When you think about essential oils, what first springs to mind? Heavenly scents? Soothing massages? Calming baths?
Well you might be surprised to know that essential oils aren’t only just good for those jobs. They can also come in very handy when treating mould, acne and your health.
Take the following 15 uses – they prove that essential oils can do so much more than smell good:
- All-purpose Cleaner – whether you need to clean your work tops, sink or table, mix 2 tsp of Tea Tree oil with 2 cups of water and its antibacterial properties can free your surfaces of germs.
- General Cleaner – blend 1 ½ gallons of hot water with a touch of unscented dish soup and 5-10 drops of either Lemon, Tea Tree or Mint essential oil and you can use this liquid to clean your dishes, floors and your worktops.
- Clothes – instead of wasting money on fabric softener and detergent, why not try mixing 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (Frankincense and Lavender work best) with an unscented laundry detergent. Alternatively if you prefer to use fabric softeners, add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil to a gallon of white vinegar. Blended together you can add 1/3 cup to every load of washing.
- Air Freshener – blend a tsp of essential oil to a cup of water and spray around your home.
- Mould – mixing 2 tsp of Tea Tree oil with 2 cups of water can help you to kill mould and clean your walls. Simply spray this mixture onto your mould and don’t rinse. Alternatively you can try using ½ cup of distilled white vinegar mixed with 10 drops of Lavender essential oil.
- Mice repellent – mice are naturally repelled by the smell of Peppermint so to help keep them out of your house, mix 2 tsp of Peppermint with 1 cup of water and spray into areas where you think mice might try to get in.
- Moths – you can free your clothes from moths by soaking cotton balls in a few drops of Patchouli essential oil and putting them in your clothes closet.
- Blemishes/acne – dabbing Tea Tree oil onto your skin can free your pores of dirt and bacteria and help keep your skin blemish free.
- Hair loss – adding a few drops of Rosemary essential oil to a dollop of your shampoo can increase circulation in your scalp and limit your amount of hair loss.
- Congestion – the bane of most colds, add a few drops of Peppermint to a bowl of hot water and its steam can ease congestion. Another good oil you can use is Eucalyptus.
- Insomnia – instead of taking tablets, try mixing a few drops of Lavender essential oil with water and lightly spraying it onto your pillow. The Lavender will calm your mind and encourage restful sleep.
- Headaches – if you are regularly plagued by headaches then you might find mixing a small amount of Peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil can help. Apply to your fingers and you can massage it into your temples and calm your mind.
- PMS – both diluted Rose Otto and Geranium essential oils (mixed with a carrier oil) can balance your emotions and ease discomfort. Either massage it into your neck and shoulders or add it to your bath.
- Burns – a number of essential oils are reputed to relieve pain and stop burns from progressing. One of the best ones for this job is Lavender oil which you can add to a cool bath.
- Toothache – blending 2 drops of Clove essential oil with 1/4 tsp of Olive oil can give you temporary pain relief before you go to the dentist. Simply saturate a cotton ball with this mixture and place it beside your painful tooth.
See what I mean?
Sure essential oils might make great bath and massage oils, but there is much more to them than meets the eye.
So if you are looking for a natural way to treat pain and skin problems or want to introduce Eco-friendly cleaning products into your home, then why not give the above suggestions a try to make better use of your essential oils.