5 Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home.

I am so excited to introduce you to my insanely talented friend Savannah, momprenuer and creative extraordinaire (read more below - you'll see what I mean). Today she's here sharing about one of my latest obsessions - using essential oils in the home and with your family! I'm excited for you friends to glean from her experiences. And make sure to check out her many endeavors on insta - @lindbergcandleco, @mamatribeoils and @savannahkwallace and give her some love in the comments!

Hello friends! I’m so thankful to Kristen for allowing me to do a guest post on her blog while she spends time with her family and her new little one. What an incredibly special season for her!!

Let me introduce myself, my name is Savannah and I wear a lot of hats. (Don’t we all??) Mainly, I’m at home with my two little ones Soren and Aria… Soren is almost three and Aria is about to be one. They have more energy than I have ever seen in a human and they keep things interesting (and busy!) around here.  I also like to call myself a creative entrepreneur, I run a small candle shop called Lindbergh Candle Co., write a beauty column for A Beautiful Mess, host a YouTube channel and teach classes on essential oils! See what I mean about a lot of hats?!  

Kristen asked me to share a little bit about essential oils and I wanted to put together just a few basic and easy ways you can start using essential oils in your home! They are an incredibly amazing way to treat your family and home naturally and have an INCREDIBLE amount of benefits. They are non-toxic, smell wonderful AND if you’re totally into DIYs, you won’t be able to get enough. ;) 

Please note that all of my suggested tips are for pure therapeutic grade essential oils. ALWAYS check your labels and do research into any company before using their oils. I personally use and love doTERRA and have trusted them for years with myself, my home and my family. 

1. Diffuse!
An easy way to start using oils is by getting an oil diffuser, plugging it in and diffusing your favorite combination daily. I love mixing and matching different scents to create my own blends. Not only will it make your home smell wonderful but you’ll be able to get the benefits and goodness of the oils by diffusing them into the air! One of our favorite blends is OnGuard (an immune boosting oil that help protect against environmental threats) and Breathe (a respiratory support oil) such a great one for flu season! I also LOVE cardamon, cinnamon and wild orange during this time of the year…smells like orange cinnamon rolls, no joke! You can easily pick up an affordable diffuser on Amazon and get on the diffuser train!

2. All the Rollerballs!
To make using your essential oils easy, I highly suggest creating your own rollerballs. This makes daily use simple and easy to take with you on-the-go. Pick up a few rollerballs and some fractionated coconut oil (FCO = coconut oil that has no scent and stays liquid!) and plan an hour to make your own rollerballs. This is my favorite way to use essential oils on my little ones! Here are a few of my favorite easy recipes to try out. Just use a few drops of each oil listed and top off with your FCO. 

     Sleepy Baby - Roll on bottom of babies feet at night. Can use on yourself too of course!
     - Lavender

     Stay Healthy - Make this one part of your routine! Roll on everyone's feet and spine daily. 
     - On Guard
     - Frankincense

     Owie - The perfect blend for boo-boo’s, burns, bites, rashes…anything skin related. 
     - Melaleuca (tea tree)
     - Lavender

3. Perfume Alternative.
Find an essential oil that resonates with you and makes you feel happy, put a few drops in a rollerball, top off with fractionated coconut oil and keep in your purse. Use it as your new, natural signature scent that also happens to give you those happy feelings. 

4. No More Dryer Sheets.
Yikes! Did you know that most dryer sheets have tons of harmful and toxic ingredients? Since clothing is close to our skin and our little ones skin, we definitely want it to be safe and free of icky ingredients. We stopped using dryer sheets a few years ago and now use wool dryer balls. To give our clothing a nice clean scent, I’ll add 2-4 drops of my favorite smelling essential oils directly to the wool dryer balls and our clothes come out smelling subtle and clean. I love using lavender or one of my very favorites, Citrus Bliss

5. Natural Cleaner.
Having two little ones = messes everywhere! I quickly discovered that nothing is safe and everything is being cleaned constantly. We started making our own natural cleaner with essential oils and I LOVE that I can use it for everything… we’re talking counters, appliances, high-chairs, toys, floors, bathrooms AND fruit! Seriously! Just combine equal parts water and vinegar, 10-20 drops of Lemon essential oil and 25-35 drops of OnGuard essential oil in a spray bottle and you have your very own amazing smelling cleaner that is naturally antibacterial and helps protect against environmental threats. Plus, if your little one decides to start licking their newly washed high chair (been there done that) you won’t think twice about them consuming something they shouldn't.  

I know when I first started using oils it was a little bit overwhelming, but I hope you find these tips helpful! These are really just a few of the thousands of ways you can use oils in your home and for your family. I’m constantly making rollerballs, coming up with diffuser recipes, cooking with them(!), cleaning with them, making bath salts and natural beauty products. I love that they are safe, natural and kinda a lot of fun too!

If you’re interested in learning more and seeing some of my favorite tips and DIYs, come check me out on my essential oils Instagram account, @MamaTribeOils! I post daily ideas, facts and tips that are both educational and way fun. Also feel free to reach out to me at anytime with questions regarding essential oils, I would love to help! Thank you so much for reading and thank you Kristen for having me in your blog home! xox, Sav.