My love of essential oils

Hello, lovelies,

This week moms I wanted to share with you my love of essential oils and how I use these beauties daily in my life.

We actually started using essential oils just shortly after having Issey when Rok’s mom introduced oil of oregano to us (thanks Katja!). She recommended it for a time when Issey looked like she was coming down with a cold and so we carefully tested this out one night. We used about a tablespoon of coconut oil (as a carrier oil) and mixed a drop of oregano in and once mixed tested it out on ourselves first to make sure it didn’t sting our skin.  Then happy with our mixture rubbed this on Issey’s feet and covered with her socks.  The next morning her runny nose and watery eyes had cleared and we were definitely impressed and so our journey with essential oils began. Note, it’s worth mentioning that the oil of oregano we use already has olive oil mixed in which reduces the potency, some oils you buy just have oil of oregano and these are very strong! So please always check this out first.

oil of oregano

We have been very fortunate over the last number of years (tip wood as they say in Ireland) with Issey’s health, it’s very rare that she gets sick, however, if we suspect the slightest hint of something brewing we are on the case, mixing up of our oil of oregano blend.

So after been intrigued with what we saw with the oil of oregano, (note over the years I’ve found that oil of oregano is extremely effective at stopping a cold sore breakout too) I quickly got to researching the benefits of essential oils and here are some of the things I found:

  1. Essential oils are nature’s medicine, boosting your immunity and protecting against infections – a lot of essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties!
  2. Helps balance hormones – balancing out estrogen and progesterone levels in the body (for e.g. use of either clary sage, geranium and/or thyme)
  3. Improve energy and boost brain function and enhance overall well-being.

Knowing all the benefits (which is notably backed by science) I thought about ways I could incorporate these powerful oils into our household… I started listening to webinars and learning how to create and experiment on my own, it’s actually very simple so let me share some of the ways we use essential oils around our home:

Relaxing Linen Spray this is beneficial to spray on your pillow just before sleep, to help you sleep soundly and also reduce the stresses of the day. It’s also nice to spray on fabrics to give them a fresh boost. I’ve given Linen Sprays as gifts to friends and family in the past and they love them.  My sisters will recall that I took the linen blend with me on holidays last year and would spray on all our pillows just before sleeping

linen sprayFirst, decide on a spray bottle: you can purchase different types of spray bottles on Amazon, both plastic and glass, however, I recommend you go for a glass bottle (the one I use in the links below). Glass is much better as its environmentally friendly and you won’t find any nasties leaching into your essential oil sprays, unlike plastic. However, if you want to bring this spray around with you in your handbag or if you’d like to bring on holidays then sourcing a plastic BPA free bottle is best.  So here is how you make the blend:

  • Add 100ml of filtered water – we use the Berkey filter water system for our family to avoid any fluoride in our water (link below)
  • 6 drops of ylang ylang – helps reduce anxiety and relax the mind
  • 9 drops of lavender – to calm, reduce anxiety and emotional balance
  • 21 drops of orange oil – excellent for soothing, uplifting and relaxing 

Voila! you have your linen spray it’s that easy I would recommend you make this every week to refresh the essential oils.


Essential oil cleaner

Household Cleaner: 

  • Add 100ml of filtered water to your spray bottle
  • 6 tsp of liquid Castille soap – we use Dr. Bonner (link below)
  • A large dash of white vinegar
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil 
  • 15 drops of orange oil 
  • 15 drops of lemon oil

Again it’s that easy you have a natural household cleaner – I use this on my kitchen worktops and the orange oil is great to cut through grease. Note, I sourced this household cleaner and linen blend from an Aromahead webinar (many thanks Aromahead!) I will share their website link in the resources below so you can check out some other useful blends.
DiffuserOil Diffuser: 

  • My essential oil diffuser was a lovely gift from Rok and it’s on in the morning and just before we go to bed.
  • I generally add orange oil to help generate an uplifting mood and also peppermint to reduce stress and help with clear breathing. But the choice is yours… 😉

So where can you buy reputable essential oils:  from my research I found that DoTerra is a reputable brand and they sell their oils through consultants online.  Alternatively, you can purchase essential oils from your local health store. That’s what we currently do and we use an Irish brand called Atlantic Aromatics and they supply organic and sustainable oils.

A caveat moms, to be prudent it’s a good idea to always test out a blend on yourselves first before applying anything topical on your little ones. Always do your own research (especially the brands as not all essential oils are created equal) and apply caution if pregnant or nursing. 

So Moms, as always let me know your thoughts this week on essential oils and if you use them and whether you decide to make a blend… 🙂

Best of luck and best wishes,

Love, L X

Resources

Glass Bottle 

Berkey Water Filter Ireland

Berkey Water Filter UK 

Atlantic Aromatics Essential oils

DoTerra Essential oils

Dr. Bronners Organic Castille Soap

Benefits of Essential oils 1

Benefits of Essential oils 2

Benefits of Essential oils 3

Benefits of Essential oils 4 

Credits:

Aromahead Institute

12 thoughts on “My love of essential oils

  1. Fab info Lisa! I’ve always wanted to get into essential oils and you’ve really inspired me. I want to try the oils for colds and the cleaning spray! I am really not into chemicals so it’s lovely you’ve made it all sound super easy. Now I need to find a good source in England … would you say Holland and Barrett sell decent oils?

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    1. Hello Tina, thank you for your comments! Yes, I think Holland & Barrett have essential oils, just check out whether they are organic and good grade as not all essential oils are created equally! Also if you have an independent health food store in your area they might be another place to look… best of luck hun and let me know how you get on XX

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  2. Hi Lisa! How old was Issey when you used oregano oil for her? You mixed only one tablespoon coconut oil and one drop of 100% oregano essential oil? Wasn’t too strong mixture for a little child?
    We have very good experience with basilikum essential oil. It heald my terribel ear infection in just two days.

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    1. Hello Tadeja, many thanks for commenting my love! Great question, yes you are right regarding the strength of the oil of oregano there are different strengths. The one we use (and in the pic above) is mixed with olive oil and is not very strong, therefore when mixed with coconut oil it’s diluted again. To be prudent, always test out on yourself first. Following your great question I will update the blog info 🙂
      To answer your other question, Issey was about 10mths old when we first tried this blend out on her feet, thankfully she didn’t get a cold before then. Hope this helps… Thanks for sharing your experience with basil (basilikum) essential oil, they are really great! For me, they are nature’s medicine 🙂 best wishes, L XX

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  3. Hi Lisa
    Thank you for the great information on essential oils
    I will definitely be making the linen spray
    Love your blog
    Thanks lisa 🙏
    Have a great day
    Mary

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  4. well I love essential oils and it was you who got me started lisa so thanks for that .At the moment I’m using Atlantic aromatics oils love them use sadlewood on my skin and may chang summer blend in my deffuiser it really nice
    Love patchouli oil too beautiful fragrance
    Love the blog Lisa xxxjean

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    1. Thanks Jean! I’m delighted you are loving your essential oils!! I actually have patchouli on this eve in my diffuser after reading your comment… it’s has a beautiful fragrance, thanks for commenting! Best wishes, Lisa xx

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