The last few months I have been learning more about the benefits of essential oils. My mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law are involved with a company called Young Living, and because of them Ryan and I have been learning about and using essential oils more as well. And now I’m reading an interesting book about essential oils.
It’s about the oils themselves– what they are, what they do, how to use them, as well as how they’re talked about in scripture. Very interesting and enlightening.
A few months back I didn’t even understand what an essential oil was –what was so “essential” about it? Well, it is called such because these oils are the “life blood” of the plants they come from. They are the vital fluids of the plant — “essential” to the plant. If you tear a leaf, you notice a little fluid coming out of the tear– that is the essential oil. Though they are considered to be “alternative medicine” today, they really are the first medicines used by man and were used as such for centuries.
The great thing about essential oils is that they are inherently safe — they have no serious side effects, are totally safe for consumption (as long as they are pure, gotta be careful about that) and can be combined harmoniously together.
Today I made my own toothpaste using baking soda and an essential oil blend called Thieves put out by Young Living. Thieves is called such because this particular combination of oils (clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary) was used by a group of thieves during the middle ages to steal from those that had died of the plague without getting sick themselves. It has been tested to have powerful antimicrobial properties. (More about Thieves).
So, in an effort to be more healthy, cost-effective, green and all of those wonderful things — I have made my own toothpaste and it is so easy. (The picture is backwards thanks to the photobooth on my computer)
Like I said, I just used Thieves, baking soda, and a splash of water. I got the recipe from here. The taste and consistency will take some getting used to, but my mouth feels clean and I feel pretty good about it. I think I’ll also add a drop of peppermint. You can buy your own theives toothpaste, but I wanted to try this more cost-effective way first.
I would like to make more of our household cleaners and hygienic products at home using essential oils and other safe ingredients. I found a helpful link to a lot of recipes for household cleaners on Pinterest.
It’s exciting, but also overwhelming. One thing at a time. Today — > toothpaste.