Essential Oils + Uses and Hacks for Natural Moms
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Pain relief, cold and flu symptoms, reduced stress, up all night cough, household cleaners, skin care, anxiety, oral health, better sleep, sore muscles, low energy, the list of essential oil uses and benefits goes on and on.
Essential oils are a safe and effective alternative to chemicals that can heal, cure, soothe, treat and clean.
Besides their versatility, they are easy to use making them very popular for health conscious moms. There are a ton of uses for essential oils and the possibilities can be quite overwhelming. My purpose for this blog post is to break it all down and share with you simple ways I use essential oils in my home and with my family.
Before I do that I just want to say that I am not a doctor or medical expert. The information in this post is for educational purposes only. The content is based on my own opinion and from my own research and experience with my family. Everyone responds differently to essential oils so use caution when handling essential oils with your family. Read my full disclosure here.
Essential Oil Safety
Prior to using a new essential oil on yourself or on your kids, I recommend you do a patch test. Test a small amount of diluted essential oil on a small patch of your forearm watching for any kind of reaction.
Essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil. Some of my favorite carrier oils are Jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, or you can use olive oil. If you use olive oil it’s best if it’s unrefined, extra virgin olive oil. The amount of essential oils to the amount of carrier oil varies but typically I use a 1% dilution for essential oil blends for my kids and a 2% dilution for myself and my husband.
100% Pure Essential Oils
You want to be sure you’re using high quality, 100% pure essential oils. If you have a friend or family member who has an essential oil side hustle, I’m sure they would be more than happy to educate you on their brand’s essential oil quality and they would appreciate you supporting their small biz. I personally have a side hustle with Arbonne and I use and love their essential oils. I trust their clean ingredient policy and I know the oils are pure, safe and beneficial. Unfortunately Arbonne currently only has a handful of essential oils but I am hoping they continue to make more down the line. Other essential oils I have used and like are Aura Cacia which I buy in a pinch from a local health food store and I recently received a set of Pursonic essential oils as a Christmas present and I am really enjoying them.
Now let’s talk about essential oil uses. Over time I have learned different ways essential oils can be used for almost every ailment or illness my family has and it has been a total game changer.
Essential oil uses and hacks for moms that will change your mom game.
Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils because of it versatility and effectiveness. Lavender is soothing and relaxing, making it the go to for many stressed out mama’s. Here are some ways I use Lavender essential oil to promote peace and tranquility.
Diffuse – Apply to a diffuser to create a calm, relaxing environment. Follow your diffuser manual for proper use. Diffuse lavender essential oil in your child’s room to promote sleep.
Add it to your bath – Add Lavender to a hot bath for a soothing spa like experience. It relaxes muscles, improves mood, lifts spirits, relieves headaches, improves sleep and promotes healthy skin. It soothes your soul leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
How to add essential oils to your bath
Essential oils are not water-soluble which means they will float to the top of the water and you won’t get the full benefits of the oil.
The Organic Goat Lady suggests two ways to add essential oils to your bath. The first way is to add it to bath salts. I personally like Epsom salt. You can add 5 drops per 1 cup or Epsom salt, or the second way is to add it to your favorite carrier oil then add it to your bath. If you do it this way, you would add 5 drops to 1/2 ounce of carrier oil. Add it to running water to get full benefits and soak for 20-30 minutes.
Body Lotion – Add to your favorite body lotion to relax and alleviate sore muscles. This is especially beneficial to calm kids down and promote sleep. You can make your own body cream.
DiY Lavender Body Cream
6 drops of lavender essential oil (1 drop for kids)
Mix together and rub on chest, neck and bottom of feet
Calming Spray – I make a diluted lavender essential oil calming spray to alleviate stress and create calm. We use it before a stressful event like going to the dentist or before a big test. A couple spritzes of calming spray helps reduce stress and calm your mind.
DIY Lavender Calming Spray
Add lavender essential oil to a 2 oz glass spray bottle. (2% dilution – 24 drops, 1% dilution – 12 drops)
add carrier oil of your choice
shake and spray
You can get the same results using a roll on bottle the only difference is you would apply it to your pressure points – temples, third eye, behind year ears, tip of your nose and wrists as opposed to spraying it.
For more on self care practices for moms check out 8 habits of happy moms that will change your life.
I discovered lemon essential oils a little late in my essential oil journey and it has been a total game changer ever since. Lemon essential oil is antibacterial making it a safe alternative to toxic household cleaners. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation, fight bacteria and fungi, ease stress and insomnia, boost energy levels and stimulate the immune system.
Here are some ways you can use lemon essential oil.
Relieves nausea – Diffuse lemon essential oil when you or anyone in your home has the stomach bug. It will relieve nausea and decrease vomiting as well as purify germy air. You can also apply diluted lemon essential oil to your pressure points and tip of your nose. It’s invigorating and refreshing scent will ease nausea.
Household cleaner – Because of its antibacterial properties, lemon essential oil makes for a great cleaner as an alternative to toxic household cleaners. It disinfects and kill germs and bacteria throughout your home.
DIY Household Cleaner
In a 16 ounce spray bottle, fill half with filtered water and the other half with white distilled vinegar
add 40 drops of lemon essential oil
10 drops of tea tree essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
1 tablespoon of baking soda (add slowly as the mixture bubbles up when if comes in contact with vinegar)
Air Purifier – When my kids are sick, I spray my home, upholstery, window curtains, throw pillows and area rugs with a lemon essential oil blend to purify and kill germs.
DIY Lemon Essential Oil Air Purifier
In a 4 oz glass spray bottle, fill with filtered water
1 tablespoon of witch hazel
30 drops of lemon essential oil
shake and enjoy
Add to laundry – Give your laundry a refresh with lemon essential oil. This is especially useful for bathroom towels that start to smell musty.
Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil directly to your washing machine or add it to a small rag or wool dryer ball and throw it into your dryer. It will leave your clothes smelling crisp and fresh.
Removes sticky adhesives – Remove stubborn stickers with a drop or two of Lemon essential oil. Apply 1-2 drops directly onto the adhesive and rub off with a cloth or your finger nail
Clean stainless steel appliances – Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar, add 10 drops of lemon essential oil, spray and with a clean soft cloth, wipe following the grain.
Stinky sneaker spray – spray kid’s stinky sneakers, gym bags, sports bins, etc. to neutralize odors and leave a fresh, clean scent.
DIY Odor Neutralizer
In a 2 oz. spray bottle add 1/2 distilled water
1/2 witch hazel
8 drops lemon essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil
Shake and spray
Toilet bowl cleaner – Disinfect and get your toilet bowl sparkly clean.
Pour 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar into your toilet bowl
add 1 tablespoon of baking soda
10 drops lemon essential oil
Swish around with toilet brush and let sit for 15-30 minutes then scrub clean.
Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties making it my go-to for self-care. Here are some ways you can use tea tree oil in your home
Tea Tree uses:
Hand sanitizer – Avoid toxic hand sanitizer and make your own safe and effective alternative.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
add 1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 tablespoon aloe vera
10 drops tea tree
5 drops lavender
fill with filtered water
Lice Prevention spray The only way to avoid lice when you have small kids to take proactive measures. I spray this essential oil blend on my kids every day before they go to school. I spray their backpacks, jackets, hats, etc. I also keep an extra lice prevention spray in my bag and spray the seats of movie theatre’s or anywhere else we go that has fabric seats.
DIY Lice Prevention Spray
fill with water
1/2 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil
add 10 drops tea tree oil
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops peppermint oil
Shake and spray on your kid’s hair daily.
Add to shampoo for further prevention. Add 5 drops per 8 ounce
For personal care – because of tea tree’s antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, it’s effective in treating multiple skin conditions such as spots, pimples, blemishes and dryness.
You can add a couple drops of Tea Tree essential oil onto a cotton ball and apply directly onto blemishes or you can mix 5-6 drops into your face cream and apply to your face.
I make a bentonite clay face mask. It draws out toxins, exfoliates, heals and regenerates the skin
DIY Bentonite Clay Face Mask
Add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix using a plastic or wood spin. Avoid metal spoons
Apply on face and let dry for 15-20 minutes
Rinse off with warm water
Repeat twice a week
Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties and supports overall health and immunity. When my kids are sick, especially with an up all night croupy cough, Frankincense is one of the first essential oils I go to. It opens airway passages, reduces phlegm and soothes a cough. It’s good for asthma sufferers as well.
For illness and coughs – Diffuse it or add 1-2 drops onto a warm wash-cloth and place it over chest for extra lung support.
Stress relief – Frankincense is known to promote relaxation, reduce stress and lift spirits. Diffuse it or add it into your bath to get stress relieving benefits.
Promotes healthy, youthful skin – It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, scars ad stretch marks. Add a couple of drops into your favorite moisturizer or add it to your Bentonite clay face mask (recipe above) in place of tea tree.
Peppermint essential oil has tons of medicinal properties. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and relieves pain.
Some believe that peppermint essential oil isn’t safe for kids younger than six years old because it contains menthol which kids can react negatively to. But according to Dr. Z, there are no consistent claims supporting this argument. He recommends that if you do use peppermint essential oil with your kids, use it at your own discretion.
I use peppermint essential oil with my kids, (sparingly with the younger ones), and I have not seen any negative reactions. I suggest doing your own research and make a decision that you feel comfortable with.
Here are some ways I use Peppermint essential oil
To treat cold and flu – Peppermint is a natural decongestant and Is great for treating congestion, sinus infection and bronchitis.
Make a steam tent – Add 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to thin and drain mucus in the airways and the decongestant properties of peppermint help to relieve cold and congestion symptoms. Use caution with children. Not recommended for young children.
Body Rub – Apply 2-3 drops to carrier oil and rub on chest, neck and bottoms of feet to relieve aches, pains and sore muscles.
Treat headaches – Peppermint relieves pain and relaxes muscles making it a go to for quick headache relief. Add 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite carrier oil and rub onto temples.
Treat burns – Add 2 drops of peppermint oil to to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to infected area for immediate relief.
For focus, energy and relaxation – Wake up your senses after a stressful day with a little peppermint aromatherapy.
Diffuse it – Diffuse and sit back and enjoy the relaxing scent.
Add it to your bath – Add 5 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salt or 5 drops to 1/2 ounce of carrier oil and add to running water. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
Massage Oil – Add 6 drops of peppermint to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, mix and rub on your body, focusing particularly on back of neck and bottoms of feet.
Bug spray – We recently moved to a very woodsy area that has a lot of creepy crawlers, including ticks. I make a DIY bug spray that I spray on my whole family to avoid bug and especially tick bites.
DIY Bug Spray
fill with 1/2 witch hazel
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Shake and spray
Insect control – When we first moved to our new home we got lots of little black ants and large wolf spiders. We started spraying the perimeter of our house with peppermint essential oil and thankfully we haven’t seen many insects.
This solution is also a good mice repellent.
My top essential oils that I use in my home and with my family are lavender, lemon, tea tree, frankincense and peppermint. Essential oils are a healthy and safe alternative that can treat, heal, cure, soothe and clean. Safety and proper handling should take priority. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil and a good rule of thumb is 2% dilution for adults and 1% dilution for kids. Always use 100% pure essential oils.
If you’re new to the essential oil game, start small by taking small steps. I promise it will change your life.
What are your favorite essential oil brands and how do you use them in your home and with your family? Leave me a comment below.
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