This past month I’ve been really starting to experiment more with using essential oils for the health benefits and for the home. Not only are essential oils great because of their aromatherapy and wonderful scents for cleaning, but essential oils are a wonderful alternative treatment for many common ailments! During the month of February, I thought that since I spend so much time indoors, this would be a great time to try them out. Before this month, I had tried using them briefly for treating acne and as an ingredient in my recipe for homemade laundry soap as a natural preservative and for prevention of bacteria growth. I have found that in these two cases using the essential oils were a success!
So, after I was pleased with these results, I thought, gee.., I may be missing something by not using other essential oils, after all, many people have found amazing benefits from them! Earlier this month, I came down with a headache and I wanted to avoid taking any over the counter pain medication, so my mom suggested that I try applying peppermint oil near my hairline to relieve the pain. Within an hour or so, my headache was nearly completely gone! Just last night, I also used the essential oil, lavender to treat a minor, but painful burn I got on my hand from a humidifier, ouch! Lavender oil is supposed to help soothe the pain and prevent scaring. It did help soothe the pain.
I’ve also been experimenting with using different essential oils for their many scents. Later this week, I’ll be putting up a post on how to use them around your house for their natural scents and aroma instead of using the chemically produced scents you buy at the store.
Here are some great articles, I’ve come across this past month:
–Benefits of Nettle Infusions for Allergies, Asthma, Constipation and more.
-5 Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters
–Apple Almond Twists. This looks like a delicious snack; they’re gluten-free and made with coconut and almond flour.
-Creamy Broccoli Soup Recipe with Turmeric. Yum, super healthy soup recipe and a great way to add turmeric to your diet.
-Easy Homemade Ketchup: source of probiotics and delicious
-Hearty Beef Stew Recipe
–Growing Lettuce in Winter
–Homemade Play-dough– Easy to make with added essential oils for a variety of scents.
-Joanna at Actual Organics shares why she doesn’t use baking soda for washing her hair and instead uses clay. I’ve never tried using clay in place of shampoo, but this sounds like another great alternative to shampoos with chemicals.
– Be sure to enter my Giveaway for a Vitamix Blender, for a chance to win, if you haven’t already.