What are essential oils? Well to very briefly sum it up they are naturally occurring compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They usually have a strong smell because they are highly concentrated, and they can be pleasant or downright nasty smelling depending on the person. I have oils that I love or hate that other people I know think the opposite about!
I am not here to lecture you on essential oils, to teach you all about them, nor to pretend that I know what I am talking about when it comes to these little bottles of goodness. Oh no! We all have the internet and know how to use it…..I mean if you are reading this post you know how to use the internet, right? Right! If you want to know more about them I will leave the research up to you! I am simply going to share some of my favorite oils & their uses with you.
I will first start of by telling you that I am by no means a promoter of any one particular brand of oil. I do not sell them at all! I have tried several different brands, which all have been great, but I mainly order my oils off of amazon from the NOW Foods line. They are high quality oils for a much cheaper price than others. I have also used Young Living and know a few people that use doTerra. Both of those brands are great as well…..I really like to save money, and the NOW oils are the same quality with a much cheaper price tag. The only thing I will warn you about as far as ordering from online sources are to do you research. Please make sure that you are getting a very good quality, organic, authentic oil.
I must first start with one of my favorite & most used oils. Peppermint! You will find that most people that use essential oils go through this one the most…..it will be a close race with lavender. I use this oil for so many different things. One of the main things that we use this oil for in our home is just for the dang scent. I love the smell of peppermint oil! Outside of freshening the air we use it for headaches and muscle soreness the most. Just a little dab on your temples can help to relieve headaches, and when mixed in with some oil/lotion it can do wonders for muscle aches. I also very often place several drops into a cup of Epsom salts to soak in after workouts! It can also be used for digestion, but I do have a blend that I use specifically for that reason.
As I stated the second most used oil in my house is lavender oil. I love this for so many reasons. Aside from the obvious use of helping you to sleep, I have used it for achy legs at night, bug bites, cuts, and bruises. So many nights my legs have been achy and restless from a big workout. I simply rub a little lavender oil onto the legs and they calm right down! It does wonders for mosquito bites as well!
DiGiZen is a blend that I order for…….you guessed it digestion! I have ridiculous digestive issues that I will not go into detail about, I know you are thanking me! This oil is a lifesaver! It is a blend of peppermint, tarragon, ginger root, fennel, anise star, and lemongrass. This oil is a dupe for the DiGize from Young Living oils. You will have to mix this with a carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, etc.) because it is a “hot” oil. Basically it has a burning sensation, but it will not actually burn your skin. Anytime I have a little tummy issue I just roll this blend on and let it work its magic!
One of my very favorites from NOW foods brand that I use every single night…..peaceful sleep! I mean the name just says it all! It has a floral-citrus aroma. I find it to be a very pleasant smell, but I have had one person that ordered this on my recommendation that doesn’t care for the scent. Unfortunately that is a chance you take regardless of the oil you purchase. It is a blend of orange, tangerine, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, and sandlewood. I diffuse this every night while we are sleeping. It truly does help! If there is a night that I forget to set up the diffuser, my sleep is always restless that night!
Nature’s shield is one that we have started using again recently with all of the yuckies going around. If you are familiar with Young Living oils this is a dupe for thieves. This blend is formulated to promote a healthy environment. We use it to purify our rooms, as well as to clean with. It is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils. Mix this will a little orange oil and it smells like Christmas!
Eucalyptus is usually always in my collection, especially during cold season. Many of you already know that it is highly recommended to use this scent when you are sick……of course many of the things you can purchase in stores with eucalyptus are synthetic fragrances. If you have ever tried this in a bath wash, lotion, etc. that didn’t work for you – PLEASE buy a pure eucalyptus oil and try again! It truly is amazing how it will help with the stuffies! Another great oil blend for sinus/colds when you are stuffy and coughing is the RC Blend from Young Living.
Tea Tree oil is a must for cleansing and purifying. This oil is used most often for cuts/scrapes. You will need to dilute it with a carrier oil if applying to a wound. It is reported as a great oil for fungal infections; however, I cannot attest to how it works with those. It will also help dry up acne breakouts. With that said, I only have hormonal breakouts few and far between……if you have a teenager with serious acne I would do more research before using the oil.
Last but not least is lemon. I mainly use my lemon oil for my DIY cleaners. Other than cleaning, it is used for freshening up the air. I have a bottle of this as a room spray that I will use when things smell a little funky……which happens when you have teenage boys, lol!
Those are not the only oils that I use/have used, but they are the ones that I always have on hand at any given time. Some of the ways that I use them besides in a diffuser or topically are; making my own cleaners, dryer sheets, hand sanitizer, room sprays, bath salts, etc. There are so many things that you can do with them. Just a simple google or Pinterest search will give you a ton of ideas. I travel with my oils as well. Just remember that if you take them on a flight, the liquid rules do apply for checked luggage.
**p.s. if you can only purchase a couple of oils at a time I highly recommend starting with peppermint and lavender….and lemon if a third oil is an option for you. These three are power house oils that you can do so much with!