Essential Oils for Your Every Day Life


I have been interested in essential oils for a while and wondered if I would be able to use them in my every day life.  I have heard great things about how essential oils can help in so many ways. I was interested in how I could make my house smell better without burning chemicals (AKA candles).  I hoped to make healthier beauty products and cleaning products and hoped I could find natural ways to help growing pains and soothe muscle aches. When we came up with our 2018 Reading Challenge, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  I did a lot of research into which book to buy, which oils to buy and how I wanted to use my oils.

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The first big choice was the book.   I purchased: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments by Valerie Anne Worwood.  I found the book to be full of information.  It was a little overwhelming at first but, once I became familiar with how the book was organized, I found it really amazing.

After scouring the internet and researching many different aromatherapy oil companies, I found Plant Therapy.  The owners are a husband and wife who started the company because they felt that excellent quality aromatherapy oils should be available at an affordable price.  The company also offers a line of essential oils that are specially made safe for children.  This was really important in my house.  I was decided to purchase a set of 6 essential oils (Lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon and  tea tree).  I also purchased 2 kid safe oils.  The first is a germ destroyer and the second is grow ease.  We have a lot of growing pains in my house.

My brother, swears by Rocky Mountain Essential Oils.  He has been using them for years and loves the oils.  I am curious about the differences between the oils and might give them a try for next time.

Essential Oil Bath Bombs

 

 

Bath Bombs

The first thing we decided to make (my kids were really into this), were bath bombs.  I searched for a “recipe” that included oatmeal oatmeal to help soothe my kids’ really dry skin.  We used:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup ground up oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp essential oil
  • 3 tbsp oil of your choice
  • a few squirts of water from a water spritzer.

I put the baking soda, epsom salts, oatmeal and citric acid in a bowl and mixed it well.  In a separate bowl, I mixed the oils and slowly added them to the baking soda mixture.  I mixed really well.  Two squirts of water was sufficient to make the mixture resemble wet sand.  I used the large metal bath bomb molds to form the bombs and left them to try for 24 hours.  These turned out great and my kids love them for bath time.  I already have to make a second batch since the kids used them all up.  I would recommend grinding the oatmeal until it is like a powder.  Otherwise, you will have pieces of oatmeal in your bath.

Shower Melts

The second thing I made were Eucalyptus shower melts. These are perfect to throw in the shower in the morning to clear your sinuses or at the first sign of a cold.  I have used store bought versions of these in the past but I started to wonder what was in them.  Was it real Eucalyptus or chemicals?  I didn’t want to inhale chemicals.  These turned out great and are really refreshing.  I love them.  They were so easy to make and really inexpensive. I have all the materials at home. The ones that I used immediately, were a lot stronger than the ones that are a month old.  I would recommend making small batches or, using more essential oils.

We used:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • essential oils (Eucalyptus and peppermint)

I added the oils to the entire mixture and then used half the small metal bath balm mold to form the melts.  I baked them  at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Next time, I would add the essesential oils  to each melt individually.

Essential Oils and Aromatheraphy

Cleaner

I also used the oils for a cleaner.  I think these are very good oils to use this way so I am not sure I will use the germ destroyer this way all the time. It is very good quality oil to be using as a cleaning product and I think I can find other ways to disinfect naturally.  The recipe was:

I simply added everything to the spray bottle.  This worked well and smelled really good as well.  I think that I might try and use the oil to make disinfecting hand wipes for the kids to use as school before they eat their lunch.

Diffuser

The last way that I used my oils was in a diffuser.  We love this- the entire family has a great time mixing scents to see our favorite.  The one thing that you need to be very careful of is the scents that you choose if you have a cat.  Cats have problems with certain essential oils. They are toxic for their livers. The oils in the diffuser smell delicious.  My favorite is lavender.  Its smells so delicious.   I have been to  some “big box” stores that sell aromatherapy oils and smelled the lavender oil.  The smells just don’t compare.  Plant therapy oils smell so clean, fresh and delicious!!!! I am very sensitive to smells.   I HATE some  smells.  They give me a headache and made me sneeze.  These oils are amazing.

Overall, I am really happy with my decision to give the essential oils a try.  They smell really good and they were easy to incorporate into my daily routine.  Has anyone else tried essential oils?

UPDATE: I used the Grow Ease oil on my sons legs last night.  He woke up writhing in pain.  I had purchased a glass container with a roll ball on the end and I had mixed the oil with the carrier oil in advance. I rolled in on his legs and he says that they felt better within 10 seconds.  He said to me this morning “what did you put on my legs? It was like magic!” Best money I ever spent.

 

Want to learn how to make bath bombs? These DIY bath bombs are so easy and smell amazing. They soothe the skin too!!! Step by Step instructions with everything you need to make DIY bath bombs that will smell amazing and soothe dry skin. All natural and so easy to make! Curious about essential oils. We have everything you need to help begin using them in your daily life. From cleaning to relaxing, we have you covered!

 

 

 

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