Let's Chat about Essential Oils

The start of my essential oil collection

When I embarked on my journey to clean living I started to dabble essential oils. I began my essential oil arsenal with the usual suspects:

Lavender, Orange (Sweet), Lemon and Tea Tree

The essential oils above are typically some of the first purchased by those that are choosing to start to use essential oils. Not a surprise really if you consider what a powerhouse these oils are!

Let’s review some of their therapeutic properties…

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil

Lavender (Lanvandula angustifolia) essential oil is so well rounded it makes a great essential oil to start your collection with and may be used for the following:

Skin Issues such as rashes, burns and infections.

Bug Bites.

Antibacterial especially when paired with Tea Tree. 

Help with poor sleep.

Makes a great antifungal when synergistically paired with Tea Tree.

Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil

Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is known as being uplifting and calming. Many use Orange essential oil for the following:

Additive to homemade cleaning supplies due to its antibacterial properties (I love to combine Orange, Lemon, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oil for cleaning around the house. Recipe at the end of this article).

Help with anxiety.

Due to its astringent qualities it may be used to tone the skin. 

Digestive Aid (When used in a carrier oil and applied to the abdomen).

**Although not phototoxic, Orange essential oil may cause skin irritation when blended at a dilution higher than 2%. For safe skin application it's recommended to keep the dilution of Orange essential oil in a blend to 1% (5-6 drops/oz. of carrier). To keep it under 2% the dilution would be less than 12 drops/oz. of carrier.

Lemon (Citrus limon) Essential Oil

Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil is known for its bright and cheery disposition and may be used for the following:

Pain as it’s known for its analgesic and cooling qualities.

Antibacterial

Immune stimulant.

Liver Support/Protection.

**It should be noted that Lemon essential oil can be phototoxic when used in higher dilutions for skin application. To avoid the phototoxic effects of this oil, safe skin application would consist of a blend of 11 drops or less/oz. of carrier. 12 drops or more/oz. of carrier make this oil phototoxic.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential Oil

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is known for:

Being an airborne antimicrobial.

Helping with acne.

Being used as an antifungal.

Helping with congestion.

Stimulating the immune system.

**Tea Tree oil is generally known as being non-toxic, however caution should be used with skin application as it may cause skin irritation to those with sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, a patch test is recommended to see how your skin will react.

When looking at the therapeutic properties listed above it’s not hard to see why these are the usual suspects for anyone that is starting to dabble in essential oils! Not to mention they can be paired and blended in multiple ways for different effects. They can also be used in various formulations, check out my recipe below for an easy peasy household cleaning solution.

Easy Peasy Household Cleaning Solution

Supplies:

·         16 oz. Amber Glass* Spray Bottle

·         **Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis) Essential oil

·         **Lemon (Citrus limon) Essential oil

·         Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) Essential oil

·         Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential oil

·         Distilled White Vinegar

·         Optional – Water and/or Unscented Castille Soap

*When utilizing essential oils in cleaning products, glass or PET plastic bottles are best due to the fact that essential oils can leach chemicals from plastic. I prefer amber colored glass especially when blending a cleaning solution with citrus oils since citrus oils tend to oxidize fast. Oxidized oils can increase the risk of skin irritation. The colored glass helps to deflect light which will protect the oils from oxidizing too quickly.

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Easy Peasy Household Cleaner

Pour 16 ounces of Distilled White Vinegar into your Amber Glass Spray Bottle

For a 2% dilution of essential oils add:

60 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Essential oil

50 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) Essential oil

30 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential oil

20 drops Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis) Essential oil

Place sprayer cap back onto the bottle and shake well. That’s it! Easy Peasy!

***Remember essential oils are not water soluble so they will sit at the top of this mixture. Shake well prior to each use. I love using this for countertops, showers, bathtubs and even the toilet!

Variations of this recipe:

8oz Distilled White Vinegar

8oz Water

60 drops of Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Essential oil

50 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) Essential oil

30 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential oil

20 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential oil

OR

12 oz Distilled White Vinegar

4 oz Unscented Castille Soap***

60 drops of Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Essential oil

50 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) Essential oil

30 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential oil

20 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential oil

***For this variation of the recipe I would recommend adding the castile soap to the spray bottle first. Then add the essential oils and give a gentle shake to incorporate the oils into the soap prior to adding the vinegar. After adding the vinegar give another little shake to incorporate everything together.

I prefer to use straight vinegar as the solution of choice in my household. I have found that it works and stores well. Not to mention when using water in the solution there may be potential for bacterial growth. If you choose to do the recipe variation that includes water, the solution should be used within 1-2 weeks to be on the safe side.

Tea Tree essential oil has a very medicinal smell which can deter some people from using it. If you do not enjoy the aroma of the cleaning solution with the Tea Tree mixed in, feel free to use less Tea Tree and substitute more Lavender in its place. You may also omit it altogether and replace with more Lavender as well. Keep in mind these oils work synergistically together amplifying their antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is why I would recommend leaving the Tea Tree oil in the recipe. I would love to hear from you once you try it! Leave a comment below and let me know how it works for you.

Are you already using essential oils in your day to day life? What are some of the first oils you chose to purchase and why? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! As always if you have any questions, feel free to email me at Sara@Pneuma.online. Till next time friends!

Want to know how to find the highest quality essential oils? Read my post here about "Therapeutic Grade" essential oils.

 

***Disclaimer - any information found in this post is not a substitute for medical advice. When in doubt or if any adverse reactions occur be sure to seek out a qualified medical practitioner.