I’ve received a few questions lately about what supplements I take and why, which I fully plan to report on next week but before going there, I wanted to chat essential oils. When I shared my daily “ish” rituals recently on Instagram, I totally forgot to include oils, which is crazy because they are totally something I use on the daily — just in different various ways. So, I thought before getting to supplements, it would be beneficial to share my top essential oils and how I personally use them.
It is important to do your research on essential oils before using them. Not all brands are created equal. I personally use Young Living oils because of their seed to seal process. As the leader of the essential oils movement, Young Living is paving the way for every other essential oil company to improve processes that protect our planet and ensure the highest quality standards. The quality of the oils is impeccable. It is also important to note that some oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before used directly on the skin.
LAVENDER: This oil is my favorite to diffuse. Especially when combined with Frankincense. I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite anxious and suffer from general anxiety. This oil really helps me calm my vibe. If I’m not diffusing, I am rubbing it on my temples or wrists to help ease my mind. It is also great in a steamy shower or the tub with Epsom salt.
TRANQUIL: This blend and roll-on is always in my handbag. It is the perfect way to invite a little zen in your day and smells great by itself as a perfume. I also use it at bedtime on the bottoms of my feet as part of my evening routine to help me wind down and sleep better.
FRANKINCENSE: This essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. It is a great choice for anti-stress. It is perfect to diffuse during quite time or meditation to enhance the experience. I also like to add a few drops to my nighttime moisturizer to maintain radiant skin.
COPAIBA: This oil is secretly my favorite oil in my bag of tricks. I use it the most and for several different reasons. First, I love copaiba as an anti-inflammatory and natural pain reliever. I rub on sore muscles after a tough workout and on my belly to alleviate cramps during menstruation. Second, I use this oil on my face as part of my skincare routine to help reduce inflammation and surface acne. Copaiba’s active components may also tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
PATCHOULI: This oil is known for grounding, balance and relaxation. It has an earthy but spicy fragrance and is often used in perfumes. When diffused, especially with other oils like Lavender, it can be a great oil for calming the body and mind. Used in aromatherapy, it is known to eliminate unpleasant odors in the environment and to balance emotions.
THIEVES: Seems like the flu (Influenza) is really going around this year and Thieves oil is a great weapon to fight off illness. This blend, is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. The blend is well known to clean the air + neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens. All of the ingredients in Thieves essential oil have an impact on the immune system, either with antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic or antioxidant qualities. When I feel a cold coming on, I diffuse or rub on the bottoms of my feet at bedtime. Sometimes, I may also rub on my chest to alleviate congestion.
PANAWAY: This blend, is a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint. During marathon training, this was a must on my tired legs after my long runs. You can also combine PanAway with a carrier oil and massage it into your shoulders and neck for a cool, stimulating aroma if you’re feeling stressed and want to relieve tension.
PEPPERMINT: This is an oil that I typically use in the summer to help cool off or give me a boost of energy. It is great for runners, which I go to great detail about in this blog post here. But, I also like adding dashes of peppermint vitality to my tea to give it a minty flavor. I also have to admit that it was VERY helpful when I had the stomach bug this year post marathon. I rubbed the oil on my belly to help keep nausea at bay.
If you are at all interested in essential oils but don’t know where to start, you can order directly by clicking here. Or you can reach out to me directly for more details about Young Living. If you want to experiment with essential oils, I highly recommend the membership, which gets you a starter kit, many of the oils listed above, a diffuser and 24% off future purchases. It is what I originally started with and introduced me to the oily world.