I have to admit, using oils for health purposes was where I felt the most skeptical when I jumped on this bandwagon. Natural cleaning products, sure. Homemade beauty remedies, great. But using oils to combat germs and ward off sickness? Please. I didn’t think there was a whole lot to the claims that using oils could help fend off or shorten illnesses, or even take the place of some of our trusted over-the-counter items (ahem, TUMS). But man those little oils sure gone above and beyond in exceeding my expectations in the health department.
Here’s a few we use on the regular:
- R.C.: We have used this oil to combat congestion and colds for everyone in the family. I put a few drops in the diffuser with Thieves and Lemon EOs, mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on chests, and put a few drops in the shower to mix in with the steam. Really seems to help us all breathe easier when we’re stuffed up.
- Digize: I had wicked heartburn towards the end of my pregnancy. I couldn’t buy enough TUMS in the world to quell the burn and they would dry my mouth out so bad, I’d have to drink a ton of water. Which in turn meant I had to pee every five minutes. Which meant I couldn’t sleep. It was a vicious cycle. One drop of this stuff under my tongue and the heartburn was gone. It doesn’t taste so good, but it works like a charm. We use this for all kinds of tummy issues. The stomach flu’s worst nightmare, right here.
- Cold Roller: 2 drops Purification EO + 2 drops Lemon EO + 2 drops Lavender EO + fill with carrier oil. Makes a 5ml roller. We roll this on the bottoms of feet and back of necks. Safe for kiddos.
- Hand Sanitizer: 1 Tbsp Witch Hazel + 15 drops Thieves EO + 5 drops Lemon EO + fill with water. Makes 2 oz. bottle. Always a bottle of this in the diaper bag.
- Aches + Pains Roller: 30 drops Pan Away EO + carrier oil. Makes a 10 ml roller. Homemade Icy-Hot. Lower back lifesaver.
- After Sun Spray: 15 drops Peppermint EO + 15 drops Lavender EO + 7 drops Frankincense EO + 1 part Aloe + 1 part Witch Hazel. Makes a 2 oz. spray bottle. Between farming and long summer days at the pool, this spray is a constant in my medicine cabinet.
- Sleepy Roller: 20 drops Lavender EO + 15 drops Cedarwood EO + fill with carrier oil. Makes a 10 ml roller. Apply on bottom of feet before sleep.
To my disappointment, and after a great deal of trial and error, I have discovered that my skin- especially facial skin- does not do well with coconut oil. It clogs my pores, brings out all the redness in my face and leaves my skin greasy and uneven. This is a huge bummer since so many homemade EO beauty recipes are made with coconut oil, so while I’ve yet to master things like face cream or moisturizer, here are a few other homemade products that have worked for me:
- Deodorant: 1/4 tsp EO of choice (I use Lavender, Geranium or Pine, something with a lovely smell) + 1/4 cup Organic cornstarch + 1/4 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup coconut oil. Whip together until combined. Makes a good amount. I store it in 1/4 pint jars with a plastic lid. I use this in the winter, but TOMS in the summer because our house has no AC and this homemade one is soup. I’ve been meaning to try a new recipe since mine melted. Here’s a good one for girls and guys.
- Pit Refresher: 1 part witch hazel + 30 drops Purification EO + 3 parts water. Makes enough for a 2 oz. spray bottle. This is definitely not enough on it’s own, but a good refresher, especially in summer, when your deodorant starts to wane.
- Leave-in Conditioner: 2-3 Tbsp of Conditioner + 2-3 drops Lavender EO + fill rest of the way with warm water. Makes a 2 oz. spray bottle. We have gone to buying one bottle of Trader Joe’s Shampoo + Body Wash for like $7 every few months, thanks to this stuff. I look forward to showering just so I can use it. Spray on ends and enjoy!
I did a lot of research before Emmett was born on ways to incorporate oils into baby care. I learned a lot and made quite a few things, but the biggest conclusion I’ve come to after all my research and experience, is that the very best thing about using oils on your baby is just feeling like you are doing something about it! Whatever it may be. Especially in those early days when you have no idea what’s going on, why they are crying or really, what the heck to do about it. Being able to mix up a little concoction that you think might help just makes you feel better about the situation. We have been really, really happy with all the oils and oily concoctions we have incorporated into Emmett’s care.
Here are a few:
- Gentle Baby: The smell of Gentle Baby EO will forever be associated with our first few days with Emmett. We had it diffusing all during delivery and our stay in the hospital, and between the dimmed lights, quiet and this stuff , every nurse we had commented on how peaceful our room was. I love the smell of it and will often diffuse it during bedtime or put a couple drops in Emmett’s bath water. I have it on pretty much every monthly Essential Rewards order and wish they sold it in gallon cartons, because we go through it like crazy!
- Baby Sleep Roller: 5 drops Gentle Baby EO + 5 drops Peace & Calming EO + 3 drops Lavender EO + fill rest of way with carrier oil. Makes a 5 ml roller. We have rolled this on Emmett’s feet every night since he was born and I always give him a little foot rub immediately after. We have also used this roller on cradle cap and it has worked like a CHARM.
- Jaundice Roller: 5 drops Lemon or Orange EO + fill with carrier oil. Makes a 5 ml roller. Apply 2-3 times daily. We spent the first few days of Emmett’s life pretty stressed about his jaundice. Pumping him full of milk and having this concoction to roll on his feet, made me feel like I was doing everything I could to help.
- Copiaba: Teething, meet your match! We have used this more than any other teething remedy hands down and it really seems to help. I put a few drops on one of my fingers and rub it directly on Emmett’s gums. He’s so used to it now, he actually opens his mouth when he sees me grab the bottle.
- Umbilical Cord Cleaner: 1-2 drops Frankincense EO, applied directly.
- Lavender: In the first three months when we’d hit a pretty rough patch from about 6-9 p.m., we’d lay Emmett in the tub with a bit of warm water and a drop or two of Lavender. It helped all of us relax and get through those really fussy hours. We still use it occasionally in his bath, daily in the Linen Spray we use on his sheets, and roll it on his feet with the Baby Sleep Roller.
- Breastmilk Booster Roller: 30 drops Fennel EO + carrier oil. Makes a 10 ml roller. Roll on sides and bottoms of breasts right after a feeding. I had trouble with my milk production at first and Emmett was under the 20th percentile for weight, so I was trying everything. This was the best remedy I found! I smelled like a walking stick of licorice, but boy did it work. Apparently you can use the same idea for weaning, subbing out Peppermint EO for Fennel.
- Claraderm: This isn’t a homemade blend, but TRUST ME Mamas, you’re going to want this in your hands (and other places!) post-birth. 10 times better than Dermablast for sore bottoms. It’s pricey, but SO worth it. Has a cooling/numbing effect that is a lifesaver.
- Peppermint: Mamas, sometimes going to the bathroom post baby is a frightening experience. A few drops of Peppermint EO in the toilet bowl really help get things moving, if you know what I mean.
Here’s some of the supplies I use to assemble our wellness concoctions:
- Young Living Essential Oils
- 2 oz. Glass Bottles
- 10 ml Roller Bottles
- 5 ml Roller Bottles
- 4 oz. Jars + Plastic Lids
- Carrier Oils: Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil.
I hope some of these remedies will be helpful and maybe change the way you feel about your health and wellness options. This has been another nerdy, nerdy oils post brought to you by Bird is the Word. Ha! Please let me know if you have any questions. And please, PLEASE let me know if you have any questions about getting your hands on some Essential Oils.