How to Clean with Essential Oils

photo by www.twigystock.com

I bet it’s no news to many of you that a natural way of living and creating a more natural lifestyle is becoming the popular thing to do.  Good thing here at That Midnight Oil, we think the same thing and that it’s a great bandwagon to hop on!  I mean why wouldn’t you want to know what you’re putting IN and ON your body and who wouldn’t want to know how to get rid of toxins in your home?  I’m just sitting here on a Sunday afternoon drinking some tea thinking about all the ways I can make changes in my household currently and even though I try to keep the products in our house “clean and free” of chemicals, I know I can do better.  So now that I have your attention, I bet you are wondering how to clean with essential oils–and DOES IT WORK? Spoiler alert: Yes. Keep reading to find out how.

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed but I am not afraid of the DIY world whatsoever.  If I can make it and it’s not a HUGE process, I’m down.  I’ve completely cleaned up my beauty regime by making many of my own cleansers and toners.  What’s the difference in household products?  Really, there isn’t one.  One thing I will say is that dōTERRA has an amazing line of household cleaning products in the OnGuard line, but there are also so many different essential oils that you can use to create your own cleaners as well.  I’m sure this is where you will want me to list some these off, huh?

 

Let’s cut to the chase and get this popular EO out of the way first.  I just didn’t have it in me to skip it.  dōTERRA Lemon EO is not only effective at cleansing and purifying the air, but it’s extremely safe for you to breathe in.  So while you’re cleaning your countertops, the lemon can also benefit you aromatically and create an uplifting environment.  You can also mix dōTERRA Lemon EO with some olive oil to clean, protect, and shine your wood surfaces.  These are just a few of the amazing benefits this powerful oil can offer you.  Have I mentioned that wholesale this EO is ONLY $10.00?  I feel this is an easy staple to keep around.

 

Let’s move on to hand soaps.  Don’t think for one minute that I wasn’t once OBSESSED with all of the hand soaps from Bath & Body Works.  Trust me–it was an issue.  I used to have a closet FULL of that stuff.  Sometimes I still find myself wanting to stroll in there because I see all the glitter, bright lights, and BIG SALE signs.  I have to say I haven’t made a purchase from Bath & Body Works in over a year.  Did you know you can make your own hand soap?  Now let me be a little more clear here: I don’t actually make my own liquid hand soap from scratch.  I cheat a little by using some Dr. Bronner’s “Baby Unscented” pure castile liquid soap and put it in a glass soap container w/pump.  From here your options are endless, and I truly mean ENDLESS!  If you love a certain diffuser blend why not make it a hand soap?  I know we all appreciate a good Serenity and Balance mixture.  Why not make that into a soap?  For the kitchen you could make Lemon, Tangerine, OnGuard, Peppermint, Cheer or Elevation.  Don’t let me tell you how far you can go with all the different blends you can create!  Have some fun and comment below with some of your favorite blends!

 

So to kind of cover some basics, I want to end this post with a DIY room spray.  We have got to stop coating out households in chemicals.  We just have to.  A few scary reasons why are that in these chemical-filled sprays, there are hormone-disrupting ingredients, cancer-causing chemicals and many other ingredients that can effecting your lungs, skin, and balance of chemicals in your own body.  Yikes!  I always advise that you mix these oils in a glass spray bottle, but guess what else you need?  Water!  That’s it!  Just some distilled water and the Essential Oil of choice.  Again it can be ANY blend that you like, or if you want to use after cleaning or before some guests come over you should try dōTERRA Purify or Citrus Bliss.  There really is no wrong or right answer when it comes to the scent you want for any of these products, as it can be tailored to you and what you like.  Keep in mind that by doing this, you will be taking one step to being closer to keeping you and your family safe from all of the chemical-filled products we pay so much money for.

 

I hope you guys have found this post to be informative and if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reply in the comments below or email one of us.  As always, if you make something and create a blend please please please comment and let us know what it is!

 

Until next time,

Lo!

Natural Fingernail Polish Remover

Doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil
Photo by Lauren Witt

Well ladies and gents, I just got WAY too excited over this DIY Natural Nail Polish Remover I put together!  Have you ever tried to take nail polish off without nail polish remover? It’s typically pretty impossible, right? Not anymore! Keep reading to find out the super simple 2-ingredient recipe below.

Now I’ll be honest, I’ve tried a few methods using the same doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil but tonight I hit the jackpot.  So keep reading this and at the very end I’ll post the recipe!  I’m not going to bore any of you with the different ways I’ve put this remover together, but what I can tell you is they all worked I just happened to like this the best.

So let’s back track a sec here.  A few years ago I started following this UH-MAZINGGG Beauty Movement called Beauty Lies Truth.  You can and should totally check out their blog as you may find some of your “clean” products aren’t so clean after all at www.beautyliestruth.com.  Yikes, right?  Well anyways, I started reading the labels on everything I owned and legit freaked out.  Now, I was in no position to just throw away everything, but I had to start somewhere.  So I started researching with the help of above said blog and figured out where I wanted to start first.  I started with makeup and facial cleansers/lotions.  Within a month I had gone completely clean with those items and couldn’t have been happier.  Really makeup isn’t the focus here so we can always save that for another day.

So how can we take off layers of nail polish without chemicals, you ask?  I’m honestly thrilled you did:  The answer is doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil!  Exciting right?  I can’t be the only one who might be amazed by this answer.  So what I did was take a small ceramic dish and dropped in 8 drops of the Lemongrass EO.  I then added a couple splashes of Witch Hazel so I could soak my fingernails.  I set my fingernails in this dish for 30 seconds.  I then dipped the cotton ball into the same mixture and just started rubbing like I would with regular nail polish remover. You will be amazed at how effective this works.  What did I do next?  My other hand!  I couldn’t believe how safe and easy this was.  So you have polish on your toes as well?  No worries–just take another cotton ball to the same mixture, let it soak some of the liquid up and do the same.  Without the soaking you might have to work just a midge harder to remove it all but it really wasn’t all that serious.

Afterwards I tossed a little doterra Fractionated Coconut Oil on my cuticles and went about my evening.  It really was that simple and I avoided inhaling all kinds of nasty chemicals and leaving a gross smell behind on my hands.  Have I also mentioned that my hands smell amazing?

Until next time, friends!  I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and please feel free to leave comments, questions and ideas below!

-Lo!

DIY Nail Polish Remover

-Ceramic/Glass Dish
-6-8 drops of Lemongrass EO
-Witch Hazel (depending on dish size just use enough to soak your fingernails)
-Cotton Ball
Have fun!

Essential Oils for Sunburn – DIY After Sun Spray

DIY After Sun Spray
DIY After Sun Spray

OMG everyone! HOW IS IT JULY?! Maybe I’m just having a little too much fun, and the summer is about to fly on by. In reality I had a crazy busy June, and I now feel like I’m truly enjoying summer. I even got out to the pool this past weekend which brings me to the awesome news I have for y’all! I’ve put together a DIY After the Sun Spray with some amazing dōTERRA oils and a few other simple ingredients. Exciting right? Keep reading for all the details.

So I’m going to assume, even though you shouldn’t EVER assume, that we can all get a little too much sun sometimes. Am I right? Well to give you the best idea of my skin if you don’t know me, it’s pretty fair. Even since moving from the North down South, I’m still pretty fair and get rosy-gold in the Summer. I am very into organic sunscreens made with little to no chemicals but we all know you can still get some unwanted sunburn. Once you have the sunburn, there’s no turning back or time to apply more sunscreen so we need to now worry about aftercare. First and foremost: STAY HYDRATED! That’s going to be key in the healing process, but next you’re going to want to apply something for the burn itself.  Good thing you can use essential oils for sunburn! I can’t tell y’all enough how after using this spray I’d wished I’ve had this spray forever. I have extremely sensitive skin and sometimes there’s just no avoiding getting some extra sun sometimes. So why punish yourself when you can soothe and hydrate your skin with ingredients you have right at your fingertips?

The first dōTERRA oil I am going to talk about today isn’t going to be the most obvious but it’s important and is in my spray. It’s dōTERRA Basil Essential Oil. Basil itself acts as a cooling agent to the skin so I figured why not add this in there! ….and to clear it up yes Basil is mainly used in the culinary world but Basil has a rich history of medicinal uses! So I would say most definitely add this in!

The second oil I’m going to talk about for the DIY Spray is dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil. Y’all probably saw this one coming a mile away as Lavender is a natural antiseptic so it has its own built in healing properties. How cool is that? To me this screams “YAY I don’t have to slather a cream or a lotion full of chemicals all over my already irritated skin”! Does anyone else feel that way? So for obvious reasons I have added Lavender EO to this as well.

Last but certainly not least I have added some of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil. Did the thought cross my mind that maybe I’m making an intense cooling spray? It did but only for like 10 seconds. I really won’t get to into Peppermint EO here as really I generally use it for stomach upset or to cool me down when I have a migraine so I also thought this would be a good feature for my spray. Another reason I wanted to add Peppermint EO to the spray has everything to do with the fact that even if you are NOT sunburned and just want to cool off for the summer you can just give your skin a few spritzes and go about your day! You can’t ever apply too much and it’s safe and free of chemicals.

Now I realize that there are several other EO’s that would be good for being a natural antiseptic including Bergamot, Lemon, Clove, Myrrh, Thyme and many many more; just pick the one you have the best experience with or try Lavender! I find for skin irritation Lavender is what I have had the best luck with. If you differ from my recipe I would love if you share your experience. I am always up for trying new things or even adding to what I’m already including ingredient wise.

At the end of this post will be my full recipe. If the bottle you are using is larger than mine please just adjust your measurements accordingly. I love the 10ml spray bottles as they are easy to just toss in the bag I am carrying with me that day. I hope y’all enjoy making and using this spray. Please keep enjoying your summer and keep this spray handy. Until next time KEEP COOL!

In a 10ml Spray Bottle:

15 drops Basil EO
10 drops Lavender EO
8 drop Peppermint EO
5 drops FCO

Fill the rest of the bottle with Organic Rose Water and shake it up!  I would also recommend shaking before each application.  Enjoy!

See you next time,

Essential Oils for Allergies

Essential Oils for Allergies
Photo by Emily Michelle Jones
I’m just gonna jump right in here… It continually blows my mind that we can use essential oils for allergies, BUT it makes sense because ALL of our modern medicine originates from plants. So, if we can distill the essential oil that plants make for their own immunity, bottle it and use it for our own wellness, why wouldn’t we?! And why WOULDN’T it work amazingly well?! It does. It works. And it makes sense that it works. And that’s what I’ll say about that. :]
When I was a kid, I never had any allergy issues! I don’t know why, but I didn’t. I didn’t really understand when people would complain about allergies, either. Couldn’t they just get over it? No, the answer is no, they couldn’t. Turns out allergies majorly SUCK as I have learned as an adult. And sometimes, no matter what over-the-counter drugs (with myriad side effects) you throw at it, or even prescription meds, you still feel terrible for days and sometimes even weeks on end…
:::ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS:::
Not only do they make you feel better immediately, they also help your body heal naturally using its own resources. Amazing. Below I’ll discuss a couple of our favorite essential oils for easing allergy issues.
Breathe Respiratory Blend
Breathe Respiratory Blend
BREATHE Respiratory Blend © is an absolute must for your medicine cabinet, purse, and dresser. What’s in it: Laurel leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint plant, Melaleuca leaf, Lemon peel, Cardamom seed, and Ravintsara leaf. Only dōTERRA© makes this blend, and they know what they’re doing.
WHAT TO DO: If you have that stuffiness that comes with allergies and just can’t clear your airways, take one drop of this blend in your palms and breathe in deeply. Not only will it clear your airways, that raw burning feeling is replaced with a cool soothing feeling. Sooo comforting. I’d say do this like once an hour during the day if you’re really suffering. This is also an awesome one to diffuse at night to keep your airways open and get a good night’s sleep, which will help your body heal!
The other wonderful allergy options are the three single-origin oils Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender!
WHAT TO DO: You can inhale one drop of these together or separately–honestly whichever ones you have with you will help tremendously. You can also add a drop of lemon to your tea and it is so potent and soothing. One cool thing I learned from a Dr. Axe article is that you can take one drop of peppermint and put it on the roof of your mouth and drink some water. Very cooling and soothing to your whole system! *Note: I would NOT ingest any essential oil that didn’t come from dōTERRA. Their testing system (CPTG© Certified Pure Theraputic Grade) is second to none and I trust them. It’s important to me to know that the oils I’m using in my body do not have any fillers or contaminants in them.
I hope this article teaches you that it’s not complicated or difficult to use oils to help you feel better–you can order them today and it’s not expensive, either! Breathe is $20 wholesale (and will last you several months with conservative use–about the same price as a box of Mucinex and way less nasty!) Lemon is $10 wholesale, Lavender is $21 and Peppermint is $20.50. To get the wholesale price, you have to join and be a wholesale member. Your enrolling member would be me-Emily Jones, and my number is 3916348 when you are asked to enter it! Having that wholesale membership is key to getting all the goodness dōTERRA has to offer (including the wholesale price!). Comment below if you need any help or feel free to email me at emily@thatmidnightoil.com and I’ll hook you up!
I hope this posts helps someone get started who is suffering from allergies–you don’t have to! And you can heal yourself naturally and even preventively with the gifts of the earth!
Your Sister in Oils,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils for Sleeping

Baby Sleeping
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

When it comes to getting good, quality sleep, essential oils are the purest, most natural form of aid out there. There are so many essential oils for sleeping, but I’ll just focus on the main blend today that we use in our house. When you have a baby on the loose, the house is typically scattered with toys, books and random objects already, so it’s nice to just have a few items on the dresser next to the diffuser keeping it visually clutter-free (this is also one key to helping create a restful mind!) The oil I’ll discuss today is the Serenity (Restful Blend).

Serenity  is the holy grail of sleep blends, and it is made by dōTERRA. Don’t let the word “blend” fool you–the ONLY thing that is in this mix are the world’s purest, CPTG© (Certified Pure Theraputic Grade) essential oils. Made from Lavender flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang flower, Marjoram leaf, Roman Chamomile flower, Vetiver root, Vanilla bean and Hawaiian Sandalwood, they have come up with a blend that not only smells divine (some people have told me it smells like chocolate to them!), it honestly makes you feel more relaxed the second you smell it, and there are several ways to reap the benefits of this blend.

AROMATICALLY::: Put 1-2 drops of the oil in your palm, rub your hands together and breathe in deeply for a few moments, letting your body take in all the benefits of these oils through the air. OR add 6-8 drops of the blend in your bedroom diffuser for nighttime sleep or in your children’s room for naps.

TOPICALLY::: Put 1-2 drops for adults on wrists, spine, bottoms of feet, or diluted in fractionated coconut oil for children. *Pro-tip: mix a drop of Serenity into your facial moisturizer at night and you will wake up to incredibly supple skin!

INTERNALLY::: Take either the Serenity softgels (dōTERRA makes it easy!) OR put 1-2 drops of the blend in an empty veggie cap and take with a full glass of water 1-2 hours before bedtime.

According to dōTERRA (and me), this blend calms the emotions while creating an overall sense of peace and well-being. No matter how much you are winning at life, we can all use a little of what Serenity has to offer at least once a day.

Another great thing about this blend from the perspective of a budget-conscious mama like myself is that it’s only $30 wholesale for a 15mL bottle (about 300 drops of oil). Considering you only use a couple drops at one time, that gives you between 37.5 to 150 individual applications/uses of this oil, depending on how liberally you are using it. Even for the most liberal of users, at this price, you’re still out less than a dollar every time you use this fantastic blend! A heck of a deal.

Have you tried Serenity Restful Blend? What are your favorite things about it or what other blends do you love for sleep? Let me know in the comments below! :]

Your Sister In Oils,
Emily

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils for the Skin: DIY Facial Toner

Photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Hello everyone and hello Summer! I really hope everyone is having an amazing June so far. Things have been a bit crazy here with some travel and moving this month. It’s been a minute since we’ve posted but I promise we are back and ready to deliver some really awesome content from here on out! I’d also like to thank everyone for hanging around and keeping up with our Instagram @thatmidnightoil in the meantime. We are thinking of doing a series on Essential Oils for the Skin and this is our first post in the series.

So today I am coming to you guys with an awesome DIY Facial Toner! It was really simple to make and I chose the oils based on wanting to combat oily skin for these hot and muggy summer months. I already have oily combination skin so when the weather is muggy and constantly warm, I need a little more help taking care of my skin. So if you’re someone with skin similar to mine or just want to control oily skin for the summer this could be the toner for you!  In a 10 ML spray bottle I put 10 drops doTERRA Geranium Essential Oil, 12 drops doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil, and last but not least 5 drops doTERRA Juniper Berry Essential Oil.  After that I filled the bottle to the halfway point with Witch Hazel, and then the rest of the way with pure Rosewater. Put the top on and give it a good shake! Now if you wanted to make this in a bigger bottle just adjust the measurements accordingly.  You could also swap an oil for one of your choice as well. Please don’t feel limited, but just know that the doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil was the main one I chose to help with the excess oil on my skin so I’d keep that one in there for sure!  I chose doTERRA Geranium EO for its anti-aging properties, and doTERRA Juniper Berry EO based on its ability to be a natural skin toner.
I do recommend shaking before each use–just a few sprays goes a long way! I personally use this morning and night after washing and before moisturizing, but feel free to use in the middle of the day as well!
I hope you all try this at home, and please leave comments on your thoughts!
See you next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils for Grounding: Let’s Get Through Mercury Retrograde

By Brocken Inaglory – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3974418

So here I sit on a Sunday night almost forgetting that I need to blog when a good friend sends me a reminder that Mercury is Retrograde! She said that if I needed some inspo this could be a hot topic. So here we are y’all! Let’s dig into some essential oils for making it through Mercury Retrograde together.

So first off let’s do a quick overview: What is Mercury Retrograde? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited that you asked! It is said to be that Mercury is moving in the opposite direction that planet Earth is moving. It is also said that this movement is really just an illusion, but whether it is or isn’t astrologers believe it has some kind of effect on life here on Earth. Now you might want to know my opinion right..that’s why you visited this blog today one might assume!

I’m not an astrologer by ANY means, but I’d like to think there’s some reasoning behind some of the unexplained or random events of people’s lives. That is something I am a true believer in whether you link it to fate, luck, forces of, or just a plain old woke up on the wrong (or right!) side of the bed kind of situation. Either way it’s happening or it’s already happened. I’ve been told by a few and especially my mother “don’t do that….Mercury is in Retrograde!!” The first tens times I heard this statement I was ready to bounce my head off the wall, but as I got older and actually read up on Retrograde I started to understand a little bit better. I feel like you could spend days, months or even years researching all of the things you should and shouldn’t do during Retrograde and I feel those things are great to know! However you can’t always control all of those situations that life throws at you. So now what?

What is something you can control? The essential oils you can grab for during Mercury Retrograde of course (if you thought this too bonus points for you!!). So let’s just dive right in and start with Vetiver! So Vetiver is a member of the grass family with a unique and exotic aroma. Vetiver is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions. To me this screams that it could be helpful in the Retrograde presence. With all of these crazy (or not crazy) situations happening around you why not use something that has a grounding effect?  The next on my list that I want to share is Roman Chamomile.  The reason I am choosing this Essential Oil is because of its soothing properties for the body and soul.  Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, resembles a daisy and has the scent of an apple.  Ancient Romans used this oil for courage.  For some of you who are skeptical of things during Retrograde this could be an oil for you!  Maybe it can help sooth your mind and put you at ease during these next few weeks.  The last EO I am going to talk about today is Patchouli.  This is another grounding oil, but the way I look at it we need all the grounding we can get!  On top of Patchouli having amazing healthy skincare benefits it has a balancing effect on emotions.  Even if you aren’t a firm believer in many of the effects of times during retrograde, but you like to have oils by your side I think these three can really be of some help.  Once you’ve got yourself grounded or feeling at ease I do believe you can incorporate some uplifting oils as well or even making a blend with one of the ground oils.

With all of this being said I wish you all a peaceful Retrograde, and I am very curious to know what are some of your factories or go-to’s during any time of Retrograde?  I look forward to some discussion!
Until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

GIVEAWAY

giveaway

 

Alright, you guys. We’re going big because we don’t want to go home. We are giving away a FREE doTERRA Petal Diffuser ($62 retail value) to the first person to enroll with us as a wholesale member with a kit. Click the SHOP tab above and follow the prompts to Join & Save. Contest going through end of day Friday, March 31st. Comment with questions–GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED!

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

I don’t know about you, and I cannot speak for everyone BUT my hair has been through HELL the last 16 months. I would get my usual which is called a “bleach and tone”. If you’re not familiar it’s when the hair is pretty much bleached and toned every 4-6 weeks. Well there happened to be an incident which left my hair very damaged, and unable to come back from what had happened. I politely changed salons and immediately had to cut several inches off my hair. Now I know you don’t know me (just yet), but this crushed me. I get it-it’s just hair right? “It will grow back” they say! These are all things I know, but just didn’t want to hear.

In the last 12 months I have taken extra good care of my hair. I have been getting routine trims/cuts every 3-4 months and have only applied some basic color (at the advice of my colorist) to my hair twice. I did the whole root grow out which I absolutely fell in love with, but I’m ready to be close to platinum again! So this is where Essential Oils comes into play for me, and dōterra Geranium Oil to be exact. I’ve been looking into many different dōterra oils for the effects of helping hair become stronger. When I stumbled upon dōterra Geranium Essential Oil I just HAD to get my hands on it.  Some of the benefits of the dōterra Geranium EO are giving hair a vibrant and healthy glow, promoting the appearance of clear and healthy skin, a natural stress reliever, reducing blood pressure, naturally repel insects and that’s just to name a few.  The beauty side of this EO is really what grabbed my attention.

Hair mask in bun
So you’re probably wondering at this point what I’ve been doing with this oil right?  Well you’re in luck!  I have been taking Organic Unrefined-Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and mixing it with some dōterra Geranium EO.  There isn’t an actual method or calculation–for however much you are going to make, I would suggest using 1/4 parts Geranium EO with either 1/2 or 3/4 parts Olive Oil.  I haven’t made a large batch yet-I just make it as I want to use it.  All I do is section my hair into three parts and start at the ends and work my way up each section.  I then just top knot it and let it sit for a minimum of one hour.  You could technically leave this mask on for as long as you want including overnight, but generally I do about three hours while I clean up around my house or sit and relax.  My only suggestion to you is if you’re going to sleep or sit on something porous put a towel down, or a sheet you don’t mind getting some oil on temporarily.  So the results!  You want those right?  I only have to shampoo my hair once and I put in a very small amount of conditioner but what I find when my hair dries is the smoothness and shine!  Whether I apply heat to it or wear my natural curls my hair feels and looks so much healthier.  Now I can be pretty forgetful so I will sometimes go weeks without doing this mask and let me tell you when I do I regret not being on a better schedule with this thing!  I am no professional but I’d like to say giving my hair some extra love now and again has truly helped my hair grow and become strong again.  Lastly have I mentioned how awesome my hair smells afterwards?  Have a spa night, and give this a try!  You owe it to yourself!
Have any of you ever used Geranium EO for a hair mask or beauty treatment of any kind?  If you have please leave a comment below to share your experience as we would love to hear!  Also feel free to ask any questions!  Thank you so much for stopping by-until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils for Colds

doTERRA Breathe and OnGuard
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Aren’t colds the WORST? There is nothing more annoying than having a cold– feeling *almost* good enough to go to work/watch the kids/get stuff done, but then not really. If you’re anything like me, you want to kick a cold to the curb ASAP. Well, thankfully, we have essential oils for that! Low-cost, high-efficiency, and conveniently located in your home (once you have some)–am I speaking your love language yet?! Ok great–that’s what I thought. ;]

As you might find out from perusing our blog, essential oils can be used for so many things. Because the components of high-quality essential oils contain the benefits of whatever plant they are from, you can use specific oils topically, internally and aromatically to significantly decrease the effects of the cold you are experiencing.

Best Essential Oils for Colds: doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend is my absolute go-to when I or anyone in my family has a cold. We diffuse it and roll it on our wrists, temples, sinuses, back of neck, shoulders and bottoms of feet just about every hour (to make a topical roller,  purchase or reuse an empty essential oil roller and add 40 drops of Breathe to the roller, then fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil— and voila!). Breathe blend is an exceptional oil blend to use for a cold because it contains multiple powerhouse essential oils, such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca (tea tree), Lemon, Cardamom and some other awesome oils you’ve probably never heard of. These oils help promote easy breathing by relaxing and opening up your airways. Diffuse it in your bedroom about 30 minutes before you go to sleep (and while you sleep), as well as at your desk while you work if you are congested. Not only will this protocol help you breathe easier, the health benefits of the oils will help your body fight off the cold and lessen the effects of the cold, helping you bounce back quicker.

My other go-to during an acute case of cold AND as a preventative during cold season is doTERRA OnGuard Protective Blend. Not only does it smell amazing (think: the way you want your house to smell during the Holidays), it contains so many legit oils (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary) that help protect your body against seasonal threats, supporting your body’s natural antioxidant defenses. A couple of months ago, I woke up feeling the dreaded coming-down-with-something symptoms–scratchy throat, exhaustion, swimmy head, stopped up nose, coughing, all of it. This was before I had a bunch of oils or even a diffuser, BUT I did have OnGuard (literally the best oil I could possibly have for all the reasons stated above and one of my very top picks that answers the question “if I could only have one oil, what would it be?”) in a roller, so I just applied it directly (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) to my throat, neck and shoulders and massaged it in about once an hour all day. Just the smell of it was relaxing and soothing (if I’d had OnGuard beadlets at the time I’d have been popping a couple of those every hour, too), but, I kid you not, after a couple of hours, I could swear I was starting to feel better. BUT HOW CAN THIS BE?! Just rubbing an oil on your scratchy throat can make it go away?! Yep. This is powerful stuff. The next morning I woke up with that the-day-after feeling when you are coming out of a cold, but guess what? I never got that cold! I like to think the OnGuard helped my body fight off whatever the gunk was that was trying to keep me down.

There are MANY other essential oils that can help boost the immune system, but these two blends pack the most powerful punch, so I suggest you start there.

Have you tried using essential oils for colds? What was the outcome? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Until next time–your sister in essential oils,

Emily

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.