Essential oils – oily essentials
Thanks to doTerra and a few other brands, you’ve probably heard of essential oils. A lot of people use them regularly and enjoy the benefits, from the gorgeous aromas positively affecting your mood to the oils getting deep into your body and effecting change at a cellular level. Whatever level of use, essential oils are pure plant goodness in a bottle!
What are they?
Essential oils are naturally occurring, aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants.
How do you use them?
- Topically – rubbed into the skin, often the soles of the feet, but also the temples, abdomen etc. It is important to be careful around sensitive areas and know that some oils are too potent to be applied directly and must be used with a carrier oil.
- Aromatically – inhalation, such as smelling right out of the bottle or through a diffuser.
- Ingestion – only for truly ingestible, therapeutic grade quality oils. Not all oils are ingestible, but there are many that can even be used in cooking.
I would consider myself a part-time user of essential oils, but I really do love them. There is usually some concoction being diffused in our house. In the spring I have lavender, lemon and peppermint going to help with seasonal allergies. In the fall it’s the warmer scents like cedarwood, cinnamon, and clove. I like them for the familiarity of the smells and the feelings they evoke – our olfactory system is well linked to our emotions and memories – my parents used to diffuse rose, geranium and ylang ylang regularly and that aroma always smells like home. But I know the oils are also at work within our bodies as we inhale the deliciousness. Some oils have an uplifting and energizing effect while others are calming for the mind and body.
Lavender is another go to, especially with the kiddos. My son has a lot of trouble winding down at night. I’ll often put a drop or two on his pillow or diffuse it in their bathroom with vetiver during shower time, and right before bedtime.
I have a beautiful diffuser necklace with felt circles inside that I can place a couple of drops of oil onto. There are also lava stone bracelets that can absorb oils. Sometimes I use it to smell pretty, other times it helps when I’m feeling a little anxious. I’ll pop lavender, vetiver and other grounding oils like sandalwood or cedarwood in there to help balance out my emotions.
Feel good faves
I use peppermint oil a LOT. We carry it on road trips to help my daughter and me with car sickness. We’ll sometimes smell it right out of the bottle, or I’ll put a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and place it in the car fan vent to spread the minty goodness throughout the car (It helps keep the driver alert too!). I pop a little on my yoga mat if I’m doing a power session to give me an extra boost (and I use Frankincense when I want my yoga practice to be SUPER spiritual).
With a good quality ingestible oil, I’ll add a drop or two of peppermint oil into a holiday hot chocolate or in my (glass or metal) water bottle with a couple of drops of lemon oil. Or if I’m in a sit-at-my-desk and work for hours mode, I’ll diffuse peppermint and orange oils. I’ve recently added Rosemary to my office repertoire also. It’s great for concentration!
There are literally oils for every occasion! If you want to give some good quality oils a go, check out my online shop here. Staring with some of the blends helps take the guesswork out of what you need. Or, try a few single oils and have fun coming up with your own concoctions!