As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve started using doTERRA essential oils this year. Introduced to them by a friend, I was looking for natural healthcare solutions for my daughter, rather than automatically turning to over the counter medication every time she got a cold (which was a lot, thanks to daycare!). This is still the main reason I use essential oils – I’ve seen first-hand that they work. However there are a lot of reasons and ways to use essential oils. If you’re on the fence about trying them for yourself, or just want to know more about what they can be used for, the below information is a good starting point.
Before using essential oils myself, I knew that people used lavender oil to help with sleep, but I had no idea that you could use essential oils to help lift your mood. Google ‘essential oil rollerball blends’ and you’ll find many recipes that combine essential oils and a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) in a roller ball to offer support with anxiety, stress, depression, tiredness, focus and more. I have one I use for stress that has been a huge help to me, and plan on trying a focus/energy blend of wild orange and peppermint when I order my next lot of doTERRA essential oils – I’m hoping it helps this tired mummy!
You can use essential oils as part of your skincare routine. Many of you probably already are using an oil (like rosehip) – you can add a few drops of frankincense oil to that, or use doTERRA’s Salubelle roller for your wrinkles, or use melaleuca (tea tree) oil on blemishes. You can also use oils for cuts and scars.
To be honest, this is one area I still need to work on, but there are a whole heap of home cleaning products you can make using essential oils – much better than using all those nasty chemicals, especially if you have children around! If you want to learn more about the impact of chemicals on your body, you might want to read this post I wrote a while back.
Another aspect of essential oils I’ve yet to fully try (although I’ve got orange, lemongrass, peppermint and lime coming this month, so I’ll report back!). Are you one of those people that always buy fresh herbs only to have them wilt in the fridge? Well there’s a whole bunch of herb oils that you can use in cooking, and I’m told that adding wild orange to chocolate dishes is pretty delicious! You can also add a drop of lemon to your glass of water in the morning.
I don’t want this post to come across like a massive ad for doTERRA. It’s a choice I’ve made, however you are of course free to do your own research and choose what works for you. However I will say that when you’re using oils for more than just the pretty scent in a diffuser, it’s so important that you choose a good quality, pure essential oil. The cheap ones you can buy at the chemist or dollar store are only made up of a small amount of essential oil, then topped up with other fillers.
Hopefully that helps as a starting point. If you’d like to join my essential oils mailing list for more information and special offers, please click here.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about a particular aspect of essential oils, please let me know by leaving a comment below.