I embarked a mission more than a year ago to ‘go natural’ in my home. It’s a journey I’m still on, learning something every day, but most importantly I’m more conscious of which products come into my home and into contact with my highly sensitive children.
Essential Oils and Highly Sensitives
Highly sensitive people (HSPs) can be overwhelmed by strong smells and have an adverse reaction to chemicals. Read The Impact of Strong Smells on Highly Sensitive People for more details on the impact those strong smelling chemicals have on your highly sensitive family.
It’s the reason I made the switch to essential oils in my home, for my highly sensitive family.
Essential oils support my family with our anxiety and overwhelm, calms us when sleep eludes us, when racing thoughts take over and when we need grounding after a busy day.
I also use essential oils for household and beauty products – see the list below for a complete list of how I use oils in my home.
Note that some highly sensitive people find even the scent of essential oils too strong. There are ‘gentle’ oils which may be more suitable in these cases. Using tiny amounts of oil in these cases is also a possible solution.
Why Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils can be, to name but a few properties:
Most importantly, essential oils are natural and making products for your family with them means you reduce the chemicals and toxins in your home.
What Can You Use Essential Oils For?
How long is a piece of string? You can use essential oils for so many things ranging from therapeutic use through to beauty and cleaning products.
Products I now make myself are:
- shower gel
- fabric softener
- hand soap
- all purpose household cleaner
- glass and mirror cleaner
- insect repellent
- bite and sting spray
- inhalers for flu and colds
- roller blend for headaches and pre-menstrual symptoms
- after sun care
- mould spray for the bathroom
- air fresheners
All of these products I make replace the store bought chemical products that once came into my home. This is just the start of my ‘go natural’ journey and that list above will grow.
If you use Pinterest follow my Essential Oils board for useful tips, safety advice and recipes.
How to Get Started on Your Own ‘Go Natural’ Journey
Essential oils need to be used safely. I cannot reiterate this enough.
You need to build your knowledge to start using essential oils safely in your home. But the good news is that it’s easy when you know how. I enrolled on an online course, I started reading everything I could on the topic, and I started slowly and cautiously.
Feel free to drop me a line if you want to know more about how I use essential oils or want some tips.