Essential Oil Empties Round One

People often post pictures of their massive, overwhelming, color-coordinated essential oil collection. I’m less concerned with how many oils a person has collected and more interested in how many oils they actually use (and how they’re using them). Here are the bottles of essential oils our family has gone through in the past few months and what we’ve used them for!

  1. Purify
    Purify is an oil we’ve gone through a lot lately. My husband was on a kick where he would put a few drops on a cotton swab and put the swabs in his shoes every night, then that evolved into a spray, and then we switched to a different blend of citrus smells for his shoes. Not only that, but we sometimes put a drop or two of purify in the toilet after using it. I’ll be honest, though… the strong cilantro scent isn’t my favorite, though it does a great job cleansing the air.
  2. Lemon
    Lemon is my FAVORITE essential oil! We use it on the daily. Check out my previous blog post about 10 every day uses for lemon oil. We use lemon on our face (with witch hazel) every night, and to help get rid of sticky residue on treasures we find at thrift stores.
  3. Lime
    Each season we seem to latch onto a diffuser blend that is the smell of the season. This summer, my husband discovered a blend of lime, peppermint, and wild orange and made sure it was diffusing in our apartment all day every day. Lime is also a great pick me up in water!
  4. Breathe
    There were a few weeks when we both had the sniffles and passed some congestion back and forth. Breathe was so great for us – it clears airways and opens up all the congested areas.
  5. Cedarwood
    I have this hair blend I keep in a jar and put on my scalp/roots whenever I have time before a shower to let it sit. It has rosemary, lemongrass, lavender, and cedar wood. That plus cedarwood being a part of my night time blend (which I made into a spray and keep in a rollerball) depleted my cedarwood! Luckily I had another bottle ready and waiting.
  6. Ylang Ylang
    When I first started using essential oils, I kept hearing about Ylang Ylang and was so excited to finally invest in it. I use Ylang Ylang every night in my diffuser with dōterra’s restful blend, Serenity. I love how calming Ylang Ylang is.
  7. Serenity
    dōTerra’s restful blend! As I said, I pair this with Ylang Ylang every night. Serenity is also a part of my night time spray and rollerball. Serenity is everything you’d imagine a restful blend of oils would be – lavender, relaxing, soft. Every night I roll my nighttime blend on the inside of my wrists, on my spine, neck, and bottom of my feet. It smells like crawling into bed.
  8. Lavender
    This popular oil is great for all things soothing, and in the past few months, I’ve used it on burns (I burn myself a lot, cooking is hard) and in my hair blend. I used up two bottles that had very little left.

This series will become a regular thing on my blog so you can see not just pretty collections of oils but also collections of USED bottles of essential oils! If you blog and use essential oils, I’d love to see you share what your family has gone through recently and share how you’re using them!

December 5, 2018

10 Everyday Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

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Lemon Essential oil was the first essential oil I started using every day and I always try to get my friends to try it. It’s a reasonably priced essential oil and has so many uses that it’s a great place to start your experience with essential oils. That said, here are 10 everyday uses for lemon essential oil.

10 everyday uses for lemon essential oil //

  1. A drop in water
    Add a drop of lemon essential oil in your (glass or stainless steel) water bottle to help stay hydrated and support your immune system. A drop in hot water (with honey or tea) can also help with an irritated throat.
  2. As a toner
    Witch hazel + a drop of lemon oil on a cotton ball makes a great toner after you’ve washed your face. Because lemon oil is photosensitive, make sure you avoid direct sunlight after applying this – night time or days when you’ll be inside are the safest times to use this.
  3. To destroy sticky residue
    Lemon oil dropped onto sticky sticker residue, left for a few minutes and wiped off is like MAGIC! I do a lot of shopping at thrift stores and cannot imagine trying to get their stickers off without lemon oil.
  4. As a cleaner
    Because lemon oil is antibacterial and germ-destroying, lemon oil + water in a glass spray bottle makes a great, fresh, non-toxic cleaner for around the house.
  5. Removing hard water
    Using that lemon oil spray, you can quickly clean up the hard water gunk in your shower and sink. Squeaky clean without the gross chemicals in other store-bought products.
  6. Uplifting aroma
    Lemon oil has a bright, cheery scent (and color!). When you need a pick me up, add a few drops to a diffuser to create an uplifting scent in your house.
  7. To flavor veggies
    I’m a terrible cook. When I make anything, I think “lemon garlic sounds good.” I either chop up garlic or use garlic powder and add a drop or two (a little goes a long way!) to my veggies for a zesty flavor.
  8. To help with spot-free dishes
    Add a drop in your dishwasher soap container with every use of the dishwasher, and your dishes will come out squeaky clean!
  9. To lighten hair
    Because lemon oil is photosensitive, spraying some in your hair and going in the sun will help lighten your hair without having to deal with chemicals.
  10. To get rid of nail polish
    I dare you to try and pronounce everything found in conventional nail polish! It’s scary, especially if you think of everything you’ll probably touch with that stuff still lingering on you. Instead, try this DIY nail polish remover!

There are so many uses for lemon essential oil, but these are 10 of my favorite ones to use on the regular. If you use lemon oil, let me know your favorite uses for lemon essential oil!

November 25, 2018