essential oils, an update

It should come as no surprise if you've been around here for any length of time that I just really like essential oils. I dipped my toe into the whole world of oils because I was just so sick and tired of my kids being sick all the time. Since that time I've very slowly started adding to my arsenal. All my oils are from Rocky Mountain Oils. I just love them, and that is all.

Anyways. I've just recently got a few new oils so I though I would update just what exactly I am doing with them. And honestly there are so so so many more uses for these oils that the mind reels. I find taking baby steps to be the best bet. The following are just a few of the many uses for these....
My favorite way to use these oils now is to diffuse them. I use this diffuser found here. I use them almost daily and have one in our bedroom as well as in the kitchen where we all are most of the time.

Rosemary: This oil I got because I had seen all these amazing sounding blends for the diffuser and I had to have it! It's also good for scalp renewal and mental clarity. Can't hurt having more of any of that mental clarity am I right? Some blends I love: lavender/lemon/rosemary, rosemary/peppermint/lemon, rosemary/citrus blend, lavender and rosemary, just really any combination does the trick! You can also add a drop or two of this oil to meats or favorite entrees!

Citrus Blend: I just love a good citrus. I still have my original bottle of lemon oil from way back in the day and it always adds a little something to my cleaning days. This blend has grapefruit, lime, orange and lemon in it. I add it to my hot water/vinegar mixture for the days when I have to scrub the kitchen floors. Or I throw this in the diffuser to add a little fresh scent to the kitchen.

Frankincense: I mainly wanted this oil for the holidays. Laugh if you will but holidays and holiday smells are just my thing. There are quite a few blends I want to try: frankincense/clove/orange, frankincense/orange/peppermint, frankincense/lavender/orange, I mean the list goes on and on! 

Also I've been using this along with tea tree (see below) as part of my skin care routine each night before bed. I use a roller ball and put two drops of frankincense, two drops of tea tree, and four drops of lavender in there and then top it off with fractionated coconut oil. The kind I use is found here.

Tea Tree: Other than the aforementioned skin care routine, I have used this in a smelly foot spray concoction. Because, kids be gross. In a small spray bottle I just did half witch hazel, half distilled water and then added 6 drops of peppermint, 4 drops of tea tree, and 2 drops of eucalyptus. The kids spray their shoes inside and out before school and the more the merrier right?

Tranquility: This one I add with lavender to our diffuser in our bedroom at night to just really make the whole sleepy time magic happen. I also added it to our linen spray that I've been using for forever and a day. Only a few drops though, a little goes a long way with this one. In a spray bottle I put an ounce of alcohol, 6 ounces of distilled water, 15 drops of lavender and then a few drops of tranquility. Shake and spray and sleeeeeep.

I accidentally ordered the wrong eucalyptus oil at one point, this one, which has a highly citronella type smell. Which I'm normally only a fan of when it means keeping the bugs away. I plan on putting a few drops outside on our cushions or in our pots when we are going to be outside for awhile. Can't hurt!

Bug Off!: As you may or may not know we really enjoy our hikes around these parts and well seeing as bugs are annoying slash also tick season is going to be real bad this year bug sprays and all of that weigh heavily on my mind. Preferably sans chemicals. I add a few drops of this oil to my fractionated coconut oil in a roller ball and use it all over the kid's legs. You can also add this to distilled water in a spray bottle for greater coverage.

Bug Away (Neat): This is the undiluted version of what is in the kid's roller ball that RMO makes which we just love. I add this to the kid's sneakers before a hike just for some extra punch if we are in an especially questionable area. You can also make a spray out of this the same as above of course.

I'd love to know if you guys use oils and how you use them because it can all be a bit overwhelming! And the storage?! Right now I keep some in the kitchen cabinet above the diffuser and then the others in a basket on my nightstand....
Two months with oils here. One month with oils here.

Happy weekend all!