Geeky Educational Link Up.. Using Essential Oils


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 I just loved Meagan’s post last week about Planning a Messy Science Day. Looks like a ton of FUN!

My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool

 

The Science of Essential Oils 

 

Years before becoming a SAHM I was a product formulator for several small business; many of which had their offerings grace the shelves of retail outlets and hotels.

After a 9 year sabbatical I have started creating again with essential oils; I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.  There is an exact science to using essential oils. For instance using the right carrier oil can make a difference E.g almond oil which a mild oil VS olive oil a hardy oil can effect the essential oils scent. So, if you’re using a more robust oil than your essential oil choices should be robust too.  Conversely, if use a milder oil a delicate scented essential oil is your best option. Also, make sure you’re using a high quality essential oil from a reputable supplier.

Here’s a great recipe you can share with your kids.

Natural Insect Repellant.

1 8oz dark colored bottle

¼ cup aloe vera liquid

¼ cup carrier oil of your chose (soy is one of our favorites)

1/3 cup of witch hazel

1.5 oz citronella (you may add more if needed but I usually go with the less is more approach)

Fill the rest of the bottle with purified water.

Safe & effective

 

Below I have listed my favorite essential oils and a few simple ways you can introduce them to your family.

 

Bergamont:

Essential Oil Applications:

For acne, eczema, psoriasis, and wounds, mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and apply directly to affected area.

To alleviate anxiety, depression, fatigue, nervous tension, and stress use 2-3 drops of essential oil in a diffuser.

Mixes well with Lavender & Orange

 

Oregano:

Essential Oil Applications:

For allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and rub on chest and throat.

For chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, and nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or add 8-10 drops in bath water before bedtime.

For headaches and migraines, use 2-3 drops in carrier oil and massage on temples and neck. You may also use it with a Hot or Cold compress.

Mixes well with Lavender, Bergamont & Lemon

 

Eucalyptus:

Essential Oil Applications:

For arthritis, muscle pains, and rheumatism, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area

Kills airborne bacteria in a sickroom, use in a spray bottle. Mix 10 drops of oil in 1 quart of water; shake well before spraying.

As an insect repellent, mix equal amounts with bergamot and lavender. If applying to skin, use in a carrier oil. If using in a linen closet, apply to cotton balls and place on shelves.

Mixes well with Lemon, Grapefruit & Orange

 

Peppermint:

Essential Oil Applications:

Add a few drops to carrier oil and rub temples to relieve headaches and migraines.

To cool a fever, use 2-3 drops in a cold compress.

Add a few drops to an unscented lotion for the best foot cream imaginable.

Mixes well with Lavender, Lemon & Eucalyptus

 

Clove:

Essential Oil Applications:

For asthma, bronchitis, chest infections, and other respiratory problems, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation. Can also use a few drops in a diffuser.

For colds, chills, and flu, add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on chest.

To help with diarrhea, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on lower back and abdomen.

Mixes well with Orange, Grapefruit & Lavender

 

Lemon:

Essential Oil Applications:

To freshens air and neutralize bad odors, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. While cleaning, add 2-3 drops to rinse water to wipe away greasy residue and for extra freshness.

For joint pain, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.

For corns and warts, use neat on a cotton swab and apply directly to affected area. Be careful not to apply to surrounding area..

For greasy hair, mix 2-3 drops with unscented shampoo. For greasy skin, mix 2-3 drops of oil in 1 oz. of water. Mix well, place on cotton ball. Apply to skin as a toner.

 

Orange:

Essential Oil Applications:

To fight against boredom and lethargy, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.

To reduce inflammation associated with eczema and psoriasis, use 2-3 drops in carrier oil and massage on affected area.

To help alleviate stress brought on by seasonal mental health disorders and premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also use 8-10 drops in bath water.

Mixes well with Lemon, Clove & Grapefruit

 

Grapefruit:

Essential Oil Applications:

For depression, headaches, mental or nervous exhaustion, and stress, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or use 2-3 drops on a handkerchief and periodically inhale.

To relieve menstrual cramps, use 2-3 drops in carrier oil and massage on lower back and abdomen. Can also be used in a hot compress.

To purify air and kill airborne germs, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. For detoxification, mix 2-3 drops in a carrier oil, and use in a full body massage. Can also use 3-4 drops in bath water.

Mixes well with Lavender & Orange

 

Lavender:

Essential Oil Applications:

To alleviate headaches and migraines, massage a couple of drops into temples. Also can be used in a hot or cold compress.

To relieve insomnia or aid sleep, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or place same amount on a cotton ball or handkerchief, and place inside pillowcase. Can also use 8-10 drops in a bath before bedtime.

For bee and wasp stings, place 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on affected area.

To lessen flu symptoms, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or as a steam inhalation.

For anxiety, depression, nervous tension, stress, or to balance mood swings, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also use 8-10 drops in a bath. To guard against nightmares, use 8-10 drops in a bath before bedtime.

Mixes well with Clove, Grapefruit & Eucalyptus

 

Tea Tree:

Essential Oil Applications:

Make a spray cleaner for countertops with 2 cups of water combined with 2 tbsp. tea tree oil in a spray bottle.

A few drops of tea tree oil mixed with carrier oil will prevent infection and promote healing to minor cuts, scrapes and burns.

Put a few drops in a spray bottle with water to relieve itching from skin irritations, ease minor sunburn pain and relieve insect bites or stings.

Add few drops to small tub to help eliminate athlete’s foot, nail and foot fungus.

Add a few drops to unscented shampoo to eliminate dandruff.

 Disclaimer:

No responsibility is taken for the misuse in any way of the information provided herein. The FDA does not recognize the practice of aromatherapy. The FDA has not evaluated any statement made herein. None of the information provided is meant to act as a prescription, medical advice or therapeutic advice.

If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, have heart disease, epilepsy, high blood pressure or diabetes, or any other diseases and/or allergies seek the advice of a health professional before using any essential oils. You should also consult a doctor if you are not sure you might have a condition that prohibit you from using essential oils

Skin test all products before using. Apply a small amount to the skin on your inner arm. Do not use if redness or irritation occurs.

Keep all essential oils  away from eyes and mucous membranes. If redness, burning, itching or irritation occur, stop using product immediately.

To stop burning, redness, itching or irritation, on the skin, do not add water, instead apply generous amounts of vegetable oil to the area.

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