Here are a few tips on how to incorporate EOs into your everyday life so you can get the most out of these wonderful and versatile oils!
Lavender – add 4 drops into your diffuser with 4oz of water and set that up in your living room or bedroom; wherever you’ll be up until you go to bed. Lavender helps calm your nervous system so you can get a restful night’s sleep.
Peppermint – rub 1 drop of Peppermint onto your temples and on the back of your neck to help alleviate a tension headache. Peppermint is also great in the summer to add to a glass of water for you to drink and enjoy the cooling benefits. Some people even diffuse or just inhale Peppermint in the mornings because it’s replaced their morning coffee! It’s a very invigorating scent – it reminds me of Christmas.
Oregano – this is a hot oil, meaning do not apply it onto your skin unless you’ve properly diluted it. Oregano is a super powerful antibacterial. So if you’re fighting off a cold, I suggest dropping only 1 drop into your tea and consume. You can also add it to a veggie capsule and consume it that way. It fights infections better than any antibiotic I’ve ever used. One time I had a nasty sinus infection. I took oregano oil capsules and elderberry syrup and I was feeling great in a matter of days. I also add a couple of drops of oregano oil into my mouthwash to really bust those germs!
Lemon – add 1 drop of lemon into a warm cup of water and drink this every morning upon waking. Before your coffee. You’ll get all the benefits of lemon at a higher potency. Warm water with lemon also aids with liver detoxification. Do this everyday and you will never catch a cold! You can also use several drops of lemon to clean and protect your leather furniture.
Frankincense – aka the “King of Oils”. It’s great for wound healing. I use one drop on my face every few days to keep my skin cells youthful and vibrant. Do you deal with acne? Use frankincense and melaleuca on your spots and watch the scars fade fast. It’s also a great one to diffuse in your room to invite a sense of calm and peace. I place a drop of frankincense onto my third eye when I meditate.
Melaleuca – also known as Tea Tree oil. We had a lot of this when I was growing up in Australia. Tea tree oil is a safe yet powerful antibacterial. Safe to apply diluted (or not, depends on the person) on scrapes, pimples and bug bites. Dilute equal parts melaleuca with equal parts of a carrier oil like coconut oil or even extra virgin olive oil and apply directly onto affected area. Melaleuca is very effective at fighting bacteria.
Breathe – this is great for reversing congestion in your sinuses. Rubbing a drop or two of this in your palms and inhaling will help open up the air passageways. It’s also antibacterial so it’s great if you’re fighting off a cold. I also use Breathe sometimes before a workout to help me get pumped up and to encourage breathing deep into my lungs.
DigestZen – one drop of this in a glass of water or tea is awesome for supporting your digestion. Use this if you’re experiencing poor digestion like flatulence, stomach ache, constipation, heartburn, etc. It tastes like fennel so you can tell your kids that it’s going to taste like licorice for a little encouragement 😉 And yes, it’s totally safe for small children. If you travel a lot, this is a must-have – use this blend to keep your digestion in check. If you don’t want to consume, you can apply it topically onto your stomach. Happy belly!
OnGuard – this is a GREAT one to diffuse in your home to purify the air, kill germs, and make your house smell great! With orange, cinnamon, clove and other warming essential oils, it is the epitome of autumn. You can also make a counter top spray by adding 6 drops of this into 8 oz of purified water and spritz your kitchen and bathroom surfaces for an effective antibacterial cleaner. OnGuard is safe to ingest so you can also make a mouthwash by adding 2 drops of OnGuard into 3 oz of water and gargle away! Inhaling OnGuard may even help ward off sweet cravings because of its sweet, warm, comforting and spicy aroma. Just rub a drop of it in between your hands, rub together and inhale deeply.
DeepBlue – if you have tired feet or shoulders, apply a couple drops of DeepBlue directly onto your sore muscles. It’s just like TigerBalm, but not as intense unless you rub it on yourself during bathtime. I once rubbed DeepBlue onto my shoulders while I was sitting in a hot bath. The intensity of the wintergreen and camphor was stronger than usual because my pores were wide open from the heat of the water. It’s great for relieving sore muscles, but it’s also nice for invigoration and inviting better circulation into any parts of the body that may need it. For example, rub some DeepBlue into fingers and wrists after a long day at the computer. Your hands will thank you 🙂