Cure Everything With 10 Essential Oils

Nice article outlining uses for various essential oils…

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I love essential oils. They have so many uses- for our skin, our health, even cleaning our homes. It can be a little overwhelming with all the choices out there as to what oil to use for which ailment or issue. So I wanted to give you a few basic ones that we should all keep in our medicine cabinets at home. And if you want to read all about oils and how they are made and what their benefits are, go here!

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Wintergreen- It has the same chemical properties as aspirin so it’s great as an alternative to all your OTC painkillers due to it’s anesthetic abilities. Put one drop behind your ears, or on your temples, neck or any other part of your body that needs pain relief. However, just like aspirin, it is possible to use too much so take it easy when using this oil.

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Best Essential Oils to Help Ward Off Bugs & Ticks

Rocky Mountain Oils posted an article about the best oils to use to help combat a variety of pesty bugs and ticks. We have Bug Off as well as a variety of other oils such as geranium and thyme that I have mixed in a spray bottle. The kids like it if I add a little bit of vanilla as well. So far so good! Check out their website here.

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Rocky Mountain Oils – Kids Kits

I’ve recently been drawn to Rocky Mountain Oils after reading up on the company itself, and reading some research done by folks who spent their time researching EO companies, using the same kind of criteria I would have if I had the time and energy to do so! In the end, it seems that RMO and I will be a good match. With that said, I have just ordered a new diffuser for our home, and their “Bug Off” EO for the kids. I also just noticed they have a Kid’s Kit of several oils diluted properly for use in a roller ball dispenser on children, and it’s on sale right now…

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DIY Hydrating Skin Repair Serum

Just saw this great post by Mommypotamus for a hydrating skin repair serum, using only rosehip seed oil and an additional essential oil. I didn’t know it but rosehip seed oil apparently “promotes collagen production, hydrates and plumps skin, helps to even skin tone and fade brown spots, supports scar healing (including stretch marks), and soothes eczema and psoriasis”. Since I’m currently dealing with what I believe is “hard water dermatitis” and suffering from severe excema on my hands, I am all for anything that might promote my skin returning to normal! I’m going to give this a try! (and the water softener for our very hard well water has been ordered!). Check out her recipe here.

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Homemade Lotion (that smells and feels yummy!)

A while ago I got into making lotion at home. I was actually getting tired of buying lotion and paying for “good” stuff for our family of 6. I also was starting to think about how what we breathe, eat, as well as rub on us and into us can affect our health. Something I read said that we really shouldn’t rub into our skin anything that we couldn’t (or shouldn’t!) eat. A look at the ingredient list of most lotions and you can see there is typically a lot of stuff in there that I probably don’t want rubbed into me, and a lot of things I can’t even pronounce! So I started using olive oil on my skin. It’s hard to use runny stuff on kids, so I started using coconut oil.

We use very good quality coconut oil for cooking (I get mine here from Tropical Traditions), but for lotions I just buy what is on sale at the grocery store, or what they carry at a Wal-Mart. I scoop it out, put it in a mixing bowl, pour a bit of olive oil in and add several drops of whatever essential oil I’m in the mood for, and blend it up with my electric mixer. It whips up nicely and then I scoop that out and put it into little pint jars, or recycled plastic containers (for the kids bathroom). Easy peasy!

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