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The Do-It-Yourself Bone-Healthy Air Freshener

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Summer is almost here. What a delightful transition, from cold weather to bright blue skies and fragrant warm breezes! While we marvel at the outdoors turning into a panoply of lush colors, we tend to pay less attention to what’s happening inside our homes.

More heat and humidity can often lead to lingering musty odors, and what’s worse, we might not even realize it. Commercial air fresheners are out of the question, though, because they contain acidifying chemicals.

I love subtle, natural fragrances. So this past weekend, I decided to make my house smell delicious by…

Bringing Nature’s Scents Inside

I realized that the best way to keep a pleasant, natural fragrance that won’t hurt our bones and our health inside the house is with a reed diffuser. After a short trip to my local arts and crafts store, I had everything I needed to get started.

I bought an inexpensive glass bottle and a dozen reeds. I already had the rest of the ingredients at home.

Then I mixed this formula inside the new glass bottle:

1/4 cup sweet almond oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
1 tablespoon clear vodka

I swirled the liquid a few times and inserted the reeds in the bottle. It took a little while for the fragrance to spread up the natural rattan reeds. So about three hours later I inverted the reeds and then I really noticed the delicious lavender smell invading the room.

Experiment with Essential Oils

There are many varieties of natural essential oils, and if you don’t find almond oil, you can also use jojoba oil or even baby oil. Next time, I plan to try an invigorating citrus scent or I might create my own custom blend. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the calming fragrance of lavender.

So let us know which fragrance you’ll select to make your own reed diffuser, and share your own custom blend with our community.

Till next time,

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  3. Rosensmith May 27, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Hello Vivian! I loved your idea, but I used fresh mint leaves. When the mint smell faded after a couple of days, I used peppermint oil instead of lavender oil. The result was excellent! Thank so much for this info to Save Our Bones!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 29, 2012, 8:15 pm

      I love mint! I have a mint plant in my patio, and sometimes brew a fresh mint tea.

  4. gloria May 26, 2012, 8:21 pm

    Sounds good Vivian; I too, love the scent of Lavender!

  5. Carole May 26, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Hello Vivian,
    Thank you so very much as usual for all of your tips and hard work.

    I have been receiving messages telling me that there are Script Errors on your page, do you know what these could be?

    I allow your page anyway as I know it is safe but it is very slow to download.

    Thanks again
    Carole

  6. Selma May 25, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Thank you, Vivian,
    I a glad to know of a natural air freshener.
    Selma

  7. MARILYN KINNIER May 25, 2012, 3:45 am

    Hi Vivian, I have been very good with diet, exercise, etc. However, I just went on vacation and totally blew it. I had diet coke (yuk) coffee, and sweets. Now I am back to my routine. I am going for a bone densitiy test but I fear that my program that I have stuck to diligently for two years has been blown by two weeks of frivolous and careless eating foods that may have harmed me. What do you think? Thanks!

  8. Leslie (Ms. L.) May 24, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    I Really Like The Idea Of Bringing Nature’s Scents Inside. Thank You VERY MUCH For SHARING THIS ARTICLE WITH US!

    LOVE, MS. L. (LESLIE)

  9. Ruth May 24, 2012, 6:29 pm

    hi everyone and of course vivian. i use NEWCHAPTER bone strength take care calcium it does not go to your arteries but directly to your bones i use it one pill in the morning with my d3 and two pills after dinner they are great and they are also slimlne very easy to go down, i get them at our local great earth vitamin store they know everything about your bones. it is a wholefood calcium plant-sourced not limestone. i hope you can get them they have really helped me, in good health RUTH

    • Daljeet Chana May 25, 2012, 4:01 am

      I too take this and can verify this really works. I had been taking calcium prescribed by my doctor which really was not doing any good as I can tell a real difference since I started taking Bone Strength. I would strongly reccommend all our community take this and ditch all other forms of rock calcium.

  10. Joyce Lee May 24, 2012, 3:41 pm

    Hi Vivian,

    I love getting the tips you e-mail, I put alot of them to use.I have joined an Social network exclusively for adults 45+. It is not a dating network but geared for Baby Boomers and beyond. It is http://www.seenyears.com.
    I feel this information would be useful to them as it would reach a larger fan base to put it to use. It has been helpful to me and I’m sure it will be helpful to them.

  11. Pat May 24, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I used to use the reed diffuser but my cat loves to knock things over so I’m now bringing in bunches of peonies & other spring flowers into the house to freshen each room. Also, I don’t allow any type of alcohol in the house.

  12. Shula May 24, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Heard you can hang dry lemon-peels in the house, and inside the closets. Shula

  13. Margaret Redwood May 24, 2012, 11:49 am

    I have had osteoporosis for a number of years and just about stable but no breakthrough , in the papers in the UK they are describing calcium supplements as a major contributor of heart disease. I currently take RAW calcium somewhere I read good reports on it, should I continue with RAW calcium or make some other arrangement.

    • Rosemary May 24, 2012, 3:30 pm

      Calcium can stick to our arteries and such. I gave it up myself, but I eat more foods that have calcium, and I take a D3 and K2 @ 150mcg, plus magnesium citrate at 200 mgs. All this is suppose to help calcium get to the bones, and stay out of our arteries. I also take fish oil and Vit C, they have good reports too for bones.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 12:18 pm

      Margaret, you might have missed my blog post about this controversial topic:

      http://saveourbones.com/calcium-heart-attack/

  14. Brigitta May 24, 2012, 11:35 am

    The natural air fresheners are a great idea for those who suffer from COPD like my mom!!!

  15. Charlotte Curdes May 24, 2012, 10:57 am

    I am curious as to why use vodka? Is there somehting else I could use in it’s place? I like your citrus idea!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 11:14 am

      Charlotte, the alcohol thins the essential oils, facilitating their absorption into the reeds. By the way, you can eliminate the alcohol from the formula, but it may not spread the scent as efficiently as with the alcohol.

  16. Jo May 24, 2012, 9:37 am

    Where would you find the sweet almond oil?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 10:57 am

      Jo, you can also use jojoba oil or baby oil.

  17. Patti Knidron May 24, 2012, 9:32 am

    I have osteoporosis – I was on Foxamax & a calcium that I felt I was allergic to. Where can I find Organic Calcium?
    Patti

    • Linda May 24, 2012, 9:50 pm

      supposedly coral calcium is the best,,,and yes in liquid form,,,,,ad more d seperate,,,,,,am going to start on k2,,,,sounds very good,,,yes i have ostopenia,,,
      Linda

    • Luc Chene May 24, 2012, 10:15 am

      Hello!
      I was using Ezorb for a year, and my bone density increased by 8%, the following it remained stable. So I am going to use Calcium citrate powder for the next 6 months and then have a dexa scan. It is available at iHerb.com (use code ENE247 for a $5 discount)
      Fact is we are so very different. If you take calcium citrate powder and vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 and also magnesium it might be fine for absorption.
      If not Ezorb is a calcium that does not need anything else to be properly absorbed, but still, vitamin D3, magnesium, vitamin K2 are needed as well for their own effect on bones. Ezorb is a true organic calcium that is absorbed completely as an organic form right into the blood stream and the cells, the calcium is being released from it’s organic part within the cell.
      So it is quite an extra ordinary calcium. Yet, it is possible that some persons may need the calcium in it’s inorganic state as with calcium citrate.
      So little is known even though there is much known already.
      Ezorb is quite expensive though about 40$ a month.

  18. Kathleen May 24, 2012, 8:49 am

    I was wondering if there was something else besides vodka that could be used in your fragrance recipe. Since I don’t drink, I don’t have that on hand nor would I want to buy any. Would rubbing alcohol work??????? Right now I’m using white vinegar mixed one part to nine parts water, It smells fresh and clean but the idea of lavendar sounds delightful!

    Thank you for your help,

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 10:59 am

      Kathleen, you could use perfumers alcohol.

    • Luc Chene May 24, 2012, 10:20 am

      Rubbing alcohol is a bad idea because it is toxic. In fact if you were ready to use rubbing alcohol, it is just as well to use vodka. Some alcoholics in despair did drink rubbing alcohol …
      Chemically speaking they are both alcohol. Bud vodka as a carrier for the essential oils fragrances should not have any influence on your body.

  19. Jean May 24, 2012, 8:29 am

    As it happens, I just purchased some lavender transplants at my local garden center. But where do you get these Essential Oils? Maybe at the craft store when you get your bamboo diffuser reeds? Can you use an alcohol other than vodka?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 11:03 am

      Jean, some health food stores, including Whole Foods, carry essential oils. I bought mine there, when I set out to make my natural bug repellant.

      You can get the 100% natural bug repellant formula here:
      http://saveourbones.com/doing-this-can-sabotage-your-bone-building-efforts/

      • Feona May 24, 2012, 3:21 pm

        Anyone living in the UK can get almond oil and essential oils easily from Boots, Holland and Barrett, or Neal’s Yard outlets. I don’t have any links with any of them, but just thought people might like to know.

        • Linda May 24, 2012, 9:57 pm

          i am aromatherapist, i make creams, massage oils, bath salts for stress/detox/relax, my own packaging, am massage therapist as well,,,,and carry pure essential oils, supplies , bottles, sprays, diffusers,,,,lots to tell you all about,,,,,i can mail any orders to anyone,,,work from home and have visa/mc/available for any orders,,,,yu can check out my site, and my email addy is there, should you wish to order anything,,,,i also carry vit/min/loose herbs/teas stones, crystals,jewelry, and the coral calcium liquid as well…www.lafrances.com,,,or you can call my number on my site,,,,,any other questions you have, love to share…..
          thanks
          Linda

  20. Kim May 24, 2012, 8:06 am

    Good morning Vivian:

    I always like to see where you are “adventuring” for good health measures.
    You never seize to amaze!

    I’m a sponge to soaking up all natural products be it what I ingest, to home products use to personal hair, skin and facial makeup care.

    Oh, I want to share this little tip of information with you…you are impacting in global medical ethical ways! When I went to my local rural Ohio Dentist, who happens to be wonderful with his family practices. I needed to update current annual health records. I just smiled at the changes in his updated form. Questioning if using osteoporosis medications? Through my educational journey with you….I instantly knew why. I smiled from ear to ear….saying in my mind….”Heck, No! No jaw bone lose here!” Thanks Vivian for being the drive health care guru for all of us. Kim, Ohioian

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 11:07 am

      Thanks for your kind words,Kim! And I know the feeling… when I fill out the forms to update my medical records, it really gives me satisfaction to write in the section that asks for prescription drugs taken NOT APPLICABLE :)

  21. Barbara McColl May 24, 2012, 5:58 am

    Hi Vivian,
    Thats amazing you should be using essential oils. I am actually an aromatherapist, so it would come natural to me., but I have never thought of doing that with the reeds though, thanks… Bye the way, I have come off Protelos 2! I felt I was getting dementia, and my lower legs were painful. I now feel “I have got my mind back” and the pain has gone from my lower legs. Also I went at long last for my DEXA scan, and guess what?, my spine is in a bad state…and that is almost 3 years I have been on that medication! My doctor does not agree with me of course…I have an appointment soon with a specialist osteoporosis nurse, but I do NOT want to go back on ANY medication. Cheers…Babs x

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 24, 2012, 11:11 am

      Barbara, continue saving your bones naturally.

      And since your doctor insists you take drugs even though your results have not improved after 3 years, you might want to remind her/him of Einstein’s definition of insanity:

      “Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

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