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We are hearing it more and more these days, the importance of using natural products in our homes and on our bodies. It makes me so happy that terms like ‘herbal medicine’ and ‘essential oils’ are no longer looked at as foreign. But I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, “Holy bajesus! Where do I start!?” Anyone who has ever stepped foot into the natural healing section of Natural Grocers or Whole Foods knows what I am talking about. With the growing popularity in natural care, comes more and more natural products. Unfortunately, even natural products can be full of unnecessary and toxic ingredients. Lucky for you, we want to help you make your own products by using what you have around your house! However, to start this process, you are going to need to have a few things on hand, so I have created a list of my top 5 MUST HAVE essential oils to purify, cleanse, and rejuvenate you and your home!
Lavender: Often referred to as a first aid kit essential, lavender has many uses. It’s a saint when it comes to healing the skin from any type of burn. Have an itchy bug bite or random weird rash? Lavender is anti-inflammatory and can help with both. It’s gentle enough that it can be applied directly onto the skin in emergency situations*. It’s also great to have in situations when you need to calm down. Drop a couple of drops in a relaxing bath or put a drop or two on your pulse points.
Lemon: Synthetic house cleaners often boast about having a scent of “Lemony Fresh” but often don’t contain the real deal. This essential oil will become your best friend when it comes to cleaning your house. Lemon essential oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is a machine when it comes to removing sticky spots (It can be compared to the commercial product of Goo-B-Gone, minus all of the harmful chemicals of course!). Mix in a 24oz spray bottle of ¾ parts purified water, ¼ parts white distilled vinegar, and 3 to 4 droppers of essential oil (180-240 drops). And viola! You have just created an all-purpose cleaner.
Peppermint: Oh how I love uplifting peppermint! Creating a simple spritzer of purified water and peppermint EO is a perfect pick-me up. Its stimulating effects on the body help to improve circulation. It’s also an excellent analgesic (pain reliever) and will help sooth all types of aches and pains ranging from muscle to annoying headaches. A simple headache remedy is mixing equal parts lavender and peppermint eo and applying directly to the area of the head or neck where the headache is being experienced.
Eucalyptus: It’s refreshing and an amazing respiratory healer. The unusually wet weather we have been experiencing here in Colorado has increased respiratory allergies for what seems to be like every person I talk to. Eucalyptus essential oil helps to open the bronchial tubes and allow for easier and deeper flowing breath. It also helps to fight against any type of infections you might develop in the lungs. You can put a few drops in a diffuser and place near you while you take a hot shower. The hot steam and eucalyptus will help tremendously!
Ginger: The scent of this essential oil will make you feel cozy and at ease. It works on the body to increase blood flow and has miraculous anti-nausea properties. Mix with a carrier oil (like olive or almond oil) and rub onto the soles of the feet to help warm the body or in a counter clock-wise motion on the lower abdomen to help ease any type of digestive discomfort.
* Lavender essential oil is the only essential oil that is gentle enough that it can be applied directly onto the skin. All others must be mixed with a carrier oil. Some of my favorite carrier oils are olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil. Lavender essential oil can also be considered a carrier oil.
Helichrysum: If you know Blair, this is one of her favorite oils to have around for injuries, aches, or pains. This oil is anti-inflammatory, increases circulation to support healing, helps with scar reduction, is a pain reliever, and helps unblock stagnant energy; uplifting the mind. This can be applied onto injuries, burns, sore joints, or whatever your heart desires! This is a sacred oil that is so powerful and can be a bit pricey, but we have found that Ananda Apothecary sells a GREAT product that is in a manageable price range if you wish to try!
We know it can feel overwhelming to revamp and swap over to clean products, so we wanted to make it simple with giving you a list of 5 essential oils that can be used in many different ways to keep you happy and healthy. Plus, these oils run at the lower end of the cost spectrum and will last you a VERY long time!
With all of the oils and herbs I have mentioned above, it’s best to purchase organic and local. Not everyone has access to buying these ingredients local, so I wanted to share my favorite place to purchase essential oils online, Camden Grey. I have listed several easy recipes for most of the oils mentioned to help empower you to become more in-tune with the things you use in your home and in your body. It’s also completely fine to look for already made products in your local natural health stores that contain real ingredients of anything I have mentioned.