Green Goddess: Essential oils

Long Lunch 27/02/2018

Green Goddess: Essential oils by Wendyl Nissen

These are natural plant essences that have been extracted into oil.

Unlike the synthetic perfumes added to commercial cleaners, natural essential oils not only add an amazing smell but have powerful aromatherapy properties as well as being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Never use them undiluted and pregnant women should seek advice before using them.

When buying check that they are labelled 100 per cent pure and natural and that they haven’t been mixed with a base oil.

You will often find rose oil is blended simply because no one could afford 100 per cent pure.

If you want to get the full benefit of your oils buy good-quality ones from health food shops and chemists, not a discount store.

For cleaning I mostly use tea-tree, eucalyptus and lavender, which are all relatively inexpensive.

Kitchen Essential Oils:
The main functions for any kitchen cleaner are not only to clean but also to fight bacteria and leave a nice smell.

You’ll find these recipes all use essential oils for this purpose.


  • Rosemary — antiseptic
  • Lemon — antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-fungal
  • Eucalyptus — antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal
  • Tea-tree — antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal
  • Lavender — antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal
  • Lime — antibiotic, antiseptic
  • Orange — antiseptic

Here’s a guide to the properties of some essential oils to help moods:

  • Anti-anxiety – basil, bergamot, geranium, lavender
  • Calming – sandalwood, sage, lavender, chamomile, neroli
  • Depression – bergamot, clary sage, neroli, chamomile, juniper, lavender
  • Energising – rosemary, pine, lemon, orange
  • Intimate – sandalwood, patchouli, jasmine
  • Mental fatigue – basil, peppermint, rosemary, pine.
  • Mild shock –­ chamomile, melissa, neroli, peppermint
  • PMT – rose geranium, bergamot, jasmine
  • Relaxing – neroli, lavender, vetivert
  • Uplifting – geranium, orange

Natural antibacterial spray:
Many disinfectants on the market are highly toxic and too strong for the home. In the old days herbs were used to disinfect the home environment.

Lavender, mint, lemon balm and thyme were laid on floors, hung from rafters and potted up in window boxes.

This spray is great for using on your chopping board and any other areas you want to stay bacteria-free.


  • 1 cup water
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil


  1. Pour water into a spray bottle.
  2. Blend essential oils in a glass jar.
  3. With an eyedropper add 8 drops of this base to the spray bottle.
  4. Spray on surface and let set for at least 15 minutes. No need to rinse.
  5. Keep the base oil mix in a dark-coloured glass bottle in the cupboard and use to mix up more spray as you need it.

Tip: Also use orange oil to stop cats urinating in the same spot inside the house. Put it in a dish. Or, you can simply peel an orange and scatter the peel around.

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