Do you remember my interview with Rachel? Well, this beautiful gal sent me her introductory kit to essential oils. As you probably know, it’s one of my goals this year to learn how to use essential oils…so obviously, I was a tad more than excited to start trying them out.
She also sent me a link for 101 Ways to Use Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon Oils. I had no idea you could use essential oils so many ways!
First of all, what are essential oils?
To quote from doTerra’s site essential oils are “…non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.”
They are used for their medicinal, therapeutic, and healing benefits. However, they are also used for beauty, skin care, and even for cleaning your house! Honestly, I had no idea essential oils were so versatile and I’m really EXCITED about incorporating them into my everyday life.
Already I’ve been experimenting. I get a lot of headaches induced by not enough sleep and too much stress. So I’ve been using lavender oil to help alleviate that by placing the oil directly on my temples and neck. I’ve also been using this to relax me before bed as well as placing it on my skin to help heal scars (and then putting organic coconut oil on top).
I’ve been adding lemon oil to freshen my drinking water and to help detoxify my system.
Peppermint oil has been used to help keep me awake and alert during all my studying. I’ll just sit there doing my reading and sniff the little bottle…It really helps!
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Here are some ways I’m excited to use these three essential oils (taken from doTerra’s site):
- Energize your Brush. If your toothbrush seems a bit tired, add a drop of lemon and peppermint oils to chase away that run-down feeling.
- De-scratch Your Scratchy Throat. Adding a couple drops of lemon essential oil to warm water & honey can change that yucky sore throat feeling, slow a nasty cough, and douse a fever. Lemon oil fights bacteria, as well as viruses.
- A Brighter Complexion. Lemon oil can help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate. For a homemade exfoliant, add 4-5 drops to a small amount of oatmeal and water for a homemade scrub. Feels great!
- Calm a Tempest. Just one drop of peppermint oil rubbed on the stomach or taken internally can calm indigestion, an upset stomach or other internal digestive commotion. A must-have when traveling!
- Energize Your Lather. Some shampoo and conditioner combos can make you want to go back to sleep. No energy. No pep. No fun. Not good. Add peppermint to your potions to stimulate the scalp, energize and wake up!
- A Snack Vendor’s Nightmare. When you get that mid-morning craving, diffuse peppermint oil to reign in the urge to snack on junk food, or anything else that might appear before you.
- Give Your Sugars a Delightful Twist. Use as a substitute for vanilla extract (in creams, custards and sugars), use it in lavender icing, add to honey for extra flavor in tea or toast, and even maple syrup!
- Boo Boo Relief. Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered
- Neck & Wing Relief. When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breathe it in and massage those knots out!
I’m also thinking it’ll be fun to start baking with essential oils and adding them to my homemade face creams/washes.
I like doTerra’s oils because they seem to be really good quality. I don’t know a whole lot about essential oils yet, but I do know that there are a lot of “knockoffs” for essential oils and fragrances. These can do more harm than good. If you’re buying essential oils make sure that they don’t contain fillers, artificial ingredients, free of contaminants, and other chemical residues. You want therapeutic grade quality and that’s what doTerra’s products are.
I’m already looking at all their other oils and fantasizing the fun I’d have with them…I’m especially eyeing some grapefruit and clary sage essential oils.
Hope you enjoyed learning a little about ways to use essential oils! I know I am! And guess what? Tomorrow, thanks to Rachel (i.e.HealthTruth on Twitter and IG), we’re going to have a giveaway for the starter kit from doTerra! Yay!
Have you experimented with essential oils? What oils have you tried?
(Note: This is not a paid review, the only compensation was the product to try. On Colourful Palate, I only recommend products because I’ve tried and love them!)
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