4 essential oils essential that every home needs

1. Lavender
Lavender is the best all round, multipurpose essential oil, and it smells divine.

As an antiseptic/antibacterial: 1 drop on a zit helps dry it up;
Relaxant: a couple of drops on your pillow will help you sleep; a drop rubbed on your temples will help a headache; a few drops in a bath at the enf of a hard day will revive your soul.

2. Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is such a refreshing, uplifting aroma. This is my favourite oil for making a house smell fresh and clean without heavy chemicals.

It is also antibacterial -
I add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and use it to spray my kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Eucalyptus also makes an excellent stain remover - for oil stains I blot the area with Eucalyptus, then place a layer of paper towel, and go over it with a gentle iron to draw out the oil.

3. Rosemary
Rosemary helps concentration and memory and is must have if you work at home like I do.
I place a few drops in the oil burner in my office when I am working.

4. Any citrus oil.
Lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, tangerine or a blend of any of these.
I call these my happy oils. When the fresh citrus aroma hits my nostrils it makes me feel happy.

The colours of citrus fruits - bright yellow, lime and orange - are also happiness inducing colours.
I don't have much colour in my kitchen - just a bowl of fresh citrus fruits for decoration. 🙂
Place a few drops in your oil burner or make up a batch of Lemon Sugar body scrub for an uplifting body exfoliant.
Buying Essential oils
These oils are easy to get your hands on, inexpensive and have so many uses aside from how I use them.
If you are using oils for therepeutic benefits make sure you are buying 100% pure therepeutic grade essential oil.
(Fragrant oil is not essential oil, but a synthetic fragrance with no therepeutic benefit)
Be warned though - a label may state "100% pure essential oil"  - that's not a guarantee of high quality.
There are many factors that affect essential oil quality, for example:
- where the oil is sourced, does the plant grow there naturally and thrive?
- how the oil is extracted from the plant, eg, steam distillation, cold pressed
- if cold pressed, is the oil from the initial pressing? This is the highest quality. Subsequent pressings produce a lower quality oil.
That's why essential oil prices can vary so much!
Part of the reason I chose to become involved with doTERRA was that I have confidence that their oils are of the highest quality ethically produced oils out there.
What are your favourite oils to use at home?

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