How to apply essential oils (By Katy Jo Holton)

Okay we heard you! There are so many uses for essential oils it can be as fun as it is overwhelming. By far the most popular and most recommended way to receive the benefits of essential oils are through a diffuser. Using a diffuser you can get the benefits of the oils through aromatherapy and steam inhalations. Of course you can also apply the oils to the skin or in a bath, but make sure the oils have been properly diluted.

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A compress is also a great way to receive the benefits, as it can be very soothing as well. We love applying oils to the neck (so you can absorb them and smell them!), or on the feet as well. Another simple and great way to use them is by adding them to your hair and skin regimen or homemade cleaners.

Here are some tips for some of our favorite uses!

I like to keep sachets of lavender oil in closets to fight odors, and keep moths away. It is also a fabulous thing to toss in your dryer to help your clothes come out smelling fresh, without the harsh fragrances in common detergents.

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Lemon is great for cleaning with as well. Add it to a carrying oil for furniture polish, or mix it with vinegar and water for an all purpose cleaner. It's great to add to any home-made cleaner for that matter!

Mint is great for a wide range of applications. Mix it with a salve with eucalyptus for chest congestion. Mix with a carrier oil to ease stomach pains. I love to soak cotton balls and place them in places that tend to attract spiders and mice. It is a great deterrent. 

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The most common use of clove is in thieve oils. The name has been claimed by Young Living Essential Oils, but this mixture has been around for centuries. Blended with eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon and sometimes mint, it helps boost the immune system, repels insects, acts as a disinfectant and purifies the air. This is one of our favorite and most practical blends!

Adding tea tree oils to your (natural)shampoo can help with dermatitis, tea tree oil and lemon are also great in soap for acne and athletes foot. Mix thieves oil or lemon oil with aloe vera gel for a homemade hand sanitizer!

 

Add favorite oils to spray bottle with witch hazel for fast, easy applications