I wasn't feeling so great today; I had made up my mind to have a snow-day...minus the snow...and keep indoors. As the day went on though, my thoughts kept turning to the essential oils I ordered last week; I knew there was a long-shot chance they would arrive today, and in the late afternoon the anticipation was just too much, so I loaded up and headed to the PO. The box was there. And I think I might have been a bit more excited than my daughter was, who thinks every package we get is a late Christmas present for her. I opened it up in the car and took a whiff of everything. Oh my; delicious.Tea Tree, which is not so delicious. I was slightly unprepared for this. My run-ins with Tea Tree have most often been in the form of cosmetic products that boast it as a main ingredient and smell just lovely. The truth has come out; Tea Tree stinks. Despite it's smell, it works as an antibacterial (among many other things), and is a great addition to many cleaners. I have noticed that most recipes I've come across include equal parts Tea Tree and Lavender oils; do I smell a cover-up? Perhaps, but Lavender also works as an antibacterial, so it's a great double-whammy. And it smells nice too. It's a cover-up.
Being my typical, excited self, I couldn't wait to add the essential oils to my cleaners, and check out the un-vinegar-like scent. I dropped 8 drops of Lavender into my glass cleaner, and rushed over to clean our TV screen, which had become smeared by little handprints. I had to wait; the Jarhead was in the midst of war, killing virtual bad guys on Call of Duty. After the round was over, I set to work. The Lavender sure adds a nice somethin'-somethin'. I have never been so excited to clean!
I am particularly happy with the Sweet Orange oil, which was a bit of an impulse buy because it sounded pretty. The Peppermint Oil I purchased because I have heard it works well to deter ants, which are a big problem here, and the Citronella I intend to use to make our own bugspray. I will let you know the outcome of both.
I have nothing but praise for Mountain Rose Herbs, the company I ordered my supplies from. Their shipping was FAST! Their products are excellent, and economical. Their website has great information, as well as their own cleaning recipes I can't wait to try out. I will most definately be ordering from them again.