I am sure by now you have heard about essential oils and maybe even have some friends who offer theirs up when you get a headache or start coughing. You might kindly refuse wondering if your friend has gone a bit crazy? At least that is what I did when I first heard about them… “You mean to tell me that if I rub this oil around my kids’ ear a few times, his ear infection will go away?” uh huh. But you do it anyway, just to appease her thinking, it won’t hurt right? And then, what the?…it works! Your kid stops crying from the pain and 20 minutes later is back outside jumping on the trampoline. Interesting. Must be a fluke. But the next day you wake up with a scratchy throat and you call your friend and ask if she has any oils for keeping a cold away….and she does. 🙂
My experience was actually a little more drastic than this even, you can read about it here. I am not in any way saying essential oils are a cure all or that I don’t believe in medicine anymore. I know they have their limits and I absolutely believe in and am grateful for medicine. But if I can kick something to the curb without using medicine, I much prefer it. For example: I know a lot of people who have had success using essential oils to get rid of headaches but I haven’t found a combination of oils that works for me yet so I still grab two Advil. But I am not giving up, I will keep trying and hopefully I will find a combination that works for me. I have tried essential oils on enough other things now to know that they don’t always work the same for everyone. But I have seen them help enough times to want to keep trying.
So what are they and how do they help?
I won’t go into all the details in this post but it is interesting to read about and I think helpful to know how and why essential oils can help you. It is all explained briefly, here. Or if you want more in depth info, Jennifer’s ebook is fantastic. After I learned about and started having success using essential oils, I turned into the crazy friend offering them up to all my friends.:)
When I first asked Shelley and Alison about talking about them on HowDoesShe, they also thought I was a bit crazy, but were happy they were helping my family so they let me. 🙂 BUT now that they have had a chance to try them out, they LOVE them as well!
We have had a lot of people ask us what our favorite essential oils are and how we use them so….here they are!
Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense
I like to use equal drops of lavender, peppermint and frankincense. It helps with tension, stress and headaches.
the most because they have helped my son so much. Some others I have tried and had success with:
For earaches / ear infections. Sounds weird, but I have used on two of my kids who were crying with pain in their ears. I assumed it was because of an ear infection. I rubbed a couple drops on the outside (never inside) of the hurting ear and put a few drops on a cotton ball and held it over the hurting ear until the pain went away. The pain went away within minutes. I repeated a few more times that day just to be safe.
I didn’t know I was a peppermint scent lover, until I tried this oil. It is by far one of my favorite scents now (lime being a close second). I can’t describe how pure and clean and yummy it smells. I use this in the car mostly for car sickness. When anyone starts feeling queezy, I pass back the bottle and have them take some deep breaths with the bottle under their nose. On longer trips or windy roads as prevention, I drop a couple drops on a cotton ball and stuff it in the air vent – it smells SO good!
A few TIPS:
1. Be sure to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil (I use coconut oil) as you first use them until you know how your skin reacts.
2. When I first started using essential oils I wanted a prescription. “Take two of these every 4 hours”. Something like that because that is what I was used to from medicine. Essential oils are different. They are super potent and although it seems weird, a drop or two is all you need at one time. Then you just repeat a few times a day until the problem goes away.
3. I mostly rub them on the bottom of my feet. I guess your feet have a ton of veins so it is a way to get the oils into your system quickly. Your skin is also more tough there so if you have sensitive skin, you are less likely to have irritations on your feet.
4. I also love to use them for cleaning. To see how I use them to clean, see this post.
5. I have started experimenting with using them for cooking. My favorite recipe so far is for super easy and super yummy FUDGE.
Ready to give them a try?