Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oil Uses and Review

It seems like lately every single person I know has been raving about essential oils.  If you were to see these posts you would think that they were a gift from the gods.  I have not had any experience with EO's (minus tea tree oil a year ago) so I thought, why not?  Maybe I should check out this EO craze and see if my friends are being duped or if they have caught on to the "next big thing."

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a bottle of lavender and a bottle of peppermint EO from Insta Natural.  You can purchase them on Amazon

My first impression was that these bottles are ginormous!  My little tea tree bottle dwarfed in comparison (but was close to the same price from another company).  I also loved that they came with a glass eye dropper.  It makes application of the oils much easier.

So I now have these oils but what do I do with them?  Enter Pinterest.  The site is great and has so many ideas on how to use these oils.

My first use for the lavender was to apply one single drop to each of my childs wrists at bed time.  I add one drop and rub it in using the other wrist.  The smell allows my children to sleep quickly and more soundly.  I have now been using it for over two weeks and it has made bedtime much much easier.  My girls love having the oil placed on their wrists and my youngest loves smelling it.

My next usage was to place a few drops of lavender on my homemade wool dryer balls.  I pop these in to my dryer for a nice little lavender scent on my clean clothes.  

If you don't have dryer balls you can make your own dryer sheets.  I used a few drops of my lavender to the recipe found at this website to give my towels a great scent.  Plus the jar of dryer sheets looks great on my shelf next to my jar of oxi-clean and my homemade laundry detergent.  

The peppermint has many uses.  Place a few drops on the stomach and rub it in a circular motion on an upset tummy.  

Feeling nauseous? Simply take a whiff of peppermint EO for an almost instant fix.

Do you have a spider problem?  Add a few drops of peppermint EO to some water and spray it around your baseboards and doors.  Those pesky arachnids do not like peppermint and will not come near it.

Want to make an earth friendly furniture spray?  Mix water, peppermint EO and tea tree EO in a spray bottle.  Simply spray it on your wood furniture and wipe.  Super easy and very inexpensive.

If you are interested in other uses for EO's you can check out my Pinterest page, Healthy Hippie.

So...do I think my friends were duped?  NO!  This stuff is amazing and I am now a believer!  EO's can replace a lot of household items that are filled with chemicals.  Go pick up a few bottles and start making your home a bit healthier for you and your loved ones!

**These bottles were sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.**

9 comments:

  1. I'm very interested in these...just haven't pulled the trigger to buy any as they are expensive and I'm not sure how many of them I'd actually use. Plus, my husband and I are very sensitive to smells and I'm worried they may be too strong for our taste..

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    1. I was very reluctant to get into oils. After one week of using them I am convinced that at least some of the claims are true. The lavender is a little too strong for me (the kids love it) so I made a mixture of lavender and water and spray my pillow every night. I am sleeping much better now.

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  2. I use lavender eo and like it. It's great for putting on bruises too!

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  3. You'll realize that the more amount of essential oil you'll put into the mixture, the stronger the aroma will be. If you'd like to prepare a scented oil combination for medium length hair, pour into a bowl 1/4 cup of genuine carrier oil or a mix of different types of carrier oil, and then put about 2 to 8 drops of your choice of essential oil into the carrier oil and combine them well. You can also make a mild scented oil mixture by mixing two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of jojoba essential oil, 1 drop of lemongrass oil and 2 drops of lavender oil. For a highly-scented oil blend, blend 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 drops of chamomile essential oil, 2 drops of lilac oil, and two drops of sage essential oil. hair treatment

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  4. Essential post indeed.It will be more useful by adding dosage of applying essential oils for therapeutic purpose. Thanks

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  5. Incredible idea, I didn't actually think that it is possible. Follow the link if you want to find more information about it.

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  6. I can totally agree with you here. I like natural oils too. One of the best things to use for your skin health, I guess.

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  7. I'll take your advice. Do you have a spider problem? Add a few drops of peppermint EO to some water and spray it around your baseboards and doors. Those pesky arachnids do not like peppermint and will not come near it.

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  8. It's fun and exciting to learn new combinations and new rare and exotic essential oils.
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