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Bullock's Buzz: The Healing Power of Plants: Plant Therapy Essential Oils Part Three

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Healing Power of Plants: Plant Therapy Essential Oils Part Three

DIY Fabric Softener Recipe & Win Your Own Set of Oils!
   If you read Part One of this series, you are a bit more familiar with Essential Oils and their uses.  Over the next two posts I will show you two more simple recipes for common household products using products you most likely have on hand and the Essential oils I received from Plant Therapy.  And, remember, for each recipe one lucky Bullock’s Buzz reader will win all four of the oils I reviewed! That means there will be a total of three (3) winners who will each get four Essential oils: Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon and Tea Tree! So make sure you follow along each day!

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   Each of these recipes are eco-friendly and work just as well, if not better, than their commercial counterparts. You do not have to use the exact same Essential oils I have chosen to use, although I did take into consideration each of the oils cleansing and therapeutic properties. It is up to you what scents you prefer, and keep in mind certain oils blend better with others. Check out individual Essential oil’s descriptions on the Plant Therapy website for suggested blends. Also, the amount of oil you choose to add is also up to you as different people like different strength scents. Always start with a few drops, as some oils are quite potent, then add more as needed.

    The recipes are based on others I have found through my readings of books and many different sites on the internet. I have chosen my own fragrance combinations.
   Today is our second DIY recipe post, and the second giveaway.  The recipe for today is for a home made fabric softener. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to win a set of your own Essential oils just like the ones I reviewed!

Fabric Softener

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This recipe is nice if you want to soften your clothing and give it a nice scent, at the same time.

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1/4 cup baking soda
2 teaspoons cornstarch (optional)
3 to 5 drops essential oil (your favorite scent) I made two different scents, using Lemon and Tea Tree for one and Lavender only for the second.
Sift the dry ingredients into a container that has a lid.

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Then, add the essential oil,

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mixing first with a fork

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  and then sifting the mixture 2-3 more times to thoroughly mix the oil in with the dry ingredients.

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I used the following combinations:
Container One: 2 drops Sweet Orange, 1 drop Lemon
Container Two: 3 drops of Lavender only
Keep in a sealed, air-tight container, clearly labeled.
When ready to use, scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons into a bag made of sheer fabric such as muslin or an old pair of hose . Use a rubber band, string or ribbon to tie it closed.

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Throw it in the dryer with the clothes, set the dryer and that’s it!

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Here are some other blend suggestions:
Lavender with Tea Tree is relaxing
Lemon and Tea Tree is great for cleaning
Lavender and Orange lifts your spirits
Fresh Citrus Blend: 5 parts lemon essential oil, 2 parts lavender essential oil, and 1 part sweet orange essential oil
Another Fresh Citrus Blend: 2 parts sweet orange essential oil, 1 part lemon essential oil
Flowery and fresh blend: Equal parts lavender and lemon essential oils


   It’s GIVEAWAY time!  This is our 2nd out of 3 giveaways!  Thanks to Plant Therapy, one lucky Bullock’s Buzz reader will win all four of the oils mentioned above!  This giveaway begins today and will end April 10th at 1pm CST.  The giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.   Enter using the Giveaway Tool below.


I received these products for free for the purpose of review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.



At April 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM , Blogger Andrea Kruse said...

I love the idea of making my own fabric softener! I can't usually stand the scents/fragrances in the stores and am always looking for a softer/more subtle option for still making my clothes smell great. I also enjoy adding a few drops of essential oils right to my wool dryer balls. :)

At April 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Marie said...

I love this!!! I have to try it but I need little bags. I love any thing that can save me money, plus I know what it is!

At April 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM , Blogger Angela Anzhelika Yeremenko said...

I would like to try the germ-fighter Synergy oil.

At April 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM , Blogger TabbyAnn said...

i am going to write some of these recipes down! I love it!

At April 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Melissa Alexander said...

I'd love some citronella or peppermint too!!

At April 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Kristyn said...

this is great! thanks for sharing this i love essential oils :)

At April 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anna at Mama Writes said...

Great ideas! I didn't know you could make so many things with these oils

At April 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Wendy said...

I'd love the Cinnamon Bark

At April 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Shauna said...

That is super-cool... thank you so much for sharing!

At April 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM , Anonymous jheylo said...

entered and hoping to win. this is really an interesting product i want to try it :)

At April 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM , Blogger Just Short said...

I have never tried making my own fabric softener. I need to give this a try.

At April 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Jessica Dy said...

Hi Alaina,

Thank you for visiting me at Linkin with my ladies! I am loving those oils! My son has eczema so I am always looking for things to help calm the itchings. Glad I came by. I am now a new fan :)

The Wondering Brain

At April 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Angie Wanlass said...

I would like to try the Lavendar Essential Oil. I love the way it smells!

At April 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Kat Hoar said...

The spring cleaning set!

At April 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Sheryl Lynn said...


At April 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM , Blogger Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

What a fabulous homemade, natural recipe! We don't use fabric softener in this house because I have such a sensitivity and the stuff that's available is just TOO strong for my linking o.O

Thanks so much for sharing and for the great giveaway!! I'd love the Mio Aromatherapy Diffuser :)

At April 5, 2013 at 12:54 AM , Blogger Nori said...

The Tis the Season set would be really nice for the holidays.

At April 5, 2013 at 6:28 AM , Anonymous Holly @ Woman Tribune said...

What creative and great ways to use essential oils! Great step-by-step instructional on how to make fabric softener. I had no idea!

I would really like to give the Germ-Fighter essential oils a try. I am always looking for ways to keep our home clean without the use of really harsh, harmful chemicals.

At April 5, 2013 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous jenny at dapperhouse said...

This is awesome! I am an advocate for "Living Green" and love this post. I am going to go check out your first two posts in the series too! THANKS!

At April 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM , Blogger [Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

I would like to try Rosehip Carrier Oil
Thank You for the chance to enter

Fiona N

At April 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Elizabeth Rodriguez said...

Oh my I have to try this!! I have been wanting to but seeing your photos makes it look just that much easier. Thanks for sharing. I would like to try the Lavendar, Peppermint, Orange, ok pretty any and all of them!

At April 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Wow what a fab idea I will have to try this in future think it would be definitely lavender for me :) xx

At April 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Kelsey House said...

Wow this is a great idea! I never thought of this! I will have to book mark for later use!

At April 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Sherri L said...

I would love to try the lavender and tea tree oils

At April 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Steve Pots said...

This all sounds very interesting. I like what you did with the dryer I might give that a shot.

At April 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to try Bug-Off Synergy.

At April 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Victoria Carter said...

I would most like to have the eucalyptus and peppermint oils

At April 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Dijah A said...

Would love the Myrrh Egyptian Essential Oil. My husband loves that scent.

At April 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Melinda Dunne said...

I would love a diffuser or the top 32 essential oil kit.

At April 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM , Blogger april said...

I would like to try the peppermint

At April 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM , Blogger Sam Stamp said...

I would love the Fruits 6 Essential Oil Sampler Set! I love fruity smells!

At April 11, 2013 at 2:39 AM , Blogger wheezi said...

Eucalyptus for resp. ailments.


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