The self-care industry has really gone head first into essential oils and I for one am all for it. I utilize essential oils in my day to day life for many purposes, but one I tend to forget about it stress relief. So let's make a pact together that when the going gets tough, we reach for the good stuff! ha ha
Obviously I mean good quality oils... but I digress.
The point is something so simple as smelling or applying a scent could totally change your day around.
My first go to for stress relief is always going to be Lavender. The soothing scents as you may already know are great for sleep, peaceful feelings and calm vibes. I'd have to second this. I prefer to put a little lavender on my wrists and on the back of my neck when the going gets tough. However my favorite use is to put a couple drops on my pillow before crawling into bed after a long day. #instantcalm
Speaking of sleep, my second stress relief oil would be Cedarwood applied to the bottoms of my feet. I love this bedtime ritual and I've found that whenever I take the time to do this I get the best sleep hands down (or should it be feet down?). I always feel that this practice is much like the "grounding" practice of walking without shoes and connecting back to the Earth. There's just something calming and soothing of your bare feet on the ground, #amirite?
A little bit more on the expensive side but like Lavender another great sleep aid is Roman Chamomile. You may be more familiar with Chamomile tea, and this is similar! That calming feeling can be bottled into an oil as well. I like to diffuse this one with a little lavender for extra peace and bedtime feels.
When stress gets the most of me I find that I end up with a pretty intense headache and my quick go-to is Peppermint oil. Just a few drops of this oil applied to my forehead usually clears up that headache; it's like magic! If that doesn't work, take a few drops and apply to the back of your neck and shoulders. We tend to tighten up here during times of stress and this oil should provide a icy hot relief.
While not all stress can be cleared away we can choose to shift our focus on the things we can change and that includes our reaction and attitude toward a situation. One way gift yourself a little uplift in mood is to apply a drop or two of Wild Orange to amp up that optimism! I like to put those drops into my palms and rub them together and then smell my palms (from a safe distance of course - don't touch your face). Instant uplift!
One last tip for all oil use, be sure to wash your hands prior to applying oils to your face/body so you're not spreading anything other than oil. Hoping something here helps you out!
- Jenn Rose
(P.S. - This is NOT a sponsored post. I just use and like DoTerra.)
Sometimes I think there's a reason we tend to get sick during the wintery months; other than the bitter cold air. It's a time that we are forced inside and for good reason! It's time to look inward and reconnect to your intuition. Gift yourself time to rest so you can reflect, refine and redefine your life.
For those of us living in the northern hemisphere winter coincides with new year traditions like resolutions or goals. We are gifted a new calendar year; a fresh start. Often our resolutions are a reflection of what we want to see changed in our current lives. A refinement of bad habits and a redesign to welcome newer habits that will serve us better. Whether you're limiting alcohol or cutting out sugar this is a renewal of sorts and we're feeling it!
As we draw close to the end of another year I'm excited for all the things that 2020 will bring; the new adventures, inspirations and growth. Looking back at these photo blogs each year stir up thoughts on why I chose each image and TBH I'm really enjoying it.
Would love to know if you make one of these too or if you have other end of year rituals.
So without further ado, my Gala Darling inspired photo reflection of 2019...
2019 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE…
First up, It's been a while and a whirlwind.
So much has been happening in my day to day that I haven't been able to keep up a regular blog schedule; which should be a reminder to check in with my priorities/goals before I became overwhelmed! Needless to say the Universe replays messages until we get them and if we learn to lean into the seasons we're about to learn how good it feels to let go of things just like the leaves on the trees.
Sitting with the Seasons is a concept I've been toying with for some time. Autumn is such a good example of this concept. I'm all about feeling the vibes of the seasons and Fall is about letting go. We often know we should let go of things when they no fit, are useful, etc. However, I find it's often the memories associated with that thing/pattern that we have a hard time releasing.
This is where the trees can teach us a thing or two.
I've always liked to write and while I love my blog, there's just something beautiful and magical seeing your own handwriting on paper. Growing up I kept a diary to help process my thoughts and keep track of those exciting moments. Now-a-days I see my journal work as a key component of my self-care practice.
How, you ask? Check out these four different ideas on how to use your journal for self-care.
Today is my birthday and I'm super excited to continue my yearly self love tradition as a gift to treat myself. We all deserve a little extra love and care on our birthday and who better than you to treat yo'self?! (Cue Parks & Rec Tom & Donna montage).
I'm all about simple self love rituals; whether its buying yourself flowers or treating yourself to the "fancy coffee". Self love and self-care do not have to be about expensive spa days--though it could. It's about taking the time to acknowledge yourself and gift yourself some "me time".
This ritual is simple but requires a few items to amp up the ambiance. If you don't have the exact item, try substituting whatever makes sense via your beautiful intuition. This ritual is designed to happen before you shower, but if you're pressed for time you can at least bring that sugar scrub in the shower and feel luxurious afterward. Or treat yourself to a long hot bath after complete with rose petals, your beverage of choice and a good book.