A smell is so many things but did you ever think it could be medicine in a bottle? Essential oils can solve problems varying from weight loss to acne control, and can even be used to alleviate a cold! The most important thing when using essential oils is making sure you know how to use which ones. Here are some of my favorite oils and a few uses that are sure to inspire some great ideas in your daily routines!
Lavender is a great oil to relax and unwind after a long day, or even if you just want to treat yourself. It’s a great sleep aid if you’re having trouble sleeping. Just sprinkle a few drops on your pillow, or use an oil diffuser if you have one. After a stressful day, you can rub a few drops on your temples, forehead, and towards the back of your jaw. You can also add a few drops to an all-natural cleanser or moisturizer for acne treatment. The list for lavender could go on forever!
Rose promotes hair and nail growth, but you can add some rose oil to your shampoo or even spread a diluted mixture to your roots for stronger hair roots! I’ve also used it as a make-up primer, and I love it! Not only does it even out your skin tone, but also reduces redness and brightens your skin. It even works as aromatherapy while applying make-up. You can also use it as a natural muscle relaxer by applying it to your wrists, shoulders, or any areas where your muscles are prone to spasm. Rose oil is one of my absolute favorite essential oils!
Tea tree is another one of my favorites. Since we are coming up on colder weather, you can use this oil for coughs and colds. The best way is to put a few drops of oil in hot water and lean over it with a towel tented around your head and neck. Breathe in and drain the water after 5 minutes. In addition to curing a sore throat, this can also help with chest congestion and sinus problems! It’s a great oil for skin irritations also. You can add a few drops to your shampoo for a sensitive scalp, and you can even use it for insect bites to relieve pain, swelling and itching. It’s important to note that tee tree oil cannot be ingested, this oil is for topical use only!
Lemon has a wide variety of uses. Although lemon is less popular essential oil, it has SO many benefits! Greasy hair is nothing but a memory with a diluted mixture added into your shampoo, or you can even add a few drops to a wax warmer for a natural air freshener. When my allergies are at their worst, I rub some in on the sides of my nose! When using lemon topically, exercise caution because lemon is phytotoxic. It’s recommended to limit sun exposure for 12 hours after application.
Peppermint is a common scent used in teas, health products, and scrubs. It’s no surprise this oil has so many healing agents! I mostly use peppermint for it’s health benefits, but peppermint does have benefits for relaxation and skin rejuvenation. If you suffer from bad headaches, add a few drops to your temples, neck and sinuses. You can even use this oil as a natural fever reducer. It’s best to apply at the back of the neck or even at the bottom of the feet, where it’ll be absorbed quickly. But wait for it – you can use peppermint for hiccups. The method isn’t as exciting, but if it can cure my hiccups, i’ll take it! It’s best to add a few drops to a shot glass of room-temperature water. Make sure you are using an ingestible version of peppermint.
Frankincense is an essential oil thats used for emotional health and also for beautiful skin. It has an a unique combination of citrus, balsam, and forest elements. This oil has been used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and sometimes been they even appear! The easiest method to apply for wrinkles is by dabbing with a cotton ball around the outer edges of the eyes, forehead, and your chin. You can also use frankincense to speed up healing of a wound, when mixed with lavender oil. The most effective use of frankincense I have found is for oral care. By mixing a little bit of oil, coconut oil, and baking soda, you can make a toothpaste that will improve the condition of your gums and teeth, and can also be used as a whitener!
There are a few hundred choices when it comes to essential oils. Even when it comes to the oils listed above, there are so many uses for each one! Whether you choose to blend oils, or just start with the basics, integrating essential oils into your daily life is a choice you won’t regret. Your first few oils will turn into a growing collection. No matter how you choose to use them, you will eventually see them as your favorite kind of medicine. What are your favorite oils? Please leave comments about your favorite essential oils and uses below!
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