Guest Post: Why Use Essential Oils

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap.  You’ll find me guest posting over at Townsend House about my food preservation hits and misses, and I’m excited to welcome Krissa from More than Mundane to Yeah Baby It’s Cold Outside.

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I first began using essential oils a couple years ago when I began looking for ways to create a healthier, more eco-friendly home environment. As I began to learn more and more about essential oils I realized they were an extremely natural, effective, and versatile tool in creating the natural home I’m striving for.

Natural

One thing I love about essential oils is that they are natural. Essential oils are distilled from plants and plant parts. I can feel safe about using them in my home, for myself and for my family.

Effective

I love that essential oils are not only natural, but also effective. They are extremely powerful and most of the time only a drop or two is needed.

It is however, very important to do your research to make sure you are getting pure, quality essential oil. Many of the essential oils on the market are produced solely for their aromatic quality and are not of high enough quality to be used on your skin or in your body. Many companies dilute their essential oil or process it using harmful chemicals. Look for companies that are open about sharing their sources for essential oils as well as their distillation process.

Versatile

Essential oils can be used in so many different ways. I love how versatile they are. I use essential oils in many of the personal care products I make, as well as to clean, and as natural home remedies.

Personal Care Products

I add essential oil to many of my homemade personal care products including my deodorant, sugar body scrubs, and toothpaste.

I love being able to make my own body care products so that I know exactly what I’m putting into and on my body. This Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub is one of my favorites, as well as this Lemon Lime Sugar Scrub.

Cleaning

Many essential oils are antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antiseptic, which makes them great for cleaning and disinfecting. Some essential oils great for cleaning include lemon or other citrus oils, melaleuca (tea tree) oil, and white fir essential oil.

For a general all-purpose cleaner, add several drops lemon essential oil to 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water.

Home Remedies


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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. There are many health and wellness uses for essential oils.

One of my most commonly used home remedies is this DIY Vapo-Rub. I use it whenever my kids are congested or have coughs. I just rub it on the bottoms of their feet and chests in the same way you would use Vapo-Rub.

For cuts, scrapes, or insect bites, combine lavender or melaleuca essential oil with a carrier oil and apply to the affected area. Or for burns and sunburns, fill a small spray bottle with distilled water and 10-20 drops lavender essential oil and spray on area.

Important Notes:

Always make sure you do your research before using essential oils as they are extremely powerful and some are not recommended in certain circumstances (such as while pregnant). See these tips on using essential oils safely.

Also, use caution when using essential oils on babies and children. Because essential oils are so powerful, you should always use them with a carrier oil for babies and children. For infants, stick to lavender and chamomile.

I buy my essential oils through doTERRA, but have heard good things about Young Living as well.

If you’re on Pinterest, I have an entire board devoted to Essential Oils. Come check it out for more ideas.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, certified nutritionist, herbalist, or doctor. Information shared is based on my own research and experience and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. If you are pregnant, nursing a baby, or experiencing a serious medical condition please consult with a qualified health practitioner before experimenting with essential oils. I cannot be held accountable for any undesirable outcome.

Affiliate links are used in this post, which means if you make a purchase through one of the links, I will receive a small commission.

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So there you have it.  Thank you Krissa for your awesome post.  I would love to know what you thought of today’s post and  if you use any essential oils in your home.   And don’t forget to visit Life Your Way to see all the Ultimate Blog Swap participants.

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4 thoughts on “Guest Post: Why Use Essential Oils

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  3. That was very interesting. thanks. I have liked the essential oils but have not known how to use them effectively have found little research I have done, confusing and the prices to be in such a wide range have not known what to trust. Really believe in the oil of Marjarum (sp) for snoring and of course tea tree.

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