When I first got the doTERRA Family Essentials Kit (then called Family Physician's Kit), I wasn't exactly sure what to do with it. I found pretty quick uses for the Lavender, Peppermint and OnGuard Blends. I quickly warmed up to the DigestZen and Breathe blends when in need, but I wasn't exactly sure what to do with the rest.
Oregano? Not exactly a smell we are used to in anything but food.
So I put on my researcher's hat and put together a list of my favorite recipes, and blends using just the 10 oils in the Home & Family Essentials Kits!
I also created a chart with the common properties of the oils inspired by one I put together years ago about herb properties in teas.
Ingredients: 1 c Epsom salt, ¼ c baking soda, ¼ c sea salt, 8-10 drops essential oils
Directions: Combine dry ingredients and add drops of essential oils.
Ingredients:1 cup citric acid, 1 ½ cups baking soda, ½ cup almond oil or coconut oil, 8-10 drops essential oils, silicone mold or ice cube tray
Directions: 1) In a medium bowl, whisk together the citric acid and baking soda. With a spoon or spatula, mix in almond oil and essential oils. Mixture should just hold together when pressed between fingers.2) Press mixture into your molds so that it's firmly packed. Let dry for 24 hours. To speed up the process, you can put the silicone molds into the oven. Bring the oven to 200 degrees F and then turn it off and let the bombs sit in the oven, with it off, for an hour, then cool completely before carefully removing. If bombs don't yet hold together, let dry longer.
Ingredients: 1 cup unscented castile soap, 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin, 2 tablespoons water, 15 dropsof your favorite essential oil
Directions: 1) Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass .2) Add essential oils.3) Stir until it’s all well combined.4) Pour into glass container.
To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath to warm, running bath water.
Ingredients: 1 c sugar (white or brown), ¼ c olive oil, 7-8 drops essential oil.
Ingredients: 4 glass bottle, add 30 drops oil fill 2/3 with distilled water, 1/3 witch hazel (or use 100% Vodka for a better lingering room spray since it evaporates quickly into the air)
Roller ball/Massage oil
Ingredients: 5-25 drops of essential oil per 5 ml carrier oil(add essential oils then add carrier)
Oil Property Chart
Stress Less/Headache– Equal parts lavender, peppermint, frankincense
Sleepy blend– Equal parts lavender, frankincense
Calm blend- 12 Lavender, 8 lemon (or wild orange), 5 Frankincense
Flu Blend– 9 Lemon, 7 OnGuard, 5 Oregano, 5 Melaleuca
Allergy/Pain– 8 Lavender, 8 Lemon, 8 Peppermint
Energy/Focus– 12 Peppermint, 8 Lemon (or Wild Orange), 5 Frankincense
Wound/Skin(best in spray) - 8 Lavender, 8 Melaleuca, 4 frankincense in 4 ml water
Get Unstuck– 10 Lemon, 8 Lavender, 6 Oregano, 6 Melaleuca
Throat Spray– 12 OnGuard, 8 Lemon, 30 ml water
Immune Support– Equal Parts OnGuard, Melaleuca, Lemon, Oregano & Frankincense
Respiratory Support– Equal Parts Breathe, Melaleuca, OnGuard
Anti-Inflammatory– Equal Parts Frankincense, Peppermint
Bug Bites– Equal Parts Lavender, Melaleuca, Peppermint
Burns– Equal Parts Lavender, Frankincense
Mattress Spray– Equal PartsLemon, Lavender, Melaleuca, Peppermint (in water and witch hazel)
You can go totally crazy with experimenting with different oils, but as you can see, there's a lot you can do with a basic starter kit! Next up I'm planning a post on my other favorite enrollment kit, the Emotional Aromatherapy Kit.
I am working to put together a study on using Essential Oils for Stress, Focus and Energy. If you would like to sign up to participate in the study, you can sign up here.