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Simple Uses for Essential Oils


Essential oils are just amazing in so many ways. The more you learn, the more intrigued you will be to keep using them for their healing benefits as well as the lovely naturally beautiful scents. There are literally hundreds of uses but here's a few simple ways to use EO's  if you are new to them. Pick up a few different ones, like lavender, peppermint, tea tree, orange and grapefruit to get you started. Or consider a blend or a small premixed blend you can carry and just roll onto your skin as needed.

You can massage with a carrier oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil (always follow directions for dilution). Many oils shouldn't be applied topically wihtout being diluted. A good rule of thumb is 10-12 drops of an EO for every ounce (30 mls) of oil. Popular carrier oils are almond oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oils.

Oils can also be used in homemade in cleaners.
Have you made any yet? 
A simple recipe is to use half water and half vinegar in a new standard size spray bottle and and 10-15 drops  of an essential oil or oil blends. Try lavender, lemon, orange or melaleuca (tea tree) oils. These are the ones I use. Many not only smell amazing, but they are antibacterial, anti fungal and anti viral. Not to mention, no chemicals around your family!

How about all purpose disinfecting wipes? Use an old plastic wipe container and add 1 cup water, 2 tbs vinegar, 1/2 tsp mild unscented dish soap and 8 drops of lemon essential oil. SO much safer than chlrox disinfecting wipes! (have you actually READ their label?) Now, cut up an old white pillow case into approx 6 inch squares and add to your mix in the plastic jar and cover tightly. It's a great frugal alternative to paper towels, however you could use sturdy paper towels in there if you want it to be disposable. These are GREAT to bring on vacation too. (Think hotels and rental strollers)

A nice kitchen sink scrub can be made with  1/4 cup baking soda, 1/8 cup vinegar and 5 drops bergamot and 5 drops orange or lemon oil. pour it in, watch it sizzle, scrub and rinse with warm water.

Do you practice yoga? How do you clean your mat? How about a simple spray of 1/8 cup witch hazel and 5 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lavender and 3 drops of eucalyptus in a small travel size spray bottle that you can carry in your gym bag?
Simply spray on mist setting, let air dry 5 minutes and roll up. Kills germs and fungus and freshens the mat nicely! If it's too powerful smelling, halve the drops.


Other ways to freshen your home:


Place a few drops on a bowl of potpourri to refresh it and scent the room naturally.
Add essential oils to a bath after the water has stopped running. 8-10 drops will do.
Add 2 or 3 drops to your shower gel as you use it.

Keep your car smelling fresh with a few drops or orange, lemon, bergamot or lavender on a cotton ball placed on your console or cup holder.

A few drops on a cotton ball placed in smelly sneakers works great too.

Increase your energy and focus during a mid afternoon slump by inhaling peppermint or grapefruit - sprinkle a few dropsm on a nearby napkin or just smell directly

Lavender on a throw pill on your bed at night may help you relax (check first to see if it stains, if so,sprinkle lavender on   potpourri in a small bowl in the bedroom or just on a few cotton balls in a bowl)

Peppermint may help curb your appetite-just sniff a few times when you are hungry in between meals. I DEFINITELY need to do this with Spring and Summer on their way.

You can pick up a great book for under $18 bucks to learn more about over 40 oils including therapeutic properties and uses.


Enjoy! 






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