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Today I would like to talk about using essential oils. I frequently use them to inhale for therapeutic benefits, and I often forget just how many uses they can bring in everyday life. So I thought it would be a good idea to educate you all on the wonderful and simple uses of essential oils.

What are Essential Oils?

They're made from parts of certain plants like leaves, seeds, barks, roots, and rinds. Makers use different methods to concentrate them into oils. You may add them to vegetable oils, creams, or bath gels. Or you might smell them, rub them on your skin, or put them in your bath. Some research shows that they can be helpful if you know how to use them the right way. Always check the label and ask your doctor if you’re not sure if they’re OK for you to use.

How can I use them?

The most common way to use essential oils is to inhale them, either directly out of the bottle or by using a diffuser or humidifier. You can also dilute essential oils with a carrier oil and apply it directly to your skin. Or you can get creative and add the mixture to a body wash, shampoo, or bath.

Uses around the House...

  • Dryer Balls- Just a few drops onto a dryer ball allows less waste of dryer sheets.

  • Air Freshener-In a spray bottle, simply combine 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice with ½ tsp. of alcohol and some purified water.

  • Draw/Shoe Deodorizer- If you want sweeter-smelling clothes or shoes, you can try putting essential oil onto a cotton-wool ball or tissue, then place it into your dresser drawers full of clothes or inside your shoes.

  • Deter bugs and rodents-If you’re not into pesticides, did you know there’s a more natural way to deter mice, spiders, mosquitoes, ants, and bugs overall? Yep: peppermint oil.

Who should not use them?

  • Epilepsy - people with epilepsy or the risk of seizure should stay away from stimulating essential oils such as sage, sweet fennel, hyssop, eucalyptus, rosemary. Some oils that are safe are lavender, marjoram.

  • High Blood Pressure - avoid oils that will increase circulation and adrenaline: rosemary, peppermint, hyssop, thyme, eucalyptus, and sage.

  • Low Blood Pressure - avoid oils that are overly sedating clary sage, ylang-ylang, and lavender in very high doses.

  • Pregnancy - Essential oils can have enormous benefits for pregnant women and as long as they are used according to the dosage chart can help women have a more pleasant pregnancy and delivery. Keep dosages down to 1 percent essential oils per dilution as per the dosage chart. Avoid the following essential oils: aniseed, basil, cinnamon, fennel, hyssop, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, and tagetes. Oils that are safe during the entire pregnancy: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, rosewood, sandalwood, spearmint, orange, tea tree, vetiver, and ylang-ylang. Oils that are safe after the first trimester: chamomile roman, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, jasmine, and rose (should not be used until ready to go into labor). Oils that are safe for use in the third trimester or during delivery: cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, peppermint, pine, rosemary, and spruce.

  • Babies & Children under 5 yrs - Keep dosages down to 1% essential oils per dilution as per the dosage chart. Avoid the following essential oils: aniseed, basil, camphor, cinnamon bark, clove bud, clove leaf, eucalyptus, fennel, hyssop, juniper, lemongrass, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, parsley seed, peppermint (under 12), pennyroyal, sage, savory, tagetes and thyme.

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