Q: Can I use essential oils to ward off cold and flu germs?
A: Yes, essential oils have powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. While some oils might have more of a reputation for germ killing than others. Most essential oils contain powerful anti-oxidants that heal while killing bacteria and viruses.
Lemon oil, clove, rosemary, cinnamon leaf, and eucalyptus, are oils known to kill germs. But, thyme oil and oregano are also cited as being able to destroy viruses and bacteria on contact. They may not be as popular due to their pungent aroma.
Q: What is the Thieves oil blend and where can I buy it?
A: The name “thieves oil” comes from a story passed down from the time of the plague. As the legend goes, thieves who broke into homes of people who were dying of the plague did not get the illness. This was because they had mixed up a secret potion that protected them. This magic potion is today known as the famous “thieves blend” of essential oils.
Thieves oil recipe consists of lemon oil, clove, rosemary, cinnamon leaf, and eucalyptus.
If you mix up a batch and spray it around your home, or add to an essential oils diffuser. You then will clean the air of pathogens while leaving behind a wonderful, fresh and clean scent.
Young Living and DoTerra are two of the most popular brands of organic essential oils on the market. Young Living sells its own Thieves oil mix. You can blend a homemade version of the thieves blend, tweaking a bit by adding other ingredients. This way you will get the perfect signature aroma.
Q: I can not afford organic essential oils. Are “regular” (non organic essential oils) harmful?
A: In all cases, chemical free is best. Yet, you do not have to buy organic oils to get the effects of using essential them on your person and around your home. Today brand oils are available on Amazon, and work as well as cleaners, as a freshener, and for keeping the body healthy.
Note: if your essential oil lists on the label that it’s not okay to ingest, do not add essential oils to food or drink.
Q: I want to make my own essential oils at home using garden herbs. How do I do that?
A: Yes, You can make essential oils to bottle at home. All you need is either fresh or dried herbs, olive oil, water and a little pot. Here’s a recipe for homemade thyme oil:
1/2 cup fresh thyme 1 cup olive oil
Combine thyme and oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about five minutes, until the mixture bubbles. Let cool. Pour into small, dark colored glass bottles
Q: What are some good shortcuts for mixing my own blends on the cheap?
A: There are many money-saving tricks to creating essential oil mixes at home:
Buy your carrier oil in bulk. If you know that you plan to make a lot of blends, stock up on carrier oils such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil. A few drops of oil goes a long way, but a carrier oil, because it acts as a product base, depletes much faster.
Save dark glass bottles. Save all bottles you bought containing essential oils. The bottle stoppers are removable, so you can clean them and refill the dark colored glass bottles.
Save plastic spray pump bottles. If you buy essential oil based colognes, after the spray bottle is empty. You will have a reusable bottle to fill up with your, homemade blend.
Save aluminum oil bottles. Save bottles that hold body and massage oils. You can use them again when you mix essential oil blends.
Stash extra supplies. Keep labels and a permanent marker on hand. Each time you mix up a new blend, you can label the bottle so that later on you’ll know what’s in it. Try blending a combo of citronella oil, clove, and peppermint to help ward off bugs in the summer time.
Q: Can I put essential oils on my body?
A. Yes – essential oils offer a natural immune boost, as well as heal and balance the body. You can apply them to the skin in different ways. A blend of geranium, lavender and a carrier oil such as olive, coconut or jojoba makes a body oil to use after a shower. Geranium balances, lavender imparts calm. You can even add a bit of a more fragrant oil such as rose, to promote deep, regular breathing. This same type of blend doubles as a massage oil.
Q: I have heard that some people drink water infused with lemon oil, for its health benefits. Is this true?
A: Yes, some people do ingest lemon and other essential oils. But you should be careful about which oils you take into your body as some may be toxic when ingested. Do not consume essential oils unless the oils you buy have been advertised as safe for internal use. When in doubt, do not ingest essential oils.
Q: What’s a great, essential-oil based recipe for a cleaning spray?
A: Here’s a recipe for an invigorating cleaning spray you can use to wipe down surfaces. It also serve as a spritz into the air to get rid of cooking, pet and other unpleasant odors.
20 drops lemon oil
20 drops peppermint oil
10 drops tea tree oil1/4 cup witch hazel
3 cups water (or enough to fill an 18-oz spray bottle 3/4 of the way)
Q: Which essential oils help with insomnia?
A: The most well-known essential oil for imparting a sense of calm is lavender. But, its effects are better when blended with other oils. Geranium oil for balancing the body, and clary sage to help in hormone fluctuations.
Q: Should I add peppermint oil to my bath water for a sunburn?
A: Peppermint oil is very cooling. If you want a real sense of this, add a few drops to your bath water and you’ll feel cooled like you’ve never been before. You may find peppermint uncomfortable in the bath, no matter, how hot the day has been or how sunburned you are. Peppermint seems perfect for the mouth as a toothpaste ingredient, and mouth rinse. But peppermint oil doesn’t work well as an all-over body soak in a tub.
Q: Can essential oils harm or burn my skin?
A: Skin sensitivity varies from person to person, and from body part to body part as well. You may end up with a literal burn of skin if, for example, you apply lemon oil to a sensitive area. If you’re not sure, test a small spot on the inside of your wrist, to see if you react to a certain type of oil.
Q: What is a carrier oil?
A: A carrier oil acts as a base for your essential oil mixes. Without it, many essential oils will evaporate rather quick. Carrier oils also dilute the potency of the oils so that you can apply them to your skin. To test this in action, dab a bit of an essential oil mix on your pulse points and see how long it lasts. Next, first mix your essential oil blend with a carrier oil and test it for its “cling” again. Carrier oils can work as a base for massage oils, body oils, and bath oils.
Q: Should I put essential oil on the bottoms of my feet, and if so, why?
The skin on the feet it’s said to absorb substances which it comes into contact. Many people who use essential oil blends to ward off colds, swear by the “rub on the feet before going to sleep”. You can also apply essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil, to the neck, chest, belly, inner arms, hands, and face. Some oils such as cinnamon and lemon, may cause a burning sensation, if they contact a sensitive area. Avoid using these oils on places like face, underarms, and other sensitive spots.
Q: What can I use essential oils for?
A: Essential oils are quite versatile. Once you become familiar with how to blend them, they will be great to use for different purposes. For example:
Wipe down and disinfect the surfaces of your home with essential oils
Mix up a non-toxic essential oils blend to wash the floor.
Create your own perfume and cologne blends using essential oils
Disinfect kitchen trash cans by spraying with an essential oil based cleaning solution.
Apply a mix of peppermint oil, citronella, and clove to your dog or cat’s neck and back to repel fleas and ticks.
Kill fleas on contact using an essential oil spray.
Add your favorite essential oils blend to a diffuser, and freshen the air in your home or office
Create your own essential oils blend to use as an all-over body oil
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your bath water
Buy an electric essential oils warmer and plug into aromatherapy
Rub essential oils mixed with a carrier to your pulse points for a mood inducer
Ward off cold and flu germs by massaging essential oils into your feet, neck, chest and ears
Get rid of an ear infection by placing a cotton ball soaked in lavender and lemon oil at the opening of your ear.
Rub clove oil onto your gums to ease the pain of a toothache (then call your dentist)
Q: Which essential oils invigorate and stimulate?
A: Peppermint oil, thyme, rosemary, pine, lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange, and clary sage oil
Q: Which essential oils promote relaxation and restful sleep?
A: Lavender oil, rose, geranium, chamomile, vetiver, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and roman chamomile.