5 Ways You Can Use Essential Oils Every Day To Enhance Your Life
If you haven’t already been introduced to aromatherapy, think of it as a cross between your new favorite candle and a solution to all your most annoying ailments all in one.
If you’re anything like the rest of us were, you’re probably on your way to amassing quite a collection of essential oils—but have no idea how to use most of them beyond the occasional sniff to relieve a headache or get a quick energy boost. Whether you want to battle fatigue, reduce tension or improve focus, read on for 5 ways to make the most of these powerful oils.
Warning: Once you start experimenting with them, you won’t be able to stop.
Diffusing oils as a start to your morning routine is a fantastic way to get a motivating start to your day. Try using oils known to have a stimulating and focusing effect such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Rosemary, or Basil.
Uplifting oils such as Lemon, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Bergamot, or Geranium are a wonderful way to get an extra energy boost when you're feeling sluggish.
When your having trouble getting tired diffuse relaxing oils like Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Ylang Ylang to help calm you down.
Can't take your diffuser with you, eh? Good news is you don't have to! Clear your mind, then inhale directly from an open bottle or rub a drop of oil between your palms and breathe in the aroma. Do as needed throughout the day. Apply a few drops to a handkerchief and carry it in your pocket or make an essential oil inhaler or terra cotta necklace that you can inhale whenever you like.
Massages that use essential oils, either blended with massage oils or in a diffuser, have been proven to be more effective than those without aromatherapy.
Here are five common essential oils you should experiment with during your next massage:
Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Coriander, Bergamot
The most common uses for oils are to apply topically. This is an entire lesson in and of itself and we will certainly have a separate blog post about it. In the meantime here are some effective topical uses and oils.
Simply combine 1 to 3 drops with a carrier oil like jojoba, grapeseed or olive oil and apply where needed.
Reduce Anxiety: Rub 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on your wrists and temples for a calming effect.
- Mood Lifter: Rub 2-3 drops of Sweet Orange on the back of the neck and bottoms of your feet to help elevate mood.
- Stress Relief: Applying 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil to the back of the neck can help reduce stress.
- Allergy Relief: 1 drop of lavender oil to the forehead and sinuses as needed, or 1 drop of peppermint oil to the bas of the neck twice a day.
Healthy Hair: Mix 5ml of eucalyptus oil with 50ml of olive oil and massage into hair.
Before we let you off to the races to try out all these new ways to use your oils, it's important we cover some quick essential oil safety.
Essential oils are very potent, so you have to be cautious when you use them. Remember, a little goes a long way!
Less is more! You can always add another drop, so start slow, whether you’re using your oils topically, or aromatically.
Due to potency, some oils may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or pure vegetable oil to the affected area to dilute.
Always read label directions for each individual oil before use.
Do not put essential oils in eyes, ears, nose, or other areas with sensitive skin.
That's it for today!
From your first bottle of Lavender essential oil to a seven-oil combination in your diffuser, learning how to use essential oils is a process. We’re happy to help you every step of the way!