If you're considering essential oils and not sure where to begin these 3 are my must have oils. I order one bottle a month of each, sometimes 2 because I share with friends. These 3 oils will change your life!
Let's start with the medical uses and properties that my EO guide lists for each:
Lavender Properties: antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, reduces blood fat/cholesterol, combats excess sebum on skin
Lavender Uses: respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions (perineal repair, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, stretch marks), burns, hair loss, insomnia, nervous tension
Lemon Properties: antitumoral, antiseptic, improves microcirculation, immune stimulant, improves memory, relaxation, high in limonene which has been studied to combat tumor growth
Lemon Uses: circulatory problems, arteriosclerosis, obesity, parasites, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, anxiety, hypertension, digestive problems, acne
Peppermint Properties: anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain relieving, curbs appetite
Peppermint Uses: arthritis, respiratory infections, obesity, viral infections, cold sores, fungal infections, candida, digestive problems, headaches, nausea
Now let's get into some personal testimonies of these terrific oils!
LLP for Allergies: I use these 3 oils all day, every day. The combination known as LLP (lemon, lavender, peppermint) is nothing short of amazing when combating indoor and outdoor allergies. I diffuse these oils all day and night- 3 tiny drops of each in the diffuser is all it takes. I have a diffuser in each room of my house. It's a super easy way to treat and prevent allergies and sinus infections. C seems to skip the allergy phase and jump straight to the sinus infection stage. When that happens I'll add a couple of drops of oregano oil to the diffuser with the LLP and it knocks it right out. No need for harsh antibiotics! We also take these oils internally when we are going to be out of the house or when the pollen count is especially high. You can purchase empty capsules at most health food stores and drop the oil right into the capsule to swallow. For the kids I do 2 drops each but my husband and I do 3 drops. The kids and I take them in capsules but my husband (who hates swallowing pills) makes a shot glass of coconut milk and drops the oils in the milk to drink them. My husband has suffered from chronic sinus infections his entire life. Since starting this routine he hasn't had a single sinus infection! The easiest way to describe the result is that it calms inflammation. Within minutes you can feel your sinuses opening. Truly AMAZING!
How I Use Lemon: Lemon kills stuff...at least that's what I think of when I think of lemon oil. I use A LOT of lemon oil around the house for various things. It's great to add to your natural cleaning solutions or to remove sticky residue. It's a great fruit and veggie wash! I add a few drops to a bowl of water and let my produce soak. It's an air purifier when diffused and studies have shown it improves mental accuracy and concentration. I am prone to ear infections and I use lemon or other citrus oils to help with lymphatic drainage by massaging around my ear and down my neck (NEVER PUT OILS INSIDE THE EAR CANAL!). My disclaimer is that lemon can cause photo-sensitivity, meaning it should not be used before going out in the sun or you may get a sunburn where it was applied. Some people may be sensitive to lemon so always dilute according to the instructions on the label. I use a drop or two of a carrier oil with lemon to prevent any skin sensitivity when I'm applying it.
Young Living Lemon
How I Use Lavender: Lavender is the go-to oil...when in doubt apply lavender! People often call it the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils. I use Lavender for any type of skin issue...acne, eczema, cuts, bug bites, diaper rash...they all get lavender! I often use lavender in C's bath, especially if he has any type of skin breakdown around his bottom. I pour a tablespoon or two of baking soda in the palm of my hand and add a couple of drops of lavender on top so the oil gets absorbed by the baking soda. Then I run my hands under the water in his bath to disperse the mixture. Lavender oil is a big part of my skin care routine. I use the oil cleansing method to wash my face and essential oils to spot treat. My dad has had success with the use of lavender and frankincense oils on some suspicious skin issues resulting from sun damage. One drop of lavender swiped in the cheek or dropped under the tongue is a powerful and natural way to get relief from allergies.
Young Living Lavender
How I Use Peppermint: I find peppermint oil is my first choice for pain management. I apply for headaches, menstrual cramps, sore muscles, tummy discomfort...it's similar to the feeling of icy hot. I love the smell of peppermint! Sometimes I'll add a drop into my glass of water to make it more exciting.
Young Living Peppermint
These 3 oils go a long way in preventing infections- we have avoided antibiotics several times thanks to the LLP! They are a great natural alternative to OTC allergy and sinus medications. If you're interested in purchasing Young Living essential oils you can sign up to be a member or purchase them directly as a retail customer. My Sponsor/Enroller ID number is: 1497876.
*Please remember that you can only take therapeutic grade essential oils internally. The essential oils that you buy in the store are not safe for internal use! Read the label and educate yourself before using any essential oils- they are very powerful and must be handled with care.