Ever since becoming a mom I feel like I’ve seen information about essential oils EVERYWHERE! I’ve had several people tell me how incredible they are for your family, along with seeing thousands of posts all over social media about their benefits. I’m very into natural living and will do everything I can to create a healthier living environment for my family, but I felt essential oils were more of just a gimmick. They made your house smell nice, but other than that I figured people were experiencing the benefits of them because they believed they were. However, after researching and asking those who were using the oils questions for a few months, they convinced this cynic to finally give them a try.
What Are Essential Oils?
So first off, essential oils are derived from the seeds/stems/roots/flowers, etc. of plants. When you walk by flowers and smell their incredible scent, you’re smelling the oil from the plant. They provide protection for the plant and aid of pollination, but the oils themselves, when distilled can offer us a lot of health and beauty benefits. If you turn over the bottle of your favorite lotion, there’s a good chance that some essential oils were used in there, yet they’re often lost since they’re in a bottle with several other ingredients that limit their effectiveness.
How Do I Use Them?
I want to be upfront and say that not all the benefits touted for essentials oils are ones I’ve personally seen through my use (like using Lavender for better sleep), but overall I do believe in their effectiveness. Mostly through simply diffusing them throughout your home. Just one sniff can send signals to your brain that link to certain emotions and memories. It’s why grandma’s home cooking can send you back to when you were a child. Scent is often overlooked but it can change the way you think and react in situations. Oils like Stress Away have actually helped me calm down when I’ve gotten worked up, and Lemon has helped energize me in the morning.
Another great thing about diffusing is you’re getting the fun aspect of a great smell in your home, but none of the air pollution that candles can cause. Soot and chemicals released when burning a candle, especially one made of paraffin wax, can cause lung problems and trigger asthma. Many essentials oils can instead help increase the air quality in your home and replace chemical-laden cleaning and personal care products as well.
So how else can you use them? Honestly, there are countless ways. Here’s an awesome post about the various ways you can start including essential oils in your life. So far today I’ve used them to remove the smell of dirty diapers, clean my son’s highchair, hydrate my skin and calm down after a stressful morning. If you are going to use them on your skin (or on your baby’s skin), note that you need to dilute the oils since they are strong and to not use too much. (I add only 1 drop of lemon oil to my face cream for skin brightening effects.) In fact, I personally have chosen not to use any topically on my baby since I’m afraid of anything being too strong for his sensitive skin. If you have chosen to try them on your children or take any of them internally, I would recommend speaking to a doctor or healthcare professional first!
How To Get Started?
It can be overwhelming to get started with essential oils. I was recommended a starter kit and every day have tried introducing a new oil into my daily routine. Ever since my first day I’ve found more and more ways to use these essential oils to replace different products or routines in our home. If you’re hesitant, start out with an oil that’s common and can be used for many different things, like lavender. I also enjoy the citrus oils and am looking forward to spicier ones for fall!
Overall I think it’s worth it to try essential oils for you and your family. They’ve been a positive addition for us, and I’m glad I took the leap. I wouldn’t go as far to say I use them for everything all day like some people do, but I am enjoying their uses and think they’ve been a positive addition for us. Just make sure you research each oil and how to use it since each one is different. Also, if you have questions about using them feel free to contact me! I’ve been learning a lot so I’d be happy to help as much as I can!