This post has been updated (July 2015) to better reflect my current lifestyle. It was originally published August 2014.
Essential oils have always been a side-interest of mine, but after some recent exploration, it’s safe to say that I’ve become totally hooked. I think a lot of that has to do with easy access to high quality products that I like to think my aging hippie, lavender-loving mother would have been on board with, even today. I think I probably have her to thank for my interest in all-natural, DIY skincare products and herbal remedies. Just so we’re clear, though, I’m not recommending anyone entirely replaces actual medicine with essential oils. Science and Mother Nature can be partners. You do what’s right for you. Find your balance.
Every day is obviously a little different, but this will highlight some common daily essential oil uses. Some days I use a wider variety of oils, and some days I don’t use any at all! I use my oils primarily for aromatherapy and skincare, and these are the two uses I personally benefit the most from. I use a few different brands, though the majority of my oils are currently from Young Living.
I hope that sharing my essential oils routine with you may shake some common misconceptions about folks who use oils. You don’t have to fit a particular mold to benefit, and you can work essential oils into your daily routine, no matter your lifestyle.
After I shower, I apply a homemade facial serum* made with carrot seed, frankincense, lavender, and rose geranium oils to my face. Peppermint oil mixed with jojoba oil for a base goes on the soles of my feet for a bit of a pick-me-up.
*If I plan on going outside, especially in the summer, I still apply a moisturizer containing sunscreen to my face!
Lemon and grapefruit oils (a few drops each) go into a metal or glass water bottle. Sometimes I add a little orange or lime, also. Water first, then coffee (coffee coffee). Read your labels, and use your best judgement. Only consume oils that are labelled as safe to do so. Young Living now offers the Vitality™ collection, which includes oils safe for consumption. Look for the white labels and the 5mL size!
If I’m painting, drawing, or working from my laptop, I’ll diffuse Young Living’s En-R-Gee™, which is a blend of rosemary, juniper, lemongrass, nutmeg, Idaho balsam fir, clove, and black pepper. It helps me stay focused and energized. I use this very basic diffuser on a daily basis, and have had good luck with it. Young Living offers a wide range of diffusers, as well.
I keep YL’s Stress Away (a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, ocotea, lavender, and vanilla absolute) roll-on in my purse, and it’s a blend I find myself using on a regular basis to relieve tension and nervousness.
Sometimes I like a drop or two of lemon and peppermint oils in my evening chamomile tea. The lemon is delicious, and peppermint can help aid in digestion.
I diffuse either lavender or YL’s Peace & Calming® (currently available in a reworked formulation as Peace & Calming II™ ) blend at night. I find the scent of lavender very soothing, and it definitely helps combat my sleeplessness. Peace & Calming is more effective for me when I need to wind down during the day or late in the evening, before I’m in bed. For some reason, it’s distracting when I’m actually trying to sleep.
At the time of writing this original post, I was an active Young Living wholesale member. While I definitely still stand by the quality of the oils and blends themselves (they’re great!), I don’t always buy into YL lifestyle products. I highly recommend doing your own brand research, and using the products that are right for you! And what’s right for you may change over time, as it has for me. That’s cool, too! I am happy to answer any questions you might have!
Thanks for stopping by. My name is Naomi, and this space is made of girldust. This blog is a picture of my comfortably scattered life on the coast of Maine. I'm trying to be a slightly better version of myself every day. I like old houses, reading, the ocean, ghost stories, and museums. You can learn a little bit more about me here.