Those of us who have been in love with essential oils for a long time basically use our oils for everything and cannot even imagine a day without using them.
Recently I was speaking with someone who is excited to begin exploring and yet isn't really sure about how to use the oils.
This inspired me to share a few fun life hacks with essential oils:
First, the obvious.....
Something stinks! (laundry basket? shoe area? garbage can? pre-teen's bedroom?)
Diffuse Purify oil or even just flick a few drops out of the bottle and onto the carpet, or make a 2 oz. spritzer bottle with 10 drops Purify and fill the rest with water. This will eliminate odors right away. Why would you ever want to use toxic air fresheners?
In Zitty City?
Apply Melaleuca oil directly on the breakout. It works so quickly! You can also make a DIY toner by combining 20 drops of Melaleuca oil with 2oz of witch hazel. Apply with a cotton ball before bed.
The hdClear foaming facial soap, moisturizer and roll-on are so gentle yet effective
And while we're on the topic of skin, here's my morning face spritzer.
Simple, safe, effective, and way cheaper than expensive bug sprays!
Ditch the dryer sheets
Have you ever seen those wool dryer balls? Did you know that they cut your dryer time in half, saving all kinds of money on your electric or gas bill! Adding a few drops of lemon or lavender or any oil of your choice and you can take that money you saved on dryer sheets and reinvest in more oils!
Easy non-toxic home cleaners
In a glass 8oz spray bottle (available at aromatools.com) add 30 drops On Guard and fill the rest with hydrogen peroxide. Makes a great spray cleaner for countertops, bathrooms, sinks and toilets.
You can also put several drops of OnGuard in a bucket with a cup of white vinegar and fill the rest with water for washing the floors.
I also put about 30 drops of On Guard in a quart sized mason jar and then fill with Baking Soda. Shake and store for use as a scrubber for cleaning stovetops, sinks, or casserole dishes with stubborn baked on foods. If you poke holes in an alternative lid, you can sprinkle this same mix on your carpet and let it sit for about an hour or so before vacuuming to kill dust mites.
Time for bed! Are your kids resistant? Here are three ways to use Lavender to help them drift off.
1. Start diffusing some lavender and/or frankincense in their room about a half hour before bedtime.
2. In a bowl of hot/warm water, add a few drops of Lavender. Moisten a washcloth, wring out and lay on the child's face and let them enjoy the warmth and the aroma.
3. Mix one or two drops of Lavender with a tsp. of fractionated coconut oil (or any carrier oil). Rub on the bottoms of their feet before bed. They will drift off to sleep right away.
Don't worry, be happy
In a mood? There are so many essential oils and blends that can help with elevating your mood. Elevation, Balance, Citrus Bliss, Frankincense, Wild Orange and Lemon are some of my favorites. ALL of the oils in the emotional aromatherapy kit (below) are so powerful for shifting moods. Try in the diffuser to keep the whole house uplifted or wear as a perfume or cologne and now you are a walking diffuser, helping to raise the spirits of everyone you meet!
Does your child's teacher tell you that he has a hard time sitting still or staying focused in class? Send him to school with a bottle of InTune Focus Blend roll-on. Teach him to roll it on the bones behind his ears whenever he needs to. When I was a Middle School teacher, I would often wear this blend and it would have an effect on the kids just by my walking around the room!
Calm temper tantrums
Diffuse a few drops of Lavender or Peace to create a relaxing environment and help to balance kids' moods.
Keep hands clean!
The New York Times ran an article a couple of years ago about how those anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and soaps have dangerous chemicals and are actually helping to create superbugs. Not so with essential oils - their chemical make-up is too complex! Mix about 30 drops of OnGuard in a 2oz glass spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Shake before each use. Spray your hands, your kids hands, doorknobs, surfaces. You'll be protected and smell divine!
Rise and shine!
Have a hard time getting out of bed? Rub a couple of drops of Peppermint oil on your feet (especially on the big toe) and on your earlobes. Inhale the oil from your palms. Rub the rest on your neck and shoulders. Drop a couple of drops on the floor of your shower and let the hot water create a Peppermint steam. No more need for coffee (but you could join your kids with a cup of Peppermint infused hot chocolate! One drop is all you need!)
Too much heavy lifting?
No household should ever be without Deep Blue Rub! For those occasional aches and pains from a heavy workout, too much sitting, carrying heavy babies and diaper bags, etc. Deep Blue is going to be your best friend!
Immune system support
As soon as you feel the first signs of anything, rub a few drops of OnGuard on the bottom of your feet, or put 4-5 drops in an empty gelcap and take one capsule an hour.
Lavender, Frankincense and Melaleuca all support our own body's natural healing response.
Fresh and clean bathroom
Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil inside of your toilet paper roll so that each time the roll spins, more scent will be released!
Make vacuuming fun!
Put a few drops of lemon, grapefruit, citrus bliss or OnGuard inside your vacuum bag or filter for a non-toxic air freshener while vacuuming.
Natural perfume or cologne
Ever feel overwhelmed by someone's strong perfume? Many perfumes contain toxic ingredients. The EPA tested fragrances for chemicals in 1991 and found a list of the following toxic perfume chemical ingredients: acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool and methylene chloride – usually in some combination. When you wear essential oils as perfume, you're actually receiving health benefits and passing them along to those who smell you!
Inhale Breathe essential oil right from a drop you rub in your palms. For seasonal respiratory discomfort, put two drops each of lavender, lemon and peppermint in an empty gelcap and take every couple of hours
The motto of doTerra isn't "We have an oil for that!" for nothing. I recently heard a story of a guy who was struggling to get the lug nuts off while changing a flat tire on the side of the road. He sarcastically said to his wife, "Do you have an oil that can change a tire?" She said, "Actually....." and put a couple of drops of lemon oil on the stubborn lug nut and lo and behold, it moved!
Every day you will discover more uses for the oils. The best part is that they are right there with you in your home already and you don't have to run out to buy an overpriced cleaner or remedy.
YOU are now ready for anything!