Hey there, friends! Hope you’re having a good week. I am writing this from a busy, but cozy coffee shop on a rainy evening… feeling delightfully nostalgic and kind of loving the gloom, haha! During this dark time of year, I like to use essential oils to brighten my mood, take away headaches and stress, or even give my body a little boost. So while this post is sponsored by Jessica from Young Living who gifted me these items in exchange for a post, essential oils are something I’ve been using for quite a few years. Most often I use them to freshen my car, relieve muscle aches or headaches, and scent my laundry, and take away stress, as I mentioned above. But today, I want to dive a little deeper into some of the other benefits of essential oils.
Now, let me put this disclaimer out there: I am no expert on this topic, and you do need to be very careful when working with concentrated substances such as essential oils. Do not put pure essential oils on your skin without doing research first. Most oils must be diluted before being applied topically or taken orally. So please just take this post as what it is: an enthusiast sharing some tips and favourite uses. Please do your own reading into specific oils before taking them orally.
If you’d like to read more about what essential oils actually are and a bit of the crazy cool science behind how they can affect your body, please check out Jessica’s blog that helps to answer the question of “what are essential oils, anyway?”
So, let me dive into my top 3 favourite uses for essential oils.
1. Major Mood Booster
One of my very favourite ways to use essential oils is to either calm me down or get me going. I have about 3 different lavender blends at home to relax me after a stressful day, and a citrusy blend that I use when I’m feeling blah and need a pick-me-up.
Jessica was kind enough to make me a custom blend, called Seasonal Support, which is a blend of peppermint, lemon, and lavender – three of my top 5 favourite oils/scents, as it turns out!
As I mentioned, lavender is super relaxing. Lemon is very uplifting, and peppermint is so good for making me feel grounded (some people find it uplifting like lemon), but peppermint is also great for soothing cramped neck muscles after a long day. All mixed together, this blend helps me feel relaxed and positive. Of course it is not a happy pill. I don’t roll this on and suddenly start skipping down the lane towards a rainbow unicorn. But it certainly does help the process of unwinding and getting into a good headspace.
2. Muscle Relaxer / Headache Reliever
My colleagues will attest: I aalllwwaaayysss smell like peppermint oil. I am very prone to headaches and rubbing a peppermint oil diffusion around my hairline and on my neck honestly works better for me than most painkillers. Most of my headaches are brought on by tension in my neck or jaw muscles, and peppermint helps so much to relieve this tension. Why it works, I don’t know. But take it from me that it is a dangin’ miracle oil.
Jessica also introduced me to a blend called Panaway (from Young Living) that incorporates peppermint, along with wintergreen, helichrysum (a flower with anti-inflamatory properties) and clove. This blend is also cooling and soothing, and great for post-workout muscles.
Plus, as I said above, blends like this have some great mood boosting skills. I find it really grounding, some people find it relaxing or even energizing. It really just depends who you are!
3. Immune Booster
So, back when I was a smaller human, under the care of my parents, my mom would put little drops of essential oils or herbal extracts into tea when we got sick. I remember having peppermint tea with a drop or two of oregano oil and a bit of honey, at my mom’s insistence that these things could fix my insides. At the time I thought the whole business of drinking tea and herbs to feel better was akin to claiming that leprechauns exist. However, I am now older and wiser and know much better.
Jessica also gifted me a sample of some Thieves oil blend (cloves, rosemary, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and lemon). Like oregano, Thieves oil is known for its immune boosting properties, particularly against things like colds and coughs. Thieves oil can also be used in aromatherapy and to scent your home. It has a warm, spicy scent and can have a couple different blends depending where you buy (I’ve seen some blends that have a bit of oregano in them).
Also, I’d love to know your favorite ways to use your oils or oil blends. Drop a comment below!
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