- Mixing TerraShield & Lemongrass with fractionated coconut oil in a 30mL spray bottle as a travel bug repellent because like who wants to be bit up all summer long? NOT ME! (You could also use witch hazel in place of FCO)
- The HD Clear Kit has been my best friend through a slight hormonal breakout that just wouldn’t quit. (2 days in and I was like a new person)
- Using Deep Blue Rub mixed with Copaiba EO on my sore legs from indoor cycling.
Hey guys! Now let me be the first to say I am an original backer of multitasking. You know that idea where you can be working on a million things at once and the belief that you get more done that way? Yes. I did actually believe that worked for a LONG time. Until more recently I have seen much evidence to the contrary–does working on many things simultaneously actually hinder your ability to complete tasks? I think my new answer is yes. If you can control your focus on one small task at a time, you actually get much more accomplished. Now once you start trying this, you might find that it’s more easily said than done. It can take some serious discipline to train your mind on one thing at a time, but in time, and with some help, it can be done and it can increase your productivity big time.
How can essential oils help with focus? Well, give me your undivided attention for a few minutes and I’ll give you the low down on 9 oils that can help you start focusing immediately!
According to scientists at doTERRA:
“Essential oils provide a great way to quickly alter your mood. In many cases, you can start to feel the calming, soothing, or uplifting effects of an essential oil from the moment that you open the bottle. Inhaling essential oils, applying them to the skin, or diffusing them in the air allows you to quickly alter your mood because the oil will generate an emotional response within the brain from the first sniff.”
Isn’t that amazing? The best part about doTERRA’s essential oils is that they’re safe (see more about their Certified Pure Theraputic Grade quality rating here) AND effective. Not to mention you can choose the scents you like best, since there are multiple oils that can help you achieve mental focus because of their versatility. Let’s jump right into some of the top oils for improving focus, mental clarity, maintaining concentration!
1. InTune – This wonderful doTERRA exclusive blend smells amazing and has been proven to enhance and sustain a sense of focus. By simply applying to the temples and the back of your neck, you may find your ability to pay attention and stay on task is increased! Since this blend comes in a handy dandy roller bottle, it’s pre-diluted with CPTG fractionated coconut oil so it’s ready to go directly onto skin and is easy to travel with if you’re someone who travels for work a lot or has to be in lots of meetings every day, this oil is for you.
2. Spearmint – Ok, so spearmint smells as fresh as they come– I feel squeaky clean any time I use this oil! Not only does spearmint freshen breath, but it also promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood! Next time you’re needing fresher breath after lunch AND you want to avoid that mid-day post-nosh slump, try dabbing a drop of spearmint onto the roof of your mouth and taking a sip of water directly after. I think you will like the results!
3. Thyme – try Thyme in your diffuser for alertness – it pairs well with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender and Lemon.
4. Basil – Not only is basil super fresh-smelling, it promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings. Try adding this one to a diffuser blend with citrus oils in the morning to get you going or in the afternoon to keep you going.
5. Cardamom – This warm and spicy delightful oil is incredible when used in baking, but you can also diffuse it for increased mental clarity.
6. Douglas Fir – I really like using this one in my facial care routine, and as it turns out, you can use it to promote a positive mood and sense of focus. I knew I always felt happy after washing my face with it!
7. Frankincense – This king of oils is good for all sorts of things, but is especially good for focusing intentions during yoga–try it and let me know how your practice goes!
8. Peppermint –This multipurpose oil is also good for a whole slew of things, but because of the energy boost it provides, it’s perfect for study time. I also used it during childbirth because it helped me focus my energy on getting through contractions.
9. Rosemary – Rosemary is helpful for maintaining concentration, so use this one while working, studying or anytime you are faced with periods of prolonged focus.
What oils have you used for focus, alertness and mental clarity? What worked? Share below to be entered for a chance to win one of the oils mentioned above!
Your Sister In OIls,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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!
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 purifying 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 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 purifies the air, it actually gets rid of the odor 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! 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: One way to incorporate this oil into your routine is putting a few drops into 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 Throat Discomfort: 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 you want to improve your mood.
Eases Seasonal Discomfort: Seasonal discomforts 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!
If you’d like to purchase the oil from me, you can do so here.
Your Sister In Oils,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.*
I bet it’s no news to many of you that a natural way of living and creating a more natural lifestyle is becoming the popular thing to do. Good thing here at That Midnight Oil, we think the same thing and that it’s a great bandwagon to hop on! I mean why wouldn’t you want to know what you’re putting IN and ON your body and who wouldn’t want to know how to get rid of toxins in your home? I’m just sitting here on a Sunday afternoon drinking some tea thinking about all the ways I can make changes in my household currently and even though I try to keep the products in our house “clean and free” of chemicals, I know I can do better. So now that I have your attention, I bet you are wondering how to clean with essential oils–and DOES IT WORK? Spoiler alert: Yes. Keep reading to find out how.
I’m sure you’ve noticed but I am not afraid of the DIY world whatsoever. If I can make it and it’s not a HUGE process, I’m down. I’ve completely cleaned up my beauty regime by making many of my own cleansers and toners. What’s the difference in household products? Really, there isn’t one. One thing I will say is that dōTERRA has an amazing line of household cleaning products in the OnGuard line, but there are also so many different essential oils that you can use to create your own cleaners as well. I’m sure this is where you will want me to list some these off, huh?
Let’s cut to the chase and get this popular EO out of the way first. I just didn’t have it in me to skip it. dōTERRA Lemon EO is not only effective at cleansing and purifying the air, but it’s extremely safe for you to breathe in. So while you’re cleaning your countertops, the lemon can also benefit you aromatically and create an uplifting environment. You can also mix dōTERRA Lemon EO with some olive oil to clean, protect, and shine your wood surfaces. These are just a few of the amazing benefits this powerful oil can offer you. Have I mentioned that wholesale this EO is ONLY $10.00? I feel this is an easy staple to keep around.
Let’s move on to hand soaps. Don’t think for one minute that I wasn’t once OBSESSED with all of the hand soaps from Bath & Body Works. Trust me–it was an issue. I used to have a closet FULL of that stuff. Sometimes I still find myself wanting to stroll in there because I see all the glitter, bright lights, and BIG SALE signs. I have to say I haven’t made a purchase from Bath & Body Works in over a year. Did you know you can make your own hand soap? Now let me be a little more clear here: I don’t actually make my own liquid hand soap from scratch. I cheat a little by using some Dr. Bronner’s “Baby Unscented” pure castile liquid soap and put it in a glass soap container w/pump. From here your options are endless, and I truly mean ENDLESS! If you love a certain diffuser blend why not make it a hand soap? I know we all appreciate a good Serenity and Balance mixture. Why not make that into a soap? For the kitchen you could make Lemon, Tangerine, OnGuard, Peppermint, Cheer or Elevation. Don’t let me tell you how far you can go with all the different blends you can create! Have some fun and comment below with some of your favorite blends!
So to kind of cover some basics, I want to end this post with a DIY room spray. We have got to stop coating our households in chemicals. We just have to. A few scary reasons why are that in these chemical-filled sprays: there are hormone-disrupting ingredients, cancer-causing chemicals and many other ingredients that can affect your lungs, skin, and the balance of chemicals in your own body. Yikes! I always advise that you mix these oils in a glass spray bottle, but guess what else you need? Water! That’s it! Just some distilled water and the Essential Oil of choice. Again it can be ANY blend that you like, or if you want to use after cleaning or before some guests come over you should try dōTERRA Purify or Citrus Bliss. There really is no wrong or right answer when it comes to the scent you want for any of these products, as it can be tailored to you and what you like. Keep in mind that by doing this, you will be taking one step to being closer to keeping you and your family safe from all of the chemical-filled products we pay so much money for.
I hope you guys have found this post to be informative and if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reply in the comments below or email one of us. As always, if you make something and create a blend please please please comment and let us know what it is!
Until next time,
When it comes to getting good, quality sleep, essential oils are the purest, most natural form of aid out there. There are so many essential oils that promote restfulness, but I’ll just focus on the main blend today that we use in our house. When you have a baby on the loose, the house is typically scattered with toys, books and random objects already, so it’s nice to just have a few items on the dresser next to the diffuser keeping it visually clutter-free (this is also one key to helping create a restful mind!) The oil I’ll discuss today is the Serenity (Restful Blend).
Serenity is the holy grail of sleep blends, and it is made by dōTERRA. Don’t let the word “blend” fool you–the ONLY thing that is in this mix are the world’s purest, CPTG© (Certified Pure Theraputic Grade) essential oils. Made from Lavender flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang flower, Marjoram leaf, Roman Chamomile flower, Vetiver root, Vanilla bean and Hawaiian Sandalwood, they have come up with a blend that not only smells divine (some people have told me it smells like chocolate to them!), it honestly makes you feel more relaxed the second you smell it, and there are several ways to reap the benefits of this blend.
AROMATICALLY::: Put 1-2 drops of the oil in your palm, rub your hands together and breathe in deeply for a few moments, letting your body take in all the benefits of these oils through the air. OR add 6-8 drops of the blend in your bedroom diffuser for nighttime sleep or in your children’s room for naps.
TOPICALLY::: Put 1-2 drops for adults on wrists, spine, bottoms of feet, or diluted in fractionated coconut oil for children. *Pro-tip: mix a drop of Serenity into your facial moisturizer at night and you will wake up to incredibly supple skin!
INTERNALLY::: Take either the Serenity softgels (dōTERRA makes it easy!) OR put 1-2 drops of the blend in an empty veggie cap and take with a full glass of water 1-2 hours before bedtime.
According to dōTERRA (and me), this blend calms the emotions while creating an overall sense of peace and well-being. No matter how much you are winning at life, we can all use a little of what Serenity has to offer at least once a day.
Another great thing about this blend from the perspective of a budget-conscious mama like myself is that it’s only $30 wholesale for a 15mL bottle (about 300 drops of oil). Considering you only use a couple drops at one time, that gives you between 37.5 to 150 individual applications/uses of this oil, depending on how liberally you are using it. Even for the most liberal of users, at this price, you’re still out less than a dollar every time you use this fantastic blend! A heck of a deal.
Have you tried Serenity Restful Blend? What are your favorite things about it or what other blends do you love for sleep? Let me know in the comments below! :]
Your Sister In Oils,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
So here I sit on a Sunday night almost forgetting that I need to blog when a good friend sends me a reminder that Mercury is Retrograde! She said that if I needed some inspo this could be a hot topic. So here we are y’all! Let’s dig into some essential oils for making it through Mercury Retrograde together.
So first off let’s do a quick overview: What is Mercury Retrograde? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited that you asked! It is said to be that Mercury is moving in the opposite direction that planet Earth is moving. It is also said that this movement is really just an illusion, but whether it is or isn’t astrologers believe it has some kind of effect on life here on Earth. Now you might want to know my opinion right..that’s why you visited this blog today one might assume!
I’m not an astrologer by ANY means, but I’d like to think there’s some reasoning behind some of the unexplained or random events of people’s lives. That is something I am a true believer in whether you link it to fate, luck, forces of, or just a plain old woke up on the wrong (or right!) side of the bed kind of situation. Either way it’s happening or it’s already happened. I’ve been told by a few and especially my mother “don’t do that….Mercury is in Retrograde!!” The first tens times I heard this statement I was ready to bounce my head off the wall, but as I got older and actually read up on Retrograde I started to understand a little bit better. I feel like you could spend days, months or even years researching all of the things you should and shouldn’t do during Retrograde and I feel those things are great to know! However you can’t always control all of those situations that life throws at you. So now what?
What is something you can control? The essential oils you can grab for during Mercury Retrograde of course (if you thought this too bonus points for you!!). So let’s just dive right in and start with Vetiver! So Vetiver is a member of the grass family with a unique and exotic aroma. Vetiver is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions. To me this screams that it could be helpful in the Retrograde presence. With all of these crazy (or not crazy) situations happening around you why not use something that has a grounding effect? The next on my list that I want to share is Roman Chamomile. The reason I am choosing this Essential Oil is because of its soothing properties for the body and soul. Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, resembles a daisy and has the scent of an apple. Ancient Romans used this oil for courage. For some of you who are skeptical of things during Retrograde this could be an oil for you! Maybe it can help sooth your mind and put you at ease during these next few weeks. The last EO I am going to talk about today is Patchouli. This is another grounding oil, but the way I look at it we need all the grounding we can get! On top of Patchouli having amazing healthy skincare benefits it has a balancing effect on emotions. Even if you aren’t a firm believer in many of the effects of times during retrograde, but you like to have oils by your side I think these three can really be of some help. Once you’ve got yourself grounded or feeling at ease I do believe you can incorporate some uplifting oils as well or even making a blend with one of the grounding oils.
Isn’t seasonal discomfort the WORST? There is nothing more annoying than feeling seasonal discomfort– feeling *almost* good enough to go to work/watch the kids/get stuff done, but then not really. If you’re anything like me, you want to kick seasonal discomfort to the curb ASAP. Well, thankfully, we have essential oils for that! Low-cost, high-efficiency, and conveniently located in your home (once you have some)–am I speaking your love language yet?! Ok great–that’s what I thought. ;]
As you might find out from perusing our blog, essential oils can be used for so many things. Because the components of high-quality essential oils contain the benefits of whatever plant they are from, you can use specific oils topically, internally and aromatically to significantly decrease the effects of the discomfort you are experiencing.
Best Essential Oils for Seasonal Discomfort doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend is my absolute go-to when I or anyone in my family has seasonal discomfort. We diffuse it and roll it on our wrists, temples, back of neck, shoulders and bottoms of feet just about every hour (to make a topical roller, purchase or reuse an empty essential oil roller and add 40 drops of Breathe to the roller, then fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil— and voila!). Breathe blend is an exceptional oil blend to use for seasonal discomfort because it contains multiple powerhouse essential oils, such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca (tea tree), Lemon, Cardamom and some other awesome oils you’ve probably never heard of. These oils help promote easy breathing by relaxing and opening up your airways. Diffuse it in your bedroom about 30 minutes before you go to sleep (and while you sleep), as well as at your desk while you work. Not only will this help you breathe easier, the health benefits of the oils will help your body fight off and lessen the effects of seasonal discomfort, helping you bounce back quicker.
My other go-to during an acute case of seasonal discomfort AND as a preventative during the season where many people have seasonal discomfort is doTERRA OnGuard Protective Blend. Not only does it smell amazing (think: the way you want your house to smell during the Holidays), it contains so many legit oils (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary) that help protect your body against seasonal threats, supporting your body’s natural antioxidant defenses. A couple of months ago, I woke up feeling the dreaded coming-down-with-something feeling–scratchy throat, exhaustion, swimmy head, stopped up, coughing, all of it. This was before I had a bunch of oils or even a diffuser, BUT I did have OnGuard (literally the best oil I could possibly have for all the reasons stated above and one of my very top picks that answers the question “if I could only have one oil, what would it be?”) in a roller, so I just applied it directly (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) to my throat, neck and shoulders and massaged it in about once an hour all day. Just the smell of it was relaxing and soothing (if I’d had OnGuard beadlets at the time I’d have been popping a couple of those every hour, too), but, I kid you not, after a couple of hours, I could swear I was starting to feel better. BUT HOW CAN THIS BE?! Just rubbing an oil on your throat can make you feel better?! Yep. This is powerful stuff. The next morning I woke up with that the-day-after feeling when you are coming out of seasonal discomfort, but guess what? I never got it! I like to think the OnGuard helped my body fight off whatever the gunk was that was trying to keep me down.
There are MANY other essential oils that can help boost the immune system, but these two blends pack the most powerful punch, so I suggest you start there.
Have you tried using essential oils for seasonal discomfort? What was the outcome? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Until next time–your sister in essential oils,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Since I was little, my mom has struggled with bladder and urinary tract health. Being a natural remedy kind of person to begin with, she has spent a lot of time trying the basics–cranberry juice, extra water, cranberry supplements, and eventually she landed on her most recent recommendations, which were taking D-Mannose (a simple sugar found in many fruits) and cinnamon every day. The reasons these things have not worked for her were they were either a. cost-prohibitive, b. inconvenient, c. unpleasant d. the amount required was insane or all of the above. So frustrating.
ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS. :] I started using essential oils consistently a few months ago for everything from sinus issues to calming a restless baby, and I have noticed some marked results. As I started reading all the things they could be used for, my mind ran wild with the possibilities. The first and most immediate thing I wanted to start improving was the lives of my family members, so I bought my mom some doTERRA OnGuard softgels to take once a day.
OnGuard soft gel ingredients: Wild Orange Peel: protects the body against seasonal threats*, Clove Bud: supports a healthy immune system*, Black Pepper Seed: supports healthy circulation*, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf: promotes healthy immune function*, Eucalyptus Leaf: purifying and cleansing properties*, Oregano Leaf: helps maintain a healthy immune system*, Rosemary Flower/Leaf: may help support the digestive system*, Melissa Leaf: may help support healthy immune system*
I also made her a 10mL roll-on (for topical application to her bladder area) with a combination of doTERRAOnGuard essential oil blend (same ingredients as above, minus the Black Pepper and Oregano)(20 drops), Frankincense essential oil–otherwise known as the King of Oils because it’s good for everything–(10 drops), doTERRA DigestZen essential oil blend (ingredients: Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)(5 drops) and doTERRA Oregano essential oil (2 drops), topped off with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil.
The reason I picked these oils were that I had asked around to my oil-using gurus and found out what oils they had experience with and what had worked for them or others they knew. Then I used what I had to make her a combination. She has only just started using the new blend but I’ll check in with her in a few weeks and see how it’s going. The next day after applying the roller on her bladder area, she did say she woke up feeling “better.” I know that’s not exceptionally detailed, so I’ll continue to follow up with her and post my results here.
Two other things I’d like to try if what she’s using now isn’t enough: Lemongrass essential oil and Juniper Berry essential oil. These two were mentioned over and over in my research, I just didn’t have them on hand so I decided to go with what was readily available first. If this works for her, she will be spending $15 (for the OnGuard beadlets) per month and some change (when you figure in the cost of the roller and ingredients–though the one I made her maybe cost $10 to make and should last her probably 3 months with constant use). Not bad, all things considered! Cost-effective, convenient, and taken in small amounts, all while supporting her body naturally.
***UPDATE!! The roller blend I made her worked! I got Juniper Berry and Lemongrass and we added 5 drops of each to the roller. She used it (rolled it on her abdomen) during the worst of her symptoms three times a day for several months, and is now down to just using it at the first sign of symptoms (which she hasn’t had in over 6 months!) If you know my mom and her constant state of having bladder discomfort, you know this is nothing short of a miracle! The other thing she started trying was the DigestZen softgels (you can achieve the same effect by adding several drops to a veggie cap and taking internally). At this point in her journey this is the ONLY thing she is still doing preventatively and it is working to keep the bladder discomfort at bay.
Have you used essential oils for bladder and urinary tract health? What worked? I’d love to know so please leave a comment. :]
Until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.