How to save money and be healthier with essential oils

Guest Post

Today we have a guest post from Jazze of The Calm Compound sharing tips to save money and live healthier thanks to essential oils.

“Hiya! I’m Jazze. I’m a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, and chief Mum-boss at The Calm Compound.

My aim is to help others, particularly Mamas, to keep their family as happy and healthy as possible (through the use of essential oils, duh!), avoid those pesky child care sicknesses, keep their skin looking schmicko, and everything in between!

I educate and empower people to turn to natural, non-toxic alternatives to use in their home and with their family. I want to give people the confidence and encouragement to make a change in their life for the better (and save a heap of money in the process – click here for my baby wipe recipe that can save you up to $800/year).”

Essential Oils? Umm no thanks, crystals aren’t my thing…

If you had said to me a year ago that I’d be using essential oils, teaching about essential oils (whaaaaaaaat?!), and switching our medicine cabinet and cleaning products to all natural, I would have laughed in your face (sorry, but it’s true!).

You see, I kinda thought that you needed to be living that carefree, vegan, holistic lifestyle to be using essential oils. Those that know me will laugh and understand me when I say, I am the TOTAL opposite. I am uptight, I get stressed, I like to eat donuts, and I love a cheeky beverage.

It wasn’t until I became a mum, working four days a week as a lawyer, with a husband that goes away a lot for work, in a new State (moved to Brisbane from Perth at 34 weeks pregnant), with a daughter who was constantly sick from child care, that I finally decided to try them.

I was sent a couple of samples (Easy Air and On Guard) to diffuse in my daughter’s room. I kid you not, after two days she was completely fine (after being unwell on and off for two months). Still, I was sceptical! I then used some oils for teething, and to assist her to wind down before bed and have a restful night’s sleep. To this day, the oils works for us 9/10 times.

Because of the huge success we were having, I wanted to do some more research to see how we could start implementing the oils into our home as a whole and what products we could replace.

So on that note, did you know that some disinfectant sprays contain ethanol, propane and butane? I didn’t! Butane is one of the most harmful substances you can inhale and can cause what is known as ‘sudden sniffing death’, which occurs as a result of cardiac arrhythmia/arrest if the person is stressed or does heavy exercise during or soon after using.

Did you know some of the antibacterial chemicals in hand sanitizer and hand washes can contribute to thyroid problems or hormone imbalance? As a long time sufferer of hypothyroidism, this really struck a chord with me.

Ever heard of endocrine disruptors? I hadn’t. I watched this documentary, and this was what really made me realise that we needed to make a change (I mean, let’s be honest, my daughter does lick the floor on the odd occasion).

Where to start? It’s not as hard or as overwhelming as I had initially thought it would be, and certainly not anywhere near as expensive as buying harmful cleaners. I’ve completely transitioned both our cleaning products and our medicine cabinet to all natural, mainly through the use of essential oils.

Firstly, here is a great resource which lists a number of chemicals to steer clear of.

Secondly, here are just some of the swapsies that we have done in our home: 

Pain Relief

  • Head tension: Peppermint essential oil. I usually put a couple of drops in my hand, inhale deeply a couple of times, and then rub the excess oil on the back of my neck and temples. I’ve also made up a Peppermint roller bottle which is 20 drops of peppermint, topped with fractionated coconut oil (in a 10ml roller bottle). The cost per drop of dōTERRA’s peppermint oil is $0.10/drop.
  • Teething: I make up a roller blend of Lavender and Roman Chamomile. Based on the strength of my daughter’s blend (around 10 drops), the cost per 10ml roller bottle is about $3.00. This usually lasts a couple of months. Compare this to the price of children’s pain relief which is around $20 and certainly doesn’t last two months (can someone tell me why the bottles are so damn small?).
  • Period pain: dōTERRA’s women’s monthly blend: $30.75 (with a wholesale account that I can help you set up). I roll this along my abdomen and lower back in the lead up to and during my cycle.

Chest Rub for Coughs

  • A jar of vapour rub from your local chemist will set you back around $12.00.
  • As an alternative, I make up a chest blend for my daughter which contains a few drops each of Easy Air and Lime (sometimes Eucalyptus too), topped with Fractionated Coconut Oil. I apply this to her chest and back. Easy Air is $0.10/drop, Lime and Eucalyptus are $0.07/drop.

Nappy Rash Cream

  • A store-bought cream can range from anywhere between $5 and $8.
  • I make up a spray bottle with water, a bit of Fractionated Coconut Oil, 5 drops of Tea Tree, 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Frankincense. Tea Tree is $0.11/drop, Lavender is $0.11/drop and Frankincense (King of Oils!) is $0.34/drop.

I would estimate the price of this to be about $8 (including the glass spray bottle). It lasts a lot longer than cream (particularly when you have to use a lot of cream for it to actually work).

Disinfectant

  • On Guard is one of the best, if not the best, oil that you can have in your home for cleaning and protecting your family’s immune system.
  • I make up a disinfectant spray with On Guard, Lemon and Tea Tree (about 10 drops each) and fill the rest with water. On Guard is $0.16/drop, Lemon is $0.05/drop (yes, you read that correctly – a bottle of Lemon is only $13.50 for 15mls) and Tea Tree is $0.10/drop.
  • Alternatively, the On Guard Cleaner Concentrate is $18.00 and will make you approximately 20 spray bottles. Yes, 20! You only need a few tablespoons of this for a 1L spray bottle.

Indigestion/tummy issues for young babies

  • I don’t know how I coped before I had DigestZen! My husband is a professional basketballer and two weeks ago I came home from work to find him sweating up a storm and unable to leave the toilet (sorry hubs, hope you don’t mind me sharing). He had a game the next day so we were obviously pretty stressed! We applied DigestZen and Peppermint (diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil) around his belly button straight away and two hours later he was fine.
  • Roman Chamomile, Geranium and Lavender are also fantastic for tummy issues for young babies. Roman Chamomile ($0.28/drop) is one of the best oils you can have in your cupboard for kids (we also use it for teething and ‘winding down’). Geranium is $0.15/drop and Lavender is $0.11/drop.

Baby Wipes

  • I recently did some calculations and a video on what it would cost a family with two kids to purchase natural water wipes for their family versus my homemade baby wipes.
  • The result was a saving of a whopping $800!
  • This is all you need:

Recipes

Here are just some of my recipes for homemade cleaners:

Surface Spray

  • 5 drops On Guard (cost per drop: $0.16)
  • 5 drops Lemon (cost per drop $0.05)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree (cost per drop $0.10)
  • 1 drop Oregano (cost per drop $0.13)

Glass Cleaner

  • 20 drops Lemon (cost per drop $0.05)
  • 50/50 water and white vinegar

Mould Cleaner

  • 10 drops Lemon (cost per drop $0.05)
  • 10 drops Clove (cost per drop $0.07)
  • 50/50 water and white vinegar

Hand Wash

  • 2 tablespoons of Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap
  • 1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender (cost per drop $0.11)
  • 10 drops Tea Tree (cost per drop $0.10)
  • Top up with water

If you’d like to know more about the above, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Lots of love and oily vibes,

Jazze xx

 

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