My interests are more like obsessions. The intensity of interest in topics ebb and wane over time. I feel that this personality trait is fitting for retail. There are trending seasonal flavors that are best sold with honest buy-in from the salesperson. My tastes and interests easily follow such seasonal trends.

My newest obsession this season is green cleaning. The big topic of interest this week has been essential oil. It started when I came across some green cleaning recipes through a blog I follow for clean eating recipes. Rebecca had a post on DIY cleaning recipes with essential oils.
 
It had not occurred to me to make cleaning products and personal care products. Part of the reason I am even considering it is my son’s nut allergy and the family’s sensitivities to the aromas of traditional cleaning products. It seems there are health benefits and cleaning capabilities to essential oils so I will include them in my upcoming green cleaning and personal care creations. 
 
I read about the scent and  antimicrobial action of various oils on green cleaning.about.com. Based on my research, the top three oils I am seeking to use for cleaning and personal care are lavender, sweet orange and lemon. A quick view of each oil’s benefits follow below.
 
Lavender
  • Calming
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti fungal
 
Sweet Orange
  • Mood lifting
  • Nerve calming
  • Antibacterial 
  • Anti fungal
 
Lemon
  • Energizing
  • Mood booster – helps to see the sunnier side of life
  • Antibacterial
  • Cuts grease

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