Essential oils to the rescue (and defense!)
Essential oils have always tickled a fancy of mine…
Much like many alternative treatment methods with which I have tinkered and toyed, essential oils were once a fleeting inspiration. During pregnancy, labor was gently encouraged with clary sage baths and skin was tonified throughout the big stretch with geranium oil rubs. After meeting the lovely Mary at Kripalu, I am a devout sprinkler of lavender on my pillowcase come bedtime. But that was about the extent of it.
Until now. Something in me has stirred and I have fallen head over heels with a particular online aromatherapist named Jill who is the brain behind The Prairie Homestead. I started coming down with a tickle in my throat and wanted to take charge—”be empowered,” as Jill would say—with my own capacity to maintain health. My first homemade blend comes from a recipe on theprairiehomestead.com:
DIY all-purpose protective essential oil blend
- 20 drops clove essential oil
- 18 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
Combine all oils and store in a dark glass container. This makes a fairly small amount, so feel free to double or triple the recipe.
Ideas for use:
- Use this blend in your essential oil diffuser to purify the air.
- Mix this blend into your homemade cleaning products for extra disinfecting power.
- Dilute the blend, then rub it on the soles of your feet.
*Very important note* Some of the oils contained in this blend are very hot and can burn your skin if used undiluted. It is very important to dilute this blend in a carrier such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil before using them on your skin.
You can imagine my dismay when I accidentally sprayed this IN MY FACE. That’s right, the burning and hotness that she mentions? I can vouch for that. Rather than my lovely homemade lavender geranium water spritz to tone, refresh, and relax, I got a blast of “kick those germs to the curb.”
Two letters. OW.
Rookie move, indeed.
Essential Oil image from Honolulu Media