There are many uses for Essential Oils, and more being invented every day. I use them to clean my house, detox my body and deal with my rowdy Jack-Russel Poodle rescue, named Donkey. Essential Oils can be a blessing, or a curse, depending on who you talk to. A year ago my husband called them the “non-essential” oils. Now he wont go to bed without loading his diffuser and needless to say he has dropped the “non” from that particular phrase, but we still laugh about his initial resistance. I thought I would list my Top 10 uses for Essential Oils.
10 It never fails that whenever I have a big event to attend, I will get a huge monstrous Zit that starts brewing under my skin. I try to nip them in the bud and from the moment I notice it I will rub a drop of Melaleuca on it every time I walk into the bathroom which usually prevents them from turning into a giant volcanos on my face.
9 After a work out, I will put 3 drops of oil in a cup of epsom salts and take a nice long soak to ease my muscle tension. Works like a charm, also helps me go to sleep.
8 When your dogs are going Crazy, running around jumping on the furniture like they are kids in a bounce house, give them a little Lavender to calm them down. Essential oils can be great for pets. There is a little nuance, to introducing them to the oils though. You have to put a drop in your hand and let them smell it and see if they like it or cower away. Remember your dogs have insanely strong sense of smell, so anything strong smelling can be offensive to them no matter how much you love it. Put 1 drop of Lavender or Cedar wood (or whatever calming oil they like) in the palm of your hand with 5 drops or so of FCO, and then you can pet it onto their fur. Their fur is like little straws and will suck the oils down to their skin where it can enter their blood stream and calm them the ef down! If you don’t let them come to the oils with proper introduction, you will have an entirely different situation on your hands, trust me I learned this the hard way with little Donkey. I’ll post on that soon.
7 I have always told Scott that I’m ok with getting older, in fact it’s sort of cool, I know way more now than I did a decade ago, but I have always also told him I am absolutely not down with looking older. In my 20s I thought I would inevitably need to get plastic surgery some day and informed him that he should start saving for it. While I have changed my mind about the surgery part, I haven’t changed my mind about not wanting wrinkles and saggy skin. Using a combination of a wood oil like Frankincense and a floral oil like Lavender or Ylang Ylang, in your moisturizer helps the matrix under your skin maintain its shape, as well as keeps the surface of your skin looking fab!
6 Use Grapefruit Oil the morning after your “party goblin” got the best of you. It really is a great hangover helper.
5 Many of you know that I am a hot Yoga Instructor, and that means also a hot Yoga Practitioner. I began practicing not because I loved the torture, but because I felt how amazing it is for my body. I am so glad that I found essential oils though because a 105 degree room with 50 of your not so closest friends does not smell good. I will rub a drop of Peppermint on the bottoms of my feet because it is known to have a cooling effect on the body, and then put 1 drop of Balance blend at the top of my mat so that when I go to the floor I can pretend I’m anywhere that the temperature is a normal range, and it doesn’t smell like sweat.
4 We have his and hers diffusers on our nightstands, and even my skeptical husband won’t go to bed without loading his. We diffuse Breathe at night on his side of the bed to clear his airways and Lavender on mine. We both sleep like babies, so much so that we even have little travel diffusers we use while on the road. (p.s if your husband is reluctant to the idea of oils, this is one way to get him on board)
3 When my breath is so kickin even I can smell it, I put a drop of Peppermint or On Guard on my tongue so that I don’t offend the people across the room that I am screaming at.
2 I have an awesome sugar scrub recipe that I use constantly, like I am addicted. I use it in the shower to exfoliate on a daily basis. I will caution you that it makes the tub a little slippery. Not slippery like a slip and slide, but slippery like there’s a substance between your feet and the shower floor. Totally fine for able bodied people, but take caution with unstable loved ones, or use lots of it in the spare bathroom your Monster in Law will be using before she arrives.
1 Whenever I make a large purchase while Scott is at work, I make sure to diffuse Lemon in the house before he gets home. Citrus oils are uplifting scents that affect the limbic or emotional response portion of the brain. Whenever he walks in and smells citrus diffusing it immediately puts him in a good mood, which makes it easier to break the news to him.
Meet Donkey, He might look like an angel, but he can be a holy terror!