Right now, it seems like essential oils are all over the place. When I check my email, I have at least one message boasting the benefits of essential oils. When I go on Facebook, I have at least one friend selling the products and touting their “life-changing” benefits. And at least a dozen of the natural, DIY cleaning products I have researched include essential oils. What is it about this stuff that has people talking?

So I looked into it. Turns out these little liquids are pretty handy when it comes to cleaning and alleviating many ailments associated with the senior lifestyle. The verdict is still out on whether all of these work for every person, but they may be interesting to try out.

Here is how some people use essential oils to alleviate:

Arthritis: Add about five drops of cedar wood oil to a bath to help reduce inflammation and stiffness.

Sore feet: Mix peppermint oil and Epsom salt with warm water. Soak your feet in the mixture.

Migraines and headaches: Rub a mixture of lavender and peppermint oils on your temples.

Chest and sinus congestion: rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your chest (much like vapor rub) or mix some drops of eucalyptus oil into a pot of hot water, breathe over the steam.

Achy muscles: Apply peppermint oil topically to achy muscles.

Stress: Spritz a mixture of lavender oil and water around the home to mitigate feelings of stress.

Poor concentration: Take a deep whiff of rosemary essential oil mixed with peppermint oil.

Poor sleep: Roll on a mixture of chamomile and lavender oils to get better sleep.

Nausea: Apply one or two drops of ginger oil over the stomach area.

They can also help around the home:

Unwanted pests:  A mixture of orange and clove oils can kill pests on contact, while cedar wood oil is said to keep many away.

Dirty surfaces: Tea tree, lemon, cinnamon, and thyme are all oils that have disinfectant properties. Use these with a mixture of water and white vinegar, or find a different mixture.

Smelly spots: Clary sage, lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils all have deodorizing properties.

It is important to know that these may not work for all people. It is always best to consult your doctor before using any of these oils. None of these oils should replace any treatment you are currently receiving or will receive in the future. This article is for informational purposes only.