Essential Oil Mini Guide II

Essential Oil Mini Guide II

Other Uses for Essential Oils?

Inhalation-Direct: Place 2 or more drops into the palm of your left hand, and rub clockwise with the flat palm of your right hand. Cup your hands together over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply. (Do not touch your eyes!)

Add several drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Inhale the steaming vapors that rise from the bowl. To increase the intensity of the oil vapors inhaled; drape a towel over your head and bowl before inhaling.

Apply oils to a cotton ball, tissue, or handkerchief (do not use synthetic fibers or fabric) and place it in the air vent of your car. Inhale directly.

Indirect or Subtle Inhalation: 

(Wearing as a perfume or cologne)

Rub 2 or more drops of oil on your chest, neck, upper sternum, wrists, or under the nose and ears. Breathe in the fragrance throughout the day.


Inhalation-Direct:

Place 2 or more drops into the palm of your left hand, and rub clockwise with the flat palm of your right hand. Cup your hands together over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply. (Do not touch your eyes!)

Add several drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Inhale the steaming vapors that rise from the bowl. To increase the intensity of the oil vapors inhaled; drape a towel over your head and bowl before inhaling.

Apply oils to a cotton ball, tissue, or handkerchief (do not use synthetic fibers or fabric) and place it in the air vent of your car. Inhale directly.

Indirect or Subtle Inhalation: 

(Wearing as a perfume or cologne)

Rub 2 or more drops of oil on your chest, neck, upper sternum, wrists, or under the nose and ears. Breathe in the fragrance throughout the day.


Water Distillers and Filters:

You can apply oils like peppermint, lemon, clove, and cinnamon to the post-filter side of your water purifier. This will help purify the water.

Dishwashing Soap:

To add fragrance or improve the antiseptic action of your liquid soap, add several drops of essential oils such as lavender, Melaleuca alternifolia, fir, spruce, pine, lemon, bergamot, and orange.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

A few drops of oil may be added to the dishwasher to help disinfect and purify. Some popular oils are pine, orange, tangerine, lemon, and peppermint, although any antibacterial oil would work well.

Painting:

When painting, add 1 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil to one gallon of paint. Mix well. The oil will counteract the unpleasant smell of paint. Because essential oils are not fatty oils, they will not leave oil spots on the walls.


Laundry:

Essential oils may be used to enhance the cleanliness and fragrance of your laundry. As unpleasant as it seems, dust mites live in your bedding, feeding from the dead skin cells you constantly shed. Recent research has shown that eucalyptus oil kills dust mites.

To achieve effective dust mite control, add 25 drops of eucalyptus to each load, or approximately 1 tablespoon to a bottle of liquid laundry detergent.

You may also add several drops of essential oils to the rinse cycle, such as fir, spruce, juniper, lavender, cedarwood, wintergreen/, or rosewood.

Instead of using toxic and irritating softening agents in the dryer, place a washcloth dampened with 10 drops of lavender, lemon, melaleuca, Bergamot, or other essential oils. While the oils will not reduce static cling, they will impart a distinctive fragrance to the clothes.

Toothpick Application:

Dip end of wooden toothpick into oil and apply to mixtures when one drop of oil is too much.


Surface Cleansers:

Counters, Furniture, etc. Instead of purchasing standard household cleaners for surfaces, you can create your own natural, safe version by filling a plastic spray bottle with water and a squirt of dishwashing soap. Add 3 to 5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and pine essential oils. Shake the spray bottle well, and your homemade cleaner is ready to spray.

This simple solution is extremely economical, yet it cleans and disinfects as well as any commercial cleaner. Please keep in mind that some of the oils, if used directly, may stain some surfaces, such as linoleum.

Additional antibacterial and antiviral oils that are excellent for cleaning include cinnamon, clove, Eucalyptus globulus, thyme, juniper, Melaleuca alternifolia, spruce, lemongrass, and grapefruit.


Floors and Carpet:

By combining essential oils with common household products, you can create your own nontoxic aromatic floor and carpet cleaners.

To clean non-carpeted floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5-10 drops of lemon, pine, spruce, Melaleuca alternifolia, Antibacterial Blend, or another suitable oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dishwashing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

To make a carpet freshener, add 16-20 drops of essential oils to a cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over your carpet the next day and then vacuum the powder up. You may also saturate a disposable cloth or tissue with several drops of essential oil and place it into the collecting bag of your vacuum. This will diffuse a pleasant odor as you clean. If your vacuum collects dirt into water, simply add a few drops into the water reservoir before cleaning. This refreshes both the carpet and the room.

Insecticide and Repellent:

Dust Mites, Fleas, Ticks, Ants, Spiders, etc. Many of us use synthetic chemicals to deal with insects. Single oils such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, cypress, Eucalyptus globulus, cinnamon, thyme, basil, citronella, and the Purification and Thieves blends effectively repel many types of insects including mites, lice, and fleas.

Peppermint placed on entryways prevents ants from entering. If you need moth repellants for your linens and woolens, avoid toxic commercial mothballs made of naphthalene. Natural essential oils like citronella, lavender, lemongrass, Western red cedar, or rosemary can just as effectively repel moths and other insects.

You can make a sachet by placing several drops of essential oil on a cotton ball. Wrap and tie this in a small handkerchief or square of cotton. Hang this cloth in storage areas or add it to your chest of linens. Refresh as often as necessary. You can put this sachet in your bureau drawers to keep your clothes freshly scented. Lavender and rose are classic scents.

For children’s sleepwear, Roman chamomile is especially fragrant and relaxing.

To scent stationery, stretch out an oil-scented cotton ball and place it in an envelope.


Hot Tubs and Saunas:

Hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and saunas act as reservoirs for germs, especially if used frequently. Lavender, cinnamon, clove, Eucalyptus globulus, thyme, lemon, or grapefruit can be used to disinfect and fragrance the water. Use 3 drops per person.

For saunas, add several drops of rosemary, thyme, pine, or lavender to a spray bottle with water and then spray down the surfaces. Scented water can also be used to splash on hot sauna stones

CAUTION: Some essential oils may damage plastic sauna/spa filters or hoses.


Deodorizing: Kitchens, Bathrooms, etc.

The kitchen and bathroom are often a source of odors and bacteria. Use the following mixtures to freshen, deodorize, and disinfect the air, work areas, cupboards, bathroom fixtures, sinks, tiles, woodwork, carpets, etc.

These blends are safe for the family and the environment. Since essential oils separate easily from water, always shake well and keep on shaking the bottle as you use these mixtures. They will deodorize and clean the air, instead of covering the odors.

Single oils:
Rosemary, lemon, Eucalyptus globulus, lavender

Blends:
Citrus Fresh, Purification

Recipe #1:

  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus globulus
  • 4 drops lavender with 1-quart water
  • 1-cup water Shake mixture well and use in a spray bottle.

Recipe #2:

  • 3-4 drops lavender
  • 5-6 drops Purification
  • 1-cup water Shake mixture well and use in a spray bottle.

Recipe #3:

  • 7 drops pine with an equal amount of chamomile, tea tree, lemongrass, or clove
  • 1-cup water Shake mixture well and use in a spray bottle.

Cooking:

Many essential oils make excellent food flavorings. They are so concentrated that only 1-2 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to a full bottle (1-2 oz. size) of dried herbs. As a general rule, spice oils impart a far stronger flavor than citrus oils do.

For strong spice oils (such as oregano, nutmeg, cinnamon, marjoram, tarragon, wintergreen, thyme, or basil), you can dip a toothpick into the oils and stir food (after cooking) with the toothpick. This controls the amount of essential oil that is put into the food.

Cooking Tips:

  • Ginger, cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg can be added to spice up gingersnap cookies. Use the toothpick application method.
  • Lemon, orange, mandarin, or tangerine oil can be added to a regular sponge or bundt cake recipe.
  • Peppermint or spearmint oil can be added to chocolate cake, brownie, or frosting recipes.
  • Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, or ginger oil can be used in pumpkin pie or spice cake recipes.
  • Oregano, marjoram, thyme, or basil can be put in tomato sauces for spaghetti, pizza, ravioli, and lasagna recipes. Use the toothpick method of application.
  • Lemon, clove, orange, mandarin, or peppermint oil can be added to enhance the flavor of puddings and fruit pies. Add 1-2 drops for 4-8 servings.
  • Lavender, Roman chamomile, orange, tangerine, lemon, peppermint, wintergreen, and melissa can be used to make herbal teas. Mix 2 drops essential oil with 1 tsp. of agave nectar and stir into a cup of warm water.
  • Lemon, orange, mandarin, tangerine, or peppermint can be mixed into a cool refreshing drink. Mix several drops of essential oil with 1 tsp. of agave nectar and add to a pitcher of cold water.
  • Cinnamon, clove, lavender, basil, German or Roman chamomile, or lemon can be used to flavor agave nectar. Warm the agave until it becomes a thin liquid, then stir in your favorite oil.
  • Some oils that can be used as spices are: basil, cinnamon, clove, fennel, ginger, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, rosemary CT cineol, sage, spearmint, tarragon, coriander, grapefruit, mandarin, orange, wintergreen or birch, black pepper, and thyme. For a recipe that serves 6-10 people, add 1-2 drops of an oil and stir in after cooking and just before serving, so the oil does not evaporate.

Compiled by Sarah Judith Cole

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