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My journey with essential oils has only recently begun. Since becoming a mom, I’ve become increasingly concerned with the amount of crap that I feel like we are consuming. If you take a second to look at the back of some of your favorite beauty products or read the inserts that come with your medication, you might be surprised with what you find. The number of chemicals or synthetic versions of nature’s compounds that we were using each day worries me.
I decided to make an effort to reduce the number of chemicals our family consumes on a daily basis. In this post, I’ll give you an overview of how I got started with essential oils and some of my favorite essential oil blends.
My first step in getting started with essential oils was which brand of oils I wanted to use. If you have ever been in the market for essential oils, you know the number of essential oil brands can make you want to stop before you even get started.
If you are interested in doing some of your own research on essential oil brands. I recommend you start here at Whole New Mom. Adrienne wrote a 7 part series and did a ton research and investigating into some of the biggest brands.
Her post eventual led me to the Rocky Mountain Oils brand. Unlike many other brands, I don’t have to have a membership to get good pricing. I’m also a big fan of their supplier sourcing. Meaning that they gather their products from places where the flowers/trees/roots naturally grow. Bonus: they have fabulous customer service. I’m a sucker for great customer service.
I had my brand but now I needed to figure out what oils I wanted and needed. Rocky Mountain Oils have over 70 single oils in their collection. Not to mention their blends, kits, and kids line. So you want to go into your buying with an idea of what you want to improve in your life first. For me, it was addressing the small ant problem we had in our kitchen, mine and Sophie’s allergies and eczema.
I bought this book, Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing, as my resource handbook. I love how it’s divided up into easy to read sections and I can easily find oil suggestions for certain aliments. It’s nice to have all the information in one place versus having to look through the internet for an oil suggestion, dilution rate, and safety guidelines.
Issues I want to address
Ants in this kitchen: peppermint oil
Allergies: lavender, peppermint, and lemon
Eczema: lavender and tea tree
The above oils were my first purchase. When I received them, I was super excited to pull the caps off and get a whiff of each. I was in love! The difference between cheaper oils and quality oils is untouchable.
Essential oil blend for the ants
This worked shockingly well. I used a 4 oz glass bottle and combined all my ingredients. We only had about 5-6 ants a day in our kitchen by Sophie’s breakfast area but that was still too many for me. Plus, I didn’t want the problem to grow.
The first day I used it, I didn’t see any ants for the rest of the day or the next day. Score!
BUT, on day three, there were a bunch of ants. This left me skeptical and a little defeated. I really did not want to spray chemical laden crap around Sophie’s breakfast area. I decided to stick with it and vacuum up the current population of ants and then spray the essential oil solution again.
Worked like a charm! We haven’t seen an ant since.
Essential oil blend for allergies
I have terrible allergies. Like, I’m allergic to everything. Indoors, outdoors, animals: doesn’t matter. I’m allergic to almost all tree and grass types that grow in our area. Plus most of the animals they test for except something like a guinea pig. I’m especially allergic to dogs, cats, and horses. Well, we own a cat. Whomp whomp.
Needless to say, I struggle with allergies. Sophie isn’t nearly as bad but has had a handful of bad days.
I haven’t used this blend consistently enough to know if it will be able to ditch my allergy medicine. However, when I use it, I do feel an openness in my chest and nose. I use this on my chest, back of my neck and ears, and right under my nose.
Essential oil blend for eczema
Since having Sophie, my eczema has flared big time. I will scratch until I break the skin. It’s a terrible feeling. Sophie struggles with this as well. I made a homemade lotion that I discovered from Mommy’s Dressing Room. I tweaked this recipe to meet our needs.
If I have a really bad spot that is driving me nuts, I’ll apply a very small amount of the tea tree oil directly. This application method called using an oil neat. Some people think using oils neat is totally fine, other people think it’s a terrible idea. After doing my research; I’m fine with using some oils neat in certain situations.
Other important information to note
- If you are applying oils directing to your skin, you will want to use a carrier oil. This is called diluting your oils. Some carrier oils are coconut, grapeseed, and jojoba.
- There are different dilution rates for different oils and depending on who the oil will be applied to. Children and pregnant women should have essential oils applied at a higher dilution rate.
- Some oils should not be applied neat because they are considered hot. Includes oregano and cinnamon bark.
- Some oils should not be used on children or while pregnant/breastfeeding.
- Caveat to the previous bullet – some oils are simply not safe to use while pregnant. Others should only be used at the end of pregnancy if you are trying to induce labor. (only under the care of a healthcare professional)
*This is why having a resource book like this one is great to have an all in one source to reference when you need this type of information.
Comment below and let me know if you try any of these remedies and how they work for you!
Do you have any other essential oil remedies that you love?