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18 Handy Uses for Essential Oils

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18 Handy Uses for Essential Oils

Essential oils have a plethora of amazing uses for everything from pampering yourself to cleaning and helping with various ailments.

What are essential oils? Essentially…an essential oil is an aromatic liquid extracted from leaves, twigs, berries, bark, wood, root, flowers, citrus peels, or other plant matter. They are not actually oily, but have more of a water-like feel.

Though essential oils are natural, they are very concentrated and should be used with caution. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Most essential oils should not be used undiluted or “neat” directly on the skin (except for lavender, tea tree, German chamomile, rose, sandalwood, and geranium). Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba, sesame, grapeseed, etc.) unless you know it is safe to use undiluted. To test if you are sensitive to a particular oil, combine 1 or 2 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil in a small container. Dab a small amount to your wrist or the crook of your arm and wait for 24 hours.
  • Don’t use undiluted essential oils on pets, especially cats, as certain oils can be toxic to them.
  • Use extra caution if you have a serious health condition or are pregnant.
  • Educate yourself about the properties and contraindications of each oil before using it.

Now that we have that out of the way, on to the uses!

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4:21AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Nothing is useless if we know when to stop

6:06PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Oil be using some of these ideas - thanks - smile

10:17AM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

thank you

1:50PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Good advice.

2:29PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

I love Young Living Essential Oils. We have ditched all our OTC products and have been healthy this year when so many around us have been sick. If you would like to start your chemical free journey please go to my website www.youngliving.org/kellihaglund and check out my product recommendations. I recommend the premium starter kit. It is the best bang for your buck. YL #1492228. You can order these oils through my website. After you enroll as a wholesale customer (Independent Distributor). They will give you a life time discount of 24% off all products with no monthly commitment and no membership fees. Please email me kellihaglund@gmail.com with any questions or wanting to get started on your chemical free journey.

4:20AM PST on Dec 23, 2013

ty

11:33AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

OK

3:26PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Love the tips!

6:00AM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Great tips!! You asked to give you some tips on how we use essential oils... There are so many, though! To sum it up, though, we don't use pharmaceutical drugs anymore; anytime we get sick we use these oils - coughs, flu, digestive issues, headaches, etc. Also, to help prevent bruising, we apply Lavender oil, and for scrapes we use Lavender or Frankincense. We love essential oils, but since most oils on the market are adulterated, even those we can purchase in health stores (unfortunately), we only purchase ours from a company we can trust - the one that has the "Seed to Seal" promise for all their oils and products enhanced with these oils.

7:53AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

thanks

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