Essential oils can benefit you in so many ways that it’s almost impossible to pinpoint any one thing that they do. They can help with the health of your body and mind, beauty care, house cleaning, can be used as pesticides, the list goes on.
Their versatility is one of the things that makes them so useful. You can buy a bottle of lavender oil and use it for at least two dozen different things which means that you get both quality and quantity from it. That totally makes up for the fairly expensive price that a bottle of quality, 100% pure lavender oil is. Or any other type of essential oil for that matter.
What Are the Disadvantages?
The only real downside is that they don’t have a very long shelf life and they also have to be kept in a specific manner or they lose even more of their already short shelf life. So plan ahead when you buy essential oils. Go ahead and get appropriate sized amber bottles and anything else that you need to keep them from losing their effectiveness. It’s another expense but it’s well worth it, and it’s only a one-time expense too. Unless you break the bottles you shouldn’t have to re-buy anything.
Also decide on a plan for where you’re going to store your oils. One good option is the fridge so that they can stay cold and away from sunlight. Heat and sunlight are what makes them lose their potency; when stored in the fridge they can stay viable for twice as long. Especially if you live in a tropical or subtropical climate in which your house probably stays very warm most of the year.
It’s particularly smart to keep citrus essential oils in the fridge as they will barely last a year even in the best of conditions.
Physical and Mental Well Being
- Vigilance: There have been numerous studies and documentations on essential oils and vigilance. The common thread of thought is that juniper and peppermint essential oils can increase your vigilance, making you more aware of what is going on around you and increasing your observation and memory skills.
- Sleeping: Lavender oil is often included in baby lotions because of it’s calming and sleep aiding properties. Although it’s great for adults who need to get some rest too. You can apply it to your feet or you can diffuse it in your bedroom. It smells delicious and is very beneficial in calming you down so you can drift off to sleep. Just the scent of it alone is likely to give off calming vibes to you.
- Unwind time: Many people have trouble winding down especially if they have had a long day of hard mental work and are feeling restless or stressed. If you’re one of these people you could greatly benefit from geranium or orange oils.
- Continued Focus: If you have trouble concentrating after spending hours on one specific task you might want to see if basil will benefit you. People with ADD may especially benefit from diffusing basil when they need to focus.
Focusing can be hard for everyone at one point or another but people with ADD have chronic focus and concentration problems; it’s not just an occasional issue for people who have ADD. Anything that can be used to benefit an ADD sufferer would be worth a shot.
While most people have at least heard of the positive effects essential oils can bring to your health, most people have never heard of cleaning with essential oils. You might ask how cleaning with them works when essential oils are so expensive, but it’s the same as when you use them for anything – you dilute them first. In this case you dilute them by adding them to your normal cleaning products.
It’s also the same in that it only takes a small amount. Don’t forget that they’re strong, so don’t underestimate their power and use more than you have to. it won’t hurt anything per se but it will be a waste of money when less does the job just as well.
Lemon Essential Oil and Cleaning
You’ve probably heard that lemon juice is a great cleaner due to it’s acidic nature. Well, the same holds true for lemon essential oil. It’s really effective on dirt, grease and stains. Just add a few drops to your usual cleaning product, get a rag and scrub away and the impurities. It will really leave your floors or counter-tops clean and shiny and will also kill any bacteria or mold that’s there.
They can improve your life in so many areas if you just take the time to do a little bit of research and start applying them where you desire!