5 Weird & Wonderful Uses for Essential Oils You’ve Probably Never Heard of
Of course we love essential oils, and exploring their thousands of uses could literally be a full-time job. And for us, it is! Each essential oil has its own unique properties, and because of this, they can be used alone or combined to accomplish any number of household tasks, medicinal needs or beauty regimes.
There’s no doubt that exploring essential oils on your own, you’ve likely encountered tonnes of recipes, opinions, uses and facts. Sticking around here, you’ll even find a variety of information on each of those topics.
If you explore any topic long enough, you’ll eventually come across some pretty strange facts about it. This is especially true with essential oils.
We’ve researched and discovered hundreds of uses for these fantastic products, and in doing so, we have come across many truly weird and wonderful uses you have probably never heard of. But we decided to narrow it down to the top 5.
Weird and Wonderful Use for Essential Oils – Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
Leather’s not an easy material to care for. Using regular cleaners or solvents can ruin the natural surface, and cleansing with water too often will strip it of its natural oils and cause discoloration.
The fix? Drop 15-20 drops of lemon essential oil onto a clean, dry cloth and apply to all of your leather surfaces. To remove stains or spills, continue to rub with the cloth until clean.
Lemon essential oil is the perfect leather cleaner and protectant because it nourishes and conditions leather without any buildup. It also provides a protective barrier against moisture and other stains, and protects it from cracking. Using lemon essential oil in this way will remove marker stains, buildup, water stains and much more for leather furniture, handbags, jackets, shoes, belts, and any other leather surface.
Weird and Wonderful Use for Essential Oils – Swimmer’s Ear Relief
During summer holiday, swimmer’s ear is quite common, especially for children. Spending a day at the pool or lake might be a fantastic way to entertain themselves, but the achy ears afterwards is sometimes just not worth it!
So, what is swimmer’s ear exactly? It’s an outer-ear infection caused by bacteria that builds up when water stays in the ear after swimming. Yuck!
The good news is that there is a way to treat, and even prevent it.
To prevent swimmer’s ear, drop one drop of tea tree oil into each ear canal before swimming and allow to absorb for a few seconds before returning your head to an upright position.
To kill the bacteria and relieve the pain often caused by swimmer’s ear, put a couple of drops each of lavender and tea tree essential oils on a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball along the jaw line, all around, and inside the ear canal.
Both of these essential oils have heavy duty germ-fighting powers to kill infection fast, and the lavender also acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
Weird and Wonderful Use for Essential Oils – Travel Sanitizer
Ever watched a revealing story about a hotel infested with bed bugs, bathtubs that are only wiped out, or bed covers that have never been laundered? If not, take my word for it – you want to sanitize your surroundings!
In a small spray bottle, drop 5 drops each of lavender and peppermint, then fill with water. Keep this bottle in your purse or car to spray hotel beds, tubs, toilet seats, remote controls, and rental cars. It also works great on public toilets.
This spray will disinfect anything it’s sprayed on, as well as ward off insects. But as an added benefit, it will also help you sleep when used on your bedding.
Weird and Wonderful Use for Essential Oils – Shoo Fly Potpourri
This potpourri is not your everyday bowl of dried sticks. This stuff will leave your home with a fresh summer scent while warding off pesky flying insects.
To make this, you can gather flowers, leaves, pine cones, or other natural elements to dry on your own, or you can re-purpose the potpourri you already have that’s lost its scent. Place 2 cups of the potpourri in a nice bowl or basket and sprinkle with 5-7 drops each of lemon, orange and peppermint essential oils.
These make great decoration for your entry tables, kitchen tables, and even outdoor tables. Use them anywhere you need to keep flies at bay and infuse the air with the happy scent of summer (happy for a reason – these essential oils are known mood-lifters).
Nothing better than a homemade product with multiple uses!
Weird and Wonderful Use for Essential Oils – Odour-Removing Soap
Speaking of smells, what about the stench of fish on your hands after preparing a seafood meal? Or how about the burning smell of onions that stays on your skin for days after you cut them?
Simply washing your hands never gets rid of the smell, but this little trick works every single time:
Simply drop 5-7 drops each of lemongrass, orange and grapefruit essential oils into a large bottle of hand soap or detergent for an odour-fighter that will never let you down.
(bonus tip: making a spray out of the same oils will banish obnoxious odours that linger in your air such as cigarette smoke and bathroom odours)
Enjoy our 5 weird and wonderful essential oil uses, and don’t be afraid to try your own!