Everyone these days is talking about essential oils. People seem to be using them for everything! Finally, your curiosity is piqued and you are ready to try them out for yourself. That’s great, but what exactly are essential oils and how do you use them in your home? Do you want to learn about essential oils but have no idea where to begin? Then this is the right place for you to start learning! I personally use and recommend only doTERRA essential oils. If you are using another brand of essential oils it is important to do your own research on safety and usage.
What are essential oils?
The first thing you need to know is that essential oils are a highly concentrated oil from a plant extract. Although essential oils may seem like a new craze, they have actually been used for thousands of years. Essential oils are completely safe to use at home but it is important to remember that since they are highly concentrated great care must be taken to educate yourself. The great news about using oils is that a little bit goes a long way! You often only need a few drops to produce the desired effect. A small bottle of oils can last for years, which is great since they have a shelf life of 5-10 years in most cases.
A short list of ‘starter’ oils to always have on hand
Lemon – Best used in natural cleaning solutions and bath products. Naturally repels insects and is used in aromatherapy.
Lavender – Not only does lavender smell great, but when used in a diffuser it can induce calm, relaxation, and even help with balance! Use in lotions, massage oils or bath products. Lavender can even help to soothe minor burns.
Eucalyptus – Use in your bath to help relieve arthritis pain. Eucalyptus is also great for boosting the immune system and relieving congestion due to colds.
Melaleuca – This oil is great when added to lotions to help with skin irritations and acne. You can also add this oil to shampoo to help fight dandruff and lice.
Wild Orange – This is another oil that can be used in household cleaners and even as a degreaser. Use it in your bath products and lotions. You can also use this oil in a diffuser to help you stay on task and relax.
Peppermint – This is a great oil for relieving aches and pains. Peppermint produces a cooling effect, can soothe respiratory troubles, and helps relieve itchy skin.
How to use oils in your home
- Make an aromatic inhaler – feeling sick and congested? Use an aromatic inhaler to combine your favorite decongesting oils
- Use a roller ball to make a calming blend – if you have trouble sleeping or winding down at the end of the day, consider making a blend of calming oils to help calm your system.
- Stay moisturized – create your own face serum or cream by creating your own moisturizing lotion recipe with your favorite oils.
- Household cleaners – replace those harsh chemical cleaners with essential oil based cleaners for a healthy non-toxic home.
- Diffusers – using an electronic diffuser is a great way to fill the air in your home with a calm and healing aroma.
- Create your own bath salts – use Epsom salts and your favorite calming essential oils to create your own relaxing bath salts to help you unwind at the end of a long day.
Important points to remember about essential oils
Essential oils are a potent concentrate so it’s important to remember less is more when it comes to oils! Oils are to be used sparingly, and more often than not a drop or two is enough to achieve the desired effect.
It is important to make sure you are buying your oils from a high-quality essential oil producer to ensure that the plants used were not treated with pesticides or that the oils were not extracted with harsh chemicals. Although some essential oils may seem expensive, remember that these oils last a long time and you can now replace many expensive household cleaning products and bath products. Make sure you research each oil well before using so that you use them in a safe manner. It is especially important to read any contra indications before using oils with babies, children, elderly and people on medications . Now that you have a bit of information you can choose the essential oils that are right for you and begin on your own journey into essential oils!