I started using essential oils a little over year ago and began integrating them into my nutrition practice about 6 months after that. Once I felt and saw the difference using EOs in my life and did my own research, I felt confident in recommending them to my clients, friends, and family. I see essential oils as another tool for us to combat all of the stress in our lives and reduce our overall toxic-load. These ancient remedies work with the body instead of simply masking symptoms. Essential oils are now a part of my everyday routine and I'm loving it. I'll use them help support my immune system, occasionally elevate my mood, to create my own body care and cleaning products, and so much more. Here are my top 5 essential oils and how I use them.
1. Grounding Blend
This is a blend of different tree oils including spruce and Ho wood. I LOVE the smell and use it as my perfume mixed with sandalwood and lavender. I will also use it before any big presentation to help reduce my feeling of anxiety. The brand I use calls it Balance.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils to diffuse as it is said to help increase mental clarity and is invigorating. I use it whenever I need a boost like before a workout. It is also a part of my anti-inflammatory mix I'll use for my shin splints.
I use it on my feet for nausea or upset stomach and on my neck for headaches. I also add peppermint and lavender to a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to help cool sunburns.
3. Lavender Essential Oil
I absolutely love the scent of lavender essential oil and diffuse it as an air freshener. It is said to help digestion, support skin health, stimulate hair growth, help mitigate the effects of stress and more.
I diffuse it at night to help promote better sleep. I’ll also mix it with coconut oil and rub on any bruises or abrasions. I sometimes add a drop of lavender and lemon to bug bites or burns to cool the sting and use it with peppermint to calm a headache or sunburn.
This one is potent! While in school to become a nutrition consultant, we learned about the power of oregano. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic making it perfect to ward off numerous ills. It is important to note that Oregano is very potent and should always be diluted for topical use. In times of bad illness, I diffuse oregano in to the air.
5. Disinfectant Blend
It contains a mix of sweet orange essential oil, rosemary, clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus. The specific blend I use is called OnGuard and it is another reason I chose this particular brand of essential oils. It smells wonderful and is a natural disinfectant. My favorite uses are:
On the soles of the feet to support the immune system
When mopping floors (disinfects and smells great)
Diffused for an air freshener
In my toothpaste, to support a health mouth