I am an Essential Oils BELIEVER y’all! I’ve been using them, learning about them and slowly incorporating them into every aspect of my life for the last year and a half!
Essential oils are a natural way to treat skin conditions, scent the home, and stay healthy. They are cold-pressed from natural plants and flowers. Due to their condensed form they’re usually diluted with other oils such as coconut, grapeseed, almond, and olive. There are many everyday uses for essential oils, such as medicinal, cleaning, massage or aroma therapy and stress and discomfort reduction. They do have expiry dates, so you’ll want to learn more about how to use them in your home, rather than having them sit unused in a dark cupboard.
A few everyday uses for essential oils to get you started:
Peppermint essential oil can be used as a stomach remedy. Add just one drop to a large glass of water and drink. You’ll be avoiding the sugar from eating peppermints to settle your stomach. Peppermint and spearmint essential oil can be mixed with a small glass of water and used as a breath freshener. Swish around in your mouth for a minute or so, then spit out. This is a safer way of freshening your breath, without placing unpronounceable chemicals from store-bought mouthwashes into your body.
You can add essential oil to your aromatherapy diffuser. Place several drops of lavender or other flowery smelling oil into the carrier oil of your diffuser. It may be grapeseed oil, safflower or almond, something that will last without going rancid. Some people add water and rubbing alcohol to make the diffuser last longer. Place your reeds into the diffuser and set up in the bathroom or any other room to make it smell good.
Mix one drop of peppermint essential oil with a tiny amount of olive oil. Rub this over your forehead and temples to get rid of a bad headache. It may also help to lie down to recharge your batteries.
Lavender essential oil can be sprinkled on your pillows at night to help you to get to sleep. The lavender is naturally relaxing, and can aid you in falling sleep.
Tea tree oil is known to achieve healthy looking skin. It works on everything from acne, to dry skin and eczema. Dilute it with a bit of coconut oil before rubbing on your face. Contrary to popular belief, more oil won’t exacerbate your acne. Acne is caused by a microorganism, and the natural antiseptic properties of tea tree oil will keep colonies down. The coconut oil will naturally soften skin that has likely undergone harsh treatments to eradicate the acne.
Essential oils can be used for cleaning the home. Reuse an old spray bottle. Fill with filtered water, and add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil, and 1/4 cup vinegar. It will not only make surfaces smell good, its natural anti-microbial properties will help kill bacteria, along with the vinegar.
Oil of oregano often comes ready to use in the bottle, already suspended within a carrier oil. A few drops a day can prevent viruses and parasites from taking hold in the body. Oil of oregano is a great all-purpose remedy. It can kill fungus on skin, relieve sore muscles, and remove warts.
*This essential oil advice is based on my experience with essential oils and the research that I’ve done. This information is my opinion and should not replace the advice of a doctor. When it comes to your health and well being, I always recommend that you do your own research. If you’re interested in leaning more about essential oils, I’d love to talk with you! Send me an email at [email protected]