Before I became a mom, I sadly but truthfully didn’t care about what I put into my body. I would take any kind of medication if it meant getting rid of my migraines. I never looked at any food labels for any nutrition facts. I never checked to see what kind of chemicals my body wash and toothpaste had in it. I even used icy hot for my back aches while I was pregnant with my daughter not knowing that it could’ve been harmful to my pregnancy.
After becoming a mom, I became aware to all of these things that I didn’t even know of and they could’ve been harmful to my body. Obviously, I didn’t want my baby to be exposed to these things. So I made some drastic changes to my lifestyle and starting to use essential oils was a big one.
It was really convenient that at the time I was pregnant, my boyfriend’s mom and sister began to use dōTERRA Essential Oils. I was in the beginning of my second trimester when I was first introduced into the world of essential oils and began to use them in my daily routine almost instantly. Keep reading below to see some of my favorites and what I use it for!
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One of my favorite oils that I still use every day, to this day, is Lemon.
- Mood Lifter: I love to put one or two drops into my Hydro Flask that is always filled with ice water. It helps to lift my mood if I’m not feeling so great or if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
- Flavor Enhancer: I never really was a water drinker, I’ve always preferred juice. But once I started putting a drop or two of lemon in my hydro flask filled with ice water, I drink over 40 oz of water in a day!
- Energy Shot: I love to use it when I first wake up for a quick boost of energy to help me start my morning.
- Body Detox: You’re killing two birds with one stone by ingesting the lemon water, it doesn’t only help with your mood it also helps to detoxify your body and helps to balance your Ph levels.
- Delightful Dishes: I love to pour a few drops into my dish soap when I wash dishes because they come out squeaky clean with no greasy feeling.
- No More Stinky Sink: Once in awhile, I put a drop or two into my sink so I don’t have that weird smell of old food.
- Natural Clean: I recently started to use it to sanitize dirty surfaces such as the little fold out table that my kids eat on or my countertops. It’s not exactly as powerful as a Clorox wipe but it is more safe for my kids and dog. In my opinion, it gets the job done well and gives me peace of mind knowing that I didn’t use any harmful chemicals.
- Respiratory Relief: I like to put a few drops into my diffuser and run it for a few hours to help ease a cold, cough or any other respiratory problems.
Lavender is another one of my favorites. I use it for anything, and literally everything. If I don’t know which essential oil to use for something, I’ll use Lavender because it will be beneficial in some way. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.
- Fresh Laundry: I like to add a few drops into my laundry when it goes into the washing machine to make my clothes smell extra fresh!
- Eyelash Enhancer: I mix lavender and a little coconut oil in a small bottle and apply just a dab with a q-tip to my eyelashes, then gently rub it in making sure not to get it in my eyes, to help them grow longer and thicker (I have seen results)
- Acne Away: If I have a pimple or a discoloration that appears on my face, I put a drop of lavender on my finger and apply it to the affected area. The redness goes away and the blemish becomes less visible.
- Boo Boo Buster: My kids are always falling and getting boo-boos. I use a drop of lavender on the affected area and it helps to disinfect, prevent an infection from starting and relieves the pain. It has a calming effect so they won’t be so frantic after falling down.
- Burn Relief: For some reason, I always seem to get burnt while I’m cooking. Don’t ask me why, but it always seems to happen. Mixing lavender with some cold water and applying it to the burnt area can give you instant relief. You can also use it by itself without adding any water. Also, it reduces the chance of you getting a scar. If the pain comes back, you can reapply as it is needed.
- Bye Bye Bug Bites: I use a few drops on an insect bite (usually mosquito) to bring down the swelling, stop the itching and relieve the pain.
- Sleepytime: After their baths and before we put pajamas on, I mix lavender with a few drops of coconut oil and rub it all over my kids’ feet, backs and necks to help them relax and get ready for bedtime.
- Soothing Soak: I like to drop a few drops into their baths, also before bedtime. It helps to calm them down before we start our bedtime routine.
- Deep Sleep: I put a few drops on everyone’s pillow to help them get a better sleep.
- Sunburn Soother: Since I live in Hawaii, where it is sunny and hot for a good 96% of the time. We are at the beach quite often or doing some sort of outdoor activity. If one of my kids or my boyfriend happens to get a sunburn (even though I always apply sunscreen) I will apply a few drops of lavender mixed with some coconut oil to the affected area and the burning stinging sensation instantly goes away.
- Tummy Discomfort: I used to rub a few drops around my belly button or behind my ears to help relieve my morning sickness while I was pregnant.
- Alleviate Allergies: I love to diffuse it into the air to settle my family down in the evening and help with seasonal allergies.
- Sore Muscles and Skin Discomfort: If my boyfriend goes to the gym and starts to get muscle aches, I apply a drop directly to the area of discomfort and it instantly soothes the pain. I use the same method for bruises as well!
- Ouchie Ears: I apply a drop to my finger or use a q-tip then rub it behind mine or my kids’ ears to relieve any ear discomfort .
- Help Your Headache: If you’re like me and you suffer from migraines, use a drop on your temples to help relieve your headache.
- Dandruff Be Gone: Once I became a mommy, I stopped having time to take care of my hair. I have so much and it’s so thick that I don’t like to wash my hair every day or even every other day. Unfortunately, I starting having dandruff. So when I do have time to give my hair a good scrub, I like to pour a few drops into my favorite shampoo and conditioner to help fight my dandruff.
- Stuck Splinters: I have two kids that are always touching and playing with things they are not supposed. One time it was a big piece of wood. My daughter began to cry and show me her finger and I saw a little speck of wood stuck in there. I quickly put a drop onto the affected area and let it sit for a while, the area began to swell up and I was amazed because the splinter came out on its own.
- Calm Canine: We have a crazy overactive pitbull who is always running around and jumping on people and a little teacup chihuahua that is always anxious, so I like to mix a drop of lavender with some coconut oil and apply it to my dogs’ paws to help calm them down or make them less hyper.
- Menstrual Cramps: I used to suffer from really bad menstrual cramps. After I learned this method, I no longer have this problem. I rub some on the area that is bothering me and I feel instant relief. Sort of like taking a Midol or Ibuprofen.
- Fever Go Down: When my kids are feeling under the weather, they usually develop a fever. Anytime I feel like they are coming down with something, I pour a few drops of lavender onto a warm damp washcloth and rub it onto their forehead and neck to help reduce the fever.
- Irritating Insects: We happen to go on a lot of hikes and adventures to feed the ducks. Around the river where we feed the ducks there is tons of mosquitos.. Before we go I mix lavender and some coconut oil then apply it all over our arms and legs for a nice smelling insect repellent.
I don’t use Peppermint on a daily basis like how I use the other two but I find myself reaching for it quite often. Be very careful with this one because it can burn your eyes if you’re not cautious and careful. Make sure to always wash your hands well with water and some soap after each use.
- Tame Tummy: Once in a while on special occasions, my kids will eat a bunch of junk food. Whether it’s sugary sweets, potato chips or fast food. They usually end up coming to me with their hands on their bellies and I just know they have a tummy ache. I take one drop of peppermint with some coconut oil and rub it in a circular motion around their tummies and have them lay down for a bit. Within minutes they are jumping and running around. Happy kids = happy mama. If I happen to get a sore stomach, I like to drink a glass of warm water or tea with a drop of peppermint to help with my indigestion or upset stomach.
- Allergies Away: My boyfriend has suffered from allergies and asthma since he was little. During the allergy season, his sinuses can get stuffy and make it hard for him to breathe. I like to combine peppermint and lemon in my diffuser to help clear his airways.
- Handle a Headache: If I have a really bad headache like a migraine, and lavender just isn’t doing it. I reach for my peppermint oil because it’s stronger. I take a few drops, being very careful to not get it near my eyes, and rub it all over my temples, neck, and sinus areas to help relieve my headache.
- TTYL Toothache: My boyfriend went to the dentist and had some work done on his teeth. When he came home he was complaining about how sore his mouth was so I applied a drop directly to the affected area and rubbed a little on the outside of his jaw. He said that the within a few minutes, the pain went away. I was so shocked I had to research about this. I found out that the peppermint oil acts as a natural pain reliever and helps to relax muscles.
- See Ya, Spiders: My daughter and I hate bugs, including spiders. I find where they are hiding and apply a few drops where they like to hang and it causes them to almost instantly run away because they hate the smell.
- Natural Cleaner: If I’m feeling a little spontaneous and don’t want to use my lemon oil, which is my usual go-to I will use peppermint in the exact same way. I mix a few drops with some water and put it into a spray bottle, then I spray the areas that need to be cleaned, scrub it a little and I’m good to go plus there’s a nice fresh minty smell. Works great for the bathroom and kitchen!
There are a few other oils that I only use if I need to i.e. Serenity, Breathe, Melaleuca, Basil, TerraShield and On-Guard. I also love to experiment and create my own oil blends that can be used for a variety of things and seem to be very effective. If you enjoyed my post about these three basic but amazing oils and want more information about the other oils that I use and some of my favorite blends, then leave me a comment below!
Do you use essential oils in your own home? I would love to know! Feel free to leave me a comment down below.
** Always remember, when you’re using essential oils on children, you need to dilute it with some sort of carrier oil. For adults, you don’t need to use a carrier oil unless you want to or unless you have sensitive skin, then you’re going to want to dilute it. I use fractionated coconut oil which is also from doTERRA. If you want to venture into the world of essential oils, you should only use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. I don’t suggest buying any essential oils off of Amazon or any other site that doesn’t guarantee you what you’re getting. In this situation, you want it straight from a reliable source. **
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