From the beginning of early civilisation, aromatic plants have been used for their therapeutic properties. Essential oils are the aromatic compounds of the plants, and what gives them their distinctive smells.
Some essential oils are considered to be 40-60 times more potent than the plant itself, and when applied, dissolved or digested correctly, they can provide incredible healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
I use essential oils daily for therapeutic use - to change my state of mind, create a positive environment for work and play, and to assist in improving my overall wellbeing.
Here’s some of the ways I’ve incorporate essential oils into daily life:
A few drops of Eucalyptus or Peppermint in the morning shower gives me a boost of energy, straight through the nose!
As someone with a sensitive gut, I always have a digestive blend close by (Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Caraway etc). A great tummy settler after heavy meals and a few glasses of wine!
Other people's energies stick to me like glue, so a few drops of OnGuard, a protective blend (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon etc) on my heart and solar plexus helps protect me from people with negative attitudes (a must-have when working in a close office environment!).
UNWIND & RELAX
At the end of a busy day, I love nothing more than a hot shower, followed by an oil called Lavender Peace (a mix of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Vetiver) - rubbing on my heart, solar plexus and lower back, then inhaling deeply. Within a few minutes, I’ve forgotten the day and can fully unwind for the rest of the evening.
30 minutes before bedtime, I’ll have Lavender and Frankincense shooting out the diffuser in the bedroom, so when it's time to hit the pillow the room is filled with a peaceful, sleep-inducing aroma.
HOME CLEANING & CLEANSING
I’ve replaced the majority of my cleaning products with homemade essential oil alternatives. The antibacterial properties of the oils, such as Lemon and Melaleuca, are not to be messed with!
No more toxic airfresheners - my favourite cleansing spray includes a mix of citrus-y oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Citronella, Cilantro etc.
Most evenings I'll have oils diffusing in the living room too, and love to play with the different blends depending on the type of atmosphere I want to create, for example a peaceful vibe for chilling out on the sofa, or an uplifting vibe for entertaining guests.
I use several oils for productivity, depending on the type of work I need to focus on. For example, Wild Orange and Tangerine for creativity, Lemon for focusing, Lavender for communication, or if I'm being really unproductive, a mix of all 4!
I may be good with words on screen but articulating my thoughts and ideas can be challenging to verbalise, particularly when under pressure (in work meetings for example). So Spearmint, 'The Oil of ‘Confident Speech’, helps me with this.
BACK TO EARTH
The nature of my work is mainly online and too much technology can leave me feeling ‘heady’. A grounding blend called 'Balance' (Frankincense, Spruce, HoWood etc) brings me back down to earth.
I also use this earthy blend after a Reiki session, when I'm feeling a little spacey.
Frankincense is known as the 'King of Oils', helping to elevate our level of consciousness to a higher vibration, hence it’s my Go-To for meditating.
My favourite blend for perfume is a mix of Lavendar, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot - all 3 together have a sensual, sweet aroma.
If I want to take my feminine energy up a notch, I'll add a couple drops of Whisper - 'The Oil of Femininity'. Hubby better watch out!
important stuff you need to know
Use the best quality oils
With many essential oil brands on the market, it’s important to purchase oils that are 100% pure with no nasty synthetics or preservatives. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are the best as they're proven to have no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants that would reduce their efficacy. Which is why I use doTERRA Essential Oils - the only certified therapeutic grade oils in the world.
Digesting essential oils
Always speak to a health professional before ingesting essential oils as many are not suitable for internal use and can be poisonous.
Applying essential oils
Many oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Email me if you have any questions about applying oils, or speak to your practitioner if you have any health or skin concerns.
I'm not a Doctor, so here's a disclaimer
This blog post provides general information on how I use essential oils for my own wellbeing. It is not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, you should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.
Please ensure you read all essential oil product labels and instructions before using them.
REFERENCES - two of my favourite oil books
Modern Essentials Usage Guide, A Quick Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, AromaTools., 2016
Emotions & Essential Oils, A Modern Resource for Healing Emotional Reference Guide, 5th Edition, Enlighten Alternative Healing, LLC., 2016