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Aloes/Sandalwood – Ancient Oils of Scripture Part 2

Sandalwood/Aloes essential oil Santalum albumThe first oil we are going to discuss in the Oils of Ancient Scripture series is Aloes, also known as Sandalwood (Santalum album).

Aloes were referred to a number of times in the Bible, and it is believed that what was biblically referred to as Aloes is the same plant that is called Sandalwood in current times.

In Song of Solomon Aloes was included in a list of the most precious oils.

Ancient uses:

  • used to enhance meditation
  • as an aphrodisiac
  • as a perfume and for fragrancing bedding
  • as a spice
  • used in embalming

Current day uses:

  • skin care
  • supporting the female reproductive system and endocrine system
  • to enhance sleep quality
  • to help relieve various problems

Benefits and Uses:

  • Aloes/Sandalwoos usesVery high in sesquiterpenes, which are very beneficial for brain health and emotional health. Sesquiterpenes have the ability to deprogram misinformation and to carry oxygen at the cellular level.
  • Supports skin care, relaxation, hair care, and urinary tract health.
  • Its fragrance is one of the most relaxing fragrances in the world.
  • Diffuse or place a drop in hand, rub hands together, cup hands over nose, and breathe deeply at bedtime to enhance deep sleep.
  • Use as men’s cologne. May combine with carrier oil if desired. Also great as an aftershave.
  • Add 6 drops to running bath water to disperse or combine with bath salts for a relaxing bath.
  • Use a drop or two for dry, chapped skin and wrinkled skin. May combine with carrier oil.
  • For digestive support, rub on stomach area and feet vita flex points..

Animal uses:

For animal care, this essential oil has been used as an immune stimulant and for various skin-type problems which commonly erupt around the face and muzzle of animals.  It may also be used for cleansing and for skin and coat care. Can be included with other insect repelling essential oils to make a natural bug spray.

Men’s Homemade Sandalwood Cologne 

  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oilmen's homemade sandalwood cologne
  • 3 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 cup of organic sweet almond oil
  • Glass roll-on tube or glass spray bottle.

Add sweet almond oil to an 8 oz glass bottle.  Add all essential oils to glass bottle.  Shake well.  Add cologne to a glass roller bottle.  Store remainder of cologne in the 8 oz glass bottle with secure lid. Store in a cool place.

To apply cologne: Roll cologne on chest and wrist.

This recipe created by my friend Maria at www.OurOrganicHome.com

Biblical References:

  • How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel! Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters. (Numbers 24:5-6)
  • I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. (Proverbs 7:17)
  • All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. (Psalm 45:8)
  • Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. (Song of Solomon 4:14)
  • He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. (John 19:39)

Myrrh Aloes Cassia Sandalwood

 

Click here to view the complete series on the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture.

The Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture

The BEST Furniture Polish You Will Ever Use

Recently I have been experimenting mfurniture polishore and more with natural cleaning solutions so I can keep my home clean and smelling lovely without exposing my family to harsh chemicals. I am finding that I love the natural cleaners WAY more than store-bought, chemical cleaners.

A couple of weeks ago I wanted to get my old coffee table looking like new again. This coffee table is very special to me, because my dad made it for me. So I mixed together two ingredients into a simple paste and was VERY happy with the results! Here is my new and awesome Furniture Polish recipe for wood furniture that looks fabulous!

The BEST Furniture Polish EverCoconut Oil & Lemon Furniture Polish

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 drops Lemon (or Orange) essential oil

Combine the two ingredients, then use a soft rag to apply the paste/cream to your wood furniture. (If using during warmer weather this will be liquid, but it will work just the same.) Then, using a clean, soft cloth, gently buff the furniture. This polish will condition your wood furniture and leave it looking beautiful.

 

P.S. – After using this polish I promptly threw away my Orange Glow furniture polish. By comparison, the homemade cleaner is WAY better (and the smell doesn’t give me a headache like Orange Glow does).

Got Fleas? Here’s How to Knock Them Out! (Without Using Harmful Chemicals)

Down here in Texas we are still in our warm season. The beautiful, warm weather tends to encourage an abundance of unpleasant parasites and insects. Fleas are perhaps one of the most annoying and difficult pests to deal with.

In the past, getting rid of fleas meant exposing your beloved pets and family members to harmful chemicals, or using natural remedies that were only marginally effective. The good news is that as consumers turn to more natural options, we are able to find more natural and effective options in the marketplace. This is good news for those of us who prefer to avoid toxic exposure as much as possible.

Baby and cat sleeping together

So the question is – how can you get rid of (or avoid) fleas effectively AND naturally? Here are a few options that I have found to be very effective, while keeping your family safe:

1.  Essential oils

There are a number of essential oils that can either kill or deter fleas. For best results, you want to use a pure and authentic oil produced by a reliable company.

The following oils have the ability to repel, and possibly even kill, fleas:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass
  • Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil)
  • Pine
  • Purification blend
  • Thieves blend
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

You can make a simple spray by combining essential oils and water, or you can add a few drops of essential oils to your pet’s shampoo. When we added rosemary and peppermint to our usual dog shampoo, the fleas died almost immediately!

2. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous EarthThis is a natural powder that comes from the fossilized remains of diatoms. It is safe to use around children and pets. It can be sprinkled directly on carpets, pet bedding, or on your pet’s fur.

Wellness Mama has a great article about diatomaceous earth, if you would like to learn more about it.

3. Borax

Yes, Borax. The powder that you can add to your laundry. This can be sprinkled on carpets and left for a few hours before vacuuming to kill fleas.

4. Recipes

Here are a few recipes that we use in our home to help kill and prevent fleas.

Carpet Powder

  • 1/2 cup diatomaceous earth
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 3-4 drops of essential oils (tea tree oil, orange, peppermint, and/or rosemary work well)

Combine and place in a shaker bottle (a repurposed parmesan cheese container works well, or you can simply drill some holes in the lid of a mason jar). Sprinkle on carpets, leave for a few hours, and then vacuum. Repeat as often as needed.

Carpet and Upholstery Spray

To help prevent fleas from taking up residence in your carpeting, try spraying this mixture on your carpets and/or upholstery at least once a week. This will also leave your home smelling really nice!

  • 8-ounce spray bottle
  • Distilled water or Vodka
  • 10-15 drops of Essential Oils (Rosemary, Peppermint, Tea Tree Oil, Purification, or Lemongrass are good choices)

Shake well and spray on carpets/upholstery as desired.

 

If you have any tried-and-true natural solutions for fleas, please post in the comments below.