Actually there are a million reasons to use essential oils, but I will save you some time and will get the list down to 100 essential oil uses.
My short oil story
I have been using essential oils for a while now. Maybe 2-3 years. And yes, I liked them, but I never was really wow-ed by them. They smelled good and that's about it (I was using different, cheaper brands I found at the grocery store). Then I started using Young Living Essential oils. The whole oil game totally changed for me. I stopped using my medicine cabinet, I started using oils in my beauty rituals, I even stopped using commercial perfumes. My kids started sleeping better, I feel like their immune system got stronger (even though we had big flu season) and we got rid of some skin issues my son had. Our house became healthier when we started using homemade cleaners made with oils and we finally dumped all the chemical cleaners out. Oh and my house always smells good and I am in the good mood more then ever (thanks to diffuser and thieves oil at the moment).
Essential Oils Uses For Health
The most important reason why we use essential oils is for health reasons. We are overall a healthy family and we would like to stay that way. Oils has tremendously helped our immune system this flu season.
This poster is hanging on our fridge door.
I have essential oils in my first aid kit. It's tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender and geranium oils.
Oils help Soothe Sore Muscles after a good work out. I like soaking in a tub with few drops of peppermint oil or just rubbing the oil on my muscles.
I use peppermint oil if I have a heartburn. I put few drops in my water. You can also use lemon oil for that.
PanAway is an essential oil blend and I use it when I have very rare headaches.
Peppermint oil is great for boosting mental focus. I use it when I need to concentrate on work after a long day with the kids. I really like this oil for what it does to my focus.
I use essential oils for my morning massage. I love lemon oil because I feel it is really good for my skin and it supports circulation.
If I can't sleep, I put couple of lavender oil drops on my pillow and I sleep like a baby that night.
I successfully removed warts with oregano essential oil.
My husband uses Stressaway essential oil blend to maintain healthy blood pressure.
We have been diffusing Thieves oil to reduce the amount of germs in our house this flu season. This oil also helps to keep healthy immune system. Oh, and it smells divine.
Essential Oils Uses For Kids
My kids love essential oils. They take turns who will pick which oil to diffuse every day.
When the kids are having rough day at the house I love diffusing peace and calming oil blend. It calms them down, lifts the bad mood up and helps me relief the stress too.
We made homemade perfume and have people constantly asking "what are you wearing"?
We also made "good night" massage oil. It really does wonders on my son's sleep habits. Since we started using lavender at nights, it helped him calm down and fall asleep easier, not to mention he doesn't wake up at night anymore.
Me and my daughter made our own personalized diffuser necklaces. Have you ever had one?
Essential oils are great for making play-dough: we added some to our vegetable paydough or you can make therapeutic play-dough.
My daughter uses her own chocolate lip balm made from orange with essential oil.
I add some lavender essential oil to cotton balls and place them into children's drawers. The clothes has this soothing smell and effect on my kids when they wear them.
I put few drops of chamomile essential oil in kid's bath. It's great for their skin and it also sets them up for a better sleep.
Essential Oils Uses For Beauty
Lavender essential oil is my favorite when it comes to beauty products. I love that it fits all skin types.
Here are 5 ways to implement lavender essential in your beauty routine:
- add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your mascara. This prolongs the life of your mascara, minimizes eyelash mites and even better - it thickens and lengthens your lashes!
- mix several drops of Lavender oil with a carrier oil (coconut, sesame, olive etc) and use topically on problematic face skin areas. (My sister in law suffers from severe facial skin issues and swears by this).
- Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
- Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Make your own mud facial with lavender essential oil. Did you know that lavender oil can stimulate cellular growth and regeneration, as well as tone the skin. It contains antioxidant properties which help in anti-aging skincare products.
I love wearing oils as perfume. They smell like nothing else out there. And every time I get out of the house using my favorite essential oil perfume I get a lot of compliments and questions: Who are you wearing? People can't believe it's not any of those fancy commercial (chemical infused) perfume. I either use Joy essential oil blend or make my own blend.
I made sugar scrub this Christmas and gave to all my friends as a gift. I still have them asking for the recipe.
I carry peppermint oil in my bag and use it as breath freshener when I need it. I just put one drop on my tongue.
You can make your own face toner if you have acne issues. Tea tree oil is great for that. Find recipe here.
Essential Oils Uses For House
Disinfect your house during flu season.
Cut drying time by 40% when you use these awesome DIY drying balls.
Make your own carpet deodorizer.
You can make your house smell better without endangering your family with those toxic candles and air fresheners. Diffuse for good mood, for better smelling home, to strengthen immune system, to release headache. Our go-to oils to diffuse are: Thieves, Peace and Calming, Citrus and Lavender at night.
I use oils as a bug Repellent - place a few drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place where the bugs are coming in (more on bug repellent and more on mice repellant).
Make orange degreaser that is strong enough to clean that greasy oven. This stuff really works.
Have garbage disposal that smells? Use this simple trick to not only take a away that horrible smell, but also disinfect and make the whole kitchen smell amazing.
Make your own foaming soap.
Have smelly shoe problem? Thieves oil can help you get rid of the smell. Just put few drops on the cotton ball and leave it in the show over night. It doesn't only "cover up" the smell but it also completely eliminates the bad smell.
Scuff marks on your floor? Lemon oil will do the job.
Lemon oil also works as stain remover (especially if the stain is oil based).
Essential Oils Uses For Pets
Keep in mind that pets are more sensitive to essential oils than you are so when you apply essential oils to your furry friends remember - less is more. It's better to always dilute essential oils with carrier oils. ( 1 part essential oil to 1 part carrier oil for all animals, but cats. For cats use ratio: 1 part essential oil to 10 parts carrier oil).
You can help your dog by making awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils!
For calming dogs:
- 1 drop Peace and Calming essential oil blend
- 1 drop Lavender oil
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile
- 2-3 drops carrier oil (organic olive oil works great)
Apply this mixture behind your dog's ears, on his pads, you can also put some on the bandana and tie it on dog's neck. Or simply comb through their fur. Use this oil mixture whenever you feel your pet is stressed.
Use Essential Oils Uses in the Recipes
Flavored homemade mayonnaise in 10 seconds anyone? Yes, it's totally possible! I did it myself.
You can spice up your teas using essential oils. Not only it tastes better, they also provide some extra nutrition and health benefits. Ginger and apple tea recipe.
Lemon cranberry bread is something I could eat every day.
These Lime cupcakes are to die for.
Make your lemonades taste so much better by adding 4 drops of Lemon and 6 drops of Citrus essential oils.
I finally got in the habit of drinking water, lots of water, because it tastes so good now. Thanks to citrus oil.
We love adding some cinnamon bark essential oil into your morning oatmeal. It helps with digestion and it tastes so good.
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Marjorie White says
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