What are essential oils?

Not all "essential oils" are created equal. Essential oils with anything added or renamed anything other than pure plant essential oil is typically the sign of an inferior quality product and usually costs more. A true and pure essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile compounds from plants and nothing more aside from a carrier oil. Essential oils are also known as volatile oilsethereal oilsaetherolea, or simply as the "oil of" the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's parts—the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it is derived. Essential oils are the lifeblood of plants and provide powerful healing and health benefits for a wide variety of uses from common every day household applications to combating serious diseases and disorders. Read below for a list of some of the uses of essential oils and contact us lenahunt@live.com for questions and consultations.

Essential Oil Uses for Cleaning and Home

In addition to adding excellent flavor and unlimited health benefits to your food, drink and cooking here are some of the best ways to use essential oils around your home:

All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.

Natural mosquito repellent: Combine one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make natural bug spray and rub on exposed skin. Reapply as needed.

Sports gear: If your kids play sports, add two drops each of tea tree oil and lemon essential oil to one quart of warm water; next add four tablespoons of baking soda and mix. Use to clean ripe  jerseys, cleats and sports gear.

Clean air: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.
Homemade peppermint patties: Use peppermint oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate and raw honey to make real peppermint treats.
Washing machine: Add 10-20 drops of your favorite scent per load.

Vacuum cleaner: Add 5-10 drops of your favorite oil in your vacuum bag or dust container.
Homemade sunscreen: Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil, then store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade toxic-free sunscreen.

Eliminate shower curtain scum: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca) with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.

Clean burnt pans: Use a few drops of lemon oil and some boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.

Wonderful smelling home: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.

Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.

Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil and clove oil to kill pests on contact.

Lavender cake: Mix coconut flour, raw honey, organic eggs and lavender essential oil and bake at 350 degrees.

Eliminate mold: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.
Christmas scent: Add a drop of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on a fire log about 30 minutes before burning.
Reduce anxiety: Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.

Spiritual enlightenment: Diffuse frankincense essential oil while praying, meditating or reading to increase spiritual awareness.

Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.
Freshen trash can: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to help decrease the odor and detoxify.
Wash produce: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water then wash and remove harmful chemical insecticides.

Clean kitchen smell: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.
Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.

Clean fridge: To freshen up the fridge or freezer when cleaning, add a few drops of lime, grapefruit or bergamot oil to the rinsing water.
Mint tea: Use 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil in your favorite tea for a hint of mint.
Eliminate smoke: To remove cigarette smoke, put four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle and spray around the house.
Detoxify the air: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint to dispel fumes.
Get rid of shoe smell: To remove the smell from shoes, add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil to freshen them up.

Bridal shower gift: For a cute bridal shower gift, create a “love potion” with essential oils. Use 20 drops of sandalwood, and four drops of cocoa, vanilla and rose oil to unscented lotion.
Baby shower gift: Give a wall diffuser with a lavender scent to calm the mom and baby.
Flavored lemon water: Use 2-3 drops of lemon oil in water for a delicious citrus flavor.
Cleaner dishes: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.

First-Aid kit: Makeover your medicine cabinet and create a family physician kit with essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, oregano and frankincense.
 

Essential Oil Uses For Spa and Relaxation

Improve sleep: Lavender oil can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.

Body butter lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.

Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.

Relieve tension: Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
Massage therapy: Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.

Immediate relaxation: Apply 2-4 drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.

Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.

Sauna therapy: Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.

Calm upset child: Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.

Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.

Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.

Yoga and Pilates: To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.

Mint chocolate cocoa: Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to hot cocoa for instant minty chocolate!

Essential Oil Uses for Skin and Beauty

Reduce cellulite: Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil and massage into dimpled areas.

Natural perfume: Use 1-2 drops of jasmine essential oil on your wrist as a fresh natural fragrance. Lavender and vanilla also agree with most women, while cypress and clove work well for men’s cologne.

Acne face wash: To get rid of acne, make a homemade face wash by mixing tea tree oil (melaleuca) with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water.

Freshen breath: Use a drop of peppermint essential oil for a natural way to freshen breath.

Deodorant: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.

Sugar scrub: Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.

Itchy scalp: Add lavender, cedarwood or basil essential oil to shampoo to reduce itching.

Thicken hair: Add rosemary to shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.

Strengthen nails: Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh and lemon essential oils into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, then rub on cuticles.

Reduce wrinkles: Mix 3-5 drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender and frankincense essential oils with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid applying to eyes.

Teeth whitener: Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil and fresh strawberries, then rub on your teeth. Rinse after two minutes.

Cure dandruff: Mix five drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils with three tablespoons of unscented oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 10 minutes. Shampoo mixture out.

Reduce stretch marks: Mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh and grapefruit essential oils with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.

Facial scrub: Mix one-fourth cup yogurt, one-fourth cup cornmeal, and five drops of patchouli, grapefruit and lavender oil. Apply to face and wash off.

Natural skin toner: Mix eight ounces of water with two drops of lavender, geranium and frankincense.

Deep hair conditioner: Mix 15 drops of rosewood with five drops of sandalwood and lavender into unscented oil. Place mixture in a small plastic bag and dunk into warm water to heat up. Apply to hair and wrap for 20 minutes. Shampoo as usual.

Reduce age spots: Put on frankincense essential oil three times daily directly on skin to improve sun spots and age spots.

For oily hair: Mix 10 drops of ylang ylang, lime and rosemary oil with two ounces of unscented oil. Massage it scalp 2-3 times per week. Wash out as usual.

Heal dry cracked feet: Add three drops of lavender oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to the feet at night and put on some socks.

Relieve nausea: Breathe in peppermint oil through your nose to alleviate nausea, and also apply to your neck and upper chest. Ginger and lavender may also help.

Essential Oils treatment for serious conditions and diseases

The six essential oils that have the most effect on various types of cancer (breast, skin, cervical, prostate, etc.) are: Sandalwood, Balsam Fir, Thyme, Hyssop, Tsuga and Orange. 

Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment

While chemotherapy and radiation are two very different types of treatment, they're often used simultaneously and can elicit similar side effects. Here are several natural ways essential oils can support the body during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment:

Radiation can severely damage skin and vital organs, so the use of gentle, antioxidant essential oils in combination with proper nutrition internally can help minimize damage. Use sandalwood, hyssop, peppermint or frankincense and apply topically by diluting with a carrier oil and massaging on affected area 1-2 times each day.

Neuritis is another common side effect of radiation and can be treated with melrose, lavender or nutmeg. Apply 2-4 drops mixed with a carrier oil directly to affected areas 3-5 times each day. These oils can also be used with a cold compress on affected location 2-3 times each day.
Chemotherapy breaks down good blood cells while destroying cancer cells. Cypress can help rebuild white blood cells and can be applied directly to skin, inhaled from the bottle or a diffuser or taken orally.

Stomach upset and nausea are common side effects of both treatments and can be relieved by using ginger, peppermint or nutmeg. Dilute 1-3 drops with a carrier oil and massage behind each ear and over navel. These oils may also be used with a warm compress over stomach as needed or inhaled directly from bottle.
Emotional Healing

Maintaining positivity and emotional health is one of the most challenging, but most important aspects of the treatment process - both for the patient and their support system. There are a number of essential oils that can be used to support emotional health and healing, so it may be wise to try a few different oils until you find which works best for you.