In my teleclass last week I talked about the benefits of essential oils and my favorite EOs to use for keeping my mood balanced, calm and energized. There was such an interest in this topic that I thought I would provide a few highlights from the class in this week’s blog.
Essential oils were literally mankind’s first medicine. In Egypt for example, essential oils were more commonly the reason tombs were broken into – more so than gold and gems! Preserved oils were found in alabaster jars in King Tut’s tomb. There are also 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. These were very precious to our ancient ancestors.
Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, whether it be from their seeds, bark, leaves, roots etc.
Essential oils can be applied 3 different ways:
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are some oils that should never be taken internally and others that should not be applied “neat” (directly on the skin without dilution). When using any oils for medicinal or therapeutic purposes, always verify they are 100% pure and remember these are potent, a little goes a long way. If you are ever unsure on whether to apply an essential oil, consult an experienced practitioner or health care professional.
Easy ways to apply topically include the following:
Feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick absorbing areas are behind the ears and wrists. I prefer the wrists for most oils because I love to smell them after applying.
Combine essential oils with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil for a massage application.
Combine essential oils with sea salts in a foot soak.
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As mentioned above, one of my favorite ways to get a 1-2 punch is to place a drop of essential oil on my wrist, rub them together then place my wrists under my nose and breath deeply. I immediately start to feel the desired affects of the particular oil I am using.
Another way to receive aromatic application of the essential oils is to use a vaporizer or humidifier. These should always be cold mist devices and you should be sure it is safe to use essential oils in them.
Other ways are to place a drop or two on a handkerchief or cotton ball and place near your nose or next to your bed.
Rub a drop or two of oil in your palms then lightly and thoroughly brush them along your pillow.
While there are many ways to take essential oils internally, I’m going to talk here about the 3 most common ways I use them this way.
With liquid. I frequently place 1-3 drops into my water throughout the day. There are some that I absolutely love and use all the time like wild orange and grapefruit. I do also like peppermint but the doTERRA peppermint oil is so potent that I can literally only use a tip of a toothpick when applying it to my water. In fact, it takes 23 cups of peppermint tea to have the same chemical benefit as 1 drop of doTERRA peppermint oil. This is why I always say a little goes a long way!
One of my other favorite ways to take essential oils with liquid is to make a warm latte with almond milk, lavender oil and vanilla oil. It is absolute heaven before going to bed on a winter night!
Another way to take essential oils internally is with capsules. You can buy empty capsule containers in most health food stores. I place a few drops of whatever I am needing into the capsule and take with my drink.
The last way I have used, but admittedly don’t use very often, is just by placing a drop of oil under my tongue. This is a very quick way to get the oil’s beneficial components into your blood stream.
MY FAVORITE MOOD OILS
Here I’m going to summarize several of the primary essential oils that I taught in detail in the teleclass and that I use for maintaining positive mood, high energy, balanced perspective, calming and hormonal balancing.
Balance. This is one of my favorite oils. It is also the first one I was ever introduced to at an emotional healing meditation class. I use it for when I am feeling flighty, too much in my head and not able to take action. It helps me to feel grounded and it’s no wonder, it contains several woody oils. It encourages balance between body and mind.
Citrus Bliss. I never used to use this oil because I just loved wild orange so much! However, once I started combining multiple, individual citrus oils in my water I was hooked and realized I can just use citrus bliss which would save me from buying all the individual citrus oils and has the added benefit of bergamot. The various citrus oils bring feelings of peace, happiness, energy, uplifting and are anti-depressant in nature. Bergamot has uplifting properties as well and in some studies has been shown to help with depression and agitation.
The ultimate in stimulating feelings of uplifting and energy when you are feeling lethargic or sad is Elevation. This is one that I didn’t love at first. There’s this funny thing that happens sometimes when you first start using EO’s…the ones that your body needs may not be appealing because the mind is not ready to release whatever is causing the negative mood. Elevation was one of those for me. I wasn’t ready to let go of something that was really causing a lot of sadness so I didn’t like the smell of it. However, one day I tried it again and I was literally elated! This oil is sometimes referred to as the joyful blend. It brings together oils that are useful for eliminating depression and anxiety, elevating and refreshing, and calming. This is an excellent oil to use in the morning if you are not feeling that “get up and go” or when you feel you are ready to get rid of your sadness and get your a$$ in gear again!
Serenity is a wonderful oil for people who have trouble turning their brain off at night so they can sleep. I’m sure no one reading this EVER experiences that….but in case you know someone who does, you can pass the information along… All of the oils in this blend have some level of properties for calming, relaxing, harmonizing and easing tension. This is a beautiful oil to diffuse next to your bed or in the bedroom of an excited child or crying baby who cannot seem to calm down and get to sleep.
The last oil I’m going to mention is part of my daily staples. I’m 43 years old. I have had difficult periods my entire life but never mood swings until the last 5 years or so. I have also over the last 2 years started having very inconsistent periods relating to frequency, spotting and heaviness. These swings were just about causing me to lose my ever-loving mind! My saving grace is the daily application of Clary Calm which combines oils from plants that are known to help balance hormones and alleviate symptoms that throw our hormones out of whack during select times of the month such as PMS, menopause and aging. All of the oils have been used throughout history for balancing estrogen and other hormones associated with PMS and menopause. Other oils are added for helping to reduce tension and increase calming due to hormonal shifts. My daily regimen includes 2 swipes of the roller bottle of Clary Calm and a drop of additional Clary Sage on my wrists. This is completely changed my life in terms of PMS and peri-menopausal symptoms. The first full month I used these 2 oils I was literally jumping for joy in my office and every month my symptoms improved even more. I will probably use these 2 for the rest of my life – for reals!!!
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Here are some great books on essential oils that I use frequently…
“Emotional Healing with Essential Oils”, Daniel Macdonald
“Modern Essentials, A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils” Fifth Edition, AromaTools.