… & That’s Just the Way I Want It

007We’ve all heard the inspirational quotes like negative in, negative out, positive in, positive out. Some think these types of sayings are hooey (yes, I just used hooey, a much under used word). These types of phrases make a lot of sense to me, and are necessary to keep my overactive imagination in check. They also help me focus more on the positive aspects of a situation.

You see, I’m a worrier. I’m not an every day the sky is falling worrier. However, when something happens I cannot understand, cannot fix on my own, and cannot control, I worry. I worry about the hundred questions that race through my mind. You know what I’m talking about, the what if.

I bring this up because I’m in the midst of playing this what if mind game with myself. This morning I started to wind myself up again and began to worry when I decided to thumb through some old quotes. It said that the words we speak, no matter if meant innocently, can have an impact on not only that moment, but that day, and even long term. Again, negative in, negative out.

Example: How are you today? Answer: Not so great. Now here is where the quote comes into play. After you say your answer, add “and that’s just the way I want it.” Example again: How are you today? Answer: Not so great, and that’s just the way I want it.” You see where this is going.

So, to get out of my what if state of mind and be more positive about the situation I have going on, I will be thinking this quote and keep myself in a better place.

Update: I originally wrote this entry on Tuesday, here it is the weekend, and my situation has not been resolved. However, the statement, “and that’s just the way I want it”, has proved a very good tool against the what if’s.

Essential Odors in the Home, Part Four

Here are a few essential oils that help reduce musty, stale, pet, and smokey odors:

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Grapefruit

Lemon

Lemongrass

Lime

Mandarin

Orange

Sage

Tangerine

Any of the essential oils can be used on its own, my go to is lemon. I’m a huge fan of citrus, and to my nose lemon smells clean. However, I know lemon doesn’t do it for everyone and to get a unique odor eliminating blend just mix a few of the oils together.

When a space needs freshening use this blend in a diffuser, or mix in a dark glass spray bottle with 4 ounces of water.

essential oils and medical flowers herbs3 parts rosemary         3 parts bergamot

5 parts lemon

If a large area is affected by odor the purchase of an organic pure blend is possible. An example would be Purification which contains citronella, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, myrtle, and tea tree. Use it in a diffuser or mix with water in a dark glass spray bottle.

If Purification is not available there is another organic pure blend known as Purify that is made of lemon, lime, and pine. This can get rid of odor quickly, and can be used in a diffuser, spray bottle mixed with water, or even in homemade cleaning solutions. If mixing either of these oils with water use 30 drops of oil to 8 ounces of water.

If the odor is in a specific area, say the garbage disposal use 2 parts lemon, 2 parts lavender, 1 part rosemary.

There are an unlimited amount of blends that can be created and used for odor elimination. Get a beginner set of very good essential oils, dark glass spray bottle, diffuser, and have some fun.

Read the other entries in this series: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

Essential Oils in the Home, Part Three

diffuserMy preferred method for using aromatherapy in a home to get rid of odor and to set the mood is with a diffuser. Over the years I have used several kinds and have two I really like.

The first is the Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser for Aromatherapy By Organic Aromas. Wow, that’s a mouthful. I like this one because it only uses pure essential oils. It doesn’t use water that will dilute the oil, and no water also means no mold. It uses no heat that can edit the purity of the oils, and has a rainbow of colors that can be turned on or off.  The only drawback is also it’s greatest quality. By not diluting the essential oils it will use more, which means buying oils more often.

hibiscusThe second diffuser I use is the Smiley Daisy Essential Oil Hibiscus Diffuser. (another long name) I really like that the unit will run for over 6 hours and will automatically shut off when the water level gets low. It also has two different mist modes, and uses 5 to 7 drops of essential oil to make a room smell good. Overall, this is a great diffuser for someone who wants to get started using essential oils in the home and wants a quality product without breaking the bank.

It seems there will be a part four to this series, so I can share some aromatherapy recipes to get rid of smells and to bring positive energy into a space.

To read the other entries: Part OnePart Two, Part Four

Essential Oils in the Home, Part Two

Essential oils are a natural way to get rid of odor in your home. They can also be used to set mood, spirituality, physical well being, and even in your day to day beauty routine. There are countless ways to use and mix essential oils to meet a users needs. In this post I will share a recipe and a way to deliver the aromatherapy into a home to get rid of smell and to set the energy tone.

homemadesprayFirst, it is important to know not all essential oils are created equal. Some manufacturers cut the oils with ingredients that degrade their purity, and others make synthetic oils. It is best to get an organic oil that is cold pressed or steam distilled and contains only pure aromatic plant oils. The best way to find pure oils is to look at the ingredients on the bottle, which should be dark amber glass.

Now that I’ve shared a very basic idea of how to buy essential oils, the next step is what to buy to get started. Citrus oils  are best for a home with heavy odors and needs to be perked up with energy. These essential oils include tangerine, wild orange, grapefruit, lime, and lemon. On the flip side of the coin if a home has odor and the user wants to introduce calming properties to the room then lavender would work best.

Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money to get started with essential oils. The oils can be pricey and to start using them can be expensive.  An inexpensive method would be to use the essential oil as a room spray. Take a small glass spray bottle with 3 to 4 ounces of water and add 10 to 15 drops of the essential oil. Swirl the mixture gently and just spray in the room and/or area that needs freshened.

I think that is enough for this post which means there will be a part three. Coming soon!

Read the other entries in this series: Part One, Part Three, Part Four .

Essential Oils in the Home, Part One

part 1Being a real estate agent I visit homes on a regular basis. Not only should a home be orderly and clean when being shown, but it should also smell good. A potential buyer can be put off by walking into a home that stinks. The home can be beautiful, orderly,  and clean, however if it smells of pet urine, a litter box, cigarettes, or even a strong food odor, all of which can be turn offs to the buyer.

What can a homeowner do to get rid of that stench and make their home welcoming? Some think the use of chemical cleaners (disinfectant sprays, bleach, etc)  are the answer, however these can be overwhelming and have a negative effect on buyers.

Then there are the perfume sprays, candles, plug-ins, and all sorts of fragrance applications that can be overwhelming and make a buyer with allergies start to sniffle, sneeze, and run for the door.

What’s the answer? For those who know me, I try to live an organic life and embrace different methods for taking care of life’s obstacles. So, my answer to stinky home syndrome is aromatherapy through the use of essential oils. There are dozens of varieties of essential oils, and they can be mixed to get a unique blend to resolve an issue.

Now that I’ve answered the question of what to use to get rid of smell, I realize this isn’t going to be a one part article. There is a lot of ground to cover to explain the how. Part two coming soon!

Read Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

What Color Should Your Front Door Be?

doorLately, I’m all about quizzes.

Think you’re hip enough for orange? Or optimistic enough for yellow? Take our front-door personality quiz and find out. Your front door is the perfect place to express yourself with color. But which color truly reflects you? This handy quiz is here to help.

Here are my results:  Your front door color should be … Yellow!

Yellow: You’re contemplative and peaceful. You like to make statements, but in a guided, subtle way rather than being in-your-face. You’re intelligent and insightful. And no matter what happens, you’re always able to see the bright side of things. Your door should be yellow.