There was a time about two years ago that I didn't use essential oils; now I can't even imagine life without them! I have cut out many over the counter meditations, updated my skin care routines and even added some more DIY self-care into my life because of essential oils.
There is a lot of information on the internet about essential oils (usage, mis-usage, questions on things that harm and things that help). There are also a LOT of essential oils out on the market now. Before I jump into my personal experiences let me state... I am not a doctor or medical professional. I do not sell essential oils.
I do however use essential oils every day and have been for almost 2 years now. Below I've included some of my favorite oil usages.
I also want to state it's important to do some research about your essential oils before purchasing or using. Some "essential oils" have been noted to contain soap and other ingredients all while boasting 100% essence/etc. Be mindful and check the ingredients in anything that use on your body.
Now, on to the fun stuff!
Spring and Fall mornings are always a little rough for me with the changing of the seasons. #seasonalallergies I've tried just about all the over the counter medications. Some have helped, some make me drowsy and some have done absolutely nothing for me. When I found Savhera's Open Airways oil blend, I rejoiced! I use a drop or two in the morning on/around my nose and I'm good to go! If you are also prone to seasonal allergies you could probably get similar results with a mixture of eucalyptus and peppermint oil, if you don't have the previously mentioned blend.
That Time of the Month
Gentlemen you may wish to skip this one! Ladies, I used to use heating pads and Midol like it was going out of style. Now a days I am just dabbing a bit of clary sage onto my belly, wait a few minutes and it's like cramps be gone! This has got to be one of my favorite usages because I hate taking medication.
I also seem to encounter a bit of acne the week prior to menstruation. I've found a dab of melaleuca, or tea tree, oil seems to help clear those flare ups quicker than just washing my face. I've started to incorporate this into my skin care routine, whenever I see a spot starting.
I bring a small bottle of peppermint with me wherever I go just to be safe. I have found that a drop or two of peppermint on my stomach will ease a stomach ache. I got my husband into essential oils when a rough headache cleared up after a drop of peppermint rubbed on his forehead. I no longer use Advil/Tylenol/etc. In fact, I've stopped buying them all together!
Full discloser, I will sometimes still use tums/etc. for stomach aches but only after the peppermint trick! You could also get a similar result with fennel essential oil.
I also love peppermint essential oil if I've had a looooong dance day or a tough workout. I find a few drops on the back of my neck/shoulders will help ease the sore muscles and get me going strong again. This was especially helpful the other day when I slept weird on my neck and couldn't move my head in the morning.
Speaking of sleep, if I'm having a difficult time sleeping I always go straight for the lavender oil. Just a drop or two on my pillow will send me right to sleep. I've also found that a drop of ceder wood oil on the bottoms of my feet help 'ground' me and keep me asleep the whole night. Of course, everyone is different, but most woodsy oils will give you that stable Earth vibe allowing me to recenter and feel balanced.
When I first got introduced to essential oils, I thought they would just be a fun additive to my DIY adventures (hello bath time!). I've enjoyed updating my skin care and cutting down on medications in favor of something a bit more natural. As always be mindful of anything that you put on your skin and check the ingredients!
How else do you use essential oils? I'm always interested in hearing how these oils help people.
If you are an essential oil user looking for some DIY, be sure to join me next Friday in the brand new Zennergy Wise Warriors closed Facebook group! It's free to join, you'll just have to answer a question or two! ;) I'll be going live with a fun DIY roller bottle recipe that I use for dry skin!
Have a beautiful day!
- Jenn Rose
(Oil in Hand Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash)