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Your Basic Essential Oils Kit: Lemon, Peppermint & Lavender

FEATURING: Camille Carlson Gehrlich
Standard Enzyme Partner New’s Editor, and frequent contributor, Camille Carlson Gehrlich, investigates the incredible usefulness of SEC’s Essential Oils.

If you haven’t started your essential oil “survival kit” yet, now’s the time to start!

You must start to experience the amazing healing properties of these powerful plant extracts. These properties can be delivered via a variety of vehicles….via diffuser, topically or orally. This is what makes aromatherapy so great. The possibilities for application are endless.

As many of you know, I spend the better part of my time in South America. Here, these natural oils are routinely used for their medicinal properties and have been for centuries.

This month I have some great info for you on household and general health uses for these three ingestible, and topically applicable, wonders.


Our SEC catalog says that lavender oil is generally used to help relieve tension, calm irritated skin, and reduce muscle soreness, but this only scratches the surface.

Lavender is an anti-bacterial and antiseptic, which opens the door to a million possible uses.


Carpet Disinfectant Cleaner

  • 8 drops lavender oil
  • ½ c. baking soda

Sprinkle on carpet, let stand for a few minutes and vacuum.

Laundry Disinfectant

Add 3 drops to washing machine to disinfect and deodorize smelly laundry.

Air freshener

  • 15 drops of lavender oil
  • 10 drops of orange oil
  • 10 drops of lemon oil
  • 2 ounces of distilled water
  • 2 ounces’ alcohol

Mix in a spray bottle.


Neosporin Alternative

Rub lavender oil on cuts and scrapes mixed with fractionated coconut oil. It also is great for irritated or dry skin.


Lemon oil is typically used to reduce tension, improve cognitive ability, uplift mood, and help with irritated skin and muscle tension recovery. It is also a powerful antioxidant, and has great digestive benefits and cleansing properties.


Disinfectant Spray

  • 2 drops of lemon oil
  • 2 drops of lavender
  • 2 drops of peppermint
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil
  • 2 c. white vinegar

Spray on surfaces to disinfect (freshen old mattresses, remove odors from fabrics, cut bathroom odors, and clean cutting boards).

Stinky Shoe Refresher

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • ½ c. baking soda

Sprinkle in shoes and let sit. Shake out and/or wipe out when ready to use.

Shower Grout Cleaner

8 drops lemon oil with powdered soap.


Acne Fighter

3 drops lemon oil on a cotton ball, gently scrub skin before going to sleep.

Musinex Alternative

3 drops lemon oil in humidifier.

Chloroseptic Alternative

2 drops lemon oil in glass of water, gargle and swallow.

Pepto-Bismol Alternative

2 drops in a glass of water, swallow.

Children’s Tylenol Alternative

Rub 2 drops on temples.


Peppermint is well-known to help with digestive issues (indigestion, nausea, stomach upset). It is a natural alternative to anti-bloating drugs. A few drops in water before a meal works to relax the intestinal muscles which can help with spasms, bloating and gas.

It is also looked to in order to increase energy, focus and concentration. Because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it is especially useful when it comes to soothing muscle pain. The same anti-spasmodic properties which help the colon can also help headaches by rubbing just a bit on your temples, forehead, sinus area, and the back of the neck. Something to always keep in mind when it comes to Peppermint is that it is one of the strongest of essential oils and must always be diluted.



  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 2 ounces of distilled water
  • 2 ounces’ alcohol

Mix ingreditents in a bottle.

Caffeine Alternative

Rub a bit of peppermint oil under your nose, the back of your neck and shoulders to improve alertness, focus and concentration.

Anti-Stress Treatment

  • 2 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops of geranium oil

Add oils to a warm bath. Oils will help relieve stiffness, stress and exhaustion.


Irritated Skin

  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • ½ c. fractionated coconut oil

Helps to calm skin inflammation, reduces redness and allergic reactions.

Eczema and Psoriasis Soother

  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • ½ c. fractionated coconut oil

Nasal Congestion Reliever

2 drops of peppermint oil in an essential oil diffuser can help to relieve sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, the common cold and cough.

Alternatively, add eucalyptus and rosemary oils to the peppermint oil and boiling water placed in a bowl, drape a towel over your head and position face approximately 12 inches above the bowl and deeply breathe in the steam.

Cough Relief

Massage chest with 2-3 drops of peppermint and coconut (or other carrier oil) oil.

Lice & Dandruff Preventative

2-3 drops of peppermint oil in your shampoo every time you wash your hair.

Fever Reducer

Mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and massage into neck and bottoms of feet.

As you can see, you can get almost infinite benefits out of just these three little wonders. I would love to hear ways that YOU have used these oils as well. Let me know at

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