I’m really new to the world of essential oils so I’m always on the lookout for easy and uncomplicated ways to use them. I recently ordered some oils from Edens Garden and they smell fantastic! Along with my order they sent a brochure with 150 ways to use essential oils.
I admit reading through it at first I felt overwhelmed. There are so many uses for essential oils, it’s hard to know where to start.
I’m normally a pretty laid-back, easy going person, but I have been experiencing some stress these last few weeks which has been causing me some neck and shoulder pain. The first thing I was looking at for my essential oil use, was a way to combat stress.
One of the oils I ordered was a blend called Stress Relief. This citrus-forward scent is very uplifting and calming. It is a combination of bergamont, blood orange, grapefruit, patchouli and ylang ylang. In a 5 ml. bottle, I mixed four drops of this oil with a sweet almond carrier oil. I’ve been keeping the bottle in my pocket or purse and I dab a little on my hands and the back of my neck when I feel tension starting to creep in. My hands have been so dry lately, so this helps with that also. I’ve still been having pain occasionally, but not as intense and less often. I’m actually going to my first yoga class today, so I’m hoping that will help with my stress level as well.
The other oil creation I made over the weekend was a carpet refresher. My husband and I finally had to break down and a buy a new vacuum cleaner. Ours had been on its last leg for a while. I was in the mood to do some really good cleaning since we finally had a properly working vacuum. After vacuuming the entire house, I used the tips from the Edens Garden booklet to make a carpet freshener from essential oils and baking soda. Here’s how:
Combine two tablespoons baking soda with 20 drops of an essential oil like lavender or Edens Garden’s Uplift blend. I used a fork to stir the oil and baking soda together. It ends up being a tad chunky if you don’t stir it up good. I let mine sit for a few minutes after mixing it up. Next, sprinkle the mixture over the carpet and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The smell can be quite intense (it gave my husband a headache) so go into another room if you can during this time. After 15 or 20 minutes, vacuum it all up! The house smelled so good after I did this.
In the living room I used 20 drops of Uplift. In our music/meditation room I used 20 drops of lavender. In the bedroom I used 15 drops lavender, 3 drops clary sage and 2 drops palo santo oil.
Do you have a favorite essential oil tip or recipe? I’d love to try it. Leave me a note in the comments!