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Feb 27 2012

I recently read an interesting article (http://www.hivehealthmedia.com/bathroom-clean-safe/ ) that describes how your bathroom space is a potential breeding ground for germs, mold and mildew, which not only cause foul odor, but put you at a risk of infections and allergies. Even a reasonably clean-looking bathroom has disease-causing organisms hiding in inconspicuous places that often escape our attention. Most commercially available cleaning products contain chlorine and other toxic ingredients that pollute the environment and may pose a hazard for children and pets.  If you are an eco-conscious individual who likes to do things the natural way, you can try substituting some of these products with essential oils. Certain essential oils possess strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make them very potent disinfectants. What’s more, they are safe, affordable, environment friendly and leave your bathroom smelling clean!

Mold and Mildew

The constant moisture in bathrooms encourages the growth of fungus, especially in hard-to-reach corners – these fungal spores can cause respiratory problems and skin allergies in some people. To keep your bathroom space mold-free, make a bathroom spray: In a 16 oz spray bottle combine: 12 oz distilled water 4 oz white vinegar 10 drops each of Cinnamon Leaf, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Basil and Lemongrass essential. Shake well. Spray the area liberally with this mixture and scrub. After the areas are clean, use this versatile spray in all areas of your bathroom as a maintenance routine.

 Shower curtains

Shower curtains are a perfect place for germs and fungus to thrive because they are usually damp. Vinyl curtains even release toxins into the environment, which can be harmful if your bathroom is inadequately ventilated. Try switching over to fabric curtains and toss them in the washer at least once a month. You can add 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Lemongrass oil as an additive to kill bacteria and fungal spores.

Shower Heads

They may look innocuous on the outside, but the minute holes on shower heads are home to bacteria and mold. These contaminate your bath water as it flows through the openings and may be ingested. Detach the shower head occasionally and give it a thorough cleaning. Mix 5 drops each of Lemongrass, Cinnamon Leaf, and Niaouli with ½ cup of baking soda. Dilute this in 1 liter water and immerse the shower head in this solution.  Let it soak for an hour to loosen the dirt particles before scrubbing it with an old toothbrush. Rinse with very hot water.

Toilet

To get a squeaky-clean toilet, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 15 drops of Tea Tree and 15 drops of Lemon essential oil. Sprinkle all over the seat and bowl, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with a bowl brush. As an everyday routine, you can just sanitize the toilet seat by spraying it with the bathroom spray and wiping with a paper towel.

Bathtub and sink

The soapy scum that forms on bathtub and sink surfaces looks unsightly and can put you at the risk of injuries. A paste made with ¼ cup baking soda, 5 drops of Lemon oil, 10 drops of Basil oil and some dish washing liquid is strong enough to cut through the slick layers. Sponge the surfaces with this mixture, rinse and finish off with your multipurpose bathroom spray.   With these simple aromatherapy home recipes, your bathroom will always look and smell divine.

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This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Oct 13 2011 According to MediLexicon’s medical dictionary, dandruff is: The presence, in varying amounts, of white or gray scales in the hair of the scalp, due to excessive or normal branny exfoliation of the epidermis.  

 

  No one likes it when flakes of their scalp’s dead skin cells are on their shoulders. A couple of months ago my son was not happy, a dandruff problem was making a mess of his appearance and teenage life. The itching was so bad and he scratched so much that it was leaving scabs.

 What to do?!

You guessed it, I researched in my many books for a good dandruff recipe and put it to work. The itching became less and less until there was no more itching or scabs and his shoulders are now clean and free of all those nasty flakes. Not only that, his hair smells great!

What produces dandruff?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many causes of dandruff such as a yeast-like fungus, too much oil on the scalp, changes in your hormones; stress; illness; not shampooing often enough; and more. My knowledge and intuition of aromatherapy lead me to use a combination of essential oils that:
  • Stimulate the healing mechanism of the skin to prevent a further buildup of dandruff scales
  • Activate the skin metabolism
  • Have anti-fungal properties
  • Balance the sebum production of the hair glands
  • Relieve scalp itching
All of that can be achieved with my very famous Immune Support Essential Oil. I just combined it with some Peppermint essential oil and voilá! The healing process began almost immediately. I’m going to share with you how to make an anti-dandruff shampoo and hair tonic:

1)      Dandruff  Shampoo with Essential Oils

At your local health food store look for a Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free shampoo, unscented is preferable. Add 40 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil and 20 drops of Peppermint essential oil  to an 8 oz bottle of natural, unscented shampoo. Shake well and use it as often as you wash your hair.

2)      Anti-Dandruff Hair Tonic with Essential Oils

12 oz boiled or distilled water 4 oz raw apple cider vinegar 20 drops Immune Support Essential Oil 10 drops Peppermint essential oil 20 drops Cedarwood Atlas essential Oil Combine and shake well. Using 1 teaspoon of this preparation massage scalp and leave it on the hair for at least 30 minutes. For better results leave this tonic on all night. This should be done the night before hair will be washed. You will notice the first symptoms, like itchiness and irritation, will go away after a couple of days, but I do recommend to use these preparations for a couple of months for a more lasting result. © 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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