I try to live my life as healthy as possible. Yes, I indulge and skip workouts just like the next person, but I value the affect healthy behaviors and healthy eating have on my family and me. That’s why I was thrilled when my friends introduced me to essential oils. I’m now a big fan – we use them every day in my house to encourage a strong immune system. There are so many impurities we’re exposed to on a daily basis, it’s nice to know that simple oils and extracts can aid my health or mood and not require me to put anything artificial in my body. A few drops here, a dab of oil on your ailing body part and poof, relief! Essential oils are sometimes misunderstood, but the benefits are plentiful and there are multiple ways to experience the effects of these plant compounds. Today, I’m sharing the basics with you…
What They Are
Essential oils aren’t essential in the “need to have” type of way. Instead the “essential” represents the aroma of the seed, flower or plant being properly captured and maintained through the distilling process. There are oral uses for some oils, but many are commonly used topically or through a diffuser (think aromatherapy). I typically apply mine with a dropper or use a roll-on.
The benefits range from alleviating back pain (which I saw many of you mention on Instagram), calming nerves and helping with digestion. They don’t stop there! Relaxation, joint pain, antiseptic…you name it, there might be a seed oil or leafy scent to help you throughout the day. It’s important though to follow directions on bottles and do your research before using any essential oil – pregnancy and select health concerns can alter the way you use them.
Peppermint (a favorite of mine), lavender and eucalyptus are amongst the most common scents. You can burn a eucalyptus or LATHER Lavender Aromatherapy candle to help relax and get rid of a pesky migraine that is ruining your day. There are spruce scents, carrot seed oils and Frankincense as well as others made from a blend of different oils. For example, Young Living’s PanAway is a blend of peppermint, wintergreen, clove and helichrysum and when diluted with oil and rubbed over a strained muscle can relieve tension and aches.
All in all, I believe they’ve helped me, and I’ve heard many others praise the power of essential oils.
Have you tried essential oils? What has worked for you and do you have recommendations? Always happy to hear how these are benefiting others and what others I should try!