Essential oils: 20 possible uses for beauty, home and health

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Essential oils are aromatic extracts obtained from flowers, leaves, bark, roots, citrus peel and other parts of plants that can be used on countless occasions for health, home and beauty care.

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- essential oils are aromatic extracts obtained from flowers, leaves, bark, roots, citrus peel and other parts of plants that can be used on countless occasions for health, home and beauty care.

In their use it is always necessary to remember that it is about very concentrated substances, to be used preferably diluted in a base vegetable oil (possibly organic and cold pressed) when they are to be applied to the skin. The due precautions must be adopted in case you want to use them for your children, during pregnancy or as oral medications, a practice that must be performed exclusively under the supervision of an expert.

Here is an overview of their main possible uses.

For the House

1) Multi-purpose disinfectant

To obtain a multipurpose disinfectant it is sufficient to dilute 5 drops of lemon essential oil in a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, to be poured into a spray container with 250 ml of water. This mixture is particularly suitable for disinfecting sinks and sanitary ware.

2) Multi-purpose cleaner

Dissolve a tablespoon of ecological dish soap and unscented in a spray container that you will have filled with 500 ml of water. So add five to ten drops of oils essentials with a choice of mint, lemon and tea-tree. This cleaner is suitable for cleaning floors, windows, mirrors, stoves, tiles, showers, bathtubs, sinks and sanitary ware.

3) Softener for laundry

For a truly effective and fragrant laundry softener, mix in a container with a lid 500 ml of water tap with three tablespoons of citric acid powder (available at the pharmacy). Add it all with 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Plan to use 30 to 50 ml of fabric softener for each wash, pouring it into the special compartment of the washing machine.

4) Air freshener

Dilute a teaspoon of sweet orange essential oil in a spray bottle in which you have poured 500 ml of tap water. Shake each time before use and use it as needed to spread a good fragrance in the rooms of the house.

5) Anti-mold

To get one anti-mold spray very effective, just combine 500 ml of tap water, a tablespoon of vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil in a special container, which will carry out its powerful action in the areas that see the presence of mold.

6) Antitarme

keep moths away from closets you just need to put some cotton balls on their shelves on which you have poured a few drops of patchouli essential oil.

7) Mosquito repellent

keep mosquitoes away from your rooms without resorting to drastic remedies, turn to eucalyptus essential oil, which works as a natural repellent. Pour 4 or 5 drops into the appropriate space of your candle essence burner, after having diluted them in water.

8) Perfume the laundry

To obtain a particularly pleasant scented laundry, add a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil directly into the washing machine drum

9) Door and window handles

To disinfect the handles of doors and windows, but also of furniture and drawers, dilute a few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil in half a glass of white wine or apple vinegar and use this mixture by rubbing it on them with the help of a damp cloth.


10) Acne cure

The most suitable essential oil for acne treatment is tea tree, to be applied every evening in the quantity of a single drop on the most resistant imperfections.

11) Powder deodorant

An effective powder deodorant it can be obtained by mixing five drops of lavender essential oil with four tablespoons of baking soda. It can be stored for a very long time in a tin or glass container to be kept tightly closed and applied with the help of your fingers or a powder puff on the feet and armpits.

12) Massages

Sunflower, corn or olive oil are the most readily available base oils for home preparation of massage oils. Consider using five drops of essential oils per 100ml of base vegetable oil. Store in dark glass bottles. Choose lavender essential oil for relaxing massages or peppermint and eucalyptus for an energizing action.

13) Footbath

Pour two or three tablespoons of coarse salt into the water for the foot bath and add 8-10 drops of essential oil of rosemary, of mint or eucalyptusor to relieve swelling and fatigue.

14) Bath salts

Making homemade bath salts is very simple. It is sufficient to count the use of ten drops of essential oil for every 250 grams of coarse salt and mix the two ingredients with the help of a wooden stick. Choose lavender essential oil for a relaxing effect and sweet orange or mint for an energizing effect.

15) Hair loss

5 to 10 drops of essential oil of rosemary they can be added to the bottle of your usual shampoo or conditioner to obtain an effective circulation stimulation action on the scalp and try to stem hair loss.


16) Colds

Get ready to perform gods fumigations against colds by dissolving a tablespoon of baking soda and five drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

17) Insomnia

In case of insomnia, prepare a spray containing 200 ml of water and 4 drops of essential oil of lavender. Shake before use and spray the mixture in the bedroom and on the pillow before going to sleep.

18) Headache

Headache sufferers can benefit from a massage of the temples using two drops of essential oil of mint or lavender diluted in a teaspoon of corn or olive oil.

19) Premenstrual Syndrome

If you feel tired in the days before your period, dilute 3 drops of or in a tablespoon of olive or corn oil.essential lio of geranium and use it for foot, neck and shoulder massage.

20) Toothache

To get temporary pain relief while waiting to go to the dentist, soak a cotton ball in a tablespoon of olive oil in which you have diluted two drops of clove essential oil. Then apply it as close as possible to the area where the tooth aches.

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