10 Ways to Use Essential Oils

I’ve been asked to do a bit of research into essential oils. I don’t have a lot of personal experience using them. Which may surprise a lot of you.  

But I do have some experience.  

Like when I first started public speaking I would add a couple of drops of organic peppermint essential oil to the bottom of my feet, on my neck, and directly under my nose. I had read it would help keep me calm when doing something that made me nervous. It helped me to feel alert and able to face the crowd. Did it help? Seems like it did. Was it a placebo effect? Maybe. But even if it was, it worked, so I’m good with that. 

Now, I no longer use that trick because I enjoy public speaking.  

I have used organic orange essential oils in making raw food cookies. They were delicious.  

And back in the days of being a massage therapist, I used to use essential oils on some of my clients to reduce stress. They swore by it.  

My favorite is using organic eucalyptus essential oil on a cloth or pillowcase when I have a cold. It does open up the sinuses!  

That’s the extent of my personal experience. So, to address the request for information I had to search the internet.  

Here’s what I found:

Essential oils are the oils extracted from flowers, herb roots, and fruits.

10 ways to use essential oils

1. Energy.  As mentioned above, peppermint oil can increase alertness and also a person’s mental and physical energy. 

2. Sleep.  Lavender has SO many uses. One of those uses is adding a couple of drops to your pillow to relieve tension, stress, and help a person fall asleep. 

3. Muscle pain.  Using one, or a mixture of, Lavender, Black pepper, Arnica, Helichrysum, and Peppermint helps reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.  

4. Skin Care.  Adding Grapefruit essential oil is said to help reduce cellulite. Carrot seed essential oil to reduce wrinkles. And Frankincense essential oil is said to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which is great to help fight acne.

5. Relaxation.  Lavender, Rose, and Chamomile are all lovely for using during a massage, yoga, or simply when you’re trying to relax and chill out from the day’s stress.

6. Cleaning. Lemon essential oil is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and also antibacterial. It’s good for cutting through grease and grime. You can use it in your kitchen and your bathroom. Lavender can be used to fight viruses, bacteria, and fungus on your home’s surfaces. And Orange essential oil is great for cleaning. You’ve likely noticed it advertised on some cleaning products in your local grocery store. It has antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. 

7. Illness.  Thieves is a pre-blend that is used in a lot of massage therapy locations to help fight off germs between clients. It’s great to fight against the flu. I had forgotten I used to use it to stay healthy in the cold and flu season. (I’ll be picking some up now 🙂 ) Peppermint can help reduce a cough and cold. 

8. Bug repellant.  You may have purchased Citronella candles before? They’re known to help keep the mosquitoes away. Also, Lemongrass, Rosemary Geranium, and Spearmint are good for fighting off pesky bugs.

9. Hair growth/health.  Clary sage essential oil and also Tea tree essential oil are both said to help improve hair health and growth. Ylang-ylang is good if you have dry scalp, but it’s best not to try it if you have oily hair.

10. Mood-boosting and health. Bergamot reduces blood pressure. Peppermint aids in relieving indigestion, nausea, and headaches. Lavender gets rid of lice and fleas on dogs… plus it smells great. And it also helps reduce blood pressure. Clary sage, Caraway and Lavender are among the many essential oils that improve mood.

Overall, essential oils seem to be a great source of clean remedies. But they do have a downside. I didn’t find scientific evidence of these claims, although I have experienced and used some of these and find them to work.


Some essential oils are dangerous for pregnant woman and children!

Some essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats! 

If you decide to delve into the world of essential oils, find organic. Purchase from a reputable company; so you know what you’re getting is real. And follow the instructions they give you. Essential oils are potent and too much can cause the person harm.  

Some essential oils can be used internally, some ONLY externally. Ask before you use! 

Mountain Rose Herbs is a great company. (I have no affiliation with them. I simply trust the company). They have reasonable prices, use top-grade products and are organic. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com

I hope this help! 

Cathy Ostema 


5 easy steps to quieting the Acid Reflux Volcano


The number one complaint I hear from new clients is heartburn, GERD, acid reflux, gas, and/or burping. They come in frustration and pain and they’re desperate to find a solution.

Here are 5 easy steps to help eliminate your pain.

  1. Chew your food. That may sound simple but the average American chews their food about six times before swallowing. Our stomachs are not designed to digest large chunks of food. Chew your food until its a slurry.
  2. If you’re stressed or feeling rushed, wait to eat. Skip that meal. Save it until you can sit down and calmly enjoy your food. When we’re in flight or fight mode, our bodies are not able to digest our food. Eating while stressed/rushed is a great way to create indigestion.
  3. If you feel the need to drink with your meal, only sip at your drink, don’t gulp it down. We need stomach acid to digest our food. It’s a misconception that we have too much acid. Drinking water with your meal dilutes your stomach acid and can cause indigestion.
  4. Try sipping raw apple cider vinegar (ACV), (1 or 2 tablespoons) in about a half-cup of water with your meal. This will increase your stomach acid and help prevent any discomfort. If the ACV causes discomfort, you may have an ulcer or H. Pylori. In that case, discontinue the ACV. You’ll need a different approach. Contact me for help.
  5. Eat smaller meals. Try eating five times a day rather than the standard three. Eat the same amount of total daily food, only spread it out throughout the five meals. And don’t graze throughout the day. Your body needs time in-between meals to digest.

There are certainly more ways to lower acid reflux. And the explanations for each of these suggestions is more involved than what fits in a small text. Feel free to ask me for explanations on any of these suggestions.

Read my previous blog post on Acid Reflux for more information. https://mountainsunhealing.com/how-to-reduce-or-eliminate-acid-reflux/

May your volcano be silent.