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Since the introduction of our essential oil blends, we have been getting a lot of questions about essential oils in general. With their popularity growing as an alternative to synthetic perfumes that have the potential to be dangerous (see http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/dangers-of-fragrances/?utm_content=bufferde867&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer), as well as an alternative medicine, there is a lot of mixed information out there.
First off, let us go ahead and mention we are not doctors, but we do have brains, as well as personal experience with essential oils. Never the less, please proceed with caution, and make sure you do your own research that fits your needs and life style, especially if you are pregnant. Secondly, we need to emphasize that although many people ingest essential oils in water, this should only be done with oils that specifically say you can.
With that in mind, let’s talk about some of our favorite oils and their uses! We’ve put together a list of our top 6 essential oils to keep around the house. They have been chosen because they are widely available, reasonably priced (some oils get get pretty pricey!) and because of their versatility and effectiveness.
Lavender, of course! Lavender seems to have stood the test of time as one of the most popular oils, and for good reason. Here are just a few of the well known benefits of Lavender essential oil
-Insect repellent and bites
2. Frankincense has also been used for centuries for a number of ailments. It is well liked in a diffuser. Some other uses include:
-Cysts and Boils
-Alleviate stress and headaches
3. Lemon oil is inexpensive can be used in so many ways around the house, and is refreshing and energizing. Here are just a few of the benefits of lemon oil:
4.Clove is also very easy to find and has a multitude of health benefits attributed to its antiviral, antimicrobial, anti fungal and antiseptic properties:
- Boosts immune system
Tea Tree oil, a plant that is native to Australia, but has become widely popular in the last half century. Remember never to ingest tea tree oil, it is very strong and should be used carefully on skin as well. Try it for:
Mint is also very inexpensive and grow all over the world. The herb itself can be handy to keep in the garden and around the house. Use the antiseptic, anti-fungal oil to:
-soothe stomach pains
-soothe respiratory problems
-stimulates hair follicle
Again, these are just a few uses of some of our favorite oils. For more information, this site has well researched and useful information on other oils and their benefits.
In addition, we noticed many folks asking us what oils we use. We tend to use different oils from different companies to fit our needs best. We always use therapeutic grade and go for organic oils whenever possible. We are not trying to bash any companies, but tend to steer clear of any company that uses pyramid sales. Since, however, they have become so popular, here is an interesting and thorough article addressing the many essential oil companies out there http://wholenewmom.com/what-to-buy/best-essential-oils-company-young-living-review-doterra-review/. The article has several parts if you really want to get in there.
Okay Okay Okay!!! I learn so much from our customers! What seems to be a mistake always ends up making a great concept to many uses for our products. LOL So many customers think that our lotion bars are soap for some reason. Maybe it's the packaging, i'm not sure.
Alright so after hearing so many customer's confusion on how to use the bar, I thought to myself ok i'm going to try this in the shower like they are doing. To my surprise they were right! This was such and enjoyable experience. My skin has never felt so soft and silky ever.
The initial application of using this in the shower was a weird feeling. When we hop in the shower we are used to lathering up and that stripping feeling from the soap makes us feel like we are clean. So after I washed up I took the lotion bar and placed it in my washcloth like i would if I were trying to make a lather. After my washcloth was saturated with the moisturizers from the lotion bar I applied it to my body, just like I would if it were soap.
OMG I felt awful! I felt waxy and sticky and the tub felt coated like it was going to take a long time to clean afterwards. So I got out the tub and the access water kind of just beaded up on my body like i was covered in a water repellent or something. So I used my drying towel to dry the rest of my body and to my surprise my skin felt amazing. The waxy sticky feeling went a way and my skin was so soft and smooth. I couldn't believe it!
The lotion bar acted as a skin conditioner. My skin is still soft the next day and I smell amazing from the essential oils that are in the bar. I think that I am going to make this apart of my nightly beauty regiment before bed.
Thanks to all of the customers out there who were using this lotion bar the wrong way! This is a very innovative way to use lotion!