50 Ways To Use Essential Oils
1. For good smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc. place a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Add 5 drops essential oil to 1/4 cup fabric softener or water and place in the center cup of the washer.
2. Potpourri which has lost its scent can be revived by adding a few drops of essential oil.
3. Add a few drops of oil to water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener.
4. Add a few drops essential oil to a pan of water and simmer on stove or in a potpourri pot.
5. To enjoy a scented candle, place a drop or two into the hot melted wax as the candle burns.
6. To dispel household cooking odors, add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan.
7. For tired aching muscles or arthritis aches, mix 1 part Cinnamon, Sage and Basil oil to 4 parts Sweet Almond or other vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.
8. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary I Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.
9. To blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 oz. Sweet Almond or other skin-nourishing vegetable oil.
10. Add 10 drops of essential oil to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix very well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets on your home. let set for an hour or more, then vacuum.
11. To make a natural flea collar, saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Pennyroyal or Tea Tree oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal's neck.
12. Shoes can be freshened by either dropping a few drops of Geranium essential oil directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Athlete's foot? Tea Tree is great!
13. Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are nice. Rose Geranium helps with pet odors.
14. To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a food scent dabbed on a cotton ball into an inconspicuous corner.
15. Are mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place at problem locations.
16. The bathroom is easily scented by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places, or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.
17. Apply true Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil directly to cuts, scrapes or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing.
18. Homemade soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with essential oils. Use soaps which contain pure essential oils.
19. Homemade sachets are more fragrant when essential oils are blended with the flowers and herbs.
20. An essential oil dropped onto a radiator scent ring or light bulb will not only fill the room with a wonderful fragrance, but will also set a mood such as calming or uplifting. (Don't put essential oil in the socket.)
21. A few drops of your favorite oil or blend in the rinse water of your hand washables makes for pleasant results.
22. Anise oil has been used by fishermen for years. Use a drop or two on the fingertips before baiting up. Anise covers up the human scent that scares the fish away.
23. Essential oils or blends make wonderful perfumes. Create your own personal essence! Add 25 drops to 1 oz of perfume alcohol and allow to age two weeks before using.
24. To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic pests, drop a few drops of Citronella oil on the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.
25. 1 drop of Lemon essential oil applied directly to a wart is an effective means of elimination. Apply the essential oil daily until the wart is gone.
26. Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.
27. Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of spices such as Clove, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Simmer a few drops of the essential oil of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and other spices. Geranium oil sprinkled throughout the home creates a warm, cheerful and inviting mood. Add Cinnamon oil to furniture polish and wipe
down the wood.
28. Add essential oils to paper mache, the result is the creation of a lovely aromatic piece of art.
29. Infuse bookmarks and stationery with essential oils. Place drops of oil on paper and put them in a plastic bag. Seal it and leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news in perfumed letters.
30. Neck pillows, padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of essential oil on them before giving.
31. Overindulge last night? Essential oils of Juniper, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Carrot, Fennel, Rosemary and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
32. Essential oils of Vetivert, Cypress, Cedarwood, Frankincense , and Myrrh all make wonderful firewood oil. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
33. Flies and moths dislike Lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.
34. Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils such as Chamomile, Lavender or Neroli on your pillow before retiring for restful sleep.
35. When moving into a new home, first use a water spray containing your favorite essential oils and change the odorous environment to your own. Do this for several days until it begins to feel like your space.
36. Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Lemon.
37. 1 drop of Lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with a gentle buffing.
38. When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add ~ drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Tangerine or Orange essential oil to the final rinse water.
39. For burns or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly on the effected area.
40. Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in Â½ glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.
41. Use 1 drop of Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.
42. 6-8 drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.
43. Add I drop Geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
44. Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.
45. When the flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme to your diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.
46. To bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender oils have been added.
47. The blend of lavender and Grapefruit oil is good for the office. Lavender creates a calm tranquil atmosphere while Grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.
48. A blend of Geranium, Lavender and Bergamot alleviates anxiety and depression. Use in a room diffuser or 6-8 drops of this blend in the bath.
49. A wonderful massage blend for babies is I drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond oil.
50. 1 drop Peppermint oil diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil rubbed on the back of the neck helps to relieve headaches.
3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays!
Christmas Cookie Blend
This blend smells like a sugar cookie! Try it in a room spray.
4 drops Vanilla (fragrance oil is ok as vanilla is so expensive)
10 drops Bergamot
5 drops Ylang ylang
2 drops Cardamom
1 drop Roman chamomile
Citrus Furniture Spray
10 drops Lemon
5 drops Lime
5 drops Bergamot
2 tsp. light olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
Put olive oil in 16 oz. spray bottle, add essential oils and vinegar.
Fill the rest of the bottle with purified water and shake well. Please do a patch test first just in case.
Disinfectant Room Spray
Combine water and essential oils in a spray bottle. Studies show that a two-percent dilution of eucalyptus oil kills 70 percent of airborne staph bacteria.
4 drops eucalyptus
2 drop peppermint
2 drops pine
2 drop tea tree
3 drops bergamot
1 Â½ ounce = 45ml of water
Holiday Diffuser Blend
Mix Equal Parts
Clove Bud Oil
Fir Needle Oil
Sweet Orange Oil
Use in diffuser to lift spirits, calm emotions and liven the holiday season.
Scented Holiday Cards - Make your Christmas/Holiday cards extra special this year. Place 1 drop of any holiday blend on the inside corner of each card. Seal and send as usual. What a nice surprise for the recipient! Some oils to use: Cinnamon, Orange, Clove and Nutmeg.
Making Scented Candles - When making candles, mix 20-60 drops essential oil per 8 oz candle wax.
Scenting Unscented Candles - After lighting candle, add essential oils to melted pool wax. Essential oils are flammable so take extra care.
Room Spray to Cleanse and Freshen the Air
1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
6 drops Bergamot
8 drops Lemon
in 1 oz. of water.
1ml Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
1ml Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
1ml Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
2ml Spruce (Tsuga canadensis)
Blend all oils in a dark 5ml bottle, seal and invert to blend. Add 10 drops of the blend and 2 tablespoons of alcohol to a 120ml spray bottle. Add water and shake well. Spray down your countertops and cutting board for ultimate cleaning. For extra anti-bacterial cleaning, drop directly onto surface of cutting board and wipe well with a damp cloth. Do NOT get this blend on skin, these oils are highly volatile and may cause skin irritation. It is only to be used for cleaning or diffusing, not for any body work at all.
Bergamot 2 drops
Pink Grapefruit 2 drops
Lemon 3 drops
Lemongrass 2 drops
Mandarin 3 drops
Use in a diffuser or spray mist.
Tips for Using Essential Oils Around the House
Vacuum Cleaner - 2 to 3 drops on the dust collecting bag will spread a nice aroma
Toilet Paper - 2 to 3 drops on inside of roll before putting on the holder
Drawer Scenter - 2 to 3 drops on a cottonball inside drawers, closets, cupboards, etc.
Room Scenter - 4 to 5 drops on a light bulb scent ring Pot-pourri - 5 to 10 drops to revive spent pot pourri
Drains - 2 to 3 drops to help clear musty smells
Eucalyptus has MANY uses....here are a few:
A 2% solution of Eucalyptus oil will kill dust mites
Soak your dishcloths in a bowl with a few drops of Eucalyptus to kill germs
Dissolve the sticky remnants of tape on glass and appliances with Eucalyptus oil, but be careful about getting on wood or varnished surfaces...it can take off the finish.
Sterilize toilet and bathing areas
FOR GLASS AND SURFACE CLEANING
Use an old spray bottle if using plastic (EOâ€™s will "eat" the plastic over time) MIX 16 oz water with 1 tablespoon Everclear alcohol and 1 teaspoon essential oils. I like a mix of tea tree, lemon and lavender (the aroma is great), but there are lots of other options. I like this blend because it goes after bacteria, viruses, fungus, yeast and mold. I also like a blend of Thyme and Lemongrass. Shake often during use.
FOR SINKS, TOILETS AND TUBS
Mix 1 teaspoon essential oil (a degreasing EO like lemon or orange is preferable) with 4 ounces of a good degreasing dishwashing soap (like Dawn) This combination will cut through the soap scum without scratching the porcelain.
Make up a mild solution of hot water and a small amount of dish soap in a cleaning bucket. Add 10-20 drops EO. of your choice (this is how I use up the tail ends of bottles of EOs--I especially like pine, lemon, tea tree--or thyme if people have been sick. This is great for kitchens, baseboards, etc. etc.
You can add a few drops of Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Cinnamon Leaf - or whatever suits your germ killing fancy to the carpet solution.If your not shampooing the carpet, but would like to deodorize it, see the Carpet Deodorizer recipe at the end of this article.
Put Lemon EO in the wash water to kill salmonella. You might also want to add some clove or cinnamon. Wash out the inside of the fridge with a solution of tea tree to kill mold.
Put a couple of drops of essential oil on the outside of the paper vacuum bag. This freshens the air as you vacuum - and if you use a germ killing oil or oils (Lemon, Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Thyme, etc.) you can discourage unwanted science projects from growing in your vacuum cleaner.
THE DUST/MITE/HUMAN CONNECTION
The great majority of household dust is the excrement from dust mites which are eating shed human skin cells (not pretty, I know, but forewarned is forearmed). Some old pillow have been analyzed to be up to 70% (by weight) mite poop. You should wash your pillows regularly (especially if you have allergies), and there is a point when you should throw them away--you'll know!