Just about everything you buy has some sort of crazy chemical in it. Skin care products have tons of things that might do more harm than good, chemicals like parabens, synthetic colors, fake scents, and Phthalates. If you can’t pronounce it, do you want to put it on your skin?
Why mess with all that crap when you can do the same thing with essential oils? We’ve put together a bunch of awesome essential oil hacks to help you live life au naturale.
While essential oils are natural, they are also powerful. When you use them, make sure you follow some basic safety practices so you don’t start a zombie apocalypse.
1. Make Your Own Febreeze
Febreeze works great to freshen up your couch or blankets. It can get rid of those funky scents your roommates boyfriend dragged in. But that fresh scent comes with a cost, nasty chemicals.
You can get the same freshening power with a few simple ingredients and some essential oils. Not only is it completely natural, but you can also customize your scents to make your place smell just the way you want it.
Search for DIY Febreeze, and you’ll get a hundred different recipes, but they all about the same variations on a theme. Here’s what you need:
- 8 oz distilled water
- 10 - 20 drops essential oil
- 1 tbsp Baking Soda (sometimes)
- Vodka, vinegar, or witch hazel
Baking Soda, vinegar, vodka, and witch hazel all take out nasty odors, and the essential oils add their own fresh scent. Just remember not to mix vinegar and baking soda in the same recipe or you’ll get a surprise!
2. DIY Sunscreen
When you slather on some of the goopy goo they call sunscreen, you can tell what’s in it. It feels nasty, and it smells even worse. Even worse, wearing too much commercial sunscreen can block out the beneficial effects of the sun like vitamin D. Some even question whether sunscreen actually prevents skin cancer.
First, it’s good to note that DIY sunscreen recipes haven’t been tested in a lab. While there’s been some good research on all the ingredients mentioned below, test your recipe out before you try to hike through Death Valley with nothing but some olive oil rubbed on your skin.
To make a DIY sunscreen, you make a mix of carrier oils with some essential oils. Here are some carrier oils with predicted SPF from the Wellness Mama:
- Almond Oil- SPF around 5
- Coconut Oil– SPF 4-6
- Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much is used
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
- Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
- Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil with your blend of carriers, and you will get some natural sunscreen.
3. Natural Skin Care
Essential oils have long been used to make some natural skin care products. The most simple versions have just add a few drops of essential oils to your favorite skin cream. But you can easily build your own customized moisturizer with some simple ingredients and your favorite essential oils. Just add a few drops of the right essential oil to a good-for-you carrier oil.
Here are some great carrier oils:
- Avocado Oil: Deep moisturizer for very dry skin
- Olive Oil: Good for all skin types
- Sweet Almond Oil: Great for dry skin
- Tamanu Oil: Damaged skin
These essential oils are great for your skin, too:
- Frankincense: Anti-aging and anti-acne
- Myrrh: Helps with chapped skin
- Tea Tree Oil: Great for oily skin
- Jasmine: Skin elasticity
- Geranium: Skin tightener
Mix and match to make the perfect moisturizer for your skin. Try a bunch so you have one for every kind of skin care.
4. De-Stress With Steam
We all need to get rid of stress at the end of the day. Some people do it with TV or with booze, but they don’t always work well. If you want to get rid of stress fast, try this easy method. All you need is a little hot water and some essential oils.
It’s this simple. Fill up your bathroom sink or a bowl with hot water, as hot as your tap can get it. Drip a few drops of your favorite essential oils or essential oil blends into the steaming hot water. Drape a towel over your head, lean over, and breathe in the steam. Breathe in and out to de-stress.
5. Essential Oil Bug Spray
If you think regular commercial products have nasty chemicals, then get ready for bug spray. The worst offenders have that nasty DEET. A lot of people have a lot of questions about DEET’s safety record.
There are several essential oils that can chase away those nasty bugs. You can use them in any combination you want (just make sure they smell good). Try any of these: cedar, catnip, citronella, clove, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, lemongrass, geranium, lavender, or mint.
Essential oils can do a lot more than just these few hacks. There are a thousand ways that they can help make your life better, even if it just smells better. Most of them, however, can take the place of common household items with synthetic chemicals. Try out these hacks for a more natural life.