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Arm Yourself Against Cold & Flu Season

According to the CDC, “While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.” Not only is it ‘that time of year,’ but many of us drastically change our routines (eating and sleeping habits) during the holidays, which can challenge our immune system and put us more at risk of contracting the flu.

Research from Weber State University in Utah showed that the Protector™ Blend has an impressive 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. Diffuse 5-6 drops (or refer to your user manual) to clean the air in your home and boost your immunity. Frankincense also boosts immunity. Another way to combat the spread of the flu is to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Add 12-24 drops to 4oz each of water and vodka (or vinegar) for a simple, green disinfecting spray to use around the house.

Should you happen to come down with a cold or the flu despite your best efforts, PeppermintEucalyptus, Tea Tree and our Breathe Calm Blend™ clear congestion and promote relaxed breathing. Apply pre-diluted roll-ons to the chest.

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Essential Oils for Your Horse

Teresa spends a lot of time at the barn with her favorite horse, Fargo. She protects both herself and Fargo from pesky insects with Lemongrass essential oil.

After every shower Teresa adds a couple drops of Lemongrass essential oil to her body lotion before applying. For Fargo, she places a couple drops in her hand and rubs on his face – avoiding his eyes. He loves the smell and it works like a charm.

For an easy fly spray to use at the barn: add 1 teaspoon of Lemongrass essential oil to 32 oz spray bottle and fill with water. Will enhance, not damage your horses coat.

When washing Fargo’s saddle pads, blankets and wraps, Teresa adds Tea Tree essential oil to the wash to help clean and disinfect. Add 8-15 drops essential oil per cap of unscented liquid detergent or 3-5 drops to the rinse cycle.

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Essential Oils in your Laundry Routine

Essential oils work quite well in the laundry, not just for their aromas, but for cleaning benefits as well. Add 8-15 drops essential oil per cap of unscented liquid detergent or 3-5 drops to the rinse cycle.

Lavender and citrus oils like orange do very well with laundry because of their ability to help fight grease, stains and odor. Tea Tree is a powerful disinfectant, use with pet laundry, and kitchen towels. Try Peppermint or our Energize Blend for your workout clothes (then hang to dry for maximum benefit). Also, according to a study at the University of Sydney Australia, adding Eucalyptus essential oil to your wash will eliminate 99% of dust mites from bedding.

Other than a very faint smell, the scent you use in the washer does not stick with the clothing through the drying cycle. Essential oils in the washer are mostly for their odor eliminating and bacteria fighting capabilities.

In the dryer, you can add essential oils to wool dryer balls or a washcloth to lightly scent your clothes and linens. Essential oils dissipate quickly when heated, so if you want a more powerful aroma, make the addition toward the end of the cycle. Or use the air-dry option to remove heat from the process entirely. (Do not add the oils directly to your fabrics).