My previous experiences with essential oils have been to study them whilst at the health food store, sniff several, ponder if I should purchase any, and then eventually put them back and go on my merry way. I have a list of several that I know I would use, but let me tell you, the sticker shock on the lavender oil is pretty severe.
However, I've been dealing with this sinus-y cold-type thingy (my poor little guy is so stuffy that he's been snoring louder than Daddy) and don't want it to turn into a sinus infection. Usually my only defense against sinus infections is a combination of my neti pot, Flonase, and prayer, but I decided to oomph it up a little and get some eucalyptus oil for steam inhalation.
This stuff is potent! I put a few drops in my steamy bowl of water, tossed a towel over my head, leaned in... and started coughing. It's not an unpleasant smell, but it's very sharp and menthol-like. I had to stir the water a few times and then I was okay. I was going to put a few drops in my son's bathwater, but since the smell alone made my eyes water and skin burn a little, I decided against actually having it touch his skin. I will tell you, though, this stuff works. It really helped loosen up everything in my sinuses. Followed by my neti pot (which has helped me so much in the sinus infection department--I used to get sinus infections 5 to 6 times a year and since I started using the neti pot (or "doing pot," as my husband likes to joke) I haven't had to go on antibiotics at all) my sinuses felt totally clear.
Ye Olde Tummy has now decided it hates nutritional yeast. Sigh. I've been wondering why Tummy got angry when I ate that faux boxed macaroni and cheese (called macaroni and chreese, I believe), and now I understand. I may experiment with a few different brands, though, because I really want to make this macaroni and "cheese" casserole. I made this totally awesome burrito-type-wrap thing last night--extra firm tofu cut in cubes, cooked in olive oil, sea salt, pepper, minced onion, and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, along with baby portabella mushrooms sauteed in olive oil, in a whole wheat wrap that had melted Daiya faux cheese on it. It was total yum. I probably didn't even need the Daiya, but I have an open package and wanted to use some up.
Tonight is my first grad school class! Eeeeeek!!!