This year All The Things I Do really wants to help readers focus on balance. About a year ago my anxiety hit a peak and one of the things I decided to try was essential oils. I can confirm that some of these oils are truly amazing.
Today Ash, from One Damn Good Woman is taking over the blog to tell you all about how Essential Oils can bring some balance back into your life.
Oil Up For A New and Better You
Essential oils are all the rage these days. Take 20 minutes to do some quick web surfing session and you’ll find a plethora of essential oil Facebook groups, pins, blogs, and infographics. While the movement has actually been around for a while, it’s been picking up some incredible momentum lately. People everywhere are jumping on the bandwagon! And while there is a business aspect to some essential oil companies, there is so much more to them than making money.
These little brown bottles contain incredible compounds from therapeutic and medicinal plants that interact with our bodies as well as our limbic system, so simply inhaling them poses health benefits. If you’re looking to be your best you, consider these four simple everyday ways that essential oils can influence life for the better and make you your fiercest yet.
Anxiety & Stress
Stress is a HUGE problem for women thanks to sleep, finances, relationships, work, and so on.. While I have yet to find a magical potion that can make all problems go away, I have found some powerful little plants that can help bring me back down to planet Earth.
When it comes to the powers of plants essential oils, it’s not merely fragrance at work. They actually contain compounds that affect our bodies in particular ways. In the case of stress, there are essential oils with relaxing properties that can reduce anxiety. Science is still studying their effects on circulation, blood pressure, and so on to see how and “if” they work, but there’s a reason flowery-fragrances like lavender, rose, chamomile, and ylang-ylang captivate noses around the world. Essential oils of frankincense, bergamot, cypress, and marjoram, have a long historical tie to peace and relief, so while their rumored calming effects may be news to us, they actually have a long history.
Whatever particular oils happen to tickle your senses, you can fuse their benefits with everyday life by adding them to your lotions, massage oils, and baths. And if you could use a little stress relief on the go, pick up a little spray bottle so that you can carry an essential oil spritzer for a mobile de-stressor that can be packed into any purse. You could even have your spritzer double as a perfume by perfecting the art of blending essential oils. Buy the right oils and you’ll never have to buy another bottle of artificial fragrance.
If you’re struggling with stress, then chances are good that things are lacking in the bedroom – as in lacking love with that pillow and mattress. Getting a full night’s rest will give a huge lift to your energy and mood, so there’s no time to lie awake in bed thinking of everything we could be doing besides sleeping.
The essential oils mentioned above for anxiety can all help you relax and transition into a dreamy state. But while you’re shopping online, know that every nightstand can benefit from the sedative properties of roman chamomile, valerian, and bergamot. Of course, lavender deserves the spotlight here — I don’t think there’s anything it isn’t good for — and it’s cost, versatility, and benefits make it a must for addressing virtually every aspect of well being.
Bring on the dreams by diffusing your oils of choice or by applying them to the soles of the feet. And if you’re looking to bring on the beauty sleep, rub yourself down with lavender and roman chamomile and your carrier oil of choice. Both plants get big creds in the beauty department thanks to their effect on scars, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and overall skin quality. Pair it with the healing properties of aloe and you’ll wake up looking like a whole new woman! I’m painfully addicted to the youthful, radiant glow that I see in the mirror every morning. Try it and see for yourself! Plants are the new botox!
Energy & Clarity
It’s a no-brainer that sleep is going to have a big impact on energy levels. Diet and nutritional deficiencies will have an enormous influence on this too (I can personally attest to the powers of meeting daily iron needs). Unfortunately, we can’t always get in that 8 hours of sleep or that salmon spinach salad. But… There’s an oil for that!
If you’re dealing with a serious case of brain fog, then consider using essential oils of peppermint and eucalyptus to pierce through that heavy mental curtain. These two oils are incredible decongestants thanks to their abilities to break up mucus, and their clarifying properties are just as powerful with muddled minds. Applying a drop to the temples or the neckline can boost productivity in a jiffy, and you can feel them open up sinuses and make a direct delivery to the brain. They really work, but they both have a rather distinctive smell. Because of that, their scents don’t go over with everybody. But if you’re worried about smelling like a koala or a gallon of freshly steeped tea, then you have another option with citrus oils
Our favorite fruits offer invigorating scents that can perk up our energy and mood in a matter of breaths. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit are all inexpensive energy boosters that can get to work in a matter of minutes. They’re also very affordable. Citrus does tend to increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight though, so they aren’t oils you want on your skin during daylight hours. The soles of the feet can remedy this, but I prefer the benefits of direct inhalation for the quickest effect. I make this cost-effective and diffuser-free by applying a drop of essential oil to the neckline of darker everyday fabrics, or by wearing a stylish diffuser necklace that offers aromatherapy benefits all day.
Aches & Pains
Whether you’re dealing with pain from menstrual cramps, sore muscles, or sickness, essential oils can rocket your level of fierceness back up to where you need it to be. Essential oils with antispasmodic and analgesic properties offer big benefits here. Peppermint, lavender, sweet marjoram, basil, and rosemary can work wonders with tight and tired muscles — and without hurting your bank account.
Some of us are dealing with pains from the symptoms of sickness and disease, and essential oils can ease the aches of inflammation just as well. The oils of lemongrass, tea tree oil, and peppermint are especially powerful at reducing inflammation. Frankincense, helichrysum, and lavender (of course) boast big promises with relief and repair too. Do a little research and see what oils may be best for you and the condition that you’re looking to address. You don’t have to suffer, and prescriptions are hardly the only promise of relief.
You may already know some essential oil “nerds” that carry around their little brown bottles everywhere they go. As trendy and over-exaggerated as their uses may seem, they are really and truly astounding. Learn more by looking up the study citations on Pubmed to see what science is learning about them. And if you’d like to know more about oil benefits and the many ways they can be used and applied, check out the amazing book Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art by Kathy Keville and Mindy Green. It includes info on everything from active compounds and historical use, to DIY products and categorized charts.
Whether you’re looking to boost your physical health, emotional well-being, or your looks, essential oils are worth your attention. The year 2016 is upon us. Let’s show this world how fierce and fabulous we are!
About the Writer
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. Please further research or talk to a specialist about using essential oils. This post is personal experience and observed experience of the guest writer or blog owner.