I’ve always been a night person. I love the moon and the stars, the sound of the frogs and the crickets, the feeling of having everything to myself while the rest of the world (well, the rest of my personal world anyway) sleeps. But sunshine…there’s nothing quite like the warmth and energy of a sunny day–flopping down in the cool green grass with a glass of lemonade while the sun’s rays warm your body and spirit. Also, citrus fruits, which can make me feel sunny even on a cloudy day. The scent is uplifting and energizing, and it can help chase away the (metaphorical) clouds and make you feel bright and shiny again.
Young Living makes an oil blend called Citrus Fresh, which contains lemon, tangerine, orange, grapefruit and spearmint, and smells like a bottle full of awesome. The recipe to make a yummy smelling household cleaner is very similar to the lavender/ peppermint spray:
- 2 1/2 cups of clean water (if your water is questionable, you can boiling it for a few minutes and let it cool to room temperature, or buy a jug of distilled)
- 20-30 (depending on the strength of scent you want) drops of Citrus Fresh, or any combination of the oils that make up the blend (such as 15 of grapefruit and 15 of lemon, etc.)
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- A clean, chemical-free spray bottle
Mix everything together in your spray bottle by capping tightly and shaking well. Now you have a wonderful, scented cleaner that is chemical-free and completely safe to use around your pets and children.
You can also make a great wood polish, if your kids have not yet completely trashed your expensive oak furniture:
- 15-20 drops of lemon oil
- 1 pint of mineral oil
- A clean container to put it all in
Use a clean, soft cloth to apply to the wood, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe off with another clean, soft cloth. Yay!
Since my older two are in school, they suck up germs like grubby little sponges and bring them home to me, because as a good mother, I taught them how to share. I somehow manage to get sick more often than anyone else (although my husband, Captain Hypochondriac, would tell you otherwise–if the man gets the sniffles he thinks he’s on his deathbed), and for some reason it’s almost always a sore throat and a case of the vicious snufflies. Something that ALWAYS soothes my throat is a nice hot blend of green tea (steeped as strong as you like it) a couple drops of lemon oil, and as much honey as you like. Remember that babies under 1 year should never be given honey, but for toddlers on up, honey is a wonderful natural remedy for colds.
You can use these oils in small amounts to flavor foods and drinks–a few drops in a glass of ice water is incredibly refreshing (and calorie-free) on a hot day. One of the great things about oils is that they are always available and the oil doesn’t go bad when you don’t use it right away. If you’re making a vanilla milkshake, put in a few drops of orange oil–it tastes so amazing my kids dance around freaking out while I make it, and whine loudly enough to make your ears bleed when I try to taste it before them. Spoiled? Not MY precious monsters, and yes, they can be both precious and monsters simultaneously. You should hear my littlest guy growl. If you heard that coming from your closet at night you’d run away screaming in your jammies.
Well, I guess I didn’t realize what time it is because my 6-year-old just threw open the door and announced he was home from school (“MOMMY I’M HERE!!!” every day, it’s adorable), and I need to feed him before he starts eating everything that’s not nailed down–I’m amazed at how much that 55 pound boy can ingest in one sitting. Too late, he’s shoveling daddy’s pretzels in his mouth….
SMELL THE CITRUS INTERNET! Have a beautiful day 🙂