For all of our faithful reader you are well aware that we have been on an essential oil kick for some time now. There was a time, not that long ago, where I was a novice in the EO lifestyle. However that has changed. While I am still learning about essential oils and all the many things they can do for your body I am very well aware of the many things that I use the oils for everyday.
After sitting back and thinking about the oils I use in the house I came up with a basic list of 5. I thought I might use more, and there are times when I do, but on the average I am using these 5 oils almost everyday. The oils are all very simple and they are not being used in some crazy way. The 5 oils I use the most are lemon, Peppermint, Oregano, Lavender, and Thieves. In case you are not aware of the last oil I listed I will start here.
Legend has it that during the Bubonic plague in the mid 1300’s a group of thieves would roam the country and basically steal all the goods from the dead and dying people. It is said that they were not getting sick because of a blend of special oils. This has given us thieves’ oil. It is a blend of eucalyptus, clove, lemon, and rosemary oils. It smells amazing and it has real power to stop sickness.
Having a husband that has a bad heart means I have to be very careful about the germs we bring home. I use this oil in the diffusor as well as a basic rub on the back of the neck. It has a strong smell but it is very nice and not medical smelling at all. At the first signs of a cold I slather it all over everyone in the house and the symptoms are usually gone in a day or so.
Of all the oils I use this is by far my favorite. I have always been a fan of lemons and the lemon oil is no different. Lemon oil is great in the diffusor since it smells amazing and it has the antibacterial and antiviral elements that I love. I also like to use this oil in my cleaning supplies. I have learned that the best mix for me is to use around 30-40 drops in a gallon. The oil will rest on the surface of the water but after shaking it up it will mix well. The cleaning power is awesome and the smell is pretty great too!
Now I understand that the peppermint oil has a lot of potential uses. I also understand that I am about to leave a lot of those uses out. We use peppermint oil almost everyday for my daughter. Since she was about 2 years old she has had asthma. Her asthma is fairly significant and it requires her to have an inhaler as well as a nebulizer. However we have learned that a little peppermint oil, like maybe 4-5 drops mixed with a handful of coconut oil, can make a huge improvement. She has been in full meltdown mode with her breathing and we have used this oil on her. It has stopped an asthma attack in its tracks. It wasn’t the worst asthma attack but nonetheless it was impressive.
Oregano has all the properties of the many other oils I like. It has the antiviral and antibacterial properties I love. However it also has an anti-parasitic property that I love. This oil has been known to remove parasites from your digestive track as well as removing the parasite from your outer body as well. A great example would be the use of this oil to treat ringworm. I have witnessed the results and know that it works. I have also heard of this oil being used to treat athlete’s foot.
Keep in mind that this oil is very strong and it needs to always be mixed or diluted with carrier oil before topical use. It is also great for stopping the spread of a cold or any other airborne illness in your home. It might not have the best smell when it is in your diffusor but it will work well.
We use lavender as a sleep oil. It is known to induce relaxation and it has a sweet, calming aroma as well. I love the way it smells. I like to run this oil in the diffuser simply as an air freshener.
This oil is great for reducing stress and it even has some amazing skin benefits. Perhaps the best option for this oil is using it to treat sun burn, headaches, or even those pesky bug bites.
What are some other oils that you use on a regular basis?