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!
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.
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.
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!
Do you use essential oils?