My experience using essential oils has been mainly with single “scent” oils like lavender and peppermint, so when my premium starter kit arrived, there were quite a few oil blends I had no clue how to use. Luckily there are a lot of very smart people using essential oils to share great ideas. Below is the current challenge I’m taking – I’ll be posting the activities each day as I do them along with my thoughts on the specific challenge. Join me if you’d like!

Pour a large glass (not plastic!) of water & add 1 drop of Lemon Vitality (or Lime Vitality) in your water and enjoy a refreshing pick me up!

I was surprised that the lemon tasted so good in ice cold water especially since I did not sweeten it. I will say that essential oils do NOT mix with water so I did have to “swirl” my water a bit to keep it mixed.

Add some Purification to your moisturizer for clear skin. Try it by adding 1-2 drops in your hand and then mix it with the amount of moisturizer you usually use.

I used barely one drop and added it to the argan oil I use on my skin. I ditched all other skin care creams last year in favor of argan oil but it never occurred to me to add essential oils. I’m trying this challenge with care because my skin is super sensitive and I do have spots of psoriasis that tend to flare up if I’m not careful.

Add some lavender oil to your bedtime routine. Rub a few drops on the bottom of your feet before bed, diffuse five drops for a relaxing and calming feeling, or add 5-8 drops to an evening bath.

This was a solid part of my routine well before my starter kit arrived. I’ve tried quite a few brands of lavender oil and can honestly say I much prefer the smell of the YL oil above all others.

Try DiGize to keep your digestive system happy. Mix 1-2 drops with 1 tsp coconut oil (or other carrier oil) and rub on your belly, around your belly button.

So here’s the thing… there are a good number of essential oil blends that I cannot stand to smell straight out of the bottle. This is one of them. The blend contains Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli – not exactly “smells” you would be accustomed to in your everyday life. I am committed to this challenge so I added two drops to fractured coconut oil and rubbed it on my belly before heading out to dinner. The smell just wasn’t there after a few minutes so I was thankful for that. Even though we ate essentially the same meals, HE felt bloated and stuffed after dinner and I did not. 😉

Add Frankincense to your diffuser today – or to your diffuser jewelry! Let it lift you up spiritually today!

Again, this is an oil I wasn’t crazy about straight out of the bottle. It’s much too strong for my taste! This morning while making coffee, I decided to get this challenge “out of the way” early while the rest of the family slept (today is Sunday.) I have to admit, the smell isn’t nearly as overpowering in the diffuser as it is straight out of the bottle.

Caught in the everyday grind? No worries. Add some PanAway and release the tension. 1-2 drops mixed in 1-2 tsp carrier oil like coconut oil, and rub it in your temples and back of your neck. If you are up and about a lot today, add it to your legs too!

I’m always amazed on how timely this challenge is for me. Today I need to go to the DMV to renew my drivers license. Talk about STRESS! Wish me luck! (Edit: I was finished in less than an hour!!)

Add 1 drop of Peppermint Vitality in a large glass of water, coffee or tea and enjoy it for a refreshing drink! Helps curb appetite freshens your breath and gives you boost too.

I’m an early morning coffee drinker so this challenge may need to be done in the afternoon with my afternoon “tea.” My tea isn’t really tea but rather a bit of raw honey and a True Lime packet (or three) in hot water!

Add 1-2 drops of Lavender in your shampoo for relaxing hair wash, it’s good for your hair. Works in your bath water, too!

I have done this before and have to add that by adding the essential oil to shampoo seems to keep my hair smelling better on ‘non-wash’ days as well. Peppermint works really well for my teen daughter who’s hair is much thicker (and not nearly as dry) as mine.

Diffuse Purification to help eliminate odors and freshen the air. Have you already tried the easy and inexpensive clothes pin diffuser? You can use a wooden clothes pin as a diffuser to diffuse the oils. You just need to keep reapplying 1-2 drops of oil every few days. Great for air vents, in the car or in your closet!

This is an oil I wasn’t crazy about straight from the bottle but is one of my favorite blends when diffused. The clothespin “trick” is just what I need in my car!

Allergies got you down? No matter what time of year, there is always SOMEONE is suffering from a stuffy or a runny nose or coughing. To help ease allergy or cold symptoms, try R.C. mixed in a carrier oil (such as fractured coconut oil or V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil) and rubbing on your chest or bottom of your feet.

R.C. oil is a blend of Eucalyptus (THREE types), Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Lavender, Cypress, Black Spruce, and Peppermint oils.

Mix lavender oil with carrier oil and rub on lips for a natural lip balm. If you have been spending a lot of time outdoors this weekend, it is also a great after sun lotion to soothe your skin.

Seriously, what CAN’T lavender oil do?! I also carry around a spray bottle mixture of two-thirds distilled water and one-third witch hazel along with 10 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of tea tree oil for quick sunburn relief.

Add one drop Copaiba Vitality to honey and mix with hot water to make a healing “tea.”

Afternoon tea has been one of my tricks to keep focused and productive through a typical afternoon work slump.

Mix 3 drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil or Epsom salts and add to a warm evening bath before bedtime.

I’m not going to lie, this is a favorite trick of mine for settling down my non-stop-moving-and-talking eight-year-old son. After a crazy summer day letting him relax in my soaker tub with a few drops of lavender and Epsom salt (or baking soda), he calms right down for a long night’s sleep!

Get a small glass spray bottle and add 1-2 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil and fill it with water. It makes a great DIY breath spray and has multiple other uses too.

Peppermint has energizing effect so it’s great for “waking up” in the morning. My son loves this and prefers it over the commercial mouth sprays filled with I-can’t-pronounce-what. I have yet to convince him it is NOT a substitution for brushing his teeth…

Peppermint has a cooling effect, so the spray works great during a hot day, or after a workout (or a middle-aged hot flash…) Just spray on your skin, but avoid getting it in your eyes.

I like this bottle. You can get a 12-pack for $11.99 (or a 6-pack for $7.99) and then you can give samples to friends too!

Washing laundry today? Forgot yesterday’s laundry in the washer? Add 2 drops of Purification in a wet cloth or towel and add it to stale laundry in the dryer. You can also use Purification on wool dryer balls not just to refreshen laundry but the dryer balls also shorten the drying time. A few drops of Purification in a water spray bottle is also a great way to refresh clothes in your closet.

Living Well - Essential Oils for Your LaundryWe stopped using disposable dryer sheets a long time ago and replaced them with wool dryer balls. The store-bought dryer sheets left a waxy film in the lint trap (NOT good for your dryer!), seemed to trap moisture in our bath towels (which then made them smell moldy and limited their absorption ability due to the wax), and caused skin discomfort for both of my kids (one of which normally does not have sensitive skin.) The dryer balls on their own were great, but adding a drop of essential oil to each ball (we use six at a time) worked wonders to make our laundry smell great. It also removed some of the ‘baked in’ smell from our pool and bath towels. This is by far one of my favorite uses of essential oils.

Add 2 drops of Purification in a small pocket-sized spray bottle, fill with water. Spray your clothes before going outdoors. Bugs hate the smell of Purification! The Purification blend contains Citronella – even if you don’t know anything about essential oils you know that Citronella candles are often used for outdoor areas to keep bugs away.

Purification is now my go-to “cheat” oil for keeping bugs away rather than making my own mix. My kids are at summer camp and this spray has been a lifesaver! My son and goes through a 2-ounce bottle a week. I make him “Bug B Gone” spray and he takes it in his backpack in an aluminum bottle (I’m afraid glass wouldn’t survive the trip!) So far so good — NO camp bug bites!


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