This year I’ve really been trying to live a cleaner life. Now by that I mean trying to stay away from modern medicine and being more aware of the things I put on my body and the things I eat too. Thankfully this is easier now as there are so many different products and alternative things we can use to make ourselves feel better. Today we will be discussing essential oils and I’ll be sharing the benefits I’ve been noticing in my life since making the switch.
Before we get started I just want to give a disclaimer. The experiences I share with you in this post are just that, my experiences. A product that has worked for me might not work for you, and I always say this but we need to remember that we are all different. I am in no way, shape or form advising you ditch your medications and switch to essential oils. Please do your own research and only do what you feel comfortable doing.
Now thats out of the way, onto the learning!
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
“Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavour, or “essence,” of their source.”– Heathline.com
To put it plain and simple, essential oils are oils that have been extracted from plants. The prices of essential oils differ and its down to the quality of the ingredients in them. If they are more expensive, it means they have used a better quality plant. Thats not to say the cheaper versions are bad for you(again, do your own research). I have various different essential oils some more expensive and some less, and I use and love them both the same.
HOW ARE ESSENTIAL OILS USED?
Essential oils are very versatile in the fact that they can be used in many ways. The most common way is to diffuse them. For this you’ll need an essential oil diffuser, which will create a mist with the essential oil scent. It’s a great alternative to candles. You can also use some essential oils on your skin. You do need to be careful with this method as some oils need diluting with a carrier oil before applying directly to your body, so always check that.
HOW I AM USING ESSENTIAL OILS
I’ve been making the change over to essential oils gradually, so its been quite a slow process. Just a little background on myself, I’m not much of a medicine taker. The only time I really take medicine is when it’s the time of the month and I get stomach cramps, and thats about it. So its quite easy for me to make the switch as I don’t really rely on meds in day to day life.
I decided to buy a starter kit from a company called Young living. And doing this was so helpful for me as it included all of the staple oils that you need to start your oily journey. I tend to diffuse in the day and before bed and do various different oil blends. At night I diffuse lavender (helps with sleep) and lemon (can help with your mood and feelings of exhaustion). In the day I do whatever I feel like so maybe eucalyptus or orange.
I have recently started experimenting in creating body rubs for aches and pains. When you purchase a starter kit from Young Living they provide you with a booklet that explains what all of the oils do and whether they need to be diluted etc. So to create a body rub, I used peppermint and lavender and used some carrier oil which I chose to be coconut oil. I looked up online the essential oil to carrier oil ratio and it helped me figure out how much I needed to dilute it by and did just that. I’ve been using the lavender rub on my back and neck as I was getting aches and pains from being on my computer all day for work. it worked a treat.
LOOK INTO DIFFERENT COMPANIES
There are so many different companies out there that sell essential oils. You can get essential oils from anywhere, even amazon sells them. Just do your research at what company you want to buy from and remember what I said about the quality of the oils. Just because its cheaper doesn’t always mean its better. I’ll leave a few links here for you, I have only used Young Living oils so you will need to look into the other brands to see if you like them or not! Check them out: