Natural Disposal Deodorizer

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There’s not much of a worse odor than nasty food leftover in the garbage disposal first thing in the morning. Ok, well maybe left over food in the garbage can from the night before. Kitchen odor can be quite pungent, especially if you used garlic and onions in your dinner the night before. Then there’s that ‘dead animal’ odor because you left chicken bones in the trash can or steak scraps were left to sit in the disposal. Who wants to clean and disinfect the trash can first thing in the morning? It’s enough to make me gag! I make it a point to place any meat garbage in a tightly sealed bag before dumping it in the trash and make sure to take it out before I go to bed at night. Having the kids helping with cleaning the dishes at night is great, but they don’t always remember to run the disposal. Even if they did, the disposal still needs to be cleaned out and deodorized on a regular basis, but why spend money on a chemical laden product when I can make my own natural product right here at home?

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Ingredients:

  • Whole cloves
  • Orange slices (any citrus will do)
  • Baking Soda
  • Rosemary
  • Ice cube trays (You can get them here. Yep, it’s an affiliate link. It helps me make more fun projects like this for you and saves you a trip to the store.)

First off, let me explain how to create this project on a tight budget. I prefer to use the rubber ice cube trays because they’re a lot easier to work with. I buy my Baking Soda in bulk at Costco since I use it for a variety of projects and personal care products. The whole cloves can be purchased at the Dollar Store in a large bottle and while I bought my oranges, you can grow your own lemons or limes at home making it even more economical. The rosemary is grown in my yard and grows quite well all year long (in my climate anyway).

Preparation:

It’s really quite simple. I add a little bit of everything to the ice cube trays and fill with water. Place in the freezer til frozen, pop out of the trays and store in a Ziploc bag.

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I use a few of them after a night of cooking with any recipe that calls for pungent odors and/or once a week for a quick refreshing.

Directions:

  • Make sure the disposal is empty.
  • Place 2-3 deodorizer cubes in the disposal and run a slight trickle of water into it. Turn it on and let it run it’s course.
  • After the cubes are ground down and you no longer hear anything in it, turn it off. Now run the water a bit more and use a scrub brush to clean down below. When you pull up the scrub brush be sure to scrub the under side of the black rubber flaps. Rinse well.

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. Read my full disclaimer here.

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Powerful Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil

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Oregano Essential Oil has powerful benefits for many areas of our lives from first aid treatments to emotional wellness. Oregano is similar to Thyme in many ways, but they have plenty of differences to set them apart. My Mom-in-Love has been using it to help heal the bruising of her thinned skin. Surface skin bruises become more common as a person ages and the smallest bump or scrape against the wall or a cabinet can leave a rather unattractive splotchy mess on the skin. She keeps a bottle of oregano oil handy just for this purpose and she swears by it’s effectiveness in healing them faster than anything else. Oregano Oil can also be used to aid a toothache, candida, and even athlete’s foot. You can inhale it’s vapors through a diffuser to support respiratory health and take it internally.

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However you choose to use oregano essential oil, there are some very important factors to understand and some cautions that should not be ignored.

You may have seen these tiny circles with the letters A,T,I,D,N, and S and wondered what they were about. Here’s a quick over view.

Oregano Essential Oil (and the oregano plant) have many benefits to support our health.

Oregano oil is known to be:

  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Pro Respiratory Support
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-Parasitic
  • Anti-Oxidant

It has been used over several centuries for a variety of uses including:

  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Candida
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Warts
  • Whooping Cough
  • Bruises
  • Toothaches

Some scientific articles that provide insight into research that has been done include:

Some general guidelines to consider when using oregano essential oil for the following ailments:

Athlete’s foot: DILUTE- Dilution ratio of 1 drop of oregano oil for every 4 ounces of water. Drop oregano essential oil in a hot foot bath along with 1 cup of epsom salt. For the amount of water see insert from your foot bath company. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes or until water has cooled. Remove feet and pat dry. Make a dilution of 1:3 of oregano essential oil and a carrier oil and massage into feet. Allow to soak in and dry before walking. Use 100% cotton socks.

Candida: DILUTE- Dilute with a carrier oil and apply daily. Each person’s candida will vary so likewise the frequency of use.

Emotional Wellness: AROMATIC-Oregano’s powerful aroma can bring back memories of family (especially if your family held to the dinner table tradition over an Italian meal). Oregano draws out the importance of family and can help heal one’s self from self-centeredness, being opinionated, and self righteousness. Diffuse oregano oil in an oil warmer to promote a healthy communal experience within the family unit.

In practice: I recommend an evening of Spaghetti, lasagna, or ravioli with Italian bread. Set the table with candles and a white table cloth. Saute a mirepoix (onions, garlic, celery, olive oil) while the meal is being prepared. You can add the mirepoix to your sauce. Diffuse oregano essential oil and use this family table dining experience to foster better relations within the family.

Warts: NEAT- Apply NEAT to warts 2 times a day, or as needed. Cover with bandages.

Whooping Cough: DILUTE & AROMATIC- 1 drop of oregano essential oil in a 4 ounce cup of hot steamy water and sweeten with honey. Breathe in the aroma between sipping.

Bruises: NEAT- Apply NEAT (unless you have a skin sensitivity, then use 1:3 ration with a carrier oil) 2 times a day until bruise clears up.

Toothaches: DILUTE- Ration 1:3 with a carrier oil and apply as needed for tooth pain. This is NOT a substitution for dentist supervision and treatment. It can be used in substitution for Orajel and can be a supplemental aid as an antibiotic for dental infections.

Other reading resources: (affiliate links)

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments

Healing Foods

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements

 

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*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post contains affiliate links.  Read my full disclaimer here.

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Oregano vs. Thyme and Dispelling Some Myths

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Reading through various blogs that proclaim the ‘natural’ way, I come across a lot of confusing information. Many bloggers write articles about herbs, essential oils, and natural remedies including myself. Yet, just because we do so doesn’t mean we always have the right information. I read an article recently about oregano oil and a person who commented shared information that I had never heard of before. I copied her comment and pasted it into Google’s search engine and discovered that she had copied and pasted it from another “natural” news-type blog. The problem with this is that “natural” news-type blog didn’t have their information correct. This woman was passing on false information and stating it as a fact. There’s a funny little quote that gets passed around that speaks a lot of truth:

“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” ~President Abe Lincoln

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I understand not every one has time to research and not everyone even knows where to look if they did want to do some digging. Just before I move on, let me share a quick tip for anyone who is looking to natural bloggers to get their “natural news”. If the blogger doesn’t link to valid sources with facts, then take what they say with a grain of salt. In addition to this, always consult with your health care provider when you want to know about natural health.

Now lets get back to discussing oregano oil, also known as oil of oregano. There is a misconception about oregano in that some are confusing thyme with oregano. Both of these herbs do contain powerful substances that can aid in our over all health. They are both from the same scientific family, Lamiaceae (Mint family). However, they differ after that point in their scientific classification.

Here is the breakdown for both oregano and thyme as stated by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture):

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass: Asteridae

Order: Lamiales

Family: Lamiaceae – Mint family

They are the same until you get to their Genus classification.

Genus: OREGANO- Origanum L. – origanum   |    THYME- Thymus L. – thyme

Species: OREGANO- Origanum vulgare L. – oregano  |   THYME- Thymus capitatus (L.) Hoffsgg. & Link – thymus

There are a variety of oregano and thyme for culinary uses and those would fall under ‘varieties’, but I’m not going to get into all of those. You can read more about the varieties of Oregano here.

What I do want to point out is one of the misnomers I have been seeing around some of these ‘natural’ blogs. I would link to the precise article, but as it turns out…their link is no longer valid. Isn’t that quaint? Nonetheless, countless people read the article and have already started passing around memes and comments in other places that proclaim that same information. The confusing information that is being declared is that “true oregano” is actually Thymus Capitatus. However, you can see from the list above that thymus capitatus clearly is not in the same Genus as Oregano. Now, Oregano does have a constituent called thymol (which is also found in Thyme).

This may seem confusing to some and I understand. Let me put it this way;

Oregano *contains* a constituent called thymol, but is not *called* thyme.

Thymus Capitatus *contains* thymol, but is not *called* Oregano.

They do contain similar constituents, but they are still different in taste and in medicinal uses. You can substitute one for the other in some recipes, but if you’re familiar with their taste you will notice the difference in your culinary work. In addition to this, Oregano and Thyme can both be used for some first aid ailments, but each one has superior results for certain illnesses and injuries. For example, Thyme is excellent for coughs and mouth wash (Listerine contains thymol), while Oregano is powerful in it’s war against candida species.

Another bit of info being passed along is that only “wild grown Oregano from the mountains of the Mediterranean” can be used medicinally. I’m not even going to pick that apart with facts, because honestly it’s just a load of hogwash. There is NO WAY to regulate who gets to harvest wild grown oregano and what (or who) limits the amount of harvesting to ensure it can keep growing wild.

I’m not going to argue that Oregano and Thyme couldn’t be interchanged medicinally, as I am not a doctor. My point in this article is simply to clarify both herbs’ positions in the Lamiaceae (mint) family and hopefully provide enough education for us to beware of the false information that is passed around.

There’s no need to get tangled up in fear when it comes to trying to find “real” oregano oil. You can even make your own oregano tincture and skip paying a small fortune for ‘oil of oregano’ at your local health food market.

I have no scientific evidence that oregano essential oil is more powerful than oregano tincture, but 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oregano Essential Oil is not cut down with alcohol or apple cider vinegar like many tinctures are.

The FDA does not regulate medicinal herbs and essential oils (and they never should), so each company’s claims about their products are their own in-house standard. I recommend you try a few companies out and see which ones work best for your needs. Oregano and Thyme both have their place in this world, whether it’s medicinally or in culinary work, and we get to benefit from both of them.

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. Read my full disclaimer here

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