One of the most common questions I get from people who are new to essential oils is “What do you use them for on a daily basis?” I’ve decided to answer this question with a blog post. Let’s get down to some basics first though before diving in.
There are three different ways to use essential oils. The first is to diffuse them into the air. I have a diffuser in our kitchen and one in each of our bedrooms as well as one at the office. At night, the kids decide what they want in their diffusers. Blake’s favourite is lavender. Caleigh loves a blend of different citrus oils. And Maggie would, if she could, put every single oil in the diffuser at once. I do try to keep lavender in her diffuser because it helps her sleep…and I keep anything that helps “invigorate” her as far away as possible during the nighttime hours.
The second way to use essential oils is topically. EOs can be put on your skin either neat (meaning just the oil) or diluted in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, etc.
The third way to use essential oils is internally. I would only ever use essential oils internally if they were 100% pure, therapeutic grade. The company I use is just that (links at the bottom). And I know which oils are okay to use internally and which are not. Citrus oils – lemon, wild orange, grapefruit, and more – are a great addition to water. Other oils that can be taken internally are peppermint, lavender, the protective blend, and a few more. Whether taken with water or in a veggie cap, it’s a great way to get the benefits of EOs directly into your body.
Which leads us to the next question…which oils do you use on a daily basis? I updated my Instagram account last Thursday with regular posts on what oils I was using at what time.
My morning routine includes my homemade body butter (or cream as it’s not at all buttery but delightfully creamy) has wild orange and lavender in it. It’s scent is to die for. I dab my laugh lines with the Immortelle (anti-aging blend) and then 20-30 seconds later follow up with the body cream. Melaleuca on my blemishes and a small dab of Whisper on my wrists before heading downstairs.
See the lemon? That goes in my glass of water first thing in the morning. If I have a scratchy or dry throat (more so in the winter!) I add a drop of peppermint. Then as I’m making breakfast and later working at my computer, I came up with this blend of White fir and Lemon to wake me up and at the same time make me want to go snowshoeing in the forest. I am feeling massively removed from my connection to the earth during the winter time. I’m not outside as much as I am in the summer and so I crave the woodsy smells of White Fir, Vetiver, Arborvitae and Cedar. I often diffuse them at night with lavender to give me a restful night’s sleep.
Thrown into today’s mix, a friend of mine fell down some stairs and broke her ankle. She had just ordered her first essential oils but they hadn’t arrived yet. So, off to her house I go with veggie caps filled with 6 drops frankincense, 6 drops of oregano and 6 drops of lemongrass. It’s called the “Morphine Bomb” that helps reduce the pain. A broken ankle is a broken ankle but if the pain can be helped a bit with EOs, then extra bonus!
Into the office for the afternoon, I diffused Wild Orange and Peppermint for a massive energy jolt. It smells amazing and both are mood lifters. Perfect to combat a grey afternoon for everyone who comes in to get adjusted.
Essential oils? Check.
After dinner, I take a drop of this digestive blend to support digestion. One of its major ingredients is fennel and it certainly can be picked up on in the EO blend. It reminds me of black liquorice, which I actually do not enjoy at all. However, the digestive blend is quite mild and doesn’t bother me.
Nighttime routine includes more of my body butter infused with lavender and wild orange. I use Deep Blue on sore muscles (from my earlier CrossFit workout!). I put lavender and the respiratory blend in my diffuser and it helps us get through the night without congestion or sniffles.
So, there you go. A basic daily use of oils. Each day is different, which is the fun part. The kids are always changing up what goes in the diffuser. As things come up in life for my emotions, it’s comforting to know I have my own toolbox to go to when it comes to supporting myself through the day. For example, Wild Orange is the Oil of Abundance and it helps to bring the mindset of joy and abundance into one’s life. I love that each essential oil has not only a physical attachment but an emotional attachment as well.
Inspired to use essential oils for your health daily? You can check out my Essential Oils page for more information!