Top 5 Favorite Uses for Essential Oils

Beauty Recipes, Going Green, Lifestyle

Slowly my arsenal of essential oils is growing and I’m continuing to learn that they can almost do anything if manipulated correctly. I’ve even cooked some amazing orange chicken using my sweet orange oil when I ran out of citrus fruit at the house. This list shows the 5 most useful ways that I have brought essential oils into my home. Let me know how you use your essential oil kit in the comments!

  • Vaporizing to Clean the Air

There are a couple types of essential oil diffusers on the market. Some plug into the wall and are run electronically, my soapstone diffuser is operated by a tea light. All of them require water and essential oils and they vaporize the chosen aromas into the room. The benefits of the vapors depends on the type of essential oils used. Use tea tree to clean the air of the house, lavender to help you fall asleep and a mixture of pine and other oils to make the whole house smell like a Winter holiday. Every smell has a different effect and it can be valuable to both the mental and physical health of those in your home. Cowboyfriend always asks, “can you make a smell?” which I find adorable and it’s fun to compile different oils depending on how we’re feeling that day.

  • Wearing To Aide the Spirit

Much in the same vein as using a diffuser, oils are just as valuable when rubbed onto the wrists and neck. This not only provides a lovely perfume it also helps to shape the energy of the mind for medicinal effects. When I’m feeling tired or my brain is a little wonky I dab some spearmint onto my wrists and behind my ears. If I’m a bit too stressed out I’ll get on that linalool hype and dab a bit of lavender. I also find that those not into a floral scent will dig patchouli to relax and feel centered. Just a little bit of Googling can help you find the right essential oil for the job. Also I’d say that intuition will guide you nicely when it comes to this particular way to use essential oils.

  • Creating Powerful Cleaning Supplies

The first cleaning product that I’ve crafted with essential oils is a yoga mat cleaner and it works absolute wonders on removing paw prints and the less occasional puppy barf. As I run out of cleaning products that we already had or were in the house when we moved in, I will replace them with cleaning solutions made from essential oils. Not only will this cut down on the cost of buying cleaning supplies in the home but it is far better for the environment. First, there aren’t any hyper complex chemicals in your cleaners or being manufactured with byproducts going into the world somewhere (whether it be by gas or solid). Then you also don’t worry about the shipping process, the gasses from the freighters and/or planes that ship the products to the store. In my opinion it’s the best idea when it comes to cleaners used in the home.

  • Making Beauty Products

Another high waste industry I’ve been trying to slowly check off my list is that which creates beauty products. The packaging that is wasteful, the seedy marketing tactics that cut down a girl’s self esteem, the chemicals that make me need to buy more of their products; it all makes me cringe. That’s why I’m slowly making beauty products using a combination of different household things and essential oils. So far I have concocted a pretty awesome turmeric toothpaste and some chamomile orange face wash that are doing the job. This will help you save money in the long run. It also allows you to work with your skin and find the exact products that will help your oils balance and your true beauty shine through naturally.

  • Heal Using Natural Medicines

They can be applied to burns to make them heal with minimal scarring and they can be inhaled to give relief even the most clogging sinus problems. Many of these oils are antiseptic, anti fungal, insecticides and more. The healing powers of herbs are endless and when concentrated to the form of an essential oil they are ramped up immensely. There are some base essential oils to get when starting your kit, those will help you understand exactly how they are used and which ones would be most beneficial to add on. This website is my favorite as a guide to essential oils, it is comprehensive and well researched.

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Herb Spotlight: Hibiscus

Herb Spotlight

Hibiscus creates the most perfect tart flavoring for iced teas and even sorbets, and it also does some other wonderful things aside from tickle the senses. The flower, root and seed can all be used in decoctions, tinctures and even cleansers for your skin. The Hibiscus flower comes in thousands of species that thrive in warm or warm-temperate climates. It is often found in Asian countries.

Breakdown of Hibiscus 

Scientific Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ; Hibisceaetribe of the family Malvaceae [aka: rose mallow shoeblackplant, Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus]

Parts Used: flower, stem and sap

Magical Stats: Water Element, Ruled by Venus

Improves Function of the:

  • bowels
  • cardiovascular system
  • intestines
  • antioxidants

Aides in relieving symptoms of:

  • high cholesterol
  • uterine cramps
  • high blood pressure
  • menopause
  • diabetes

Assists spiritually with:

  • Connecting to the divine feminine
  • Worshipping Kali or Devi
  • Petition for mercy
  • Add beauty to and uplift your life

How Does It Work?

Hibiscus is believed to be an astringent. Mucilage found in the roots soothe the mucous membranes that line our respiratory and digestive tracts.  Anthocyanocides are astringent and anti-inflammatory. Lastly, I-hydroxy-acids work on the horny layer of the skin when applied topically, creating a more cohesive layer which results in  more elastic and moisturized skin and richer hair.

What Do I Do With It?

Hibiscus Flower

A decoction can be created from the flower of the rosa-sinensis. Hibiscus has a tart, delicious taste that is truly unique to it; home brewed tea is delicious when cold or hot. The tea will help to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars. The tea holds a large quantity of antioxidants and can help regulate your system. With regulated blood pressure you may experience a balanced body temperature. You can experience help with muscle spasm and relieve other pain as well. Tea will also function as a mild laxative and diuretic.

Hibiscus flower is also used topically to shine shoes. It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great addition to skin care issues, helping acne and other skin problems. It is also used in shampoo to fortify locks and make them more thick, and lustrous. Boil the flower in oil with other chosen spices to make a medicated hair oil. Or grind the flowers and leaves in the fine paste with some water until it is a lathery paste. That will create a shampoo plus conditioner.

Hibiscus Roots

In Ayurvedic medicine the root of the Hibiscus plant can be used to stop hair loss, dandruff or greying. Ayurveda even recommends it to cure coughs. Creating a tincture out of the roots can help to spark up your digestive and respiratory tracts.

Hibiscus Seeds

Ancient Asian medicine recommends using the seeds of the flower to curb menstrual cramps and spasms. Create a decoction from the seed and drink it.

Hibiscus in Magic

The flower is used in incense to add beauty ultimately helping the practitioner by uplifting them. The flower is also used to petition for mercy. Essential oil is perfect for infusions that will connect you to the divine feminine. It is sacred to the goddess Kali in all of her guises.

WARNING: As always, if you are currently under the care of a doctor do not follow these instructions without consulting your physician.

How To: Make Rose Water

Beauty Recipes, how to

Rose water has been used for years in alcoholic beverages, savory and sweet recipes, facial astringents and skin care regimens. I made mine to make a rose water facial astringent. It is so simple to make your own, and worth it just for the artisanal effect.

wp_20150518_19_58_45_proMeasure your rose petals 1:2 with water. I just fill my mason jar half way full with dried petals. Boil some water, once boiling pour over petals and let cool slightly with out lid on. Mix the petals together as the concoction cools. Once full steam ahead is through put a lid on your jar and throw it in the fridge. I like to label mine with the date, this is a good point to do so.

After 24 hours it is time to strain out your rose water. Put a strainer over a large bowl and pour the mixture through it. Push into the herbs with a spoon to get all the juice out. Pour your water back into the mason jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.