Review: InstaNatural Peppermint and Lavender Essential Oils

March 16, 2015

InstaNatural

Disclosure: I received product samples in a campaign through Tomoson. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Essential oils have been used for centuries for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, some with antiseptic properties, making them useful for many purposes, including aromatherapy. Please note these oils should never be ingested. For use of ingestion, please look for them in capsule form, or make sure it is therapeutic grade oil.

There are many ways to enjoy essential oils; place a drop or two in a bowl with some water, or use a drop or two on a cotton ball placed around the room. They can also be used as a moisturizer with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, to be used to ease tension in sore muscles. Use on skin sparingly in case of reaction, always try a patch test first.

All about InstaNatural:

InstaNatural wants us to feel comfortable using their products by providing products made with premium organic and natural ingredients without any use of alcohols, parabens or sulfates. They are constantly searching for wholesome ingredients to enhance natural beauty. Their product line includes moisturizers, serums and oils for skincare, hair & body and aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy uses plant materials and oils, for the purpose of altering one's mood, or physical well being. Also used to prevent and treat diseases.

Health Benefits of Essential Oils:

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil: has a high concentration of natural pesticides, it has been shown to be effective for IBS, nausea, vomiting, and many other stomach ailments, also headache and respiratory issues. Primary components of this oil are menthol and menthone. Found in mouthwash to gum. It is a very potent aroma, relaxing, and refreshing, too.

Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil: is know for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. The oil soothes insect bites, burns, and headaches. Primary components of this oil are linalool and linalyl acetate. Used in perfumes and aromatherapy. It has a very calming effect, reducing stress and anxiety.

Both of these oils are similar in qualities and benefits, yet different, and seem to compliment one another when used together. There are many ways to enjoy these oils.

How to Use Oils:

Both oils are known for pest repellent properties. Spring is a perfect time of year to place cotton balls with a few drops of peppermint around the room. Especially when we open the windows as a deterrent for bugs.

Also, good for a room freshener or linen spray. Using a spray bottle, mix parts: distilled water (6-8oz), a little alcohol or witch hazel, (2 oz) and a few drops of oil. Leave enough space to shake before each use. (please keep in mind some surfaces, like wood or certain upholstery will stain from the water and oil.)

Could also be used in a homemade surface spray for natural cleaning, especially the peppermint, keeping in mind that some surfaces will stain. Also, a good spray to combine oils (lavender and peppermint with most parts distilled water) and have a bottle ready in the garage for outdoor use. These oils help discourage mosquitos to mice. Safe for your vegetable and indoor/outdoor plants, too.

Indoors, you could leave a pretty bowl in a room with a little water and a few drops of oil (high enough so pets and young kids cannot reach), or use a drop or two in a cotton ball, strategically placed around the home (perfect for bathrooms). There are diffusers used with aromatherapy, some are plug ins, others heat the oil with a candle. These multi purpose oils are also great in bath water, too. I have a friend who would add a drop to the top of her lightbulbs and when they were on, it would heat up the oil for a refreshing scent.

My favorite way to enjoy these oils are a few drops in a cotton ball, it really refreshes a room. I also want to try a peppermint spray in the garden this year, it could also be used for cleaning purposes, too.

Only a little oil is needed and all oils should always be diluted. They are very potent and concentrated, err on the side of caution. Start off with a few drops, you can always add more. If you use too much, they could give you a headache instead of help. How do you like to use essential oils?

Tips from InstaNatural for their Lavender and Peppermint Oils:

* Our essential oils are 100% pure, we recommend to dilute well before use.

* The bottle should be stored in a cool, dark location, away from direct heat and sunlight.

* Our essential oils are recommended for external use only.

* Lavender Essential Oil is great to use around the house and can be used to freshen laundry. Add the calming scent by placing several drops of lavender essential oil on a clean cloth and tossing into the dryer during the cool-down phase.

* Peppermint Essential Oil is great to use to boost the spirits. Place a drop on your wrists and inhale gently to help with congestion and invigorate your senses with the invigorating, menthol fragrance.

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Caution:

Lavender oil should not be applied directly to the chest area of young males. Peppermint oil may burn sensitive skin and should be used minimally and always with a carrier oil.

Do not use either oils (or any other) if pregnant or nursing.

Any statement above is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases, please always consult with your health care professional before starting a new herbal regime or any self treatment.



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References:

http://www.gardenguides.com/81346-use-peppermint-oil-pest-control.html#ixzz3U7BLYYle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender_oil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppermint_extract

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