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Carrier oils are nature’s solution to essential oil dilution. Because EO’s are incredibly potent plant compounds and almost always need to be tamed before they can work their magic. If you’ve ever put pure tea tree oil on an open wound you know that it feels like it’s doing more harm than good. And if you’ve ever had your hands on a bottle of pure jasmine or rose essential oil, well odds are you paid a pretty penny and both oils are far too strong to use in their pure form. Often rose is sold as 5% pure rose oil and 95% carrier oil and it still carries the same lovely aroma.


If you’re starting to get into making your own skin and beauty products with essential oils it’s important to know which carrier oils will be best for your skin type. Carrier oils also have a role in any other types of essential oil formulations, whether they’re for housecleaning or perfume.


The Basics of Carrier Oils

  • Derived from the fatty part of plants aka. Nuts and seeds
  • Naturally unscented (except coconut)
  • Don’t evaporate in the same way as essential oils
  • Shorter shelf life than EO’s
  • Consistencies range from rock solid to soft to liquid at room temperature
  • Used in all sorts of formulations from chapstick to massage oil

Types of Carrier Oils and Their Uses


  • Apricot kernel oil

Properties: Absorbs easily, emollient properties, doesn’t leave an oily residue

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Massage oil, baby skin, face creams, body creams, lotions, lip and hair care.

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Avocado oil

Properties: Fatty, emollient, moisturizing, rich in vitamins A and E

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: dry skin, hair and moisturizers

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Borage seed oil

Properties: High in the omega fatty acid GLA, anti-inflammatory,

Viscosity: Thick

Good for: Treating skin problems like eczema and psoriasis

Shelf life: 6-months (keep refrigerated)


  • Cacao butter

Properties: Aromatic, high in vitamin E, rich, nourishing

Viscosity: Dense at room temperature

Good for: Deep moisturizers for the body, extremely dry skin

Shelf life: 1-2 years

 

 

  • Calendula oil

Properties: Gentle, cooling, restorative

Viscosity: Thin

Good for: Babies and sensitive skin, facial moisturizers, problem skin

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Coconut oil (fractionated or extra-virgin)

Properties: Emollient, lathers, moisturizing, antibacterial

Viscosity: Hard at room temperature

Good for: Moisturizing creams with antibacterial properties, haircare, dry skin, soaps

Shelf life: 2-years


  • Emu oil (Not a true carrier oil as it’s not from a plant)

Properties: Full spectrum of essential fatty acids, moisturizing, antifungal

Viscosity: Thick

Good for: hemorrhoids, insect bites, frostbite, rashes, prevent skin cracking, moisturizing

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Evening primrose oil

Properties: Rich in fatty acids, absorbs easily into the skin

Viscosity: Thin

Good for: Skin care for oily and acne prone skin

Shelf life: 1-year (keep refrigerated)


  • Grapeseed oil

Properties: Neutral scent, lightly moisturizing

Viscosity: Thin

Good for: Massage oil, creams, lotions, bath oil

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Hazelnut oil

Properties: Astringent, high in oleic acid, nutty scent

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Oily or combination skin, people with skin problems

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Hempseed oil

Properties: Deep green color, nutty smell, high in omega fats,

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Facial moisturizers, lip balm, soaps

Shelf life: 6-months (keep refrigerated)

 

 

  • Jojoba oil

Properties: Composition most similar to our skin’s sebum, though liquid it’s actually a wax

Viscosity: Thin

Good for: Moisturizer for all skin types, massage oil, bath oil

Shelf life: Many years (because it’s a wax)


  • Macadamia nut oil

Properties: Also very close to our skin’s sebum, absorbs easily, high in oleic acid

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Moisturizer for all skin types, lotions, massage oil, bath oil

Shelf life: 6-months and very sensitive to light.


  • Olive oil

Properties: Moisturizer, rich in fatty acids

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Hair care, skin care, universal carrier oil applications

Shelf life: 1-2 years


  • Pomegranate seed oil

Properties: high in flavanoids and punicic acid

Viscosity: Thin

Good for: Oily and acne prone skin, protecting skin from sun damage, healing inflammation

Shelf life: 1-year


  • Rosehip oil

Properties: Emollient, absorbs readily, rich in vitamins and antioxidants

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Mature and very dry skin, healing inflammation, face creams, soaps

Shelf life: 6-months



  • Shea butter

Properties: Super hydrating, protects skin, emollient, high in vitamins A and E

Viscosity: Hard at room temperature

Good for: Cracked feet and elbows, body creams, soaps

Shelf life: 2-years


  • Sunflower seed oil

Properties: High in vitamins A, D and E, moisturizing, neutral scent

Viscosity: Thin

Good for: Creams, lotions, massage oil, bath oil

Shelf life: 1-year kept out of direct light


  • Sweet almond oil

Properties: High in vitamins A and E, emollient, moisturizing

Viscosity: Medium

Good for: Soaps, lotions, massage oil, bath oil

Shelf life: 1-2 years




How to Dilute Essential Oils for a Variety of Uses


Oils for Different Skin Types


Oily

  • Calendula oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate seed oil

Acne Prone

  • Calendula oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate seed oil


Dry

  • Avocado oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Borage seed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Emu oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Shea butter
  • Sweet almond oil

Mature

  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Sweet almond oil

Sensitive

  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Borage oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower oil

How to Buy Carrier Oils

The best places to buy carrier oils online are mountain rose herbs and amazon. Always look for the unrefined, organic, cold or expeller pressed versions free from additives.

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My grandmother would start this article with something like, a clean home is a happy home or where there’s bleach there’s bliss. I have a bit of a different stance although I do agree with her on the first point, that indeed when your house is clean you just feel better right?


But if you’re interested in essential oils, odds are you’re not interested in using bleach and other toxic chemicals to clean your house. It just isn’t worth the health hazards for you, your family and the environment.


I can only speculate that these nasty common household chemicals are adding to the surge in hormonal disorders and straight up low energy that so many people are plagued by.


The good news is there are plenty of alternative cleaners to replace the conventional ones that get the job done just as well. Not to mention, they smell A LOT better.


Introduction to Cleaning with Essential Oils

As always, it’s important to dilute the oils with either water or a carrier oil. When it comes to creating effective cleaners from scratch there are other natural ingredients that pair well with EO’s. White vinegar, baking soda, borax, witch hazel and castille soap just to name a few.

 

 

There are all sorts of things you can make with these simple ingredients including all purpose sprays, wood polish, bathtub scrub, fridge freshener, carpet cleaner and more.


Every essential oil has different uses when it comes to cleaning. I’ll go over a few of the most common ones and their unique benefits.


Tea Tree


Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal making it a potent ingredient in cleaners for the bathroom and any areas prone to mold and mildew. Add tea tree to any air freshener or diffuser in rooms where there’s a mold problem.




Lemon


Lemon is a lovely oil for freshening up the kitchen particularly. Because of it’s powerful grease cutting abilities as well as the uplifting scent, lemon is great in all-purpose cleaning formulas or air freshener. It’s also a common ingredient in wood polish.


Orange


Orange is similar to lemon for its grease cutting abilities. Useful in everything from wood polish to a few drops in the dishwasher detergent for extra grease cutting power, orange has a lovely aroma that uplifts and enhances mood.


Thieves


Probably the most popular essential oil blend especially for cleaning and getting rid of bad bacteria.

Thieves gets its name from the days of the black plague when the only people who weren’t getting sick were the thieves who devised a protective formula of cloves, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary.


If it’s effective enough to keep the plague at bay you can bet it’s good enough to clean just about every nook and cranny of your home.


Eucalyptus


Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties make eucalyptus a powerful cleaning agent. The smell might remind you of Vick’s vapor rub but it will get the job done especially as an air freshener during cold and flu season.


Lavender


Lavender is antibacterial and was used in hospitals throughout all of WWII. It’s a great addition to all-purpose cleaners and air fresheners and works great added to laundry detergent for a pleasant and relaxing scent. I especially like it for cleaning in kids rooms because they can always use an extra dose of calm.



Kitchen


All-Purpose Cleaner


Ingredients


3 C water

½ C white vinegar

1 Tbs castile soap

20 drops Thieves blend

20 drops lemon essential oil



Instructions


  1. Blend all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well
  2. Use for kitchen and bathroom counters.


Burnt Pan Scrub


Ingredients


½ C baking soda

½ C vinegar

20 drops lemon essential oil


Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a suitably sized container and mix well.
  2. Apply to pots and pans that need extra help to get off burnt or baked on food. Let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing off the food with ease.


Produce Wash


Ingredients


3 C water

¼ C white vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil


Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Use spray on fruits and veggies and rinse off before eating.


Trashcan Fresheners


Ingredients


Regular cotton ball

Tea tree oil


Instructions


  1. Simply soak the cotton ball in tea tree essential oil and stick it onto the garbage can.



Laundry

 

 

Laundry Detergent


Ingredients


Handful of soap nuts

Muslin bag

20 drops of your favorite essential oil


Instructions


  1. Add four soap nuts to a muslin bag along with your essential oils.
  2. You can use the soap nuts about 4 times before composting them.

Dryer Sheets


Ingredients


Scraps of old cloth

1 C white vinegar

30 drops lavender essential oil (or any other favorite)



Instructions


  1. Combine vinegar and essential oils.
  2. Soak scraps of old cloth in the mixture and store in a suitably sized container.
  3. Use one whenever you throw a load of clothes in the dryer. Save your scrap cloth and make them again when you run out.


Bathroom


Deep Cleaning Sink and Bathtub Scrub


Ingredients


½ C baking soda

½ C vinegar

20 drops thieves essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil


Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a suitably sized container and mix well.
  2. Apply to bathtub and sink and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing off mildew.


Mildew Eliminator Spray


Ingredients


3 C water

½ C white vinegar

1 Tbs castile soap

30 drops tea tree oil



Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spritz your shower and tub and wipe down whenever you notice build up.


Homemade Poo Pourri

 

 

Ingredients


2 oz. water

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops grapefruit essential oil

2 Tbs witch hazel


Instructions


  1. Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spray the toilet 4 times before you go.


Wood


Citrus Wood Polishing Oil


Ingredients


1 Tbs olive oil

¼ C white vinegar

30 drops orange essential oil


Instructions


  1. Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spray on all wood before dusting and polishing.

Wood Floor Cleaner


Ingredients


¼ C white vinegar

¼ C castile soap

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops orange essential oil

1 Gallon jug

Just enough water to leave room for the other ingredients.


Instructions


  1. Add vinegar, castile soap and essential oils to empty jug.
  2. Add water and shake well.
  3. Use about 1 Cup per one gallon bucket of warm water to every time you want to wash your wooden floors.



Deep Cleaning


Vacuum Refresher


Ingredients


Instructions



Carpet Spot Cleaner


Ingredients


2 Tbs baking soda

2 Tbs white vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil


Instructions


  1. Mix all ingredients together and apply to any stubborn carpet stains.
  2. Let sit for 20 minutes before taking a scrub brush to it.
  3. Rinse spot with clean water and suck up with a wet vacc or simply keep rinsing area with a cloth until all product is gone.

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Millions of people suffer from chronic pain every day, and even more people experience acute pain from time to time. Whether it’s muscle soreness, headaches, cramps or issues with ligaments, cartilage and arthritis - pain is the pits.


Avoiding pain is part of our very human fabric. We’ll do just about anything to sidestep discomfort. Maybe that’s another reason we don’t hit the gym as often as we should or make excuses not to go on adventures that might involve uncomfortable repercussions.


Because as humans we have many vulnerabilities. Eat the wrong thing and you get stomach pain, cramps and bloating. Do too much intense exercise or dance like nobody’s watching and your muscles might ache for days.


Unfortunately we can try and avoid pain until the end of time but it’s not something any of us can run from. Having some strategies to ease pain of all varieties is a better idea than attempting to avoid it altogether.


Essential oils are an awesome alternative to pain medications that have lingering long-term side effects. New research is even surfacing about how pain medications like Tylenol affect our ability to feel empathy. That’s pretty huge, not to mention the negative effects on our livers and the fact that pain medication only ever masks the symptoms, doing nothing to provide long-term relief.


Pain Relief for Digestive Distress and Cramps

Digestive issues are a common occurrence in our society which prizes hot dogs over broccoli. Most people experience digestive discomfort at least a few times a month.


Peppermint oil is the best treatment for gas and bloating. Simply add a few drops to a carrier oil and apply to the abdomen and lower belly in a circular clockwise motion to stimulate movement and help provide soothing relief.


You can also take small amounts of high-quality peppermint oil internally for more severe digestive issues. The University of Maryland recommends taking peppermint oil in an enterically coated capsule so that the capsule can withstand the stomach acid and make its way to the intestines.


Cramps are undoubtedly more common for women and can create a lot of discomfort. Adding EO’s to your PMS tool kit is a choice you won’t regret.


Lavender is great for reducing the associated stress that cramps can bring. The University of Tehran did a study on the effectiveness of using lavender oil for pain relief during menstruation and found that it majorly improved discomfort.


 

Peppermint or spearmint essential oil added to a bowl of hot water and a touch of carrier oil can be used to soak a washcloth for a hot compress that reduces pain.




Formulas for Muscle and Joint Pain Relief


Muscle and joint pain can linger for weeks. It often stems from overexertion, exercise or even just excess stress and tension. When you’ve got sore muscles it’s hard to just chill out. The discomfort is often frustrating and makes daily life less easy going.


Taking care of muscle and joint pain with essential oils is a heck of a lot healthier than using painkillers, and just as effective. The root cause of all pain is inflammation, and when inflammation becomes chronic, you’re bound to run into all sorts of trouble.


Getting to the root of chronic inflammation is a challenge, and essential oils can be a big help, especially when you’ve made the choice to stop with the painkillers.


There are different combinations of essential oils for different types of pain.


Anti-Inflammatory Heat Rub for Joint Pain and Arthritis

 

 

Ingredients


  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 20 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • ⅓ C coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ C beeswax pellets
  • ⅓ C olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients until fully blended.
  2. Pour into tin or glass containers and store in a cool dry place.
  3. Use anywhere you experience joint stiffness, pain and inflammation.

Cool Rub for Sore Muscles  


Ingredients


  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ⅓ C coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ C beeswax pellets
  • ⅓ C olive oil

Instructions


  1. Combine all ingredients until fully blended.
  2. Pour into tin or glass containers and store in a cool dry place.
  3. Use anywhere you experience muscle pain.


Managing Headaches Naturally


The last type of pain that affects so many people is headaches. There are many different types of headaches, some worse than others. Anyone who’s ever suffered from migraines understands how debilitating they are.


Just like any other type of pain, headaches stem from inflammation and relying on painkillers for relief only leads to higher levels of the very cause of the headaches to begin with.

Peppermint essential oil will be your best friend if you get headaches. It has natural pain relieving properties and also helps to clear congested nasal and sinus pathways. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil and dab on the temples, neck, shoulders and forehead for instant relief.


Eucalyptus essential oil has a similar effect to peppermint as it works to clear congestion and open up the nasal passage. It’s more effective using steam inhalation. Fill a bucket with hot water and add about 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Cover your head with a towel over the bucket and inhale deeply for a few minutes.


Lavender essential oil is great for relieving the tension associated with headaches and migraines. Use it in the same way you would peppermint oil or have a hot epsom salts bath with 25 drops of lavender for a stress reducing experience.

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I’m not a huge advocate for the miracle cure magic weight loss system that everyone and their dog seems to be selling. Gimmicks and diets might work for a little while, but they aren’t a very sustainable strategy for maintaining a healthy weight. That said, nature has provided us with an abundance of powerful substances that can make losing weight easier and even enjoyable.  


Essential oils are a great addition to your weight loss strategy. The chemical structure of certain oils can help with everything from boosting metabolism to increasing energy and dealing with cravings. You know those days when not being able to have a donut throws you into a deep despair and robs you of all momentum, that’s when essential oils come in handy.


Some people swear by taking certain oils internally to help with weight loss. While this is certainly an option, I would recommend ensuring your gut flora is in tip top shape before adding EO’s to the mix.


The nice thing about using essential oils for weight loss is that you can address not just one aspect of long-term weight loss but several. Digestive health, stress, energy levels, cravings, these are all factors in whether you’ll be successful in attaining your weight loss goals. The more value packed members you have on your team, the better.



Kick your Cravings and Boost Metabolism with Grapefruit


Grapefruit is a potent ingredient in any weight loss program. It’s such a popular weight loss food that it’s often made an emblem in many images and recipe programs that promise great results. 

 


 

Essential oil of grapefruit is jam packed with phytochemicals that can help boost metabolism and reduce cravings. A few drops of grapefruit applied directly to the underside of both feet first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.


The mere scent of grapefruit is enough to stimulate increased energy, improved focus, and boosted metabolism. When the urge to devour something not-so-healthy comes up, have grapefruit on hand to inhale deeply and you’ll see the craving softly dissipate.


Aid Digestion with Peppermint


Poor digestion is a big old roadblock to weight loss success. Unfortunately, it’s all too common. Digestive ailments affect millions of people each year and that number is growing. Because of the nature of digestive issues they can be extremely debilitating and cause you to easily get off track with your weight loss plan.


Peppermint is perfect for alleviating the pain associated with digestive issues. From cramps to bloating and gas, rubbing a few drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil on your abdomen is a great source of relief. 

 

 

Therapeutic grade peppermint oil can also be taken internally in times of dire need. Only one drop in some water makes a huge difference in taking care of those annoying gas bubbles and belly pains.


If you’re starting a new diet then it’s common to experience changes in your digestion. People who adopt the paleo diet for example, while much healthier for digestion in the long run, often run into major hurdles that might normally hinder them from continuing. Peppermint is a good helper in these cases. Even just taking a few deep inhalations of peppermint can make a big difference in calming nausea, indigestion and stomach aches.


Alkalize and Energize with Lemon


Lemon is the strongest member of the citrus family. It’s naturally occurring compounds fight high levels of acidity, boost the immune system and stimulate energy and focus. Lemon essential oil can be combined with grapefruit for even greater benefits. 

 

 

Diffusing lemon essential oil into the air not only helps to purify but also provide a gentle energy boost. Apply a few dabs to the wrists and temples for a pick-me-up or help with craving suppression.


Nip Stress in the Lavender Bud


Stress is the reason most people put on weight and the reason most can’t get it off. When your body’s in stress mode it’s hard to accomplish much else. Everything suffers, your digestion, your self-control, and motivation, it all feels the effects of chronic stress.


Getting rid of stress is an important element of a holistic weight loss strategy. Using lavender as part of a stress reduction strategy is so helpful. Lavender helps to calm and relax the nervous system in a gentle way. Any time that you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious as few huffs and lavender will help you to rebalance.

 


 

Stimulate and Motivate with Lemongrass


Ah lemongrass, it contains the same name as lemon while providing a completely different experience. Lemongrass is refreshing and invigorating. It's uses for weight loss are more so for its ability to help increase energy and provide a resource for refreshing the mind.


The mind is likely the biggest obstacle when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals. Keeping a high vibration and a high level of motivation is of paramount importance. The best way to do this is to keep tools like lemongrass and the other essential oils handy to offer a refresh in times of need. 

 


 

Cravings factor into the mental aspect too. There’s nothing worse than feeling hungry and deprived on a diet. Which is why hardcore diets are rarely sustainable. A better long-term strategy is to just eat real food. Ditch the processed sugar and junk. This stuff is addicting so it won’t happen overnight but the oils can help. Every time you get a craving bust out the grapefruit or lemongrass and take some deep inhalations of those aromas. The compounds in both of these substances will help to invigorate and strengthen your resolve to only nourish your body with the best foods possible.

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Why Children Benefit from Essential Oils Just as Much as Adults


Our little ones can benefit just as much from essential oils just as much as we can. For everything from helping them get to sleep faster to soothing sore bellies and providing an additional source of comfort, there are no reasons NOT to us EO’s with our babes.


When you know what works and what doesn’t you can feel confident in your choice to incorporate essential oils in your kids lives. There are a few oils that you should save for the older kids and a few that you’ll always want to have handy in your first-aid kit.



Different Dilutions for Different Ages


Ages 0-2: .1-.5% dilution


Ages 2-6: 1-2% dilution


Ages 6-12: 1.5-3% dilution


1 drop in 1 tsp of carrier oil or water = 1% dilution


1 tsp of oil is equivalent to 100 drops



Learning


Focus isn’t exactly high on most kids priority list. With learning disabilities on the rise, it’s more important than ever to give our children all the resources we can find to help them learn better. Essential oils like lemon, orange and grapefruit can all help improve cognitive function and increase focus.


If you’re kids are in school, a really nice subtle method for using the oils would be a roll-on. It’s not obvious in any way and totally easy for older kids to apply themselves.


You can buy roll on bottles for a good price here. For a 10 ml roller bottle you’ll want to use about 3-6 drops for 2-6 year olds and 5-9 drops for 6-15 year olds.


Relaxing


At the end of the day all any parent wants is to just chill. Unfortunately, our kids seldom want the same! Using essential oils to help children relax is an excellent natural strategy to calm everyone’s nerves.


Lavender oil is a staple in any house, but especially when you have kids. A calming mist can be made with lavender and orange oil so that it’s not too sleep inducing but still gets the job done.


Lavender-Orange Relaxation Mist

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pure water
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions


  1. Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Mist whenever necessary for promoting calm and balance.

Sleep


Essential oils can promote a deep restful sleep in a number of ways. By using antibacterial oils like lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus in a diffuser you can offer kids a clean environment to help strengthen their immune system while they sleep.


Diffusers make it easy to promote a good sleep because they are quiet and can run for a long period of time for those restless sleepers.


The best oils to diffuse to improve sleep in children are lavender and chamomile. Just a few drops for the very little ones will do to improve sleep quality.




Immune Health


We all know children are notoriously good at picking up every bug that comes their way. The more tools you have in your arsenal to protect your little germ factories, the better. The nature of various essential oils like tea tree, grapefruit and lavender is that they are highly protective against germs, fungus, viruses, and other nasty invaders.


The best ways to get these oils into your kid’s systems is to either apply them topically in a carrier oil, use them in a diffuser around the house or make a spray.

 

Cuts and Scrapes


Another all too common occurrence with little ones is incessant knicks and scrapes, cuts and bruises. It’s all part of the learning process but you can help speed healing and reduce the likelihood of infection by using certain oils, diluted of course.


Lavender is exceptionally effective for burns. Tea tree oil is best for fighting off fungus, killing annoying warts, and disinfection small cuts and scrapes. Dilute with either water or oil before applying to small wounds.


Hair Detangler


Tangles be gone with this seemingly magical formula.


Ingredients


  • ¼ C water
  • 1 Tbs aloe gel
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil


Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Apply liberally to wet hair to strengthen, condition and get rid of tangles.



Belly Aches


Those sensitive little tummies need help once in awhile. The best remedy for belly aches and pains is peppermint. Simply add a few drops to a carrier oil and run your little ones belly in a clockwise direction to get things moving and help eliminate gas. Peppermint should only be used on kids older than 6, but a gentle belly massage is good for any age.


Which Oils to Avoid?


There are some oils that should be avoided. We have to remember that as safe as essential oils are, they’re still medicine and can have negative effects if not used safely.


  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Hyssop
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint (under 6)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang-ylang

What About Babies?

 

Newborn infants and babies up to 6 months are so tiny and sensitive. They can still benefit from essential oils in small amounts to help soothe and provide comfort and immune support.


Oils that are safe for newborns include lavender, orange, chamomile and lemon.

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Sleep is under attack. I mean think about it. Most of us live hectic, high stress lives, we don’t get much time to unwind and when we do it’s usually by hopping on Facebook or watching TV. This is a recipe for poor sleep. Not only do television and internet land get us all ramped up and engaged, they also emit blue light which inhibits the natural release of melatonin in the brain.


How can we take control of our sleep again? You and I both know how important sleep is for health. Studies have linked sleep deprivation to so many ailments it’s not even funny. From the inability to lose weight, to depression and other mental health disorders.


Essential oils are the most useful tool we have to help us get a good night’s sleep. They calm our wired and overtired brains, relax our nervous systems, and stimulate deep relaxation.


Here are 7 Ways to Improve Your Sleep With Essential Oils


  • Set up a diffuser in your bedroom

  • A diffuser is a handy contraption that makes reaping the benefits of essentials oils easy. It works by diffusing the oils combined with water into a calming mist that fills the air with pleasant scents that can initiate deep relaxation in the body.

     

    The best oils to use for improving sleep quality are lavender, wild orange, and cedarwood. You can add any combination of these oils or use them on their own. Either way, setting up a diffuser beside your bed will make going to sleep a dreamy experience that you’ll look forward to.


    Diffusers are also great in kids rooms and can help mellow your children out without them even knowing. Lavender is perfectly safe for children and has other benefits like cleansing the air of harmful pathogens.


  • Make a lavender spray for your sheets and pillows

  • There are few things sweeter than climbing into nice fresh sheets and pillows. Nobody wants to wash their sheets daily, but you can freshen them up and improve your sleep with a rest inducing lavender spray.

    Bonus, this linen spray is also antimicrobial so it will help keep your sheets clean and fresh longer. Any excuse for less laundry, right?

    Lavender Linen Spray Recipe


    Ingredients


    • ¼ C Witch hazel or vodka
    • ¼ C Pure water
    • 30 Drops lavender essential oil
    • Funnel
    • Small spray bottle

    Instructions

    1. Combine the witch hazel or vodka with water and lavender in a jar.
    2. Shake until thoroughly combine.
    3. Use the funnel to pour contents into a small shaker bottle
    4. Use daily to your hearts content for dreamier more restful sleeps.

  • Lavender eye pillows

  • You might not even know it, but sleeplessness and insomnia can be caused by too much light or light exposure before bed. Blocking out light has a way of kicking your brain’s melatonin production into high gear.


    These lavender eye pillows are great for creating total darkness as well as inducing relaxation with the gentle weight they put on the eyes and forehead. The added benefits of lavender infused in the pillow make it a great addition to your night time routine.

    To make these eye pillows requires modest sewing skills.


    Materials


    ½ yard of organic cotton or silk

    ½ C flax seeds

    ½ C dry rice

    ½ C dried lavender

    10 drops lavender oil


    Instructions


    1. Cut two 4.5 by 10 inch rectangles.
    2. Place panels together (printed side up) and sew a ½ inch seam around the edges.
    3. Leave one of the smaller sides open.
    4. In a large bowl, combine flax, rice, dried lavender and lavender oil and mix well.
    5. Fill the eye pillow with this mixture and sew shut.

  • Release tension with eucalyptus and peppermint

  • As tension builds up in our muscles and joints throughout the day, it can be hard to release at night. Give yourself a muscle relaxing treat with eucalyptus and peppermint on any particularly sore, tight areas.


    Combine 10 drops of both eucalyptus and peppermint with 2 Tbs of your preferred carrier oil. I like to use coconut oil as it’s easy to spread and not as messy as pure liquid oils.


    Rub this mixture on the underside of your feet, on your temples, back, shoulders and neck and release into a deep restorative slumber.



  • Soothing lavender orange dream cream

  • A great alternative to the peppermint and eucalyptus rub is to make a soothing relaxation inducing dream cream. This is a great option for kids as well.


    Wild orange is great for soothing anxiety and stress. This cream is perfect anytime you’re feeling particularly stressed or anxious. It’s lovely to use after a bath for best absorption and benefits for the skin.


    It smells lovely paired with lavender and this combination is also great in the diffuser.


    Dream Cream Recipe


    Ingredients


    1 C coconut oil, melted

    15 drops lavender essential oil

    15 drops orange essential oil



    Instructions

    1. Melt coconut oil.
    2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and place in the freezer until thoroughly chilled.
    3. Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
    4. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
    5. Store in a cool, shady spot as it will return to its liquid state if left in too warm a space.

  • Have a relaxing detox bath

  • If you have trouble relaxing before bed, a hot bath may be just the remedy you need. Bust out the epsom salts and essential oils. For best results, turn the lights down low, light some candles, make sure you’ve got plenty of water and put some serene tunes on. Luxuriate in your detox bath for at least 30 minutes to get the best results. Have your pajamas ready for you so that you can hop right into bed afterwards.

     

    Detox Bath Ingredients


    20 drops rosemary essential oil

    20 drops lavender essential oil

    2 Tbs jojoba or olive oil

    1 ½ C epsom salts


    Instructions


    1. Draw a hot bath and add epsom salts to the water, mix until totally dissolved.
    2. In a small bowl, combine jojoba or olive oil with essential oils. Pour into the bath and stir with your arm to spread the oils around.
    3. Hop in and enjoy!


  • Stop snoring with a eucalyptus rub

  • Snoring affects millions of people (and their partners). The problem with snoring is that it can often wake you or your loved ones up. Some people even stop breathing momentarily, causing a major shock to the body and jolting you partially awake.


    One way to alleviate snoring and clear sinuses is to apply a eucalyptus rub before bed. This makes it easier to breathe throughout the night and also reduces tension.


    Ingredients


    25 drops eucalyptus essential oil

    ¼ C coconut oil

    ¼ C shea butter


    Instructions


    1. Melt coconut and shea butter together.
    2. Chill and add to an electric mixer. Whip until light and fluffy.
    3. Combine eucalyptus oil and transfer to a small jar.
    4. Store in a cool, dark place and use a generous amount on chest, sinuses and back before bed each night.

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    Essential oils are growing in popularity. Though they’ve been used for a long time, only now are we starting to catch on to the potential they have to improve our lives. If the world of EO’s seems a bit intimidating and you don’t know which oils to get started with, you’re in the right place.


    Our bundle of these four powerful oils is a great place to get started. Pink grapefruit, lemongrass, eucalyptus and lavender cover all the bases. They boost your energy, stimulate your brain for more productivity, enhance relaxation,improve sleep and you can use them to clean your home without worrying about toxic chemicals.


    They’re also a great way to start experimenting with mixing your own oils. But before we dive into that, let’s talk about their respective qualities and the different ways that you can use each of these potent essences.


    Pink Grapefruit


    Energizing, stimulating and excellent for helping aid weight loss. Grapefruit essential oil is a powerful substance high in limonene, a substance derived from citrus peel that is extremely high in antioxidants.


    Benefits:


    • Energy boosting
    • Increases focus and brain activity
    • Aids in weight loss
    • Stress reduction
    • Acne/skin care
    • Helps with sugar cravings
    • Fights candida overgrowth
    • Naturally antibacterial
    • Helps fight depression



    Research on Grapefruit Oil


    One study found that grapefruit essential oil, along with a few others, resulted in reduced blood pressure and a calming effect on the sympathetic nervous system.


    There’s also evidence that grapefruit oil can help reduce those stubborn depressive symptoms that few are immune to. The use of grapefruit and other citrus oils helped patients see a reduction in their antidepressant intake.


    An animal study showed that grapefruit essential oil increases lipolysis which helps with suppress weight gain.  


    Aromatherapy massage using grapefruit oil in showed a reduction in abdominal fat as well as improved body-image in post-menopausal women.



    Lemongrass


    You may have tasted lemongrass before in Thai food, but it’s more than just a delicious herb for cooking. Lemongrass is an energizing and antibacterial powerhouse of an essential oil.


    The scent of lemongrass will transport you to distant lands. Not only does its smell enhance energy levels and increase focus, lemongrass oil has been shown in studies to have an anti-cancer effect.


    Benefits:

    • Reduces muscle aches and pains
    • Boosts energy and focus
    • Stimulates and improves digestion
    • Germ killing antibacterial properties
    • Eases abdominal cramps
    • Air freshener
    • Anti-cancer
    • Antioxidant
    • Repels bugs
    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Fights candida overgrowth


    Research on Lemongrass Oil


    An animal study showed that lemongrass oil reduced chemically-induced apoptosis or cell death in the mammary glands of mice. Another study showed a compound in lemongrass oil called citral kills cancer cells in certain tumors.  


    Both lemongrass and ylang-ylang have been shown to be highly effective eco friendly bug repellents. An excellent alternative to deet and chemical based repellents.


    Anxiety plagues many people. Often the solution is pharmaceutical drugs with a ton of nasty side effects. Researchers have looked into the anxiety reducing properties of lemongrass essential oil and found that even brief exposure shows positive results in reducing anxiety.


    Candida or yeast overgrowth runs rampant in our sugar addicted society. One study which compared 12 essential oils found lemongrass to be highly effective in killing candida.



    Eucalyptus


    The favourite food group of koala bears, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from eucalyptus.  A common addition to decongestant chest rub, eucalyptus is truly a marvellous gift from the plant kingdom.


    The Aboriginal and indigenous peoples of Australia and South America have used eucalyptus to heal wounds for thousands of years. It’s potent scent gives a clue as to how powerful an antiseptic and antibacterial compound it is.


    Benefits:


    • Chest Decongestant
    • Helps with respiratory problems
    • Alleviates sinus pressure and helps treat sinusitis
    • Speeds wound healing
    • Eliminates odours
    • Air purifier
    • Natural cleaner
    • Insect repellant
    • Useful against herpes



    Research on Eucalyptus


    Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem. Luckily researchers have discovered that certain plants high in the compound pipertone, including eucalyptus, help combat antibiotic resistance against Enterobacter cloacae.


    Eucalyptus has been found to be an effective mosquito repellant. Bugs and germs really hate this stuff, it’s also been shown to have antiviral activity for treating herpes simplex along with another Australian favourite, tea tree oil.


    Highly antimicrobial and antiseptic, eucalyptus oil should be in everyone’s first aid kit.



    Lavender


    Arguably the most popular essential oil, lavender gets its claim to fame for good reason. It’s calming properties not only soothe the emotions but also offer great relief to physical burns, cuts and scrapes.


    The history of lavender is also interesting as it was used as an antibacterial substance in hospitals during WWII.


    Benefits:


    • Treats headaches
    • Calming and stress relieving
    • Improves sleep
    • Treating sensitive skin and conditions like eczema and psoriasis
    • Antioxidant
    • Balances blood sugar
    • Speeds healing for burns and cuts
    • Antibacterial
    • Improves mood and helps with PMS
    • Air freshener and purifier
    • Antifungal and effective against candida


    Research on Lavender

    The research on lavender is much more plentiful than many other essential oils. The benefits extend from drastic improvements in sleep quality in postpartum women to treating the common drug resistant ‘staph’ bacteria.


    Ever heard a colicky baby crying? It’s no fun, but researchers have found lavender aromatherapy massage effective at treating infantile colic.


    Commonly lavender is used to reduce stress and anxiety. It has profound calming effects that stretch from the emotional realm to the physical. Known to promote deep sleep with it’s gentle sedative properties and provide pain relief for people suffering from migraine headaches. Lavender’s healing properties really do go the distance.



    You can play around with mixing the oils to get as many benefits as possible.



    Oil combinations for perfume or body spray


    Instructions: Add a few drops to your FREE diffuser necklace for a long lasting aromatherapy perfume. You also add 10 drops each to a cup of water with a tsp of liquid carrier oil for a homemade body spray.


    Lavender + Pink grapefruit


    Lemongrass + Pink grapefruit


    Lemongrass + Lavender



    Oil combinations for cleaning and air fresheners


    Instructions: Add a few drops of each oil to your diffuser or a few drops of each to 1 cup pure water with a tablespoon of white vinegar as a natural all-purpose cleaner.


    Lavender + Eucalyptus


    Eucalyptus + Lemongrass


    Pink grapefruit + Lemongrass



    Oil combinations for muscle rub


    Instructions: Combine essential oils at a ratio of roughly 1:10 in your favourite carrier oil.


    Eucalyptus + Lavender


    Eucalyptus + Lemongrass



    Get started today with these fantastic four essential oils and you’ll be well on your way to understanding the power of essential oils.

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