Using Essential Oils
I spoke a little about essential oils earlier in the A to Z month. There are so many uses for essential oils. They can be used for therapeutic purposes, fragrance and aromas, pest repellents and probably hundreds of different household purposes, and…the list is endless. There are many excellent books and online resources available, so I won’t try to re-create what’s already out there. And I won’t get into the medicinal properties of these precious liquids, although I’ll say that I am a firm believer in their healing abilities and have used them for many different reasons.
Here are some easy and safe ways to use essential oils in the home. These are from Herbal Treasures, by Phyllis Shaudys.
Aromatic baths: Sprinkle 4-5 drops of essential oil into a tub full of water just before getting in. Disperse oil droplets well. Or, for an aromatic shower soap, use a few drops of oil in unscented liquid castile soap.
Insect Repellent Oil: For topical use, blend 12 drops of eucalyptus, 6 drops of peppermint, and 6 drops of tea tree oil in 2 fluid ounces of sweet almond oil. Add vitamin E as a preservative.
Air fresheners/inhalations: Place a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser.
For mental fatigue – basil, peppermint, rosemary, or spearmint.
To lift tired spirits – bergamot, orange, peppermint, patchouli, jasmine, rosewood, lemongrass, juniper, rose, rose geranium.
For relaxation – chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, pine, rose, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang-ylang, myrrh, neroli, petitgrain.
To disinfect and freshen the air of a sickroom: Place a cotton ball dipped in a few drops of eucalyptus, clove, or lavender oil on a small dish.
For an afterbath splash or a body rub for tired muscles: Add a few drops of lavender and rosemary oil to a pint of witch hazel.
This is just a quick sampling of a few of the ways you can use essential oils. I hope it inspires you to try a few and research even more ways you can incorporate these drops of liquid gold into your life.