For the last year or so, I have been telling Charles that I wanted to buy some essential oils. I saw everybody else and their mother sharing their success stories online, and with a child who regularly gets traditional medicine to manage terrible allergies and growing pains, I was curious about alternative treatments.
You guys. I am obsessed. I use them every day, and I love them all (except for one, which I will tell you about below). They serve so many purposes…and I have just started scratching the surface of what they’re capable of!
But if you’re like me, even a little bit, the very idea of essential oils can be so overwhelming, you don’t even know where to start. For me, this resulted in months of indecision – I was so overwhelmed, I was afraid to even begin!
My mantra in life (really…I tell myself this almost every.single.day) is just start somewhere. And so that’s what I did with the oils. And today I’m going to break it down for you in a non-overwhelming way so that hopefully you’ll know where to start if you decide to start using essential oils.
If you buy a Starter Kit, you’ll receive a helpful booklet that explains what each oil is most commonly used for, and how it should be uses (topically, aromatherapy, etc.). To get started, I I just picked one use for each oil.
But first…you guys know I’m not a doctor, right?! These are my experiences with the oils I have. If you have questions, ask your doctor. And DEFINITELY do research on any particular oil before you apply it to a child or baby.
Lavender: Lavender is calming and is said to promote good sleep. It can also be great for skin. In the past, I’ve used it on a mild burn and literally felt the pain drain away! Lavender is my favorite oil. I would bathe in it if I could. I just cannot get enough. We diffuse this every night in our bedroom next to the bed. And every time I breathe it in, the happiness I feel is tangible.
PanAway: PanAway is a minty-smelling oil great for soothing muscles. My husband rubs this all over his calves after he goes for a jog. This is a great oil to use with your roller ball!
StressAway: StressAway reminds me of the tropics. This is another one I love (probably because it’s got lavender and lime in it!), and it’s designed to help reduce stress. I place a few drops in my hands and inhale, then rub it all over my neck. This is also great for diffusing!
Frankincense: I had never smelled Frankincense until I received my oils, and it’s become one of my most-used oils! If you’re wondering, it kind of reminds me of the forest. People like to diffuse it when doing yoga or meditating, and it’s also great for skin. This is where my oil testimony comes in.
I had a rough patch of skin on my elbow that I could not get rid of. No amount of store-bought moisturizer, no amount of coconut oil or shea butter, no matter how often applied, could get rid of it. FOR WEEKS.
When I saw that Frankincense had moisturizing capabilities, I immediately placed a few drops on my elbow. Within hours, it was healing. That night I used a few more drops. The next morning it was almost gone. I’ve since started adding a few drops to my moisturizer every day, and my skin is as good as new.
I also add a drop of Frankincense and a drop of lavender to a little dollop of coconut oil, and I use this on my face every night before bed. Heavenly.
Joy: OK, not gonna lie. I don’t like this oil. I can’t stand the smell of it. But then I had some friends smell it, thinking they wouldn’t like it, either, and they all loved it and thought I was nuts. This just goes to show you that smell is a very personal thing!
Lemon: Lemon is commonly used as a dietary supplement and can support a healthy immune system. It’s also my son’s favorite oil, and he asks to diffuse it every day (it makes the house smell so fresh!). I mix a drop each of lemon, peppermint, and lavender with some coconut oil and rub it into Jack’s feet before bed (this is supposed to help with allergies, but I haven’t been doing it long enough to give you a report on this).
Peppermint: Peppermint is one of our three most-used oils. We use it every day. Peppermint can be taken orally to help with digestion. A quick sniff can increase alertness. And let me tell you – this stuff can clear our those sinuses! You may have seen the recipes for homemade “shower bombs” where people mix in a few drops of peppermint and let them dissolve in the shower to help with congestion. I tried this, and it worked okay. In my experience, it’s WAY more effective to just drop 4-5 drops of peppermint onto the floor of the hot shower (I always drop it by the drain, not directly where the water hits). The heat make the smell rise and you’ll be breathing easier in no time (we do this frequently for Jack).
I also use it to make toothpaste (recipe to come!).
Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil): I haven’t used this oil yet, but it’s know for it’s healing and skin soothing properties. We used to buy a bottom spray made with Tea Tree Oil for Claire when she was in diapers.
Thieves: My kids think Thieves smells like cookies! This cinammon-y scented oil is known to support a healthy immune system and fight off germs. A lot of people use it for cleaning purposes. I added it to my homemade toothpaste. The kids love it and ask me to diffuse it.
Purification: This oil is cleansing for skin and can eliminate nasty odors. A few drops and some water in a spray bottle, and you’ve got a natural deodorizing spray!
Citrus Fresh: This citrusy blend spends a lot of time in our diffuser. I’ve also used it as a pick-me-up in some coconut oil (on my face), and I read that this can be diffused with lemon and peppermint to help ward off a hangover. Which of course, I found when I was searching “natural hangover remedies,” so…I actually got to test it out. It definitely made me feel a little more alive.
I’d love to hear YOUR favorite uses for your oils!
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