7 of My Favorite Ways to Use Beneficial Essential Oils

There are so†many essential oils in the world… it can seem overwhelming!

Don’t despair! Even the most novice essential oil user can learn to incorporate oils easily into their everyday lives.

Here are seven easy, beneficial ways to use†more essential oils:

1. Lavender for cuts, burns and itches.

Lavender essential oilhas many, many usesóbut the most life changing for me has been using it on burns. I always seem to burn my hands when I am cooking, and I have many scars to show for itóbut no new ones since I have used lavender essential oil on them! It also stops the itch immediately when an insect happens to take a bite of me, and is very soothing when I get a scratch.

2. Wild Orange in my laundry.

Citrus just always seems to smell clean. I love using wild orange,sweet orange†or any other citrus oil in my laundry. I place a few drops in my fabric softener slot along with white vinegar (no more pricey,chemical filledfabric softeners in my house) and then a few drops on my wool dryer balls in the dryer, and†bam!-Ėfresh, clean smelling laundry.

3. Peppermint for repelling spiders and insects.

Spiders and many other insects hate the smell of peppermint. I mix a few drops of†peppermint essential oil†with vodka or water in a spray bottle, and spray around doors, windows and anywhere else you think there may be critters. You do need to reapply often, if you have a lot of insect activity, or to keep them away for long periods.

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via Flickr Ė Greg Burkett

4. Ginger for stomach issues.

Itís no secret that†gingerhelps ease stomach issues, but I actually apply a blend of essential oils to my stomach (rub on your skin, not taken internally) whenever a case of stomach flu or other ailments come around. The blend I use contains†ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise essential oils. It really is a life saver for the aches and uneasiness that comes along with stomach issues.

5. Lemon for removing stubborn labels and stickers.

Iím a bigupcycler, especially when it comes to pretty glass bottles and jars, but pesky labels and label residue can ruin a beautiful project. A few drops of†lemon essential oilalways does the trick!

6. Frankincense for scars.

The Three Wise Men had it rightóFrankincenseis really a treasure, it has so many uses and is very potent. It smells great, making it an enjoyable addition to your skincare routine for acne scars, wrinkles and other scars. I love adding it to my facial moisturizer oil.

7. Melaleuca for acne, athletes foot and yeast.

Melaleuca, or†Tea Tree Oil,†has strong anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal†properties,†which makes it great for any sort of bacterial or fungal issue on your skin, or in your home. It can do a great job on mold in the shower, too!

Oil quality is important.

When using any†essential oil†in or around your body, you want to make sure you are using an oil that is completely pure and not cut or diluted with any carrier or cheaper oils. Research the brand before you buy, you will often get what you pay for with essential oils. Organic oils are preferable, but not always available for every type of oil.

Bonus:

Listen to this Green Divas Health & Beauty†podcast featuring herbalist and author Brigitte Mars. She talks about aromatherapy and which scents can help put you in the mood, and which ones might not . . .


Listen to the latestGreen Divas Radio Showóand other green and healthy living podcastsódaily on†GDGDRadio.com†(or get the†GDGD Radio app)!

Written by Green Diva Christine Zadykovich.

107 comments

william Miller
william Miller2 years ago

cool I love these oils

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Sen Senz
Sayenne H2 years ago

Nice I want to try some too

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Sen Senz
Sayenne H2 years ago

Are they expensive or not?

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 years ago

thanks for the info i already use a few of them but will get all the ones mentioned that I dont have yet

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Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 years ago

thanks for the info i already use a few of them but will get all the ones mentioned that I dont have yet

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Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo2 years ago

thanks for the info i already use a few of them but will get all the ones mentioned that I dont have yet

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Thank you for sharing:)

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma2 years ago

Thank you!

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