I was talking with a new mom at our church about essential oils this weekend. Even though I’ve mentioned using some of these on the blog before, I thought it might be a good time to post again.
Tea Tree Oil—
- Add a few drops of it to a bottle of shampoo. This helps reduce the risk of your children getting lice. Thanks Radeana for this tip!
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the wash when cleaning cloth diapers. It helps to disinfect the wash.
- If you have acne, add a drop of tea tree oil to a blemish at night. Be careful not to get this in or near the eyes. This helps to heal and disinfect the spot.
- Mopping Water—in a few gallons of water, add around a 1/2 cup or so of vinegar. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to make things smell better. Mop your kitchen floors.
- Keep it out of reach of children and pets as it can be poisonous when consumed in large doses.
- Add a bit of peppermint oil to your bath or shower to help wake you up.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to unscented lotion and shake. This will feel great on your tired or sore feet and legs.
- I have a friend who would make a wet compress with a hand towel and add a couple of drops of peppermint oil. She would put the compress on her head when suffering from a headache. She said it almost always made her feel better.
Thieves Oil or Medieval Mix—A mixture of oils used by grave robbers to prevent them from catching the plague.
- I would put a drop or two on our daughter’s shirt tags when she was a baby to help prevent her from getting sick. She had very sensitive skin, and so I wouldn’t put it directly on her. Putting it on the tag was a way to keep the oil from staining her clothes.
- Add a couple of drops of it to unscented liquid hand soap for a hand sanitizer.
- Checkout the new soap by Colette Souder of Rainwater Farm that has Thieves Oil in it (“It takes a thief”). What a great idea!
- I have a friend who boils a pot of water and a few drops of Thieves Oil as an air deodorizer for her home.
- Now that our daughter is older, I’ve started adding a few drops of this to her bath for cold prevention.
- One of the best uses for clove oil is to help soothe a tooth ache. It tastes much better than that yucky stuff you buy in a tube at the pharmacy, and I think it works much better. You can usually find it at neighborhood pharmacies, as many of the mainstream pharmacies are no longer carrying it.
- This is my go-to oil for when I’m congested or have a cold. I add a few drops of it to a hot bath. The steam helps to clear my nasal passages as Vick’s Vapor Rub would.
- Make your own Vicks by mixing some unscented lotion with a few drops of eucalyptus oil and rubbing it on your chest.
- This oil is probably best known for its somniferous quality. (Since somniferous is one of my favorite words next to pumpernickel and loquacious, I had to throw it in.) Add a few drops of it to your bath at night to help calm your nerves and relax.
- Use lavender oil instead of peppermint oil in the mopping recipe I included above.