citrus Fresh
Cinnamon
Clove
Eucalyptus
Thyme
Spruce
Lemon
Lemongrass
Grapefruit
Melaleuca

One of the most overlooked natural cleaners available is vinegar. Vinegar is used by many for cleaning purposes, as it’s natural and doesn’t contain the toxins that many store-bought cleaners contain. Vinegar is effective with mold and is a natural antiseptic and fungicide. Just put it in a spray bottle and go. The smell with dissipate within a few hours. There are so many ways to use vinegar around the house. Here are just a few ways that vinegar will become a staple in your cleaning routine!

Mold and Mildew Spray
2 cups distilled white vinegar with 2 cups water
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on infected area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours (open a window to speed up the process).
Helpful Hint: For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar, combining 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Cleaning Moldy Windows
Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water along with two caps full of Thieves Household Cleaner. Use a small towel to apply the liquid and a squeegee to clean it off. Floor-to-ceiling windows sparkle in minutes!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Vinegar works great on bathroom floors, fixtures, and faucets to remove hard water stains and buildup. Use a 50/50 blend on most hard water spots. For harder to remove stains use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water. For an additional cleaning boost, add 2 drops lemon or orange oil for every cup of water used.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Drains and garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover tightly with a plug or wet rag. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then flush with boiling water.

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During the summer months I always love to drink more iced tea. It’s so refreshing on a hot day. Here are a few recipe ideas to change things up a bit.


iced-tea
Peppermint Iced Tea


4 decaffeinated green tea bags
1/4 c. Young Living Blue Agave
3 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil
3 limes


In the bottom of a 64-ounce pitcher, pour agave and peppermint essential oil. Pour hot water over top and stir. Add tea bags and steep until it has a dark caramel color. Quarter limes. Fill serving glasses with ice and squeeze one lime slice in each glass. Pour tea over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

Lemon Lime Iced Tea

Ingredients
2 black or green tea bags
32 ounces of boiling water
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
2 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil
2 tsp Young Living Blue Agave (Omit if you, like me, prefer unsweetened tea)

Directions
Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in Lemon and Lime essential oils. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave syrup if you desire sweetness. Stir and pour into ice filled glasses

Other Citrus Vitality Oils – Citrus Fresh, lime, grapefruit, jade lemon, orange, tangerine.


slique-tea
Slique Essence is delicious added to Slique Tea. Have you tried Slique Tea Iced? It’s really delicious on it’s own but add some oils and you’ll have a real treat.


Slique Tea contains jade oolong tea leaves, sought after for their rich aroma and powerful antioxidant content. These leaves are handpicked from the high mountain regions of Taiwan, known for producing some of the world’s finest teas. All of these ingredients are enhanced with 100% pure therapeutic-grade Arabian frankincense powder, an exclusive ingredient from Young Living’s distillery in Salalah, Oman.

Citrus Slique Tea
2 Slique Tea bags
32 ounces of boiling water
3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality essential oil
3 drops Orange Vitality essential oil


Directions
Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in Lemon and Lime essential oils. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave syrup if you desire sweetness. Stir and pour into ice filled glasses.


Other Citrus Vitality Oils – Citrus Fresh, lime, grapefruit, jade lemon, tangerine.


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Every year about this time people start feeling like doing a little spring cleaning. Do you find yourself feeling motivated to freshen things up a bit after a long winter with the house closed up and the furnace or a wood burner running? There is something motivating about the spring. It makes you feel like getting out and doing things. I find myself wanting to give the house a good cleaning.


Most of the cleaning products on the market these days are full of toxic chemicals that are not at all good for your health. That is one thing I love about essential oils. They make such good cleaning solutions.


The Thieves oil blend and Thieves Household Cleaner are a good starting place for cleaning supplies. Thieves is wonderful for cleaning. It also makes everything smell great.


Citrus Fresh has several citrus oils in thieves-citrus-freshit and is a good one to add to cleaning. It is a good one for diffusing.


Citrus oils are very mood uplifting. Spring cleaning and mood uplifting at the same time.
How can you go wrong?


Make a spray bottle of water with 15-25 drops of Citrus Fresh oil to freshen bathroom or on kitchen surfaces.


Use 1-2 drops of Citrus Fresh oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.


Laundry smells fantastic when Citrus Fresh is added to the wash water.


Cleaning Floors
To clean hard floors, add l/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5- 10 drops of Citrus Fresh oil or Purification oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dishwashing soap or Thieves Household Cleaner. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.


Furniture Polish
16 ounce spray bottle
Two teaspoons olive oil ( preferably the light kind)
15 drops of essential Citrus Fresh oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
How to use:
Spray formula on your rag or directly onto the furniture.
Wipe it dry immediately. The olive oil conditions and the vinegar cleans. You can also squirt some on your dust mop for your hardwood floors


Window Cleaner
1 quart spray bottle
White Vinegar
10-15 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil
Fill bottle half way with vinegar
Fill balance of bottle with water and essential oil.
Shake & Use


Once you finish your spring cleaning, why not have a cup of tea with a couple drops of Citrus Fresh in it. It’s Oh So Tasty. ; )


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