Spring is finally here and that’s a great time to try essential oils. You’ve likely heard of essential oils, know someone who uses them or use them yourself. And everyone has an opinion on what’s the best brand or the best way to use them. I just want to share some of my favorite, easy ways to use essential oils and maybe include some education along the way!
What are Essential Oils?
So what is an essential oil, anyway? They are highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants. They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs. Essential oils are 100% pure plant oils and are very different from synthetic fragrance oils.
Different plants have different amounts of oils. It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus to make one pound of essential oil. But it takes over 2000 pounds of rose to make the same amount! That is why different oils have different costs.
Different oils also have very different properties. They can be relaxing, energizing, nourishing or balancing.
Essential oils are very concentrated. Please take time to learn about their properties and actions before you use them. Use reputable information. Oils are great fun, but very powerful.
Essential Oil Uses and Recipes
Now, onto the fun! There are endless ways to use oils throughout the day. I jumpstart my morning by sprinkling a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint in the shower, away from where I stand. The hot water activates the smell and the smell wakes me up! Quick and easy.
Next stop is my poor, winter weary face. Earlier in the season, I was so dry and dull and nothing was helping. I found a simple recipe for a facial mist. It’s just 4 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin and 24 drops of the oils best suited to your skin type. I used lavender, geranium and sandalwood that is blended with jojoba. I put it all in a small spray bottle, shook it and spritzed it. I use it before my moisturizer and another light spritz to set my makeup. After a couple weeks, a salesperson in a store actually complimented me on my lovely skin. That wouldn’t have happened a few weeks earlier! And it was a much less expensive solution than those miracle creams. And likely safer.
Remember that your skin is the body’s largest organ. Whatever you apply topically absorbs into your bloodstream. It’s the reason medicine can be applied via a topical patch. So slathering ourselves with chemicals that you wouldn’t ingest just doesn’t make good sense to me, personally. There are so many great options. If you don’t want to make your own products, there are many high quality, safe skin care items that use essential oils, like our great local friends at Purple Prairie. (I had to get my local angle in here!)
Another favorite way to use oils is with a diffuser. There are many styles to choose from, we have three at home that are electric. You simply fill them with water and oil. They can be like mini humidifiers, adding moisture and great scents to your house. My teenage son was waking up with a dry throat this winter, so we put one in his room. Adding lavender or neroli oils give the added benefit of better sleep. Plus diffusers are a much better choice than spraying chemical air fresheners in your house. Do you really want to breathe that in?
DIY Cleaning Products
Speaking of spraying chemicals in your house, another great way to use oils is in DIY cleaning products. You can find great recipes online. I get email newsletters from Aura Cacia and it just recently included tons of great ideas. One favorite is to put 18-27 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and vacuum it up! It’ll stay in the bag and freshen while you work.
Spring is a great time to fill your house with the fresh smell of lemon, orange and grapefruit. In the winter, I prefer the earthy smells of pine, vetiver, and sandalwood. But when they weather warms up, I am ready for sunny citrus smells. It’s all about what you like!
I hope you were able to find my blog helpful. Visit your local Coborn’s and fun Aura Cacia oils and Purple Prairie skin care in the Natural Foods Department.
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager
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