I have been asked several times about how to incorporate essential oils in daily living. The process is fun and stimulating. It is healthy for the home and for your family too. Below are some great starter ideas.
Minimize or eliminate chemical scents.
INSTEAD … Diffuse orange, Christmas Spirit, or rosemary into the air with a nebulizer or home made reed diffuser.
INSTEAD … Put a couple of drops of peppermint, pine, cinnamon, or clove on the cardboard in your toilet paper roll and you will freshen up the bathroom for days.
(That means Yankee Candles, Glade Plug-Ins, Bath and Body Works Christmas potpourri blend, etc. These scents will mask natural aromas and accustom your nose to unnatural fragrances. chemical scent EVEN IF IT SAYS “AROMATHERAPY” … Creme Brulee, Fresh Linen, Winter Wonderland, etc. See article.)
Consider using unscented detergents, cleaners, shampoos, conditioners, pump hand soaps, etc.
INSTEAD … Add a few drops of clary sage, cedarwood, lavender, or Roman Chamomile an unscented hair product, rosemary, thieves, or tea tree to an unscented detergent, lemon to your window cleaner (good ol 'inexpensive vinegar and water) , and Thieves to an unscented pump hand soap. Not only will the oils make the products smell wonderful, you will now be benefitting from the aromatherapeutic properties of the oils too.
(I like to use Dr. Bronners Unscented Soap. You can find in the cosmetics section of the health food store. It works well as a shampoo, body wash, and in my hand soap foamer. various uses and then add the relevant essential oils.)
Consider replacing some harsher cleaning products with homemade products that contain essential oil cleaning power. (See also Suggestion # 6)
Window Cleaner – mix 25% vinegar / 75% water in a 16oz spray bottle (you can recycle an empty Windex bottle) and 7 drops each of lemon (or lemongrass), Thieves, and tea tree.
Disinfecting Spray – mix 25% grain alcohol / 75% water in a 16 oz spray bottle (recycle one!) And 15 drops each of tea tree, Thieves, and patchouli (or rosemary). THIS ALSO WORKS AMAZINGLY AS A HAND SANITIZER SPRAY.
Stain Remover – drop rosemary essential oil right on the stain and toss in the wash or drop right on the carpet and scrub with a stiff bristle brush (see before and after pictures of a carpet that we cleaned in this way way)
Consider essential oils the next time you get the sniffles or an abrasion.
Dab lavender on cuts, burns, insket bites, etc.
Dab tea tree on insect stings and bites.
Dab Purification on dry, cracked skin, itchy patches, or a persitant rash.
Mix a few drops of basil in with a few drops of olive oil and rub on your chest when you have congestion in your lungs and a cold that has settled your your throat.
Try on of the teas below when suffering from the said ailments.
Try making the Beeswax Cream recipe below and use as a moisturizer. Add a drop or two of essential oil if you wish.
Place one drop of eucalypus globulus or radiata on your palms, friction together, and take 5-6 belly breaths when suffering with sinus congestion and stuff nose.
Take an Aromatherapy Class.
Recognize health hazards.
The Cancer Prevention Coalition lists common household products which have ingredients linked with breast and other cancers. Here are just a few:
-Chlorine and bleach
-Home and garden pesticides
-Spray paint propellant, stripper
-Dry cleaning solvents
At your fingertips is a wealth of online resources to help you become
an informed consumer. Downoad a list of hazardousous ingredients at
http://www.preventcancer.com . Discover which brand name household products have toxic ingredients at http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com .
Patrice Berlinski submitted the following tip:
“My dog was incessantly licking his back paws. My friend told me to use one or two drops of clove essential oil on each paw .. After tasting the cabbage oil he stopped the licking. but after about one month he no longer shows any interest in licking his paws! ”