Your Home Favorites: Everyday Essential Oils
By Tarra Wood
Essential oils can be daunting for those interested in using them for the first time but have no idea of where to begin. I am by no means an expert but I have enjoyed using various oils for some time. Years ago, my mom introduced our family to tea tree and oregano oil for ailments and while those are also my go-tos, I thought I’d share the ones I use most often in my home. I love dōTERRA products because I trust the sourcing as well as the thorough information they provide about each oil and blend.
I feel frankincense is known as the “king of oils” for a reason. In addition to its soothing effect on the skin, it promotes relaxation when used topically or diffused. When taken internally it is known to support cellular health and has anti-carcinogenic effects. Used for thousands of years, it seems to have stood the test of time for the various benefits it provides. Pretty much anytime I feel off or in need of some relaxation after a stressful day, frankincense is the first thing I reach for (even before a glass of wine!).
This is probably the oil I’ve known about and used the longest, even before essential oils became more widely used a few years ago. Lavender is another one used for health and relaxation. The scent is found in all sorts of lotions, soaps and products, but when using the pure oil it is a great cleaner as it is safe and non-toxic while leaving your home smelling fresh. I diffuse this oil almost daily; sometimes by itself, but it pairs well with so many others, making it one of the most diverse oils available. I use it topically when I have a sunburn, insect bite or any general skin irritation and it is quick to the rescue. Sometimes in a pinch I will just open the bottle and inhale deeply when I need a speedy chill out!
While I use topically when having respiratory issues, eucalyptus is great for so many home applications. It is another one that blends well with other oils and it is antibacterial and anti-fungal, making it a great cleaning product. I always have some in a spray bottle with water so it is ready to go for cleaning counters or just spritzing and inhaling. I am very sensitive to dust and allergens so this is truly is an “essential” oil for me to have clear and easy breathing. (Breathe is a dōTERRA blend for respiratory problems that I’ll talk about next time!)
I hope this information is helpful if you are looking for some good base oils to have on hand. Again, I’m no expert but I can share some of the things I’ve learned over the years. Next time I would like to go over my favorite dōTERRA blends. Before using any of the aforementioned oils, I suggest you visit www.doterra.com to read all about proper use and safety information.
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