Essential oil math….. oil vs medicine

I know what your thinking! MORE MATH!!!!! WHY?

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Well, if you know me, then you know the best way to convince me of anything is to show me the math or the numbers. That is what weighs the most with me.

I know one of the complaints with essential oils is the cost, that it is too expensive. I decided to do the math for a particular case and really see what the math said.

*Note* Your cost is going to vary depending on the brand you pick and your personal health insurance costs. For the sake of the math, the cost is solely based on the prices at Plant Therapy. I did this for a couple of reasons. I really like their quality, I think it is equal to a lot of the more expensive brands. They, also, have free shipping in the U.S. I did not have to add that cost into my math. I am not an affiliate with them and get nothing if you buy through them. I would, also, personally recommend Mountain Rose Herbs , but they are more expensive and charge shipping.

This started because my friend has a condition. For her privacy, I won’t share what that is. With oils, one treatment can be used for so many things that what I say won’t give it away.

The recipe to treat her condition was:

100 drops of lemongrass

100 drops of clove

100 drops of peppermint

50 drops of frankincense

100 drops of fractionated coconut oil

Put everything in a roller bottle and apply 2 to 3 times a day.

At Plant Therapy, you can buy most of these oils in 10 ml or 30 ml bottle. A 10 ml bottle contains about 166 drops. The drop size will vary depending on the oil. some are thicker then others. Plant Therapy sells roller bottles for $7.99 for a pack of 4. When you divide up the recipe, you will fill 3 roller bottles, 36 drops of each except frankincense, which will be 18.

The total for the cost of oils is as follows.

Lemongrass $6.24

Clove $6.43

Peppermint $7.49

Frankincense $11.93

Fractionated Coconut oil $7.99

Total $40.08 + $7.99 for roller bottles is $48.07

For the essential oils, that is 664 drops. You should be able to get close to 2 recipes out of the essential oils. Fractionated coconut oil is not an essential oil and is sold in a 4 ounce bottle or larger. The price listed is the 4 ounce. That will stretch out over time and not have to be purchased over and over. It is similar with the roller bottles. They are refillable so you won’t have to buy them again, unless you feel they have worn out.

This is about a 6 to 8 month supply. So, taking your total and dividing it by 8 you get $6.01.

Now my prescription copay is at least $7.00, and this is for generic. For this situation, it is a long-term prescription, so you would have to buy it monthly. That is a dollar less a month, and the way this works, you would be healing the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. You wouldn’t be going to the doctor anymore, eventually. Healing takes time, so it wouldn’t happen over night. With essential oil use, you have to look at long-term benefit over immediate “fix.”

Final note, when she has to refill, it would cost her $32.09 because of the items that stretch out or you don’t have to buy again. That goes down to $4.01 a month.

What do you think of this math? Do you think the savings is significant? I say every penny counts.

 

Cloth diaper math, on the fly!

I was doing laundry and thought I would count the diapers in the load and do the math quickly. I am doing the math for the first time in the post, so if I am not clear, go ahead and comment. Then I can fix it or explain it better.

This load had 28 diapers and 8 “wipes” (I use wash cloths and don’t buy into the idea of needing special cloth wipes, but that is for a different post).

I figure for my toddler, disposable diapers cost, about, 30 cents a piece (some brands more, some a little less but for this post I am saying 30 cents). With that, because of water costs in the wash, it is about a quarter (25 cents) back in my pocket for each cloth diaper used.

In the case of this load, that is $7.00 back in my pocket (I am surprised it worked out that perfect, I didn’t plan that).

Wipes cost a penny or 2 a piece, depending on brand (I like Honest company and theirs are little more). At most that is 16 cent back in my pocket.

I make my own detergent and the cost per load is actually less than a penny, so we will round-up to the penny. The vinegar is probably a couple of cents a load (I have never figured out how much I use per load, it may be time to do that, a gallon of white vinegar only costs $1.50 at our local Costco), so we will say 3 cents for the math for now. A 30 ml bottle of lemon oil (that is about 500 drops) is 10 bucks through Plant Therapy and I use 2 drops a load. It is 2 cents a drop, that is 4 cents a load.

I need to subtract 8 cents for laundry cost.

Math: $7.00 + $.16 – $.08= $7.08

The total I save for this load with 28 diapers and 8 wipes is $7.08. Now I can go on the figure out per week savings compared to disposable but on the fly that feels like a lot. I will say I do at least 2 loads a week of diapers, some weeks 3 loads. It will depend on where the loads fall in the week (and if the little one has had an icky week 😛 ).

What do you think of my math? For us, $7.08 is about 2 dinners. It makes a huge dent. What about in your life? What would 7 dollars back into your pocket every couple of days do for you?

 

Empty EO bottle?

This is my short and frugal tip of the day.

Have an “empty” essential oil bottle?

Open the bottle all the way, including taking off the stopper and put it in a ceramic up.

Boil some water. Once it is boiling, pour the water in the cup. Make sure the bottle fills. Do just enough to cover the bottle.

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Now place it in a room and it will diffuse the left over oil and you will still get the benefit from it.

When the water cools, I add it to my ultrasonic diffuser  and continue to use it.

Now the bottle is clean and ready for the recycle. Plus, you didn’t waste a drop! YAY!

My cloth diaper washing routine

We have been trying to potty train. My beautiful daughter is 26 months, give or take. I introduced the potty at about 18 months. Now, that was a little early. I should have probably waited. She gets all the mechanics of going potty but just doesn’t want to. So, instead of fighting, we are taking a step back.

I thought now was a great time to reflect on my cloth diaper routine.

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My total investment in cloth diapers is somewhere between $15 and $20. Yes, that is all. I received some hand me downs but mostly my wonderful mother and I made a bunch of diapers. My mom made a couple dozen fitted that worked great when my little one was tiny (and will work again when baby number 3 gets here in August). I made 3 or 4 dozen pre-folds, which has been my go-to for my older toddler. I just fold them up and place them in a cover and snap them on. We both made them out of rags and old sheets that we had lying around. Neither of us bought anything. I have had to buy a few covers over time but when I did, I would hop on ebay and get some for no more than $3 shipped. What helped was that I’m not picky about condition. All the covers are worn and not the prettiest but they work and are covered in pants 95% of the time.

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I, also, work at keeping the washing routine as simple (and cheap) as possible. When the baby is little and breast feed only, it is really easy. Their poo is water-soluble, so I would throw everything in the wash machine. I did a hot rinse first, then did a normal wash (I will go into that in a second). Once you introduce solid food or if you formula feed the situation changes. You can’t throw the diaper in the wash with any solids in it. I rinse the diaper with solids in the toilet, you can use a sprayer if you have one. I, just, have never invested. Plus, hands wash easily and I am not squeamish. That is a me thing, though. There is no judgement if you choose to use a sprayer. I throw wet diaper straight into the wash (or diaper pail).

When I wash I use a quarter of a cup of my homemade detergent and a scoop of OxyClean. I am using OxyClean only because it was cheaper per load than bleach. I have used bleach in the past and see no problem with it. I just try to save as much money as possible.  I set my washer on the “small” load size and hot. I use vinegar and 1-2 drops of lemon oil in the fabric softener dispenser. If you don’t have a dispenser, invest in a Downy ball. They work great. The vinegar pulls out any left over detergent and icky-ness that may be left in the diaper, as well as killing bacteria. The lemon oil accomplishes the same thing.

I dry on a normal cycle in my dryer, on low heat. I have you high heat in the past but I found it drys just as well in low heat and uses less energy. Hang drying in the sun is best but here in the greater Seattle area, the days you get to do that are few.

Do you cloth diaper? What does your routine look like? Have you done anything that really didn’t work or tried something that worked well, that you weren’t expecting?

 

Face wash recipe for my cystic acne

This was a slightly insane morning. Not for the normal reasons, though. The kids were great. My son was ON IT! He was ready for school super early. My daughter was dressed before he was. It was great. Then I head to the bathroom for my turn. I get started and realize I am out of face wash. Thank goodness I make my own and it only takes 5 minutes.

Now a slight word of caution. I have bad, large cystic acne and to treat it I use oregano essential oil . Oregano oil is a HOT oil, meaning it can burn when you put it on. If you have sensitive skin, even just a little bit, but want to try this recipe, leave that ingredient out. The recipe should work without it if you just have acne prone skin.

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Recipe:

1 tbls of coconut oil

1tbls of honey (I use raw)

1 tbls bentonite clay

7 drops lemon essential oil

7 drops geranium essential oil

7 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil

1-3 drops of oregano essential oil

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Put everything in a glass, ceramic or metal bowl, it is important to avoid plastic. Essential oils can leach toxic “stuff” out of the plastic and deposit it in your face wash.

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I whip everything with a hand mixer. You can use a fork and mix it by hand. I have done that, but it takes longer and you won’t get a nice whipped texture.

I store everything in an upcycled, glass baby food jar. This will last you 6 to 8 weeks. I use it once a day and I always use it when I take a shower. I put a little bit in my hand and add a little bit of baking soda that I keep in an upcycled spice container in the shower. The baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant. I rub my hands together then rub all over my face. I do this first thing in the shower. I wash up, then rinse my face last.

It really has been amazing. My acne causes a lot of pain. I have been doing this for 3 months or so and this is the first time I have not been in pain. There seems to not be a lot of visual change because of all the scarring but now I am able to start doing something about that. It really is exciting when a continuous problem starts to heal.

Mountain Rose Herbs

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Now, if you follow me on facebook, then you know I was accept by Mountain Rose Herbs as an affiliate.

What that means for me is that I get a small commission off any purchase made through a link on my blog.

I love them because the quality is top shelf, the specialize in organic and fair trade items, and, lastly, they are local. These are all things that are important to me. They are very good at educating the consumer on how to use their products and what to use them for. I am very excited to be partnering with them. Take a look at what they offer and comment on what is your favorite thing.  They have specials every month. Take some time and take a look.

Simple Serenity Solutions – review

I am always on the look out for great, natural products. They are few and far between and a lot of times I can’t afford them.

My mother introduced me to Annie, at Simple Serenity Solutions. She is a WAHM, here in Washington State. She has a great story. If you get to know her, she is one of the sweetest women I have ever met. She wants to love her kids and hubby the best she can, and is trying really hard.

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Awhile ago, she gave me a container of her body butter to try. I love it. She list everything on the container and you can understand it. One of my favorite things, though, is that I have wickedly acne prone skin. I really try to be careful what I put on it. I can hop out of the shower, put on the body butter and then do my face routine and not have to worry about what is going on my face.

I have, also, tried her lip stick. She doesn’t have any on her web site right now but the next time she does, you should grab some. It is soft, beautiful, and worth every penny!

Now, head to her website and facebook page and tell her I sent you. 😉 She has a ton going on as she gets ready for the holidays.

 

Do you have a favorite body product? Please share it with me. I would love to hear all about it.