Since I first started using essential oils years ago, we've come to a place where we use essential oils every day. We use individual oils as well and blends, and I like them both.
Today I'm sharing a recipe for a Homemade Purify Essential Oil Blend, which is one of our favorites. We've used it several times and it was very effective, and it is a very helpful blend with many applications in your healthy natural home.
Why Make Your Own Essential Oils Blends?
I love making my own essential oils blends. Of course, it's totally fine to buy the blends pre made, and it's very convenient to do so, but for some of the same reasons that I make my own Homemade Seasoning Blends, I like making my own essential oils blends. Others you may like are my DIY Antibacterial Blend (like "Thieves"), DIY Hair Growth Blend, Essential Oils for Energy, and this DIY Breathe Blend, and there will be more to come.
- Control over ingredients: Of course, if you are buying pure oils, then making your own blends won't really help you as far as keeping adulterants, etc. out of your oils blends, but if you want a particular blend and there is one ingredient that you can't use (say you are allergic to it, etc.), then you can leave that out and still use the rest of the blend.
Also, typically Fractionated Coconut Oil is used as a carrier oil, but other oils like almond and sesame, etc. are sometimes used and blends are sometimes pre-diluted. By making your own blends, you control everything, including the carrier oil.
- Save Money by not paying extra: Additionally, it is less expensive to make your own blends.
- Save Money by not wasting oils: You can use your single oils as is, or use them in blends, therefore potentially not buying as many oils and having single oils go to waste.
Why Use a Purify Blend?
Clean air is so important. So much of the "healthy living movement" is focused on food....on eating non-GMO, organic, clean unrefined foods, and often we focus on clean filtered water (read Is Your Water Safe?), and then possibly clean non-toxic personal care products.
But do you even think about clean air?
Since I was a child, I have suffered from airborne allergies, including reacting to cigarette smoke, pollen, mold spores, chemicals in artificial fragrances, and more. And those issues have continued until today.
I always knew that I felt bad around these things, but when I was young, I didn't know that some of them are just plain bad. for. you.
Now I know better.
In any case -- just think about it.
Yes, we eat all day long. Every day. And so we should do what we can to ensure that our food is sourced as clean as possible.
We drink water -- and drink much more water than the quantity of food that we eat (at least, this should be the case), and so we should make sure that our drinking water is safe. Here is how we filter the water in our household.
However, air quality is crucial too.
Our modern houses are sealed more tightly than houses were in the past, and we have more toxins indoors today as well.
- home care products (I hope you are using non-toxic versions of these !)
- personal care products (ditto -- please clean these up as much as you can)
- gas and electric stoves
- gas appliances
- toxins brought in on shoes
- and on and on
Put all of these together with the tighter homes of modern society, and you get dirty air.
Now, you can do other things to clean your air such as use an air filter or grow air purifying plants, but having this essential oils blend on hand is a great option as well.
Our Experiences with this Homemade Purify Essential Oils Blend
This past year, we had 2 circumstances when the Purify Blend was especially helpful for us.
With a dishwasher and furniture.
First, the furniture.
I found a lovely used Pottery Barn dining set on Craigslist. When we drove to the complex where it was for sale, I could smell the dryer sheet odor emanating from the buildings. However, the dining set was wood, so it never occurred to me that the smell would be embedded in the furniture.
Right after we got it in our home, I knew I had to do something. I tried several things, including wiping down the furniture with Homemade Furniture Polish, and even with a natural soap solution, and even put the chairs outside to offgass, but it wasn't until I made a solution of this Purify Blend and water and wiped down all of the furniture with it, that I got real relief. At the same time, I put some of the Purify Blend in my diffuser and let it run round the clock.
(I later realized that I should have emulsified the oils before adding them to the water, but they still worked out. Mostly the emulsification is to prevent sensitization caused by applying the oils neat to the skin. In this case that wouldn't happen but they will blend and be more effective if you emulsify them first.)
Finally -- clean air and non stinky furniture!
It now looks lovely in our kitchen eating area, but oh, the offgassing was rough.
Then, the Dishwasher.
Then later, our dishwasher broke. We ended up getting a great deal on a floor model, but once we started using the machine, the smell coming from it was disconcerting. After looking into the matter for awhile, turns out that the offensive stench was coming from the insulation lining of the dishwasher.
You know....all that stuff that makes it quiet? Well, it makes it stink.
We were assured that the smell would dissipate with use, but in the meantime, it was 10 degrees outside and so opening the windows wasn't a great option.
Finally, I turned to a Purify Blend and well, it worked great.
And as the dishwasher started to stink less, I needed the blend less and less.
Until finally I have a non-stinky dishwasher. Happiness.
And it cleans pretty well too.
Much More than an Air Cleaner
The Purify Blend is helpful in so many ways.
According to some, it is useful for:
- killing airborne anaerobic bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, and neutralizing mildew
- helping eliminate fungus, viral, bacterial, and other infectious problems
- helping eliminate the scent of cigarette smoke and other noxious odors
- working to help neutralize poison from insect bites, spiders, bees, hornets, and wasps. Also helps repel bugs and mice.
- treating wounds and cuts--helps regenerate connective tissue and aids skin to heal
- helping stimulate poor circulation
The issue of purifying the air using essential oils is due to multiple reasons.
- Negative Ions
- Positive Ions
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
And there is real evidence that the oils in this blend work.
Before we get to the recipe, if you are interested in knowing why I chose the essential oils company that I did, here is the beginning of the best essential oils series (where it all started), and you can also skip to the end here. I will be writing more in the near future about oils in general, as well as about the company that I went with and other companies.
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Have you had to get rid of problematic smells in your home before?
What did you use?