Essential Oils + Living Healthy

If someone asked me to name something (an actual object) that I really love my answer would probably be essential oils.

I've been using oils for several years now and they have done amazing things for myself and my family.

Bringing essential oils into your home is most definitely a lifestyle choice if you ask me. I mean don't get me wrong, I know plenty of people that just use it for giving their home a refreshing scent so that they can avoid using products such as Glade plug-in's or Febreeze which are filled with chemicals. It's is a great alternative and most definitely a healthy one, but when I say essential oils are a lifestyle choice I mean choosing to use oils to replace every day medicine we turn to for things such as headaches, muscle aches, cramps, etc. and also to replace some of the daily products we use such as home cleaning products, air fresheners, soaps, lotions, bath products, etc.

Now, I'll start by saying I'm no expert and I would most definitely never replace a doctors orders with trying to treat myself. Medicine has been created for a reason and there are some things that absolutely must be treated using it. However, I do believe that many plants and herbs were put on this earth to treat many pains and sicknesses our bodies encounter which is why I decided to make essential oils a lifestyle choice for my family.

There are many different brands out there that sell essential oils. I typically only purchase Young Living and Aura Cacia oils. If I happen to purchase an oil outside of those brands I will only purchase them at a verified store such as a health food market or The Vitamin Shop and I always look at the bottle to ensure that it is USDA | Organic.

There are also many ways to use essential oils. You can diffuse it into the air in a diffuser like the Young Living diffuser I have above. You can use them topically which means using them on your skin and you can also ingest them. I personally have never ingested essentials oils and would never ingest them without being under the care of an Herbalist. Each and everyone's chemical makeup is different, which means that the dose an Herbalist would recommend for one person using essential oils may not be the same for someone else. Typically a certain blood test and a very through history of your health would be conducted to determine what oils would be beneficial for you to ingest. And I know that there are many sites that give directions on dosing for ingesting essential oils however, let me give you a little plant perspective here to show you just how highly concentrated essential oils truly are. Nearly 3000 lemons are needed to distill just over 2 pounds of lemon essential oil. This equals about 50 lemons per 15ml bottle. Approximately three pounds of lavender flowers are required just to produce 15ml of essential oil and to distill 5ml of rose oil it takes 242,000 rose petals. Yah' get me now?! Essential oils are highly concentrated which is why it's so important to use them correctly.

I diffuse my oils and also use them topically. 

When oils are inhaled they reach your brain within 3 seconds. When applied topically oils reach the bloodstream within 2 minutes. Oils can be used all over the body, however I like to put them on my feet. 

Sounds like a weird place, I know, however its one of the most effective places to place oils on your body and here's why. The soles of our feet have much larger pores then the rest of our body which means that they absorb oils quickly and efficiently into our bloodstream. My other reason for using oils on my feet is because with age for some reason my skin has become very sensitive. I was never like that before, but once I hit 22 yrs old (jeez was that really 12 yrs ago now, sheesh) the sensitivity came on, so it's really important that I am careful of what and how I apply things to my skin. The bottom of our feet have very tough skin so the skin in this area is a lot less sensitive. Another reason is that our feet don't contain sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands secrete Sebum which essentially acts as a barrier so the oil doesn't absorb as well as it would on your feet or even the palms of your hands as they also don't contain sebaceous glands. And lastly, every nerve line in the body ends at your feet which would bring me to the practice of reflexology where certain areas of the feet correspond to the body's organs therefore being able to use a certain oil too treat a certain area of your body through reflexology.

When using essential oils it's important that you know which oils are okay to apply directly to your skin without a carrier oil. Like I mentioned before, being that my skin is very sensitive I tend to always use a carrier oil when applying oils directly to my skin however, there are oils that can be applied without it. 

In our household, I like to avoid using medicine whenever possible. If there's a possibility that I can use a natural remedy to take care of something such as a headache, stomach ache, back pain, etc then I typically go for that before I turn to medicine. 

What do I use to treat these common symptoms? Here are a few of my go-to roller recipes: 

*All of my roller recipes are in 10ml glass roller bottles which are all topped off with a carrier oil. I personally like to use Apricot Kernel Oil. My other go to carrier oil would be Almond Oil however my hubby has a nut allergy so I stay away from it.

Muscle Rub
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Wintergreen
5 drops Black Pepper
5 drops Clove

Upset Stomach
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint
8 drops Ginger

Cough Relief
15 drops Eucalyptus 
10 drops Frankincense
5 drops Lemon

Allergy Relief
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Lemon
10 drops Peppermint

20 drops Peppermint
15 drops Lavender
15 drops Frankincense
15 drops Eucalyptus

5 drops Peppermint
4 drops Cypress
3 drops Lavender

30 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint

15 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint

I also love using oils that are already blended, such as Thieves, Panaway and Stress Away. Thieves is a very popular blend that is great for good health, fighting germs, etc. It's also great for cleaning your home. 

Don't have a bottle of thieves lying around? No problem, make your own mixture with the following oils.

40 drops Clove
20 drops Cinnamon
35 drops Lemon
10 drops Rosemary
15 drops Eucalyptus 

Add those oils to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle and simply add water. You'll be able to clean everything in your home with that and at the same time you'll be using a oil that is great for fighting off germs. 

I keep all of my oils stored away in this awesome wooden box. Sunlight and heat can change the chemical composition of your oils and even the evaporation rate so it's important to keep your oils stored in a cool, dark or shaded area. 

Epson salt is also something we use a lot in our home. It's great for soaking and extremely soothing. You can also add essential oils to the epson salt for specific relief such as Lavender for relaxation or Panaway for muscle aches. I like to keep a jar of epson salt in our bathroom and depending on the need, we add 2-5 drops of essential oil to the bath water with the epson salt mixed in as well. 

When defusing oils, a couple drops go a long away. I tend to stick to one oil in our diffuser at a time or I use a blend such as Thieves as I mentioned above. I do however have a couple of diffuser blends I turn to when the time calls for it.

Here are some of my go-to diffuser blends:

Clean Home
2 drops Peppermint
5 drops Lemon
4 drops Lemongrass

2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Lavender

2 drops Orange
2 drops Cedarwood
1 drop Ylang Ylang

2 drops Orange
2 drops Pink Grapefruit
1 drop Lemon
1 drop Bergamot 

2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Frankincense

Along with essential oils I also use other oils that have worked miracles for me. 

Argan oil has completely changed the texture and overall health of my hair. Before I began using it I was literally losing my hair and it was completely thinning out. It took about 2 weeks before I began seeing a huge difference in my hair. Not only did it grow in length but it became fuller and the texture was so soft with an amazing healthy glow/ shine. Game changer. Really. 

Rosehip oil has also been an oil that has been a huge miracle maker for my skin. As I mentioned above, when I hit a certain age my skin became extremely sensitive. I was breaking out, getting red blemishes, uneven skin tone.... the works. I tried so many products, even natural ones but everything was just making it worse until I tried Rosehip Oil. It took about 3 weeks before I saw a huge difference in my skin. It was blemish free, I had an even skin tone and not a single pimple on my face. I couldn't believe it. I mean, to the point where I didn't even need foundation! Can we say #nofilter ?! Yay!!

Oil of Oregano has also been great for me and my family for fighting off any bugs we feel coming on.  The minute we feel a cold, stomach ache, etc coming on we take a couple of drops under our tongue and voila... its gone! 

Himalaya Herbal i.e. balm works wonders when you are sick. It has Holy Basil, Turmeric and Mint in it which open your passages right up when you're feeling congested. Works amazing. 

Arnicare is a great homeopathic medicine when you're suffering from muscle pain, stiffness, bruising, swelling from an injury, etc. I suffer from a lot of back pain and arnica definitely helps.

Essential oils along with natural remedies and homeopathic medicine have become a huge part of my life. I truly believe in all of their benefits and healing powers as my family and I have truly benefited from them and I really believe that you can too. It's truly a lifestyle but a healthy one and one that can really make for a happier life. I hope this information really helps you if you've been considering making the change to bring something healthier into your life. 

So now, you tell me. 

Do you have any natural remedies you turn to?

Do you have a favorite essential oil? Which one and how do you benefit from it?

Sharing is caring y'all after all I think we all just want a happier and healthier world to live in.



Disclaimer: The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor is is a substitute for medical advice. 

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