Hey Guys. So today on the blog I am lucky enough to have Jazze from The Calm Compound sharing with us all the ways she saves money using essential oils, she has even broken down the numbers so we can really see the savings. We would love to know what you think so leave us a comment. Pol
Essential Oils? Umm no thanks, that’s not 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!).
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 (to reduce the toxic load on our bodies and save money).
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:
- Head tension: I usually put a couple of drops of Peppermint 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 Frankincense, Copaiba and Roman Chamomile. Based on the strength of my daughter’s blend (around 13 drops), the cost per 10ml roller bottle is about $3.50. 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).
- 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.
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:
o Viva Double Length Paper Towels (cut in half).
o 2 cups of water.
o 1 tbsp of Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap.
o 2 tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil.
o 5 drops of Lavender.
o 5 drops of Tea Tree .
Here are just some of my recipes for homemade cleaners:
- 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)
- 20 drops Lemon (cost per drop $0.05)
- 50/50 water and white vinegar
- 10 drops Lemon (cost per drop $0.05)
- 10 drops Clove (cost per drop $0.07)
- 50/50 water and white vinegar
- 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,