doTERRA Oils for Energy–9 Oils That Will Give You the Lift You’re Looking For

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,

Emily

 

The Best Uses for Lemon Essential Oil–Harnessing the Power of This Fresh and Uplifting Citrus

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Lemon is the top-selling doTERRA essential oil–and for good reason! It has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon has powerful cleaning properties and can purify surfaces and the air, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When you add lemon to water, it provides a refreshing boost throughout the day. Lemon can be added to food to enhance its flavor. You can also take Lemon internally for cleansing and digestive benefits and to support healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. At only $10 wholesale, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that for super high-quality wellness! 

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Uses
There are so many uses for lemon essential oil, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ll just jump in!

Cleaning: I’d be remiss not to mention Lemon’s powerful cleaning and disinfecting properties. A little while back, Lauren posted about cleaning with essential oils and of course Lemon came up! Read about that here. Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. More specifically, you can add about 20-40 drops of oil to a regular 16 oz. spray bottle along with 1/4 cup white vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water. Tada! A completely toxin-free all-purpose spray you could literally bathe your kids in (if you wanted to).  😀 This also adds a sheen and disinfectant to wood–try combining a few drops with olive oil to clean and protect wood surfaces–it’s especially good for cutting boards because the products are food-safe. It also works particularly well in keeping silver from tarnishing and works well on leather products, too.

Diffusing: Since this oil is just like the smell of fresh lemons, it’s perfect to diffuse on a day when you’re feeling in a funk or when your house smells like funk. Since it cleanses the air, it actually gets rid of the odor by eradicating the bacteria that’s causing it, rather than just masking the smell like commercial air fresheners. Lemon pairs well with doTERRA Breathe Respiratory blend, Frankincense, Geranium, Peppermint, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Taking Internally for Body Cleansing: Taking lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful cleansing and natural things you could do for your body, and it’s so easy to incorporate into your day! You can add this to your water, carbonated water, orange juice or even your coffee! I know it sounds crazy but it’s actually pretty good. :] Just make sure you’re using a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container to drink out of–lemon is so powerful it will pull the toxins straight out of plastic–just like it does with your body! I was out of it in the hospital once and added lemon essential oil to some tea I was drinking out of a styrofoam cup and watched as the lemon dissolved the styrofoam before my eyes! It was pretty crazy but just goes to show you how powerful it is.

Cleaning and Freshening Laundry: It’s super easy to throw a drop of this in the washing machine with your whites, especially towels and undies, and it will really help to freshen them up. I like to throw a couple drops in the dryer with lavender and my wool dryer balls. It’s not a strong scent you’re left with but the subtle freshness is honestly exactly what I’m looking for. The other thing you can do is make up a “laundry and fabric spritz” in a glass spray bottle with 10 drops lemon, 10 drops lavender and 10 drops wild orange and just spritz the towels in your linen closet once a week to keep things smelling fresh. This would also work nicely on couches, chairs, rugs and beds, just make sure if you have pets (especially cats) that you’re not spraying this where they like to hang out because they really hate citrus essential oils. Trust me on that one.

Improves Digestion: As far as how to take this internally for digestion, I would say as a first line of defense you should be drinking it in a glass of water every morning–a splash of raw apple cider vinegar wouldn’t hurt, either. However, if you are experiencing stomach upset, I’d try two things. The first thing I’d probably suggest is taking a bit of fractionated coconut oil and rubbing a few drops of that together on your abdomen. The other thing I might try, is if you have any empty veggie caps, you can put a few drops in the capsule and take it just like a supplement. If you need to get veggie caps, this is the best place to get them. 

Purifies Skin: Ok I know this sounds crazy but I just put 1-2 drops of undiluted lemon essential oil straight onto my face after I’ve cleansed and moisturized and it has been doing amazing things for my skin! It feels 100% pH balanced when I do it. I hadn’t heard of people using it on their face, I just thought of doing it because I used to do this face mask with fresh lemons and honey and it worked really well with my skin, but it took a while to do and it was pretty messy (I’d always get the honey in my hair). I can’t promise this route will be the best for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin, but give it a try if you’re gutsy. If you do it and it burns, wipe your face off with coconut oil immediately and that should help get off any excess. You should also make sure you’ve got at least 12 hours where you won’t be going out into the sun excessively when putting any citrus oil on exposed skin. Citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will cause your skin to burn more easily! Perfect to do on a Friday night when you’re planning on sleeping in on Saturday (i.e. NOT planning a pool day).

Soothes Sore Throat and Cough: This one really works and is easy to incorporate as well! Just add 1-3 drops to your hot tea with raw honey and you’ll definitely feel the soothing effects right away.

Improves Your Mood: It never fails, I just feel happy when I diffuse lemon! It’s not just ME, either. Lots of research has been done on how lemon essential oil works with our brain to release oxytocin. You can use it diluted on your skin, spritz it in your hair or on your clothes or try it on a diffuser bracelet or necklace. Keep lemon nearby and use it when moodiness or sadness strikes.

Eases Allergies: Seasonal allergies have really been getting me down lately. One combination that really helps is lemon, lavender and peppermint, one drop of each rubbed into the palm of my hands and inhaled deeply through the nose. Do this several times over and enjoy the soothing effects it has on your nasal passages and sinuses.

 

Well, I hope this is helpful to you as you begin to incorporate lemon essential oil into your daily wellness routine!

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Your Sister In Oils,

Emily

 

The Best Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil — It’s Not Just for Cooking!

When you think of Rosemary essential oil, you may think of roasting a pork tenderloin or flavoring homemade potato soup. But it is oh so much more than that, my friends! What I’ll do today is walk you through the top ten best everyday uses for this common yet sometimes overlooked essential oil so you can take advantage of its incredible benefits.

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#1: HAIR RE-GROWTH

Yes! Rosemary essential oil helps with hair re-growth, as consistent use stimulates hair follicles and helps hair grow stronger. Whether you are actively losing hair or you want to act preventatively, Rosemary essential oil can help keep your hair healthy. Add 1-2 drops into your hand with your shampoo, or add 10-15 drops per 8 oz. shampoo bottle and mix thoroughly.

#2: HEALTHY SCALP

I could have lumped this in with #1, but a healthy scalp means a lot to me, since I struggled with the waxy build-up (which acts like dandruff) for about 7 years before I discovered essential oils. It is SO frustrating doing everything you can for your scalp, only to have these itchy flakes that drive you crazy, get all over your clothes and can be so embarassing socially. Enter Rosemary. This oil soothes the scalp–you can try massaging this into your scalp up to 3x a week.*

#3: FOCUS

Rosemary is fabulous for focus and studies have shown it is effective in improving cognitive function. You could try applying to your wrists just before writing your big thesis or diffuse in the kitchen when your kids get home from school. Its uplifting aroma tends to keep our energy up while simultaneously grounding us. Since it has a deep, herbaceous smell, it pairs well in the diffuser with citrus oils–try Rosemary and Lime or Rosemary and Grapefruit (3 drops of each). Using this all-natural alternative to stimulants is a great thing to do for your body, and a great long-term solution for increasing focus.

#4: IMPROVING DIGESTION

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Thankfully Rosemary’s delicious flavor is fabulous when used in cooking (particularly meats), because it helps us maintain healthy digestion and can even help ease stomach upset, bloating and constipation! Because essential oils are so potent, only 1-2 drops per dish is needed to flavor your entire meal! This makes the oil a super cost-effective ingredient for upscale dishes as well.

#5: REDUCING NERVOUS TENSION

When taken internally, Rosemary can support our body by easing any nervous tension we may be feeling. You can dilute 1 drop in 4 oz. liquid, place 1 drop in an empty veggie cap or you may choose to diffuse or apply topically (we recommend using fractionated coconut oil as a carrier to dilute–1 teaspoon of coconut oil per drop of essential oil).

#6: PAIN RELIEF

It’s true! Rosemary essential oil can help with pain management. Because it helps stimulate blood flow, Rosemary can be used with sore muscles, headaches, or other ailments to reduce the pain and aid in quicker healing.

#7: SKIN TONER

Run out of your favorite toner? Try Rosemary! Its gentle components help tone skin while removing impurities and helping reduce redness, dryness and inflammation. You could always try adding one drop of Rosemary to your toner nightly.

#8: RESPIRATORY RELIEF

As an antiseptic, Rosemary is incredibly soothing for any kind of respiratory issue you might have going on–colds, sore throats, allergies, bronchial infections and even flu. We’d recommend applying 1-2 drops diluted onto your chest and throat and cupping your hands to your nose and taking several deep breaths to inhale the oil into your lungs.

#9: REMOVING ODORS

Because Rosemary essential oil has antiseptic qualities, it can be used to remove bad-smelling odors from around your house, car, office–even your mouth! Yep–Rosemary can help fight bad breath. If you’re using it to get rid of a pet smell in your house, please keep in mind that pets are usually a lot more sensitive than we are to smell, so they may not like what you’re diffusing. Just make sure they have the option of going elsewhere while you’ve got the diffuser going! If you want to try using Rosemary to freshen your breath, take one drop on your fingertip, press it to the roof of your mouth and then take a drink of water. Feeling refreshed yet?

#10: IMMUNE-BOOSTING

Partied a little too hard last night? Your kid brought home whatever is going around at daycare? Never fear, Rosemary is here! Getting in the habit of using Rosemary regularly around the house is the easiest way to boost your immune system. Who doesn’t love having that lovely smell wafting through your home while actually getting incredible benefits to your body at the same time, instead of all the drawbacks traditional candles and plug-ins inflict. Best ways to use Rosemary for simple immune-boosting–in your cooking, in your diffuser and on your skin.

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Your Sister in Oils,

Emily

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