Essential Oils

How to Clean Oily Skin Naturally (And Other Uses for Melaleuca Essential Oil)

Melaleuca is a must-have oil that comes in the Family and Home Essentials Kits, but it is definitely one I get asked about a lot. Asked about as in, “What the heck do I do with Melaleuca??” This was actually my very first essential oil (way back when essential oils were hardly a thing yet), and it’s one I still love and use daily, especially to care for my oily skin!

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Melaleuca Essential Oil, also known as Tea Tree Oil, is one that a lot of people recognize by name but just as many people are unsure how to use. Combine this slight air of mystery with an aroma that most people don’t seem to like, and Melaleuca has a tendency to drift to the back of the oils shelf and stay there. Since no oil should be left to languish— especially one as useful as this— let me show you how to move this little bottle to the front of the line.

Primary Properties & Uses

Melaleuca has a sharp, clean aroma and powerful cleansing properties. It can be used to cleanse the skin, repel lice, and repel environmental threats.

Aromatic Use

Melaleuca can be diffused to cleanse the air of environmental threats and unwanted odors.

HOWEVER, I do not diffuse it. While all essential oils should be diffused with caution around pets (make sure your pets can leave the room if desired and observe them closely for signs of any ill reaction), Melaleuca has a strong reputation for being toxic to household animals. As we have two kitties (who have never had any adverse reactions to other oils, by the way), I play it safe an avoid diffusing Melaleuca. For more information about pets and oil safety, click here.

Topical Use

This is my FAVORITE way to use melaleuca, and I put it on my skin every day. I have very oily, acne prone skin, and melaleuca is amazing for cleansing, so it’s my front and center tool of choice for healthy, clear skin. I wash my face with Castile soap (cuts oil effectively and doesn’t contain irritants that cause me to break out), then I moisturize with a melaleuca roller. This, combined with drinking plenty of water and avoiding too much sugar, help me maintain clear, healthy skin, in spite of its oily nature. You’ll see my roller recipe just below, but first, in the interest of authenticity, here’s me, totally naked faced in an unedited photo, on the morning of publishing this post. I won’t say my skin is perfect (hello, bug bite on my forehead from this weekend), but it’s clear and healthy, and I can feel confident in it, in spite of years and years of battling acne!

 
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1) Make a Roller: I make an easy 10 ml roller to moisturize my face with 20 drops melaleuca, 10 drops frankincense, and fill to the top with carrier oil (I prefer vitamin E oil or jojoba oil for my face)

2) Spot treat: Melaleuca is very strong, so some dilution is always recommended. But a less diluted amount (a couple of drops of EO to a couple of drops of carrier oil) can be applied to spot treat zits, sore ears, minor abrasions, bug bites, etc, to cleanse the skin and encourage healing

3) Add to soaps and shampoos: Add a few drops to a bottle of shampoo or or soap to repel lice and encourage overall scalp and skin health

Internal use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them. Please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me )

1) Gargle: Add 1 drop of melaleuca to a shot of warm salt water and gargle thoroughly to soothe and cleanse a sore throat, spit out after gargling. (Warning: this isn’t a pleasant experience, and I don’t enjoy the taste at all. However, I find it to be HIGHLY effective, and therefore worth it)

2) FLOOM If you need a serious, hardcore, kick the thing in the teeth immune boost, there’s nothing like FLOOM: 2 drops each of Frankie, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca in a veggie capsule. If I’m “fighting something,” I take one capsule morning and evening for a few days. (Keep in mind that this is a powerful immune boost designed to be taken periodically, not as a regular regimen)





How to Use OnGuard Essential Oil

Also known as the “protective blend,” OnGuard Essential Oil blend is my go-to for all things immune support and cleansing. I can say confidently that I use OnGuard the most of all my oils, and I’m excited to show you how versatile it is!

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OnGuard contains a proprietary blend of Wild Orange, Clove, and other essential oils to make a delicious power house of cleansing and immune support properties. This blend smells warm, like spice muffins, and is one of my favorites for, well, everything.

Primary Properties and Benefits

OnGuard exists to help you be your healthiest self. Wild orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and more make this oil not only smell deliciously spicy and supportive, but they also provide true support to your immune system year round and are amazing natural cleaning agents. In fact, this blend is so versatile and useful that doTERRA has created a whole collection of personal and home care items around it, many of which I will share about with you here.

Aromatic Use

Here are three of my favorite ways to diffuse OnGuard blend (recipes are assuming a 2-4 hour diffuser. I add about 1 drop of oil per hour of diffusing time to my diffuser):

1) By Itself: If you come to my house at any point, there’s an 80-90% chance that I will be diffusing OnGuard in the kitchen. We come in and out of the kitchen door, so I love knowing that we and our respiratory systems get a nice healthy dose of OnGuard the moment we come in from being out and about. Plus, it makes my kitchen smell like muffins

2) As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I’m a bit of a “purist” when it comes to diffusing OnGuard and don’t usually mix it with anything else. It would be a good candidate for some holiday blends, though, by adding peppermint, or Siberian fir, or frankincense

Topical Use

1) Make a Rollerbottle: in a 10ml roller, combine 20-30 drops of OnGuard with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Roll daily on the spine and bottoms of the feet for immune support

2) Hand Cleanser: You can purchase this ready made from doTERRA or make your own at home. If making your own, combine in a 4 oz spray bottle 20-30 drops of OnGuard with a splash of FCO. Fill to the top with filtered or distilled water. Shake well. Spritz on hands then rub hands together to cleanse. (this is a fave for me because both my boys are thumb suckers and this is actually beneficial if it ends up in their mouth versus other hand products which are potentially toxic)

3) Cleaner Concentrate: Run don’t walk to get this! I use it to clean everything from my counters to my kids to my commodes. Literally everything. A little goes a long way, and I keep several spray bottles mixed at all times. There are two things I LOVE about the OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate: 1) It works so well and 2) The safety label literally says, “If swallowed, drink a glass of water to dilute.” THAT is the kind of product I want around my kids

Internal Use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them. Please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me )

1) FLOOM If you need a serious, hardcore, kick the thing in the teeth immune boost, there’s nothing like FLOOM: 2 drops each of Frankie, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca in a veggie capsule. If I’m “fighting something,” I take one capsule morning and evening for a few days. (Keep in mind that this is a powerful immune boost designed to be taken periodically, not as a regular regimen)

2) Toothpaste: Clove is excellent for gum health, so this fluoride free toothpaste tastes yummy and is great for your mouth

3) Throat Drops: Soothe a sore throat and boost your immune system all at once!

4) Soothing Tea: Also excellent for your throat, mix 1-2 drops of OnGuard with a spoonful of honey in a mug of hot water for a delicious tea


How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is called the “king of the oils” because of its rarity but also because it is a powerful support for the body at a cellular level. I love using “Frankie” to support my skin, mood, and immune system!

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Confession time: I hated the smell of frankincense for at least a year. Now I would describe it as “rich,” “warm,” and “woody,” but then, it was like stinky dirt to my nose. Still, I couldn’t deny its power. I used it in my face oil, and I began getting compliments on my skin almost at once. I used it for immune support and saw the difference it made in my body’s ability to heal. What I hadn’t experienced or understood, though, was why some people loved it so much for mood support. Then, last fall, my friend Mary died. To be frank, grief sucks. Two oils that I’d never cared much for suddenly became two favorites: Peace blend and Frankincense. Peace was wonderful for pushing back anxious or overwhelmed feelings, and Frankincense was encouraging and hopeful. And, thus, a bit of a love affair between Frankie and me began…

Primary Properties & Uses

If I had to sum up Frankie in just one word, I’d say “restorative.” It restores the body at a cellular level, restores the skin to a healthy glow, and restores the mood to uplifted harmony. It can be used aromatically, topically, and internally, and while its higher cost at first made me hesitant to use it, now I see the benefit of using just a little bit, often.

Aromatic Use

Here are three of my favorite ways to diffuse peppermint oil (recipes are assuming a 2-4 hour diffuser. I add about 1 drop of oil per hour of diffusing time to my diffuser):

1) By Itself: The rich, woody aroma is warm, inviting, and sometimes downright sexy! I find it stabilizes and lifts my mood with a single deep inhale

2) As a “bonus”. I diffuse for a lot of reasons— cleanse the air, increase focus, manage my mood, etc— but when I’m diffusing to eliminate negative emotions and encourage positive ones, I almost always add a drop of frankincense to the diffuser. I find that the aroma sinks to the background this way, but I know my brain is still getting all the benefits Frankie offers.

3) Bad Juju Blend. We all know people and situations that feel like “energy vampires”— we leave exhausted, irritable, frustrated, etc. When I’ve been around or know I will have to be around “bad juju” I bust out the big guns with this diffuser blend: 2 drops each of Lemongrass, Frankincense, and Wild Orange. Lemongrass banishes fatigue and anxiousness, Frankincense restores a sense of wholeness, and Wild Orange promotes feelings of abundance— take THAT, bad juju!

 
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Topical Use

Frankincense is wonderful for the skin, so any time you use Frankie topically, you get the side benefit of promoting healthy skin cells!

1) Combine with lavender and melaleuca (10-15 drops of each) and FCO in a 10 ml roller bottle for a cleansing and restoring facial moisturizer.

2) FLOOM Support a healthy immune system by mixing 10 drops each of Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca with FCO in a 10 ml roller. Roll onto spine and feet for a powerful immune boost (this is a morning and evening routine for everyone in our house if there’s even a hint that one of us is fighting something).

3) Raise those vibes. You might remember from chemistry class that everything is made of molecules and those molecules are constantly in motion. The rate at which the molecules move is called the frequency of the object (measured in megahertz/ MHz). The healthy human body vibrates at 62-72 MHz, but a bad mood or feeling under the weather can lower that by as much as 12 MHz. On the contrary positive thoughts, self-care, a great environment can raise it by as much as 10 MHz. Because our bodies respond so well to their environments and because essential oils have nice high frequencies, we can proactively and positively “raise our vibe” by using our oils regularly. Frankincense, which has a wonderful vibration at 147 MHz, is my favorite for this proactive energy care. One way I use it is in the Bad Juju blend above, but I will also swipe it across my forehead, down my neck, and/ or on the bottoms of my feet when I just need a little “boost.”

Internal Use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them. Please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me )

1) FLOOM Just like the FLOOM mentioned above, I also take this combo internally: 2 drops each of Frankie, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca in a veggie capsule. If I’m “fighting something,” I take one capsule morning and evening for a few days. (Keep in mind that this is a powerful immune boost designed to be taken periodically, not as a regular regimen)

2) Tension relief Place a drop on your thumb then press into the roof of your mouth if you are experiencing head tension. Frankie is anti-inflammatory and quickly absorbed through the roof of the mouth to bring relief.