Using Essential Oils

I’ve been making a concentrated effort to learn about and use essential oils for the past few months and I’m finally sitting down to write about my experience!

Essential oils space

I started learning more about essential oils after Sadie and Niva ate a bottle of melatonin together. It was such a relief that melatonin was a more natural product and that got me wanting to have more natural remedies and home products around our house.

(Of course, essential oils can be just as dangerous as “regular” medicine or cleaners if used in the wrong way, so I make sure to keep them high up on a shelf in my “apothecary” in our bedroom 😉)

I was also intrigued by the fact that essential oils are mentioned in the Bible. It had me thinking about how beneficial they must be if they’ve been used for thousands of years.

Essential Oils of the Bible Book

I learned a lot about oils in the Bible from this book and that spurred me on to learn more from this guide. After reading, researching, and learning, I was ready to jump in and use oils in our everyday life. I decided to buy from a brand that was reputable, affordable, and not a multi-level marketing company, lol. 

So, here’s how we use essential oils in our everyday life! 

Diffuse them aromatically 

  • We have a few diffusers and add different blends of oils based on what we want or need.
  • Lavender + cedarwood is lovely for sleep.
  • Peppermint + eucalyptus is great for focus.
  • Orange + grapefruit is what I diffuse when I need a boost of energy.
  • Eucalyptus is our go-to when we have congestion.

Apply them topically

  • Depending on which oil I use, I either apply it straight from the bottle or dilute it with coconut oil. I bought a set of roll-on bottles and spray bottles so I could make my own blends, but I also buy pre-made ones.
  • Peppermint is what I use for headaches and other muscle pains.
  • Ginger and fennel are wonderful for an upset stomach.
  • Lavender and chamomile are great for skin issues.
Chamomile essential oil roll on

A roll-on bottle I made of chamomile and coconut oil!

DIY household products

  • Homemade laundry detergent plus a few drops of essential oils is a nice alternative to scented laundry detergent.
  • For cleaning, eucalyptus in a spray bottle with vinegar is awesome.
  • I made a room spray with lemon and lavender just because I like that smell 🙂
  • Homemade beauty products like cuticle oil (a roll-on bottle + coconut oil + lavender + lemon) are easy to make!

What I’ve learned

  • Find a brand of essential oils you like, trust, and can afford.
  • Read, read, read! I like learning from books, but there are tons of websites with info on essential oils.
  • Get the basics: a set of commonly used oils, a diffuser, a carrier oil, and roll-on and spray bottles if you plan to do some DIYS.
  • Write down how you react to different oils, what works, what doesn’t, etc.
  • Have fun experimenting!

There’s a lot more I’d love to learn and do with essential oils but I’ll get there when I get there. So far, I’m really enjoying this little journey and have seen great benefits from using essential oils!

Plant Therapy essential oils

Do you use essential oils?

13 comments

  1. I think this is all so fascinating, but I haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon. I feel like it might be in my future though. 🙂 I have used lemon or peppermint oils in vinegar for mopping my floors. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned so far!

  2. Thank you for sharing this so much! I love that you provided a good essential oil company that is something in line with what I’m looking for. I dislike the commitment from those multi level marketing companies and the price! I’m definitely going to check what you’re using out because I love essential oils. They are so versatile and healing!

  3. I love essential oils! I use to work with essential oils, so I have a nice collection of oils. They are so therapeutic in a variety of different ways…enhance your mood, increase your energy, make you think clear, calm you down when anxious…you name it and their is likely an essential oil that can help. I just made a DIY room spray with Hungarian lavender and frankincense.

    1. Wow, you used to work with them? That’s so cool! What dis you do (if you don’t mind me asking!)? I agree, the many uses of essential oils are one of my favorite features of them! Tell me about Hungarian lavender! Is it a different scent than “regular” lavender?!

      1. The Hungarian Lavender is the only lavender that I have used. So, I have no frame of reference to compare it to…but, I really like the smell. I made skincare products (soaps, sprays, bath bombs etc, etc.) for a few years (or more), but finally gave up the solo operation. It was too much work, with no time to do it all (market, manufacture, design, label, market, package, and ship). Something always had to give. Feeling like a rat running in circles on a wheel, I finally stopped trying. I still enjoy making and using my own soaps and sprays etc. though.

      2. That makes sense! I think it’s so cool that you made and sold skincare products! I can totally relate to how tough it is to run a small business all by yourself. It’s a lot of work and takes away from some of the fun, lol. It’s awesome that you still do what you love by making products for yourself! If you ever end up selling again, let me know!

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