5 Uses For Essential Oils

So, as you know, I am a contributing writer to “Broke But Bougie” and have loved writing thus far. What I was NOT expecting in these past endeavors was to be entertained and informed myself by my fellow writers.

I just read the post about “Witch Hazel” last night before bed (before I put my own routine dabbing on, mind you!) and was inspired by my medicine cabinet and the handy Bougie tips to write about essential oils.

The facts—part 1: Essential oils smell GOOD! They can play a variety of roles in helping you through the daily grind: relax and sooth, energize, clean and refresh, sooth aches and pains, and best of all… save money! There are also added health benefits in including these aromatherapy remedials into your lifestyle.

The facts – part 2: Since a little bit goes a LONG way, the oils are a great investment into the care and cleaning of your personal “world.” You can find the oils at local health food stores, online, and nutrition boutiques.

Here are 5 recipes using essential oils that I’ve personally tried and loved!

Peppermint Toothpaste
1/8 cup Baking Soda
1 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide
¼ cup Coconut Oil
6 drops Peppermint and/or Tea Tree oil
Stevia powder (optional)
– Mix all ingredients to desired consistency and flavor, adding or subtracting, as necessary.

Bathroom Cleanser
1 cup Baking Soda
2 cups Vinegar
3 cups Warm Water
6 Drops Lemon or Lavender oil
– Mix all ingredients, adding less water for a grout paste. Clean your shower, toilet, and sink with the mixture. Rinse well and buff dry. Save your hands, sinuses, and the environment from commercial harsh chemicals. 

Headache Remedy
2 cups dried pinto beans
1 clean sock
3 drops Lavender, Spruce, or Magnesium oil
– Fill the sock with the pinto beans and drop in the oil. Tie in a knot. Place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Place on forehead or neck. 

Laundry Freshener
Hankerchief, washcloth, sock, clean rag
4 drops oil of choice (whatever you want to smell like!)
– Drop the oils onto the cloth and place in the dryer with wet clothes. Dry as normal.

Foot Soak
Large bowl, tub, or pedicure basin
¼ cups Epsom Salts (inexpensive, available at grocery stores, CVS or Walgreens, or health food stores in the hygiene departments)
Warm Water
Spruce, Chamomile, Ginger, or Rosemary oils
– Mix all ingredients and let feet soak for 15-20 minutes while you read, write, or watch TV to relieve aching or swollen feet. This soak is also GREAT for healing minor scrapes and bruises. 

As I mentioned, essential oils can be found in abundance in the organic, hippie, health nut, homeopathic, and natural realms. You might even try Farmer’s Markets! Each of the oils have their respective uses and can be mixed for multiple uses. Here’s a wonderful list of the oils and their useful properties: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_essential_oils. Be brave, and experiment!