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I <3 essential oils. I don’t try to hide that. I have seen such a huge improvement in the health of myself and my family since I started using and sharing them.
A lot of people are overwhelmed by the number of oils available. How do you know which to use and how to use them?
My Must Have Essential Oils
I love having a larger arsenal of essential oils to use for whatever may come up. It also allows me to experiment and find which oils work best for my. This is why I started with a big kit and why I love ordering new oils every month. However, if I had to select just a few to never run out of, these would be my must have essential oils:
Lavender. Oh, lavender. How I love you. A couple drops in a bath, and I’m transported to a spa. Less than a drop on my hands, and I am able to de-stress and fall asleep. I’ve used it on skin irritation with great success. There are many uses for the calming properties of lavender!
Lemon. Lemon is an oil that is good at cleaning…everything! I make up a spray bottle of 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and 30 drops lemon for a great all purpose cleaner. I have used it to remove the sticky gunk left behind by stickers. I also love to put a drop or two of lemon in water the morning after overindulging (shhhh….).
Peppermint. Peppermint is another everything oil. It is cooling – I’ve used it along my spine to help me get through a hot day, and my aunts “of a certain age” love it, too. It is energizing – a little bit on the back of the neck can really pick you up and help you focus. It is great for tension. And it tastes great! I love using peppermint to flavor my homemade toothpaste or to make mint brownies.
Frankincense. Frankincense may seem expensive, but it is such a wonderful oil! A small amount on the roof of my mouth is perfect for my eye strain. I also use it, diluted in fractionated coconut oil, on my face to reduce the appearance of blemishes and support skin repair. Frankincense is also commonly used in more long-term oil protocols.
Melaleuca. This oil is more commonly known as tea tree. It is best known for its cleaning powers, so I use it in most of my personal care products, especially toothpaste and deodorant. I also use it on my blemishes for this reason.
Protective Blend. This is my favorite oil for immune support. It is available in oil, beadlet, and softgel form, so there are many ways to use it. It can be great for using in cleaning products, and I love using it to help with seasonal threats.
Soothing Blend. I’ve written about the Soothing Blend before. Such an amazing oil for pain and inflammation! I encourage you to read my post about why this oil blend is so great.
Digestive Blend. This is an oil blend that helps support digestion. I don’t use this oil much, but when I need it, I am soooooo glad I have it! I just rub a drop or two, diluted in fractionated coconut oil, on my stomach and shortly I experience amazing relief from the GI discomfort I was experiencing. This discomfort can be from overindulging, detoxing, eating something I shouldn’t, or any other cause of stomach and intestinal discomfort. (update: since starting GAPS, this oil blend has become a staple)
Respiratory Blend. This is a must have when I’m sick. It helps open up my airwaves and relieve my stuffy nose, which is especially welcome when I’m trying to sleep with a cold! I have also seen it help with snoring.
Oregano. I actually only used oregano for the first time this past week. I keep it around because it is very strong. It is a very hot oil, and must be treated with care, but it is really helpful to support the body in the face of seasonal threats. I have now seen first hand that it really works at what it does!
Those are my top 10. You can learn more about essential oils here.
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