I promised a while back that I would write a post about how I use essential oils daily in my house. It's one of those posts that I always feel skeptical about simply because essential oils tend to be a strongly debated topic. See my other blog post. Essential Oils: Miracles.....I Think Not, for my feelings on essential oils as a whole.
Now, onto how I use them...
1. When I wake up each morning, I clean my face. Notice I don't say wash. I use a hydrating toner to gently clean whatever buildup is on my face from sleeping all night. I find that washing my face twice a day is too drying but that is a topic for another day. Anyway, after it's clean, I'll put a drop of Frankincense in my Vitamin C serum.
Frankincense is known to be a natural astringent. What this means is that it will be great or oily or acne prone skin. It helps to regulate sebum production all while helping to control inflammation. Some also claim that it helps stimulate cell regeneration so it could also work as an anti aging product.
If I'm being 100% honest, I love the way it smells and my skin looks amazing. I was told a long time ago that it helped with hyperpigmentation so I started using it. I can't say one way or another if it helped with the few acne scars I have but I will say that I love using it daily and my skin looks brighter and firmer as a result.
2. Anytime I shower, I use a Frankincense, Lavender and Sandalwood Body Oil afterwards instead of a lotion. I usually buy a bottle of sweet almond or apricot oil and add the essentials to it. First, let me just say that this oil smells AMAZING. I have a thing for wood scents and this blend is one of my favorites.
All these oils are beneficial to skin. I listed above about frankincense, now lets talk about lavender. I have eczema and lavender has always been a go to for that. It is a antioxidant, it's anti fungal and helps with itching, its antibacterial and can help with small wounds, and can help to prevent infections. Also, can we talk about that smell? It is one of the most versatile oils and is sometimes called the "swiss army knife" of oils. If you want to try oils but have a small budget, lavender is the one to start with.
Sandalwood, is probably my favorite oil. This is based on smell alone. I LOVE the smell of sandalwood. Sandalwood is great for softening the skin, has astringent and antiseptic properties, and it is claimed that it can help with sun spots. I can't attest to the last, but I'll argue that it has improved my skin and it's texture.
3. Vetiver is a weird oil. Remember when I said I like woodsy smells. Apparently, I like the smell of wet dirt too. My husband isn't the biggest fan of this oil so I no longer diffuse it in the bedroom but I do place a small amount, mixed with a carrier oil, on the bottoms of my feet each night. I'm not sure if it is the smell, the ritual or if it really is relaxing but I'm out quickly after application.
I read a while back that vetiver is good for anxiety, stress and insomnia. Obviously, I needed some of that in my life and this was how I chose to incorporate it. It just makes me feel grounded. I can't really explain it but it definitely work for me.
4. Anytime I get a sinus headache, I reach for peppermint oil. Peppermint has menthol in it. The menthol helps to open the airways and make breathing easier. Peppermint is actually a good oil to have around for a lot of different things. I tend to use it more due to my sinus issues but I know people who use it for a wide range of purposes.
If you're nauseous, a quick whiff of peppermint oil can help curb the feeling. You feeling itchy? A diluted peppermint oil can help relieve it. There are many different uses for peppermint but these are the things that I find that I use it most for.
For daily use, this is about it. I also have things that I use weekly that you may be interested in. All of my cleaning and laundry products are DIY versions using essential oil products. I know that oils are expensive but I have figured out ways to stretch them out so they last a lot longer. If this is something that interests you, let me know and I'll write another post about how to make your products last longer.