Got Dust Mites or a Stinky Mattress…I don’t!

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So let’s talk about dust mites!  This reads like something out of a horror story…so prepare yourself!

Dust mites are microscopic creatures.  They stay alive by eating skin flakes regularly shed from humans and their pets and thrive in a warm, humid environment.   Since the average human sloughs off 10 grams of dead skin a week, dust mites have a lot to eat in most homes.  And with the addition of Cats and dogs, there’s even more dander for dust mites to eat.  YUCK!  And ya know what, YOU (yes even YOU, little Ms. Neat-freak), have them in your home RIGHT NOW!  Why does that matter?

First of all, these little buggers look flat out  frightening!  CREEPY CRITTERS



Did you know dust mites can cause health problems?  They can cause allergic reactions in some individuals that are similar to hay fever and asthma, making it difficult to breathe, or can even cause sneezing or a runny nose (BTW: the allergic reaction is to their feces…yep, that’s dust mite poop!) .  And consider, for a moment, that the average bed is home to OVER 6 Billion dust mites.  To place this in perspective, the entire WORLD population (as of October of 2011) is 7  Billion…So that’s ALOT of dust mites!  Again, YUCK!   Now, when you consider you spend between 6 & 8 HOURS a night in this bed, Wouldn’t YOU want something in your home that was safe and natural for your family that eliminated these little creepy crawlers?!

So before you curl up on your mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, and fabric-covered items, Clean then with this:

Dust mites can be killed by using oils like peppermint, eucalyptus or wintergreen essential oil. When combined with baking soda, which absorbs moisture, deodorizes and sanitizes, this powerhouse duo can be an extremely effective, natural, and non-toxic household cleaner.

lavender-front1 cup baking soda (enough for a queen size mattress)

10  drops Spark Naturals essential oil – Use an essential oil that will help further repel dust mites, such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary. (Lavender is what we use)

Mason jar with lid (or other lidded GLASS jar)






LavenderHow to Clean Your Mattress:

1- Remove bed linens and wash them in hot water.

2- Add the baking soda and essential oils to a Mason jar. Shake to evenly distribute the oils.

3- Put the baking soda mixture into the sifter and sift across your mattress. (You may need to double your baking soda mixture depending on the size of your mattress).

4- Leave the mixture on your mattress for at least an hour. The longer you leave it, the better the results.

5- Once the mixture has been on the mattress for at least an hour, use your vacuum hose to remove the mixture from the mattress.

6- Make your bed with clean sheets and enjoy the fresh smell of your mattress. Repeat every 2-3 months, or as often as needed.

To deep clean your carpet or upholstered furniture, mix together the baking soda and essential oils and sift onto whatever area you are cleaning. Let it sit for at least one hour and then vacuum. It’s easyand effective!

As Always, I Tell you: Go at YOUR pace, comfort level, and EDUCATE yourself!  Don’t take my word for it…do your OWN research and decide what’s best for you and yours!

Love Wholly, Speak Softly, Eat Yummily, Laugh Heartily, Hug STRONGLY, and be comfortable with being YOU!

 Hack it out of the Wilderness




Lemon, how do I LOVE thee…Let me Count the Ways (and there are a TON)!

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I didn’t begin life with a love of Lemons.  I hated all citrus (shock and horror).  I found it acidic, brash, and just…bleh!  In my 20’s, I was a water hater, diet coke drinker…and oh the sweet tea!  Then, Cancer struck (I will talk about that journey in another post), and I HAD to LEARN to drink water…and to “tolerate” lemons.  Lemons helped with my detox after each Chemo and their smell uplifted me!  So, I began to like them.  Each day, more and more, I enjoyed them.

Now, after that, picture this: I’m minding my own business…drinking my lemon water and stressing over work and cleaning this never ending “dirty pit”…AKA The house (heh), and my friends start inviting me to these classes about how to clean out my medicine cabinet or clean my home with these things called essential oils.  I resisted and remained skeptical to the bitter end…and then, they handed me the oils.  Lemon was one of the FIRST oils I was introduced to…OH MY!

Since then, I’ve switched to a brand called Spark Naturals (great quality, excellent service, EPIC price-point).  I use Lemon everyday!  These are just a few of the HUNDREDS of ways you are able to use amazing Lemon Essential Oil!




lemon2Add 1-2 drops of Lemon on the bottoms of the feet to dry up a runny nose. I have found it usually takes about 10-15 minutes

Greasy hands?  Soap alone won’t remove the grease. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and lemon oil and scrub together in damp hands.  Then rinse.

Disinfecting: You can add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and rid your home of what may be living in your range hood, on your tables, counter-tops and other surfaces. For some extra umph, add a little vinegar.

Got Kids?  Lemon oil can help you dodge a MAJOR  hair cutting crisis…GUM in the hair! Also removes stickers or temporary tattoos!

Eliminate a sore throat: In 8oz hot water, add 1 Tbsp. Honey and 2-3 drops Spark Naturals lemon essential oil and drink

Remove smudges on stainless, nourish leather, clean and brighten wood, deep clean granite counters, diffuse to eliminate odors, spray over roses to kill aphids…and MORE!!!!

One of the most versatile and widely used oils, I believe, because of its potent properties and powerful aromatics.

Lemon has antidepressant, antiseptic, anti fungal, and antiviral properties and helps promotes health, energy, and purification. Its invigorating and warming aroma will freshen, clean, and energize wherever this essential oil is used!

So, what are you waiting for?  Go grab yourself a bottle of Spark Naturals Lemon Essential Oil and get to it!!


OH, and all you “foodies”, check out these CRAZY Lemon Cheesecake Bars…RIDICULOUS!  YUM!

Visit Spark Naturals HERE and remember: SAVE MONEY (10%) on your order with coupon code: essentialamanda !!

As Always, I Tell you: Go at YOUR pace, comfort level, and EDUCATE yourself!  Don’t take my word for it…do your OWN research and decide what’s best for you and yours!

Love Wholly, Speak Softly, Eat Yummily, Laugh Heartily, Hug STRONGLY, and be comfortable with being YOU!

 Hack it out of the Wilderness