Essential Oil Hacks for the Home | HTH 017
back to another episode of the How To Home podcast. My name is Aaron Massey,
alongside my co-host Tracy Pendergast.
we have a special guest, Lindsay Esparza from the Natural Cupboard. She’s here
to tell us why we should be using essential oils in our home.
you so much for being here.
for having me.
don’t you give us a little bit of a background on the Natural Cupboard and how
you got into this essential oil thing. I’m really curious, because I have zero
knowledge about essential oils.
Okay. Yeah. Six year ago I was you. Zero knowledge of essential oils. Actually
got really sick and that was sort of what sparked me looking for natural
remedies, and honestly I was just open. I was like what can I use to help my
body? What can I use to clean up my house? Because I knew, sort of realizing
there’s a lot of things that probably were affecting my body negatively in my
I got introduced to oils. Started using them, loving them. Used them for
probably about four and a half years, and then decided to turn them into a
we have a ton of questions. I am a little skeptical. I don’t really know
anything about this or how this could-
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let’s talk essential oils.
right, let’s do it.
of all, I’m going to ask you maybe a very basic question that maybe I’m the only
one who doesn’t know the answer to.
are essential oil?
is an essential oil?
Yeah. So essential oils come from plants, roots, trees, bark, and basically you
take the plant or whatever, natural material, and then you either steam,
compress or cold distill these oils out of them.
get this really, really concentrated amazing sort of plant medicine that comes
from the earth, and it’s really amazing all the different uses that we have for
them. There’s lots of health benefits, but there’s also lots of great home
benefits too to kind of cleaning up your cleaning products and home products
that you’re maybe using that aren’t so great for your body.
I think that’s actually a common misconception with essential oils, and maybe
why some people shy away. They’re not just used for medicinal reasons. It
doesn’t mean that you don’t want to go to the doctor, if you have an ear
infection you’re going to use an oil. There are tons of uses, and some are just
simply hacks for the home.
Yeah. There are lots of different uses for essential oils. Obviously what we’re
talking about today is how to clean up your cleaning products and use them
around your house.
me personally, I think that using them around the house is a great option when
you’re wanting to clean things up in a sense where you’re trying to eliminate
toxins. Most people are wanting to eliminate toxins. If you think like, Oh, do
you want toxic things in your house? No, of course not, right? So most people
are pretty open to changes like that. Like maybe using a non-toxic all-purpose
cleaner or switching from a candle to aromatic essential oil diffuser so that
they can get their house smelling good without getting carcinogens, or like you
were saying earlier, you get headaches from synthetic fragrance.
there’s so many uses for essential oils. Yeah.
a candle or those Glade Plug-Ins, or anything scented gives me an immediate
migraine. But I want to smell good.
want my house to smell good and pleasant. So this is the only route that works
for me in my home.
I absolutely love it.
And most people, I think, are starting to wake up to sort of the natural
movement, right? It’s becoming more popular. You’re seeing people are starting
to seek it out and ask for natural alternatives.
I think essential oils really offer that, and like you were saying, it’s not
like oh my gosh. You’re a total hippie or you’re super granola or anything like
that. This is becoming very normal for people to say, “Yeah, I really
don’t want toxins in my home. I think I’m going to take this route and make a
little better decision and make a safer swap for something else.”
was actually on our spring checklist that we talked about. Just making a
conscious effort to try to create and make some of these cleaning products
I think a lot of people might look at this small bottle and say, “Well,
how much do I have to spend to make cleaning products?” That’s a really
small amount. How many uses can you get out of a bottle?
my god. So many. This is a 15-milliliter sized bottle-
to interrupt you-
those listening that aren’t watching, we have like a virtual science experiment
going on on the table in front of us here.
looking around and I feel like I’m about to see a science fair or volcano
a volcano explosion.
soda and vinegar-
feel like we’re about to watch a science fair here.
really does look like the contents of underneath your sink.
this is all stuff probably everybody has at home. Right?
the bottles are, I’d say, the size of like a thumb.
really small, but because we are extracting the essential oils the way that the
brand that I use does, we are getting 100% pure essential oil-
you go with DoTERRA.
to put it in perspective for you guys, we have a bottle of peppermint on the
table. And I was telling you guys earlier that one drop of peppermint essential
oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. So they pack a punch. Just a
few drops is going to go really, really far.
in a lot of the DIY recipes… This is I believe a 20-ounce bottle that I’m
holding that I would make my all-purpose cleaner in. I’m going to use about 15
to 20 drops of essential oil for this whole thing. That’s a really small
amount, so you’re talking pennies for each drop of oil. Maybe anywhere like
four pennies to 15 cents a drop, which is really nothing when you break it
down. I mean, we go to the store and buy a five or six dollar bottle of
all-purpose cleaner and don’t think twice about it. You know?
it’s cool because we can kind of up-cycle and we can use things that are a
little bit more eco-friendly, and a little bit better for the environment as
well, while creating a safer environment in the home.
love that. Did you just buy the spray bottle tops just on Amazon?
You can get spray bottle tops on Amazon. One of my favorite things to do is
make an all-purpose cleaner. I actually got a kombucha bottle, and it’s the
perfect little all-purpose cleaner bottle. So I get that. My kids love drinking
the kombucha, and then you can clean the sticky stuff off with lemon essential
oil, which I’ll have you demonstrate in a little bit.
all about it.
then yeah. We can make our all-purpose cleaner in there. So you’re literally
then, yeah. It’s just better for the environment, better for your home, all of
we’re talking benefits, right? Are there other purposes for using essential
oils outside of cleaning in the home?
There’s lots of ways you can use essential oils.
like, [crosstalk 00:08:08] “Let me share.”
I’m just curious. I want to know why should I be doing this? Why should I be
using it? Okay. So you’re saying I can make my own cleaners-
are natural, holistic, alternatives to chemical stuff you would buy in a store.
containers that you can continue to re-use.
00:08:25] That are non-toxic for your kids.
00:08:26] bunch of plastic. Yeah, they’re non-toxic.
that was kind of one of the things to be honest with you guys. When I wanted to
change over, I didn’t really know how or what to do. And that’s what I’ve made
my job, obviously, is really helping people. This is not something that is
going to take rocket science. Anybody can do this. Right? It’s easy DIY stuff,
because I’m not a really good DIY person. Just going to throw it out there.
this is easy stuff. It’ll take you less than a minute to make a lot of these
DIY things that we have, and it’s with things that you’ve got under your
kitchen sink already or in your cupboard.
yeah. You can use them in so many ways around the house, but I mean I use them
for lots of things. I use them for all sorts of things from sleep to snoring,
to all kinds of things. So I mean, yeah.
tell me about the snoring one.
lot of the respiratory oils actually help open up the air passages, so-
seem like a big snorer. Yeah.
I happen to sleep next to one.
you do. Oh, okay.
me, too. I wasn’t going to throw my husband under the bus, but-
listen to a baby monitor on each side of me, and then a snoring adult, and it’s
pretty hard to get sleep these days. Lots of humming and noises.
Yeah. So there’s a lot of uses. For somebody that’s skeptical, I would just say
that when you can experience it for yourself and you have sort of your a-ha
moment, you find your thing. For me it started out more of just looking for
okay. I don’t really want to be spraying this all-purpose cleaner around my
kids, because I just started thinking about it. My kids are sitting at the
table, I need to clean the table, I’m spraying this stuff. Is that good for
them? Probably not, right?
just start wondering and asking questions. When I started asking questions was
when I started researching and looking into it, and then I just realized I
could make my own all-purpose cleaner at home.
thing we like to talk about too on the show is family involvement, making all
of these home things like a family affair.
when you have natural healthy cleaners, you can involve your kids in cleaning.
It’s not always separating them from these jobs that we do.
a broom, I’ve got to clean the bathroom, or whatever. Yeah.
I love that.
my kids love it. I have four kids, so they’re all into oils and use them, and help
me. My nine and a half year old that’s here with me today, she was literally
just in the kitchen two days ago whipping up her own set of bath bombs.
totally doing it, and it was great.
it’s good for consumption, too. Not all of them, but you can put the lemon-
Certain essential oils you can use internally. I always talk very cautiously
about internal use, because essential oil companies vary so much that I just
like to be very, very cautious on that side. Because I chose this brand because
I trust them, and so yes. I will take these personally internally. But I would
not take other essential oils internally.
actually, a lot of their essential oils will caution you not to, so you got to
definitely be careful.
are concentrated, too. So using a carrier oil or diluting is very important,
especially with young children.
if you’re going to use them on your body, because with these essential oils you
can use them topically, which is actually physically on your skin. But like you
said, you want to dilute them so that you’re not just pouring straight
essential oil on your skin. Because like I said, one drop of peppermint
essential oil is really strong, really powerful. And you know, it is going to
sting a little bit or burn a little bit if you just dump it right on your skin.
you do want to use some sort of a carrier oil like a coconut oil or jojoba oil
or something like that to dilute it so that you don’t have any skin
sensitivity. So yeah.
when you’re oiling up after your shower, Aaron-
your jojoba oil-
all about it. The one question I have going back is like, okay. How well do
these things work? You’re talking about how they can be used as cleaners. Okay.
Where do they stack up compared to some of the stuff you would buy on the
maybe it’s not as healthy, but does it work on an adequate level?
personally have been really happy. I’m totally fine with it. There are some
really powerful cleaners on the market that are pretty gnarly, but I’m not
willing to breathe that in to be honest. Even if maybe it does work fantastic.
I haven’t had any complaints personally about using my natural stuff.
know, a lot of times they’re adding a really nice smell, but they’re also
either antiseptic or antibacterial.
you’re actually cleaning.
actually do clean. So they’re not just a fragrance thing. For instance, lemon
is a natural de-greaser. So you can use lemon oil for that. Wild orange is
antibacterial, so you can totally add that to your all-purpose cleaner. So
you’re actually getting a lot of the germs when you’re cleaning from that.
yes, there are other components to the cleaners. Baking soda, vinegar, or
hydrogen peroxide. So you definitely have other components, but the oils do
actually do something.
okay. I want to see some of your hacks. I want to learn.
favorite that I probably do the most is my all-purpose cleaner.
going to want a 20 to 24-ounce glass bottle. The reason why you want it to be
glass is because essential oils actually break down plastic. So you do want
them to go in glass, because they are really powerful and you don’t want to
leech the toxins from plastic into your cleaner. So this is super healthy,
using glass. Like I said, I got this kombucha bottle. It does have really
sticky stuff on it because I pulled the label off. So Aaron, I would love it if
you would take some of this lemon essential oil-
drop it straight onto a little portion of where the sticky … You can feel it,
Sticky residue. You can drop maybe two, three drops on a certain little spot.
not going to pour it out on me, is it?
it might kind of go around. But you’ll just smell really nice. It’s okay.
put a few drops. And then you can just wipe that off. Tell me if that is pretty
easy to wipe off?
it comes right off.
if you tried to do that with a paper towel…
it would just stick to it.
And if you tried to do that with water or anything like that, right? So if you
got a few drops-
So you just rinse it off.
You got a few drops of lemon, you rub it all in, and you’ll literally just
going to be able to rinse that right off.
as a DIY guy, how many times have you bought something for the vanity or a
light or something where it’s beautiful-
a sticker on it.
then you have to pull off that darn sticker?
it’s a pain in the ass.
obviously this is a larger surface, right?
a pretty large surface of sticky because it’s the whole bottle. But yeah. A
little price tag sticker on something. Two or three drops of oil literally wipe
that off in 15 seconds.
it’s like Goo Gone. It’s the equivalent of Goo Gone.
a Goo Gone. It’s a natural goo-be-gone.
my gosh. And Goo Gone is so potent. My husband has used that around the kids
and I’ve been like, really? It’s so strong.
yeah. This is a natural Goo Gone. You can use lemon to take off any of that
stuff. I’ve gone to the beach and stepped in tar. I mean, that is try and get
is there tar on the beach?
you go to the beach.
never stepped in tar at the beach?
stepped in tar?
is there tar on the beach?
you go to [crosstalk 00:15:23]?
an east-coast guy. He’s an east-coast.
mean I’ve gone to the beach, but what-
you can step in tar sometimes.
for everybody that lives in southern California knows-
mean, I live in the valley-
I’m not like beach [crosstalk 00:15:32]. I can’t afford that beach and
yeah. You can literally use lemon oil and that will just wipe right off, which
it’s pretty amazing.
I just took half a lemon, would it do a similar thing?
It’s not concentrated. It’s not-
it’s the oil-
you’re talking like a lemon juice. This actually comes from the rind of the
lemon. This lemon essential oil comes from the rind.
it’s going to be different. I see you kind of lighting up though. I mean,
that’s pretty cool right?
I’m like.. It’s pretty cool. Yeah.
like, “Okay. Okay.”
like science experiments.
what it feels like to me.
you were saying, you open something up and you’ve got this label-
the most annoying thing in the world?
so annoying! Oh my gosh! Why do they have to put that?
love when it company just makes them like-
off real easy.
00:16:11] label. But they never do.
do, and those are the ones I re-buy, because that right there is enough. I
don’t care how crappy your product is, I’ll re-buy that product because the
don’t even need to worry. [crosstalk 00:16:20] You have your bottle of lemon
oil. You can get whatever vanity or any kind of thing you want and not worry
it’ll just come right off.
this guy right here is-
of my favorite uses. It’s a wool dryer ball, right?
dryer ball. You can get these pretty much any health food store. You can get
them on Amazon.
think Trader Joe’s has them now, too.
probably do, yeah.
fact, they do. I know they do, yeah.
literally a ball of wool. A wool dryer ball. And you can just use these in
place of dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are really, really, really bad for your
body. They are just full of carcinogens.
it’s just a really easy swap. So you just put your essential oils directly on
the dryer ball, maybe three to five drops total. Throw them in with your clean
clothes and start your dryer. The wool balls themselves actually help to dry
your clothes quicker, and then the essential oils freshen and kind of clean as
well. So yeah, those are my favorite.
oils are good for that?
so many. There’s so many cleaning oils. You could use citrus. You could use tea
tree oil, melaleuca. There’s one called Purify that’s really great, that’s a
really cleansing oil. Lavender, which is really great. It smells really great,
it’s really calming. It’s kind of whatever fragrance choice that you would
I love lavender for our dryer.
are breathing in this stuff every day. You think about all of the products you
use from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. You’re spraying down
your counters, doing your laundry, cleaning all these things. It’s like how
much stuff are we exposed to on the daily? You know?
if we could just make these little swaps, just easy swaps, it’s just better for
just feel like if you’re not willing to ditch everything you have just as you
need to replace and re-buy.
one thing at a time as you need to.
what I tell people. I’m like, “Just ditch and switch one thing at a
Just, “Hey, I ran out of all-purpose cleaner. Okay. Instead of buying it,
I’m going to replace it by making my own.”
“Okay, I ran out of my wood polish cleaner. Instead of re-buying it, I’m
going to make it.” So just one at a time, as you go. You can just start
someone say wood polish cleaner?
how do you do that?
simple. You’re going to just do equal parts white vinegar and extra virgin
olive oil. So you could do like an eighth cup of white vinegar, eighth cup of
olive oil. And then you’re going to put in your essential oils, and shake it up
before you use it.
you want to spray that actually directly onto your rag, get it sort of damp and
saturated just a little bit, and then wipe off your wood.
you just put lemon?
can do lemon, you can do orange. Those are the two most popular oils that
people would use for wood polisher.
We’ll grab the recipes to all of these and put them in our show notes.
if you’re listening and you’re trying to figure out how to-
track of it all.
remember all of this, don’t worry. We’ll put everything in our show notes.
You’ll have it. They’re all really simple, and are only like two or three
ingredients total each.
if you want to watch any of this, you can find it on our website
www.howtohome.com/podcasts. You can find it there, or you can find us at … All
this video stuff will be on our Facebook page as well.
like to know what’s actually in your cleaner.
all-purpose cleaner. So this I actually will do like a fourth to a half cup of
hydrogen peroxide. I don’t even measure. I just kind of …
it in. Maybe a fourth of the bottle, hydrogen peroxide. And then you’re going
to add your essential oils. I personally like using either wild orange, because
it is antibacterial, or one called On Guard that is probably my favorite.
because it’s already a blend of a bunch of different essential oils together
that are created to kill germs, so it’s like the perfect all-purpose cleaner
one. It smells like Christmas. It’s amazing.
do like 15 drops of this total in there. So you’ve got your hydrogen peroxide,
your essential oils, and then you can just put the rest water. And that’s it.
And you’ve got a really great, natural all-purpose cleaner. You can use it to
spray your counters, your tables, or whatever. It’s just really simple.
You can make it in 30 seconds.
thing that I like doing is making a carpet cleaner, like a …You can just-
like a powder. You know, you’d buy a powder.
can do it so simply with just baking soda, I’m sure everybody has, and you can
either put it in a bowl and you can kind of sift it over the carpet, or you can
put it in maybe a glass mason jar and poke some holes in the top.
put your baking soda in, and then add maybe 10 to 15 drops of either lemon, or
orange, or tea tree, or whatever cleansing… A lot of the citrus oils are
really cleansing, so you can do whatever you prefer the smell of. You can use
lavender if that’s something that you just want your house to smell like that.
then you just shake it over the carpet. Let it set for a few minutes, and then
vacuum it up.
actually like to put the oils in my vacuum cleaner.
you know the vacuum can get that really gross smell?
pet hair thing is the worst.
just starts to smell. After you vacuum it actually smells worse than before.
you’re like, wait. What’s going on? I like to clean out my vacuum really well,
and then put a couple drops.
The vacuum filter, you can just open it up, put two or three drops in there.
And then that, honestly, I probably only do it once a week, and it lasts.
You’ll notice when you turn the vacuum on. I’m like, “Oh, it still smells
vacuum once a week?
is this person?
will last a week. [crosstalk 00:21:56] I have to vacuum 20 times a day because,
oh my gosh, my kids.
I was impressed with your once a week. I was like, wow. Good for you.
and [inaudible 00:22:04].
the vacuum’s out pretty much daily at my house.
then you want to take it a step further for those smells that sort of linger
around the house, right? You’ve got like-
Garbage disposal or trash can, you could actually drop a couple drops down the sink,
couple drops after you take the trash out in the bottom of the trashcan. It’s
my least favorite chore. Couple drops in the bottom of the trashcan. Seriously,
just… the essential oils that are antibacterial actually kill the bacteria,
which kills the smell. Right? So you’re not just masking it with some fake
synthetic fragrance. You’re actually killing the bacteria, which is fantastic.
every parent knows the Diaper Genie.
you hit the pedal, it just hits you in the face. So I used to always do cotton
balls with essential oil in the Diaper Genie. And then, you know, when it comes
up your way, it’s just a little more pleasant.
little more pleasant, yeah.
I’ve transitioned to the number one only in the Diaper Genie. Everything else
goes straight outside.
that’s a good idea.
I’m just not dealing with that.
could also take little cotton balls or cotton pads. Put a couple drops, stick
them in your son’s shoes when they’re not wearing them because-
yes. Starts getting stanky.
you can put a drop or two of your favorite smell or any of the cleaning oils.
that in my soccer bag.
rid of… Yes.
equipment. Anybody that knows anything about hockey equipment. Oh, it’s the worst.
yeah. See? You need oils. You need oils.
husband has a [crosstalk 00:23:33] for basketball-
I don’t even play hockey. I just know that’s the thing. My cousin was a big hockey
player, and it’s just a certain level of funk that you can’t get rid of.
is a certain level of funk. Yes, I agree.
else are we talking about? What other things can we utilize these for? And then
I want to talk about where people can find these, and all that type of stuff.
feel like the list is almost endless. We kind of have this joke that we always
say, “There’s an oil for that,” because seriously, there is. Over all
the years I’ve been using them, I’m always so amazed at all the ways that you
can use them. I’m like, “Oh, there’s a recipe for this and that.”
Pinterest is amazing, right? You can just find all sorts of DIY things.
yeah, there’s so many uses, so many ways that I personally use them, for health
benefits as well. I don’t know if we want to go that direction, but like I
said, around the house I’ve got… I sent you a list of things, and that was me
cutting the list down, you know?
like, “Oh there’s so many!” There’s so many different ways to use
we got a few social media questions here.
you don’t mind, we’ll just-
not at all.
looking to get into diffusing essential oils. Do you have any recommendations
of ones to start with? So a good starter.
starters would be lemon, lavender, peppermint. Those are always really basic,
great oils to have on hand. You could use them for lots of different things,
but they’re amazing to diffuse.
citrus oils, really. Grapefruit, wild orange is a really pleasing, lavender a
lot of people love because it’s really calming and soothing. There’s a lot of
great diffuser recipes you can find and look up, but those are some of my
favorites, and pretty much everyone will enjoy them in the house.
It’s just like a aromatic-
yeah. It’s great, and a lot of people do it in place of candles or plug-ins, or
things like that.
if you get really awesome, good quality essential oils, you actually can get
some great health benefits from those too. So you can use wild orange. It
smells really nice, but it’s also cleaning the air because it is antibacterial,
and it boosts the immune system, too. So there’s multi-purpose.
people are a little skeptical with multi-level marketing, so what would you say
to dispel that negative connotation?
fully understand that. I get it. I think we’ve all had those people that really
maybe pushed something on us and we feel like we don’t want it. I definitely
love, in one sense, the direct sales model, because I actually can talk to
people and help them and educate them.
definitely think that it can be fantastic in that way. Like I said, when you go
to the store and you grab something off a shelf, you have no education with
that. You’re not getting anything from Whole Foods about what you just bought.
Right? So I definitely love it for those reasons.
I think that companies decided to go multi-level marketing because that’s what
they wanted. They wanted that person to person relationship versus just a
product sitting on a shelf.
mean, I get some people are going to maybe not be totally on board with that,
but I think it’s more because of the person that was trying to sell them
something that sort of turned them off to it.
it doesn’t really necessarily have to do with the product. If you found a
product that you absolutely loved, you’re going to want to get it. Right?
You’re going to want to buy it.
was going to get essential oils no matter what, because I loved DoTERRA. I
loved the brand, I loved using them. I used them for years. So it didn’t matter
to me what the company structure was. I fell in love with the product and I
wanted to use them.
it’s finding that the product that works for you, but also finding the
salesperson that works for you.
I think so. And I definitely think that there’s always going to be the eager
beaver that’s maybe a little bit overbearing, you know?
just life. That’s just life.
this stuff isn’t really available on the shelf somewhere? You have to get it on
the website or something? Or through a person like yourself?
you can’t get this on the shelf. Yeah, you would need to go through DoTERRA or
talk to somebody like me that actually would connect and help you and get you
you. So DoTERRA’s just a brand.
a brand. They’re the number one brand. They’ve really risen above them all.
lot of other companies’ essential oils will be adulterated, so they’ll have
synthetics or fillers. You can look at the ingredients and you’re like,
“This is not an essential oil.” It’s a synthetic compound that
they’ve just manufactured, and put in a bottle, and said it’s an essential oil.
what do you think people should be looking for when they purchase an essential
really do have to know where you’re getting them from. And like I said, a lot
of the essential oils that you’ll see at the market will say not for internal
use, so it’s like, “Well… What’s it for?”
not if it’s just lemon?
If it’s just plant. If it’s literally just cold pressed from a plant, why not?
That’s sort of, for me personally… It wasn’t just like, “Oh, I’m just
going to go with DoTERRA.” It was well, I like a hardcore research. Which
company? Why? Because I was doing it for health benefits, too. I had some
gnarly… I still do. Gotten a lot better, but I have some gnarly health
issues. So for me it was like, “I’m actually using this in the place of
medicine? It’s got to be okay to use or take.”
that’s why I picked DoTERRA. They actually third-party test to make sure there
is no pesticides or fillers or chemicals. Because really, if you’re going to
buy something and you’re going to spend your money on it, you want to make sure
it’s going to be the best. Right?
And if you think you’re going natural and you’re really not, that’s pretty
And I think that’s annoying, another thing. You can get duped so easily by
something saying, “pure essential oil,” and then you flip it over and
you see ingredients that are synthetic, and you’re like, “That’s not
I even supposed to put it on my… It’ll say like, “Do not apply
topically. Do not take internally. For aromatic use only.” I’m like, then
it’s just exactly the same as all the other air fresheners.
just a scent, yeah.
just a perfume.
just a perfume or a fragrance.
feel like I have to say, I am not at all associated with this company.
love it, right?
just met. Yeah!
happen to buy DoTERRA, and it’s a really easy, commitment-free way to buy a
product. I do not like making monthly commitments or doing… That’s just not
how I am, and it works for me.
people are selling something directly and it’s not in the store, for some
reason the trust factor is kind of different.
I will say that-
doesn’t feel as vetted I guess. People just are used to that retail experience.
absolutely. And I fully get that, because I’ve been there.
been on that side of it. Somebody one time asked me if I sold essential oils
and I was like, “No. I wouldn’t never sell essential oils.” And then,
you know, here I am.
at me now.
know, what are you going to say? But-
when you’re really passionate about something, you’re-
you love using them. And I have seen them literally change my life and my
family’s life, and for the better. And it’s one of those things where I started
to like, “Oh, I want to share this with people.”
I think the cool thing for me personally is if somebody were to go to Whole
Foods and grab something off the shelf, what are they going to get with that?
No education, they’re not going to get any recipes, they’re not going to get
any knowledge. They’re just buying it off a shelf. And for me personally,
that’s why I love what I do, is because they come to me and then hey, they have
questions for me. Can you help me with this? I have got this issue or this issue,
this, this, or that. And I can actually sit down with them and say like, okay,
let’s find this. These oils are going to work for you because of this, or
whatever. And I can kind of custom fit it to them.
in that sense, I’ve actually grown to love this sort of way that multi-level
marketing works in that sense. Because I actually get to have that relationship
an educator in a sense.
I can actually help educate them, because I actually think that… There’s been
so many times I’ve bought products off the shelf where I’m like, “What do
I do with this? I don’t even know. I have no clue how to use this,” or of
course you want to get the most benefits out of it, right?
that’s actually why I love what I do, because I feel like I do get to have that
personal relationship and help people in that sense.
you were just telling me when we were sitting down before. That Orkin guy came
to our house and we asked him to spray our kids’ play set because it’s always
covered in spiders, and he said, “We’re not allowed to do that. We’re not
allowed to spray anything that the kids touch or play with.”
I looked into more natural options, and peppermint oil… I think peppermint,
and then some citrus too, were natural bug repellents.
There’s a lot of natural bug repellents that you can get with essential oils.
would you recommend for the play set?
could totally just put peppermint. And I can look up and see specifically
spiders, what the best essential oil for spiders. I actually think it might be
peppermint too though.
could just put it in a little sprayer, and go around and spray all the corners
of the spray house. Obviously wipe it all down and spray it out, and just do
that whenever your kids are going to… before they go in. Spray it on before
they go in because the bugs do not like the way it smells, so they actually
could totally use oils as a natural alternative to that. And that’s kind of
crazy that they’re not even allowed to spray, because obviously they know those
chemicals are not okay to be spraying around little kids, right?
yeah. It’s great when you can’t use those methods, it’s awesome to know you
have a natural alternative.
I think that’s where a lot of people are at. It’s like, “I’m okay with
maybe using this,” but then when you can’t, okay well, what are your
options? And we have options.
And I don’t think you need to do a complete overhaul on your life. You just
take control of the areas where you want things to-
If you know better, do better.
you can, great. You can make an easy swap, do it. Why not? I feel like
knowledge is power. So if I find something out and I’m like, “Oh, that’s
really bad for me. I’m going to keep using it.”
we talked about in a previous episode I use white vinegar, cleaning vinegar,
for everything all the time.
just my house just smells like vinegar all the time.
like using my peroxide and my oils better, because you-
does the same thing.
the same thing, and you don’t have the… I just don’t like the way vinegar
smells. It’s not my favorite.
it’s not… But it doesn’t linger forever, but it-
it’s not the worst. But I personally, when I mix up my peroxide for my
all-purpose cleaner and I have my super yummy oils, it’s just like,
You want to clean with it.
smells good, you know?
like oh, put the mask on. We got to get the vinegar out.
think with vinegar, if you’re the one doing it and you know what the smell is,
it’s cool. But when someone walks in and it’s like, “Oh it doesn’t smell
you walk in the door, yeah.
My husband will come home and I’ll… Well, he’s going to laugh because he’s
going to be like, “When you clean.” Because it’s not as often as it
should be. But when I do clean, it smells really, really good in my house.
him he’s welcome to come pick up a mop.
know actually, he is such a good cleaner. But he’s obviously at work all day
every day, and I work from home, so I get that awesome opportunity to work and
clean, you know?
yeah, it always smells so good because it’s all the oils, and it just smells
one thing I have to say is that you will get that amazing clean, fresh-like
experience that you do not get with white vinegar.
Something that’s really fun about oils that I love to do… Pinterest, you can
pretty much find anything.
there’s a place that you really like the smell of, like Aveda is one that has a
very distinct smell. Aveda’s a hair salon. Or Anthropologie, which is a store.
There’s certain stores or places that have a very distinct smell, or maybe you
want your house to smell like Christmas. You can find a lot of blends online.
don’t want your house to smell like Abercrombie when you walk by and it just
smacks you in the forehead when you walk through the mall.
No. No. No.
my gosh. Bath and Body Works, Yankee Candle-
Yeah. I run. I run.
Yeah, I know. I go all the way around.
feel bad for the people that work in there.
can’t even imagine.
haven’t been in there in a very long time.
can’t even go in there.
it’s very, very weird.
there’s so many really, really good fragrances. Not fragrances, but you know,
smells from essential oils that you can’t get with a synthetic fragrance.
you noticed, since you’ve transitioned, have you noticed a cost savings? And
what would I anticipate spending on stuff like this? These are roughly, I don’t
know, nail polish size. I don’t know how many milliliters. 15 milliliters
can I expect to spend on something like this, and what’s the savings?
A typical bottle is going to be averaging 10 to $20. For instance, the wild
orange essential oil is four cents a drop, and that’s, you know-
you only need a few drops per-
need a few drops. And there’s 250 in these 15 mL size. So you’re actually going
to get a lot of uses out of that bottle of essential oils.
definitely have broken it down and noticed wow, okay. Yeah. I’m not spending $6
on that non-toxic, organic cleaner that I was buying. I’m now making it at home
for about… Once you buy your bottle, you maybe spent-
is just a-
$3 on your kombucha.
getting a kombucha, right?
actually get to get something for it. And then you buy your little sprayer top,
and then you’re maybe refilling it for 50 cents to a dollar a bottle tops.
totally natural cleaner. Not a bad price.
I think we tend to have sticker shock a bit when see the sets or whatever. It’s
like you see $100 for anything it’s wow, that’s expensive. But when you break
down how many drops-
and what you can do with it. Yeah.
many oils, what you can do, it is really worth researching in my opinion.
it’s pretty amazing. And I’m all about saving money and budgeting. It’s just
that I’ve done this, and I’ve seen on the other side of it that it is worth it.
And that not only do you actually get a lot for your money, but that you
actually are saving your body and your health and all of those things, too. So
it’s like why not? Why wouldn’t you? If you had a natural solution that you
could buy that you’d have at home for a lot of different things, why wouldn’t
kind of where I started. Getting to the point where it’s like, why not?
I’m going to give you guys this. I got each of you a bottle of lemon essential
I made you a HowToHome blend…
[inaudible 00:38:31] plus focus. HowToHome Blend. Be a better DIYer. Apply to
wrists, behind ears, on neck, or over heart. Breathe in deeply before starting
any DIY home project. I love that!
this is going to keep me from just cursing my head off on every project?
a little bit more like a focus-energy blend.
I might use it today.
got frankincense, black pepper, lime, and wild orange.
you got your own little bottle of natural Goo-Be-Gone.
you so much!
you can get to cleaning.
if people want to find more information about this stuff and want to ask you
questions or something, where can people get in touch with you?
is great. It’s just a really good way for people to learn. I’m trying to
constantly educate on there, so at TheNaturalCupboard is my Instagram. And
yeah, lots of recipes and great stuff there.
Well thank you so much for coming in and sharing some of these things with us.
welcome! Thanks for having me, you guys.
open to giving it a shot. I will say that.
came in very skeptical, not really sure what this whole thing was going to be
about. But I’m open to… You sold me on the little Goo-Be-Gone.
knew it. I knew the Goo-Be-Gone was going to get you.
knew that was going to get me.
that is one of the most-
the gateway. It seriously is.
one of the most frustrating things on earth.
is. It’s ridiculously annoying.
what hell is. It’s just you have to sit there with nothing and you have to
scrub the goo off of these bottles.
what you would have to do for eternity.
have a bottle of lemon. You keep that at work, and every time you have a
sticker, you just grab that and you’re done.
also you can oil your wood projects.
There you go.
some wood to oil.
thank you so much for coming in. I hope you had a good time.
for having me guys. I had such a good time.
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Lindsay Esparza from The Natural Cupboard joins us this week to to explore some fun oil uses for your household!
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QUICK ESSENTIAL OILS INFO/TIPS:
- Essential oils come from plants, roots, trees, bark etc. and they’re either steamed or distilled for their benefits.
- They’re a great switch for natural cleaning products and home fragrance.
- Essential oils are very concentrated, so they last a long time.
- Making your own cleaning products also gives you the opportunity to upcycle bottles.
- Oils can actually help snoring.
- Using healthier cleaning products gives kids the chance to get involved in cleaning.
- Dilution is important, so make sure you use a carrier oil (do your research).
- Lemon is a natural degreaser, Wild Orange is anti-bacterial- so the oils themselves can also do some work.
- Great for the bottom of the trashcan, garbage disposal, shoes, vacuum cleaner etc.
- Mix cleaners in glass because essential oils can break down plastic.
- Use lemon essential oil to remove sticker residue.
DIY ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
- 20 or 24 oz glass spray bottle
- Fill 1/4 of the bottle with hydrogen peroxide
- Add 15 to 20 drops of either On Guard, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lemon, Wild Orange, Purify, Eucalyptus or your other favorite cleaning oil. Feel free to mix and match!
- Fill the rest with water
DIY WOOD POLISH
-1/2 cup white vinegar
-1/4 cup olive oil
-15 drops wild orange or lemon essential oil
-1 Tbsp vegetable glycerine (optional but a great add!)
-Put all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray on microfiber
or other soft cloth
- Baking soda, 10-15 drops of lemon or orange (anything cleansing), shake over the carpet and vacuum up!
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- Wool Dryer Balls- https://amzn.to/2vGn8dj
Q: What are some good starter oils for someone who’s never diffused?
A: Lemon, lavender, peppermint and citrus.
Q: People shy away from multi-level marketing. What would you say to dispel those feelings?
A: Lindsay loves it because her products come with an education. Find the product that works for you, and also the salesman that feels right.
Q: What should people be looking for when purchasing essential oils?
A: If it says “not for internal or topical use” that’s a red flag. Beware of synthetic ingredients and fillers.
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