Spring is such a wonderful time of year. A time for renewal, plants blooming, buds on trees, eliminating the old to receive the new and yes those pesky little critters. It is a time for cleansing, not only our homes but ourselves as well - body, mind and spirit. Spring reminds me of a time we feel energized, excited and ready to be outside. Aroma from plants plays a huge role for most of us, the smell of newly mowed grass may remind us of our childhood in the country, rose that has bloomed may remind us of our grandmother. The aroma of lemon and lemongrass uplift our spirits and make us smile.
It is for this reason I wanted to make an all purpose, multipurpose spring spray. I did not want to have 3 or 4 different products I had to reach for. A multipurpose spray for me should be one that is: safe around my home, chemical free, has many uses, safe with pets and children around. I also wanted a spray that made me smile, was uplifting and yet worked on many levels. This is a spray that is simple to make and easy to use. Here are some ways I use my Multipurpose Spring Spray. I find I reach for this spray for just about everything.
Household Cleaning:: I use this spray to clean my tile and wood floors, counter tops, shower and tub, add 1 oz to your washing machine, trash cans, cutting boards, stainless steel and so much more.
Insect Repellent: I spray this around my doors and windows, on the gravel outside my home to reduce ants etc. On screens to keep the flies away. Cracks and cervices around the stucco of my home. You can also spray any areas where wasps or bees want to try and make a home.
Pets: I have 2 wonderful dogs but both are somewhat food aggressive. The little older dog was kind enough to teach the larger younger dog how to be this way. So when we BBQ outdoors there are times when the juice drips on the concrete around the BBQ grill. To prevent either dog from thinking "there must be food somewhere" and preventing a possible fight, I will spray the concrete to eliminate the odor. Works like a charm. Using the spray around the grill will also help to eliminate ants or flies from hanging around. I will also spray the dog beds to prevent fleas. It can be sprayed in stables or stalls to reduce flies, spray around the dirt to prevent Ferrel cats from making your place a litter box, s[ray to eliminate the scent of other animals.
Essential Oils Used and Why:
Lemongrass - Cymbopogan citratus
antidepressant, deodorant, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, insecticidal, cleansing, refreshing, balancing, calms, aids concentration and is uplifting to name a few.
Lemon - Citrus limon
antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, tonic, insecticidal, nervine, immune system aid, detoxifying, clears head, promotes positive attitude, confidence, renewal, concentration, awareness, focus, energizing and dispels fears.
Lavender - Lavendula angustifolia
restorative, lessons fatigue, antiseptic, antidepressant, anitviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic, deodorant, decongestant, nervous tension, restorative, insect repellent, emotional for worry, stress, negativity, vitality and balance.
Recipe: You will need a 32 oz. Spray Bottle and glass measuring cups.
1/4 cup Sunshine Concentrate/natural liquid soap
1/2 cup white vinegar
30 drops Lemongrass
20 drops Lemon
10 drops Lavender
Process: Measure the Sunshine Concentrate into a measuring cup, add essential oils and blend well. Pour into spray bottle. Now measure the vinegar and add to the soap/essential oils mixture. Fill the remaining bottle with water. Shake to mix well.
You are now ready to clean with a positive uplifting attitude while eliminating odors.
Disclaimer: Information provided by Sacred Earth Aromatics is for EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY and is in NO WAY intended to replace proper medical care and advice. IT IS NOT intended to diagnose, prescribe, cure or treat any condition, illness or disease. Information is not to replace proper medical care from a Medical Doctor. We offer educational information on the Safe Use of Essential Oils as suggested by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapist.