Written by Rachel Jenkins
I’ve used a few essential oils in the past, but now I’m totally diggin’ them. Essential oils do so much for the body. They are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. Different ones will stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, sore throats, cuts, and so much more. The more I learn, the more I realize their pure awesomeness! Here’s a few of my faves and how I use them:
Lavender– Every house hold needs this in my opinion. It’s so versatile. I put it on my pillow at night. My kids love to sleep with it too. Just a drop or 2 on your hand and rub it on your pillow. It’s very relaxing and soothes you to sleep. I also use it for any skin issues. It takes the sting out of a bug bite, is great for an infected ear piercing (or any piercing for that matter), and I’ve rubbed it on the back of my neck and temples for a tension headache. I also mix it in with coconut oil to make my own “lotion”.
Tea Tree Oil– Another versatile fave for any skin issue. Great for fungus on the skin, bug bites, and any wounds on the skin. We even put 3-4 drops in our hand with our shampoo… and it’s great to deter lice. And with 4 kids, that’s a good thing to deter! In fact, I actually mix up my own detangler/anti lice spray that I use on my girls hair every morning. In an 8 oz spray bottle: fill with water, add 20 drops EACH of tea tree oil, rosemary, and peppermint.
Peppermint– Great to rub around your belly button if nauseated. Also can put a few drop on your feet to bring down a fever. Can also use for headaches. Ever have restless legs syndrome? Rub it on your legs!
Thieves- Awesome for your immune system. Love. Love. Love!!! At the first sign of a sniffle or just feeling under the weather, rub 2-3 drops on the bottom of each foot. If anyone isn’t feeling well at my house, I diffuse it for about 20 min. I put about 2 cups of water on the stove with 20 drops of thieves and simmer it for 20 min. It literally kills all the little bug a boos in the air. Seriously, awesome essential oil.
I absolutely love coconut oil (that’s a whole other blog post), but I do make my own hot oil treatment with coconut oil and a mixture of essential oils. I put about a Tablespoon of oil and heat/melt it on the stove. Then add about 3 drops tea tree oil, 5- drops peppermint and 5-7 drops rosemary. Sometimes I do ylang ylang instead of tea tree… depends on my mood. And I say “about” because it’s not an exact science. Then I rub in my hair dry, and leave it in several hours or overnight… again, whatever mood I’m in. Then just wash hair like normal. I do this on all my girls hair as well. It’s not only great for your scalp, but also puts nutrients right into the hair and makes it healthy and shiny.