Blog post provided by Julie, Lively Living
While there’s no doubt diffusing essential oils around the home is one of the most beneficial ways to experience the myriad health benefits aromatherapy is celebrated for, did you know there were countless other uses for your oils?
The powerful properties contained in each drop of pure essential oil open up a whole world of natural, alternative solutions to common household problems. From replacing the harmful and toxic chemicals in cleaning products, to soaking your emotional and physical stresses away, to naturally enhancing flavours in the kitchen – Once you discover the difference essential oils can make to your everyday life, you’ll wonder how your family ever did without them.
At Lively Living, we’ve been exploring the benefits of essential oils for years. We want you to get the best out of your essential oils, so we’re passing on some of our best lifestyle hacks to you.
Top Tips on How to Use Essential Oils Around the Home:
Convert your favourite blend to a massage oil by adding a few drops to a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil is a great alternative). Relax tired muscles, soothe joint pain, rub in to tired feet, reenergise after a workout, stimulate blood flow, or apply to sore tummies as a digestive aid. Different oils have different properties and purposes, so find the oil that suit your needs, and massage your way to health and vitality.
Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner
A few drops of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle mixed with water and vinegar makes a powerful cleaner around the home. Perfect for kitchen bench tops, stainless steel, and bathroom surfaces, it also makes a great furniture polish and keeps your leather in peak condition. A few drops will even get rid of annoying sticker residue when dabbed on with a cotton ball. Lemon essential oil is also a champion smell eradicator – try adding a few drops to dishwater, or diffuse to neutralise strong cooking odours.
Soak and Soothe
Create your own spa experience at home by adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath water for a soothing, relaxing body soak, or calming mood booster. Try our frankincense for sore, tired muscles, or lavender for a deeply relaxing experience. Diffuse essential oil in the bathroom at the same time for double the relaxation.
Uplift and Revitalise
Spritz your favourite blend into your handbag for an uplifting hit of aromatics throughout the day. Sprinkle a couple of drops on the floor of your shower to absorb through the soles of your feet – the most effective place on your body to apply essential oils as the large pores absorb oil more efficiently into your bloodstream. Try a dab of peppermint or frankincense on your temples and back of the neck to improve mental alertness and reduce stress.
100% Organic, Natural Flavour
Try adding a few drops of rosemary, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, or lemon essential oil to your baked goods. They also make especially tasty icing flavourings! Lemon essential oil is your perfect pantry partner when it comes to zesty marinades and dressings for chicken, salmon or salads, or add a drop to hot water mixed with honey and ginger for a warming winter beverage.
Reclaim your Sleep
Sleep is one of our body’s most important requirements: it reduces stress, restores memory, helps boost the immune system, promotes weight maintenance, improves energy levels, and fights against depression. But when was the last time you had a really good night’s sleep? There’s a number of ways essential oils can help promote a deeper sleep so you wake feeling refreshed and restored. Try a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow at night, or rub into the soles of your feet with a carrier oil. Insomniacs will love Lively Living’s Sleep Blend, combining the organic essence of mandarin, lavender, sweet orange, geranium, and ylang ylang. A few drops in a diffuser in your bedroom will have you drifting off to sleep quicker, for longer.
Essential oils have so many uses, we’ve really only scratched the tip of the iceberg. But remember, a little goes a long way. Your Lively Living essential oils are 100% pure and certified organic – you only need one or two drops to unleash their benefits. Essential oils are the most natural, economical and indispensable home and lifestyle companions you’ll ever invest in.
Lively Living Essential Oils and Diffusers are available from InnerOrigin.