My father introduced me to essential oils about ten years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Essential oils are the oil that is extracted from a plant. Generally, they are extracted by distillation often by using steam, some are pressed.
These oils have been used medicinally for literally hundreds of years and in the past few, they have made a strong comeback. Many of them are known to purify the body and cleanse the skin...that's why you see them in a variety of products like soaps, perfumes, cleaning products, food and drinks. Here I am going to talk about my favorites, how I use them and why.
After each of the sections I will post a link that will take you to the description of the oil on the Young Living website. Young Living is arguably the top of the line when it comes to essential oils. However, they are pretty expensive. If you can afford them...go with them for sure...if not you can find oils just as strong and near their quality on other sites. Here is a starter set from Amazon that is reasonably priced and gives you a good mix of oils to start with. Or you can pick them up at a local Vitamin Shoppe or health food store. I have used the NOW brand in the past. I actually have this exact Eucalyptus oil seen in the picture below in my bathroom right now and it has been great for me....and its under $10 bucks.
Lemon: I simply love the smell of lemon and often I just sprinkle this oil around the house...or you can use a diffuser to get that lemony goodness all around. The lemon oil can also be put in water to drink or used in cooking. If you add it to a spray bottle filled with warm water you can use that to disinfect surfaces as well. It's also really good for your skin, especially if you tend to have oily skin...it is said to balance out the oil in ones skin. Citrus oils also aid in cellular reconstruction and lemon specifically stimulates blood circulation. For more uses and benefits of lemon click here.
Orange: I really just use orange oil as an aromatherapy oil. I love, love, love the smell. I will sprinkle it on the rug before I vacuum so the smell gets everywhere. You can use it in food, drinking water and things like smoothies. Orange is also said to give you a sense of "well being" when you smell it. I don't know about all that...but its commonly used in aromatherapy to "re-freshen." Here is a short video on citrus fruit oil and their uses.
Thieves: Thieves is a mix of five essential oils; cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary. This oil is known to be antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. All the good A's. I have used thieves to purify the air when I have been sick because this oil has been tested and found to remove airborne bacteria...so it is an awesome way to disinfect the house naturally...instead of with chemicals like in Lysol and other disinfectors. Thieves is a trademark scent of Young Living, but it has been copied by other manufacturers so you can find it cheaper. Thieves smells very spicy, the cinnamon and cloves really dominate this oil. Here are some other uses for this oil.
Peppermint: I love peppermint and it has been one of my best friends during my first trimester. Peppermint is the ultimate reliever of stomach nausea and indigestion for me. I am sure some of you have heard of peppermint calming the stomach; well this oil can be dropped in hot water for tea or I place one drop on my tongue and it goes to work immediately. The oil can also be used to freshen breathe, much better than gum that is filled with sugar and other nonsense.
It is a life saver when I am sick. If your stuffed up, start sniffing the peppermint or put a drop on your nose. It's so strong that it clears up the nose pronto! Read more uses for peppermint here.
Eucalyptus: I use this all the time, almost daily. This oil has been known to aid the respiratory system and help with sinusitis, asthma, coughs and throat irritations. I normally will place a little oil on my forehead when my sinuses are acting up. I also use this in the bath all the time. I put about 10 drops in the tub and this helps relieve muscle aches, back pain and sprains.
Lavender: The smell of Lavender has been proven to reduce stress, relax the body and help you sleep. So I mostly use this oil in our bedroom. I will put it in a spray bottle and spray around the bed or on the pillows or use a diffuser to get the scent around...this will help you sleep!! You can also use this in the laundry by placing a drop of oil on a dryer sheet instead of buying sheets with perfumes in them. Lastly, lavender has been said to help treat burns and bug bites! Here are some more uses for this oil.
Tea Tree: I really don't use Tea Tree oil but I wanted to include it because I have heard very good things about it. This oil has been used for centuries as a topical antiseptic and anti fungal treatment. It has been documented to be useful for everything from toe fungus, to aches, to cold sores. This oil should not be ingested.
An IMPORTANT note: These oils are strong and very concentrated so be careful when using them on your skin and ingesting them. Some of them SHOULD NOT be ingested so make sure you follow the directions on the bottle of how much should be used, how it should be used and if they should be ingested or not.
There are so many different kinds of oils to try, these are just the ones that I have used and loved over the years!
Here is a link to find out what oils would most benefit you! Enter in your symptom, problem or what you are trying to accomplish (disinfect, skin healthy etc.) and they will come up with the best fit for the problem. The screen will look like the photo below!
Hello friends! I am Lisa. Lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, a wife and a mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.