After my If You Talk About Essential Oils, I’ll Punch You In The Face post, I had a bunch of people email me asking VERY SPECIFICALLY how I use essential oils everyday.
And the only way I could think of doing that (because the ways are truly endless) is by taking a day and creating a log of each time I used an essential oil, which oil I used, and how I used it.
My goal in writing this post isn’t to try and sell anyone anything, but to provide education about the everyday practicality of essential oils. Essential oils aren’t snake oils and you don’t have to be an OVER THE TOP CRAZY PERSON to use them. It’s really pretty easy.
Here is how THIS normal person uses essential oils in her daily life.
How A Normal Person Uses Essential Oils In Her Daily Life
1. 5:30 am. A couple of times a week, I workout in the morning. My routine varies…I either go for a run, take a cross-training class, or use my elliptical machine. What doesn’t vary is using my foam roller followed up by massaging 2 – 4 drops of DeepBlue with a “squeeze” of fractionated coconut oil into my knees and hamstrings after I’m done. I’ve been plagued with bad knees for awhile, and the combination of stretching with the foam roller, DeepBlue and changing my run times has made it possible to keep working out longterm with minimal injuries.
2. 7:20 am. After the kids have eaten breakfast and made their lunch for school, I clean our counters with my Homemade Super Orange All-Purpose Cleaner (it has Wild Orange and Melaleuca essential oil). I love the fact it is non-toxic, all-natural, can-be-used directly-around-food-with-no-concerns cleaner. Plus, it works freaking amazing.
3. 8:15 am. After getting the kids to school, it’s my turn to dive into emails on the computer. While some mornings I can crank through them without any issues, today I need a little help. I mix a blend of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oil (3 drops of each) with distilled water in my diffuser. The peppermint and lemon are a great pick-me up and help keep me focused/awake, while the lavender helps calm and soothe me. I usually only diffuse for one hour because as general rule, there is not a greater benefit (except smelling nice) if you diffuse for longer periods of time.
4. 11:00 am. It’s time to get ready for the day. I’ll jump in the shower and use my Homemade Grapefruit and Peppermint Sugar Scrub. I usually use it after I have cleansed my body, so the oils have “fresher” skin to penetrate and the avocado oil leaves me moisturized with super silky skin. Plus, Grapefruit essential oil can help with cellulite and promotes healthy skin.
5. 11:15 am. Because I shaved my legs, armpits and bikini area in the shower, I’ll follow-up with a quick “roll-down” of Melaleuca essential oil on my bikini area to prevent razor burn (and it totally works). I make my own rollerballs of my favorite oils because 1) it helps the essential oil go farther and 2) you only need a “little” of Certified Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils for them to do their work. This way, I can spread a lesser amount of oil on a greater area. I just mix 15 – 20 drops of essential oil and top with fractionated coconut oil.
6. 11:20 am. After washing my face, I mix one drop of Frankincense essential oil with my moisturizer. I’ve been using Frankincense essential oil as part of my skincare regiment for awhile now. Frankincense has long been known to help with the appearances of scars, fine lines and skin imperfections. I love how smooth my skin feels and I’ve noticed a significant reduction in the brown spots that tend to become more prevalent during the spring/summer months.
7. 2:45 pm. About thirty minutes before the kids get home from school, I will diffuse five drops of OnGuard essential oil with distilled water in my diffuser and continue diffusing for another 45 minutes after they get home. OnGuard is awesome for eliminating and controlling pathogens in the air AND it is also a great immune booster too. Perfect for killing any weirdo germ/virus that decided to tag-along-home with my kiddos.
8. 8:00 pm. My poor son is a magnet for any bug and more important has some bad reaction with most bug bites…they just get REALLY itchy and REALLY inflamed. We have tried every over the counter medication out there and NOTHING stops the inflammation or the itchiness like a combination of Purify and Peppermint essential oils. I rub Purify neat on the bug bites and then follow it up with a drop of Peppermint essential oil. The Purify helps the body process the bug bite “venom” and the Peppermint makes the itch go away. (In fact, the same son got into a fight with poison ivy last summer and peppermint essential oil was the only thing that would stop the itching.)
9. 10:00 pm. Right before I go to bed, I roll the ClaryCalm Rollerball on the back of my neck and chest. I do this for a couple of reasons. First, the ClaryCalm has Cedarwood in it and it makes you really drowsy and sleepy. And second, I struggle with night sweats, and the ClaryCalm helps balance out my hormones so I can have a restful night sleep, instead of waking up in a pool of sweat.
10. 10:15 pm. Diffuse five drops of Lavender essential oil with distilled water. I love the smell of Lavender. It has the ability to relax, soothe and calm my mind and body after a particularly stressful day. Plus, when I diffuse Lavender on a regular basis, it sets myself up for a good nights rest. It’s just a nice way to end the day.
Essential Oil Takeaways
I’m a pretty-fit, pretty-healthy, 40-something woman who lives in the suburbs in the Midwest. I’m as white and boring as Wonder Bread.
And I use essential oils everyday.
I can pinkie swear with anyone and say essential oils ARE NOT SNAKE OILS. They work.
This post is just a snapshot of one day. On another day, you may find that I use more Peppermint essential oil for a headache or less Purify essential oil because we don’t have bug bites.
Regardless of the day, essential oils provides me with a natural way to solve most small injuries/ailments/issues without having to resort to chemicals/over the counter medications. I believe in their power. And this is how a normal person uses essential oils in her daily life.
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