- LAVENDER (Lavandula agustifolia)
Lavender is calming, pain relieving, and anti-spasmodic. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antifungal, and antibacterial.
- Lavender aids digestion and supports the liver.
- Uniquely, it is both a sedative and a stimulant so it relaxes without making you groggy.
- It also helps to reduce fever.
- And it encourages menstruation, when there is blockage.
- It calms the nerves and emotions and brings them into balance.
- It is insecticidal and was historically used as a moth repellent.
- If you have a minor burn or sunburn, apply lavender and the pain will subside, the tissue will repair, often without scarring.
Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil to dilute it. While those with sensitive skin should use a carrier oil, to prevent sensitization, those with hardier constitutions can get away with applying it neat to the skin. A bee sting can be rendered painless and the swelling reduced with the immediate application of lavender essential oil.
USES FOR LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL:
USE IT IN THE LAUNDRY
Add a few drops to your wool dryer balls to make your laundry smell fresh and clean.
Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle of filtered water to spray linen tablecloths and pillowcases before ironing. It will make the job of ironing more pleasant and keep your linens smelling fresh and clean.
BURN AND FIRST AID OINTMENT
Use lavender essential oil in a burn ointment for sunburn
2 tbsp. of calendula infused oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix together in a 30 ml bottle. Label. Shake well before use. Apply to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns to speed healing, relieve pain, and provide an antimicrobial barrier to prevent infection.
PROMOTES RELAXATION AND SLEEP
Diffuse lavender essential oil in a bedroom to help induce deep sleep and especially to promote REM sleep and encourage dreaming. Lavender relaxes the mind and encourages the healing
phase of sleep. It also relaxes brain activity helping to calm the mind and emotions.
HELPS EASE A HEADACHE
A drop of lavender essential oil applied to the temples can ease a tension headache in a few minutes.
SPEEDS WOUND HEALING
Add a drop of lavender to a bandage and place over a cut to disinfect and speed wound healing.
- LEMON (Citrus limon)
Citrus essential oils are cold pressed from the peels of ripe citrus fruit, unlike other essential oils that are steam distilled. The shelf life of citrus oils can be prolonged by storing the coloured glass bottles in the refrigerator, inhibiting oxidization.
- Lemon is antiseptic.
- It stimulates digestion by supporting the liver.
- It prevents contagious illnesses like colds and flu when it is diffused into room air.
- It is refreshing, uplifting, and anti-depressant.
- I like to use lemon essential oils in my homemade cleaning products for the refreshing scent that it gives my home.
USES FOR LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL:
Lemon essential oil is a natural degreaser and antimicrobial. It is an excellent addition to all your homemade cleaners. If you prefer another citrus scent like grapefruit or sweet orange, you can substitute one of these for the lemon essential oil called for in the recipes in this book, without loss of effectiveness. Lemon adds a top note to essential oil and perfume blends.
Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil to ½ cup of witch hazel. Place in a spritz bottle to repel mosquitos.
Put 12 drops of lemon or other citrus oil in ¼ c.walnut oil and use it to condition wooden spoons, cutting boards, and other wooden kitchen tools. Wipe on, allow it to absorb for 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe excess oil off and buff dry.
Diffuse lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil in a room to elevate mood, and clean the air of viruses and bacteria.
Put 4 drops of lemon essential oil on a cloth and wipe door knobs, light switches, and keyboards to disinfect without water.
Mix together 1 tbsp. of sea salt, 1 tbsp. of coconut oil or sweet almond oil, and 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil. Rub salt-oil mixture on hands, paying attention to calluses and cuticles. Massage in for 1 minute. Rinse in warm water. Pat dry.
HAIRBRUSH AND COMB CONDITIONER
Put 5 drops of lemon essential oil into a sink of hot water. After cleaning combs and brushes of discarded hair and lint, soak combs and brushes for 15 minutes. Rinse and air dry.
- PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint is bright, bold, and uplifting.
- It will lift your mood, and energize you while it reduces stress.
- Peppermint will calm an upset stomach or a headache.
- It reduces pain. It strengthens.
- It clears the sinuses and is stimulating.
- A single drop can alleviate motion sickness. It should be used sparingly in blends for best effect.
*It should not be used for children under 3 years old due to its strong menthol content. For very young children infuse a carrier oil with peppermint leaves and use that oil rather than the much more concentrated essential oil.
USES FOR PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL:
In a purse size spray bottle mix 1 tbsp. of distilled water and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. To use shake well, and spritz the tongue to freshen breathe. It will be strong so use sparingly.
Mix 1 tbsp. of coconut oil, 1 tbsp. of baking soda, and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix well. Put in a small jar. Use this to moisten your toothbrush and brush your teeth. It freshens your breath, cleans your teeth, and helps with gum disease.
FOOT MASSAGE OIL
For tired, achy feet, put 1 tsp of coconut oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil in your palm. Allow the coconut oil to melt with your body heat. Massage into the bottoms of your feet, to cool, refresh, and ease tension.
STUDYING LATE AT NIGHT
Put 4 to 8 drops of peppermint essential oil into a room diffuser to keep you alert while you are studying into the wee hours of the night. Peppermint will help you stay alert without the caffeine hit and jittery after-effects of adrenal fatigue.
CLAY POULTICE FOR ARTHRITIS RELIEF
When Arthur comes to visit make a clay poultice of 1 tbsp. French green clay and warm water. Add 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 1 drop of lavender essential oil, and 3 drops of rosemary essential oil. Mix to form a stiff paste. Smear the mixture over the affected joints and painful areas. Cover with muslin and keep warm. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry. This draws out the toxins and increases circulation in the joints, bringing relief.
DISCOURAGE MICE AND RATS FROM YOUR HOME
Dissuade mice from making your home into theirs by planting peppermint plants around the perimeter of your home and creating a perfume of 30% peppermint essential oil, 30% alcohol and 40% distilled water. Spritz around the places where evidence of mice is seen. Spray in rooms.
- TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea Tree essential oil is antiseptic. It is a strong antimicrobial that cleans up antibiotic resistant microbes from surfaces. It is also antifungal, antiviral, and anti-parasitic. Use it to treat insect bites, open wounds, and to repel biting insects.
It quickly penetrates tissue and can be applied on the skin to bring benefit to internal infections. On the farms it is used to treat milking does with hot, red lumps on their udders with tea tree oil in a salve. The tea tree penetrates the udder tissue and in most cases relieves the mastitis in a few days. It’s one of the few things that can reach mastitis in the udder tissue.
USES OF TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL:
Put 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, vodka, or cider vinegar and 1 tsp of tea tree essential oil in a spritz bottle. Shake well and spray the tops of your shoes, pant legs, and exposed skin. It will repel ticks and keep them from hanging on. We also use this to treat our llamas’ legs, to keep the ticks from grabbing on as they graze in the long grass.
Warning: Don’t use it on dogs, cats, or rabbits though. Pets will lick their legs and feet. They lack the liver enzymes to break down tea tree essential oil and it can cause toxicity and even death.
ITCH BE GONE
Use a cotton ball to apply to insect bites and stings to reduce inflammation, decrease itching, and prevent bacterial infection. Children and sensitive people should use 1 tsp. of carrier oil per drop of tea tree essential oil.
Apply 1 drop of tea tree essential oil on the backside of tick. It will kill the tick and make removal easier.
DISINFECTANT AND CLEANER
Add tea tree essential oil to your all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant to kill germs and make clean up easier.
Use tea tree oil neat on chewing gum, sticky tree sap, or glue to remove the residue from hair, clothing, skin, or wood surfaces. It may remove the finish on some wood surfaces, so test in an inconspicuous area first.
Use 1 drop of tea tree essential oil on a wart on your hands or feet. Cover with a bandage and keep the area dry for at least 1 hour. Repeat twice a day until the wart falls off.
Tea Tree essential oil is a very effective antimicrobial to combat tooth abscesses and gum infections. While not a substitute for professional dental care, rubbing one drop of tea tree oil along the gum, and around the infected area, can buy you some time, when you are dealing with a painful abscess.
- EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus sp.)
Eucalyptus is a wakeup call. It is strongly menthol and is the scent most commonly associated with vapour rubs and cold remedies. It clears the sinuses and relieves chest and sinus congestion. It is a strong disinfectant and deodorizer and is a common ingredient in household cleaning products, laundry products, and cold remedies.
- Eucalyptus is pain relieving, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-arthritic, and antiseptic.
- It relieves nerve pain, and is anti-spasmodic.
- It helps during colds and flu because it is anti-viral, and decongestant.
- It relieves a fever, and helps make a cough more productive.
- Eucalyptus blends well with peppermint and tea tree in blends formulated to relieve an unproductive cough and open the breathing.
- Eucalyptus is a good addition to muscle rubs, where pain relief and increased circulation is beneficial.
- There are several different essential oils labelled as Eucalyptus. All have strong decongestant and expectorant qualities. They vary in the percentage of ketones. Since ketones can be problematic for children under 10 and pregnant women, Eucalyptus dives, and globulus should not be used for children under 10 and pregnant women. E. polybractea is safe and is recommended for room diffusers, where pregnant women and young children are present. Eucalyptus radiata is safe for everyone.
USES FOR EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
EUCALYPTUS WOOL WASH
Add 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the final rinse water when washing wool socks, sweaters, shawls, hats, or mittens. Eucalyptus repels wool moths and conditions wool.
EUCALYPTUS CHEST RUB
1 tbsp. cocoa butter
1 tbsp. sweet almond oil
6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Melt cocoa butter and sweet almond oil together over low heat. Blend well and allow the carrier oils to cool slightly. Add essential oils and stir well. Place in a well capped jar.
To use apply to the chest, the back, or the bottoms of the feet to relieve achy muscles, chest congestion, fever, and stuffy nose.
Use cautiously with children under 10, pregnant and nursing mothers. See the caution above.
Eucalyptus should not be sprayed directly on pets. However, a collar to which a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil has been applied, will repel fleas for several days. Reapply the eucalyptus essential oil to the collar, as necessary to maintain protection.
Diffuse 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil in a room diffuser to cleanse the air, and combat viruses and microbes. It will make breathing easier and relieve the stuffy, clogged feeling in your sinuses and the scratchy feeling in your throat.
SHOWER PUCK FOR COLDS AND CONGESTION
Add 15 drops of eucalyptus, 1 tsp. of citric acid, and 1 tbsp. of baking soda to a bowl. Mix together and press into a silicone candy mold. Allow to harden overnight. Place on the floor of the shower stall during a hot shower. As the shower puck dissolves in the steam, eucalyptus will remove sluggishness from your brain, increase alertness, and loosen sinuses and chest congestion.