There are a lot of different plants that create essential oils. Learning which plant has the right medicinal value for your personal needs, is important. The extracts from the plants are mixed with what is called a carrier oil.
What is a carrier oil? The definition of Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin.
Now that we have a basis for beginners in essential oils, it's as easy as finding what you want based on what your needs are and learning what benefits and advantages you can gain from using them.
I still grow a lot of the same flowers and plants that I could use to create my own tinctures with and use. I feel comforted knowing that if something were to happen in the world that I would have access to many different remedies. It's also easy to just buy them and have them on hand. I am beginning to stock up again on oils that I feel are staples in my medicine cabinet.
There are a lot of great sites where you can read up on different medicinal values of plants and essential oils. One easy google search could keep you busy reading for hours.
I am lucky to have many different books on my shelf that I can research plants and herbs and if I have to create my own tinctures. It's good to always have something you can hold in your hand for information, besides our phones and laptops, in case there is a day where we can't access the internet for some reason.
Now that I am getting into more natural forms of medicine for my family, I'm excited to dive into the world of essential oils again. I just recently bought some new oils. I am going to use tea tree oil, lavender oil and Eucalyptus oil for flea prevention because I have a dog that seems to be allergic to a lot of things. Using flea drops like you get from the store or the vet don't help her much because they aggravate her dermatitis. So, I am planning on making her a natural flea collar. I don't want to put anything on her skin that might cause her to be any more uncomfortable than she already is with her dermatitis. I'm using natural solutions to treat that for her as well. Bathing her regularly and using a apple cider vinegar rinse to soothe her skin. I'm also feeding her pure virgin coconut oil in her food to help with her skin issues.
Here is the recipe for a natural flea collar:
- 1 Tbsp Witch Hazel
- 2 drops each: Lavender Essential Oil, Tree Tree Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 1 tsp garlic oil
Mix the witch hazel and oils into a shallow bowl. Soak the bandana in the mixture until it is soaked through, about 5 minutes. Remove and let dry overnight before placing on your dog. Repeat monthly to keep the bugs away.
Just a note: You don't want to put essential oils like tea tree oil or garlic oil directly on a dogs skin. There are some plants and foods that can be toxic to dogs. To be on the safe side always soak the bandana with the solution and let it dry thoroughly before placing on the dogs neck. You want the scent of the oils to prevent fleas, not the oils soaking directly into the animals skin.
If you want to make your own garlic oil follow this recipe:
1 clove of garlic
¼ cup of olive oil
- Slice or smash the garlic and let sit for a few moments.
- Warm the olive oil up in a pan to warm but not hot. Add the garlic and let heat for about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cover. Let sit over night.
*****Garlic oil is great to keep on hand for its medicinal properties. To store you can place it in a bottle or jar and keep in a dark, cool cabinet until you need to use it.
Do you have any essential oil recipes you want to share? I'm always looking for a good recipe or use for oils.