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I grew up the child of a long-haired hippie in the bush in South Gippsland, Victoria. A waft of patchouli told me my mother had passed, the smell of cloves always meant a tooth-ache was being soothed, dried lavender was stuffed into stockings and placed in our underwear and sock draws to keep them smelling lovely.
A walk through the natives in the back paddock with our arms open wide to skim the sapling branches would involve pinching tea-tree and young eucalypt leaves with our little fingers to release the natural oils so we could inhale the strong, sweet aroma.
Even as a young child Mother Nature played a role in healing and grounding my siblings and I. Anger was washed away by a crazy-fast run through the gums, or a bareback horse ride across the paddock and through the tea-tree down near the gully, and tears were washed away by cuddling the guinea pigs in the little cave the old scraggly lavender bush made in the herb garden.
As a teenager, embarrassing red spots around our faces were dabbed at night with tea-tree oil, (and a prayer), at 15, rosehip oil was patted along our cheekbones as we saw our Nanna, Dulcie do, to help ward off wrinkles that wouldn’t even have arrived as I write this now in my mid-thirties.
It’s fair to say that solutions, preventions and soothing routines were all approached from natures bounty as a child and this still applies now I have children of my own and live in the city.
There hasn’t been a day in my own adulthood that a make-up bag, bathroom cupboard, medicine cabinet or pantry hasn’t stocked a pure essential oil.
There are three ‘must-haves’ I use every single week in our home.
1. Lavender for calming
Lavender is traditionally used in aromatherapy to relieve nervous tension and sleeplessness and can be particularly useful at time of heightened stress to balance emotions.
It provides temporarily relief to headaches and helps to relieve symptoms of eczema. Lavender can provide relief to tick, wasp and insect bites
Lavender oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying effects.
Lavender is my favourite calming oil for our family. I dab it on the girl’s pillows if they’ve had a big day or are feeling a little ratty before bed and it acts as a natural sedative. I also use lavender in the diffuser in our loungeroom after dinner while the husband and I wind down in the evening so we are already in a relaxed state when we head off to bed.
2. Eucalyptus for cleaning
The aroma of eucalyptus is most commonly known for it’s support of the respiratory system and any issues involving it, as well as many skin related concerns however most don’t know that it’s an excellent household cleaner that leaves a beautiful smell in the air.
Many seemingly ‘natural’ household cleaners such as sprays and powders leave nasty chemicals in the air or on surfaces that our children or we touch, whereas eucalyptus oil is 100% natural. I mix eucalyptus oil with water and peppermint oil for a seriously powerful and beautifully fresh household cleaner for all surfaces, including in the bathroom.
3. Tea Tree to treat Boo Boo’s.
Australia’s natural antiseptic 100% natural tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic which inhibits a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi and cleanses and protects skin abrasions.
I dab diluted tee tree on the girl’s many (many) boo boo’s as it relieves minor cuts, burns, abrasions, bites and stings. Which one or both of them have pretty much 100% of the time.
4. Tea Tree to keep the bugs away
Living in coastal Australia, the native mosquito, or ‘mozzie’ can be the most annoying and aggravating pest when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. Children don’t seem to notice them and can wake up covered in bites, which happened to mine once. Since then, on a humid night, I’ll dab some diluted tea tree on each little limb so that when they’re flung widely outside the sheets, the biting bugs don’t dare come near.
These are all simple and inexpensive ways to use our beautiful natural essential oils in the home, though each of these essential oils can all be used in tens of other beneficial ways.
In my early twenties, I chased the sun from VIC to Northern NSW for a year and lived about 2kms from Thursday Plantations head-office and tea-tree farm.
100% natural and pure essential oils can take the place of tens of chemical filled, carcinogenic and damaging household products and personal products today. What I love about these the most is that it’s not just the physical benefits that we reap from them, but the emotional benefits too.
Also, I’m still dabbing that rosehip on my cheekbones at night. Just like my Nanna Dulcie used to.
Thursday Planation are offering you the chance to win an incredible prize-pack valued at $180. (perfect for Mother’s Day!)
This beautiful prize pack includes: Oil cleanser, Brightening oil, Rosehip oil restorative, Clarifying oil, Jojoba oil, Face moisturiser, Nurture oil, Macadamia oil, Almond oil, and Firming oil.
All you have to do is let me know ‘what your favourite essential oil is and why’ in the comments section below.
What is your favourite essential oil and why?