Essential Oils...They Really Are The Best

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Essential Oils

I have been a lover of essential oils for quite some time now promoting them in my tips for a better night sleep post and talking about them a few times on my Instagram so I thought I needed to write up a little post explaining them in all their delicious smelling glory.

Ok so for those that don't know one thing about essential oils {exactly where I was 1 year ago} i'm going to start from the bare basics. Essential oils are natural oils that have been extracted from the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers & other parts of plants {thanks for that synopsis doTERRA}. These oils are what give the plant their distinct smell. The oils are concentrated and can be referred to as volatile aromatic compounds {I know a lot of science words can be boring but stick with me} which just means they smell very potent and the compounds that make up essential oils allows them to travel swiftly through the air to your nose!

AKA they're super powerful

Also the compounds present in an oil will determine its benefits to the body. So essential oils can be used in 3 ways. Topically {rubbed on the skin}, Internally {Ingested} & my fav. Aromatically {or diffused in the air}. Here's how to use all of them correctly!

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3 Ways to Use Essential Oils
Topically

You can rub the oils on your skin and they will be absorbed by easily penetrating the skin and working locally in that area. If you are worried about applying the oils because of skin sensitivity you can also dilute them by mixing with coconut oil or moisturized the first time applied. Also as I mentioned above they're super potent so one tiny drop goes a LONG way! Now you're wondering where the hell do I place the oils, right? Here are a few of the most beneficial places:

  • Neck
  • Forehead & temples
  • Chest
  • Arms, Legs, bottom of feet
  • Wrists {my fav.}

Areas to avoid:

  • Around the eyes
  • Sensitive broken out skin
  • Inside ears
Internally

Ok so this one blew my mind...BUT listen up so... when we add some sprigs of basil to our caprese salad, peppermint into our tea, or cinnamon on our chai tea latte we are actually ingesting some essential oils naturally. SO INTERESTING...but if you are looking into ingesting essential oils they are processed through the blood stream and transported to organs etc and will benefit the body by being used as dietary supplements. This being said only CERTAIN essential oils and certain AMOUNTS can be ingested so please read the labels of your oils and make sure you understand the proper dosages.

How to ingest oils:

  • Use oils in recipes as a substitute for herbs/ spices
  • Add to water, tea, smoothies, etc.
Aromatically

So this is my favorite way of using essential oils, smelling their deliciousness through the air! I use them to calm me when feeling anxious, and when in need of a sleep remedy. Different essential oils will create or help create different feelings such as lavender/ eucalyptus used to calm and grapefruit/ lemon used to uplift. I diffuse my essential oils in a diffuser with water {which I will link one below...TRUST ME it's the best money you will ever spend}. Here are also a few other ways to diffuse {which I just learned from the doTERRA website... GENIUS}

  • Diffuse in essential oil diffuser w/ water
  • Apply to cotton balls and place inside the air vents in your car {GENIUS}
  • Mix oils in spray bottle w/ water and spray over furniture
  • Add oils to laundry/ sheets {OMG totally doing this w/ lavender to help sleep}
  • Use in household cleaners

These little guys are so powerful in helping fight colds/ flu, battle anxiety, topically treat rashes, balance hormones, reduce cellulite & wrinkles, etc. There are so many benefits of these potent all natural oils that I had to share them with you guys. I have linked a few of my favorite diffusers starting with the smallest size and working your way up {smallest-largest is dependent on how much water it holds, so it really doesn't matter it's just how often do you want to refill it}. I will leave you guys with a few of my favorite oils. Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, Teatree, Eucalyptus & Peppermint.

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If you guys have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out! Happy diffusing!

Xo,

Lauren

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Now in search of a recipe to add your oils to? Take a peek at the recipes page for healthy & down right indulgent feasts.