Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

75 ways natural products can enhance your life

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects. Here are 75 ways to use these amazing essential oils:

Essential oil uses for cleaning and home

  1. All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.
  2. Natural mosquito repellent: Combine one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make natural bug spray and rub on exposed skin. Reapply as needed.
  3. Sports gear: If your kids play sports, add two drops each of tea tree oil and lemon essential oil to one quart of warm water; next add four tablespoons of baking soda and mix. Use to clean ripe jerseys, cleats and sports gear.
  4. Clean air: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.
  5. Washing machine: Add 10-20 drops of your favorite scent per load.
  6. Vacuum cleaner: Add five to 10 drops of your favorite oil in your vacuum bag or dust container.
  7. Homemade sunscreen: Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil, then store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade toxic-free sunscreen.
  8. Eliminate shower curtain scum: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca) with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
  9. Clean burnt pans: Use a few drops of lemon oil and some boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
  10.  Wonderful smelling home: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
  11.  Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
  12.  Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil and clove oil to kill pests on contact.
  13.  Lavender cake: Mix coconut flour, raw honey, organic eggs and lavender essential oil and bake at 350 degrees.
  14.  Eliminate mold: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.
  15.  Reduce anxiety: Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.
  16.  Spiritual enlightenment: Diffuse frankincense essential oil while praying, meditating or reading to increase spiritual awareness.
  17.  Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.
  18.  Freshen trash can: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to help decrease the odor and detoxify.
  19.  Wash produce: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water then wash.
  20.  Clean kitchen smell: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.
  21.  Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.
  22.  Purify fridge: To freshen up the fridge or freezer when cleaning, add a few drops of lime, grapefruit or bergamot oil to the rinsing water.
  23.  Mint tea: Use one to two drops of peppermint essential oil in your favorite tea for a hint of mint.
  24.  Eliminate smoke: To remove cigarette smoke, put four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle and spray around the house.
  25.  Detoxify the air: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint to dispel fumes.
  26.  Get rid of shoe smell: Add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil to freshen up smelly shoes.
  27.  Bridal shower gift: For a cute bridal shower gift, create a “love potion” with essential oils. Use 20 drops of sandalwood, and four drops each of cocoa, vanilla and rose oil to unscented lotion.
  28.  Baby shower gift: Give a wall diffuser with a lavender scent to calm the mom and baby.
  29.  Flavored lemon water: Use two to three drops of lemon oil in water for a delicious citrus flavor.
  30.  Cleaner dishes: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.
  31.  Physician kit: Makeover your medicine cabinet and create a family physician kit with essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, oregano and frankincense.

infographic of essential oils for home cleaning

Essential oil uses for spa and relaxation

  1. Improve sleep: Lavender oil can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.
  2. Body butter lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
  3. Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
  4. Relieve tension: Help relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
  5. Massage therapy: Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
  6. Immediate relaxation: Apply two to four drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
  7. Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, Epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
  8. Sauna therapy: Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
  9. Calm upset child: Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
  10. Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
  11. Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.
  12. Yoga and Pilates: To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.

Essential oil remedies and natural medicine

  1. Migraine headache relief: Try combining a few drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil and apply to temples to help with headaches and migraines.
  2. Reduce cough or sinusitis: Eucalyptus oil is known for its powerful ability to fight coughs and open airways. Add a few drops into steaming hot water or diffuser. Inhale to help clear nasal passages.
  3. Repair broken bones: To support healing of broken bones, apply helichrysum, fir and cypress essential oils.
  4. Heal burns: Mix lavender oil with aloe vera to treat burns.
  5. Soothe bug bites: Use lavender oil for bug bites and stings.
  6. Improve digestion: Take ginger oil, peppermint oil and fennel essential oil to support digestion and heal leaky gut.
  7. Bronchitis and asthma remedy: Make a homemade vapor rub by combining eucalyptus, peppermint and coconut oil. Rub on your chest and neck.
  8. Treat bruises: Use essential oils as a hot compress to treat bruises or other wounds. Add five drops of lavender and five drops of frankincense to four ounces of hot water and soak. Apply to affected area.
  9. Improve concentration: Inhale bergamot, grapefruit or peppermint oil to increase concentration during the day.
  10. Sore feet soak: Add 10 drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoon of Epsom salt and add to a warm-water foot bath.
  11. Reduce teeth grinding: Massage one to three drops of lavender on the bottom of the feet and behind ears before bed.
  12. Relieve PMS: Mix two drops of sage, basil and rosemary, then apply to a warm, moist hand towel and apply to abdomen.
  13. Eczema and psoriasis cream: To treat eczema, psoriasis or red dry skin, apply a mixture of lavender essential oil with shea butter.
  14. Improve circulation: Add eight to 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil to warm bath water.
  15. Relieve hangover symptoms: Add six drops each of juniper berry, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary and lemon oil into a warm bath.
  16. Curb food cravings: Inhale peppermint and cinnamon oil to reduce your appetite and balance blood sugar.
  17. Energize your workout: Inhale peppermint oil before a workout to reduce fatigue.
  18. Reduce fever: Add one to three drops of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender to a cool cloth and sponge the body.
  19. Relieve motion sickness: Use peppermint, lavender and ginger oil to reduce motion sickness.
  20. Arthritis relief: Mix two drops of wintergreen, cypress and lemongrass into an unscented lotion. Massage into affected areas.
  21. Treat ringworm: Combine three drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and massage over the affected area twice a day.
  22. Head lice cure: Mix three drops of thyme, lavender and eucalyptus oil with unscented oil and apply to scalp. Cover head with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Shampoo out.
  23. Heal blistered skin: Mix two drops of tea tree oil with two drops of unscented oil and apply to the blistered area up to five times per day.
  24. Soothe a sunburn: Combine lavender or chamomile oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply to the skin with a cotton ball to reduce swelling and pain.
  25. Treat poison oak or poison ivy: Mix three drops of peppermint oil with unscented oil and apply to affected area.
  26. Lose weight: Combine grapefruit, ginger and cinnamon oil and take as a supplement three times daily to support metabolism.
  27. Boost immune system: Mix one drop of oregano oil with four drops of carrier oil and rub on the bottom of your feet before flying on a plane.
  28. Achy muscle rub: Mix eucalyptus, wintergreen and cypress with an unscented lotion or coconut oil and apply to muscles.
  29. Reduce morning sickness caused by pregnancy: Add a few drops of wild orange, lemon or ginger oil to a handkerchief and inhale.
  30. Improve allergies: Rub frankincense and lavender on your palms and inhale deeply to relieve itchy eyes and throat.
  31. Kick a cold fast: Take three drops of oil of oregano and frankincense three daily for one week.
  32. Reduce back and neck pain: Combine peppermint, cypress and ginger oils with cayenne pepper and coconut oil for a homemade pain relieving muscle rub.

infographic essential oils remedies for natural medicine

 


This article originally appeared on DrAxe.com and is republished here with permission.

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