Top 10 oils: the Home Essentials Kit

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The VAST majority of people who opt into an essential oil-infused lifestyle will start either with a Home Essentials Kit or some of the oils within that kit. Here’s a practical little guide with usage tips for those oils so that you don’t have to stare at them wondering what to do with them. What a shame what would be! They are the most incredibly versatile tools to uplift and enhance your day to day, and to start meeting your own needs, be that physical or emotional. Have a carrier oil (like doTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil) handy for diluting, and remember to dilute extra for children - I’ll attach a little dilution chart at the end.

Peppermint | cooling, revitalising
- rub onto temples to ease head tension and promote alertness
- rub onto back of neck + shoulders for a refreshing, zingy pick me up and ease muscles at the same time
- combine with water in a spray bottle for a cooling mist (great in the summer); add lavender for a soothing after-sun spritz on skin that’s been in the sun too long
- diffuse with lemon or wild orange at work for motivation and better concentration
- place a drop in palm of hand, rub hands together and take a few DEEP breaths from cupped hands. opens up the airways + delivers a mega dose of energy and freshness, perfect for that mid-afternoon slump
- inhale before exercise for the same reason as above! more breath = more oxygen
- use in baking. mint choc brownies anyone? mix in a drop or two before baking

Lavender | soothing, calming
- add a drop or two to pillows at bedtime to support restful sleep
- dilute and apply to skin that’s irritated, itchy, swollen, scratched or bitten
- apply neat on any burns
- diffuse at bedtime; bonus points for mixing with frankincense (my favourite diffuser duo ever)
- add a drop to facial serum
- add to a relaxing evening soak in the bath

Frankincense | grounding, centring
- rub onto temples along with peppermint and lavender (layer on one at a time) to reduce headaches or just improve focus
- inhale deeply from cupped hands to disperse anxious feelings, unwind that nervous system and feel supported emotionally
- inhale before or during meditation to sink in deeper
- add to facial serum (along with lavender) for radiant skin, healthy cell regeneration, reducing appearance of scarring and blemishes
- use alongside on guard, tea tree and others for immune support when feeling under the weather
- diffuse with peppermint and a citrus oil while working or studying to get sh*t done!

Melaleuca (tea tree) | cleansing, purifying
- dab on directly to spots + pimples
- keep it handy for scratches, scrapes, bites, stings and skin abrasions
- dilute and apply to feet to keep fungal issues at bay
- for achey or problematic ears, dilute and rub behind + around the ear (never inside the ear)
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add a few drops to a spritzer with aloe gel for a non-toxic hand sanitiser
- diffuse with lemon and peppermint to cleanse and refresh the air + kill airborne pathogens
- add a few drops to your cleaning spray, mop bucket or laundry load for extra antiseptic properties

Lemon | zesty, uplifting
- add a drop to your glass of water (or glass or stainless steel water bottle - never plastic) to drink throughout the day to aid in digestion and detoxification (and makes drinking water less of a chore)
- combine with white vinegar for a glass + mirror cleaner
- add a drop to a damp cloth for removing sticky residue, cleaning silver or stainless steel - cleaning of any description, basically
- use as food flavouring! add a drop to soups, sautéed greens, hummus, guacamole, pesto…
- inhale or diffuse to lift mood and promote focus

Oregano | nature’s bacteria ninja
- use utmost discernment with this oil: always, always dilute as it’s very strong and caustic to the skin
- use in immune-supporting blends to assist the body’s defences (e.g. dilute in a roller bottle with melaleuca, on guard, lemon, frankincense) and roll onto soles of the feet periodically when feeling under the weather
- use to remove plantar warts or skin tags
- dilute and apply to anything fungal, cracked heels, athlete’s foot, icky nailbeds

Air | enlivening, opening
- diffuse when feeling under the weather to support easier breathing and open airways (coughs + congestion)
- place a drop on a tissue and breathe it in as needed for respiratory support, or whenever you need to invite some more BREATH into your body
- diffuse at night with lavender; have heard it can help reduce snoring…
- dilute and apply to upper chest before exercise or yoga
- drop a few drops onto the corner of the shower floor for a shower-steam-inhalation-sensation! great way to start the day

Deep Blue | aches + pains
- your brother-in-arms for muscle tightness, soreness and pain
- dilute and apply to muscles and tight joints to alleviate pain and tension
- use before + after exercise to help with soreness and recovery
- dilute further for kids with growing pains
- along with Clary Calm can bring relief during menstruation (abdomen, lower back pain)

ZenGest | all things digestion
- dilute a drop with some carrier oil in the palm of your hand and rub clockwise onto belly to help reduce bloating, gas, discomfort after eating, cramping, upset tummy, reflux, nausea
- place a drop under the tongue for the same support as above
- drink a drop in glass or mug of water
- dilute more for kids when they have sore bellies, difficulty going to the toilet, colic, bouts of gastro

On Guard | antioxidant, immune support
- diffuse to clean air of airborne pathogens and make your whole place smell of cosy festive vibes (that’ll be the orange, clove & cinnamon!)
- dilute and apply to soles of feet as a protective measure/daily ritual. when in need, also dilute and apply to neck and down the spine
- make a natural surface cleaning spray: one third white vinegar, two thirds water, 15 drops of On Guard in a 300/500ml glass spray bottle
- make a soothing hot drink, particularly nice for sore throats: hot water (not boiling), some raw/high-quality honey, tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a drop of On Guard and a good squeeze of lemon (or a drop of lemon oil if fresh lemons are lacking) — this is a personal fave of mine!

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