Essential Oils: More Than Just a Trend
My mom introduced me to essential oils when I was in high school, and I’ve been in love ever since. As a byproduct of them becoming a trend, they’re less expensive and more readily available - which is fantastic!
There are essential oils for everyone, for every mood, and for every need. One common question is how does one use essential oils? When I first started using them, I would just go straight to the skin. Notttttt generally the best idea! There are a variety of ways to properly and safely use essential oils - they can be gently inhaled (waft like you used to in science class), diffused, added to beauty and skin products, diluted, and there are even some that can be consumed.
My personal favorite ways to use essential oils are by making my own blends in the form of body sprays, room and sheet sprays, and coconut oil-based blends. When I make sprays I use a ratio of 18 drops of oil per 1 oz of water. Sprays should be stored in amber glass bottles. When I make coconut oil-based blends (for direct contact with the skin) I prefer a ratio of 5 drops of oil per 1 tsp of coconut oil. Note: the recommended safe ratio here is 2 drops per 1 tsp of oil. I create different blends for different purposes. Scent is a very strong stimuli, and can affect everything from mentality, to mood, to physical sensation and pain. I have chronic anxiety and depression, as well as ADD, so essential oils have been an extremely helpful tool in aiding the management of my mental health as it ebbs and flows. Here are some of my favorite oils and blends:
-Lavender: my all-time favorite oil. I use Lavender spray on my bedding, on my clothes, on my body...everywhere.
-Grapefruit: grapefruit is a very happy and vibrant scent. I like to use it as a perfume.
-Lemongrass: lemongrass reminds me of a spa. This is another one that I like to use more like a perfume, but it also is a very calming and inspiring scent to me.
-Eucalyptus: eucalyptus is one of my favorite oils to use in blends for room sprays. The scent is strong yet clean and refreshing. My go-to room spray is ⅔ lavender mixed with ⅓ eucalyptus.
-“Headache” blend: I found this pre-mixed blend at TJ Maxx, and it is now one of my favorites. It’s my go-to on days when I have tension headaches, or am feeling overwhelmed or stressed. The combination of peppermint and lavender is wonderful and so soothing.
-“Chill” blend: another blend I found (this time at Whole Foods...a very dangerous place!) This one is a blend of sweet orange, lavender, pepper mint, sweet basil, chamomile, and a few others. I like this blend when I want to be creative, but less stimulated. This is another one that reminds me of a spa.
-“Mellow” blend: another Whole Foods find, I spray this on my pajamas or sweats when I get home from work. I am a workaholic and am constantly tempted to continue working when I get home, but this blend helps to calm my nervous system and wind down after a long day. Lavender, lemon, sandalwood, and chamomile make for a fantastic natural downer. As I love to preach, we are each so unique: so essential oils that I may love and that may make me feel a certain way, may not produce the same result for another. I’d love to hear what your favorite oils and blends are! Comment below - I can’t wait to learn from you!
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