To help you out, we compiled a list of eight surprising uses for essential oils you might not know about.
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#1 Use Essential Oils to Freshen and Clean your Home
#2 Whiten Your Teeth with Essential Oils
#3 Use Nature's Pharmacy in Your Skincare Routines
One of the most surprising things is how many different uses of essential oils there are for beauty and skincare. Just like eating habits and regular exercise are good for your body, essential oils are great for the health of your skin. Beauty experts frequently talk about the importance of proper skincare pre- and post-workout. And one of the skin-care tricks is these little miracle workers. You can add a few drops of geranium oil to your face cream to get firmer, tighter skin. For a similar anti-wrinkle effect, try mixing a couple of drops of rose oil into your favorite face cream.
Finally, you can use tea tree oil directly on your skin to help clear up acne, but test a tiny bit of oil on your skin first. Some people with sensitive skin can react to its potency so it’s best to dilute with a carrier oil, such as almond oil. Give these suggestions a shot and use essential oils in your routine before or after your workout to clean your face to ensure it stays blemish-free.
#4 Add Food-Grade Oils to Your Food for Culinary Dosing
If you look up healthy recipes and tips online, many people suggest you put essential oils into your food or add drops into your water. And yes, they're great for cooking—just one more way to use essential oils. Well, some of them. Be sure that the essential oil is food-grade and of high purity. The biggest problem with taking oils internally is that some essential oils are not intended for human consumption. So, before adding them to your food, make sure you check to make sure they are safe and pay close attention to dosage. A small amount goes a long way!
You can check the FDA list for essential oils that are considered safe for human consumption.
Having said this, lemon oil, peppermint, oregano, and wild orange are among the favorites for seasoning or cooking. These food-grade essential oils are great to add flavor in the kitchen and have numerous health benefits. Culinary dosing with essential oils is one of the most surprising uses many people don’t know about.
#5 Manage Your Anxiety
#6 Combat Stress Naturally
Many essential oils are high in the chemical constituent linalool, which is well known for its ability to shift sad and anxious feelings. Lavender in particular is high in linalool and when taken internally has been shown to reduce anxious feelings.
#7 Relieve Menstrual Cramping
#8 Diminish Appetite to Support Weight Loss
Try natural remedies and test their effects yourself. If you'd like to purchase DoTerra essential oils, visit Habits for Health. For more on holistic health and healthy habits, visit our sister website, Habits for Wholeness.
* None of the statements in this blog have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. None of the above recommendations are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Essential oils are naturally produced substances that can assist the body in its own healing process, but we make no claims whatsoever. Use with moderation and discretion.