Today on Healthy Tip Tuesday I’m sharing with you the power of Essential Oils.
We all know the power of everyday scent: how a particular cologne reminds you of a past lover, or when the smell of your favorite restaurant brings you back to memories of lunch with a good friend.
But did you know that some scents can actually improve your health?
Essential oils are all the rage these days. It is said that these oils have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. Their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell to helping you relax and sleep better, to improving your skin and digestion, to healing an ear infection and even helping with weight loss (more on that topic on Friday).
For the past year I have been experimenting with a number of different essential oils and I LOVE them!! They have had an amazing impact on the quality of my health and well-being, and my family has been positively impacted as well.
I stress out easily – which you’ll already know if you know me personally or have been a follower of LYL for a few years now. Lavender is my go-to for stress: it relaxes me, calms me down, and takes the edge off my worries.
Peppermint – I place it in a diffuser in my office and it helps me focus so much better and enjoy the work I do even more.
I also love to use Chamomile at bedtime or during the day when the kids get fussy as it has been found to be effective in calming down annoyance, anger and irritation, particularly in small children.
Those are just three examples of the oils I use. I have also used essential oils to replace many everyday products that I used to spend a fortune on. I now clean my home with oil-infused natural cleaners rather than toxic chemicals from the supermarket and I cleanse my face with oil-infused natural products too.
Today I decided to visit my friends from The Healthy Vibe to pick up a couple of new oils to try – Grapefruit and Lemon. I mixed a few drops of lemon oil with avocado oil and rubbed it onto my hands and inhaled the beautiful citrus scent before I started writing this blog post today.
There are so many great essential oils out there, but I’m going to share with you my top 7 must have essential oils today. Sure, there are others that would be great to have, but these are my go-to oils because they are so versatile.
Lavender: Lavender is one of the most versatile oils. It is more commonly known for its relaxing effects but works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too. It is said that the scent of lavender can reduce the levels of stress hormones in your blood. That’s a good reason to put a few drops in your bath in order to help you relax at night. I personally love adding a few drops into my bath water and adding a few more on my pillow before I hop in bed.
Peppermint: Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind. It also can increase mental alertness. The University of Cinncinati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28 percent. Peppermint oil is also one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally, which is great because it helps with indigestion.
Frankincense: I believe that frankincense is a MUST-HAVE essential oil in every home. I use it both for relaxation, such as in baths, and to help minor cuts and bug bites heal more quickly. It’s also great for depression, inflammation, immunity, and to increase spiritual awareness.
Oregano: You may have heard of oil of oregano as a flu fighter. This strong-tasting oil has naturally antibacterial qualities, which is why many think it can help to fight colds and other sicknesses. It is taken topically, often by putting a few drops on the tongue — the taste isn’t pleasant but many people swear by it during flu season.
Lemon: Lemon oil can be used not only to detox the body but it can also help with acne. If you want a healthy boost in alertness, a bit of lemon oil mixed 50:50 with a carrier is a great way to give your head a life. Because of its uplifiting properties, lemon essential oil is also good for increasing focus and concentration.
Grapefruit: Another citrus oil, grapefruit essential oil has properties similar to lemon oil. It’s a great choice for people experiencing fatigue and it can help you deal with the effects of jet lag. It’s also a natural antiseptic so you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and clean.
Eucalyptus: This is a great oil to have on hand if you get frequent colds or suffer from allergies that affect your breathing and make you congested. Eucalyptus can be used to relieve sore muscles and help clear sinuses. It also has many antibacterial properties and has been known to stimulate the immune system. Use it in a vaporizer to loosen up a congested chest or apply it diluted to the inside of your nose to relieve nasal congestion. But never ingest it or use it on your skin undiluted, as it can be irritating.
You can purchase these (and more) oils from The Healthy Vibe by visiting one of their three store locations (St. John’s, CBS and Corner Brook) or you can order directly from their website too. Click Here!
Do you already use essential oils? If so, which ones and how have they helped you? Please share in the comment box below, I’d love to hear all about your experience.
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