Essential Oils Benefits and Uses
Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, personal beauty care, natural medicine treatments and household cleaning products. The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark and roots.
Essential Oil Uses for Skin
Natural perfume: Use 1–2 drops of jasmine essential oil on your wrist as a fresh natural fragrance. Lavender and vanilla also agree with most women, while cypress and clove work well for men’s cologne.
Reduce cellulite: Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil and massage into dimpled areas.
Freshen breath: Use a drop of peppermint essential oil for a natural way to freshen breath.
Acne face wash: To get rid of acne, make a homemade face wash by mixing tea tree oil (melaleuca) with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water.
Homemade deodorant: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.
Sugar scrub: Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.
Homemade toothpaste: Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil and xylitol with peppermint essential oil to make homemade remineralizing toothpaste. Then brush.
Body spray: Add 5–10 drops to four ounces of water and use as a fragrant body spray.
Itchy scalp: Add lavender, cedarwood or basil essential oil to shampoo to reduce itching.
Thicken hair: Add rosemary to shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume
Strengthen nails: Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh and lemon essential oils into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, then rub on cuticles.
Reduce wrinkles: Mix 3–5 drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender and frankincense essential oils with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid applying to eyes.
Essential Oil Uses For Spa and Relaxation
Improve sleep: Lavender oil can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.
Massage therapy: Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
Immediate relaxation: Apply 2–4 drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
Body butter lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
Relieve tension: Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.
Mint chocolate cocoa: Add 2–3 drops of peppermint oil to hot cocoa for instant minty chocolate!
Sauna therapy: Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
Calm upset child: Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
Essential Oils Uses for Cleaning
All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.
Natural mosquito repellent: Combine one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make natural bug spray and rub on exposed skin. Reapply as needed.
Sports gear: If your kids play sports, add two drops each of tea tree oil and lemon essential oil to one quart of warm water; next add four tablespoons of baking soda and mix. Use to clean ripe (!) jerseys, cleats and sports gear.
Clean air: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.
Homemade peppermint patties: Use peppermint oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate and raw honey to make real peppermint treats.
Washing machine: Add 10–20 drops of your favorite scent per load.
Vacuum cleaner: Add 5–10 drops of your favorite oil in your vacuum bag or dust container.
Homemade sunscreen: Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil, then store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade toxic-free sunscreen.
Eliminate shower curtain scum: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca) with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
Clean burnt pans: Use a few drops of lemon oil and some boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
Wonderful smelling home: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
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