October 21, 2014

How I Use Essential Oils Every Day

Day in the Life of an Oiler

If you’ve just moseyed on over here from The Simple Pen, welcome!  I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Day in the Life of an Oiler series!

My essential oil journey began many years ago when I decided I wanted to provide a less toxic, more natural home environment for our family.  What began with buying a bottle of tea tree oil here and a bottle of lavender oil there, from my local health food store and to use in our home only on occasion, has slowly evolved into our family having a full-blown essential oil arsenal to turn to for natural remedies on a daily basis.

I use essential oils for everything from insect repellent to cough remedy to air freshener to detox baths.

Here are a few of my favorite oils and how I use them in our home on a daily basis.

My Favorite Essential Oils | TheMarathonMom.com



Every day, I diffuse an oil blend, depending on what I am in the mood for, or what the boys may need.

If I am in a celebratory mood, say, for instance, when an eBook is finished and sent off to editing and formatting, I diffuse Joy.

Frankincense is a fun one to diffuse on Christmas Day, or any other day, for that matter.

Peace & Calming works really well for busy homeschool days when some of the boys need a little help concentrating on their books instead of fighting.  Seriously.  If you have boys, you need a little Peace & Calming.  Or Stress Away.  Or both.

Speaking of Stress Away, for those intense days with lots packed in the schedule and tension in the air, this oil helps calm and soothe.  It is absolutely one of my favorites!

I also wear a few drops every day either on the back of my neck, behind my ears, or on my wrists.  My favorites for this are Joy, Stress Away, and of course, Lavender.

Favorite Essentail Oils for Relaxing Baths | TheMarathonMom.com


I use essential oils in my bath almost every single day.  Here are a few oils that I use for different purposes:

Valor when I need a little boost of “I can do this!” today.

Purification for a detox bath when I feel like I am coming down with something.

Lavender for baths just before bed to help me relax and drift off to sleep easily.

Thieves for when one of the boys is coming down with a cold or fever to help boost their immune system.

Purification Essential Oil for Detox Baths | TheMarathonMom.com

Natural Remedies

Many essential oils work well for a wide range of ailments, so I use a few of them for multiple things.

Peppermint oil for reducing headache, fever, and nausea.

Lavender for calming fussy babies (or me), for cuts, and even burns.  Not long ago, I accidentally poured a pot of boiling water on wrist.  I immediately applied melaleuca essential oil and lavender essential oil, and miraculously, there was not a single blister.  I continued applying lavender essential oil for almost two weeks to keep the dry, crackly skin from peeling horribly, and it worked wonders.  Today, I have no scar whatsoever.  And last week, I cut my finger, and for three days it stung and burned any time I touched it or washed my hands.  Then I remembered that lavender heals cuts, so I put a drop of lavender essential oil directly into the wound, and the next day the cut was already beginning to close up and heal.  Amazing!

Thieves is one I don’t leave home without!  A natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, I don’t want to go anywhere without  my Thieves.

Thieves can be used in a number of ways including:

  • placing a drop in the palm of your hand, rubbing hands together, then cupping them over your nose to inhale in order to combat germs you may have just encountered.
  • diffusing to eliminate germs in your home.
  • rubbing on the bottoms of feet to help fight off infection. I try to rub this on the boys’ feet often.
  • adding a few drops to the bath while you soak to boost immune system.
  • as “hand sanitizer” to kill any germs on hands while out in busy, public places.


All Natural Household Cleaners

I love using essential oils in our home for cleaning, not only because they smell amazing, but because they are completely safe and such a wonderful alternative to toxic commercial cleaning products.  Here are a few ways I use essential oils to keep our home clean.

  • I make an all-purpose spray using Melaleuca essential oil.
  • I love to use a tablespoon of olive oil with a few drops of Clove essential oil on a cloth for dusting and polishing wood furniture.
  • I make our own glass and mirror cleaner using vinegar, water, and Lemon essential oil.
  • For a powerful tub and tile cleaner, I mix baking soda, water, and Melaleuca oil together, scrub, then pour on or spray vinegar and scrub or swish again.  Squeaky clean!
  • I mix up an easy foaming kitchen hand soap, and depending on the time of year and the festivities, I might use Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, Lemon, or even Eucalyptus!

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now to take charge of your health! Click here to learn more or message me with any questions you  may have.  I’m glad to help you get started!

If you’re ready to sign up today, click here. Just be sure and leave it marked for distributor so that you can take advantage of wholesale prices.  This doesn’t mean you have to sell.  But it does mean you won’t pay full retail prices as a customer.  :)

Next up is Anna from Molding Minds Homeschool.  Be sure and click on over to see how she keeps her homeschool running like a well-oiled machine on a daily basis.

Then be sure to check out the other 19 bloggers who are sharing their oil routines this week:





  • Mama Marcie
  • Going Granola Blog
  • Rooted Blessings
  • Joyful Adorations


  • For The Mommas
  • Amy Loves It
  • Real Food Enthusiast
  • Essential Oil Lover

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m just a mom sharing what has worked best in our family. You should do what you feel is best for you and your family.

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  1. Two things: “If you have boys, you need a little Peace & Calming. Or Stress Away. Or both.” YES. ;) Also, love all the ways you use oils to clean!

  2. Linda St. Laurent says:

    So glad you live yl oils. I maybe crazy but I thought you sold DoTerra? Not asking for anything other to see if I am crazy. :)))

    • Hey there, Linda. You aren’t crazy at all! You’re right. I used doTERRA for over a year before I did a lot of research and decided to make the switch to Young Living for our family. I’m so glad I did, too. I love Young Living! :)

  3. So, so good! I love how you use them for cleaning and the picture of the bath running in the background….it just made me relax looking at it. Can’t wait to share oils this weekend at the Summit. Love you girl! Lisa~

  4. jessica MCpherson says:

    Hey im am very new to essential oils, i want to start using them i am just so confused on where to start or how to start. where would you suggest i start? please help lol thank you

  5. Elizabeth says:

    What are the best ones to use while breastfeeding? Are they all safe? I feel like I have read conflicting recommendations and then just give up because I end up being not sure of what is ok to use.

  6. Debbi Higgins says:

    You made mention of the things you use your oils for….you even gave the ingredients, BUT you didn’t give the recipes, to tell us how you did it. I would love to know how to make the foaming cleanser, and even the other things you mentioned for that matter.

    • The foaming kitchen hand soap I mention is a link which takes you to the recipe when clicked. What other recipes would you like?

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