How to Use Essential Oils for Cleaning and Personal Care

Over two million people, most of them children, suffer poison exposure every year in the United States. Cleaning and personal-care products are major culprits.

Make sure your children don’t become statistics by using safer, chemical-free products in your home. A great substitute for poisonous cleaning products is essential oils.

Learn how to use essential oils to live a healthier life.

What’s an Essential Oil?

An essential oil is the concentrated form of the oil found in a plant. For instance, lavender essential oil is distilled from the lavender plant.

There are two types of distillation processes: Steam distillation and expression. The expression is sometimes referred to as cold-pressed. Both processes produce organic oils.

The oils have hundreds of uses. Once you substitute essential oils for cleaning and self-care products, you’ll never turn back!

How to Use Essential Oils

It’s important to learn how to use essential oils so you get the most benefit from them. There are three main ways to use the oils. topically, aromatically, and internally.

Topically

Essential oils are concentrated.

To use an oil topically, the oil is first mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil. Mix 10 drops of essential oil into a 5-ml roller bottle full of the carrier oil.

Shake the bottle to mix. Rub the oil onto your wrists, behind your ears, back of your neck, or the soles of your feet.

Peppermint oil rubbed on the back of the neck is great for cooling the body during hot summer months.

Put a few drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle with water and use it to clean your kitchen counters. Many essential oils have antifungal properties.

Aromatically

Essential oils smell wonderful and help with sleep, mood, and illness.

The easiest way to smell them is to diffuse them into the air. Purchase a diffuser from any home-goods store. Check the instructions on the diffuser for ratios of oil to water. A few drops of oil in a cup of water works well for most oils.

The diffuser works like a humidifier to release the oil into the air. Diffusing lavender oil in the bedroom is a great sleep aid.

If you have a cold, diffuse some eucalyptus oil for help with breathing.

You don’t need a diffuser to benefit from the aromatic use of essential oils. Put a couple of drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and place it in a closet or drawer to make it smell great.

Internally

Some essential oils are okay to take internally, but always check the directions on the bottle.

A drop of oil under the tongue or in a gel capsule works great. You can also put a drop or two of oil into a glass of water and drink it.

A drop of lemon oil in a glass of water tastes great!

Read the Directions

Essential oils are safer and healthier than traditional cleaning products. They’re also a great alternative for some medications.

It’s important to learn how to use essential oils to get the most benefit out of them. But, once you learn how to use these eco-friendly, wonderful-smelling oils, you’ll never go back to your old toxic cleaning products!

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