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Chapter Eight – Hygiene and Personal Care

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If you open your bathroom cabinet, glance around your bedroom, or look in your personal hygiene bag, you’ll probably notice quite a few products designed for topical application.

Many of us rely on the daily use of moisturizers, cleansers, lotions, ointments toothpastes, and more. Why? Because as we age and as we go about daily routines, everything—from our hair to our skin, and even down to our fingernails and teeth and gums—must be properly cared for if we want to stay healthy. It can take a lot of products to keep skin, hair, teeth, and the rest of the body well-maintained.

As you might have guessed, this is another area where essential oils can come in handy. In fact, did you know that plenty of essential oils are commonly used in cosmetic products like perfumes, toothpastes and mouthwashes, lotions, skincare products, and more? Not only do essential oils lend their lovely scents to cosmetics, but they also have powerful benefits that make them useful for personal care.

When used properly, essential oils provide a safe, nontoxic way to care for the body.

Essential oils are natural and potent—plus, they can also offer cleansing properties that are useful for personal hygiene. While countless products are available to help with personal care routines, essential oils provide many benefits that aren’t available in other products. Because they come from natural sources, essential oils don’t’ contain harmful chemicals like many other products on the market, making them safe for you and your family when applied properly.

In addition to being natural and free from potentially dangerous chemicals, essential oils are also more cost-effective over time because they last longer than other products. Due to their powerful and potent nature, only a small amount is needed when used for personal care.
Because it’s possible to get so much use out of a single
drop, essential oils will last much longer than many other
hygiene products.

Lastly, we know essential oils are versatile and easy to use for a variety of tasks. This makes them more desirable than other personal care products, because a single oil may have several applications for your hygiene routine. For example, Lavender essential oil can be combined with your daily moisturizer to help soothe the skin and occasional skin irritations. You can also apply Lavender after shaving to help soothe the skin and avoid sensitivity. Lavender can even be added to your conditioner to soothe your strands and provide a lovely aroma.

Not only will you have a lot of options when it comes to using essential oils in your personal care routine, but you can also tailor your essential oil experience to fit your preferences or needs.

Essential oils with benefits for personal care

So, if you want to incorporate essential oils into your daily hygiene routine, where is the best place to start? In Chapter 2, we discussed the benefits of essential oils for the skin. Lavender, Tea Tree, Jasmine, Melissa, Helichrysum, and Sandalwood are just a few oils that can be used to soothe your skin and promote a healthy complexion. Outside of skincare, several essential oils have impressive benefits for hair. You can incorporate essential oils like Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Geranium, or Tea Tree into your haircare routine to help bring a little extra life to your locks. Lastly, some essential oils offer powerful benefits for the gums, teeth, and mouth. Clove, Peppermint, and Spearmint oils are useful for oral hygiene. Just remember to dilute stronger oils like Clove with water or toothpaste before putting them on the tongue or mouth.

As we continue with our 100 uses for essential oils, let’s discuss 10 ways you can use essential oils in your personal hygiene routine.

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How to use essential oils for personal care


For a clean, healthy-looking complexion, apply essential oils to the face by diluting the oils in lotion, toner, moisturizer, facial cleanser, or a carrier oil.


Add a few drops of essential oil to your shampoo and conditioner to promote a clean scalp and healthy-looking hair. You can also try using any of the products in the dōTERRA Salon Essentials® line.


For a clean mouth and fresh breath, add a drop of essential oil to your toothbrush before brushing. Try using Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Lime, Peppermint, or even dōTERRA On Guard® Whitening Toothpaste.


For a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, place a few drops of cleansing or refreshing essential oil on the floor of the shower before getting in, or you can mix the oil into Epsom salts before taking a bath.


Soothe the skin by applying essential oils, diluted with Fractionated Coconut oil, directly after shaving to avoid sensitivity and irritation. Try using Lavender, Myrrh, or Sandalwood.


Apply essential oils like Frankincense or Tea Tree to the fingernails and toenails around the cuticles after showering to keep them looking clean and healthy.


Soothe the skin by applying essential oils, diluted with Fractionated Coconut oil, directly after shaving to avoid sensitivity and irritation. Try using Lavender, Myrrh, or Sandalwood.


Create your own essential oil mouthwash by combining a few drops of essential oil with two ounces of water and gargling for 15 to 30 seconds. Cinnamon Bark, Tea Tree, or Spearmint work well for this, or you can try the dōTERRA On Guard Mouthwash.


Use facial products infused with essential oils to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and promote a healthy complexion. Consider Correct-X®, dōTERRA Essential Skin Care products, HD Clear® products, or Verage® products.


Enjoy a spa experience at home by using essential oils to make your own soap, body scrub, or facial masks. You can also use any of the dōTERRA SPA products for a luxurious DIY spa night.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease

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