9 Helpful & Cost Effective Uses for Essential Oils

Posted on Feb 13 2016 - 1:02am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received this products for free in exchange for this educational post. The opinions in this article are honest and my own.

Considering using essential oils in your home but not sure how to use them? Check out these 9 awesome ways to use essential oils & how they can help your family here!

How many of you love  having a clean, wonderful smelling home? Personally, there is nothing I love more than coming home to not only a clean house, but a house that smells truly clean. For me, this is the smell of a high quality candle burning or high quality, natural cleaning products. The secret to most of these products, however, aren’t synthetic chemicals but high quality essential oils.  Before essential oils became popular, I actually made my own air fresheners by boiling herbs, which was quite a bit of work. Today, I am excited to have a large variety of different essential oils available for freshening the air and for cleaning!

While some may think essential oils are fairly new, they have actually been used for years, especially in herbal medicine. Personally, I know I’m not qualified for making any sort of medical claims when it comes to essential oils, so I leave those complicated questions to doctors and just enjoy the amazing ways that essential oils save my family money and improve our quality of life. Some of our favorite uses for essential oils include:

1) Cleaners – Do you buy natural cleaners? If so, you may not know that the essential oils used in the mix are the real secret ingredient for cleaning. You can make your own all purpose cleaners and antibacterial cleaners using lemon oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, and thyme.

2) Insect Repellents – It may be hard to believe, that mosquitoes and many bugs hate lemongrass oil, citronella oil (what’s used in the candles), and eucalyptus oil. With a bit of coconut oil, you can easily make your own bug repellent or make your own candles to keep the bugs away during the summer.

3) Concentration  – Have you ever had problems concentrating on a difficult task, such as doing taxes, reading something educational, or preparing for a test?  Classical music and grapefruit oil, bergamot, and peppermint are great for helping improve concentration, especially when used with a diffuser.

4) Fabric Freshener – Okay, fess up. How many of you buy fabric softeners just so that your clothes smell amazing? If you just want the scent, put 5 – 6 drops of lavender on wool dryer balls. Your clothes will smell amazing without the use of harmful chemicals that can actually ruin your clothes.

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5) Bath Products – I am a huge fan of making my own soaps, bath balms, and even lotions. Rather than paying big money for awesome smelling products, just make your own at home. If you are unsure where to start, you can buy kits to teach you how to make just about any bath product and add your own preferred scent!

6) Improving Sleep – Having issues falling asleep? One of the best ways to relax is and have a better night sleep is lavender oil. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow or a diffuser going in your bedroom at night with this oil.

7) Reducing Stress – Do you suffer from anxiety or need a way to relax after a stressful day? Help yourself to relax with chamomile, lavender or peppermint essential oils. Just use with a diffuser or a carrier oil to help you relax.

8) Cold Relief – Tired of dealing with the common cold or sinus congestion? Eucalyptus oil is great at fighting back coughs and can be mixed with steaming hot water or a diffuser to help clear nasal passages.

9) Sore Muscles – Dealing with sore muscles from exercise or being on your feet all day? Help yourself relax with peppermint oil, lavender 0il, or rosemary oil, along with some Epsom salt. Not only will the smell help you relax, but help aching muscles and bruises.

So, where do I get my essential oils? Personally, I like Simply Earth essential oils, not only because of their 100% pure guarantee and third party testing, but because they give back. When you buy their products, 13% of the profit from your purchase goes to help end human trafficking.  As well as helping a good cause, I also get great prices on essential oils, with many of their essential oils only being $6 a bottle (while others I’ve seen as high as $24). You can find their full collection of essential oils on the Simply Earth website.

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66 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. April Monty February 13, 2016 at 1:16 am - Reply

    I’m just learning about essential oils,etc. This was great !

  2. Rita M February 13, 2016 at 2:02 am - Reply

    I especially like the recommendations for insect repellents – my granddaughter seems to be a magnet for sand fleas in the sandbox at pre-school & mosquitos everywhere – nice to know there is a natural alternative to the chemical solutions.

  3. Rachel February 13, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    People are using oils for everything these days. I must learn more.

  4. sherry blamer February 13, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    we use essential oils a little. We are in the process of using them more often.

  5. Janel February 13, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I use essential oils in my baths but didn’t know about the rest of the uses, thanks for this!

  6. Anne Dougherty February 13, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

    some great ideas! Thanks!

  7. violet taylor February 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    this is a really great articale. im just now learning to use essential oils for all sorts of things.

  8. Katherine February 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    So many great ideas Lavander is my favorite scent. I am going to try the fabric softener idea.

  9. Jill H February 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    I use essential oils and just started using the wool dryer balls, I spritz them with lavender oil/water, I want to try making my own mosquito repellent this year for us & our dogs

  10. Karen Jaras February 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    I love peppermint in the winter, it makes me happy.

  11. Michelle Elizondo February 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    How interesting

  12. Sarah L February 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I use lavender on my wool dryer balls. Haven’t used those ugly chemical sheets in years.

  13. KATE SARSFIELD February 14, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I often use essential oils as household cleaners etc. but never thought of using them instead of fabric freshener! Definitely checking this one out as the standard type affects my asthma.

  14. Kathleen Kelly (@CelticLady1953) February 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I have started using essential oils and make my own cleaning sprays. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Mia February 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Great suggestions. I have used the oil combination for a mosquito repellent and had good luck with it.

  16. Debbie Petch February 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I am a big fan of essential oils. Mixing lemon essential oil with distilled water is also a good air refresher.

  17. kathy downey February 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I just received my beginners package of oils and beginning to learn thanks for these helpful tips

  18. Judy Metcalf February 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I use essential oils inmy home alot. I love for my house to smell really good. And relaxing too

  19. Anne Marie Carter February 15, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I love to use Essential Oils in my house. I have used lavender in the past for relaxation but, its nice to see the oils to use for sore muscles.

  20. lisa February 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I haven’t used essential oils other than in a diffuser or candle making. The smell of lavender makes me gag. I love the smell of lilac. I wouldn’t mind using that in my laundry.

  21. Rachel February 16, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Oils are so popular right now.

  22. Nicole M. February 16, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

    I’ve been thinking of getting into essential oils but the choices are just so overwhelming

  23. Linda Manns Linneman February 16, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I started using essential oils about six months ago. I love it. I learn so much through all the bloggers. Thank you so much for this helpful information

  24. fun February 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    are you sue about this?
    so essential oils are mre important, are stronger than bleach ?

    i know cleaning with white vinegar is good.

    • Susan Bewley February 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Most are mixed with white vinegar, which is a fantastic cleaner. The EO is mostly for scent. 🙂

  25. April monty February 17, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Totally useful,there were tons of great ways to use oils,and I’ve got some hanging around can’t wait to try

  26. Dee Lafrenz February 18, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Essential oils really do help your concentration, I used them on a state insurance exam along with a tape and long story but I came in 3rd out of 1100 people. It does work.

  27. Kara Marks February 18, 2016 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    This is a great guide. Very comprehensive–thank you!

  28. Sarah L February 18, 2016 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I have lavender in my diffuser right now.

  29. Valarie Lee Gentry February 19, 2016 at 12:14 am - Reply

    I love essential oils, especially how they smell!! These 7 tips are great and I never would’ve thought of all these on my own!! My favorites tips are Concentration, Improving Sleep, Reducing Stress, and Sore Muscles!! I’m going to bookmark this page!! Thanks for all the great info!!

  30. Valarie Lee Gentry February 19, 2016 at 12:42 am - Reply

    I had to enter my comment a few times before it would actually save it!

  31. Matzsmith February 19, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Many pratical uses for essential oils. I’ve read that frankincence is a good topical pain reliever. Havent’ tried it out yet but I’m sure I will have a test run soon.

  32. Sue Mullaney February 19, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I’m not very familiar with essential oils but would like to learn more. This is really helpful information; thanks for posting!

  33. christina moore February 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Love essential oils, great tips

  34. michelle combs February 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    thanks I love oils

  35. Amber Ludwig February 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Oh EO’s are just magical arent they?!?!?!?! I would use them for anything and everything if I could afford it!!

  36. Jeanna Massman February 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I am very interested in essential oils and their uses. It’s amazing what they can be used for.

  37. Johna876 February 21, 2016 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Definitely, what a fantastic website and informative posts, I definitely will bookmark your blog.All the Best! aefeffeaebgg

  38. Megan February 21, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I want to start using more oils, so thanks for the tips!

  39. Terri Irvin February 21, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I have been using essential oils for years. I just love them, especially the citrus scents in the morning for a nice wake up clean smell.

  40. Sandra Watts February 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I’d love to learn more about essential oils and would also like to try them.

  41. Michelle Ferrari-Johnson February 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    We love EO in this house~ our youngest son is Autistic and has texture/tactile sensitivities and these help tremendously

  42. sarah alexis February 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve never thought of using essential oils for Cold Relief – thanks for the tips – I’m sure that will come in useful over the next couple months!!!!

  43. Sarah L February 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I use Calming the Child Synergy Essential Oil Blend in my diffuser at night to help me sleep (and I’m no child).

  44. Laura February 22, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I really like using essential oils for cleaning. Thanks for the other great ideas!

  45. Becky Richardson February 26, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I really really want to get into essential oils. Have heard there are so many benefits.

  46. Edna Williams February 26, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    We use essential oils in distilled vinegar for cleaning. Thanks for this post!

  47. christina moore February 26, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    thank you for the tips

  48. suzanne February 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    This is good to know. I guess I’m slow to the essential oils fan club, but I will eventually get me some.

  49. Jeanna Massman February 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all the great ideas. I definitely need some lavender oil.

  50. gale mccarron February 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    So many wonderful benefits in utilizing pure essential oils. Be sure to find a trusting supplier for cost and purities.

  51. Dee Lafrenz February 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Great information, thank you for sharing. I have tree tea oil, and will check out Simply Earth’s Essential Oils.

  52. Diane Rank February 28, 2016 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I just love essential oils! There’s so much that you can do with them.

  53. Sarah L February 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    I use lemon & tea tree in the cleaning products I make.

  54. Magdalena March 5, 2016 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Great review on these essential oils and I have bookmarked your page for future reference.

    Thank you.

  55. debbie March 5, 2016 at 1:59 am - Reply

    I thought I knew a reasonable amount about essential oils. I was fascinated to read more ways they can be used great reading thanks for that

  56. Heather E. March 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I recently started seeing essential oils online, but I wasn’t exactly sure what they were used for. These uses are so practical, and I am all for natural products. It sounds like Simply Earth products are rather affordable as well. I’ll definitely be checking them out after this. Thanks for the post!

  57. Paula March 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I knew essential oils have tons of uses but the insect repellent intrigues me the most. I live in the Delta region of Arkansas so have to deal with mosquitoes. I have my poor Hubby running around smelling like Skin So Soft! Not very manly, LOL- so I am sure that he will fall in love with you for this post and he smells like something less girly!

  58. Dani H March 19, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I’m just starting to make non-toxic cleaners and have been thinking of getting lemon essential oil as that scent equates as clean to me for some reason.

    After reading your post, I think a diffuser might be in my future too.

  59. Jerry Marquardt April 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I am looking to effectively use essential oil to improve my health. I have heard wonders about them, and I like your article enlightening me upon the facts of this.

  60. Jeffrey April 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I never knew that these oils could be used for so many different things. I would love to try some of these methods, as opposed to taking “traditional” Western medicine.

  61. Sophia,M.,McConnery April 30, 2016 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I love lavender,lemon,citrus,and some flower scents.I do have oils here!

  62. Bhawna Varshney May 6, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Everybody knows the value of oil in our life. But here you have gathered in one post and make it more informative. Through you we all come to know more about Oils.

  63. michele soyer August 3, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I have only used lavender oil now I am going to check out all the other essential oils and their properties.. Thank you….

  64. Deborah Caudill September 3, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Thanks for your excellent review of essential oils. I have been quite intrigued lately about them and have been reading about their uses, but your pist was so helpful and precise.

  65. Marie Lowther September 10, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I love using essential oils. Thank you for all the great tips!

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