Note for Readers:
If you are pregnant and using essential oils, especially tea tree, be sure to review this excellent safety guide from Mom Loves Best titled: Is Tea Tree Oil During Pregnancy Safe?
Please use caution with essential oils and ask a health care practitioner before using them. Read more in this safety sheet: http://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/
Lavender – my favorite essential oil for stress, sleep, and relaxation. Stress & lack of sleep are the #1 drivers of illness. Ideas for using:
A drop on your pillow at night
10 drops in your bath
Put it in a diffuser while doing yoga
A drop rubbed on your feet
Lemon – clarifying, reduces stress, and detoxifying.
Cut up lemons + chilled mineral water and drink
Pour boiling water over lemon slices + fresh ginger for a delicious tea
Put EO (essential oil) lemon in your diffuser
Use EO lemon in spray cleaners (10 drops in a spray bottle, then fill with water)
Make a EO perfume with witch hazel + lemon oil
A blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary (sometimes called Thieves) – spicy Christmas-smelling,
Mix ½ Witch Hazel ½ water + 5 drops of the mix (or one drop of each) in a small 3-5oz. spray bottle. Shake and spray on your body, car seats, counter-tops, anything!
I love it as a perfume in wintertime
Ask to use it in the oils at your next massage appointment
Frankincense – helps with mind focus, a disinfectant, an expectorant, and helps with mood.
Rub it on your chest with a few drops of olive oil for helping a chest cold
Pair with lemon EO for a gorgeous smell in your diffuser
Alternately, mix with lavender in the diffuser
Tea Tree oil – It is anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, disinfecting, clears nasal passages, and supports overall bodily health and vitality.
One drop is excellent for cleaning wounds – I mix it with an olive oil-based salve for this
I put it in a homemade toothpaste, and it is the best oil for oral health
Make a mouthwash with 50% witch hazel 50% water + drops of your favorite oils (try peppermint, tea tree, spearmint, and one drop of juniper berry). 2-3 drops total for a small 5 oz. container and 3-5 drops total for an 8 oz. container.
When you're buying Essential Oils, be sure that you get Certified Organic. Pesticides that are in non-organic oils can be more concentrated and are very damaging to our bodies. For American readers, Mountain Rose Herbs sells Certified Organic EOs. I purchase my Organic essential oils from my local health food store (in Canada).
Only use essential oils with a carrier oil or witch hazel in the mouth. Never put essential oils in your eyes or nose.
Questions? What's your favorite essential oil?