For the longest time, I thought that having a house FULL of products was necessary.
We need to clean our windows and wash our dishes and get our hair to behave and prevent b.o. and a million other things… Right?
So managing all those plastic bottles just become a part of life. Each product serves a purpose.
And the clutter builds up….
I can tell you that for a long time I lived in a cluttered home – and I felt stifled.
It’s that feeling you get when you walk into a room of your house – and you just see bins and containers full of things you’re not even using. Cabinets so stuffed with skincare products, that you forget what you even have. The air heavy with obnoxious chemical cleaners that you think you’re supposed to use…
One of the things you notice when you go natural, or minimal… is that the overwhelm that we feel in a cluttered home stems from the choices that we make in a retail store.
And when you feel the way natural solutions like essential oils take care of your needs, suddenly all of those products that we thought were essential – start to lose their appeal – and the overwhelm begins to disappear.
I’ve learned to embrace the idea of simplicity because, with each year on this journey, I’ve seen my home transform into a place that I walk into and feel happy and healthy and peaceful in.
And I’m completely confident that you can do the same.
A simple way to start, is to get really excited about multi-purpose products – those gems that take care of so many different needs…
For example, you’ll find me using baking soda around the house almost every day.
But of all the solutions that have helped to simplify my life – essential oils have been a revelation!
I’ve seen the amount of household and skincare products that I buy drastically reduce, and the money that I save is amazing! The worry about potential toxins in my home, the clutter – gone!
One small kit of essential oils, can replace a cabinet-load of products, eliminate toxins and save you money.
A few years back I met Alina from Abundant Earth – she’s an herbalist and aromatherapist – basically a walking essential oil encyclopedia.
Throughout our friendship, I’ve learned to respect oils for what they can do. The more I use them in day-to-day life – the more I fall in love with these little powerhouses. I think you will too!
Each bottle contains a world of uses. It’s incredible just how much you can do with them.
So, I asked Alina to share with you her top essential oils that every home should have.
Start with one and build up your kit… Before you know it, you’ll need less and yet you’ll have so much more available to you!
SIX ESSENTIAL OILS THAT REPLACE DOZENS OF PRODUCTS
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
One of the best essential oils for decongesting the airways. A potent antimicrobial, it’s effective against airborne bacteria, such as Staphylococci. Relieves muscular aches & pains.
How to use it: Make an antimicrobial room spray. Combine 40 drops Eucalyptus, a teaspoon of vodka/gin and half a cup of purified water in a spray bottle. Use during colds, flu and when you are generally run down.
Lemon (Citrus limon)
A powerful detoxifier & antiseptic. Great for alertness & mental clarity.
How to use it: Minimise irritants and allergy triggers by using natural home cleaning products. 50 drops of Lemon essential oil to a solution of 1/4 cup water – 1/4 cup vinegar makes a wonderful natural surface spray and general home cleaner.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The mother of all essential oils. One the safest, most versatile oils. Useful for burns, insect bites, headaches, insomnia, pain, inflammation and more.
How to use it: One of the best oils for insomnia. Drop 1-2 drops on your pillow for a better quality sleep.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
A stimulating mental tonic that has shown to be effective in improving memory. Great for easing muscular aches and tightness, and improving poor circulation.
How to use it: Add a couple of drops of Rosemary essential oil to your loofah or body wash while showering, for a refreshing pick me up.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Invigorating, cooling, analgesic (releives pain), anti-itch.
How to use it: Soothe and cool itchy angry skin with 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Powerful antifungal & antiseptic.
How to use it: Combat fungal nail infections by massaging a blend of 15 drops of Tea Tree essential oil to a tablespoon castor oil into your nail beds.
Do you use essential oils in your home? Share your favorite uses in the comments. And if you haven’t started yet, tell me which one you’re most excited to start using!