4 Essential Oils And 40 Ways To Use Them To Improve Your Life


Essential oils have been used medicinally throughout history. More people are enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy, a branch of natural medicine that harnesses the curative effects of essential oils and other aromatic compounds. Here are 4 essential oils with 40 different uses.

Essential oils are extracted from herbs and plants. They are labelled “essential” as they contain the characteristic fragrance of the plant that it is taken from. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.

* Dab a few drops of peppermint oil on temples, neck and sinuses to banish headaches
* Rub a drop of peppermint oil on the stomach can relieve indigestion
* Take internally to ease stomach cramping or diarrhea
* Ease allergy symptoms and clear airways by inhaling peppermint oil with lemon oil
* Use as a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant in teething babies or after dental work
* Inhale the aroma as an appetite suppressant to make you feel fuller
* Apply on a cotton swab to ticks so they stop biting and sucking to come up for breathe and can be removed
* Peppermint oil can improve blood circulation and lift moods
* Use as an antibacterial and antifungal cleaner for kitchens and bathrooms
* Use as a spider repellent as they hate the aroma

* A few drops on a pillowcase helps deep sleep
* Inhale the vapor 4 or 5 drops in a bowl of war water to relieve colds and flu
* Apply a few drops to neck, chest and between eyes to calm sinuses and allergy symptoms
* Can be applied to soothe and heal minor scrapes and rashes
* Mix with baking soda and sprinkle on carpets before vacuuming to banish pet odors
* Revive and freshen linen by using it in a spray, it leaves no oil residue or stains
* Use in a bath to cleanse and moisturize
* Apply a few drops over a splinter, the splinter will swell and come to the surface easily

* Soak cotton balls in lavender and lemon oil and place inside vacuum bag (or bagless cylinder) to freshen whole house
* Apply a few drops to a mattress when changing bedlinen to keep bed fresh

* Apply a few drops regularly to callouses or corns to soften the skin
* Add a few drops to a glass of water for an instant energy boost
* Use lemon oil in a diffuser for an uplifting mood booster
* Add to a humidifier to ease coughs, colds or other respiratory problems
* Banish cold sores by applying a few drops when they first appear
* Use as a natural hair lightening treatment when going out in the sun
* Add a few drops to dishwasher soap for extra sparkle
* Apply a few drops to a cloth and rub on leather to prevent splits
* Use a few drops in a spray to kill aphids
* Use to remove chewing gum from hair by applying lemon oil first

* Dab a few drops on acne affected skin, or add to your usual skin wash to prevent breakouts
* Dab a few drops on cold sores, or dilute in a small amount of coconut oil
* Can reduce cavities by adding to homemade toothpastes or apply a drop to a toothbrush before and after brushing to disinfect
* Combat athlete’s foot by massaging into feet or add a drop to your shoes
* Clear ear infections by adding 1 drop to 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and use a dropper to apply a couple of drops to ears and leave for 30-60 seconds
* Ease allergy symptoms by massaging a few drops into chest, abdomen or reflex points of the feet
* Banish head lice naturally by adding a few drops to purified water and soak hair and scalp in this solution. Use on brushes and cobs and massage into scalp.
* Apply directly to warts to remove them (dilute if you have sensitive skin)
* Add 1 drop of tea tree oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil to purified water to make a natural mouthwash
* Use after body piercings for its antibacterial properties

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