Hmm! What’s going on with my body? I look in the mirror and there seems to be more of me. My pants don’t fit like they use to and my stomach seems to be inching outward. I haven’t been able to see my feet in a while. When I sit on the bus seat, no one can sit next to me because there is no room. You know now that I think about it; I have been really short of breath lately. It’s getting harder to move around and it seems like I get tired a lot faster than I use to. I can’t remember the last time I climbed up a flight of stairs.
As many of us adopt new year’s resolutions to become fitter and healthier, our thoughts might turn to joining a gym and getting that beach body for this year’s summer holiday. Ideally, you could hire a personal trainer to get you fast results, but having the extra money to do so at this time of year is not a luxury that most of us have.
Putting together your own workouts and nutrition plan can be super confusing, because there’s so much conflicting advice and information out there. But do you really need a personal trainer, or are you better off going it alone?
Essential oils have enhanced and brightened many individual’s lives for thousands of years now, providing various benefits for the user including aromatherapy, cosmetic and dietary uses. Essentials oils are an important part of many people’s lives in relation to their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
- Improving uneven skin complexions and skin conditions.
- Stimulates cellular renewal for faster healing of cuts, burns, minor wounds and bruises.
- Eases both aches and pains for the user.
- Some essential oils can help to balance and maintain moods and feelings.
- Fighting bacterias, fungi and other forms of infections.
- Relaxing and stress busting effects upon the user, meaning they can also be useful in treating anxiety.
- Multi-purpose oils which can also be used within homemade cleaning products/ mixtures.
- Some essential oils can prevent and kill pests such as slugs, worms and small bugs.
- Bathtime scrubs can be massively enhanced with the use of a essential oil, benefitting the skin beautifully.
- Oils can also be used to create great tasting teas and health boosting drinks.
These uses listed above are just a small example of the potential which essential oils hold, so read on to find out 100 uses and remedies which could benefit you!
Our 100 Essential Oil Uses and Remedies Checklist!
Reduce back and neck pains
By using essential oils such as peppermint, ginger and cypress you can combine with coconut oil to create a perfect deep penetrating rub. Simply use as a massage oil on the area affected when pain begins to spike, and wash away with a damp cloth or take a shower.
Kick the cold and flu symptoms faster
To help treat cold and flu symptoms try taking a few drops of oregano oil and frankincense a few times daily until you feel better.
Rub lavender oil into your wrists and palms, inhaling deeply each time you feel allergy symptoms arising.
Reduce and improve pregnancy morning sickness.
Inhale either orange, lemon or ginger oil each time you begin to suffer from morning sickness. The best way to keep the scent around you is to add a few drops into a handkerchief and carry it round with your in the mornings.
Boost the immune system
To boost your immune system simply add one drop of oregano oil to coconut or olive oil and rub onto the bottom of your feet each day, either in the mornings or before bed.
Muscle rub lotions
Mix eucalyptus oil with wintergreen oil to an unscented lotion and apply to any aching muscles.
Lose weight quicker
Use essential oils as daily supplements to curb appetite. Try a mix of grapefruit, ginger and cinnamon oil.
Treat poison oak or ivy
Rub peppermint oil onto the area poisoned.
Soothe a painful/ peeling sunburn
Use chamomile oil and apply topically to the peeling skin and sunburn.
Heal blistered skin
By using a few drops of teatree oil onto the affected areas you can treat blistering and painful skin.
Treat head lice and prevent them from returning
Simply add a few drops of tea tree oil to your usual shampoo and conditioners.
Relieve PMS symptoms
Apply a few essential oils onto a warm, damp hand towel and apply directly onto the abdomen area. We recommend using basil, rosemary and sage for this treatment.
Helps aid in treating painful period cramps
To treat painful period cramps simply repeat the above (number 12) method but substitute the essential oils we recommended for ylang ylang oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil. Or you can simply use any one of those three oils and directly rub into the area that is painful for you with period cramping.
Use three drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of coconut oil, mix the two together and use topically onto the affected area.
Arthritis relief for chronic sufferers
Massage essential oils onto the areas suffering from arthritis.
Curb food cravings
Inhale cinnamon oil to help curb food cravings, as well as improve blood sugar levels in the body.
Add around 10-15 drops of grapefruit essential oil, or alternatively eucalyptus oil, to a hot bath.
Eczema and psoriasis creams
Mix a few drops of lavender oil with shea butter and apply to the damaged skin and affected area.
To reduce your fever add a small amount of peppermint oil and lavender oil to a warm cloth and pat your body down all over -especially on your forehead.
Helps in reducing motion sickness/ travel sickness
Ginger essential oil can be super effective when trying to treat both motion and travel illnesses. Simply apply a small amount to your wrist or sleeve cuff and inhale when struggling with feelings of sickness.
Energizes your workout
To reduce fatigue try inhaling peppermint before working out.
Helps to limit hangover symptoms
Run a warm bath and add a few drops of juniper berry, cedarwood and rosemary to improve feelings and help return to a normal functioning.
Limit a teeth grinding habit
Rub lavender oil onto your feet and behind your ears before bed.
Improve a person’s concentration
To improve your concentration inhale bergamot, grapefruit as well as peppermint oil to help throughout the day.
Used in sore feet soaks
Add peppermint oil to a foot soak.
Can be used to treat painful bruises
You can use essential oils in your hot compresses to help treat and reduce pain of bruises.
Can be used to treat asthma
To treat asthma you can create homemade vapo rubs by using peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and coconut oil on the chest area.
Strengthen your digestion
To improve your digestion take ginger and fennel essential oil to support digestion and improve bowel movements.
Soothe bug bites
Lavender can be used on bug bites to soothe and calm the itchiness/ pain.
Heal scalds and burns
By combining aloe vera with lavender oil you can create the perfect burn salve.
Repair broken bones
To aid in the repair of broken bones apply helichrysum, fir and cypress oils to the area.
-we’re not so sure on the effectiveness of this one, so use with caution!
Note: do not apply these oils onto open wounds and broken skin.
Cure a stubborn cough
Eucalyptus oil is known for it’s strong ability in opening the airways and clearing the nasal passages of blockages.
Apply either lavender oil or peppermint oil to the temples and rub for a few minutes.
Use in homemade toothpastes
To create a homemade toothpaste mix together peppermint oil, sea salt, baking soda and xylitol.
Relieve nausea feelings
Breathe in either lavender, ginger or peppermint oils.
Treat dry and cracked soles
Mix lavender oil with coconut oil and massage into your dry and cracked soles twice per day, once in the morning and once before bed.
Helps reduce oily hair
Using ylang ylang, lime and rosemary oil you can create a hair mask to use for roughly 10-15 minutes before showering and shampooing your hair.
Lighten and fade age/ brown spots
Applying frankincense on brown spots should improve both age spots and brown spots.
Can be used as a natural skin toner
Geranium, water and lavender can create the perfect skin toner to use before applying your daily moisturiser.
Using yoghurt, patchouli oil, cornmeal and lavender oil you can create a effective, but gently on the skin, facial scrub which smells absolutely beautiful!
(Patchouli is my favourite essential oil of all for smell!)
Fade stretch marks
Myrrh and grapefruit essential oil should help to fade and reduce stretch marks when applied topically.
Massage a mix of both rosemary and lavender oil into your scalp to improve blood flow, while curing excessive dandruff.
Deep hair conditioner
By using 10 drops of rosewood, 3 drops of sandalwood and lavender to an unscented oil you can create a fantastic deep hair conditioner -leaving on for 20 minutes.
Alternatively to this method you can add both rosewood and lavender to your normal condition and allow to sit on your hair overnight, using a shower cap to hold your hair in one place while protecting your pillow.
Homemade teeth whitener
Use lemon oil and fresh strawberries to rub on your teeth.
Prevents as well as reduces wrinkles for the user
Add a few drops of geranium, sandalwood and lavender to an unscented lotion and use on the areas which concern you most.
Strengthen and improve nails condition
Using myrrh, lemon essential oil and vitamin e oil to improve nail condition and strengthen them to avoid broken nails in the future.
Thicken the hair strands
To thicken your individual hair strands, as well as adding volume to the hair, try adding rosemary oil to your shampoo.
Treat an itchy scalp
Use cedar wood or basil essential oil to add to your shampoo, reducing itchiness.
Use as a body spray
Add a small amount of your favourite smelling essential oil to 22 ml of water and place in a spray bottle.
Use in a sugar scrub
Mix a few drops of almond oil, an essential oil of your choice and sugar together to make the perfect sugar scrub. Use on the lips mainly to plump and remove dry and dead skin cells.
Create a homemade deodorant
You can use essential oils to create homemade deodorants.
Mix a homemade shampoo
Mix 2-3 drops of lavender oil, rosemary oil, coconut milk and a small amount of aloe vera gel. Use this shampoo like you would a regular store bought one.
Freshen your breath
Use peppermint oil to freshen your breathe.
Use to treat acne in a face wash
To treat acne you can create a homemade face wash, including tea tree oil and raw honey.
Using 2-3 drops of jasmine essential oil on your wrist, chest and wherever else you like to apply your perfume. Many essential oils can be applied topically to your skin as a perfume.
Reduces appearance of both cellulite and varicose veins
Grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil should help to reduce signs of cellulite and varicose veins.
To create a minty hot chocolate
Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to your hot chocolate to create a minty chocolatey treat.
Yoga and meditation
Inhale your favourite essential oil before beginning your session to improve mood and help calm you appropriately.
Improve poor mood and depression
To boost mood and avoid depression you can apply rose essential oil to your bath water.
Add either lemon or eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water, which you can the place your feet within soothing them.
Calm an upset or worrying child
Help to calm young children by adding a small amount of essential oils onto their favourite toys/ teddies or blankets.
Use cedarwood essential oil for massage therapies.
Add a small amount of your favourite oil into two cups of water in a sauna situation.
Add your favourite essential oils into your bath to cleanse and relax.
We recommend, for the perfect detoxifying bath, you add lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt.
Place a few drops of chamomile or peppermint to your temples for immediate relaxing effects after a long hard day.
Help to relieve anxieties by smelling lavender oil.
Create a homemade lip balm
Using coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil to make a homemade lip balm for your dry and chapped lips.
Using coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils you can moisturise your body brilliantly.
Improve quality of sleep
Lavender oil can help improve your quality of sleep. Place 1-2 drops onto your pillow.
Help to treat insomnia
Many essential oils can also help to treat insomnia.
Creates cleaner dishes
By adding a small amount of lemon oil to your dishwasher you can create cleaner and nicer smelling dishes.
Flavoured lemon water
Use 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to flavour your water.
As a baby shower gift
You can gift wall diffusers to calm both mother and baby in such a stressful period.
Alternatively, as a bridal shower gift
You can create your own lotions using essential oils to gift to the bride.
Get rid of foul shoe smells
To freshen up poor smelling shoes you can add a few drops of lemon and a few drops of peppermint oil into the soles, where your feet would normally go.
Create a mint tea
Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your favourite herbal tea.
Eliminate smoke smells in the air
Add essential oils and water into a spray bottle and use around the house, or in areas which smell of smoke.
Detoxifying the air
By adding peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint you can diffuse the fumes in the air.
Use as a bathroom freshener
Place a cotton ball soaked in lemon oil somewhere within your bathroom to combat bad smells.
Purify the fridge
To freshen up your fridge when cleaning it out, add a few drops of lemon oil or lime oil to the water you are using to rinse.
When cleaning out your fridge with water, try adding a few drops of lemon oil, orange oil and lime oil to the water… giving the fridge that fresh citrusy smell!
Clean kitchen smell
Add lemon, lime and eucalyptus oil to a pan of simmering water to freshen the room, ridding it of stale and old cooking smells.
Washing produce with essential oils
Use a couple of drops of lemon oil in a bowl of cool water which your are using to rinse off produce.
Freshen the bin
Place a few drops of your favourite essential oil into the bottom of your bin… we recommend those with fresher smells such as jasmine, lemon, lime or lavender.
Diffuse frankincense oil for spiritual enlightenment.
As a bathtime scrub
Combine baking soda, vinegar and bergamot oil to create your very own bathtime scrub.
Place a few drops of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil onto your fire logs around an hour before burning.
Eliminate mold and stop from spreading
Use tea tree oil in your diffuser to discourage mold.
Spray either orange essential oil or clove oil to kill pests such as slugs and snails.
Create a lavender cake
Add a small amount of lavender essential oil to your next cake mixture to create a lovely lavender tasting cake.
Use as a carpet cleaner
Mix a reasonable amount of borax with tea tree oil to use on your carpet.
Use in the washing machine
Add a few drops to your cycle each time.
Natural mosquito repellent
Combine citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus oil to make a natural bug spray.
Clean and freshen sports/ gym gear
Freshen your sports gear with essential oils.
Add to your vacuum cleaner
Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your vacuum bag or dust container.
Essential oils can be used to create homemade toxin free sunscreens.
Disinfect your dish sponge
Use lemon oil between uses.
Stop hair loss
Massage certain essential oils into your scalp to increase blood flow and prevent hair loss.
Transform an unscented/ lost scent candle
Place a few drops of your favourite smelling essential oils onto your candles after a few minutes of burning, directly into the melted wax.
Remove mites from your bedding
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your washing machine when washing bedsheets. Also combine the oil with some water into a spray bottle and spray directly onto your mattress, allowing to fully dry before replacing the sheets.
Add an aroma to your fireplace
Place your favourite oils onto your firewood around an hour before lighting the fire.
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By Chess Taylor.
Oh no! Spikenard essential oil just the name sounds like it’s a high cholesterol product. Spikenard almost rhymes with lard. (The last part of the word does anyway) Lard is a fat so spikenard is what fat growing on a plant? Any plant with that name cannot have any benefits or for that matter any health benefits. We know that anything that is high in fats and cholesterol cannot be healthy for the body.