Melaleuca is one of the most important oils I keep on hand. Not only is it a handy ingredient in homemade cleaning recipes, but it also serves as a natural sanitizing agent in soaps, sprays, and hand sanitizers. I suffer from eczema and the harsh chemicals in most hand soaps irritate my skin; instead of risking an outbreak, I toss a 15 ml bottle of Melaleuca into my purse or homemade hand sanitizer if I have the time to blend it.
A couple other hacks that have helped me:
- Apply Tea Tree Oil with a Q-Tip to a canker sore or mouth ulcer for relief
- Apply Tea Tree Oil to acne spots or sweat bumps - sometimes I get pimple like sweat bumps on the backs of my upper thighs from wearing sweaty yoga pants, and Tea Tree oil is a game-changer in the healing process
Lavender is an excellent oil for soothing yourself, de-stressing, and relaxing. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties make it a great additive to face and body lotions. In my experience lavender has helped relieve eczema break-outs and improve the appearance of my skin. Lavender is commonly used to speed up the healing process of other skin problems, wounds, burns, and even sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. My most recent use of lavender has been as an additive to Burt's Bees Belly butter. While many believe nothing can help prevent stretch marks, I am still mark free!
If you know me, you know I love lemongrass oil. We use lemongrass both in the yoga room at our studio, Thunderbolt Power Yoga, and in the lobby. Lemongrass has a natural uplifting and purifying smell. Many people walk into the studio, drop their faces down into the diffuser, and take a deep inhalation - instant stress relief. Because of its clean and happy scent, I add lemongrass to my DIY all-purpose cleaners and handwashes. Lemongrass contains both antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which can be extremely beneficial in dealing with skin problems, fungal infections, and more. I keep lemongrass on my monthly LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program) to ensure I never run out.
Other ways I've used lemongrass:
- As a digestive aid - add a couple drops to hot tea
- Cooking Thai food
In my opinion, frankincense is the king of essential oils. Frankincense can be used by either inhaling it or absorbing the oil through the skin, usually mixed with a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba oil. Frankincense has amazing healing properties; thus, making it a good oil to use for mouth sores and oral problems. Additionally, frankincense contains beneficial properties in healing the skin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and it has a wonderful soothing scent that can naturally help calm your nervous system. I personally enjoy mixing frankincense with lavender oil in my diffuser.
Eucalyptus is another oil I keep on my LRP so that we do not run out. We use eucalyptus on our end of class savasana towels at Thunderbolt Power Yoga providing students with a slightly minty end of the class treat. Eucalyptus is naturally refreshing and has the ability to make me feel clean (even after a sweaty yoga class). Eucalyptus oil will help clear your airways quickly and its fabulous for those with sinus problems. When I feel my seasonal allergies coming on, I drop a few drops of eucalyptus into a steamy shower or into my bedroom diffuser.
Let me know if you have any essential oil hacks you'd like to share in the comments.
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