Even though I’ve used essential oils and had some in my pantry, medicine cabinet or bathroom cupboards at all stages of my life since I was a child, I have been deepening my understanding of the benefits of essential oils since I studied herbal medicine in my Nutritional Medicine studies and spent time with an aromatherapist at our Melbourne campus.
I wondered how many areas of my life they have really become – well – essential.
So I kept a notepad beside me one day last week and detailed my essential oils usage from sunrise all the way through to sunset and surprised even myself with exactly how many times I used the most common ‘Home Essential’ essential oils on a daily basis.
I hope this list of how myself and my family use essential oils inspires you to use your oils more frequently in a way that benefits yourself, your family and your household, or that you are inspired to try them out for the first time. This list is for anyone using any great essential oils brand, so please feel free to share this post if you think it will inspire others around you also.
20 Ways A Day To Use Essential Oils
2. I spend 10 mins in the shower ‘pulling’ coconut oil mixed with 1 drop of oregano oil through my teeth. Oregano oil is an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Oregano oil can help to balance the microbiome in the mouth (yes, we have one in there too!).
3. I brush my teeth with a home-made toothpaste that includes peppermint oil, bicarb soda, coconut oil and a touch of xylitol for sweetening.
4. I roll on a home-made perfume blend made with essential oils diluted in apricot kernel oil. At the moment I adore the sensual notes of patchouli with a touch of citrus like grapefruit though it changes depending on my mood and the day ahead. For example, if I know I need a lot of pep and focus, I may user a peppermint or citrus combined with frankincense or vetiver essential oil.
5. My husband Cam rolls on his ‘man-blend’. This is usually a blended oil which includes Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile. It’s masculine and calming.
6. Both of my girls roll on their uplifting blend of oils for the day. Sometimes down their spine or sometimes behind their ears and down the sides of their neck. (This blend will typically be a mix of citrus, frankincense and peppermint for ‘pep’, especially on school days. On weekends we go for grounding, calming blends of rosemary and vetiver).
7. I carry a lot of tension in my shoulders and I work at the laptop most of the day so I often knead some Deep Blue into them to release the tension. This is a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus essential oils.
8. One drop of cinnamon essential oil into my quinoa porridge for breakfast (made by soaking quinoa overnight, straining and then simmering until cooked and of a thick consistency with coconut milk and water, grating a peeled apple into the mix and adding a spoonful of Gelpro collagen – optional, at the end). I make enough for around 8 serves*.
9. After breakfast, I diffuse a blend or oil that suits my day in my home office. Mostly this will be an uplifting or motivating and invigorating combination of essential oils that blends euphoric scents to elevate my mood, promote feelings of confidence, and increase my energy throughout the day. My absolute favourite at the moment is from the Mood collection of the oils company I am an advocate for. This blend includes Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus with Tangerine, Elemi, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and feelings of confidence.
10. I am currently healing a burn on my hand with a mix lavender essential oil and aloe vera. (The burn from touching the oven tray when Holly came up and scared the bejeebus out of me.)
11. I use 3 drops of tea-tree (malaleuca oil) and 3 drops of lemon essential oil each in a bottle of water for our countertop and ‘spray and wipe’ disinfectant.
12. I place 2 drops of lemon oil in the dishwasher with an Eco dishwasher mix. This leaves the dishwasher smelling amazing and also disinfects our dishes.
13. I am currently experimenting with using citrus oils in cooking and put one drop of Lemongrass essential oil into my Pad Thai dinner for the family last night. One drop of oil for 6 serves of Pad Thai.*
14. I place 4 drops of lavender into the girls bath of an evening along with some magnesium salts to help them ‘come down’ from their day and set them mood and intention for a restful night sleep.
15. I choose a calming essential oil such as lavender or chamomile on the girls pillows or teddy bears before bed.
16. Holly and Ruby both rub their own calming and grounding blend under the soles of their feet at night. This is diluted into little roller bottles with jojoba oil. 1 drop of pure essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil is a good dilution for children.
17. I shower in the evenings because I love getting into bed with warm skin and sliding between the cool sheets. When I get out of the shower I always rub a mix of essential oils coconut oil, rosehip and sesame oil onto my skin all over. I’ve learned recently this is called an ‘aromatic dressing’ which sounds pretty sweet hey? I can tell you now it’s one of my all time favourite times of the day. Nice sheets, warm doona, warm body covered in aromatic oils, a good book… and my husband of course. HEAVEN.
18. I rub a blend of Sage, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils mixed with jojoba and apricot kernel oil into my hair as a thickener three times per week.(I have thin, flat hair otherwise). My husband also uses this as a hair thickener.
19. I wash my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar, Bicarb soda, Lavender and Rosemary essential oils. The bicarb and water is my shampoo. The Apple cider vinegar and oils the conditioner. It’s called ‘No-Poo’ as an ‘F-You’ to all the crap and endocrine disrupting ingredients in a lot of cosmetic products these days.
20. I use a Lavender and Frankincense infused ‘Face Balm’ to help me with some spots I’m healing on my chin right now and to rub all over my face as a night moisturiser. This also has pure sesame oil, coconut oil and apricot kernel in it for cell regeneration.
21. I roll a little oil under the soles of my feet, once again diluted in jojoba oil (I’m loving a particular lavender blend right now that includes Hawaiian sandlewood, jasmine, lavender, roman chamomile and ylang ylang).
Lights out then loves for an epic sleep and ready to meditate again the morning after.
As you can see, these incredible essential oils form such an integral part of my intentional wellbeing practice on a daily basis. I can’t imagine what I would do without them and I am still coming up with new and incredible ways to use them all the time.
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* If you are unsure about which oils you are able to ingest, please do some research to gauge doses, dilutions and safety measures as pure organic essential oils are incredibly powerful and should not be ingested in too great quantities. A little goes a very long way.