Essential Oil Guide: The Basics

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Have you tried essential oils as part of your wellness arsenal?? If not do try – they’re divine. The important thing is the quality of the oil. You want to go with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, my favorite companies are doTERRA and Young Living. You can wear these oils, ingest some of the them, cook with them and diffuse them. I always have a bottle of lavender oil my handbag – it’s amazing how handy it comes in – either for me or someone I’m with:) Oils are like the ultimate security blanket.

If you’re new to oils here’s a list of my top picks and how I use them:

  1. Lavender

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If you’re going to just try one oil – try this. Use it in the bath, sprinkle it on your pillow before you go to sleep, rub a few drops on your temples when you have a headache or just when you want to feel a little less stressed. It’s like been enveloped in a scent of pure loveliness.

2. Lemon

 

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This oil is so full of vitality and happiness. My favorite way to use it is adding a drop or two into a chilled glass of sparking water with a sprig of fresh mint. SO refreshing. I’ve actually swapped out my evening glass of wine for this – and believe me I wouldn’t do that unless it was really good. It’s wonderfully uplifting using it in a diffuser while cleaning. I use it every time I need a lift to my day.

3. Peppermint

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This oil cures a multitude of ills including an upset stomach, respiratory issues (especially sinus in my experience), headache and nausea. It’s also wonderful for cleaning and diffusing when you want an uplifting vibe. Also  –  ants HATE peppermint oil – so if you have an ant problem, sprinkle a few drops on some paper towel and leave it out for your ants to find – they won’t come back!

4. Frankincense

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As strange as it may sound Frankincense has become a staple oil in my house. It’s wonderful for calming anxiety, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system. Try it on the soles of your feet before bed for a restful nights sleep. It’s an ancient oil with tremendous benefits.

Many oils are safe to ingest and most are very safe to use on the skin but always read the directions on the bottle. It’s best to test a patch of skin to make sure all is well before going too crazy. If there is any sensitivity you can combine them with a carrier oil, such as coconut. This also enables a little oil to go a long way:)

I use oils all the time as a holistic helping hand for a healthy home and family. I hope you come to love them as much as I do.

 

 

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