Well hi friends! How’s it going?
Today I thought I would chat a little bit about essential oils, why I love them, and how I use them in my life. I do not sell them, nor am I referring you to someone else who sells them 🙂 I buy them from Eden’s Garden. There is no middle man or sales rep which is why I use them. Plus they have free shipping in the US and I usually get mine in 3 days! I have found them to be of good quality and very reasonable on pricing.
First of all for those who don’t know, here is a brief description of essential oils:
a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.
There are so many different essential oils out there but here are a few of my favorite that I always have on hand!
Lavender is the oil I use the most. It is a great oil for calming and helping you sleep. I use it every night in my diffuser. During the winter I mix Lavender and Fighting Five (below) together to help us sleep and to boost our immunity. In the spring, I mix Lavender and Lemon Eucalyptus to help with allergies. You can also put a drop or two on the back of your dog’s neck to help keep them calm when they are stressed.
Fighting Five is a blend of oils known for helping boost your immune system. It is said that thieves used to wear this so they could break into houses during the black plague and not get sick! I seriously use this every night for 6 months out of the year to help keep us healthy. I swear since starting to use oils it has drastically cut down on the amount of times we have gotten sick every year. It’s a life saver!
I love the smell of peppermint oil. It is so refreshing and clean. We use peppermint oil for headaches and to help with stuffy noses. It can also help with concentration and with studying. If you have a headache you can mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil and put it on your forehead and under your nose. Levi gets headaches and likes to use this oil for that and it really helps him. He also loves the smell! You can put it behind your ear lobes and on your chest. When you have a cold, putting it on your chest, will help open you up so you can breathe again!
Eucalyptus has a lot of different uses. You can put a drop or two in the shower and it has a calming and spa like effect. It is also a great anti-bacterial agent and can be used to make natural cleaning sprays. I like to put in my diffuser and it cleanses the air and makes the room smell fresh. You can mix it with lemon essential oil and it is a great natural bug spray. I want to try to make shower/bath bombs with it. Life is super stressful so anything to make a shower a little more luxurious sounds good to me!
So now I’ve told you about my favorite oils I thought I would explain the two ways we use them most.
A diffuser uses water and essential oils to release a light mist into the air. This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to use oils. I fill it every night with water and a couple drops of each oil I want to diffuse and then click it on. It runs for almost 8 hours every night!! You can even buy different oils to use as air fresheners with health benefits like Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, or Cinnamon.
*You should not use heat with essential oils. It will break down the compounds of the oil so don’t use them with the scent burners that they sell at the store.
Carrier oils are base oils that you use to help dilute essential oils so that you can apply them safely to your skin. For instance if you don’t dilute peppermint oil before applying, it can have a stingy sensation. Some oils are too strong to be handled on their own. There are different carrier oils you can use depending on your preference but generally I like using coconut or jojoba oil. They are reasonable priced as well and will last a really long time. You can use a drop or two of you essential oil and several drops of a carrier oil and apply it to the bottom of your feet. Your feet are the most absorbent part of you body and can help move the essential oil through your body. You can also use them on your stomach or tight muscles depending on what issues you are having.
Eden’s Garden lists out all the ways to use each oil so I would definitely check them out! Obviously I am not a doctor so please make sure you do your own research on how to use essential oils best for you. I think they are a great additional step to add to your health and wellness routine so definitely worth your time to look into them. If you have any questions, let me know. I love talking about essential oils!!
Now it’s time to drink my tea and watch Fixer Upper with Levi. Have a great night!!