Essential oils have many benefits for the body and for the home. Here are ten helpful essential oil hacks and reasons to use essential oils.
1. Lavender to Soothe Essential Oil Hacks
Lavender essential oil should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.
It is one of the best oils to use directly on the skin unlike many of the other essential oils which in full strength is too potent and can burn the skin.
Bug bites respond well with lavender oil treatment. Use it as an antiseptic and pain reliever to minor scrapes and cuts.
Dab a drop right onto the abrasion or bite for instant itch and pain relief.
Have trouble falling asleep?
Try adding a few drops to a cloth or a tissue and place inside the pillowcase of your pillow.
Add a drop in the palm of your hand and cup over your nose and breathe deeply for instant aromatherapy benefits.
Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a hot bath for an instant soothing experience.
The stress of the day will literally melt away as it works by diffusing into the air and by softening the skin.
Add a drop to a dollop of scent-free lotion for an instant lovely-scented cream. Try mixing it with your favorite scented lotion for a new fragrance.
Add a couple of drops to your favorite bubble bath or liquid shower soap. If you’re very crafty you can make your own bar soap and use essential oils in it.
Combine five drops to witch hazel and add to a small spray bottle to use as an instant anti-itch spray.
This is effective for bug bites, cuts and scrapes, and itchy skin conditions. It also makes a great facial toner with the benefit of softening the skin.
Have you ever burned your finger?
A minor burn can cause pain. Adding a couple of drops to ice water and dipping the burned finger or hand into it will help soothe the burn and alleviate the pain.
Use caution if it’s a deep burn, seek the help of your health care provider.
A splinter can be bothersome to remove. Try adding a drop of lavender essential oil directly to the splinter, give it a second to soak in, and then try removing it with a disinfected needle or a pair of tweezers.
People find it helps the splinter come out effortlessly plus the oil acts as an antiseptic.
Add a few drops to your favorite shampoo and conditioner to help promote healthy hair growth and prevent lice.
On the other hand, for the lice prevention, add it with a few drops of tea tree oil for double power.
2. Refresh with Peppermint
Peppermint essential oil has many great uses. First, it’s a wonderful breath freshener.
Add a drop to the tongue or look for essential oil beadlets for a melt in the mouth experience.
Add a drop of peppermint oil to a dollop of hand cream for a refreshing boost to the fragrance and a cooling effect on the skin.
Add a drop or two to the palm of your hand and cup over the mouth and nose for an instant diffusion.
Breathing it will help open sinuses, aids in treating a headache, and helps to treat a congested cough.
If you find the peppermint essential oil is too strong for direct skin contact, add it into a couple of drops of your favorite carrier oil.
Peppermint essential oil is perfectly edible. Add a couple of drops to a pan of brownies for a chocolate mint treat.
Add a drop to a cup of hot cocoa for a hot chocolate mint drink. Add a drop to a cup of hot tea for an upset stomach.
Add a couple of drops to vanilla frosting for an instant peppermint frosting.
3. Everything Goes Lemon
Lemon essential oil has many wonderful benefits to use both in cooking and in around the home.
Start with the benefits of the fragrance. To give the air an instant lift in scent, add a few drops to a tissue and put into the vents.
Hide the tissues in seat cushions or side-table drawers. Tape the tissue under the table or under the chairs or sofa.
Make a degreaser by mixing a few drops into vinegar. It works well to clean and deodorize the kitchen and especially on cutting the grease on the stovetop.
Add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to any recipe calling for lemon juice.
A drop or two equals a nice squeeze from a halved lemon. Add a couple of drops to a pitcher of iced tea for a delicious and refreshing drink.
Add a couple of drops to vinegar when making a vinegar and oil salad dressing for a refreshing flavor on your salad. Add your favorite herbs for more flavor.
Mix a couple of drops into apple cider vinegar and spritz on seafood for a delightful flavor additive.
4. Elevate with Orange Essential Oil Hacks
Orange essential oil makes a wonderful diffuser oil. Add three to five drops to water and boil on the stove for a homemade diffuser.
Add a couple of drops to distilled water to use in a diffuser. Orange oil helps to elevate the mood to those who breathe it.
Teachers love using it in their classrooms to help with concentration and encouraging pleasant moods.
Add a couple of drops to a pitcher of iced tea for a lovely orange tea flavor. Add a drop to a hot cup of tea for a nice aroma and flavor.
Orange oil added to vinegar makes a good surface cleaner that adds aromatherapy to the air.
5. Get Healthy with Tea Tree Oil Essential Oil Hacks
Tea tree oil or melaleuca is an excellent oil for the medicine cabinet. Many good uses are attributed to tea tree oil.
Add a couple of drops to your favorite shampoo and conditioner to help prevent and treat lice.
Add a couple of drops to an oil carrier and use it as first aid for cuts and scrapes.
Diffuse it in distilled water for an air cleansing and an aid for congestion.
Make a homemade hand sanitizer out of tea tree oil.
Combine 5 drops of lavender oil, a tablespoon of witch hazel, a cup of aloe vera gel, ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil, and 30 drops of tea tree oil.
Add to travel sized squirt bottles and shake well before each use.
6. Sunburn Spray to the Rescue
Every home needs sunburn spray if anyone in the home suffers from sunburns or from spending too much time in the sun. Make it by using witch hazel as the carrier.
Start with a half cup of witch hazel and a couple of tablespoons of aloe vera gel thoroughly mixed and add to a small spray bottle.
Add about ten drops each of lavender and peppermint essential oil. Shake well before use.
When experiencing too much sun, liberally spray onto the burn. Spray onto overly tanned skin to keep it cool and moisturized.
7. Essential Oil Hacks with Carrier Oils
If you are using essential oils, it is very imperative to have carrier oils on hand.
Carrier oils help to dilute the essential oils so they can be applied directly onto the skin.
The type of carrier oil depends on the intended use. Carrier oils are intended for topical use and not for ingesting.
For example, for household cleaning purposes, using a white distilled vinegar is best.
For diffusion, use distilled water. Filtered water will work in a pinch.
Skin care uses or using oil for transdermal application, use one of these excellent oils:
Many carrier oils, if not all, have benefits for the skin and body aside from the essential oils.
For example, evening primrose oil contains beneficial fatty acids as does flaxseed oil.
Olive oil is a wonderful facial moisturizer. Using the carrier oils with essential oils you can effectively develop a beauty routine for all your facial and skincare needs.
8. Natural Beauty Made Easy with Essential Oil Hacks
Lavender and geranium essential oils are among the best for the skin.
Add a couple of drops each to a fourth cup of olive oil, grapeseed oil, or rosehip oil is a very beneficial oil for the face.
It has anti-aging properties and helps to maintain healthy skin as well as working as a moisturizer.
Witch hazel is a beneficial facial toner. Add a few drops of lavender or geranium for an added benefit of toned softened skin.
For acne, add tea tree oil to witch hazel. Or add lemongrass oil if you’d rather have an acne treatment with a more subtle scent.
Combine any of these oils to a carrier (a few drops of your choices) to make a nice facial oil.
Frankincense, lavender, geranium, tea tree, pink grapefruit, roman chamomile, rose, ylang ylang, orange, palmarosa, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, and or rosemary.
9. Deodorize and Disinfect
Really, any oil you enjoy the scent works well as a deodorizer. For a quick freshening of the air, boil water and add three to five drops of your favorite scented essential oil.
Make up a scent by combining your favorites. Lemon, orange, and tea tree oils help to deodorize the air and gets rid of unpleasant odors.
If someone is sick, the air could stand a refreshing and disinfecting. Add a couple of drops of rosemary, eucalyptus, or tea tree to water to diffuse into the air.
It works as a disinfectant and as aromatherapy to the one who is sick. It also helps those who are well to stay well.
Use all three or a combination with other oils, or as just one or two of the oils. The combinations and possibilities are endless.
10. Chemical-Free Dryer Balls
Throw away the chemical laden dryer sheets you buy from the store. Purchase special made wool balls for the dryer.
These look like wool tennis balls. Do a search for wool dryer balls and use three to six in the dryer.
The wool eventually wears down and replace it when that happens. The balls should last six months or longer, saving a ton by not having to purchase commercial made dryer sheets.
Used alone, the wool balls help to dry clothes faster and leaves the garments and linens soft.
Add a few drops of your favorite scented essential oils to the wool balls for a delightful fragrance on the clothes and linens.
Use caution not to saturate too much oil on the balls to keep the oils from staining the clothing. Allowing the oil to dry first helps.
With these essential oil hacks, you will forget the old ways of doing things and embrace the natural, healthier way to almost everything you do.