Whether you’re new to the essential oil game or you’re a longtime enthusiast, you could spend a lifetime discovering all of the amazing uses for essential oils. As a matter of fact, people have been using essential oils for thousands of years and are still discovering new health and medicinal benefits of various oils.
From cleaning and disinfecting to beauty and skincare, here are 5 surprising uses for essential oils.
#1 Calm & Relaxation
Lavender essential oils are commonly used to promote relaxation and can be used to calm children as well. Add a few drops of essential oils to your kids’ pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals to help them sleep better. Create a mixture in a small bottle that you can take with you on trips to help them relax and fall asleep when they’re in an unfamiliar environment.
#2 Goodbye, Shower Scum
Many people use a variety of essential oils as a powerful mold and fungus killer. Create a solution in a spray bottle of 10 drops of eucalyptus and 10 drops of tea tree oils mixed with water, and spray onto your shower curtain (or other mold-prone surfaces) to eliminate mold naturally.
#3 Common Cold
Lemon in various forms has long been regarded as a powerful remedy for cold and allergy symptoms because of its ability to loosen mucus. Peppermint can also be helpful when a cold or the flu has you down, as the menthol found in peppermint can help soothe a sore throat and ease congestion. Use these oils for relief when your next cold hits by adding a drop of lemon and peppermint oils to the side of your nose for relief or onto a tissue when you blow your nose.
#4 Marker Be Gone
It must be a rite of passage for kids to draw on the wall or furniture with permanent marker because they all seem to do it. But never fear; your walls and furniture are not doomed. Lemon essential oil and some good old-fashioned scrubbing will take care of your little artist’s masterpiece.
#5 Harness Your Brain Power
If a scent can trigger a memory, can it trigger other functions performed by the brain? Why not! If you need help focusing on an important task, rosemary is the essential oil of choice, as it has long been associated with improvements in memory and concentration. However, the concept of using essential oils and aromas, in general, to help with focus and concentration may have a biological link, as the association of various plants, herbs, and other smells that indicated safety or survival may have stayed in our minds.
The interactions are different for everyone, however, and can be based on individual experiences—for example, perhaps your childhood home often smelled like lemon or your beloved grandmother wore a lavender-based perfume. You can use these scents to help promote relaxation and refocus your mind, allowing you to be centered and refreshed.
Discover the benefits and many uses of essential oils by following these ideas or creating some of your own! The possibilities and benefits are endless.