Keep Spring Allergies under Control with Essential Oils

Despite the excitement we feel for the approaching spring, there’s a little thing that tends to get in the way: allergies. Nobody likes sneezing, itchy eyes, or a scratchy throat, especially when we want to be outside enjoying the greenery and flowers blooming around us. Although spring allergies may not affect you, chances are they affect someone you know, and that’s no fun to be around. Incredibly, some of the essential oils that best aid allergies are also some of our favorites. Lemon, lavender, and peppermint have incredible properties that will help you with all your allergy symptoms. It’s time for you to start smelling the roses—comfortably!

For a simple allergy remedy, take 2 drops of each lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a capsule twice a day, or as symptoms arise.

Diffuser blends are a great way to relieve allergies. The aroma of essential oils quickly penetrates the blood-brain barrier and enters the bloodstream through your lungs. If you have any of the following symptoms, just diffuse these blends, and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Itchy Eyes & Throat
2 drops lemon
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
Scratchy Throat
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops cedarwood
2 drops melaleuca
Watery Eyes
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop rosemary
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop peppermint

If you’re looking for a topical application method, try combining 20 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 10 drops peppermint in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice. Roll this blend onto the back of your neck and ears whenever you feel allergy symptoms coming on.

Now you can officially enjoy the spring and all that it brings without the sneezing and itchy, swollen eyes! You can read more about essential oils and seasonal allergies in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 220–21.

Decongestant Shower Vapor Disks

Spring rain can bring with it a lot of congestion; whether it’s from seasonal allergies or catching a cold, we all tend to get a little stuffed up this time of year. A common method of relieving congestion is taking a hot, steamy shower—so why not double the benefits by combining your hot shower with these eucalyptus vapor disks? These vapor disks can do wonders to break up congestion and clear your airways. Just place one on the floor of the shower, and breathe in the aroma with the steam. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Decongestant Shower Vapor Disks

  • Servings: Yield=8 disks
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) baking soda
  • 1/3–1/2 cup (75–125 ml) water
  • 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Muffin liners or silicone mold

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add water to the baking soda until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  2. Add essential oils, and stir.
  3. If desired, mix in 1–2 drops food coloring.
  4. Line a muffin tin with the muffin liners, or use a silicone mold.
  5. Spoon the paste into the liners until it’s about 1/2″ (1 cm) thick.
  6. Allow the disks to solidify for 24 hours before removing from the liners.
  7. While taking a hot shower, place the disk on the ground by your feet, and breathe in the aroma with the steam to clear your airways.

If the disks feel too wet, allow them to dry longer before using.

You can also bake the disks at 350°F (175°C) for 15–20 minutes to harden them faster.

It can be hard to get the ratio of water and baking soda perfect, but don’t worry—even if the disks crumble, they will still do their job. Just scatter the crumbles on the floor of the shower, and breathe in deep!

“Tax Day Headache Relief” Diffuser Blend

Hopefully, you haven’t been too busy to file your taxes already . . . but if you’ve procrastinated the inevitable, here’s a nice diffuser blend to cure the stress headaches! If you did get your taxes done early, diffuse this blend anyway—and take a deep sigh of relief. This diffuser blend is great for any stressful day of the year, not just tax day. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the different diffusers that we carry, and let us know if you have any questions! You can also consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best?” post to learn more about the different diffuser features.

Pet Shampoo with Essential Oils

As we work harder to clean up our lives and free ourselves of chemicals, we can’t forget about our pets! We’ve created this pet shampoo so that you can clean your pets naturally. You’ll love the smell and the knowledge that you can keep your pets clean without using any harsh chemicals!

Pet Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the 8 oz. bottle, and shake thoroughly.
  2. Wash down your pet’s coat with warm water.
  3. Pour some shampoo into your hands, and scrub down your pet, making sure to keep the soap away from the eyes.
  4. Rinse your pet thoroughly to remove all traces of shampoo.

“Spiritually Refreshed” Diffuser Blend

As we pull through the remainder of the cold winter months and head into spring, we can all use a little refreshment and rejuvenation. This diffuser blend will refresh your spirit and leave you feeling relaxed and energized for whatever lies in store for you.

Looking for a new diffuser? Click here to learn more about the diffusers that we carry. If you need help choosing which diffuser you want, check out our “Diffusion Methods and Comparison Charts” post!

Anxiety Relief Diffuser Blend

Anxiety is a normal physiological response to stressful or dangerous situations. An anxiety disorder can develop when the body’s “fight or flight” response is activated frequently or for a prolonged period of time. Essential oils are known to aid the body in calming these strong emotions. Try this simple diffuser blend to help relieve your anxiety.

Looking for a new diffuser? Click here to learn about the wide variety of diffusers that we carry.

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

These days, you never know what ingredients are in your cosmetic products. Women can spend a lot of money and time trying to find an organic makeup remover, having no idea if it will actually work. No worries—we’ve made one up using the oils you love!

These makeup remover pads are great for your skin! The castile soap serves as a cleansing agent to clean your pores, while the avocado oil softens your skin, and the witch hazel works as a toner to close your pores. The properties of lavender essential oil soothe your skin while helping your body to relax, relieving your mind of stress and anxiety. All around, this is a great product for your skin!

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

  • Servings: 40–50
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) natural spring water
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Castile Soap
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Avocado Oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • Cotton pads
  • Pint-sized mason jar

Instructions:

  1. Fill the mason jar 3/4 full with cotton pads.
  2. In a separate dish, combine the water, castile soap, witch hazel, avocado oil, and lavender oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into the mason jar over the pads, allowing it to soak in.
  4. Gently rub the pad over your face to remove the makeup.
  5. Store with the lid closed.

EO Life Hack: Teething Baby?

It’s no fun when teeth are coming in…for the baby or the parents. How can you help numb the pain and calm the baby down? Use essential oils!

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Reducing Stress with Essential Oils

“Stress is the body’s response to difficult, pressured, or worrisome circumstances. Stress can cause both physical and emotional tension. Symptoms of stress include headaches, muscle soreness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, and irritability.” (Modern Essentials, p. 341)

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Some deal with stress almost constantly. And often times, little things can trigger a lot of stress. We live in a fast-paced environment that makes it difficult to slow down, take deep breaths, and calm our bodies—but this is what we need to do! Stress can be very harmful to our health, and it is important to learn how to deal with stress appropriately so it doesn’t control or ruin our lives.

Essential Oils for Stress:

According to Modern Essentials, the following oils may help reduce stress:
General Stress: lavender, Focus Blend, lemon, ylang ylang, bergamot, petitgrain, Joyful Blend, Restful Blend, grapefruit, Massage Blend, Roman chamomile, geranium, spikenard, Grounding Blend, frankincense, marjoram

Chemical Stress: lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, geranium, clary sage, lemon

Emotional Stress: Joyful Blend, clary sage, Reassuring Blend, bergamot, Comforting Blend, petitgrain, geranium, Roman chamomile, sandalwood

Environmental Stress: bergamot, cypress, geranium, cedarwood

Performance Stress: grapefruit, bergamot, ginger, rosemary

Physical Stress: Restful Blend, lavender, bergamot, geranium, marjoram, Roman chamomile, rosemary, thyme

Ways to Use Essential Oils to Reduce Stress

1. Aromatic Application
One of the best ways to get an essential oil quickly into our bodies for emotional balance is to inhale it. There are several ways to do this:

  • Inhale oil directly from the bottle.
  • Apply oil to hands, tissue, or nasal inhaler, and inhale.
  • Diffuse into the air with a diffuser.
  • Wear as perfume or cologne.

2. Topical Application
Most methods of topical application include relaxing your muscles as you apply the essential oil. This is especially helpful when dealing with stress because we tend to hold our stress in our muscles (i.e., tense shoulders, tight back, neck pain, etc.). Here are a few ways to apply essential oils topically for stress:

  • Add 5–10 drops of essential oil to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil, and massage on skin. Massage gently into tight muscles.
  • Add 1–2 drops to 1/4 cup (60 g) epsom salt, and dissolve in warm bathwater before bathing. Lavender essential oil is great for a relaxing bath!
  • Dilute oils as recommended, and apply 1–2 drops on neck, back, or bottoms of feet.

If you experience stress due to tiredness or insomnia, try this massage blend:
15 drops clary sage
10 drops lemon
5 drops lavender
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil

3. Essential Oil Stress Balloons
These stress balloons can be a great reminder to calm down if stress is overwhelming you. Plus, they are fun to play with (which can release endorphins and reduce stress).

Essential Oil Stress Balloons

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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a glass bowl, mix together the epsom salt and essential oils until well combined.
    As you mix, break up as many clumps as you see so that the epsom salt doesn’t get stuck in the funnel.
  2. Place a funnel into the opening of the latex ballon, and carefully pour the epsom salt into the balloon. It is helpful to have a bowl beneath where you pour so you can catch any fallen salt and pour it into your balloon before tying it.
  3. Once all the epsom salt is in the balloon, pull the salt down into the balloon.
    Make sure the neck is clear of salt before tying off the balloon.
  4. To use, squeeze as you would a stress ball. After several squeezes, you should begin to smell the oil from inside the balloon.

Essential Oil Make & Take Class Idea

You can teach an essential oil class on reducing stress! Use the information in this article and Modern Essentials (see page references below) for your lesson. You can also use any of the following articles as well:
Living a Stress-Free and Healthy Life with Essential Oils
Using the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” as a Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
Coloring with Essential Oil–Scented Pencils for Mental Health
Stress Less Diffuser Blend
Lavender Essential Oil Spotlight
Essential Oil Application: Aromatic
Essential Oil Application: Topical
Essential Oil Dilution
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, p. 29 (“Nose and Olfactory System”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, p. 341 (“Stress”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 266–69 (“Emotions”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 224–25 (“Anxiety”)

After a short lesson about stress and essential oils, allow your attendees to make the Essential Oil Stress Balloon (recipe above), a massage oil blend (oil suggestions above), a roll-on stress blend, or essential oil–scented pencils or send your attendees home with a coloring book, an “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet, a lavender essential oil sample, or a diffuser blend in a little sample bottle.

Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition.

Homemade Sunscreen

Protect your skin naturally while out in the summer sun with this all-natural homemade sunscreen. It is easy to make and looks and feels just like store-bought sunscreen! Your family won’t know the difference, but you will feel better knowing what you are putting on your children’s skin! A few things to know about this sunscreen:

  1. This sunscreen has an SPF of 20+ because the zinc oxide has an SPF of 20, the coconut oil has an SPF of 4, and the essential oils used in this recipe are also beneficial for protecting against the sun’s rays.
  2. It may need to be reapplied every hour or so, especially during water play. The beeswax in this recipe does help it be a little waterproof, but stay on the safe side and reapply fairly often.
  3. Even though it looks like it goes on pretty white in the above picture, it doesn’t stay that way. Just rub it on the skin, spreading it all over, and after a minute or so it will melt and disappear.
  4. This sunscreen will last through the summer—possibly even 2 summers depending on how fresh your ingredients are.

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