10 Daily Uses for Essential Oils
Today’s guest post comes from Stephanie Doyle at My Chemical Breakup!
In our hectic world, taking the necessary time to center and nourish your body, mind and spirit is so important. Essential oils are an excellent way to give your body exactly what it needs to find physical, mental and spiritual balance and wellbeing. Here are ten easy ways to incorporate the healing benefits of essential oils into your daily routine.
- Wake up energized with citrus and mint.
I like to alternate between Lemon, Lime and Wild Orange essential oils in the morning along with invigorating Peppermint. Put one drop of each into the palm of your hand, cup your hand near your nose and mouth and inhale deeply for instant energy and focus. As a bonus, rub the remainder onto the bottoms of your feet (this is one of the best places to absorb essential oils quickly) and start your day feeling positive and energized!
- Nourish your hair with Rosemary.
One or two drops of Rosemary essential oil, massaged into the scalp before a bath or shower will do wonders for your hair. (Shampoo as normal after massage.) Rosemary is very balancing, so it can be helpful for both dry and greasy hair; and it’s also a great oil for stimulating hair growth. If you have problems with itchy scalp or dandruff, add a drop of lavender in addition to the Rosemary. You can also add 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary and Peppermint to unscented shampoo for a clean, invigorating hair cleansing experience!
- Boost oral health with Peppermint and Clove.
Both Clove and Peppermint essential oils are analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Peppermint oil mixed with water makes a great natural mouthwash. If it’s too “hot”, cut it with a drop or two of Lemon. Have a toothache? A drop of Clove essential oil applied to the affected area will numb the pain while fighting germs. (Note: If you are sensitive to hot oils, dilute with a carrier oil before applying to the mouth.)
- Support body and mind with Frankincense.
Frankincense, by far, is my very favorite essential oil. (Although there are many close seconds.) Many people, myself included, find that Frankincense helps to stabilize moods as well as calm anxiety and nerves. This is not surprising, since Frankincense is one of the few oils that can pass the blood brain barrier and is therefore often recommended for issues dealing with the brain. It’s also a great immune system booster as well as an incredible anti-inflammatory. Basically, Frankincense is good for just about everything. It’s great on cuts and scrapes, skin conditions, digestive issues, it’s an anti-depressant, anticatarrhal, anti-cancer, anti-tumor, expectorant and sedative, just to name a few. One to two drops on the bottoms of the feet would be beneficial any time of day, and a great addition to morning or nightly routines.
- Clean and freshen with Lemon.
Toss a washcloth with 2 or 3 drops of Lemon essential oil in with your laundry for super clean clothes and uplifting scent. This is also a great way to freshen up a load that, ahem, you may have let sit a bit too long in the washing machine. (Not that you or I would ever do that.) Lemon is a natural antiseptic, so it can also be used to wipe down counters or even stainless steel. For counters, add a few drops of Lemon to a glass spray bottle with water. For the stainless steel, apply a drop of Lemon directly to a microfiber cloth and buff to a shine. (Note: be sure to use a glass spray bottle when using citrus oils, never plastic, as Lemon dissolves petrochemicals.) Lemon is also known as antidepressant, so while you clean you’ll be giving your mood a boost as well!
- Improve your outlook with uplifting Bergamot.
Apply one or two drops of Bergamot essential oil to the back of the neck, over the heart, or on the bottoms of the feet to increase self-confidence and combat negative emotions. Bergamot may also be helpful in dealing with stress, anxiety and nervous tension, making this an excellent oil to diffuse as well. (Note: as with all citrus oils, do not apply on areas that will be exposed to sunlight for up to 72 hours after use.)
- Find your focus with Peppermint and Wild Orange.
2 or 3 drops of Peppermint and Wild orange essential oils make an amazing, energizing blend for diffusion. Not only will this blend help you get through an afternoon slump, but it can help improve focus and concentration as well. If you don’t have a diffuser, add a few drops to a small spray bottle with some water and use as a natural room freshener. You can also place a few drops on a cotton ball and set it behind a desktop fan to help circulate the therapeutic aroma throughout a room.
- Keep headaches at bay with Peppermint.
Peppermint is one of those oils that has so many different uses! A tiny drop on the temples or back of the neck and help relieve headaches and can prevent little headaches from turning into giant ones. (Be sure to keep well away from eyes!) Peppermint is also very soothing to the digestive system; a drop applied topically to the stomach does wonders for both indigestion and nausea.
- Wind down with Lavender and Roman Chamomile
Add 1 or 2 drops of each to a half cup of Epsom salts for a soothing, calming bath. If you don’t have time for a bath, add 2 drops of lavender and 1 drop of roman chamomile to 10 or more drops of carrier oil (I prefer fractionated coconut oil) and massage over feet, neck and shoulders to help tension melt away.
- Encourage restful sleep with Lavender, Marjoram, and Vetiver.
Lavender oil on its own is can be very effective for encouraging sleep and relaxation. Massage a few drops onto your neck, feet, or even around the ears just before bed; or add some Lavender to a small spray bottle with water for a relaxing pillow spray. If you are still having trouble sleeping, try adding equal parts Marjoram or Vetiver. Marjoram can help relax muscles and may also help with anxiety that may be keeping you awake. Vetiver is a deeply relaxing oil, and while it does smell a bit pungent, it is extremely effective for those who have trouble falling or staying asleep at night. To tone down the smell, you can add a few drops of lavender. This oil is best used on the bottoms of the feet or (if you don’t mind the scent) the back of the neck.
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