How People Who Don’t Sell Essential Oils Use Them
When I found that I was pregnant with my first, I kept imagining this tiny bundle of cells (they’re much more than a bundle by the time you get a +, but this is where my brain was) that could be easily disturbed. I would eat the wrong thing, or smell the wrong thing, and division would go haywire.
So, I started making my own cleaning supplies and toothpaste. I used baking soda instead of shampoo and I switched to an enzyme-free, fragrance-free, [long long list of undesirables]-free laundry detergent. Generally, I subscribed to all the hippie stuff in the name of growing my baby correctly.
This included buying my first stash of essential oils and a big essential oil reference book.
I used them often, and I loved having them around for cleaning, basic first aid and to scent a room.
Then, my boy was born perfect. I kept up the DIY stuff for a while, but I was working and commuting and freelancing and new-mommying. Some women can do all that, but I started reaching for the commercial cleaning and personal care items – you know, to get some of my life back. The oils were eventually stashed away.
Fast-forward a few years. I came across my stash of essential oils and I started using them again. I’d make a quick linen spray, the kids and I would make lip balms…this wasn’t a big life overhaul this time. Instead, we were having fun with them. I started learning about their therapeutic qualities, and incorporating them into everyday life.
I challenged myself to come up with my 3 favorite essential oils, and it wasn’t easy! But I came up with the ones that I think I use the most.
My #1 essential oil was an easy choice, and I think it’s everyone else’s first choice, too. It smells fantastic, and I personally can feel the calming effect.
I diffuse lavender in my kids’ room before bedtime, and it’s in my first aid kit for minor cuts and burns. When we have a sick one in the house, the diffuser is constantly going with lavender and a few other known germ fighters. And did I mention it smells fantastic?
My favorite use for lemon essential oil is for cleaning. I like to clean with vinegar, and while it works, it smells like…well…vinegar. I’ll add a few drops of lemon so that my house is lemony fresh instead of vinegary rotten.
When my son had a stomach bug, he was vomiting every two hours or so. After he got out everything he needed to get out, he would continue to dry heave. A quick whiff of lemon stopped the dry heaving right away, and he asked to have a little on a tissue to hold while sleeping. (Peppermint is said to have the same effect, but I don’t use anything with menthols around the kids. I’ll post later about essential oil precautions.)
If you’ve ever attended Mass for a Catholic high holiday or funeral, you’ll recognize frankincense right away. Frankincense oil has been recognized for its therapeutic benefits for a long time. It’s referenced in the Bible and countless historical texts.
I’ve been mixing frankincense into my nighttime moisturizer for its restorative and anti-aging properties. I don’t have a before-and-after because I don’t have many signs of aging yet, but I’m hopeful for all the preventive effects I’m reading about.
Frankincense is another one that goes into the diffuser for its antimicrobial properties, Additionally, frankincense has shown to be clinically effective in the treatment of chronic and autoimmune diseases, and it was observed killing cancerous cells.
This is just a snippet of what I’ve been reading about and experiencing with these three essential oils, and what I’ve learned only scratches the surface of the information that’s available. I’m planning to go a little more in-depth on these oils as I learn about them, so check back if you’re into this stuff!