So you’ve heard about essential oils and you think they sound like a good idea. I mean the benefits are pretty cool, but it’s so confusing knowing where to start and you end up just feeling frustrated and daunted by all the information out there. Plus the internet is full of a 101 ways to use oils which can be pretty overwhelming.
Keep It Simple Sweetheart.
Below are my 3 Easy ‘Beginner’ Oils to help you get started and feel confident that you are making a positive impact to you and your loved one’s health. Also so that you don’t end up wasting your money on something you don’t use, I’ve added a few simple ways to use them on a regular basis.
Lavender, the gateway drug of essential oils. Well loved, easy to use and with a ton of benefits, this is the oil that will generally get you hooked and for good reason.
Lavender will help you create an atmosphere of calm and peace so you can feel ready to face the challenges that life throws at you every day.
Simple Ways To Use Lavender EO…
- Make a spray by adding a few drops with equal portions of witch hazel and distilled water. Use this on your pillow or sheets as your winding down routine before bed. Dark coloured glass bottles work best.
- Dab a drop on insect bites, like mosquito bites for relief from itching.
- Add a few drops to epsom salts, magnesium flakes or bicarb (baking soda) then mix into your bath to set up some relaxing, heavenly smelling time for yourself.
- Use in an essential oils diffuser after a hectic day or just before bed to restore peace and calm.
- Create a home spa experience by adding a drop to a carrier oil or un-scented cream and then massage into your face, neck and shoulders.
- For relief from a headache, apply a drop to your temples or forehead and massage gently.
- When feeling a bit stressed out or frazzled, inhale directly from the bottle or add a drop to your hands and cup them around your nose.
- Make your own carpet deodoriser by adding a few drops to bicarb (baking soda), sprinkle on your carpet and then vacuum.
- Use on your temples, feet or wrists during a calming, stretchy or bedtime yoga sequence.
This fresh citrus essential oil has some great antibacterial benefits and it’s yummy and uplifting smell makes it a popular choice amongst EO users.
Lemon can help you clean, deodorise and freshen your living spaces, you will feel satisfaction knowing you can use less chemicals during your cleaning routine and still get great results.
Simple Ways To Use Lemon EO…
- Make a paste to clean bathroom grout by adding a few drops to 1 cup bicarb, 1/3 cup liquid soap and 2 tbsp white vinegar. Scrub with a small brush then rinse clean.
- Diffuse on its own or with other citrus oils for a clean, fresh smell that uplifts and repels insects at the same time.
- Add one drop to a tbsp of honey and mix into your tea, especially helpful when you are feeling sick or have a sore throat.
- Make your own anti-bacterial surface spray by mixing a few drops with white vinegar in a glass spray bottle. Works well on mirrors and glass too.
- When making a smoothie or home-made juice, add one drop for a zesty kick.
- For a quick deodorise at work, add a few drops to a tissue and wipe over the surface of your keyboard or desk. Leave the tissue on your desk and let the lovely lemon smell linger.
- Add one drop to a bowl of plain yoghurt mixed with chopped up gherkin (pickle) or capers for a quick sauce to go with fish.
- Use with any home-made cleaning products from laundry soap to hand soap for extra fragrance and germ busting benefits.
Like many citrus oils, Lemon EO is phototoxic. This means that if you applied it neat to your skin avoid direct exposure to the sun for 24 hrs. Also always use glass or ceramic containers when using Lemon EO as the oil can eat into plastic and cause it to leach.
Not only is peppermint super useful, it is also possibly one of the most yummiest smelling oils you can get. This gorgeous essential oil is a powerful help to digestion, sore muscles and mint chocolate ice-cream all in one.
Peppermint will give you a minty boost, so instead of feeling bleh, you will feel energised, perked-up and ready for action.
Simple Ways To Use Peppermint EO…
- Inhale directly from the bottle or add a drop to your hands and cup them around your nose when you are feeling drowsy or a bit down in the dumps.
- Rub behind your neck or on your temples if you are feeling tense or need a pick-me-up.
- Add a drop to melted chocolate when making chocolate avocado mousse for a minty dessert.
- Diffuse to create an energising and uplifting feel to your home or work place.
- When making peppermint tea, add a drop for extra zing and additional digestive benefits.
- If you have a tummy ache, rub a drop on your stomach in a clockwise motion.
- Mix into a carrier oil or cream for a relaxing foot rub. Magnesium cream works really well.
- Add a few drops into your shower gel for refreshing boost to your cleaning regime. Works great in liquid hand soaps too.
- Transform a plain hot chocolate or chocolate smoothie/milkshake into minty heaven by adding a drop and mixing well.
- Add a few drops to home-made cleaning products, not only will cleaning smell great, but you will have the antibacterial benefits too.
Be aware that peppermint will cause a stinging sensation if it gets into your eyes, nose or other sensitive parts. If you accidentally poke your eye with a peppermint finger applying water will not help as oil and water don’t mix well. Use a carrier oil instead to help relieve the sensation.
Just a few final words on essential oils and this goes for all of them. I can apply most oils neat without any irritation, but remember everyone’s skin is different, so please dilute essential oils in a carrier oil (coconut, avocado, olive, almond) before using on your skin and/or patch test first.
It’s also a good idea to drop EO onto a spoon before adding to a beverage or food so that you can control the amount that goes in. A little, as in a drop, goes a long way.
Common sense should always prevail and please, whatever you do, DO NOT ingest essential oils from any old company. Look out for therapeutic grade oils and read my post on ‘How to Stop Being Confused About Essential Oils’ for more information.
Doterra’s Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils can help you create an environment that calms, uplifts or motivates so that you will feel empowered, knowing you are making changes to improve your life.
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