If you know me, then you know that I have been interested in essential oils for quite some time. It just took me a while to commit and go ahead and order the starter kit.
Over the past few years, I have had a bottle or two and used them a lot. I have just never had the variety of oils at my fingertips, like I have since ordering the starter kit. My first instinct was to jump right in and research what each type of oil was most used for. I pictured having a color coded chart hanging on the inside of my cabinet.
I stopped myself from taking it that far….isn’t that what Pinterest is for!?!?
I have reached for the oils many, many times for many, many uses. I know that I am not using them all to their full potential yet. I just didn’t want to receive my kit, go nuts making mixes and sprays and cleaners, etc….then have a bunch of empty bottles and have to start all over. I wanted to kind of take it slow and just research as needed and try out each oil in my diffuser to see how I liked it, without necessarily knowing what it was used to treat.
I thought that I would share a post letting you know what oils I have used and how I have used them during my first month!
- My Diffuser — I have loved the diffuser that came with my kit. We have it in our kitchen and enjoy letting it run. When I first got my kit, I wanted to just try a different oil per day in the diffuser without knowing what it was for. I would not necessarily recommend this. haha. On my third day, I put an oil in to try and moments later came into the kitchen wondering what smelled so bad. To me, it smelled like old man. It was the essential oil. The type that I had put in the diffuser is commonly used for IBS and nausea. I just made sure to not put that in my diffuser rotation anymore!! Other than that one time, we have loved the diffuser. My husband wants us to get one for every room.
- Health Purposes–Our son suffers from pollen allergies pretty severely. He is normally on three types of medicine this time of year just to be able to function. This was one of the main reasons that I wanted to go ahead and order the kit. I had researched the uses of essential oils to help with allergies. We started him on the oils and kept his meds close by. He has gone almost two weeks with no meds and only using the oil mixture. We combine three drops of each- lemon, lavender, and peppermint. I started applying it to the back of his neck, but he did not like the smell. He said it was too close to his nose! So, I started applying the oils to the bottom of his feet first thing in the morning and just make sure that he puts on a pair of socks. It has worked wonders. During this time period, our daughter also woke up sick one morning. She was throwing up constantly and could not keep any medicine down. I pulled out that same funky smelling oil that I had regretted putting in my diffuser and rubbed in on her stomach. She did not throw up again after I put the oil on and was her normal self by that afternoon. A week or so later, I happened to step on a piece of glass one day in my kitchen. I dropped a pie plate and was stepping forward to try a catch it, which resulted in my stepping on a rather large piece of glass. My husband came home and had to take me to the doctor to ensure that there was no more glass in my foot. The doctor cleaned my foot and wrote me a prescription for antibiotics. I just came home and applied oils twice a day. I’m all good now. 🙂
- Cleaning — I have not really gone into detail researching this category too much. I know some people make all of their cleaning products with essential oils. As you can tell from the above paragraph, it has been a busy time for us health-wise and I have enjoyed using the oils for those purposes. One thing that I have been doing and love, is to put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil in the filter of my vacuum cleaner. It makes my house smell amazing!!
- Skin Care– This is another area where I have tons of ideas pinned on Pinterest, but have not really started using them in my day to day routine. One thing that I have been doing every day since I received my oils involves Frankincense. I already apply a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning. I simply started adding one drop of Frankincense oil to my moisturizer. This oil is supposed to promote healthy radiant skin while slowing the signs of aging. That is just about all for my first month! I am looking forward to sharing more of what I learn and use as I continue on this journey!! Let me know what your favorite use is, so I can try it out as well!!