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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love essential oils. There’s no other natural substance that is so versatile and easy to use. Cleaning, cooking, sleeping, stress, emotions… plus they just plain smell good! There’s so many different companies, and so much information out there, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Which oils do I use for what? Now that I have these oils, what do I do with them? If you’re brand new to essential oils, I recommend heading over to my post that’ll explain Essential Oils basics, such as what they are, how they are acquired, and the basic application methods. along with an introduction to my favorite essential oil company, DoTerra and why I use them.
All of the following oils are available through my Doterra store, and similar oils are often available through Amazon or at health food stores. Just make sure to know what you’re getting.
Here are my 5 favorite, easy ideas to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine.
Morning Wake Up – I start my days by diffusing a woodsy and citrus oil blend. I find the combination to be uplifting – which is just what I need as a busy mom. On days I am home, or my son is watched at our house, I’ll leave the diffuser on all morning. On days when we are out, I’ll diffuse it while we are getting ready, and then turn it off when we leave. Currently, my favorite blend is DoTerra’s Balance mixed with wild orange. Other great options are wintergreen, cedarwood, arborvitae, doTerra Citrus Bliss and lime essential oils.
Pain Relief – Whether sore after a workout, cramping from menstruation, or suffering from a tension headache there’s an oil for you. DoTerra’s Deep Blue is a perfect soothing blend after exercise. Other great oils for pain relief include black pepper, wintergreen, clove, lavender and peppermint. Add a few drops to a rollerbottle, and fill with cfractionated oconut oil. Massage onto skin. Suffering from period pain? Clary Sage, lavender, and roman chamomile offer some relief. Add a few drops to a rollerball, fill with fractionated coconut oil, and roll onto your abdomen. DoTerra’s Clary Calm is also a great option.
Afternoon Pick Me Up – By about 2PM on any given day, my feet are dragging. Whether from being at work (where we aren’t allowed to take naps), or running around with an active baby (who simply won’t take naps), sometimes my energy level is less than optimal. For a quick pick me up without the caffeine, I’ll apply 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop wild orange to the palms of my hands, rub together and inhale.
Sleeping – Getting everyone to sleep in my household can be challenging. My 8 month old is learning so many new things, that sometimes he just can’t sleep, or will only sleep for an hour at a time. Sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep as I will often lie in bed and think about all the things I feel like I should be doing. Sometimes my husband gets so wrapped up in what he’s doing, he’ll forget to go to bed. To help the transition, I’ll start diffusing a mixture of lavender, ylang ylang, and vetiver about an hour before our little one’s bedtime, and continue until my husband and mine. The relaxing smell fill our house in a few minutes and helps to relax us, making it easier for all of us to find sleep.
Bath/Shower Time – The few times I actually get a bath, I love dropping a few drops of Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Helicrysum into some sea salt from the dead sea and sprinkling it into my bath. I find the fragrances from these oils really helps me relax, and the dead sea salt is amazing on my dry skin. I’ll also add a few drop melalueca (tea tree) oil into my shampoo to help with my scaly scalp and spend a little extra time massaging it in.
I love my essential oils, and finding new ways to incorporate them into my everyday is so much fun. Once you get used to it, it’s second nature. I often find myself reaching for my oils without even thinking about it. For even more ideas, check out my full list t the Big List of Everyday Essential Oil Use.
How do you incorporate essential oils into your daily routine? Will you use any of the ideas above? Let me know in the comments below.