I have become a little obsessed with essential oils starting a few years ago, increasingly so in the last few months. I’ll be honest, the whole essential oil thing was all a little overwhelming and confusing at first. Some oils could be used topically, some should be diffused, still others should be taken internally. There were so many oils and so little time to understand what, when and how to use them. Little by little, I have found some routines that have stuck and am now officially on the bandwagon.
Here are a few of my favorites and how I use them:
- Serenity – my daughter uses this as a part of her nighttime ritual, rubbing it on her neck, chest and feet to help her relax (we put about 10 drops of it with fractionated coconut oil. I also put ~5 drops directly into my bathwater along 4 cups of Epsom salt.
- Frankincense – People claim this to be “the king of oils” because of its long history of healing properties but it’s expensive so I typically use this more sparingly but often by mixing a few drops in both my face and body lotions.
- Past Tense – one of our team members, Shelley Miller, first introduced this to me a few years ago and I swear by it. Rubbing this on the back of my neck can reduce tension and give a refreshed feeling for hours. I love this!
- Lemon, Slim & Sassy and Peppermint blend – Recently, I got creative and decided to create a mix of the best tasting oils. I used a partially empty bottle of Lemon and eye-balled it, putting equal parts of all 3 in the bottle. I use it daily, all day, dropping a few drops in every bottle of water. It’s refreshing, helps me get my water intake daily, and I notice feeling better. Tip: use a klean kanteen, swell or other bottle - not a plastic one.
- OnGuard Beadlets– we have made it through the flu season with only 2 days of a high temperature (crossing my fingers as I write) and I believe one of the reasons is because of our preventative daily dose of 5 beadlets. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties are keeping our bodies from full on attack thus far.
- Emotional blends (Motivate, Peace, Cheer & Forgive) – these are a few of the ones I use. I love having them with me so that when I’m going into a high-pressure meeting, all day research, or just need to get myself in gear to focus, I use these to trigger the mood I want to move me forward. We love them so much, we gave these out as our Christmas gifts this year and they were a hit. Here are the cards we made along with them!
Motivate is an encouraging blend with elements of peppermint, citrus, and spices which help with feeling confident and courageous.
Peace is a reassuring blend, which uses floral and mint scents to help cultivate feelings of tranquility and comfort.
Cheer is an uplifting blend with a bright, fresh aroma that lifts spirits and creates positivity.
Forgive is a rejuvenating blend that brings about relief and patience. The woodsy scent sooths strained nerves, helping heal through contentment.