From oral health, to cleaning products and even the common flu, essential oils have a wide range of uses. Rid your home of chemical-laden household products with these 4 essential oils.
The great relaxer, lavender oil is used to help aid peaceful sleep and is great for headaches. Lavender is also very helpful for skin rashes and is an effective disinfectant for burns and cuts. You can add lavender and 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to your washing for a fresh scent too!
Clove has been used for centuries to help alleviate pain associated with dental cavities. An affordable remedy for toothache, clove contains eugenol. Eugenol is a strong antiseptic and anaesthetic to reduce pain and kill germs.
Clove is also useful as a mould remover. Add 10 drops to 100 ml of water, spray directly onto mould, and leave for at least one hour before wiping off. Voila!
Lemon oil can be used as a natural cleaning agent in your home, as well as being added to coconut oil and used as a chemical-free toothpaste replacement.
To make a spray for cleaning windows, kitchen benches and bathrooms, add 10 drops to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. You can also add lemon to your washing along with 1 teaspoon of baking soda to make an affordable washing powder.
A soothing smell that has an instant calming effect on the mind. Peppermint is great for giving a fresh smell to your cleaning. It can also be used in cooking for a great taste. Just like lemon, peppermint oil can also be added to coconut oil for oil pulling – resulting in a wonderfully fresh finish too.
Peppermint also makes a great natural tummy soother, as it’s high in menthol, calming stomach aches, nausea, and irritable bowel syndrome.
This centuries-old essential oil has a well-known influence on the limbic system of the brain, thus supporting the nervous system. Added to a vaporiser, frankincense is great as a natural relaxer and helps to reduce anxiety and stress. Frankincense is also a natural pain reliever and can be added to a bath. Soaking in the tub for a while helps to maximise absorption.