Three Essential Oils Every Mother Should Own

essential-oilsMother Nature sure knows how to get it right. I mean, yes, one could argue that she is to blame for black, hairy spiders and snow storms, but she has more than made up for those hassles with her bevy of essential oils. Here are the top three every mom should have in her arsenal of remedies:

Lavender Oil

By far one of the most popular, lavender oil is to the world of essential oils what flour is to the world of baking. It mixes well with other oils and possesses a clean scent. Uses:

*Great for curbing motion sickness, place a drop of lavender oil on the end of the tongue, around the naval or behind the ears. It is even effective for dogs who don’t travel well.

*For minor sunburn relief, add 10 drops of lavender oil to a cool bath; or add 10 drops to ½ cup of distilled water in a spray bottle and mist onto skin.

*Add a few drops of lavender oil (along with a few pumps of gentle body wash) to a spray bottle filled with warm water for an excellent homemade diaper wipe solution. (Remember to shake before each use.)

Lemon Oil

The light, clean aroma of lemon oil makes it a natural choice for cleaning and disinfecting, but that’s not all it’s good for:

*Soothe or prevent corns, callous, or bunions by rubbing 1-2 drops of lemon oil on the affected area, morning and evening.

*Fill a bowl with cold water, add 2–3 drops of lemon oil, and drench fruit and vegetables in the lemon water to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.

*Soak your kitchen sponge overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of lemon oil to kill germs.

*To clean non-carpeted floors, add ¼cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5 – 10 drops of lemon oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dish washing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

Clove Bud Oil

Teething can be the pits: The sleepless nights, the crying – and it’s rough on the baby, too. But a dab or two of clove bud oil can nip it in the bud (pun intended). In a tiny container, mix 2 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil and 4-5 drops of clove bud oil. I also add 3-4 drops of sweet orange oil to neutralize the taste of clove bud oil, which has a very hot, distinctive taste. Use clove bud with caution because too much could turn your baby off completely. Try it on your own gums before applying to your baby’s. (Do NOT skip this step.) I’ve read that the numbing affect is good for an hour or two, but I’ve found that it has pacified my son for at least double that.

 DISCLAIMER: If you have any medical conditions, please contact your licensed medical practitioner. The remedies above are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice.

Courtney Conover is an NFL football wife and mother of two. She writes about everything on her lifestyle blog, The Brown Girl with Long Hair.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. I will try the lavender oil for motion sickness, thanks so much!

  2. You’re welcome, Tania! I hope it makes your traveling efforts a little smoother…

    Not to mention that there are a gazillion additional uses for lavender — not the least of which is a pretty decent natural mosquito repellent. (It’s what I used all last summer while I was expecting.)

    Thank you for commenting.

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