When you first start getting into essential oils it can be utterly overwhelming with the number of uses they have. We have compiled a small list for you, so you can jump in confidently, and get a taste for what essential oils have to offer.
Aromatherapy being a holistic treatment, it uses the natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. It accomplishes this by using aromatic essential oils which relax and improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional well-being.
1. The Use Of A Diffuser
Diffusers come in a plethora of varieties from traditional cheap diffusers, which often use a candle to heat the essential oils, to humidifiers which use water. Keep in mind that high heat can actually destroy the beneficial compounds that are in essential oils and have been known to change the aroma. So do some research on the type of diffuser that suits your needs.
2. As A DIY Easy Inhalant
An aromatherapy essential oil inhaler is one of the easiest things you will ever make in your life. All you need is just a few drops of your chosen essential oils and a cotton ball). When you are using your essential oils this way it can help you with breathing when you’re feeling anxious or help curb some of the threat of nausea when you’re feeling sick.
3. On Jewelry
If you want to have all the benefits of your essential oils with you on the go, diffusing jewelry is the way to go. With the ease of lava beads and/or cotton pads, you have the potential to aid whatever ails you, even if you are not at home.
4. As A Perfume
This is a wonderful option if you are looking for a natural alternative to perfume. Just dab a bit of essential oil on your sleeves or collar will make you smell amazing all day. You can also mix essential oils with a carrier oil fill small roll-on bottles for easy applying. And if you want to get super creative, check out some of the perfume recipes that you can put in a spray bottle.
5. As A Car Freshener
You can use a few drops of essential oils on some felt and hang it from your rear-view mirror. Using stronger smells such as lemon will make your car always smell new.
Since so many cleaning products now contain harmful chemicals and are imported from other countries, it is more important than ever for our health and well-being to start looking in to alternative methods of cleaning and disinfecting.
6. As Natural Cleaning Products
The mix of vinegar and essential oils, especially lemon essential oil, are often used to make natural cleaning products due to the high cleaning potency and grit remover.
7. As An Odor Remover
Essential oils are amazing at helping to remove odors around the house. You can make a variety of deodorizing sprays, including pet specific ones. Or you can just use a diffuser in your home if the odors are lights.
8. As A Linen Spray
Don’t you just love the smell of fresh laundry? It’s really too bad that most dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals though. With essential oils, you can make a light linen spray when you mix them with water and some flavorless alcohol.
You can also make naturally scented dryer sheets by adding a few drops of essential oil to a damp washcloth and then placing the washcloth into the dryer with your clothes.
9. As An Additional Scent To Laundry
If you are a conscious individual you are probably purchasing non-scented soaps due to their harmful chemicals. Well, now you can add a few drops of essential oils to your laundry detergent to make your clothes smell better.
10. As a Window Cleaning Spray
An easy window cleaning spray can be made using water, vinegar, and essential oils mixed together and placed into a spray bottle. You can then use some old newspaper or a dry cloth to get a perfect streak-free shine.
Essential oils have soothing scents that have long been associated with relaxation and sleep. Oils such as lavender are frequently used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, sleep, and general relaxation.
11. As A Massage Oil
When you choose a carrier oil such as avocado or coconut and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, you have a homemade massage oil. We suggest 1% dilution for making massage oils, meaning 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of massage oil.
12. As Fragrance To Candles
Get some beeswax and some rope. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the wax when it is soft. You can then place it in your container of choice and let it cool and harden.
As we become more aware, we concentrate more on what we put in our bodies. Just as we shop local, ensure our meat is grass-fed, and by organic whenever possible, we want to make sure that items outside our bodies are non-toxic as well.
13. As An Insect Repellent
Many essential oils, such as citronella have potential bug repellent tendencies. Any of the citrus ones seem to work especially well.
14. As An Insect Bite Soother
Both lavender and tea tree essential oil has been said to soothe the itchiness on your skin after an insect bite.
15. As A Fragrance To Soaps
With a little googling and ingenuity, you can make your own simple soap scented for any occasion. Choose whichever essential oils you enjoy the most and make a few. These also make amazing gifts.
16. As A Natural Shampoo
Just like the soap, making natural shampoo with your favorite essential oils is super easy. You can even purchase natural, no-scent shampoo if you are too busy to make your own and add essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, and lemon.
17. As A Body Scrub
When you combine sugar and essential oils you are creating a wonderful exfoliant that smells just the way you want it too.
18. To Make Moisturizers
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter are all excellent choices for natural moisturizers, and in combination with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, you can rest assured that your skin will be left feeling smooth and smelling fabulous.
19. As A Face Wash
As long as you don’t have oily skin, essential oils actually make wonderful face washes. When combined with certain carriers oils and used sparingly, you can have smooth healthy looking skin in no time.
20. As A Natural Sleep Aid
You’ve heard it time and time again, lavender is THE essential oil of essential oils. And the case is no different here. Our brains associate lavender with relaxation and rest, making it the perfect pre-bedtime smell.