Using Essential Oils In Your Daily Life

I have fallen in love with essential oils.  Ok, addict may be a better term since I am diffusing a blend of Lavender, Pink Grapefruit, and Peppermint as we speak.  Now, before you shout “I’m not buying or I just can’t afford it,”  Its cool….I’m not selling.

I first heard about essential oils while hanging out in yoga class at the YMCA.  Before too long, everyone I knew was trying to sell me one of the two major oil brands.  I was intrigued by friends self-proclaimed “miracle oils” but they simply weren’t in my budget.

I started looking for a cheaper alternative and after trying several different brands, I discovered Plant Therapy.  In my opinion, these oils are just as good as the Multi-Level Marketing brands and considerably less expensive.  (Note: I didn’t say cheap because I am a firm believer in “you get what you pay for.”)

Exploring oils:

The first thing I discovered about essential oils is they don’t work miracles, but they really have increased the quality of my life.  One essential oil that I use daily is lavender.  It was the first oil I tried and I soon discovered that there are different kinds of lavender….who knew?  I use lavavandula angustifolia.  Why?  Because I like the way it smells.  Its that simple. If you want to use an oil effectively, you have to like it.

I find lavender very calming and frequently spray it on my pillow before bed or diffuse it.  I also use it (diluted in a carrier oil) to ease itchy bug bites, or skin irritations.

Two other oils that I use almost every day are Frankincense and Vetiver.  I find Frankincense essential oil to be very soothing and I find Vetiver to be grounding (be forewarned, vetiver a STRONG scent and people either love it or hate it).

My favorite oil blend right now is:

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Put into your diffuser and enjoy!  Relaxing, soothing, and grounding all in one!

Oil Safety:

Essential oils are a great way to enhance your life but just because essential oils are “natural” doesn’t mean they are automatically “safe.”  I made lots of mistakes when first using essential oils.  The biggest one was using them “neat” which is oil junkie talk for applying them to the skin un-diluted.  I was lucky because I never had a reaction but after talking to someone who got some pretty serious burns from peppermint oil I started doing my homework.  Essential oils are safe for most people when used correctly.

A few tips:

  • Dilute oils before applying to skin
  • Oils can be toxic to children and pets (especially cats!) so make sure to research the oil before using.
  • Citrus oils can cause major sunburn so stay out of the sun.
  • Don’t ingest oils without doing major homework!  I personally never ingest oils…I don’t feel it is safe for me but I know some people who ingest them without issue.  Some people bungee jump and skydive….but you are not going to catch me doing that either!

Essential oils are a major part of my daily life and bring me great joy.  If you’ve never tried them, I encourage you to do so.  If you are nervous about essential oil safety just ask questions.  There are several essential oil safety facebook groups and forums out there and Plant therapy has a team of certified aromatherapists who happily answer questions.

*I am not affiliated with Plant Therapy, I just like their oils and I want to share them with others.

30 Day Challenge – Move More In March!

Are you ready for the next 30 day challenge?  I am calling this one Move More In March and your challenge is to complete 150 minutes of planned activity each week in March.

150 minutes may seem like a lot but its only 30 minutes, five times a week!  We can all do that…right?

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly enjoying having temperatures back in the 60s.  I love walking around the neighborhood, watching all of the bulbs pop up and the buttercups start to bloom.  I am still trying to identify all of the flowers in my yard.  Anyone know what this is?

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So get your family out the door and go for a walk or a hike and before you know it, the Move More In March 30 day challenge will be a piece of cake!