Confused about Essential Oils? ... So were we!
I get it! Essential oils seem to be ALL over the place right now and everyone who’s ever touched a bottle seems to have an opinion on how to use them, and I am one of them. As you probably know, I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils and with good reason. If the following Surgeons, Physicians, Obstetricians, Gynecologists and Aromatherapists are behind the brand - then it’s good enough for me!
So despite some drama outlandish claims and backward ways of thinking that you see blasted all over the internet, essential oils are safe and effective. I wish I was ther at this conference, the first Medical Symposium for Essential Oils!
Using essential oils; Changing the way health care is delivered.
Take care of your health, naturally… In my humble opinion, we should all be learning how to use essential oils. Globally, we have access to more resources and information regarding our health than ever before - yet we are more sick, tired, fatigued and disease ridden than we’ve ever been. doTERRA are shaking up the health care system in the US like nobody’s business and with the First Medical Symposium on Essential Oils having just taken place last year in September 2017 - essential oils are no longer viewed as ‘hippie smelling potions’. I am SO excited to be part of this movement. I, like doTERRA believe in challenging the circumstances and if it means upsetting people who just don’t get it and people laughing at me and my oils - then so be it. I AM ALL IN! Are you?
From the moment I wake up, right through the moment my head hits the pillow at night, they are part of my every day life. I cook with them, apply them to my skin, use them in the diffusers, (especially my car diffuser), I clean with them, my wife puts them on her face daily and also me some times - you name it, we have a use for them.
This post is designed to give you some inspiration on how to use essential oils - morning, noon and night! If you want to learn more about why I only use doTERRA oils and why essential oils are so effective, you'll want to read this.
1.Rise and Shine!
If you find it a little difficult to get going in the morning (or perhaps you’ve got kids that take a little too long to get ready for school!) try this diffuser blend or even put a drop of each in the palm of your hands, rub and inhale. I call this my morning espresso as it’s a wake up boost to your senses. Whether you need to get going in a hurry, prepare breakfast, do house work in a giffy or stay focused for a really important task - this is your go to blend.
2. Immune Booster
I just cannot go past the Protective blend for supporting your immune system all year round. Containing Clove (highest anti-oxidant capacity of any other plant on the planet!) Cinnamon and Wild Orange to name a few – I either add a drop to warm tea (not boiling hot, as the heat can destroy up to 75% of the therapeutic qualities) with a touch of agave syrup* OR you can also diffuse it during the night.
*Oils and water don’t mix right? Basic science. So to help the oil disperse throughout the liquid so you aren’t lumped with a big dollop on top, use a little syrup or salt and give it a really good stir in warm water.
All the benefits without the citric acid!. I love to have a drop of Lemon in some warm water or tea. The lemon oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit so there is none of the citric acid that is found in the fruit. That citric acid is responsible for wearing down your tooth enamel (even if you use a straw!) So if you do that regularly, I suggest trying this instead. You’ll get all the same immune and digestion boosting benefits, and you’re teeth (and dentist!) will love you for it! I also love to use this as a natural hand sanitizer when on the go!
Citrus oils are photosensitive and are not recommended to be put onto skin that will then be exposed to sunlight. See more here.
4. Proper Nutrition
These are my non-negotiables. The antioxidant capacity in these babies are equivalent to 12 serves of fruits and vegetables. Lucky – because there is no way I get that many in on my own! The supps are also supercharged with doTERRA’s essential oils and contain ‘therapeutic doses’ of essential vitamins and minerals. It’s not just listing 100+ ingredients on the label to make itself look good (shitty supplements on the market, I’m talking to you!) The doses are actually doing something. No stimulants, no synthetics.
But Luke I eat very healthy, I don’t need supplements.
I wish that was the case, but that’s just not enough in today’s fast paced, toxin loaded world. We gotta face it – food isn’t what it used to be , exposure to toxins and stress has sky rocketed and our bodies, particularly our cells, are bearing the load. Disease starts when cells fail, so it makes so much sense to prioritize cellular health.
5. Multi-purpose Spray
I was soooooo happy to start using this!!! I really enjoyed cleaning the kitchen and bathroom with it! LOL GEEK!! And now I don’t need to wear gloves and be paranoid about the toxins!
Recipe for a 500ml bottle:
– 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup white vinegar
– squirt of liquid castille soap (or another natural dishwashing liquid)
– 30 drops of either Lemon, on Guard, Melaluca or Purity.
6. Make Cooking Fun!
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use one of my oils in our food or beverages. I am going to help you get started by giving you a link to more info on cooking with essential oils here.
7. Bedtime Routine
W like to get our room all set up (alarm set, phone on airplane mode, diffuser on, lights off) before we brush my teeth at night, so when we come back into the room all we need to do is drift off to sleep.
2-3 drops of both Lavender and Cedarwood in the diffuser is a beautiful combination that promotes a restorative sleep. I also like to put a drop each in the palm of my hand with some coconut oil and give myself a nice foot massage. I then pop any leftover on the back of my neck and over my pillows so I can really breathe it all in.
8. Happy Tummy - Happy Life!
This oil is nick named the Tummy Tamer – and with good reason! Comprised of Ginger, Peppermint , Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon and Fennel essential oils if helps to reduce bloating, cramps, gas and maintain a healhty digestive system. I like to keep it handy with me at all times and just a drop mixed with a carrier oil rubbed over my tummy usually does the trick!