I’ve been using essential oils for about 5 years now, and trust me; I can understand why you’d be skeptical. As a science teacher, I too wasn’t sure of the effectiveness of essential oils, but after using them in different situations; time and time again they have proven their worth! It is wonderful to be able to have these oils on hand for just some extra support and for some aromatherapy!
Here are a few tried and true recipes that we’ve been using:
Holiday Diffuser Blend
Who doesn’t love the smell of those spicy holiday flavors? This is a simple recipe that I have been putting in my diffuser everyday! It gives an awesome scent of the holidays while at the same time, keeping those germs at bay by adding a few drops of Thieves!
In your diffuser:
- 3 drops Christmas Spirit
- 2 drops Thieves
- Fill to line with water
As a kid, vapo-rub was a necessity at all times for me, especially during winter for my yearly cough that always seemed to settle itself into my lungs! With this recipe, I feel comfortable even using on my kids because I make it myself! It seriously does wonders with relieving their colds and helping to get some good sleep! You can also add peppermint to this recipe, but I leave it out because I use it on the kids and myself while breastfeeding (it can increase energy for kids and can affect milk supply).
In any glass jar/container:
- 8 tbsp coconut oil (when making, leave at room temp so it is soft)
- 30 drops eucalyptus
- 12 drops lavender
- 12 drops tea tree
- (optional: 5 drops peppermint)
Mix together, store in refrigerator. About 30 min before use, take out of fridge so it is easier to scoop a bit onto fingers and rub on chest and bottoms of feet for some serious relief from congestion discomfort!
Oregano, Frankincense and Thieves are the heavy hitters in this blend. All of these oils can help with purification! I’ve been using this rollerball constantly, especially to help ward off infections that are common during breastfeeding. I just roll this blend on the bottoms of my feet and I am good to go!
In a 10 mL roller bottle:
- 4 drops Thieves
- 3 drops Oregano
- 2 drops Frankincense
- 2 drops Lemon
- Fill the rest of bottle with carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil)
Ok, these were some amazing DIY gifts that I created last year and they are SUPER easy and turn your shower into a spa-like experience! You can really put any oils into these, but especially for this time of year, I like to have the eucalyptus scent on hand! You can make a bunch of these and just throw them in a jar, add a fancy label and voila! You have an easy gift as well!
In a bowl:
-1 cup baking soda
-1/3 cup water
- Mix together until a paste-like consistency, and fill cupcake liners halfway in a cupcake tin
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 min
- Allow to cool, then add 4 drops Eucalyptus and 4 drops Lavender oils