Using Essential Oils – a Gift of Nourishment
People often think of essential oils as something you use for your bath from time to time to help relax. Yes this is true and there are so many more uses. We have been using essential oils in our house and office for a long time. I love all the healing benefits they can provide.
Various ways to use Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in 4 different ways.
Favourite Oils to Diffuse
Citrus notes such as lemon grass, lime, lemon or grapefruit have cleansing and uplifting properties to them. They help to purify the air and also give you a lift in mood and energy.
Lavender has a really calming scent if you are looking to relax. A beautiful combination to diffuse is lavender mixed with peppermint.
Around the holidays there is nothing better than diffusing a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. This will fill your whole home with warmth and lift your spirits.
Tea Tree: Safe to use directly on the skin. We use it all the time to get rid of pimples, to use on athlete’s foot or a fungal infection. If one of the kids gets a cut we will use it to disinfect the cut.
Lavender: Very healing to the skin. Great on mosquito bites, pimples, or skin that needs to calm and heal.
Peppermint: I use this as my tension relieving oil. I use directly on sore muscles or back of my neck and temples when I have a headache. Also great to inhale in the afternoon when you need a pick me up.
Favorite Fall/Winter Bath blend: Lavender and Eucalyptus. Drop 10 drops each into the bath. The lavender will relax you before bed and the eucalyptus is great for clearing the sinuses and breathing deeply.
Top 3 Essential Oils for Edibles
- Oil of Oregano: This is used all the time in our home at the first sign of a sore throat. 3-5 drops under the tongue to stop or curb a cold.
- Lemon or lime: Amazing to add 2 drops to your water to support a healthy immune system and makes you want to hydrate by drinking more water. Glass bottle preferred.
- Peppermint: A drop or two in your mouth to freshen breathe mid-day.
Use high quality therapeutic grade essential oils. The ingredients should be ethically sourced. Research the company before using. One of my favorite brands is doTerra.