When it comes to using essential oils topically, most recipes will simply say “add to carrier oil and apply”. That sounds simple enough but the reality is that measuring the proper number of drops can be hit or miss. Instead create a salve, body butter, or lotion bar using the healing combination of lavender, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils.
Interested in Essential Oils?
Practical ways to incorporate essential oils into daily life. Plenty of tips and DIY suggestions for using EOs for health, wellness, and first aid purposes. As with everything preparedness related, start slow and learn as you go.
Welcome to our guide for essential oils! I’ve been using essential oils for X years and am thrilled to share with you what I know. Once you start using these powerful tools, your life will never be the same. And for that, I’m forever grateful.
An Introduction to Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great tool for anyone hoping to use more natural remedies in their life. Each oil is a liquid made from natural extracts (like flowers, grasses, and fruits). The active chemicals in the oil enter our bodies and get to work, helping us fall asleep better, reduce blood pressure, and a host of other things.
Tackling Common Issues with Essential Oils
Many problems can be solved naturally with essential oils. With so many oil options out there, however, it can be hard picking the right one for your situation. Our guides below suggest the best essential oils for a given issue.
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Pump up your energy levels
- Manage asthma symptoms
- Fight back against allergies
- Tackle a sore throat
- Relieve sinus congestion
- Soothe sunburns
- Relieve arthritis, muscle, and joint pain
- Treat Psoriasis
- Manage blood pressure
- 20 all purpose remedies using essential oils
Using Essential Oils 101
Getting started with essential oils is easy! But there are a few key things to keep in mind:
- Why use natural remedies
- How to apply essential oils
- Why you should avoid ingesting essential oils
- Safety considerations when using essential oils
- When to use carrier oils
- When to use diffusers
Building Your Set
It can be daunting looking through the many essential oil brands and product options, but it doesn’t need to be!
Check out our beginner’s guide to buying essential oils. It’ll help you know what you should look for from a company, as well as suggest our top 3 brands.
Once you find your favorite company, you can start creating your collection. Before you buy an oil, it helps to know what it can do for you. Here’s a roundup of the most commonly used oils and their benefits:
- Tea Tree
- For others, check out this big list of essential oils
Some people enjoy creating kits around a certain theme, like the ones below:
- Essential oils for a first aid kit
- Essential oils for health and wellness
- Essential oils for a survival kit
- A small essential oil starter pack (use code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” for a 10% discount)
- A larger essential oil starter pack (use code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” for a 10% discount)
DIY Projects with Essential Oils
Create a number of useful household products with essential oils, great for even the most novice of DIY-ers.
- Hand sanitizer
- Healing body butter
- Toilet cleaner
- Foaming hand soap
- Facial wipes
- Antiviral sanitizing spray
- Vapor rub for cough and congestion
- Peppermint scrub
- Cold and flu bomb
- Healing lotion bar
- First aid stick
- Facial toner, beard oil, face serum, and makeup wipes
- Simple salve
Ready to learn more about essential oils? Check out these resources:
- Interview with author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
- Interview with author of Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils
- Our Pinterest board with a collection of tips and tools
- The essential oil part of our website where we frequently post new articles
Have you wondered about the hoopla surrounding body butters? A body butter is like a salve except it does not include beeswax and has a creamy, silky feeling when applied to the skin. Here is my version, including instructions for making a body butter version of “miracle healing salve”. You are going to love it!
Who said spring and summer colds don’t happen? Here are two ways to create a cold and flu bomb salve on the fly as well as a technique for creating your own custom salves.
Is is safe to ingest essential oils? That is a frequent question among new users of essential oils and one that should be taken seriously. In the article, learn why I make a case NOT to take essential oils internally. At the end of the day, you be the judge.
I am frequently asked whether I would be willing to sell some of my salves. Alas, the answer is always no, I am not set up to do that. For that reason I am thrilled that Spark Naturals is now selling salves, including a “Base Foundation Salve” that is similar to my own “Simple Salve”. In this article I describe each of the new salves plus tell you how you can create your own custom healing salves. Not only that, Spark Naturals is sponsoring a giveaway to win a set of all six of their salves. This is the giveaway you have been waiting for!
Everyone dreads cleaning toilets and using toxic chemicals does not make the process any more pleasant. In a quest for self-sufficiency, I have learned to make natural, chemical free toilet bombs using simple, inexpensive ingredients. I won’t say that cleaning toilets is now fun, but it sure is a lot easier. Give these DIY Toilet Bombs a try – you will not be disappointed!
Making your own foaming hand soap is so easy and the results are so good that I can’t believe I have not done this before now. In this article, learn how to make your own DIY Foaming Hand Soap for $1.12 for a full, 12 ounce bottle. I love saving money this way, don’t you?
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