Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for a Healthy Home

Fall is hands down, my favourite season.
With the air getting crisper, the fantastic warm spicy smells and the leaves changing colours, it means that its almost time for Halloween Fall.
Halloween happens to be my favourite holiday. People think you’re weird if you embrace the awesomeness that is Halloween more than just a couple of days around October 31st. But I digress.
Here is a small selection of essential oils for fall that you can diffuse to celebrate fall, while also keeping your home or work space healthier and toxin free.

Fal essential Oil Blends

Why use essential oils?

I used to love candles.
There is something comforting about a warm and cozy flickering candle, which also smells amazing. To me, it’s calming and relaxing.
I have the Desert Mist diffuser from Young Living and LOVE the flickering light mode.

When you burn candles, they release volatile organic compounds and particulate matter in to the air. You are essentially creating indoor air pollution. Paraffin, what most candles are made of, is a petroleum waste product that must be deodorised and chemically bleached before it can be made in to wax. When paraffin wax candles burn, highly toxic compounds such as benzene and toluene, which are known carcinogens, are released. Oh, and then wicks have been found to contain lead… Even thought they are supposed to be made from cotton and paper in North America.
Then there’s the fragrance. The majority of the chemicals that make up “fragrances” are derived from petrochemicals including benzene benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates — which are known to cause cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies. Phthalates are added to products to make scents last longer have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Concentrated plant extracts, essential oils are obtained through steam distillation, cold pressing or resin tapping resulting in distinctive molecular profiles giving the oils specific aromas and properties. Essential oils have been used by people for thousands of years.


Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Crisp Fall Air

  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Elemi
  • 2 drops Wintergreen

Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • 3 drops Stress Away
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark

Warm Spiced Cider

  • 1 drop Thieves
  • 1 drop Ginger
  • 3 drops Bergamot

Holiday Hustle

  • 2 drops Thieves
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops RC

Fall Romance

  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Geranium (or Jasmine)

Changing Leaves

  • 6 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • 2 drops Wintergreen
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
Fall essential oil diffuser blends

Apple Pie

  • 2 drops Clove
  • 2 drops Cinnamon
  • 2 drops Ginger
  • 1 drop Nutmeg

Pumpkin Pie

  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Orange
  • 1 drop Clove

Chai Tea

  • 3 drops Orange
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
  • 1 drop Cinnamon
  • 1 drop Cardamom
  • 1 drop Clove

Essential Oils For Fall

One of the oils mentioned, Stress Away, is a blend which is available from Young Living. If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can follow my link, or contact me and I would be more than happy to talk to you about the wonderful world of essential oils. [Disclosure: if you sign up with my link then I will make a small commission from your purchases]

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

The Clove in Thieves helps to relieve symptoms of cough or cold when inhaled or applied to feet and wrists. The powerful essential oils in this blend creates a warm, grounding aroma. The story behind this oil is that during the Black Plague, thieves would use a blend of spices and oils to be able to rob the corpses without becoming sick themselves.

Thieves essential oil

Stress Away Essential Oil Blend from Young Living

As primary ingredients in Stress Away, Lime and Cedarwood combine to create the perfect solution to combat everyday stresses.
Featuring Lavender essential oil, Stress Away helps to calm the nerves thanks to the relaxing properties of the Lavender oil.

Stress Away Essential Oil from Young Living

Elemi Essential Oil

This is a new oil to me, and one that sounds like it needs to be part of your essential oil diffuser blend for all and winter.
Like Frankincense Essential Oil, Elemi Oil is rich in monoterpenes. It is often called “poor mans frankincense”. It can be especially helpful in wound care and for supporting respiratory health.

Elemi Essential oil used in fall essential oil blend

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Easy Tips for a Zero Waste Kitchen

How to have a zero waste kitchen

The kitchen is easily one of the biggest waste producing areas in our house.
Here are some quick tips and tricks to help transition to a zero waste kitchen and reduce your waste, without having to invest a lot.
Baby steps are okay.
And I am all about being frugal.

Stop Using Paper Products

One of the easiest steps to take on a journey to a zero waste kitchen is to stop using paper towels and napkins.
Replace them with cloth.
You can buy specially made “un-paper” towels or even just regular tea or bar towels or any type of cloths. I have a designated pattern of weirdly small hand towels that we use in place of paper towels in the kitchen.
For lunch napkins, I have some cute bandannas and handkerchiefs that were either gifted or bough at thrift stores.
I have been known to cut up flannel blankets and pyjama pants that are not repairable to make unpaper towels and reusable napkins.
If you aren’t ready to go paperless, then switch to bamboo as it is more sustainable.

Bonus for me: Not having to do the complicated “paper towel math” to see if I am getting the best deal. It’s similar to toilet paper math.

Zero Waste Kitchen

Save Your Jars – Zero Waste Storage!

Save your jars to avoid needing to buy new ones.
You can use them for left overs, or to store dried goods in.
If you are going to freeze things in jars, make sure the contents have cooled down first.
I use them sometimes to make protein shakes in.

Zero waste reuse jars

Ditch the Plastic

Stop using cling wrap and plastic baggies.
Opt for jars, beeswax wraps, metal, and glass containers.
I use cloth baggies for my children’s school lunches as well in an effort to reduce waste.

zero waste reusable lunch bags

Keep Veggies Fresher Longer

Store onions and potatoes in a basket in dark cupboard to keep them last longer.
Salad greens, beans, and peas can be stored in the fridge between damp tea towels. You can stand celery in water, and float carrots in water.

. . . and Regrow Them!!

I have regrown lettuce, green onions, and celery.
After cutting off that I need, I just planted them into a pot to let them grow again.

zero waste regrow produce

Compost

If you can, composting in an important step in reducing what goes to landfill. You are giving your scraps a second life. When I lived in a rural area, I composted everything that I could and used it in my garden. I once had compost potatoes and found pumpkins growing in my compost that I ended up giving away to neighbours.
My landlord does not have our units supplied with composting bins. We are lucky to have a friend who accepts our compost.

Don’t. Use. Disposables.

This is pretty much a no brainer.
It may make clean up a bit easier, but think of all the trash that it creates — and the plastic that is never going to go away.
I developed the habit from my Grama to clean and reuse disposable cutlery.
I am also that weird family member who will clean and take your plastic cutlery home with me if you’re only going to throw it away. My family is starting to come around…
I send the rescued plastic forks and spoons in my kids lunches and they know to bring them home so they get washed and reused.


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