Have you tried essential oils or used products containing essential oils?
When browsing Pinterest you will undoubtedly see pin after pin about how to treat common illnesses or other ailments using essential oils. While I don’t subscribe to this line of thinking, I do like using essential oils and products containing essential oils.
I do think aromatherapy can be helpful, not as a treatment, but as an addition to medical treatment. Essential oils are created from natural substances like plants, flowers, herbs, and trees. They are used in aromatherapy, which is defined by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as the “therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances… for holistic healing,” It is a treatment has been used in some form for around 6,000 years, according to Medical News Today.
I have a couple different bottles of essential oil blends to wear for either stress relief or to help with migraines. But I have no quantifiable evidence that they actually do help. Really, I just use them to smell good.
I enjoy wearing essential oils instead of perfumes because I can start off with a small amount of smell and gradually build up to a stronger smell, rather than having a spray of perfume that sticks around forever and is just too strong.
I’m kind of a cheapskate and don’t like forking over lots of money for something I’ve not tried or is super expensive. If I have a product that works well I will use every last drop and usually, buy it again. If I find something that doesn’t work for me I usually give it to someone else to try rather than throw it away.
Today I would like to share with you products I use containing essential oils that both smell great and work well, plus are pretty cheap for those of us who are on a budget. All of the products below are fantastic and I would recommend all of them.
Ponaris Nasal Emollient
Since I was a child I have had issues with nosebleeds, especially when the weather is cold and the air is dry. I found out that I have a friable septum and the only thing I can do is to keep the tissues inside my nose moisturized. I sleep with a cool mist diffuser next to my bed and use Ayr saline gel, but my ENT recommended trying Ponaris Nasal Emollient. It contains pine, eucalyptus, peppermint, cajeput oils to lubricate the nasal passages, plus it helps decrease nasal and sinus congestion, irritation, rhinitis, and more. It was once included in NASA’s space medical kit, which is pretty cool. I put a couple drops on a cotton swab and rub it in my nose, although the instructions say to tip your head and add drops directly into your nose. I find adding the drops directly to my nose can sometimes make the oil go down the back of my throat and it doesn’t taste good.
I’ve bought this product on Amazon for $13.98.
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer
This hand sanitizer made by Dr. Bronner is wonderful. I keep it in my desk at work because I often train new employees. I like to spray my keyboard and mouse with it. It makes my office smell amazing!
I buy mine at Kroeger, but you can find it on Amazon for $10.82.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender 3-in-1 Aromatherapy Essential Oil
I adore lavender and love how calming the scent can be. I like to add Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender 3-in-1 Aromatherapy Essential Oil to my cool mist diffuser that I use as a small humidifier next to my bed. An article by the National Cancer Institute reports “newly diagnosed patients with acute myeloid leukemia who were hospitalized to receive intensive chemotherapy inhaled an essential oil through a diffuser overnight for 3 weeks. Patients were given the choice of lavender, peppermint, or chamomile. Improvement was reported in sleep, tiredness, drowsiness, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, and well-being.” I love lavender because it makes my bedroom smell great and I like to think that it helps me sleep better too. I have also used this oil directly on my skin and have added a few drops into my warm bathwater for a relaxing soak.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Patchouli 3-in-1 Aromatherapy Essential Oil
I’ve always loved the smell of patchouli, perhaps it’s my inner hippie. When I was last in France I bought a bottle of fantastic patchouli eau de toilette. My boyfriend, now husband, didn’t agree that it was so fantastic. He complained that it made me smell “like an old man.” I’m not sure why he thought that, but I quit wearing the scent because I didn’t want to quit being close to him. I recently discovered the Patchouli 3-in-1 Aromatherapy Essential Oil during my last visit to Bath & Body Works.
I am not a fan of Bath & Body Works, mainly because it is an overwhelming store and usually being in the store gives me a migraine from all of the scents. Just thinking about Bath & Body Works gives me flashbacks to high school when I wore their Cucumber Melon everything, a smell that now makes me gag.
This essential oil has a light and not overwhelming scent, but it is strong enough that I can still enjoy it throughout the day. I have been wearing it for a while and have had no negative feedback from my husband and I’ve liked it enough that I bought two bottles, one to keep at work and one to keep at home.
Find both oils for $13.50 each in Bath & Body Works or here online.
Dr. Teal’s Body Lotion in Soothing Lavender
My mom introduced me to this lotion and I love it. You should know that I am picky about body lotion. My dad’s go-to Christmas gift is Bath & Body works lotions, which I appreciate, but they are often scented so strongly that they give me a migraine or they smell sickly sweet. I hate extremely strong smelling lotion and lotion that just makes my skin feel drier so that I keep applying it over and over. This lotion goes on smooth, feels very moisturizing, and smells amazing because it is made with shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. I love to apply this on before bed each night. It also contains essential oils and does not contain parabens or phthalates, which may be detrimental to your health and have a role in illnesses and cancers.
You can find this lotion at Walmart, Target, your favorite drug store, or here on Amazon for $7.49.
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash
I absolutely adore this body wash from Trader Joe’s and recommend it to everyone. It smells great and makes me feel very clean. It contains peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils, which creates a cool, tingly, invigorating, and energizing feeling on your skin. I especially enjoy using it after a sweaty workout. There is not a Trader Joe’s location near me, so I always stock up when I visit my sister out of town. You can also find a Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner, which I have not yet tried.
You can find this product at Trader Joe’s or here on Amazon for $11.97.
Mystic Antidotes Calming Pillow Spray
Last, but not least, is the Calming Pillow Spray from Mystic Antidotes. My sister gave me this spray last year in a gift basket. I love to spray it in the shower before I step in. The eucalyptus and mint scent makes my bathroom smell like I am inside a salon having a massage. I don’t spray it in the bedroom because my husband doesn’t care for eucalyptus, but I think it smells good.
This is the most expensive item on my list. I’m not sure where my sister bought mine, but I’ve purchased it on Amazon for $24.43.
I would love to hear from you! Comment and let me know what products you enjoy!