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Beginner Guide to Essential Oils

Posted by Virginia Fretto on

I have to share my love for a non-toxic and high organic content personal care line that I am seriously obsessed with. So much so that I signed up to be a consultant myself. If you haven't heard of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic (Update 1/26: name change and new ownership, now called Pure Haven Essentials - awesome products and ingredients), I am so happy to introduce you! I use Ava Anderson products to clean, moisturize, bathe... really you name it, there is a safe and effective product to use for your home and for your family. After hosting my first home party, I earned myself their essential oils kit, and am hooked! So many uses with such awesome results. To learn more, visit my Facebook Page. To order PHE products for yourself, use this link to order - they ship right to your door in a couple of days --- AWESOME! 


1.)   Jojoba oil.  Jojoba is the perfect “carrier” oil—meaning that it can be added to any essential oil that comes into contact with skin.  This carrier oil is a brilliant remedy for dry skin all on its own!  Combine one tablespoon with four drops of lavender and two drops of eucalyptus and massage into sore muscles for instant relief. 

2.)   Oregano.  Oregano oil contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties.  To use it, combine 2 drops into 4 drops of a carrier oil such as Jojoba, and massage it into the bottoms of your feet (did you know that is where your body's largest pores are found!?).  This can help fight bacterial and viral infections as well as provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support.  It’s also a powerful respiratory relief—as you will probably gather from its potent smell! 

3.)   Tea Tree.  Tea tree oil is best known for is amazing skin benefits.  To reduce dandruff and improve scalp health, try adding 4 to 5 drops into your shampoo. I recommend Pure Haven's shampoo, it is the best! To reduce itching and promote skin healing, mix 4 drops of Jojoba with two drops tea tree and apply to any skin ailment.   The same method can also be used for the treatment of acne; just use a Q-tip to apply the mixture to a blemish and hold it for a few seconds. 

4.)   Lemon.  Lemon oil has a wide range of health benefits—it has the ability to reduce stress, fight infection, kill germs, remove household odors, and it’s also a powerful body detoxifier.  To promote physical well-being, combine four drops of jojoba oil with two drops of lemon and massage into the bottoms of the feet.  Apply a few drops to a spray bottle with water and apply on cutting boards in the kitchen or use as an air freshener.  

5.)   Lavender.  Lavender oil is probably best known for its relaxation properties, but it can also be used to relieve pain and increase the suppleness of the skin.  For headache or stress relief, combine it with one to two drops of jojoba oil and apply to your temples or the bottoms of your feet. 

Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint combined with jojoba oil makes an amazing seasonal allergy relief rub. I used to suffer from hay fever, and now I make this blend (I sometimes swap the peppermint oil for frankincense oil) and apply it around my nose and on my arms and feet and SERIOUSLY do not have the allergy symptoms any more. I also diffuse this combo for amazing relief and results.  It is powerful stuff! That said, these are highly concentrated oils, so always test first to make sure you do not have any sensitivities. I always recommend using a carrier oil like jojoba oil, and not using the oils straight on your skin. Diffusing is another wonderful way to use essential oils, 4-5 drops in cool water in a diffuser not only leaves a great scent in your room, but really helps alleviate many symptoms of illness, allergies, and other ailments. 

I love that when I apply it on my wrists and arms, my Razimus Jewelry fabric bracelets takes on some of the scent after wearing, and I get to enjoy it longer. I do not recommend applying essential oils directly on your fabric jewelry, as it may cause discoloration on some fabrics. 

Here's to your health!