Thursday, December 31, 2009

Everyday Uses for Essential Oils- Part 1

I find myself reaching for a bottle of essential on almost a daily basis, especially this time of year when fresh, fragrant herbs just aren't available. Two of the most useful to me are peppermint and lavender.

Lavender has a clean, relaxing scent. Depending on the cultivar used to make the oil, it can be fruity or resinous in character.
~ I keep a little roll on bottle of lavender essential oil handy for minor burns and zits.
~If you are stressed, can't sleep or are exhausted try a little lavender to help revive yourself. ~Add a few drops to a warm bath.
~For a more portable solution, sprinkle a couple of drops on a tissue or cotton ball to take with you.

Peppermint is next on my list of favorites. Its cooling, refreshing scent is perfect for relieving mental fatigue.
~Freshen the air in a sickroom with a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball in a small dish.
~Place a couple of those peppermint cotton balls in a plastic bag to take with you when traveling. The scent helps many with motion sickness and can help with mental alertness.
~I use a few drops in my mop water to freshen the stale winter air and to keep mice and ants away.
~Avoid using peppermint oil if you are pregnant! Consult with your midwife before using any essential oil when pregnant.

Always keep in mind- essential oils are concentrated and potent so a little goes a long way.

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