Are you an oils newbie? The easiest place to start is getting to know Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint! Together and separate they have a ton of health benefits that will support your daily vitality.
So maybe you’re wondering what an essential oil is? They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds which are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells both protecting the plants and playing a role in plant pollination.
Essential oils have a myriad of benefits both emotional and physical. They are biologically active at the surface of cells. They do not have singular outcomes, meaning that you may choose an oil for a specific purpose but you will always get secondary benefits. Ex. You might use Peppermint to support your head tension, but find that your upset stomach has also calmed down too!
The best part? You can’t make a wrong choice! Because each oil has such as diverse portfolio, any choice that you make will only benefit your body. Essential oils are lipid soluble, which means that they do not have barriers within the body. They have small molecular size and weight, which means that they can pass through cell walls. They are amazing tools to support your health, so let’s start with the basics!
Before we get started with usage tips, it’s important to understand a few safety notes. Essential oils are potent (especially if you are using a high-quality, pure brand such as dōTERRA), a little goes a long way. When in doubt, dilute with a carrier oil. It will reduce skin sensitivities and hold the oils in your skin tissues for a long-lasting benefit. Some essential oils are photosensitive, meaning that they can increase the chance of your skin burning in the sun. Oils that are cold-pressed (most citrus oils) may cause this. In summer or areas of high sunshine, use the oils under your clothing to avoid burning. Lastly, when I talk about ingesting essential oils, I am only speaking about dōTERRA brand because I am confident in the research and quality testing performed on every batch.
Now, let’s get to the benefits!
10 ways to use Lemon
Lemon powerful cleanser that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used for cleaning around the home. It is a detoxifier and decongestant that is supportive during the cold and flu season. It is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit and can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Here are some additional ideas on how to use Lemon!
- Easily Remove Stickers: Add 1-2 drops of lemon to the glue residue left behind from labels or stickers. Let it sit for a few minutes and it will just wipe off!
- Degreaser: If you fixed a bike or car and have black and greasy hands, a couple drops of Lemon oil added to your hand soap will take it right off!
- Gentle Detox: Add a drop to your water to help cleanser your body. Lemon oil is high in d-limonene which provides the body with a gentle detox as it stimulates lymphatic drainage.
- Fruit/Veggie Wash: Most produce (especially grapes and berries) have a grimy film on them. Add a few drops to water to cover your produce, let soak for a few minutes and rinse clean.
- Sore Throat: Mix 2 drops of Lemon in with a tbsp of honey and pour in some warm water to soothe your irritated throat, reduce your cough, and dry up your sinuses.
- Boost your Mood: All citrus oils are uplifting, but the fresh smell of Lemon is sure to brighten your day. Put a drop on your clothing or diffuse 5 drops for a mood boosting kick.
- Clean your Home: Make your own cleaning spray by adding Lemon to water or vinegar. Use 5 drops per cup.
- De-Stink your Laundry: Left your clothes in the washer too long? A couple drops of Lemon to the load before drying and they will freshen right up.
- Polish your furniture: Add a couple of drops to a cloth with olive oil to clean, polish and shine your wood furniture.
- Cleanse your Skin: Lemon can benefit your skin by reducing acne, nourishing damaged skin and hydrating the skin. Lemon oil can reduce cell and tissue damage in the skin that’s caused by free radicals.
10 ways to use Lavender
Lavender is often considered the “Swiss Army Knife” of oils and one to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses. Lavender is most commonly known as a sedative that provides calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and reduce tension. It also has analgesic properties and can relieve discomfort. Here are some additional benefits for Lavender!
- Relaxing Bath: Add 4 drops of Lavender to Epsom salts and pour into running bath water. This relieves muscle tension and calms the entire body down.
- De-Stress: Place a drop in your hands, rub together, cup over your nose and inhale deeply when stressful feelings arise. Inhaling Lavender quickly accesses the amygdala and signals the body to relax.
- Burn Relief: Whether it’s from too much sun, a curling iron, or from cooking, dab a drop of Lavender directly onto your skin to find relief.
- Restful Sleep: Place a drop on your pillow so you can inhale the aroma as you drift off to sleep. Apply a drop to the bottoms of your feet to promote deep relaxation in the body.
- Beautiful Skin: Mix Lavender with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc) and apply topically to the skin. It is antibacterial and will balance the sebum and improve your complexion.
- Lavender Lemonade: Mix 3-6 drops into a pitcher of Lemonade to liven up the flavour.
- Lovely Laundry: Use wool dryer balls or a dry towel to absorb excess moisture in the drying cycle. Add a few drops of Lavender towards the end of the cycle for beautiful smelling clothes.
- Soothe Ears: Massage a drop of Lavender behind the ears and down the jawline to relieve aches.
- Bug Bites: Dab a drop of Lavender oil (dilute for children) directly on the bite for itch relief.
- Itchy Scalp: Put a drop of Lavender into your daily shampoo and massage directly into the scalp to eliminate dandruff.
10 ways to use Peppermint
Peppermint gives the skin a cooling effect due to its high menthol content. Similar to lavender, it has analgesic properties, making it a perfect solution for sore muscles. Here are some additional benefits for Peppermint:
- Fresh Breath: Add a drop to a glass of water or place a drop under your tongue before drinking for kissable breath.
- Get Energized: Rub a drop onto the back of your neck for a cooling sensation and great mid-day pick me up!
- Muscle Relief: Mix with carrier oil and rub a couple of drops into the area of concern.
- Head Tension: Mix with carrier oil and rub along temples and base of the skull. Alternatively, place a drop of dōTERRA Peppermint on your thumb and place on the roof of your mouth.
- Bugs Be Gone: Place cotton balls doused in Peppermint oil around doorways to scare off spiders and other creepy crawlies. You can also make a spritzer with water and Peppermint and spray around doorways.
- Nausea: Inhale directly from the bottle or rub behind earlobes to help settle your stomach.
- Healthy Brownies: If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, what are you waiting for? Delicious and nutritious, these are sure to be a party favourite!
- Open Your Airways: Dilute with carrier oil and apply peppermint to your chest to increase your oxygen intake and make breathing feel easier.
- Cool Down: When it’s hot out, Peppermint is my go-to for feeling cool. Make a spray with 5 drops per oz of water, and mist onto your body as needed!
- Healthy Digestion: Dilute with carrier oil and rub onto stomach to encourage healthy digestion. This will also relieve feelings of discomfort from indigestion.
Now that you know how to use them, are you ready to add them to your natural health toolkit?
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