I jumped on the essential oils bandwagon really late so this post is for my girls who are new to the essential oil thing or aren’t yet convinced they aren’t a giant scam.

 

I was there once too. I came into this all pretty cynical and critical. For years my sister worked with doTerra and my stance was always, “Cool, your thing, not mine.” When I wanted to support her I would buy their shampoo. I thought, sure, I’ll get that, I was my hair at least once a week, but you can keep your oils to yourself.

 

Then at a family get together my stomach ache would not go away. I wouldn’t stop complaining and she practically begged me to try using a peppermint oil bead. I gave in….it worked.

 

Then I had a back muscle that wouldn’t let up. She sent me Deep Blue, and essential oil muscle rub….it helped.

 

Then a family friend talked about a nipple infection she got while breastfeeding. The doctors told her the only way to cure it was with antibiotics. She decided to try essential oils first, and what do you know, they worked and the doctor was even surprised.

 

…ok, ok, ok maybe coincidence, maybe placebo effect, but whatever – it was enough to get me curious about them. Could these nice-smelling oils in a little bottle really treat medical issues? Could they really clean my house as well as other cleaners?

 

I started asking more questions and discovering small ways these oils could benefit my life. I’m still asking and still learning. I’m not sure I believe that they cure cancer yet, but I do know that they’ve helped me get through other things.

 
So here’s the 10 things I do with essential oils (and why!):
 

1. I cook with them.

My favorite thing to cook with is the lemon essential oil. I’ve heard the rosemary oil is great too but I haven’t’ tried it yet. I use it with chicken (chicken breast, Montreal chicken seasoning and some lemon drops), on roasted broccoli or in my water. YUM!!!

 

2. I clean with them.

The chemicals in cleaners are scary. SCARY if you actually research them. When you wash the tub with them it then gets into your kids’ bath water, the counters our food sits on,  the chemicals it releases into the air. I didn’t use to think about these things, but I do now.

 
My substitutes:

All-Purpose Cleaner = 1 c white vinegar, 1 c water, 2 Tbsp baking soda, 20 drops of lemon, orange, or lavender oil depending on what I’m in the mood for. Put in spray bottle.

 

Disinfectant Wipes = 1 cup water, ¼ cup vinegar, 8 drops tea tree oil, 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 8 drops lemon essential oil. Put 15-20 small square clothes (cut up old t-shirts work great) in a container and pour mixture over them to soak.

 

Mirror Cleaner = 3 cups distilled water, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol or vodka, ¼ cup white vinegar, 20 drops peppermint

 

3. I use them on my dog.

Be careful and do your homework because animals can be sensitive to certain oils. Make sure they’re diluted. The two ways I’ve used them is for fleas / ticks and allergies. I do a citronella, lemongrass and cedarwood mix for fleas and tick repellent. We hike a lot and he loves bushed so ticks were a regular thing. Since we switched from store bought repellent to essential oils, NOT A SINGLE ONE. And then I’ve used lavender and chamomile for his seasonal allergies where the poor babe can’t stop itching. Both have worked wonders.

 

4. They’re my bug spray alternative.

Mosquitoes hate TerraShield (repellent blend), Melaleuca (tea tree oil), cedarwood, citronells, lemon, orange, clove, peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus!

 

5. And my air freshener alternative.

Pick your favorite oil or blend a few different drops into a diffuser and you have chemical free freshness!

 

6. I use them for stomach aches & headaches.

Also why is stomach ache 2 words and headache only 1? Anyone?

Peppermint is my go to for these.

 

7. They help me destress and boost mood.

You can take a wiff, add it to the bath or shower or put a few drops in a diffuser but the go tos for mood are lavender, chamomile, rose, ylang ylang or frankincense.

 

8. I use them on my muscles.

Deep Blue, I love it. I don’t believe in cure alls, so still do your stretching and icing when needed but this has played a huge role in my injury recovery and any other aches that come up.

 

9. I put it in my laundry.

Instead of dryer sheets I now use a reusable wool dryer ball, throw a couple drops of lavender on it and my clothes come out smelling delightful!

 

I’ve made a huge shift over the last couple years to a more natural way of daily living. If what I ate and put in my body could make me healthier, then should the things I put on and around my body be doing the same. As I became more conscious I’ve started making more conscious shopping choices. One of my all time FAVORITE line of products is Cocos organics. (As I’m writing this she’s in the middle of a rebrand but I’ll update this article when she relaunches). I’ve tried every single one of her products, her charcoal toothpaste and body butter are my favorite!