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All Purpose Cleaner

All purpose cleaner can be used to clean bathrooms and general surfaces.  This recipe is not meant for use on specialized surfaces such as granite, marble, and treated wood. Always test on a small area before standard use.


  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap (I use peppermint scent)
  • 1 teaspoon borax (found in the detergent aisle of your local grocery store)
  • 1 teaspoon washing soda crystals (found at Ace Hardware stores or detergent aisle of your local grocery store)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 30 drops of your favorite essential oil scent (I use 15 drops of tea tree oil and 15 drops of eucalyptus oil)
  • 24 oz. dark sprayer (preferably glass)

Mix the first four ingredients together, then add your essential oils.  Stir with a wooden spoon (or wooden skewer).  Pour the solution into the sprayer.  Shake the spray bottle before each use.

Tea tree oil and Eucalyptus oil have natural anti-bacterial properties.


The aroma from a single essential oil is a very individualized experience.  This is largely due to the fact that our sense of smell creates associations that can be thought of as good or bad.   These associations create a powerful positive or negative reaction.  Memories may be the catalyst to your discovery because memories and smell have such a close relationship to one another.  For me, the gardenia is what heaven must smell like.  I associate the scent of gardenia with wonderful childhood memories and can feel the endorphin rush kick in with just one wiff of the fragrant flower.  Likewise, you too may have a reaction to a scent that you (positively or negatively) associate with a feeling or memory.

Mental stability has an astounding effect on the type of aroma a person is attracted to.  Vetiver is an essential oil that produces a natural grounding effect and can be attractive to a person who suffers from anxiety.  The essential oil, Clary Sage, helps with hormone imbalance to improve mood.  A 2014  study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH).   Amazing, right?

Lastly, people have a natural and magnetic inclination for a particular smell.  Men tend to like woodsy notes.  Women tend to enjoy light and floral scents.   Some like citrus as a source of invigoration, while others enjoy vanilla and lavender as endorphins are produced.

Discover your own essential oil attraction.  Create a synergy (recipe) that combines your favorite oils into a truly unique recipe made just for you.  Sample the rainbow of aromas by booking a night with our aroma bar.  You will delight in the experience.

Try my calming synergy of frankincense and bergamot recipe:

Supplies:  Cotton ball or inhaler

Ingredients:  2 drops frankincense, 4 drops bergamot

Mix the oils together, then submerge the cotton (from the inhaler or cotton ball) to soak up the synergy.  Try this when feeling anxious.  Hold the cotton ball or inhaler up to one nostril, while closing the other nostril and take a deep breath for a count of 3 to 4 seconds.  Exhale.  Repeat 2 more times on the same nostril.  Switch to the other nostril, close the nostril you just used, hold the cotton ball or inhaler to the nostril opening and take a deep breath for a count of 3 to 4 seconds.  Exhale.  Repeat 2 more times on this nostril.

***  Please note:  Every experience is different and we do not guarantee the results.  If you choose to utilize the techniques and mixture listed above, you do so at your own risk.  Aromatherapy is meant as a complimentary form of holistic treatment and is not meant to replace medical care.  Please consult your physician before using these techniques and/or essential oils***

Vaccuum Deodorizer

Vaccuum Deodorizer (Easy)

Supplies: Cotton ball, 8 drops of essential oil

Enjoy vaccumming again by adding a favorite scent from your collection of essential oils.  The musty smell from dust and soot can be replaced with a clean, fresh aroma that is personalized to your preference.  Use the suggestions below and I guaratee your attitude about vaccuuming will become brighter:

Lavendar – Antiviral – Floral Scent- Emits calmness………………….. Lemon – Antiviral – Citrus – Emits a feeling of energy……………                     Orange –  Antibacterial – Citrus                                                                                   Eucalyptus – Antibacterial/Antiviral – Clean –                                               Tea Tree – Antibacterial/Antiviral – Clean

Directions:  Place 8 drops of the chosen essential oil on the cotton ball and place in the vaccuum chamber or bag.  Vaccuum your rugs or floors as directed.

Tip:  Try to blend the essential oils.  I use Lemon Eucalyptus for all my cleaning needs.

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