Essential Oil Basics: Part 2 – Using Essential Oils

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So now that you know what essential oils are, let’s talk about how you can use them in your own home. The most popular ways to use essential oils are to diffuse them through the air or apply them on your skin (topically).

 

 

Diffusion

Diffusing or inhaling essential oils is the most effective way to get the benefits, which include: relaxation, improved breathing, mood enhancement, and more!

Here are a couple of tips:

1. Only put essential oils in an essential oil diffuser – not a humidifier, candle wax warmer, etc.
2. Do not dilute the oils with a carrier oil (or use a pre-diluted oil blend) in a diffuser. It will ruin it.

Most diffusers work about the same, so here are the general steps, but obviously follow the directions that came with your model.

Step 1: Take the lid off the diffuser and add water. Most models will have a max fill line.
Step 2: Add your oils. For a small space like a bedroom, I only use a few drops.  In a larger space, I may use more depending on how strong the scent of the oil is.
Step 3: Replace the lid, and turn it on. You’ll see the mist and smell the oils immediately!

 

Run your diffuser for 30-60 minutes, then turn it off for one hour, and repeat if desired.

 

Topically

Topical application is best for a skin or muscle issue, or when you want oil absorption for a longer period of time. (Essential oils take time to get through the skin as opposed to being inhaled.) I always recommend you dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, before applying them.  I’ve included some dilution guidelines below.

Note: It is NOT recommended to use essential oils on children under the age of 2, unless directed by your healthcare provider.

.25% Dilution (1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil)

  • For children 2-6 years of age

1% Dilution (1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil or 5-6 drops per ounce)

  • For children over 6 years and the elderly
  • Recommended when applying oils to the face or all over the body

2% Dilution (2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 10-12 drops per ounce)

  • For healthy adults in most situations

Please note that these are guidelines, not rules. There may be exceptions based on the individual and the oil being used. Always use the lowest dilution possible for your needs.

 

If that’s a little too much work (I totally get it), you can purchase many varieties of essential oils that are pre-diluted in a rollerball (pictured), and just apply it directly to your skin without having to mix anything.

Be aware that most rollerball applicators used the dilution recommended for a healthy adult, and may not be sutable for use on children (unless you are using the Plant Therapy KidSafe products…more on those in my next post!)

 

Internally

Some people and brands also advise taking essential oils internally (adding them to drinking water, etc.), but based on the research I’ve done, I do not feel like this is safe. Therefore, I do not practice this myself, or recommend it to others.

 
Check out all of the posts in this Essential Oil Basics series:

 

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Essential Oil Basics: Part 1 – What are Essential Oils?

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Since I was introduced to essential oils in 2013, I’ve been using and researching them quite a bit. Recently, my friends have started asking about them, and they’re a bit overwhelmed by all of the information out there.  So, I thought I’d do some blog posts based on what I’ve learned over the last few years.  This Essential Oil Basics series will cover what essential oils are, how to use them, my favorite oils and brands, and using them safely with children and pets.

 

    What are essential oils?

  • Essential oils are highly concentrated natural oils found in various parts of plants. They are retrieved from plants using a process called distillation, most often by steam or water. After distillation, the concentrated oil will have the fragrance and healing properties of the plant it came from.
    Are they the same as fragrance oils?

  • No. Fragrance oils are created in a lab. Essential oils come directly from the plant itself.
    What do I use them for?

  • Essential oils have a variety of uses. Lavender is probably one of my favorite oils, because it is so versatile. It can soothe a bug bite, heal cuts and scrapes, and help you get a better night’s sleep. (Assuming your kids will let you. Haha)

 

Check out all of the posts in this Essential Oil Basics series:

 

Disclaimer: The information contained on The Practically Green Mom represents the choices I have made to take charge of my own health and that of my family. Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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American Girl Sale at zulily – Save up to 30%!

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Our New Toy Storage Solution

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When we first started house hunting last year, one thing at the top of our must-have list was a playroom for DS. We were fortunate enough to find a house that has one, but (not surprisingly) the toys still migrate all over the place. Since DS’s toy collection has become large quantities of small action figures with tiny little pieces, I knew we needed a new system to get things organized.

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I started with Sterilite Tall Weave Baskets that fit perfectly in our existing Ikea shelving unit. Then, I had to figure out how to label them. Sticking a label to the bin didn’t seem like a good plan because the bins are textured.

After browsing for ideas on Pinterest, I decided that I definitely needed hanging labels of some sort. So, I ordered these horizontal badge holders. (The colors are so fun!) I used free online clip art for the pictures, and Sharpies to add wording.

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The labels are attached to the handle with simple zip ties.

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I’m not a super crafty person, but I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out. The toys are all sorted by category, making it really easy for my 3.5 year old to find what he’s looking for. (We all know how preschoolers get when they can’t find the ONE toy that they want!)

I hope this post gave you some ideas for controlling the toy clutter in your own home! Happy Organizing!

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My Favorite Green Smoothie

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My in-laws got me a NutriBullet Blender for Christmas, and I absolutely love it!  I use it pretty much everyday.

I’ve tried several different recipes for green smoothies over the past couple of months, and the following is my favorite, so far.

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– 2 handfuls organic kale
– 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
– Fill the rest with frozen mixed fruit (The one I buy is our local grocery store brand, and it’s a blend of strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe, and seedless grapes.)
– Add a spoonful of flax seeds and water, then blend

If you like the earthy taste of kale, you can omit the banana, but I find that I need it to add some sweetness and a smoother texture.

I can’t wait to try some new recipes, and share them with you!

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TOMS Sale at zulily – Save up to 40%!

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