M.Y.O. All-Purpose Spray

I have a new found love for essential oils! To be honest- my purchase was out of necessity and desperation…. I wanted to find a cure for my headaches and I NEEDED my children to get to a place of calm before bed and sleep through the night! Is that too much to ask??!! This “sleeping issue” has been going on for nine exhausting years and I was willing to try anything natural… the doctors were suggesting drugs left and right, and even though that is where we may end up- I knew giving essential oils a try wouldn’t hurt. I researched several companies and shut down the idea multiple times due to the prices….eeek! Then a friend suggested Plant Therapy. I’ve been very happy with the company and the prices.  The essential oils have helped my headaches and the “calm”…well… that is still a work in progress, but I DO see some progress! One thing I have been doing regularly and am very happy with is using my essential oils when I make my cleaning supplies. Today, I’m sharing an all-purpose spray I make for the kitchen, and during flu season I am using the “Germ Fighter” synergy which is a combination of the oils: Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Thyme ……. it keep the germs away- it really does. I love it!

 The recipe couldn’t be easier : 2 cups vinegar, 2 tbsp dish soap, and 6 drops of your favorite essential oil. I have used the Lemon and Orange oils alone in the this recipe and have been very happy with the results.   My favorite perk: I feel comfortable with my daughter using this spray and helping me clean the kitchen! 

 

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Final All purpose spray

 I have a lot to learn about Essential Oils and would love to share it with my Sweets and Whimsy friends as I play and experiment. I have no intention of getting rid of my sweet treat feature, but plan to share more aspects of the Burton family life on this site. What can you expect from Sweets and Whimsy in the coming year? How about an Essential Oil feature, Homeschooling fun, Gardening in the country and growing a farm, We have some big, exciting home projects like a surprise treehouse for the kids and a complete remodel of our basement! Lots of fun things coming up and I’m so glad you have come along for the journey! 

 A fragrant, clean home. Now…. back to baking!

 

 

 

Orange-Rosemary Simmering Potpourri

I’m so excited to be back to blogging! I have lots of fun things planned for the New Year!  

It’s that time of year when we start the process of “un- decorating”.   We always cut down a live tree, so our Christmas tree has an early January expiration date. It’s always a sad day for us, not only because we LOVE Christmas, but, I LOVE the smell of a live tree and it’s incredibly hard to duplicate. I decided to use some of my leftover Christmas food ingredients and simmer them together in water. The result was incredible! I started with rosemary and sliced oranges- a perfect combination! On day two of simmering, I added cinnamon sticks for another layer of fantastic aroma! Incredibly simple and easy, but wonderfully  comforting and just the seasonal smell I was looking for! Even Mr. Sweets and Whimsy, who says most candle scents make his “throat close up”, was a fan of this pot of “wonderfullness”. I was able to get a nice aroma from this mixture for four days! Putting the raw ingredients into a Mason Jar and adding a tag that says: “add water” would be a perfect gift! 

katelyn undecorating

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 So many scent combinations to consider! Throw in some cranberries or clove studded apples….. play around with extracts and raid your spice pantry.    More fun to come Sweets and Whimsy fans!