Essential oils are pure, concentrated liquids obtained by distillation from plants containing the unique fragrance of the plant. These oils have existed for a really long time and have been primarily used in aromatherapy. But they can also be used in other areas of well being, if used correctly.
In this blog, I will mention a few of my favorite oils, used for various everyday purposes by me.
Tea Tree Oil: One of my favorite oils is the tea tree oil. This is obtained from a plant found in Australia. It has a very distinctly pungent, minty smell.
I first started using this oil in it’s pure form to help reduce swelling from my cartilage piercing. This worked out really well and I decided to look up it’s benefits and use it in my day to day life.
Using tea tree oil in it’s pure form can cause dryness of skin. The ideal way to use it is to dilute with water.
- For dandruff control: Add 6-8 drops of oil to your existing shampoo and rinse hair normally. Make sure to use conditioner after, as the oil can cause some dryness. Additionally, mix a bowl of water with 10 drops of tea tree oil and rinse hair (no shampoo required). Do add conditioner after.
- For disinfecting cuts / scrapes: Add 10-12 drops of oil to a small bowl of water and mix. Dab a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to your cuts to disinfect. You will feel a stinging sensation (take some pain people…this only means it’s working 😛 )
- For acne control: Add 6-8 drops of oil to a small bowl of water and mix. Take a Q-tip or an earbud and dip in the mixture. Gently rub around the acne spot with the bud. Repeat twice a day for 2 days to see visible reduction. (There might be some dryness, so moisturize liberally).
Eucalyptus Oil: I love using Eucalyptus just for the smell ♥♥. It’s fragrance is so soothing (in mild quantities of course). But the oil can also be used in cleaning surfaces, as an insect repellant and as a room freshener.
Just mix 10-12 drops of oil with water in a spray bottle and use it for cleaning or for spraying in a room. You can also add 5-6 drops of lavender oil with the eucalyptus for the freshener.
Rosemary & Lavender Oils: These are mostly used in food and for aromatherapy.
- Home made scrubs: Get a bowl of sugar or salt crystals. Add just enough almond / coconut oil to give the crystals a semi solid consistency. Add 8-10 drops of either oil or both . Mix all ingredients thoroughly with a spoon and let sit for 10 minutes. Voila…Your home made scrub is ready. Apply liberally to dry hands / feet and gently wipe off with a cloth for soft skin.
- Relaxing Lavender Tea: Add a cup of water to a pan. Add black tea, sugar / honey (whichever you prefer), fresh lavender flowers or lavender powder (available at whole foods or organic grocery stores). Let boil for 2 mins, steep for 10 mins and add milk and boil again. The resulting brew is wonderfully warming and refreshing.
This is how I use my essential oils. Always remember to add them to a carrier oil (read about carrier oils here: Beautiful Benefits of Carrier Oils
Hope you find this information helpful 🙂