Essential oils are an all natural option to maintaining a healthier mind and body. Each essential oil has unique properties that can help reduce stress, increase concentration, detoxify your body and even help you get a good night’s sleep.
I’ve been experimenting with essential oils over the past 6 months and I’ve learned a lot, but not enough to feel like I can write an educated well informed post. That’s where my guest comes in.
What better way to share information than to ask an expert? Say hi and give a warm welcome to Wendy Polisi.
Hi Everyone! My name is Wendy and I was excited when Jill asked me if I would share a bit about essential oils with you today. Like Jill, I’m a huge fan of healthy living.
About two years ago, I was introduced to essential oils and since then I’ve been amazed at how they have transformed our families health. Our home is not only free of over the counter medicines, but also of toxic personal care products and cleaners.
The average woman uses an average of 12 personal care products a day and this can expose us to as many as 125 different ingredients. Exposure to toxins can lead to oxidative damage, inflammation and even hormone disruption.
Since I know that you all are serious about living a healthy life, I thought I’d share with you five different ways that you can use essential oils for a healthier and less toxic summer.
Did you know that oxybenzone, an active ingredient in chemical sunscreens is known to accumulate in your tissue? It has been linked to allergies, cellular damage, low birth weight, and hormone disruption. Just say no with this DIY sunscreen. The use of pomegranate oil is optional, but recommended. It is believed to inhibit UVB damage.
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate oil
- 1/4 cup Fractionated coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 tablespoon Zinc Oxide Powder
Combine ingredients in a small glass spray bottle. Shake well before spraying. Reapply often. Please note that this is not waterproof.
In our house we keep bugs away naturally. Growing up in Florida, I would have never thought this possible. Now I feel so fortunate to have the knowledge to keep my family away from harmful substances like DEET, which is a known neurotoxin.
There are many ways to fight bugs with essential oils, but this blend is one of my favorites. Patchouli works to keep bugs off your body and out of your general area. This is effective on moths, mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, flies and lice. Studies have shown that Juniper can repel ticks and mosquitoes as well as DEET.
DIY Bug Spray
- 1/4 cup Witch Hazel
- 40 drops Patchouli essential oil
- 30 drops Juniper essential oil
- 10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- Teaspoon of aloe vera gel
Combine all ingredients in a 6 ounce glass spray bottle. Top off with water. Shake well before use and spray on body.
Scrapes, Cuts & Rashes
With three crazy kids, scrapes and cuts are a part of life. I keep this Owie Spray on hand all the time!
DIY Owie Spray
- 15 ml glass or safe plastic bottle with spray top
- 15 drops Melaleuca
- 15 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Frankincense
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Place essential oils in the bottle. Fill with fractionated coconut oil. Shake well before use and apply 4 times daily to cuts, scrapes and rashes.
Let’s face it, as amazing as it is to spend time outside in the summer, your skin can take a beating! Once or twice a week try this simple yogurt mask that is packed with probiotics. I love the use of honey for its healing and antibacterial properties. Myrrh and Lavender both support skin healing.
DIY Face Mask
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 5 drops Myrrh essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Apply and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well and follow with your favorite moisturizer.
Make Over Your Travel Bag
If you are planning a family getaway this summer, essential oils can help improve your overall travel experience by soothing your stomach, lessening tension and even helping you overcome jet lag. Here are a few things I like to make sure are in my travel bag:
- Peppermint on the back of the ears can relieve the pressure while flying. If you experience motion sickness, try taking a peppermint beadlet.
- On a long car ride with the kids (or a bumpy flight)? Try putting a little Lavender onto the back of your neck and temples to calm your nerves.
- To combat the fatigue that often comes with jet lag, try Lemon, Rosemary or Sandalwood. At bedtime, try putting a few drops love lavender on your feet.
Thanks so much to Jill for allowing me to share with you!
If you would like to learn more about how to use essential oils, I’ve got a full line up of events and webinars this month! Or, feel free to contact me personally.
Wendy Polisi is a blogger, cookbook author, natural health advocate and mom to three. She is passionate about using essential oils for healthy living and is presently studying to become a Certified Aromatherapist. You can find her on the web at WendyPolisi.com and CookingQuinoa.net.
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