Using essential oils doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are lots of ways essential oils can be used in your home. Using essential oils to replace everyday products can lessen the toxicity load in your home environment and also provide more effective results. Here are nine ways to add essential oils to your everyday routine.
If you drag your feet in the morning, try diffusing Peppermint Essential Oil. The energizing properties can help give you the kick you need to get going. Add 5-10 drops of to your diffuser and run up to 20 minutes. Run the diffuser again later in the day if you get that afternoon slump.
To Freshen Laundry
Lemon Essential Oil not only makes us think “clean” when we smell it, but it in fact does fight germs on a molecular level. Add 10 drops to your load of laundry or onto your dryer ball for a clean, fresh feel and smell.
To Relieve Sniffles
Feeling stuffy? Runny nose? Coughing? Children and adults over age 10 can benefit from inhaling Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Add 15 drops to a personal inhaler, inhaling deeply 1-3 times. Repeating every few hours, or as needed, can help shake the icky feeling and allow you to have a productive day.
For Moodiness and Emotional Issues
It’s that time of the month for you…or maybe just the time of day for your toddler. Inhaling Geranium Essential Oil can help make you feel emotionally balanced. Add 5-10 drops to your diffuser, running 10-20 minutes at a time as needed. Alternately, you can add 15 drops to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.
When it comes to your skin, essential oils are a wonderful tool to use to help with anti-aging. Add Frankincense Essential Oil to your liquid foundation, lotion or moisturizer to help with wrinkles and age spots. Add 6 drops per ounce for a safe and effective dilution on the face.
To Clean Your Home
Many cleaning supplies are made with toxic chemicals which are harsh when you breathe them into your lungs. Tea Tree Essential Oil is antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial oil. Using Tea Tree in a cleaning spray can allow you to clean effectively and is safe for your little ones to breath if they want to help you spritz it in your home. Add 12 drops of Tea Tree essential oil per ounce of hydrogen peroxide, water or vinegar. Shake well before using.
For Anxiety and Stress
Some days can be stressful or laced with anxiety. When those moments come, inhaling Lemongrass Essential Oil can help. Use in a diffuser (5-10 drops) or personal inhaler (15 drops). Diffuse 10 minutes at a time or inhale 1-3 times as often as needed.
For Achy Muscles
Sore after a workout or chasing the kids? Add Lavender Essential Oil to a carrier oil or lotion and massage into achy muscles. Add 12 drops per ounce for a 2% dilution or up to 60 drops per ounce for a 5% dilution for extra deep aches.
Using a linen spray with Sweet Orange or Chill Zone essential oil blend can help promote relaxation. To make a linen spray, add 24 drops Sweet Orange to a 2 ounce spray bottle and fill to the shoulder with water or a hydrosol. If using Chill Zone, use 5 drops for a 2 ounce spray bottle. Shake well before spritzing on your pillow and/or bedding.
It’s easy to incorporate the benefits of essential oils as long as you know which ones to use and how they are used safely. What’s your favorite way to use essential oils in your daily routine?
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