Thirty Third Blog Wood Care

Let's talk about trees today. No, not tree essential oils yet, but trees. I love trees, watching them blow in a breeze or spending time in their shade. The way the sun filters through the leaves being softened and the trees creating an atmosphere. A cool place to read a book or spend time riding a horse or having a walk with a loved one through the forest can be inspiring. Trees offer us shelter and so much more.
Trees not only help us, but the trees do important things for the environment too. Trees are important to the functioning of the environment. They sort of work like vacuums, filtering out toxins from the air through their leaves, producing clean oxygen for us to breathe. There is a lot of talk these days about the carbon footprint. Trees are the answer to lowering the carbon that creates global warming. Not only do the trees clean the air, they help prevent erosion by slowing down soil water absorption. The roots help prevent waterslide erosions and mudslides. 

Trees not only offer us shelter. Trees offer a place for insects, birds, squirls, other animals and plants a place to live. Without trees forest animals would have no place to live. Forrest dwelling plants would have a problem as well. 

FUN FACT: Did you know that hospital patients that have rooms overlooking trees heal faster than those that don not. As I was talking about earlier, the feeling of walking or ridding through a forest brings a calm that none can deny. Trees help to reduce stress and anxiety giving us the chance to connect with nature.

So you can see why when we cut trees down to make homes, art work, or furniture we need to do so with the thoughts about the efficacy of our actions. When it comes to wood furniture we need to look after it. I have a love affair with wood. Smooth and warm to the touch when sliding ones hands along the surface. Every piece is different, the wood grain tells a story of the trees life and is interesting to look at. Honoring the tree by making sure the wood is cared for is important. 

This brings me to sharing with you DIY recipes for caring for your wood furniture. I remember as a kid my mom oiling the teak dining table often. I love the lemon smell. So of course I use a recipe with lemon essential oil.    

           WOOD POLISH   #1
     1 cup olive oil
     1/2 cup distilled water
     30 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
     10 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
    Using a 16 oz glass spray bottle, add oil, water and essential oils. Shake well to mix, (also before             every use). Spray on surface to polish and remove dust. Wipe with soft cloth.

           WOOD POLISH    #2
  • ¼ cup olive oil or any other carrier oil you have on hand
  • ¼ cup white vinegar (I use rice) 
  • 10 drops any of the these oils (Wild Orange, Cedarwood, Lemon, Lavender, Arborvitae)
  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle
  1. Using a funnel, transfer ¼ cup olive oil and ¼ cup white vinegar to a spray bottle.
  2. Screw on the cap and shake the bottle well to distribute the essential oils evenly.
  3. It’s ready! To use, spray onto a microfiber cloth then wipe down your wood furniture!
  4. You don’t need to use this wood polishing spray often. Use once every 2-3 months!    
    Remember to use glass bottles to keep your essential oil wood polish in. You can choose any essential oils that you enjoy. The ones above are good places to start. I hope the next time you polish your furniture you smile because of the non-toxic polish you are using smells great and makes your wood shine. 

Please feel free to make comments below, I do check them, or contact me directly via the contact tab at the top. Which oils do you like best for cleaning your furniture? 
Remember I am here to help you on Your Road to ReNew You.

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