Having an essential oil blend on hand that has enormous diversity in application is invaluable. I have used On Guard topically at the bottoms of my feet and internally in my water to help fight off a viral infection, such as the common cold. Although I have no tangible evidence, I attribute the fact that I have not gotten sick with a full-blown cold virus or flu this year to my OnGuard use.
Not only have I used it directly as an essential oil, but I have used it as an active ingredient in home-made sanitizing products such as all-purpose cleaner and hand sanitizer.
In fact, I believe in the product so much that I made homemade hand sanitizer as Christmas presents for family and friends, who have claimed to love the product with regards to smell and effectiveness.
Why does this excite me so much? Because as a woman it restores my hope and confidence that we as a human society are self-sufficient and the resources provided to us by Mother Nature truly can be enough to protect and improve our overall health.
As I have expanded my use of essentials oils in my life, it has caused me to take pause and think about the originating source for all the toxic chemicals listed in the retail sanitizing products we purchase at our local Safeway, Target or Costco.
How is bleach made? Most everything stems from some sort of organic matter right? The two types of bleach I am aware of are chlorine bleach and peroxide bleach, both of which can be toxic.”The bleach manufacturing industry came under fire during the 1970s when the public became concerned about the effects of household chemicals on personal health.”
I am not sure if there is an essential oil that can bleach my clothes for me, but they sure seem to work well with disinfecting and sanitizing tasks. That is not something I could ever say with ease as a Registered Nurse. I think us nurses probably all fit into the prejudicial category of “germaphobe”. Have you ever seen a nurse wash their hands?…well then, enough said.
Since I’ve been on such a roll with my use of On Guard, I decided to put it to the test with a homemade laundry detergent. BINGO! scored again! I could not believe how well my first batch worked on my clothes. I remember having a conversation with a girlfriend of mind who was telling me that she was making her own laundry detergent and her family loved the way their bathroom towels felt after coming out of the dryer. She said that since using her homemade detergent, her towels felt cleaner and fluffier, similar to the way they felt when they were brand new. Naturally, I was a skeptic at first because I have been a firm believer for decades that nothing cleans my laundry better than my Tide detergent. However, after having such great results with my hand sanitizer, I figured it was worth making a small batch to try out.
Now, how much does one 170 ounce bottle of Tide laundry detergent cost? Apparently, the going rate on Amazon is approximately $32.99.
In order to make my own laundry detergent, I only needed to purchase four ingredients. The initial combined cost of those ingredients in bulk was approximately $80. That $80 can make eight 170 ounce bottles of laundry detergent…now thats one hell of a savings!!! Eight170 ounce bottles at $32.99 each equals $263. I just saved $183! Sorry Tide, looks like I will only be using you on my specialty garments from now on.
It is absolutely amazing the way essential oils have changed my life. Feel free to send me a message if you ever want to explore what essentials oils can do for you. Sharing is caring they say:)