Lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, oh my! There are so many wonderful uses for essential oils all with their own specific benefits. There are essential oils for sleep, headaches, and so much more.
If you haven’t started using essential oils yet and are just now beginning down your journey, then you’re going to want to know about all the many uses and how to ensure you get the most out of them. Once you start using oils around the house and in your everyday life, you won’t want to put them down.
To learn all the different ways that essential oils can help you, continue reading below. Here’s a list of several things you can use your essential oils for! Don’t forget to take some notes so you can head out to the store and find the right ones for you.
1. Purifying the Air
Some essential oils work well for purifying the air. Tea tree, lemon, and eucalyptus are just a few oils that can clean the air in your home. A great way to do so is with the use of a diffuser.
An oil diffuser works by either with water or filter pads. Either one will work fine for your essential oils. Place a few drops of the essential oil of your choice in your diffuser and then allow it to diffuse into the air.
Not only will it smell wonderful, but it’ll keep your home healthy as well. It’s a great idea to do this after you’re done cleaning your home.
2. Creating a Relaxing Bath
Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, and ever peppermint can all be used in the bath. Do keep in mind that these oils are quite strong. You’ll only need a couple of drops.
You’ll also want to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil before using them topically in any way. It’s also always a good idea to start out with a small amount and then work your way up little by little if you think it’s not strong enough.
You can always add more to the bath if needed. Creating a relaxing bath using essential oils like lavender or chamomile is the perfect way to decompress from the day and prepare yourself for bedtime.
3. Cleaning the Home
Did you know that you can make your own cleaning products using essential oils? You can! The best thing about them is that once you buy all of the ingredients, they’ll last you months and months.
The recipes will require a few other products such as borax, distilled water, and castile soap to name a few, but essential oils are a must as well. The ingredients needed other than the oils will depend on what type of cleaning product you’re making.
You can make an all-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, window cleaner, wood spray, and others. Great essential oils to use in your cleaning products are lavender, lemon, and tea tree.
4. Relieving Your Headaches
Although you don’t want to put essential oil directly onto your skin, you can dilute it using a carrier oil and then rub it in. Peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus are all great choices to relieve headaches.
When at home, you can dilute a few drops in your carrier oil and rub the oils onto your chest or the back of your neck.
Lava bead bracelets are wonderful because the lava beads absorb the oils and you can smell your bracelet whenever you feel a headache coming on. You can also look for roll-on sticks of any of these essential oils and rub it onto your wrist when you have a headache for relief.
5. Relaxing Your Mind
If you have trouble sleeping at night, lavender and chamomile are two good options for you. You can either place them in a diffuser or you can add a drop to your pillow.
If you decide to add a drop to your pillow, be sure to only add one drop and place it on the side of the pillow your head won’t be on. Lavender oil is strong and too much can be overbearing.
Sometimes, oil can drop quickly from their dropper so make sure you take your time as to not allow too many drops to come out.
6. Healing Itchy Scalp
If you suffer from itchy scalp, there are a few essential oils that can help you. Peppermint oil will make your scalp feel cool and refreshed. Tea tree oil will help remove any fungus or bacteria and give a cooling sensation as well.
Chamomile and lavender oil will ease irritation and soothe your scalp. The best way to use these oils on your scalp is to dilute them in coconut oil or another carrier oil and mix them in your hand with your shampoo.
Wash your hair as you normally would and reap the benefits.
7. Clearing Your Sinuses
When you feel a stuffy nose coming on, you can use essential oils to clear your sinuses. Placing a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a hot shower is a good way to breathe in the oil and open your sinuses.
Another way to do this is to boil water in a pan on the stove. Add a few drops of eucalyptus and then inhale the fumes. Be careful of the steam, however, to avoid getting burned.
There are some essential oils for allergies as well. Be sure to look up different ways to use oils for your allergies and which ones are best to use in the diffuser.
8. Soothing a Burn
Lavender oil, peppermint oil, and frankincense are all great choices for soothing a burn. If you’re going to use essential oils for a burn, just be sure you don’t have any open wounds on your skin. The essential oils can irritate your skin if placed on an open wound.
Remember to dilute the oils as well and only a few one or two drops. When you have a burn or sunburn, you can rub the mixture onto the affected area to help soothe it.
Which Uses for Essential Oils Will You Try?
Which of these uses for essential oils stood out to you the most? Which ones do you think would be the most beneficial to you? There are many ways to use essential oils around the house and once you start using them, you’ll begin to use them for more things!
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