The joys of essential oils!!
I love almost every oil there is. And I probably own at least one bottle of each. Once you start using essential oils, you will wonder how your home ever functioned without them. Here is the list of my top 8 essential oils to use in your own home.
I know that there are tons of oils to choose from out there, but these 8 will get you started out on your journey to natural health and general wellness without dependency on modern chemicals.
There are many influential compounds found in Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus has been used widely both for its calming and clearing properties as well to promote feelings of clear breathing.
This mixed with Peppermint oil in our diffuser is a winter staple in my home. City Spouse has a compromised immune system, so he tends to get sick quickly. While he refuses to “come to the dark side” and use my “hippy oils”, when I diffuse them instead of actually apply them to him, he never knows. *wink* And I get to help keep his stubborn butt healthy.
Perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils, Frankincense is highly sought after by modern consumers for its many uses, including relaxation, healthy cell function, and mood enhancement.
This is my go-to oil for keeping wounds from leaving a scar. When applied to a wound, it promotes healing, and with someone clumsy (like me) around, it’s nice to know that I can get a wound to heal faster and not leave a yucky looking scar.
The most popular oil, lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities.
Oh, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this oil!
Honestly, if I don’t have a bit of this in my diffuser, I truly cannot sleep. And I also apply a few drops to the bottoms of my feet each night. It really helps me not grind my teeth and clench my jaw all night. I really notice the headaches and stiffness when I forget to put this on. So I really try to make sure no matter what is going on, this is on my feet each night.
Another favorite, this essential oil powerhouse is cold-pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Lemon is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser that can be used to complement many other oils. Diffusing lemon in a room can cleanse the air and uplift mood. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaning booster.
I no longer use any store-bought cleaners in my home… I just make my own using these lovely oils. Lemon is my all time favorite for cleaning with. I generally use lemon and lavender in my floor cleaner, but lately, I’ve been using lemon and rosemary. (Rosemary is good for aches and pains, so with the colds running their course, it seems to help with keeping the body ache associated with the common cold at bay.)
Recognized by its more common name “tea tree”, Melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, Melaleuca has limitless therapeutic applications.
This oil, along with frankincense, is always on a cut or wound. Keeping these two oils applied is BETTER than Neosporin. Since I’ve been using this, I have not had any infection in a cut. Which is amazing for me.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used oregano as a cleansing agent as well as for digestive and respiratory support. High in antioxidant activity, oregano contains phenolic acids and flavonoids.
I also sneak this oil to CS… I add a few drops into our spaghetti sauce to help with his digestive issues… and he never knows. He just knows I seasoned the sauce, not how.
Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid.
Once upon a time, a doctor told me I had acid reflux disease. It really was bad for a while, but then I started just popping a peppermint beadlet after I ate a high-acid meal and I have not had one incident of heartburn since.
So there, modern medicine!!
Cold-pressed from the orange peel, wild orange is excellent for energizing and revitalizing. It is also commonly used as an effective tool for uplifting mood, as well as for its wonderful citrus aroma.
I use Wild Orange in mixed with water to clean my windows. It really does work just as well as Windex, but without all the chemicals. Mix this with some vinegar and water, wipe with a microfiber cloth, and VOILA- the best smelling, cleanest windows around.
No matter what oils you choose to start with, make sure you choose high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Do not be fooled by those bargain oils in the superstores. Read the labels carefully. Most “bargain” essential oils are only for aromatherapy purposes and are harmful if absorbed into your skin. If you are using essential oils for your health, you want pure oils.
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