Essential Oil Love: An Essential Oils Primer and How to Use them in Your Life

Guest post by: Bethany Frazier + Emily Kittrell, owners of RVA-based product line, Maven Made

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Recently, essential oils seem to be quickly gaining both popularity and exposure. From multi-level marketing companies such as DoTERRA, to holistic resources and even to Pinterest, oils are finding their way into mainstream knowledge. Personally, we couldn’t be more excited! These precious oils are amazing and, in some circumstances, can even be life-changing.

Essential oils (commonly called EOs) are an all-natural substance extracted from plants, trees and flowers.  Because EOs are concentrated, even just a few drops can be incredibly powerful and can be used for many different purposes including medical, cleaning, beauty and baby care.   

After learning and testing the benefits of EOs, we put our heads together last December and launched a product line to share our love of essential oils through our easy-to-use products for home, health and beauty. To get you thinking and expanding your own knowledge of the benefits that lie in each glass bottle of EOs, here’s a list of amazing recipes you can make yourself!

Skin:

  • Sunburn relief: mix aloe and lavender together and apply to skin.  Want to boost it with a cooling touch? Add a drop or two of peppermint.
  • Wrinkles: Evening primrose or jojoba are two carrier oils that work wonderfully at smoothing skin. For every ½ ounce of carrier oil, mix 5 – 10 drops of the following oils (all are amazing for skin in various ways)
    • Lavender (regenerates skin + improves scars)
    • Geranium (regulates oil production + reduces breakouts)
    • Chamomile (soothes sensitive skin + evens tone)
    • Carrot Seed (decreases damage from UV exposure)
    • Frankincense (tightens skin + encourages new cell growth)
    • Myrrh (promotes elasticity + soothes chapped skin)

Mind:

  • De-stress and promote sleep by diffusing lavender, chamomile & clary sage at night or during stressful moments. Even just inhaling lavender helps to calm the senses.
  • Energize and boost productivity with rosemary, orange and grapefruit. This blend is also amazing for combating cellulite, so add a few drops to your favorite lotion or apply with a carrier oil directly to trouble areas.

Hair:

  • Apply 1 – 2 drops of Rosemary on your hairbrush (before brushing) to promote growth and thickness.
  • Itchy scalp? Add 5 -6 drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo.

Home:  

  • Keep your home smelling fresh by adding a few drops of any oil (we recommend grapefruit or lemon) to a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag. You can also add citrus, clove, or cinnamon essential oil to a simmering pan of purified water to eliminate kitchen odors.
  • Ant repelling spray: 30 drops clove + 10 drops tea tree + 30 drops peppermint + 4oz distilled water in glass spray bottle. Shake + spray where ants are entering.
  • Want to give you countertops a boost without the harsh chemicals? Make this concoction of 1 part vinegar, 1 part water and a combination of 15 – 25 drops of lavender, tea tree and lemon.

Pets:

  • To rid fleas, soak cord/rope in tea tree oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie around your pet’s neck.
  • Rub a few drops of chamomile, ylang ylang or lavender on your pet’s belly to calm or ease anxiety.

Babies:

  • Calm fussy babies with 3 drops Roman Chamomile + 3 drops lavender with 1 tablespoon of sweet almond carrier oil
  • Rid diaper rash with this concoction: heat ¼ cup coconut oil, let cool and apply 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Store in glass container and apply to bottom until symptoms have cleared.

Pregnancy (avoid essential oils during first trimester):

  • Sniff peppermint oil to help reduce morning (afternoon … and evening) sickness
  • Aid postpartum blues with this diffuser-based blend: 4 drops bergamot, 3 drops grapefruit, 3 drops lemon and 1 drop rose geranium essential oil.

Health:

  • Prone to headaches? 1 drop each of basil, lavender and peppermint mixed with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (sweet almond or grapeseed) will clear that pain in the head! Just apply a few drops and rub on temples or forehead.
  • These oils work best to keep muscle-related pain at bay: marjoram, peppermint, balsam fir, basil, birch, cypress, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, silver fir, sage, vetiver, and wintergreen