Put These Invigorating Essential Oils to Work For You!
Essential oils are one of nature’s most amazing gifts. The many uses for these oils are virtually endless. From relieving stress and improving your health, to hundreds of practical uses in your home, essential oils are quite versatile and natural. The “natural” aspect of these oils is a big deal, because most of us want to get away from artificial chemicals and other potentially toxic compounds in our environment.
Before sharing some really invigorating essential oils along with their uses, here is a recipe I found that works wonders for your carpet. Those carpet deodorizer shakers you buy at the store are nice, but making your own with your choice of fragrance and added benefits is much nicer!
Here is what you need: one cup of baking soda, and 5-6 drops of a favorite essential oil. If you’re not sure what to pick, orange or lavender oils do well for this. Just mix the baking soda and oil together well – be sure they are completely combined and get out as many lumps (if you even get any) as you can. Add to a shaker. I use one of those glass Parmesan cheese shakers with the metal lids like you find in pizza restaurants.
Sprinkle your creation on your carpet, and let it do its magic for about 20 minutes. Then run your vacuum over it. The baking soda absorbs and takes care of odors, and the oil will freshen your carpet and release a wonderful stimulating scent into your room.
So, here are some invigorating essential oils, have you tried all of these? These are some of the more popular ones – enjoy your aromatherapy and don’t be afraid to branch out and try different oils. There are so many to choose from, and all have positive benefits worth experiencing. Please share this post with others if you enjoy it!
As a yoga teacher, I love aromatherapy. My favorite way to use essential oils is to place a few drops on the top of my feet before class. That way, the warmth of my feet acts like a diffuser for the chosen scent! As I walk around the room teaching and assisting students, the aroma gradually infuses through the room in a subtle and non-offensive way.
Here’s a breakdown of my five favorite essential oils and a few great ways to use them.
The calming and soothing qualities of lavender are so well known — it is one of the most widely used essential oils and is easily available at any health food store.
Here are my favorite ways to use lavender:
- As a scent on eye pillows for Restorative Yoga and/or Savasana
- Place a 1-3 drops on cotton ball and place in closet for a natural moth repellent
- Place a drop on the underside of your pillow at night, to help encourage a peaceful sleep
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the whole lemon water craze — drinking warm water with lemon each morning as a way to cleanse the system. But let’s face it, whether we’re yogis or not we’re likely pretty busy, and we don’t always have a fresh lemon on hand.
That’s where a food-grade essential oil can come in handy! I use lemon essential oil in a pinch, or when I’m traveling and don’t have access to a kitchen or fresh lemons. Using 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil in 8-10 ounces of water can be a great substitute for fresh lemon water.
My favorite uses for lemon essential oils:
- As lemon water (make sure it’s food grade!)
- Diffuse in the home to freshen and uplift
- Create natural cleaning solutions for the home
- Place 1-3 drops in trash cans and toilets as a natural deodorizer
Peppermint is another great all-around oil with many uses. Please note, this oil always needs to be diluted if used topically on skin.
I’ve fallen in love with peppermint and use it in the following ways:
- Place a single drop in your tea to energize (please make sure it’s food grade!)
- Dilute a single drop in a carrier oil and apply to temples to relieve stress
- Dilute a single drop in a carrier oil and apply to belly to ease stomach discomfort
- Open up the bottle, take an inhale, and enjoy a natural pick-me-up
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