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#61 of 101 Old 09-03-2007, 10:32 AM
 
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Do you mean for sweaty feet? Cypress oil is supposed to be good for that. http://www.dreamingearth.com/essentialoils.html I'm very new to EOs so I've only read this, never tried it.
Cypress is one of those oils that hits some noses strangely. Some people smell it and smell "cat pee" it is a little unusual, but I wanted to mention it.

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Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but clove oil is awesome for teething (and toothaches).

Pour some canola/olive oil into a bowl and place a few drops of clove oil. I can't stand the smell so I say "until it is just stinky enough." Mix up and apply with Q-tip to the gums.

My son gets a big smile on his face when he sees me pull this mix out.
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Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but clove oil is awesome for teething (and toothaches).

Pour some canola/olive oil into a bowl and place a few drops of clove oil. I can't stand the smell so I say "until it is just stinky enough." Mix up and apply with Q-tip to the gums.

My son gets a big smile on his face when he sees me pull this mix out.

I´m not one for alarmism but I would strongly advise against using clove on such a young child. It certainly shouldn´t be blended more than 1% on anyone for use on mucous membranes (so "until it is stinky enough" is not really a good guide - 1% = 10 drops in 100ml, 1 drop in 10ml). It´s eugenol content renders it toxic to the liver (hepatotoxic) and it inhibits blood clotting ( so not good for anyone on anti-clot medication or haemopholia). I would say for very occasional use as a first aid remedy for tootache in an adult is fine, but for a teething babe use 1 or 2 drops of roman chamomile in an eggcup of cold water instead
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Should the baby drink the cold water?
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Should the baby drink the cold water?
That was really stupid of me not to be clear about that - the mixture should be stirred and a little applied with a q-tip.

Thanks for picking me up on that.
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Ok, I'd LOVE to revive this thread. I have been researching some EOs and love what I have been reading. So far I only have Lavender and TTO to try them out.

I have heard to use Lavender or TTO in the wash when washing cloth diapers as they are antiseptic but am not sure how to go about this. Does anyone know. Do I just put a few drops into the liquid detergent and then pour into the wash? I read somehwere to add the oils to a rinse cycle but not sure how to add them. I use a front loader and there is not a pool of water waiting to dillute it. Should I dillute it first and then dump the water into the wash or into the soap dispenser? Anyone know???

Also someone mentioned putting it in their dryer...again, do you just drip it straight onto the clothes wherever it falls, or do you dillute with water and spray it onto the clothes in the dryer???
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I have heard to use Lavender or TTO in the wash when washing cloth diapers as they are antiseptic but am not sure how to go about this. Does anyone know. Do I just put a few drops into the liquid detergent and then pour into the wash? I read somehwere to add the oils to a rinse cycle but not sure how to add them. I use a front loader and there is not a pool of water waiting to dillute it. Should I dillute it first and then dump the water into the wash or into the soap dispenser? Anyone know???

Also someone mentioned putting it in their dryer...again, do you just drip it straight onto the clothes wherever it falls, or do you dillute with water and spray it onto the clothes in the dryer???
I generally use TTO in the wash because it's cheaper than Lavender & I at least think of it as being a stronger antiseptic, but that might just be my perception because it's a harsher smell? Anyway, it depends on the load how I use it. I'm not still washing diapers, but we use family cloth so I use the same washing method for that as I did for diapers when my kids were in diapers. I do a cold soak, then hot wash, cold double rinse. Most of the time I add a few drops of TTO to the soak water & then a few more drops to the rinse cycle (if you were to use liquid fabric softener it would dispense into the rinse cycle, so if you have a built in liquid fabric softener dispenser you can put it there, if not, you can buy a "Downey ball" (w/ the laundry detergent at most stores) for less then $2 (at least here, I just had to buy one, we just moved & the washer in our rental house, the fabric softener dispenser doesn't work) & use it. Any load that I'm adding TTO to, I'm probably using vinegar as well, so I just fill the fabric softener dispenser/ball w/ vinegar & add a few drops of TTO to the vinegar. If, for some reason, you chose to use TTO but not vinegar you'd probably need to use fill the dispenser/ball w/ at least a little water & add the TTO to that, but that's just my guess.

My experience w/ any EOs in the dryer is that the heat from the dryer is high enough that it destroys the scent, so if you're wanting to "scent" your laundry w/ EOs I think the suggestion I've heard is to put a few drops of EO on a clean cloth & put that in for just the last few minutes. I don't know that there is any "cleaning" benefit to putting EO in the dryer, but perhaps someone else can speak to that. I use a clothes line now so it's not something I've paid much attention to.
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Thanks for the reply. I'll have to see if my washer has a fabric softener dispenser. I know it has a slot for a "pre-wash" and then the main wash but I don't ever do anything fancy in my washing so I have just only ever used the main wash. Now that I have cloth diapers I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to get all these extra washes/rinses/soaks in without having to monitor the entire cycle and intervene to get it to do what I need.

Anyway thanks again. I'm going to buy a book I saw online at amazon to get info on how to use all these great EOs!
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Where do you all get your diffusers? Fave relaxing or energizing diffuser recipes?

I am completely hooked on lavender and use it in a spray mist on my pillow at night and in the diaper pail and in bathwater. I also have a jar of eucalyptus/lemongress/peppermint scented beads that is amazing for sinus issues or morning sleepiness.

I would like to know what other mood-changing oils are out there.

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Anyone know where to get a diffuser specifically made for in the car?
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Where do you all get your diffusers? Fave relaxing or energizing diffuser recipes?

I am completely hooked on lavender and use it in a spray mist on my pillow at night and in the diaper pail and in bathwater. I also have a jar of eucalyptus/lemongress/peppermint scented beads that is amazing for sinus issues or morning sleepiness.

I would like to know what other mood-changing oils are out there.
This is my favorite electric diffuser. Candle diffusers vary more and are more widely available. I haven't seen my favorite available online yet.

Recipes vary. I'm traveling right now and thus away from my essential oils, so they aren't on my mind right now. I sometimes write about the blends I try on my blog, so if you wanted to browse for ideas that's one place.

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Anyone know where to get a diffuser specifically made for in the car?
Nature's gift has one of those too... I bought mine in a local store, but I'm pretty sure it's the same kind.
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Can anyone tell me how what ratio to use for mixing carrier oil with eo? I want to make a scent for my body with grapeseed oil and patchuli (sp) oil.
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What an awesome thread! Thanks for reviving it!

I have used essential oils for many years, mostly for therapeutic purposes. I own three great books on the subject, too, along with several other more generic holistic health type books that have sections on aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy An A-Z by Patricia Davis (paperback)
Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Ann Worwood (paperback)
Practical Aromatherapy by Penny Rich (hardback)

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Today I mixed up a fresh batch of "cleaner." I use a spray bottle, fill it with Heinz distilled white vinegar, and drop in 15 drops of orange, lemongrass or lime EO. Today was lemon. Then, you have to shake it up each time before you spray.

I use it to clean everything! Countertop, sinks, wood floor, windows, mirrors, kitchen table, booster seat, fridge, stovetop, etc!

I LOVE Peppermint EO in my bath for aches and pains. I learned that you should make the bath as hot as you can stand it because the peppermint oil "cools" the bath down. It really works. I use 15 drops with some baking soda and epsom salts.

I use Aura Cacia's Pillow Talk essential oil mix in a metal spray bottle as linen spray to help me fall asleep.

I buy my essential oils from Frontier co-ops, here on MDC. They have great prices. They also have diffusers, metal spray bottles, glass storage vials, glass medicine droppers, etc.

I am still learning, and sorry if some of this has been mentioned, I haven't had a chance to read the whole thread yet! Off to learn!

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Today I mixed up a fresh batch of "cleaner." I use a spray bottle, fill it with Heinz distilled white vinegar, and drop in 15 drops of orange, lemongrass or lime EO. Today was lemon. Then, you have to shake it up each time before you spray.
I just did this last night, too!

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I use it to clean everything! Countertop, sinks, wood floor, windows, mirrors, kitchen table, booster seat, fridge, stovetop, etc!
Everything smells so good while you are cleaning.

I haven't really used any EOs besides lemon and lavendar. I'm looking forward to learning more.

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I've mixed up a batch of thieves oil, and have started using it for cleaning and mold prevention.

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Anyone know where to get a diffuser specifically made for in the car?
Frontier carries one, too.

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Check out Puritans.com - buy 1 get 2 free. Not all are on sale, but there's Tea Tree, peppermint, carrier oils--the essentials. Click on Aromatherapy on the left.

Now that I've said that. . . I'm just delurking here, to be sure everyone gets a shot at the big sale above.

What a great forum! Thank you to everybody who's posted such great info.
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i use e.o.'s for my etsy shop in mists, incense and perfumes. i use rosemary in no poo-ing because its good for your hair. i use several for my dogs including eucalyptus, citronella, cedarwood, & peppermint as an anti insect blend.
i don't have cats here. i wouldn't recommend using them on cats. cats are incredibly sensitive to e.o.'s and it can be deadly.

i use several different kinds in soap making too. i use a combination of different herbs or flowers and the same or complimentary e.o.

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Hi, sorry if this has already been answered, but I havent read all the pages yet. What EO's should I avoid while pg or TTC?

More specifically, I recently made a batch of soap with well under 1% clove oil as a base note. I just read that it is toxic to the liver, but my dr. told me something like soap that you wash off shouldn't be a worry while TTC/pg, especially since I'm not ingesting or using it concentrated.

Any advice?

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Hi, sorry if this has already been answered, but I havent read all the pages yet. What EO's should I avoid while pg or TTC?

More specifically, I recently made a batch of soap with well under 1% clove oil as a base note. I just read that it is toxic to the liver, but my dr. told me something like soap that you wash off shouldn't be a worry while TTC/pg, especially since I'm not ingesting or using it concentrated.

Any advice?

Thanks!

Hi there, I' a clinical aromatherapist, please see my posts in this thread, regarding EO safety in pregnancy.

Regarding the soap I would totally agree with your doc, I also apply this reasoning if I find myself limited to products containing parabens and other nasties, if it washes off I'm fine with using it when I have no other choice, if it has to stay on for any length of time forget it.

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Glad to see this thread. I've used EOs for many years, in handmade soaps and body products, for scenting rooms, and for cleaning. In fact, I'm a bit of a scent slut -- I probably have 30 different EOs right now.

What's this band of thieves business I see people posting about?
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Hi, I've been studying aromatherapy for a few years now and am planning to use EOs in my birth. I have to get it all put together tomorrow because we're due any minute. But I'm thinking this: my diffuser is filled with a special lavender from Hvar Island, Croatia, Jasmine Sambac, and Rosa Damascena that we'll run during labor. Then I'm thinking I'll wrap up wash cloths with specific oils, clary sage & spike lavender for transition (hypnotic), maybe peppermint for 2nd stage (invigorating)? and give instructions for my husband to use them on me for inhalation. What do you all think? Am I being too optimistic in my birthing ideas? I had wanted to use massage oils with various oils to be massaged onto me but I'm worried that because we're having a water birth it'll be too many oils in the water when my little one is born.
Have any of you done anything like this? What did you do? What do you think about my plan? Is there a way to make my plan on this better?
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you could try using an inhaler http://www.lemelange.com/essential_oil_inhalers.htm

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What's this band of thieves business I see people posting about?
Is it Young Living's thieves?

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Glad to see this thread. I've used EOs for many years, in handmade soaps and body products, for scenting rooms, and for cleaning. In fact, I'm a bit of a scent slut -- I probably have 30 different EOs right now.

What's this band of thieves business I see people posting about?
thieves oils is a blend of essential oils that was said to be used during the black plague. it is said that grave robbers dr. and others exposed to the plague who used this oil didnt get the plague...
the four essential oils are: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary

and it is produced by many other companies besides youngs living oils (a company alot of people object to for many different reasons)

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