14
Aug

Benefits and Uses of Palmarosa Oil

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

Benefits Uses Palmarosa OilPalmarosa essential oil is refreshing and rejuvenating. It has a sweet floral fragrance and its performance in cellular support and skin health make it highly valuable in skin care products, soaps, and beauty products. Palmarosa is closely related to lemongrass and citronella but the smell is actually closer to roses. It is often used as a cheaper substitute to rose oil which is quite pricey.

The esters in palmarosa, such as geranyl acetate make this oil good for skin problems and scarring. The high concentration of alcohols, especially geranol, give it an uplifting aroma and its documented antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It is perfect for any skin issues, such as what teens face during puberty. It makes a great skin conditioning agent and toner. It conditions by helping keep the skin supple and elastic. It supports skin cells and helps them regenerate to keep the skin healthy and younger looking. It hydrates the skin and stimulates new cell growth and cell repair. It also helps balance the skin’s natural sebum production.

It is greatly beneficial when added to lotions, anti aging creams, toners, facial mists, facial masks, acne creams, and other beauty products.

The oil is also commonly used for digestive support as a soothing tonic. Adding a couple drops to bath water or to some almond oil and massaging the tummy is sure to help with digestion.

It being so closely related to citronella also makes this another great oil for keeping insects at bay.

It diffuses beautifully with bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Palmarosa is also a mild aphrodisiac. It was once thought that the perfume of palmarosa would evoke the love goddess Venus. Scenting the body with palmarosa was also supposed to surround the wearer with an aura of love and tranquility. You can boost its properties in this regard by mixing it with other essential oils known for boosting sex drive such as ylang ylang and sandalwood.

9
Aug

Benefits and Uses of Citronella Oil

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

Benefits Uses Citronella OilFresh, sweet, citrus-y citronella is one of my absolute favorite essential oils and one that I use quite often in my home. It’s amazing and strong citrus scent stimulates the mind and the body. It lifts your mood, balances emotions, and helps people get rid mental fatigue. It relaxes your muscles and eases aches. It is antiseptic and antifungal so it is wonderful for cleaning and it is a great insect repellent.

Ways to use citronella

  • Add a few drops to some epsom salts and add to your bath for a mood boost and mosquito protection.
  • Mix 5 drops with your body lotion or shower gel.
  • Boost insect repelling properties by mixing with geranium, eucalyptus, or lavender oils.
  • Soak your pet’s collar in 2 cups of water with 5 drops of citronella. Once dry put it on your pet for flea protection.
  • Diffuse in your home when fatigued, sad, or experiencing head pain.
  • Diffuse when you need to be uplifted and inspired during work or other creative endeavors.
  • Purify sickrooms or other germy areas of the home.
  • Use it in especially “smelly” areas of the home such as bathrooms or a teenager’s bedroom.
  • Add to baking soda to make a carpet powder or to sprinkle inside stinky sneakers.
  • Mix with a carrier oil and rub yourself down after workouts to alleviate soreness.
  • Diffuse to support respiratory health.
  • Add a few drops to your washing machine for fresh smelling laundry.

I love using citronella oil on its own but my absolute favorite way to use it is in a blend called Purification. It may actually be my favorite essential oil product ever. It is definitely my favorite one to diffuse (along with lemon) when I am cleaning house or I am going to have guests. It has citronella, lavandin, lemongrass, rosemary, myrtle, and tea tree. I love it and must have it on hand at all times.

purification essential oil with citronella

8
Aug

Back to School Essential Oils

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

Many of us natural moms use our essential oils for a variety of things in daily life and using them during the back to school madness is just part of that. We have some amazing oily tools at our disposal so why not? They can used for so many issues that arise. The following is quickie list of the best essential oils to use for back to school issues and concerns such as good sleep, concentration, avoiding illness, nerves, confidence, and more.

For usage I recommend diffusing in the home, diffuser necklaces or bracelets, and roll ons the kiddos can take to school with them.

Back to School Essential Oils

Focus, & Concentration – Peppermint

Digestive Support – Digize (Tarragon, Ginger, Anise)

Good Sleep – Lavender, Vetiver, Ruta, Valerian

Waking Up – Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint

Calming Nerves – Copaiba, Lavender, Lime, Ocotea

Confidence – Black Spruce, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Frankincense

Eliminating Odors – Purification (Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary,  Tea Tree)

Immune Booster – Thieves (Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary)

Drama Be Gone – Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium

Breathing Easy – Spruce, Cyprus, Eucalyptus

5
Aug

Frugal Friday – Ohio Sales Tax Holiday!

by Tiffany in Frugal Green

Ohio Sales Tax HolidayFrugal Wins:

  • Had a GREAT month of July. The extra paycheck and lots of overtime meant the best month of the year for us.
  • Did all the back to school shopping early this morning during the Ohio sales tax holiday weekend for school supplies and clothing. I hit up a big box store for the supplies and for underpants because I had $55 in gift certificates (which I won!). Then I hit up a thrift store for the rest of the clothing.
  • Picked up $130 for testing a product all of last month. It was a product I use every day (even if typically another brand) so it was worth my time to do. The prepaid Visa I got was used immediately to pay towards our monthly cellphone bill.
  • Harvested lots of zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, swiss chard, carrots, and peppers from our garden. Still to come…watermelon, potatoes, and pumpkins.

Frugal Fails: 

  • Eating out…when we work overtime or take on side hustles we always eat out more.
  • $40 in library fines…grrr!

How frugal have you been??

4
Aug

What is Urban Homesteading? Can Anyone Do It?

by Tiffany in The Homestead

What is Urban HomesteadingA frequent question I get from newbies to a more self sufficient lifestyle…is what exactly is a homestead? What does it mean to be a homesteader? If you google this question you will come up with many different answers. For me the most simplistic way to describe what I mean when I refer to homesteading, having a homestead, and being a homesteader is this…

What is Urban Homesteading?

A homestead is a productive home, a home that brings value. To be a homesteader is to work within or around your home to make it productive.

Huh???

Well, think about your own home. Is it an asset? And no I am not talking about it’s market value or its ability to appreciate in monetary value. Does it “produce” something that either makes you money directly or does it provide value in the form of money you no longer have to spend elsewhere?

Homesteads are productive homes. They earn money or they produce things money can buy, eliminating those items from your budget, leaving you with more money in your pocket. So if you want to be a homesteader all you need to do is make your home productive. It needs to start making you money or saving you money in some way rather than just being a money suck (ie mortgage, utilities, taxes).

See! It has nothing to do with having land, or cows, or any of the typical stuff that many homesteaders think they need to have to get started.

Start EARNING with an Urban Homestead

You can start your homesteading journey by picking one or two ways to make your home a productive asset.

  • Grow some food, in the ground or in containers
  • Grow some fruit trees or bushes
  • Keep some bees
  • Keep small game chickens, rabbits, or quail
  • Ferment your own food and beverages (pickles, mead, kombucha)
  • Collect rainwater in barrels
  • Use your home’s greywater
  • Generate solar energy with solar panels
  • Grow fodder for your animals by sprouting indoors
  • Make your own compost
  • Identify weeds around your property and use them for food and medicine

All it takes is some creative thinking and you can find a few ways to make your home work for you. Being a homesteader is as easy as that. Good luck!