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Homemade Essential Oils for Any Ailment

Homemade Essential Oils for Any Ailment

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

I have often thought that essential oils are the cure all for a host of what ails us. My favorite scent, lavender has done wonders to calm me down on many an occasion. I especially love it when I just can’t seem to calm down before bed. A whiff of it seems to allow my body to relax in no time at all. And peppermint oil is great when I want to wake up quickly without sucking down a cup of Joe. But really, there is an oil for tons of our physical and mental issues.

When you’re making your own oil, first choose a carrier oil. That is the oil that will carry the scent that you are about to infuse. This will depend on what you’re planning on using the oil for. If want to use it on the skin, jojoba and avocado oil are great choices, because they nourish the skin. Vegetable oil is a great choice if you want it for aromatherapy as it easily allows the herbal scent to take over.

Just because something’s all-natural, however, doesn’t mean you should abandon all caution, as Consumer Reports reminds us. These highly concentrated plant extracts can cause adverse reactions in some instances, for example, and for that reason, they should never be ingested. Pregnant or nursing women, or people who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, epilepsy, or migraine headaches, should also be mindful of using essential oils. Read more about applying them safely on Planet Green.

Here’s how to make your own essential oil:

  1. Mix 1/4 ounce of bulk herbs of your choice with 1 cup of carrier oil.
  2. Add the mixture to your slow cooker and allow it to cook on very low heat all day (about 8 hours).
  3. Remove the mixture from the crockpot and strain.
  4. Place in a jar, storing in a cool, dark place. The oil should last about 6 months.

Essential Oil Ailment Guide (Source: Remedies for Life)

For PMS
Combine geranium, peppermint, rose, and ylang-ylang oil. Breathe it in daily.

For happiness
Combine chamomile, clary sage, valerian, and ylang ylang adding a few drops to a bath.

For headaches
Combine basil, chamomile, lavender, and peppermint and breathe it in daily.

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1:10PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

8:48PM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

TYFS!

6:22PM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

is carrier oil the same thing as olive oil-never heard of this oil

11:35AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Thank you.

8:40AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Great. T.Y. for posting this article. Shared it.

3:02AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:35AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks

3:42PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Good info but I think I will cont. To buy mine

5:47AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

thank you

7:42AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thanks

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