Many of us use essential oils for health and wellness, for massage, and even for cleaning. I love the smells and the benefits of these oils. There are MANY essential oils, but I have a few that I use often.
- Lavender oil. Extracted from the lavender plant, I use lavender oil when I’m cleaning. Many of the household cleaners are too strong and caustic. There are alternatives that you can use. Adding lavender oil to a mixture of water, white vinegar, and baking soda makes the bathroom smell great. It is also an oil that is used to relieve stress and pain. Add it to bath water or a foot soak and watch the effects. I also use it to make forming hand soap.
- Eucalyptus oil. This oil is extracted from eucalyptus leaves. I put 10-20 in a diffuser with distilled water or colloidal silver water. It helps to relieve congestion. You will rest better. Since we are in the midst of cold and flu season, this is the perfect time to use this. When my husband and I were sick one month ago, the diffuser stayed on throughout the day and night.
- Tea tree oil. Also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, this oil has a variety of uses. Combine with lavender oil and other ingredients to make a salve to use to help heal cuts, bruises, and abrasions. Since pure tea tree oil is very concentrated, I add 2 drops to water to use on my face for acne breakouts, particularly those that occur during “that time of the month”.
- Orange oil. I love the smell, so I sometimes use this for cleaning in place of lavender oil. It’s also works well for hand soap.
- Citronella. This oil works great as a insect repellent, particularly for mosquitos. You can use citronella candles or a bug spray. It is derived from plants from the lemongrass family, so it would be safer than using an insect repellent like Off ! which contains 7 percent DEET. Commonly known as N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, it is linked to neurological disorders and is an irritant.
Research and try these and other essential oils that are marketed. In addition to diet and exercise, adding essential oils as part of your program will improve your health and overall well-being.