The Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for Home and Health

Written by Emily Rose


If you’re not one of the people already deeply steeped in Essential Oil culture then you may be wondering what the big deal is or even what to do with a bottle of essential oil.

 

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts from barks, leaves, buds, peels, stalks or flowers. They are highly potent and incredibly powerful because the oils contain the natural healing power of the plant. Scientific analysis has proven the antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic powers of essential oils. Each plant also has various physical and emotional benefits.

 

So what can you do once you have a bottle of essential oil? The main options are to diffuse them, use them topically on the body, use them for cleaning products or ingest them. On this last topic I will not make any suggestions. In school I was taught not to ingest oils and I personally do not do so. Having poured out large quantities of them I can attest to their potency which makes me somewhat wary of ingesting them. There also is the question of the quality of the oil which can be confusing to accurately determine unless you know a lot about your supplier. There’s plenty of opinions out there so you can make your own decisions regarding ingestion. 

 

Diffusing an oil is basically just dispersing it through water and air. The word means to spread from a higher to lower concentration. There are tons of diffusers on the market now so it’s very easy to find one in just about any price range. While most are electric, there are diffusers that work by heating a pool of water underneath with a tea light.  All you need is water and your essential oil and you’re all set. Finding the right amount of oil to add will depend on the size of your diffuser, but you’ll want mostly water with just a few drops of oil. 5 -10 should usually suffice.

 

We use diffusers all over our office, and are constantly complimented on the delicious spa smells which draws people in from the hallway. Diffusers are a great way to get creative with blending individual oils, or if you prefer a premade blend, just add a few drops and you’re good to go. A great blend to get you started is a lavender and orange mix like our Peaceful blend. Most people enjoy lavender and the citrus adds a warm, light  note to the earthy floral of lavender. Other oils like our Breathe blend can be used as a nasal steam by adding a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and inhaling the steam. This is a great option for congestion and stuffy noses.

 

Another way to diffuse essential oils is through a personal diffuser product. There are many porous surfaces that can absorb the oils and hold the scent for a while. We like to use lava stones which is why we created an entire line of lava stone jewelry that allows you to wear any scent close to the body. A few drops of oil on the lava stone will last for days. Many people use these personal diffusers to keep anxiety-reducing scents close to them at all times.

 

The second way of utilizing oils is to use them on the body. Many oils have physical properties that can help with pain, wound healing, skin care and more. Aside from lavender, which is a very safe oil, most other oils should not be used undiluted on the skin because of their potency. Peppermint is a well known and frequently used oil to help with the pain and headaches. A few drops mixed with an oil or lotion applied to the temples or forehead helps block headache pain.

 

Blends like our Soothe blend containing lemongrass and ginger can be mixed with lotion and applied to sore muscles. Other essential oils are in body products such as perfume sprays, healing balms, etc. Each oil has different properties that lends itself to specific types of healing. Lavender can be excellent for minor cuts and mosquito bites while lemongrass can soothe upset stomachs and nausea. Some oils are not considered safe during pregnancy, so it’s best to verify the safety of each oil before using it if you are pregnant.  It should also be noted that essential oils should only be used on humans and not on animals without proper guidance. The proportions tolerable to humans are much greater than what animals can tolerate safely.

 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly right now, is the use of oils for cleaning products. Because so many oils are naturally disinfecting, antimicrobial and antiviral, they make great cleaners. Because of potency, as well as cost, you don’t need to use a whole bottle of oil just to do one cleaning product. Adding your essential oils to vinegar, alcohol or any other cleaning product you use can give your surfaces an extra boost of clean. We specifically created the Harmony’s Touch disinfecting spray as a response to the pandemic we are now facing. It’s a safe and effective way to help sterilize your home and belongings.

 

As you can see there are many ways to use essential oils in your daily life for both health and home. While the oils have so many benefits for your health, many people just use them to diffuse or wear on their body because they love the smell of them and that’s great too! How do you like to use essential oils?

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