When it comes to using essential oils, there are so many applications that it can be mind boggling. In fact, we’ve done quite a few blog posts already about aromatherapy, which you can see here. But, we thought it’d be cool to get some ideas from our customers. You can see all 70+ tips by clicking here, but we’re going to highlight just 16 of them below.
- Use essential oils to clean, disinfect and remove odors from your microwave. Get a microwave safe container and add a cup of water with 3 to 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Put this inside your microwave and turn it on to the maximum power for 3 minutes. Let the steam and essential oil do its job and then remove the bowl. After that, all you have to do is wipe inside with a soft sponge. Fast and efficient for a clean and fresh smelling microwave. ~Victoria N.
- Apply a drop or two of your favorite essential oil on the INSIDE of the toilet paper roll in your bathroom. When you pull off some toilet paper, the scent releases into the air, providing just enough aromatherapy while also masking the scent of…well….you know! (eucalyptus works the best) ~Autumn B.
- To scent your linen and deodorize your dryer naturally, just place about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (pick one that is colorless or lightly colored) on a wash cloth and place it in the dryer. I usually choose a relaxing essential oil such as tangerine for the bed linen. ~Paul L.
- Use tea tree essential oil to treat dandruff. Rub 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil on the scalp or in the most dandruff affected areas. Tea tree essential oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used directly on the skin without the need of carrier oil. But watch out with the quantity used. Less is more! ~Heglae M.
- Put a few drops of lime oil on the shower floor. When the hot water hits the lime, the oil-infused steam can be inhaled for a wonderfully energizing, invigorating feeling. ~Jody E.
- For an inexpensive and easy to make mouthwash, follow these steps. First, wash a 16oz. bottle (mine used to be of olive oil). Add 2 drops tea tree oil, 1 drop lavender oil, 1 drop myrhh and 1 drop peppermint oil. Then gently roll, not shake, the bottle before using. This cleans, soothes, and refreshes both the teeth and gums! ~Kathleen C.
- Make your own Earl Grey tea without cheap chemical flavors. First add 8-10 drops of bergamot oil into a hermetic box, then fill it with black tea leaves. Then leave the box unopened for 5 to 6 days, but don’t forget to shake it from time to time. In 5 to 6 days – voila! – you can serve the best Earl Grey tea to your guests. ~Lyusya C.
- Peppermint or spearmint oil can be used to repel ants and other bugs. To repel ants on kitchen counter or floor, just draw a line of oil across them and they will turn back. Also, mix a few drops of peppermint or spearmint oil with some water in a pistol-grip squirt bottle so that you can squirt the leaves of your plants to drive the bugs away. You can also add 10 drops of Peppermint Oil to water in a spray bottle to keep bees and wasps away when going out. Just spray your clothes, shoes and socks or the area where you are at. ~Wai Y.
- Apply orange essential oil to the bristles of a broom when sweeping away cobwebs under the eves to keep spiders away. You can also use it indoors around the cornices. ~Sylv D.
- Use eucalyptus essential oil as a facial steam. First, just add a few drops to a bowl of hot water. Then, you have two options. You can put your face above the bowl, allowing the steam to permeate your skin. If the water is way too hot, wait until the temperature is more bearable. Or place a face towel over the bowl for about 5 minutes and then you can then put the towel over your face for a nice relaxing steam treatment. ~Tatyana M.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil along with distilled water in the iron to help your clothes smell good. ~Rania T.
- If you add a few drops of tea tree oil in your hair conditioner, it’ll work well as a gentle scalp and hair cleanser that won’t dry out your hair. ~Jocelyn H.
- Make your own toilet bowl cleaner. Add 1 drop tea tree oil with 1 tsp. liquid castile soap (e.g. Dr. Bronner’s) into the toilet bowl. Swish with a brush so that the inside of the toilet bowl is coated with the soap and tea tree oil. Wait 2 to 5 minutes and then swish the brush around the bowl again. Then flush. This is very simple, cheaper than buying pre-made cleaner, and cleans as well as anything with bleach but without the strong smell. ~John B.
- When you are washing bedding, add about 15 drops of eucalyptus oil directly to the washing machine or you can mix the drops in a cup of water and then pour into filled laundry tub. It is a dust mite deterrent…and smells fab. ~Kim E.
- You can use clove oil and a lemon to repel insects. Just put a few drops in half a lemon and leave it in a window. Result? No more mosquitos. ~Deivid E.
- My hiccup remedy: 1 drop of food grade lavender or chamomile essential oil on a sugar cube and suck slowly or on a teaspoon of sugar and let it slowly melt in your mouth. ~Mira S.
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