We just made the typical “expecting parent” move and bought an SUV. To say I’m grateful is an understatement so I want to take care of it as best I can. I am 30 years old and this is the nicest car I have owned, thanks baby! A few days into owning this SUV I realized I needed to figure out the best way to maintain it. We have a very hairy dog and I know this new baby will try hard to destroy the cleanliness I love!
I was at Target buying a mini trash can for said car and grabbed some leather cleaning wipes. First, they aren’t cheap. Second, the chemicals in them scared me. I try my best to limit toxins and chemicals that are hormone disrupting. So, the convenience of those wipes was outweighed by logic. I make a lot of our house hold and hygiene products, so I knew I could find a way to make something cheap and easy at home.
To Pinterest I went. Of course, I am not the first to think of DIY car wipes so there were lots of options. The theme was water, vinegar and dish soap. I decided to make my own mix by swapping out the dish soap for jojoba oil and adding some essential oils! You can use fractionated coconut oil or almond oil instead of the jojoba oil. It's simply what I had in the house. I have leather seats and it makes them nice a shiny but not too oily/greasy.
*Paper towel role
*Glass or metal measuring cup
*Glass or metal Tbsp
*Wide mouth mason jar/lid
A of the recipes called for an old/empty wipes container. I don’t use chemicals in my home, so I don’t have any old or empty wipes container. Instead I used a wide mouth mason jar. When you’re using essential oils, you want to make sure you don’t use plastics anyways. Fun fact oils break down plastics.
I was a bit nervous about cutting the Costco size paper towel roll I had but my bread knife worked just fine. The roll is too big to place in the jar directly, so I simply wrapped the roll around my hand until it was the width of the mason jar. I set that a side to make my cleaning blend.
Cleaning Blend Recipe:
*1 cup water
*1/2 cup vinegar
*2 drops of lemon essential oil
*5 drops Frankincense essential oil
*3 tbsp. jojoba oil
You simply mix all the ingredients into the jar, shake it up and put the paper towel roll into the jar. Shake it up one more time to make sure all the paper towel gets covered, then pull the center paper towel up and Voila’!
Of course, I promptly went out to my week-old car and wiped down the steering wheel. YUCK! The car might look new, but the paper towel told another story. It was black. I chose lemon oil for the smell and frankincense for its immune system benefits. I knew it would disinfect the grimy places in the car for me and baby, while leaving my car smelling yummy!
Hope you enjoy this simple DIY. Leave me a comment on how much you love the wipes or what essential oil blend you used! Spice it up!
There are many things you can do to relieve pain and discomfort that comes with pregnancy. I like to give options that are natural and safe. I wanted to touch on some simple remedies for the common issues, you can always comment and ask about specific problems.
First, I want to go over common carrier oil options; you use it along with a few drops of essential oil to properly dilute. For normal skin my favorite is fractionated coconut oil, other options are hempseed, coconut, grape seed and sunflower. Oily skin works best with grape seed, apricot, jojoba and sunflower. There are many levels or dry skin but these all seem to work well; avocado, rosehip and olive. With sensitive skin you should always test on a small patch of skin before using all over but these are great options; jojoba, sesame seed and apricot. For mature skin try jojoba, sesame seed, rosehip and apricot. In general, sweet almond oil can be used for all skin types but my personal favorite is fractionated coconut oil.
Just like skin types can be different and you might have to try a few different carrier oils in order to find the right one. We are all so uniquely different to you might react differently to these remedies, just be open to trying different options!
Here are common symptoms in pregnancy that essential oils can help with. Remember oils need to be re-applied every few hours or more. The good news is they don’t cost nearly as much as per application as medication/prescriptions can! Also please remember that the quality of essential oils matter. Do your research to find grades that can be ingested. I use Doterra essential oil.
Pregnancy symptom: Oil options: Application:
Breasts (to soothe) Lavender and Geranium 3-5 drops to 1tsp of carrier oil
Breasts (sore) Roman Chamomile Same application
Constipation Lemon, Peppermint, Fennel 1-3 drops undiluted on abdomen
Depression Frankincense 3-5 drops under tongue, chase w/ water
Fatigue Peppermint, Grapefruit, 1-2 drops in your palm, inhale deeply
High Blood Pressure Ylang Ylang, Geranium 3 drops of Ylang Ylang in bath 2x a week
Nausea/Vomiting Ginger, Peppermint 1-3 drops on ear, jawbone *
Sleep Lavender 1-3 drops on bottoms of feet or diffuse
Swelling Water, Lemon, Cypress, 3-4 liters a day, 3-5 drops oil to message
Lavender, Ginger legs or 3-5 drops lemon to all water
*High blood pressure- combine in 1 oz. carrier oil and rub over heart and on reflex points of left hand and foot.
*Nausea- and on reflex points of the feet or place 1-3 drops in a capsule and swallow or diffuse
I would love to hear other uses for oil in pregnancy and if you need any help with oils let me know. Oil on ladies. Take control of what you put in and on your body. You got this!
Essential Oils For Birth
I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Primal Health Couch. Essentially I am a women's health nerd. I have struggled with Autoimmune issues for the last 10 years, and more recently fertility issues. This along with my birth work, has driven me to self research. I have added a blog to my site in hopes of giving resources to clients or those interested in these topics. I would love feedback and comments.
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