I'm starting a new blog series about the many uses for essential oils.
Use #15--Eliminate shower curtain scum
Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca) with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
Use #16--Sweet Smelling Laundry
Get some wool dryer balls (better than dryer sheets) and scent them with your favorite essential oil. It cuts your drying time by 50% and your laundry smells wonderful!
Use #17--Getting Children to Sleep
Mix 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 drops of coconut oil (mix a larger 1:1 ration and store in an amber bottle or small jar) and rub this on the bottom of your children's feet right before bedtime. The soothing combination will help them sleep.
Note: heating coconut oil a few seconds in the microwave will melt it, allowing you to mix the carrier oil thoroughly with the essential oil. It will harden quickly. Apply the oil mixture while it is in its solid form. You do NOT want to burn your child with hot oils, so make sure it has thoroughly cooled.
Use #18--Skin is Breaking Out
Take 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil and place it directly on the breakout. Or, use my Tea Tree and Lavender Astringent each day after washing your face. Here's the link: Astringent.
Use #19: Curing a headache
Reach for lavender, peppermint, or rose essential oil when you have a headache. There are two good methods of application. Since lavender is safe for skin contact, add three or four drops to a tissue and inhale the aroma. Do this periodically until the fragrance is gone. You can also gently rub a drop or two of lavender or rose essential oil directly onto your temples. Rose is also safe for skin contact, but I would not recommend it for peppermint. Here is a link to a set of my essential oils that includes both peppermint and lavender: essential kit
And, although white vinegar is not an essential oil, I can testify that if you wet a washrag with very cold water, squeeze it out, then liberally apply vinegar to it, followed by another squeeze, you have a very good chance of relieving your headache. Just apply the folded rag to your forehead and relax for 15-30 minutes.
USE # 20 Your house stinks...what do you do?
Take 5 drops of lemon essential oil and mix it with 2 ounces of distilled water. Put it in a small spray bottle and spritz it on anything that smells--laundry, shoes, garbage pail. If you would like to buy a set of 3 essential oils for cooking or cleaning, click on this link: essential oils