I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
I have heard a lot about essential oils over the past few years but didn’t really know what they were used for other than scenting wool dryer balls or disinfecting with tea tree oil. Other than that, it was all a mystery to me. I won’t lie, it sounded like a bunch of hippie hocus pocus and I didn’t look into it any further until a couple of months ago when I became desperate for relief from depression. I hoped that the aromatherapy would help since scents can sometimes alter my mood.
Soon after that I was asked to review the doTerra Introductory Kit from Whole Wellness Coach and was really excited to give the oils a try. In the kit were three oils: peppermint, lavender, and lemon. Most things that I have read said that these are the essential essential oils and I was glad to now have them in my (teeny tiny) collection.
The kit also came with a CD and a pamphlet in a nice box. I was pleased with the size of the bottles, too. They are smaller than my full-sized bottle but at 5 ml they are bigger than I was expecting for the price of the kit. The price of the kit is about the same price as many individual oils that I’ve seen on the market.
Now that I had them, what could I do with them? So I took to the internet and did some reading. Immediately I found out that the peppermint oil is great for headaches. I have suffered from chronic headaches since I was a child and I often suffer through them since I don’t believe taking that much Ibuprofen is a fantastic idea for my liver.
The next time I got a headache I applied a little drop of the peppermint oil on my finger and rubbed it in right above my eye where the headache was. The peppermint was very cool almost to the point of burning for about 30 seconds, but after that the headache was gone. For real. Gone! However I do believe that I should probably get a diffuser to save myself the burning pain.
That same week I got a small cold sore. Aren’t those things the worst? I remembered reading that peppermint oil was good for those as well so I dabbed some on the sore. While it didn’t suppress the cold sore it did make it feel loads better. It had a numbing effect which is fantastic in those first painful and itchy days. So needless to say, I’m sold on peppermint oil just for those two uses alone!
Now I was excited. What else could I use these oils for? Come to find out, there are a whole host of ideas to use these three oils for. Here are just a few that I found and even tried.
- sore muscles
- freshens breath
- appetite suppressant
- cold sores
- refreshes stinky laundry
- disinfects and adds a refreshing scent to homemade household cleaners
- cleans granite
- cleans cutting boards
- improves mood
- scratchy throats
- pet odors
- minor burns
- menstrual cramps
- insect bites and bee stings
- diaper rash
Take it from a skeptic, essential oils are fantastic addition to your home, first aid kit, or cleaning products. I don’t like fake scents but essential oils also smell fantastic when you add them to a humidifier as an air freshener, which is my favorite way to use them. I do find that I am in a better mood whenever they are on my skin, too. There really is something to this aromatherapy stuff after all!
Have you tried essential oils? What are your favorite uses and do you have any tips for a newbie?
You can buy this kit from Whole Wellness Coach for just $27.