As this blog suggests, I have been getting back to the basics of life and this has included using natural remedies to aid in healing the body and lifting the mind. With that, my daughter and I looked to essential oils for maintaining health and healing. Recently, we signed up as wellness advocates for dōTERRA Essential Oils. I decided to go with dōTERRA oils for two reasons. First, the oils are of therapeutic-grade; so, this grade allows the essential oil (EO) to be used internally as well as topically and aromatic. Second, I receive a discount as a wellness advocate. So, why therapeutic-grade oils? While you may be able to find less expensive EOs, if they aren’t therapeutic-grade, they cannot be taken internally. If you are just going to use them in other applications, then it will require more product to reach the same effect of what a few drops of this grade will do. Even though therapeutic-grade is more expensive, it really is the best buy. Believe me! I know this because I’ve been there, and done that!
There are several brands out there so shop around and find what you like. And of course, if you want to check out dōTERRA, please take at look.
So now, here are few things I do with EOs.
Fabric Softener —you know those crystals that you can buy at $5 for 28 oz. Well you can make it with Epsom salts and essential oils. I found a 6 pound (96 ounces) bag of Dr. Teal Epsom Salt for $4.97. I used 6 cups of the Epsom salt and 60 drops of your favorite EO or combination. I used lime and serenity (30 drops each). It smells heavenly and works perfect. The best part is you end up with a better product for a HUGE savings! And yes, inside the jar is the lid from the store bought product .
I also love warm soaks in the tub. A 1/2 cup Epsom salt and few drops of your favorite oil turns a simple bath into the ultimate stress reliever.
For upset stomach or heartburn, I use the DigestZen blended oil. It will help alleviate an overstuffed feeling (it will really get used a lot this holiday season), to a slight upset stomach feeling and even heartburn. I am amazed at how quick it relieves the discomfort. Here is a post about its other uses from dōTERRA’s blog.
Here is a infographic that identifies the many uses for EOs, just click on the graphic and it will open up in another browser window.
Do you use EOs? Please share in the comments.