Essential Oils | My Top 8

top 8 essential oils and how to use them

Looking for the top eight essential oils?  Are you new to using essential oils and not sure how to use them?  I have tested a few different blends and found some that work for my family, for different reasons. 

So many people swear by essential oils, to help boost their immune system, fight inflammation, and even keep bugs away.  I seriously had no idea there were so many amazing benefits of using essential oils.

How to Use Them

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My first experience using oils was not a relaxing, calming experience.  It was exactly the opposite.  We first dove into the world of essentials oils the very first time my daughters had head lice.  

After using the harsh chemicals to take care of the infestation, I quickly decided I did not want to use that product again.  Not only because it smelled terrible, but it left their hair feeling really unhealthy.  

So after a little research, I learned that using oil and completely saturating their entire head of hair will suffocate the lice.  Then, of course, you have to follow-up with the hours upon hours of combing.  Such an unpleasant experience.  

In order to prevent this from happening again (only happened twice in 14 years!), I made a concoction of essentials oils and mixed it into their detangling spray.  We use a coconut spray, which you can also make from mixing coconut condition and some water.  Here is the recipe:IMG_4680

2 oz of water/conditioner

12 drops of Tea Tree Oil

6 drops of Lavender Oil

2-3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

2-3 drops of Rosemary Oil

Mix it up and spray on their coats, book bags, and hair every day before they go to school.  I swear by this stuff! Just be careful, because some oils are not recommended for babies and children.  Always ask your pediatrician or healthcare professional if you aren’t sure. 

So onto the next way to use your essential oils; boosting your immune system.  When you feel a cold coming on or your sinuses are congested, whip out your diffuser! Eucalyptus oil can naturally open up your sinuses and lungs, giving you quick relief.  I really hate it when I can only breath out of one nostril.  Seriously, the worst. Five drops of peppermint oil can also help to unclog your nose and help with a sore throat.

To give your immune system a boost add a few drops of Frankincense.  If you are looking for anti-viral, add some oregano and clove oil. 

If you need help relaxing or getting to sleep, use lavender.  I think this is probably one of the most common.  It helps to calm and soothe.  I always used lavender when giving my babies their bath before bedtime.  It really helps them to relax.  Also, a great remedy if you suffer from anxiety.

There are also many benefits of using essentials oils for your skin.  Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, lavender is soothing, and eucalyptus is anti-microbial and a natural degreaser.  Finding the right combination for your skin can help with acne or eczema.  Also, if you have issues with scarring, Frankincense can help reduce the appearance of scars.

And probably the most popular oil, lemon.  It is known to remove toxins from the body, relieve nausea, promote weight loss, and provide cough relief.  There really are so many uses for this oil, even adding it to household cleaners.  Adding it to water relieve upset stomach, and even improve dopamine levels, putting you in a better mood!

Lemongrass oil also has a ton of health benefits.  It can help with pain in muscles and joints, toothaches, headaches.  It can also help reduce depression by boosting self-esteem, confidence and mental strength.

Aside from its antiseptic and fungicidal properties, it can also promote lactation.  And while increasing the amount of milk, it also increases the quality.  This is extremely beneficial to babies, since newborns are susceptible to infection.

This oil is recommended to be diluted before use.  If used at full strength it is very likely that it will irritate your skin.  As with anything else, use caution, and ask your healthcare professional before using it.  Especially if you are pregnant! Always better to be safe than sorry.

TOP 8 ESSENTIAL OILS

Here are the top 8 essential oils that I use.  They usually come in an 8-pack together, but you can buy them individually, too.  I like to mix them in the diffuser and experiment.  In the winter we use a lot more of the peppermint and eucalyptus oils.  The lice repellant oils we use all year round.  They also keep away other insects.

  1. Frankincense
  2.  Lavender
  3. Eucalyptus
  4. Lemongrass
  5. Peppermint
  6. Sweet Orange
  7. Tea Tree
  8. Rosemary Oil

 

Since we are talking oils, I also wanted to mention Thieves Oil.  If you haven’t heard of this blend, definitely look into it.  It has a spicy scent, like cinnamon.  It is used for cleaning, refreshing the air, eliminate odors, and boosts the immune system.  Some magical stuff!

As I mentioned above, be sure to check in with your pediatrician or healthcare professional before using any of these essential oils for babies or children.  There are some that are recommended not to be use under a certain age.  While some things work for some people, they may not work for all.  I am not an expert, just sharing my experience using these essential oils in my home and for my family.

Do you use any of the essential oils that I mentioned above?  What are your favorite blends?