I love essential oils! I started using things like herbs and oils because I didn’t want to live in fear that one of my babies would get hold of something that could badly harm or even kill them. Over the last couple of years I have worked to turn our medicine cabinets into cabinets filled with tinctures made from herbs and oils instead of what I consider poisons. I have discovered some tried-and-true concoctions and have decided to share a few. Click on the underlined name to go straight to the recipe.[Just to let you know, I have only recently been using Young Living (read about my unboxing here) so I am by no means a brand snob. This is not a post to PR Young Living. Though I recommend the quality of YL, you do your research and buy oils you feel comfortable using on your family.]
1. Homemade bleach alternative: This is one that gets used frequently in our house. We wash a lot of whites between the 5 of us! The oil used here is Lemon so it makes it smell very nice and does a great job of brightening the whites without the harmful effects bleach can have!
2. DIY bug bite salve: Between the Purification that cleanses bites and keeps them from itching and the Lavender that helps bring the swelling down this one has been my favorite so far! Bugs also hate the smell so it can even be used as a repellent. A friend of mine used this on some tick bites on his ankle and claimed that it did way more for him than the medicine he had been using for almost a month!
3. Headache remedy: There is no link to this, because it is simple enough to just say. My husband uses this every night when he gets a migraine and swears by it. Just mix a couple drops of peppermint with about a tablespoon of oil (we use coconut or a V6 blend sold by Young Living) and rub it on the temples, forehead, and back of neck.
4. Oil pulling with a twist: You know I can’t discuss health without bring up my love for oil pulling. See my most recent update here. There are several oils you can add to bring a different detox to the table. My personal favorite is Thieves.
5. Deodorant for sensitive skin: I choose to omit shea butter and it works great. My oil of choice for this recipe is Lavender.
Do you have any favorites? Comment below and share them!
[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]