The Many Uses of Scented Oils - Lemon and Peppermint Oils

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I love, love, - love scented oils and wanted to share some of the many ways you can enjoy these heavenly fragrances that come in a bottle. Recently, I had a chance to review Insta Natural Lemon and Peppermint scented oils.  InstaNatural offers a range of beauty products focused on using natural and organic ingredients, something that I care a lot about. I liked that the oils are sold in large 4 oz. bottles that come with a great dropper and felt that you get a lot of product for the price. Each oil smells amazing and the fragrance lingers quite nicely. Last week I wiped out my cupboards with a bit of peppermint oil and I can still smell the scent after one whole week!

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About Scented Oils

InstaNatural’s Essential Oils are multi-purpose oils that are steam-distilled and extracted from dried or fresh leaves. The pleasant aromas make the oils a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits and can be used in a multitude of other ways around the home. 

Lemon Oil

Insta Natural Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the rinds of lemon, which lends its fresh citrus fragrance. This cold-pressed oil has a strong bright scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to help cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits. You can also use it to:

1. Remove Sticky Residue 

Remove anything sticky from your carpet, clothes or even skin by dabbing a bit of oil on a rag and gently dabbing the residue away.

2. Freshen your Laundry

If you ever forgot to remove the laundry after doing a load, you can get the funky smell out by adding a few drops of lemon oil to your next wash cycle. 

3. Fight Grease

Sometimes dishwashing liquid or soap don't easily get rid of grease. A few drops of lemon oil added to your soap will cut right through the grease. 

4. Remove Hard Water Buildup

Soap scum and hard water deposits make faucets look ugly. Next time when you clean add lemon oil and make your cleaning chores easier to tackle. 

5. Give Some Lemon Oil Love to your Furniture

Lemon oil leaves a lovely shine on furniture and prevents wood from drying out. Just pour some oil on your dusting rag and wipe down your wooden furniture 

6. Clean your Cutting Boards 

Lemon oil disinfects and kills bacteria that might be hiding in the grooves of your cutting boards. Just wash your wooden boards and then wipe them down with some lemon oil.

7. Control Aphids on Plants 

House Plants often get infested with Aphids. For a natural pesticide add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and dishwashing liquid and spray down your plant. The mix will kill the aphids and their larvae and not harm your plant. 

8. Water Flavor Additive - Lemon and Peppermint Oil

Add a few drops of lemon or peppermint oil to your water. It adds a nice taste and boosts your energy as well. 

9. Prevent Fruit from Turning Brown

Spray fresh cut apples , bananas and strawberries with a bit of lemon oil. The lemon prevents the fruit from turning brown. 

10. Lighten Dark Spots on your skin 

Place a few drops of lemon oil on dark spots on your skin. Lemons over time remove dead skin cells and help make your spots look lighter. 

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant -- a cross between water mint and spearmint -- that thrives in Europe and North America. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herb, giving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. Its pleasantly sweet and minty aroma makes it a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits.

Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Peppermint oil also is used for a variety of health conditions and can be taken orally in dietary supplements or topically as a skin cream or ointment.

1. Freshen your Breath

Add a few drops of Peppermint oil to a glass of water and rinse your mouth. Peppermint will leave your breath smell fresh. 

2. Sinus Relief

Peppermint acts as an expectorant and might help relieve discomfort from clogged SInus. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog your sinuses. 

3. Relax your Feet

After a long day of walking or standing give your feet a foot bath with warm water and peppermint oil. 

4. Add Peppermint Oil to Hot Drinks

Spice up hot chocolate, coffee or even tea with a few drops of peppermint oil. It tastes great!

5. Scare Pest Away

Ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, spiders, mice, rats and cockroaches do not care for the strong scent of peppermint. Just add a few drops to water in a spray bottle and spray away.

6. Natural Cleaner

Peppermint just like Lemon Oil  is a great cleaning agent with antibacterial properties. Spray surfaces down to clean and add a great scent.

7. Sleep Better

Peppermint oil activates cold-sensitive receptors in the skin. Add a few drops to your temples and relax into sleep.

8. Aid Sore Muscles

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically.

9. Reduce Hunger Cravings 

Inhaling peppermint essential oil can stave off the munchies and can help you feel full faster. If you can’t have a diffuser with you at dinnertime, try applying a couple drops on your temples or chest, or take a couple of deep sniffs from the bottle.

10. Improve Your Shampoo

Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner to stimulate the scalp, energize your mind, and wake up! Because it is a powerful antiseptic, peppermint can also help remove dandruff and lice.

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