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Sometimes using essential oils seems more complicated than it really is. There are so many different oils that it is hard to know where to start. Not only will I offer you quick home recipes and ideas for ways to creatively use essential oils around the house, but if you are just starting out, I have compiled a list of essential oils to keep handy. Whether you would just like to relax in a lavender bath or find out how to freshen your laundry with lavender, read on.

For Starters

Vitamin E or Almond Oil (As a base when used on skin and hair)
Lavender Oil
Peppermint Oil
Ylang Ylang Oil (mixes well with lavender)
Eucalyptus Oil

That is all I recommend that you start out with or add to your current collection. If you have any favorites, add to this list. These happen to be the ones that I use the most. Make sure that you buy pure essence oil.

Recipes:

-Freshen up your laundry by putting a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and dropping it in your dryer at the beginning of the cycle. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh, like lavender fields. I recommend lavender because it is clear and will not stain clothes. You can do this with any of your favorite oils, but beware of staining.

-Have a nice relaxing bath by adding 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of ylang ylang to your bubbles. For added relaxation, sea salt is a great soothing, exfoliant, and with no added fragrance, it will not interfere with the smell of the oils.

-Before you put on your earrings, dab a little lavender oil on your ear and the earring. Lavender not only smells good, but it has astringent and cleaning properties. This is a good alternative to cleaning your earrings and ears with alcohol, especially if you do not want to smell like it.

-For split ends: mix a little lavender oil with a base oil and rub into ends of clean, wet hair. Style as usual or leave in overnight.

-For a nice foot bath, add 5 drops of peppermint oil and a cup of sea or mineral salt.

-For a homemade lotion, add a few drops of lavender and base oil to a scentless lotion.

-For a headache, add a few drops of lavender to a warm (or cold) washcloth and place on forehead. This is also good for sleeplessness.

-For head colds, sinus infections, sinus problems, stuffy nose, problems breathing, etc., the best remedy is eucalyptus oil. If you have an oil lamp or potpourri pot for burning oils, start that going in the room. Also, prepare a warm (or cold) washcloth with a few drops of eucalyptus oil on it and place on the forehead, nose or wherever the problem persists. Also, take a eucalyptus bath; your whole body will thank you. Like the lavender bath, just add 5 drops of oil.

-Soothe cuticles and prevent hangnails by dabbing a little lavender around cuticle bed.