There are all sorts of different essential oils that you may not have heard of for example you can buy Neem oil online, and they have all kinds of different qualities, you can even put them into beauty products like this face mask. First thing’s first, you need to schedule 20 minutes of your time this weekend to make this! It is so easy and it has the most unique scent that makes you smile! I’m not kidding, I look forward to my showers just to put this on my face, hands and body and come out feeling soft and smooth like a baby. I have to mention the smell again…it is a blend of grapefruit with a bold coconut twist and the smallest of peppermint hint.
This Whole Food’s Wednesday brings you Essential Oils including: Grapefruit & Peppermint Oils. I’ve been interested in using essential oils for some time now and have also wanted to try my own DIY scrub. I learned that E.O’s are used for a variety of things including body & face scrubs so I went for it.
Essential oils are extracted from leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, herbs, brushes, shrubs and trees through distillation. They have been used for medicinal and healing purposes for thousands of years. Essential oils are both mentally & physically healing.
Important Information on E.O.’s
- It is important to purchase the purest essential oils available
- Avoid the temptation to go for the cheapest option, which is likely mixed with synthetic chemicals or heavily diluted
- Be sure the oil is sold in a dark glass bottle. This will ensure light doesn’t get to the oil, deteriorating it over time
- Keep the bottle in a cool place in your home to guarantee you get the maximum benefit each time you use it
Other ways to use E.O.’s below
I love using Coconut Oil as it adds the most beautiful smell of coconut to anything you use it in! Check out my 11 natural ways to use Coconut Oil here.
I used Now Grapefruit & Aura Cacia Peppermint Oils from Whole Food’s Market in the Whole Body section! Be sure to ask a Team Member for help if you want more information on essential oils.
- Put 1/2 cup coconut oil in glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until soft (do not melt all the way). Add soft coconut oil to 1 cup white sugar and stir until blended.
- Put the zest of 1/2 grapefruit in the sugar and oil mix, add the aloe next (slice the aloe open, add the gel, not the more firm pink center but the gel will be a translucent light pink)
- Add in 10 drops peppermint oil and 25 drops grapefruit oil
- Mix all together and enjoy as a scrub on your face during your shower, on your hands and even all over your body!
Use a zester tool then tap the zest into the bowl
I recommend using natural aloe which you can get at most Whole Food’s Markets
The smell of this makes you excited to take your next shower
Other ways to use E.O.’s
- Bath time. This is a great way to remove yourself for a bit. I use essential oils in my nightly bathing ritual. Add 8-10 drops to the water, inhale, meditate and let go of stress. Some of my favorite essential oils to bathe in—lavender, Roman chamomile, frankincense, jasmine and grapefruit—are known throughout the holistic world for their relaxation properties. When I get done with a good workout, I like to use eucalyptus for its soothing effects on the muscles and joints.
- Inhale. Sometimes we just need to stop and smell the roses! This is a great use of essential oils because you really get a chance to see how positively oils can affect your mood. The inhalation of different essential oils can help balance the body, mind and spirit. So Fierce Forward! Add 5-10 drops of oil to a bowl of steaming water (not boiling) and put a towel over your head. Deeply inhale the vapors from the steam, repeating the process as necessary. Try this: add a few drops of your favorite oil on your pillow before you go to bed which helps with deep sleep.
- Humidifier. Add 5-10 drops to a room humidifier twice a day.
- Compress. Compression is great way to apply essential oils to the body for relaxation, headaches, menstrual cramps, sore muscles, etc. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil (peppermint or lavender is recommended) to a small bowl of hot water. Dip the towel or washcloth, wring out the excess and compress the towel on affected area. Repeat as towel cools.
- Dryer sheets. Add a few of your favorite essential oils to a rag and put it in the dryer with your clothes and sheets. You will smell like your favorite essential oil all day!