The second my essential oil diffuser and oils come in from the States, you know I’ll have it up and running in no time. Incorporating essential oils every day has become a joy to me. I’ve been missing it this first month living abroad.
Essential oils in general are becoming increasingly “mainstream.” Walk into any store, even Target or Walmart, and you’ll probably find some essential oils. They’re likely not great quality, but the fact they’re available at all speaks volumes to their popularity.
Sure, you can buy an essential oil and diffuser wherever, but they don’t necessarily tell you how to utilize them. The room smells nice: cool. You can get candles or incense for that, too. What about incorporating essential oils every day in multiple ways?
Step beyond the trend and see how learning and incorporating essential oils every day could become a new holistic routine for you. Even if you just have the “essential” essential oils, you can do a multitude of good with them. This post will lay out some key areas where essential oils can replace conventional means or simply enhance your life. Get your tool kit ready, and let’s start oily (in a good way).
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One of my favorite ways incorporating essential oils every day is in my skincare. I’ve become increasingly basic and natural with what I use on my face. Not only does it make me feel good knowing what ingredients I’m using, but my skin also enjoys it.
Some favorite oils to calm your skin, reduce redness, and act as an antibacterial are lavender and tea tree (also known as melaleuca). A warning before diving in: if you want to be extra careful and/or you have sensitive, reactive skin, make sure to use a carrier oil to dilute these down.
Some common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and almond oil. Try some out and see if your skin favors one over the other. Working with new, more natural ingredients might take some trial and error to find what works best, but it’s ultimately worth the process. Be open and patient.
How about your body? Yes, essential oils can join the party. If you’re a bath lover, add some of your favorite oil into the water for an immersive aromatherapy experience. You can also add oils like __ to your shampoo to enhance the benefits for your hair.
Who needs perfume when you have essential oils? Dab a drop or two to your wrists, neck, and chest, and get ready to smell amazing for much longer than those fancy perfumes suspended in chemicals and alcohol. You can include some drops in your body moisturizer, too, for even more staying power.
Another place for incorporating essential oils every day is in the medicine cabinet. For example, as a frequent headache sufferer, I love grabbing some peppermint to rub on my temples and the back of my neck; the cooling sensation feels super nice for pain.
You can either inhale or put eucalyptus (or tea tree) oil in those same places if you’re feeling congested. It’s awesome for opening up those sinuses without the side effects of many allergy medications.
Feeling uncomfy in the tummy? Oils like clary sage, chamomile, and ginger, when massaged into your stomach, can soothe your woes. With irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I get bloated almost every evening, so these are very helpful.
These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg for incorporating essential oils every day. I highly recommend doing your own research and seeing how else you can utilize your oils has a holistic medicine cabinet.
Essential oils are the concentrated essence (hence the name) of the plant or substance they originated. Get ready for some major flavor to spice things up in the kitchen.
Again, a warning: only use high-quality, therapeutic-grade oil for consumption. Cheaper options are tempting, but they often only contain a perfume of oil within another liquid. Proceed with caution. Otherwise, a couple of drops of an oil is all you need for cooking.
In this case, citrus oils like orange or lemon can add some awesome tang. Try some lime or grapefruit oil in sparkling water for a flavorful alternative to pop or La Croix (emphasis on the flavorful).
Citrus oils also shine in the cleaning department. If you already have basic products like white vinegar, castile soap, and baking soda, you can make a plethora of DIY concoctions to work as all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap…the options are pretty endless.
Incorporating essential oils every day rather than relying upon more toxic products can save you from unnecessary exposure to nasty stuff. You’re also saving money spent buying these products and saving the planet with reduced consumption.
Overall, incorporating essential oils every day is a habit you might have to get used to if you’re pretty reliant upon conventional products. We’ve grown up always returning to over-the-counter medications and brand-name cleaning solutions to solve our problems. While they’re proof of innovation and modern convenience, they aren’t all sustainable or healthy for us to use regularly.
Essential oils aren’t just some new fad. They’ve been around for millennia. People have made herbal remedies long before the rise of modern medicine. I’m a big proponent of balance between both hemispheres. Modern medicine is there to treat symptoms and administer high-quality practice, but holistic wellness is much more proactive and preventive.
This post is a mere fraction of all the possibilities essential oils can serve you. Check out a similar list of ideas that inspired me right here. However, I stress the word “incorporate” because essential oils aren’t, nor should they be, your entire life. Don’t discount everything you already know. Just do your research, especially regarding conventional household and personal products, and make the best judgment. You know you best. Treat yourself well accordingly.
What ways do you enjoy incorporating essential oils every day? I’d love to find new ways to get a little crafty and holistic.
Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie