How To Use Essential Oils In The Home
The author of Just The Essentials shares her tips.
Do you keep hearing everyone talking about essential oils, but don't have a clue how to actually use them? Well Adina Grigore, author of Just The Essentials, is here to help. Her book is a modern, detailed overview of what essential oils are and how they can be easily incorporated into any part of your life, from beauty to medicine to household products.
While we aren't necessarily the most DIY savvy bunch, Grigore's tips are super simple and really help you take a natural approach to beauty and wellness. Scroll through her advice and become an essential oils expert in a snap.
"Heat essential oils on your stovetop to clear out cooking smells and other stinks," says Grigore. "A few drops of cinnamon, clove, and/or cardamom plus an orange peel to about a cup of water and you've got an EO potpourri that smells amazing and make you look super impressive. Just warm over low heat and then rinse with soapy water when you're done!"
"Keep lemongrass oil by your bathtub, and then mix it into a bath oil or bubble bath to soothe your emotions and your skin, especially when you're dealing with aches and pains from a cold or flu." Grigore adds, "If you prefer showering (or don't have the time), drip 5-10 drops on the shower floor while you shower, and it will evaporate upwards and fill the space."
"Lemon essential oil makes an amazing (and refreshing) counter top cleaner ingredient," advises Grigore. "You can add it to your store-bought counter spray or DIY your own with a combination of water, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. Add some lemon essential oil and ditch your harsh cleaning products—it’s just as effective."
"Diffuse rosemary or eucalyptus when everyone at work (or school) is sick. They kill over 99% of airborne bacteria," says Grigore. "Rosemary will also give you energy and help you focus, and eucalyptus will help clear a cough and excess phlegm if you're already sick."
"Pour some lavender in the top of an unscented candle," recommends Grigore. "Lavender may be everywhere, but it's for a good reason. It will simultaneously calm and invigorate you. You'll feel more alert but will also sleep better. It's like a sedative without the sleepy part." She adds, "Plus with this super simple DIY, you'll be avoiding all the synthetic fragrances used in scented candles, which studies show are hormone disruptors and immune system irritants."