Green Cleaning with Essential Oils for Summer

As the Summer season approaches many of the gorgeous herbs we find in our garden have also been distilled into essential oils enabling us to use the herb in a whole new, green cleaning, way..

From refreshing to relaxation here are a few green cleaning recipes to enjoy this Summer Season. 

Lemongrass [Cymbopogon citratus]

lemongrass is excellent for tired muscles

Lemongrass is an intoxicating essential oil that has many purposes. First it’s an excellent household cleaner. It’s also great for musculoskeletal aches and pains so after a long day in the garden add 4 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil would work well) and rub into your tired muscles.

Lemongrass has also been known to aid the immune and central nervous system so I simple whiff of the bottle that has an orifice reducer can often ease a nervous mind. One of the oldest grasses used for ayurvedic food and ceremony for thousands of years.

A good antifungal and helpful for headaches, Lemongrasses best secret is released when it is blended with other essential oils to create a powerful bug spray.

Pair with Peppermint, Lavender, Patchouli, or Geranium for a safe and effective insect repellent.  One caution is it may cause irritation on sensitive skin. Always dilute and conduct a patch test before applying. 

Sweet Orange [Citrus sinensis]

Gentle and powerful is a perfect description of Sweet Orange.  Useful for many ailments, Orange has antibacterial qualities but is also known to be calming and soothing.  It’s an excellent choice for respiratory support, clearing infections, and has impressive effects in supporting digestion.

With a citrusy, bright and fresh aroma, Sweet Orange is often used in natural cleaning products as it is an air purifier–great for a room refreshing spray. Blend with Lavender and Geranium for a soothing scent to ease tension and alleviate exhaustion. Sweet Orange can be skin sensitizing so be careful with direct contact to the skin. In the rare case of skin discomfort use a vegetable oil (olive, coconut, sunflower etc.) on the area and to remove the essential oil. 

Sweet Basil  {Ocimum basilicum]

Known as ‘Sweet’ Basil  this essential oils gem is herbaceous and a little spicy. Helpful for headaches, plus muscle and inflammation it’s a favorite on an Aromatherapists’ short list. This antibacterial, antiseptic, and even a little sedative essential oil has a long history and was once one of the most commonly found herbs in any medicinal kit. Sweet Basil  is often described as warm, green, spicy, herbaceous. Blend with rosemary, laurel, and peppermint with a lively and herbaceous blend.  

If you are interested in learning more about blending, I am teaching an upcoming class on Introduction to Blending with Essential Oils Saturday, June 22 from 2pm to 4pm at the Amityville Apothecary. In this class we will go deeper into understanding how to blend for your goal. Space is limited, register in advance at

Amityville Apothecary also carries custom synergy blends I formulated especially for the shop. Visit Amityville Apothecary to smell them today!

Since the kitchen tends to be the most odorous room in the house, why not use these herbaceous essential oils as a green cleaning freshening spray?

Alternatively, you could even use a 2-4 drops in a whole bucket of water clean counters and floors. To make a room spray: 

Essential Oil Materials for Aromatic Spray @2.5% dilution How to blend
10 drops of Lemongrass 13 drops of Sweet Basil  16 drops of Orange (1) 2 oz Glass or PET plastic ‘mist’ bottle (1) blank label 2 oz of distilled spring water 2% dilution Pyrex measuring cup for water 40 drops of Essential Oils Measure 1.7 oz of distilled water in measuring cup Drop 40 drops of EOs into measuring cup Pour water and EO mixture into 2oz spray bottle Fill the bottle to just below the rim Do not overfill bottle or spray mister will cause an overflow Label bottle Shake and spray as needed Use within 4-6 months

Jill Griffin-Hughes, CHP, C.A.T

Founder is a Clinical Aromatherapist and Certified Aromatherapy Teacher through the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. She attended the Life Coach School, the Health Coach Institute, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is a certified meditation instructor and received her health practitioner certification (CHP) through SUNY Purchase. She teaches natural beauty product formulation, aromatherapy, and corporate wellness workshops at New York School for Aromatic Studies and at the Amityville Apothecary, in Amityville, NY. Jill also consults to wellness, essential oil, and natural beauty companies, aiding them in the creation of their product formulations.

Developing Intuitive Gifts

One of the advantages of developing your intuitive gifts (psychic & mediumistic) is that you learn how to recognize messages and signs you are already receiving but may not realize.

Name that tune?

A common way our loved ones in Spirit reach out to us is by sending us a song. All of a sudden we have a song repeating in our mind. People often comment they have a particular song stuck in their head but many do not realize that it could be the very answer they have been seeking.

The song may be one you would connect to a loved one and it is their calling card to let you know they are around. Songs are more effective sometimes because we routinely dismiss random thoughts popping through our mind but will allow and focus upon a song.

For example, on more than one occasion my father has sent the song, “My funny Valentine” to my medium friends who I am with. His name is Valentine.

Let it be?

Alternatively the song could be an answer to a question or a decision you need to make. I often receive the Beatles song, “Let it be” when I have sought guidance about whether to take a particular action. When I receive this song, it is an answer to hold off at this time.

There are many other ways the Spirit world can send messages or use symbols to convey answers to you. Developing your intuitive gifts often enables you to recognize these messages. 

If you’d like to further develop your gifts, consider attending our upcoming psychic mediumship development workshop in July! If a workshop isn’t for you, but you’d like to speak to a psychic, come to our monthly group readings!

This blog brought to you by Winter Brook, psychic medium. For more information on her services, please visit her website at:

Welcome to Amityville Apothecary!


We’re so excited you’re here! Seriously! The past few weeks have been such a labor of love. We’ve put so much of our individual time and spirit into the shoppe- literally head-down in production mode- that we didn’t even have time to get a website going right away! But here it is- isn’t she beautiful?

We wanted to take a little bit of time to introduce ourselves and why we created this space.

Recently coming into our own spiritual awakening over the past two years, Dina and

Danielle  wanted to create a space of no judgement. Because let’s face it- there is so much to learn, and people will spend lifetimes becoming experts on any one modality, let alone a few!

Often we’ve walked into a shop and felt intimidated. Embarking upon spirituality is sensitive. There are emotions that need to be processed; oftentimes old wounds come up (at least they have for us). The term “safe space’ is sort of everywhere right now- but that’s exactly what we wanted to create.

Our space is filled with carefully curated products (literally all hand picked by either Dina or Danielle). Monthly we feature a roster of guest lecturers that are here to guide you in your spiritual quest. If you need a little more support, our healers are here for you with a selection of modalities to soothe your mind, body and soul.

We’re here for you, and we see you - no matter where you are in your spiritual journey- we’re so excited you’re here- and we can’t wait to meet you!

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