I’ve been experimenting with essential oils for about four months and quickly falling in love, so I wanted to share my experience by highlighting my favorite daily oils. I suppose, however, that I should start with a few disclaimers. No, I’m not an expert and I’m clearly not a doctor. I’m just a person that is experimenting and finding my own way. So make sure to do your research before using any of the oils. For example, essential oils should never be used in (or around to be safe) your ear canal or eyes). And if you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute some essential oils before applying them to your skin.
5 Essential Oils I Use Everyday
Hands down my favorite essential oil. I really need to buy two bottles of it a month, not just one. I use lavender in the following ways:
- Sleep Aid: I put a few drops on the bottom of my feet, rub a little on my pillow, and add some to my humidifier before falling asleep. I use to have a lot of trouble falling asleep at night but I’ve been able to fall asleep more easily lately.
- Calming Bath: Similar to why I use it to help me fall asleep, I also love adding a few drops to my bath water.
- Skin Irritation: Anytime I have a blemish, bad itch (like a bug bit), or small burn, I apply a few drops of lavender to the irritation.
Also known as Tea Tree oil, this is another staple in my monthly order.
- Healthy Scalp: I mix a few drops of Melaleuca and Peppermint with conditioner as a shampoo replacement. Both oils are great for keeping your scalp nice and healthy without stripping natural oils like shampoos can.
- Spot Treatment: Anytime I’ve got a blemish or small cut, I add a drop of Melaleuca to a Q-tip and apply to the area.
- Breathing Easy: Adding a few drops to my humidifier when I’m having problems with my asthma or allergies seems to help me breathe a bit easier.
Another one of my absolute favorites! Some people use it as a homemade cleaning agent but I haven’t tried that yet.
- Happy House: I am almost always diffusing lemon in the house for a nice, clean scent – goodbye, funky smells.
- Morning Water: While many people ingest essential oils, the only one that I feel comfortable ingesting is lemon. When I run out of real lemons, I add a drop of this oil to my morning glass of water.
I think that some people have a different relationship to frankincense than I do. Apparently this is a scent that is used in the Catholic Church? Those of you that associate the scent with church may have a more positive or negative experience before of it, but my heathen self has zero associations with the oil.
- Clear Skin: I apply a drop of frankincense to my face every night to help with clear skin, as it also helps to ease skin irritations.
- Insect Bites: Similar to lavender, I’ve found that frankincense is great for helping reducing irritation from bug bites.
This is a favorite but also a pretty strong oil. One quick note – peppermint can be a bit on the stronger side so if you have sensitive skin, you should consider diluting the oil by mixing it with a carrier oil (like coconut or olive oil) before applying it to your skin.
- Headaches: I have the pleasure of getting 1 or 2 pretty bad headaches a month. Whenever I feel one coming on I rub a little bit of peppermint to the problem areas (typically above my eyebrow and on my neck at the baseline of my hairline).
- Stuffy Nose: Similar to melaleuca, adding a few drops of this to my humidifier helps to clear a snuffy nose from allergies.
- Heathy Scalp: As I mentioned before, I use a few drops of this with melaleuca with conditioner so that I can skip shampoo.
After I wash my face with raw honey and use rosewater as a toner, I end by nightly beauty routine with a homemade moisturizer: I mix a couple of tablespoons of avocado oil and a pinch of raw honey with a few drops of lavender, frankincense, and melaleuca. I store the mixture in an airtight container and it lasts a couple of weeks.
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