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Nine Easy Ways to Add Essential Oils to Your Everyday Routine

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Using essential oils doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are lots of ways essential oils can be used in your home. Using essential oils to replace everyday products can lessen the toxicity load in your home environment and also provide more effective results. Here are nine ways to add essential oils to your everyday routine.

For Energy

If you drag your feet in the morning, try diffusing Peppermint Essential Oil. The energizing properties can help give you the kick you need to get going. Add 5-10 drops of to your diffuser and run up to 20 minutes. Run the diffuser again later in the day if you get that afternoon slump.

To Freshen Laundry

Lemon Essential Oil not only makes us think “clean” when we smell it, but it in fact does fight germs on a molecular level. Add 10 drops to your load of laundry or onto your dryer ball for a clean, fresh feel and smell.

To Relieve Sniffles

Feeling stuffy? Runny nose? Coughing? Children and adults over age 10 can benefit from inhaling Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Add 15 drops to a personal inhaler, inhaling deeply 1-3 times. Repeating every few hours, or as needed, can help shake the icky feeling and allow you to have a productive day.

For Moodiness and Emotional Issues

It’s that time of the month for you...or maybe just the time of day for your toddler. Inhaling Geranium Essential Oil can help make you feel emotionally balanced. Add 5-10 drops to your diffuser, running 10-20 minutes at a time as needed. Alternately, you can add 15 drops to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.

For Skincare

When it comes to your skin, essential oils are a wonderful tool to use to help with anti-aging. Add Frankincense Essential Oil to your liquid foundation, lotion or moisturizer to help with wrinkles and age spots. Add 6 drops per ounce for a safe and effective dilution on the face.

To Clean Your Home

Many cleaning supplies are made with toxic chemicals which are harsh when you breathe them into your lungs. Tea Tree Essential Oil is antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial oil. Using Tea Tree in a cleaning spray can allow you to clean effectively and is safe for your little ones to breath if they want to help you spritz it in your home. Add 12 drops of Tea Tree essential oil per ounce of hydrogen peroxide, water or vinegar. Shake well before using.

For Anxiety and Stress

Some days can be stressful or laced with anxiety. When those moments come, inhaling Lemongrass Essential Oil can help. Use in a diffuser (5-10 drops) or personal inhaler (15 drops). Diffuse 10 minutes at a time or inhale 1-3 times as often as needed.

For Achy Muscles

Sore after a workout or chasing the kids? Add Lavender Essential Oil to a carrier oil or lotion and massage into achy muscles. Add 12 drops per ounce for a 2% dilution or up to 60 drops per ounce for a 5% dilution for extra deep aches.

To Relax

Using a linen spray with Sweet Orange or Chill Zone essential oil blend can help promote relaxation. To make a linen spray, add 24 drops Sweet Orange to a 2 ounce spray bottle and fill to the shoulder with water or a hydrosol. If using Chill Zone, use 5 drops for a 2 ounce spray bottle. Shake well before spritzing on your pillow and/or bedding.

It’s easy to incorporate the benefits of essential oils as long as you know which ones to use and how they are used safely. What’s your favorite way to use essential oils in your daily routine?

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Lea Harris Jacobson is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and founder of UsingEOsSafely.com and the 100K+ member Facebook group, Using Essential Oils Safely. Lea teaches essential oil classes, issuing Essential Oil Safety Advocate certificates to graduates who qualify, opening enrollment just twice a year. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels, and apps for essential oils and carriers. You can find FREE classes here.


Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England. Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on LeaJacobsonCCA.com.

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