We’ve all had that moment. Maybe you’ve had this moment today, even. You roll over to look at the clock and it’s time to get up already and you’re like WHAT?! I’m exhausted! So you begrudgingly get up, but you absolutely can’t operate without coffee. I GET IT. I love coffee, too. But sometimes one cup of coffee can’t cure the sleepiness and when you go for 2, 3, 4 cups of coffee, then you’ve got a problem. You get jittery, hyper, extremely happy even…but then you crash. Hard. And you feel 10 times more tired and irritable than when you started. This is when, instead of grasping for that hollow energy that coffee might provide, you use oils instead. The truth of the matter is, oils are so versatile that you really can choose the scents you like the best and use those oils. People frequently comment on my mood and energy level and ask how I keep them both so high. In this article, I’ll explain the oils I use, how I use them, and why they work.
::: LEMON :::
Distilled from the peels of the fruit, Lemon essential oil is as joyful as they come and is also cleansing and purifying. There are three main ways to use lemon to gain energy from its potent constituents–diffusing it, applying it to your skin or taking it for its internal benefits. If you are diffusing, I love diffusing Lemon in the morning when I first wake up. You can have this going in the kitchen in the morning while you’re making coffee or in the bathroom while you’re showering. If you apply to the skin, I’d recommend diluting it for skin sensitivity, as well as applying to an area of the skin that will be covered by clothing when you go outside–Lemon oil is photosensitive and can make your skin burn easier in sunlight. Once you’ve applied it to the skin, take a few deep breaths and just enjoy the uplifting scent–it will certainly help you wake up! If you are taking this internally, there’s a super simple way, and that’s adding it to a glass of water! I like to do this first thing in the morning with my vitamins–it’s just such a quick way to get those benefits and experience the internal benefits of Lemon–this oil has been shown to help cleanse the body and aid with digestion. Taking this oil internally will get your body working more efficiently and will in turn give you more energy! I wrote an entire post on the best uses for Lemon essential oil, which you can read about here. *Photosensitive. Do not put on skin that will be exposed to sun for at least the next 8 hours.
::: ELEVATION :::
Called the Joyful Blend, Elevation is an incredible doTERRA blend that promotes feelings of confidence, uplifts your mood and increases your energy. My favorite thing to do with Elevation is diffuse it. Since it already has so many incredible oils in it, you can just pop 6 drops of it in the diffuser and you’re ready to run! Included in the Elevation blend are Lavender, Tangerine, Clary Sage, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lemon Myrtle and other essential oils. I like diffusing this one first thing in the morning or during the day. A couple of other ways you can use Elevation are to rub it over your wrists, temples or heart to promote positive feelings, or put a few drops in your bath after a long day to relax.
::: WILD ORANGE :::
When I first started using oils, Wild Orange quickly became one of my staples. Why? Because it smelled so refreshing, made me feel so happy and, at a wholesale cost of $10.50, it was easy to have it around all the time and share it with others, which also made me happy! Because this one has purifying and uplifting properties, it’s a one-two-punch for helping your body shake off any lethargy and feel energized. Try diffusing this one with peppermint for a really uplifting and clean smell, or try a couple drops in your ice water. It’s also a good one to put on first thing in the morning or mid-afternoon if your energy is starting to dip. *Photosensitive. Do not put on skin that will be exposed to sun for at least the next 8 hours.
::: PEPPERMINT :::
These are some of the frequent sounds people have made after I’ve given them a drop of Peppermint to inhale: “Mmm,” “Ahhh,” and “Whoa!” doTERRA Peppermint is the most potent peppermint you will ever get your hands on and it will WAKE YOU UP. Try keeping this next to your bed and inhaling it when you first wake up in the morning. Doing this always makes me feel much sharper while I’m getting ready for the day. I think clearer after inhaling Peppermint. It really allows you to focus on the present moment and energizes you after lunch. Diffusing it with Wild Orange is PERFECT for feeling awakened. One last favorite trick to use peppermint for a refreshing boost is to take one drop of peppermint on your finger and place it on the roof of your mouth and then take a drink of water. Added bonus: fresh breath!
::: MOTIVATE :::
Motivate was designed specially for that purpose–to motivate those who use it. Motivate helps you feel more creative, more awake and more alive. This blend of essential oils that includes Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Rosemary and Vanilla, among other oils, gives you courage and makes you feel encouraged. The fresh combination of mint and citrus are hard not to love and feel inspired by. It’s wonderful for diffusing OR using on-the-go with the Motivate Touch roller blend. The Touch version is already diluted with fractionated coconut oil so it’s ready to go directly on your skin.
::: CHEER :::
Ok, simply put Cheer smells like lemon cookies and is divine. It definitely does up my cheerfulness instantly when I put it on, which boosts my energy level as well. It helps promote feelings of optimism and counteracts negative emotion. Isn’t that cool?! With a spicy yet warm aroma, this one will make you happy, too. It combines lemon myrtle with vanilla, clove, nutmeg and some others to make this super uplifting blend. I never go anywhere without my Cheer Touch roll-on–this one is a staple for me and I wear it like a fragrance on my wrists and chest. I also tend to put it on my palms and take several deep breaths if I find myself having woken up on the wrong side of the bed or if sadness or anger sneaks up on me out of nowhere. Cheer really sets my mood right which definitely helps my energy stay high.
::: GRAPEFRUIT :::
Are you starting to notice a trend here? Citrus oils are super uplifting to the mind and can really help your energy level! You can try using them all or pick a few that you love the smell of and go for it! Personally, I could never get enough Grapefruit. It’s like fresh air in a bottle. In fact, I wrote a blog about the many benefits of Grapefruit and you can read that here. Grapefruit is super cool because it can increase your metabolism! Anyone who’s felt the sluggish effects of a slow metabolism can attest to how tired it can make you feel. This one is a no-brainer for getting that metabolism going! Just put a few drops in your ice water and enjoy. Try two drops in your diffuser with 2 drops Douglas Fir and 2 drops Citrus Bliss and enjoy an invigorating Anthro blend (smells just like the store!). *Photosensitive. Do not put on skin that will be exposed to sun for at least the next 8 hours.
::: LIME :::
I looooove all things lime. Key lime pie maaaybe being at the top of that list but Lime essential oil coming in a very close second. You can’t not smell this and have your frown turn upside down. I diffuse it all the time. I smell it all the time. And it is just so energizing! My very favorite guilt-free treat is to put a few drops in my ice water and like…omg. So good. You could also make an easy limeade with this and it would be legit. It’s also super good in guacamole, just remember that a drop or two goes a long way! Lime is known for uplifting, balancing and energizing, and it also promotes internal cleansing, which can really help boost your energy. *Photosensitive. Do not put on kin that will be exposed to sun for at least the next 8 hours.
::: CITRUS BLISS :::
Ok, I might have saved the best for last. Citrus Bliss smells STRAIGHT UP like a Creamsicle. This is the MacDaddy of all Citrus. If you are a citrus fan, you cannot go another day without Citrus Bliss. In this one blend, you’ve got Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Tangerine, Clementine and they finish it off with Vanilla. And for $15 wholesale, I am reeling at the value! Not only is this a great personal fragrance, but you can diffuse it in a room with the grumpiest of people and watch their mood lift almost instantly. You can really increase your levels of happy energy by using this one as often as possible–it helps that all the citrus oils make a powerful cleaner, so you can combine this with a splash of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and clean your countertops with it! Really, the key to it working is using anytime you can think of a reason! And just dabbing it on your wrists and taking a few deep breaths is reason enough.
I hope this has helped give you a good long list of new oils to try–WHAT OILS DO YOU USE FOR ENERGY AND HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
Your Sister In Oils,