6 Lesser-Known Essential Oils to Try

When you think of essential oils and their benefits, which ones come to mind? Lavender (of course, it’s amazing!), peppermint… maybe some chamomile? But if you’ve ever tried to research the wide world of essential oils you know – it doesn’t stop there. Essential oils are created through distillation so the list of possibilities is pretty exhaustive! Here are a few you might not know about.

6 Lesser Known Essential Oils | Tamera Mowry

Juniper essential oil. Have you guys ever had a lotion or oil with juniper in it? It has a heavenly woodsy yet refreshing scent. When concentrated in an essential oil, it’s also used to cleanse and purify. In the past it has been used as an astringent, stimulant, antiseptic and more.

Cypress essential oil. In addition to many of the same benefits of juniper essential oil, cypress is said to help with everything from oily skin to muscle soothing to anxiety relief. Again, it has a subtle woody and fresh scent.

Clove essential oil. Cultivated for its major antioxidant properties, clove essential oil can offer digestive and general immune system support, as well as physical support. That’s why it’s used in many essential oil blends, like Young Living’s Thieves (a great choice for use in the home) and I’ve mentioned PanAway, which helps soothe sore muscles.

Frankincense essential oil. This might come in handy this spring. While eucalyptus and lemon essential oils are known to be great allergy fighters, you can also try Frankincense. Sure it sounds anything but natural, but it’s actually a resin obtained from Boswellia trees. You can use it in a diffuser for relief or apply topically on neck, chest, etc, for help with allergies. It’s also used as an anti-inflammatory and for headache relief.

Helichrysum essential oil. The list of uses for helichrysum oil is long, ranging from help with allergies to improving skin to fighting colds. In regard to the skin, people have used it as an anti-aging solution, sunburn soother, acne fighter and more!

Rosemary essential oil. Who doesn’t love rosemary? If it’s a fave herb of yours, you might be pleased to find out its medicinal uses as an essential oil. While a lot of the other essential oils listed tout wonderful physical health benefits, rosemary is more widely known for its help with mental health. It’s often diffused and inhaled for anxiety and stress relief, and even improved mental performance.

What has your experience been with these essential oils? Let me know if you’re interested in learning more!


Essential Oils for Home Use

Keeping a clean house when you have kids can prove to be difficult, especially when we’re even more conscious of what we’re spraying or using as cleaner in our home. There are plenty of products we could swipe across the tables to disinfect, but I don’t like the idea of harsh chemicals in arms reach of Aden or Ariah, so I’ve incorporated other methods for keeping our house tidy and family healthy. And wouldn’t you know, one of my favorite wellness items, essential oils, can be used beyond the diffuser.   

Essential Oils for Home Use Cleaning

I’ve gushed about essential oils before–they’ve helped me with back pain and headaches, and created an overall calming environment in our home. So it only makes sense that these natural wonders, mixed with a few other household items, can disinfect, clean and freshen up every room in your home. Oils like tea tree and lemon are immediate go-tos for their deodorizing and purifying properties, but there are others to help you get the trick done. That is, when you actually have time to tackle the house. :) Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Windows – Heavens knows we need ours cleaned! Add 10 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle, shake and use.

All-Purpose Cleaner – This is perfect for our marble counter tops. Add 3/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 10 drops of peppermint oil and a squirt of dish soap to a bottle. Shake it and spray.

Cookware – If you’ve cooked and a little of your meal is stuck to the pan. Combine 1/4 cup of dish soap (natural works best for being less harmful), 5 drops of clove essential oil, 1/4 cup of baking soda and a few drops of water. combine and scrub onto pan with the rough side of your sponge. Then wipe or rinse off.

Deodorizing Spray – There are so many uses for vodka. Add 1/2 cup of vodka to 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Place in a spray bottle, shake and use. You can spray your clothes or furniture and it will knock unwanted scents out!

Cleaning Stuffed Animals – Every parent can use this! Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 drop of eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender essential oil in a Ziplock bag. Add the stuffed animal, shake and freeze. After about an hour take it out and shake off the baking soda. If the toy is very dirty, you might have to go with the full hand washing routine. Lol.

Do you make any of your own cleaners? Would love to know your recipes!


The Power of Essential Oils

The Power of Essential Oils

I try to live my life as healthy as possible. Yes, I indulge and skip workouts just like the next person, but I value the affect healthy behaviors and healthy eating have on my family and me. That’s why I was thrilled when my friends introduced me to essential oils. I’m now a big fan – we use them every day in my house to encourage a strong immune system. There are so many impurities we’re exposed to on a daily basis, it’s nice to know that simple oils and extracts can aid my health or mood and not require me to put anything artificial in my body. A few drops here, a dab of oil on your ailing body part and poof, relief! Essential oils are sometimes misunderstood, but the benefits are plentiful and there are multiple ways to experience the effects of these plant compounds. Today, I’m sharing the basics with you…

What They Are

Essential oils aren’t essential in the “need to have” type of way. Instead the “essential” represents the aroma of the seed, flower or plant being properly captured and maintained through the distilling process. There are oral uses for some oils, but many are commonly used topically or through a diffuser (think aromatherapy). I typically apply mine with a dropper or use a roll-on.

The Benefits

The benefits range from alleviating back pain (which I saw many of you mention on Instagram), calming nerves and helping with digestion. They don’t stop there! Relaxation, joint pain, antiseptic…you name it, there might be a seed oil or leafy scent to help you throughout the day. It’s important though to follow directions on bottles and do your research before using any essential oil – pregnancy and select health concerns can alter the way you use them.

The Scents

Peppermint (a favorite of mine), lavender and eucalyptus are amongst the most common scents. You can burn a eucalyptus or LATHER Lavender Aromatherapy candle to help relax and get rid of a pesky migraine that is ruining your day. There are spruce scents, carrot seed oils and Frankincense as well as others made from a blend of different oils. For example, Young Living’s PanAway is a blend of peppermint, wintergreen, clove and helichrysum and when diluted with oil and rubbed over a strained muscle can relieve tension and aches.

All in all, I believe they’ve helped me, and I’ve heard many others praise the power of essential oils.

Have you tried essential oils? What has worked for you and do you have recommendations? Always happy to hear how these are benefiting others and what others I should try!