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Essential Oils

The idea of using essential oils can be a bit daunting for most so I thought I'd ease you in with a little bit of useful info. Essential oils are extracted from plants found in nature and are highly concentrated. When making a purchase, be sure the oils are of certified pure therapeutic grade.

Many oils can be found blended with others. At Small Potatoes, we sell single compound oils. Below are ideas for using some that we carry. In addition, we currently have sweet orange, clove bud, patchouli and peppermint. Have fun exploring more uses for essential oils in your life!


Lavender -

  • Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.

  • Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.

  • Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.

  • Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean a wound, and kill bacteria.

  • Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis.

  • To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.

  • To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).

  • Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

  • Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips. Also works for cold sores.

  • Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.

  • Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.

  • Lemon

  • Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.

  • Combine 2–3 drops with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.

  • Place a drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.

  • Add to water or a smoothie for a refreshing pick-me-up.

  • Diffuse to help replenish your mind, body, and spirit.

  • Place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or trash can to help eliminate odors.

Cedarwood

  • Smooth skin by adding Cedarwood to your favorite lotions and skin care products.

  • Place a few drops in your shampoo and conditioner for shinier-looking hair.

  • Pamper yourself with an at-home scalp massage. Warm a few drops between your hands and rub into your scalp for healthy-looking hair.

  • Place a drop of Cedarwood oil on a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes, or other areas to keep moths at bay.

  • Add Cedarwood essential oil to your mulch or topsoil to help keep insects at bay .


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