Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.


My Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils

My mom taught me how to use Young Living essential oils for everything from earaches to helping our pets. I've loved using them in my own home now--in fact, they make an appearance almost every day!

1. Headaches

I use essential oils most often to ease headache pain. I've heard it said that the type of oil that works for you depends upon what is causing your headaches. As one who has found headache relief through chiropractic care--diminishing my headaches from three a week to one or less--the oils that help me may not help you. But I've found myself especially grateful for oils since becoming pregnant, as I'm trying to avoid pain medication! The oil combination, which I apply to the base of my neck and wherever the pain seems to be most prominent, is:
  • Stress Away
  • Valor
  • Pan Away
  • Deep Relief
  • Peppermint
This has been the only "concoction" that diminishes my discomfort--succeeding sometimes when pain medication won't even help!

2. Colds

Just last week, Joel was battling a cold. With lots of internally ingested oils, vitamins, and diffusing oil at night, his bad cold fizzled within three days. I took smaller amounts as a precaution and amped it up when I began to get a sore throat, certain that I was in for an unpleasant illness. I was delighted to wake up the next morning feeling completely fine! Who ever heard of a one-day cold? Some of the oils we took internally to strengthen our immune systems were:
  • Thieves
  • DiGize
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
  • Euclyptus radiata
Some of the oils I diffused were:
  • Thieves
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Raven

3. Mold

Oh yes. We found mold. In our bedroom. Last fall. It's a long story that includes ripping up the carpet and replacing our mattress. Maybe I'll tell it sometime. But for now, let me just say that diffusing Thieves in the room for 48 hours was my go-to approach for killing any unseen, unknown mold spores. 

4. Bruises and cuts

I love putting a drop of lavender on the wound! It is soothing and helps disinfect and heal!

5. Hot Chocolate

Have you had lavender hot chocolate? It's amazing. Especially for this pregnant mama who is craving chocolate all the time. One drop is usually too much--try dipping a toothpick into the oil and then into the hot chocolate. Stir and taste. This amount provides the perfect balance of chocolate and floral for me! 

Obviously, I'm not a doctor (unless your doctor prescribes hot chocolate!). These are just my own experiences from daily living, but I hope that they help you! Feel free to leave a comment for me if you'd like more information, and if you're interested in purchasing oils from Young Living, I'd love for you to use my member number in both the sponsor and enroller boxes: 1981538 

Wondering why I use Young Living's essential oils? Here's a good, succinct summary on my choice.

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  1. Can they help a kitten that's in shock?

  2. love these ideas...I had used some oils before from my Mom and since getting married have expanded my resources. Love learning about these incredible gifts God has given us! thank you for sharing!

  3. Mmmmm, Lavender hot chocolate --I have you to thank for getting me hooked a year ago, Mikaela! Glad to hear your little one likes it too! :)

  4. May I suggest you double-check with your physician about ingesting lavender oil during pregnancy? There's some medical research indicating that lavender compounds affect estrogen receptors, and lavender oil has been linked to gynecomastia (male breast growth) in young boys.

    I don't know of any pregnancy-related issues with the other ones, but anything strong enough to be used medically is strong enough to potentially affect a pregnancy, so if you haven't done so already informing your doctor of any and all essential oils and supplements you are taking is something you should do. (Doctors are not always very good about asking about such things.)

    ~ Your friendly medical student blog reader

  5. Thanks for sharing this lovely post about essential oils


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