Are you feeling added stress with what is happening in the world around us right now? Perhaps you are even losing sleep. Life is not normal. Our daily routines aren’t there anymore and we have our kids around more than we usually do. Some of us are even finding that we aren’t even able to work, as many places are sheltering in place and local business are shutting their doors temporarily. These things can add unhealthy stress and even sleepless nights to our lives.
I want to share why essential oils are helpful, specifically how you can use them for stress and sleep and how to get them in your home. (I also have more in-depth online classes via zoom going right now. You can register in the link at the bottom of this post for an upcoming class.)
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds from leaves, bark, stems, roots, resin, and seeds of plants or the resin of fruit. They are steam distilled or cold pressed for their amazing benefits to your emotional and physical health. They are safe, natural, and cost effective.
QUALITY MATTERS: Do you know your sourcing, supplier, authenticity, quality and the growing/harvesting/distillation processes? We use doTERRA Essential oils, as they are pure, potent and quality checked many times. They are the largest essential oils company in the world and are committed to sustainable sourcing, extensive testing and doTERRA is dedicated to working with modern healthcare that has led to growing partnerships with world-renowned medical facilities. These healthcare facilities use doTERRA essential oils every day to improve outcomes for patients and the work environment for the staff. The medical partnerships empower doTERRA to discover more effective and safe uses of essential oils as complements to modern medicine.
3 WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS:
AROMATICALLY: Inhaled, the molecules of essential oils reach the amygdala – the center for emotions in the limbic system – and link our sense of smell to our ability to learn emotionally. You can inhale directly from the bottle, use an aromatherapy diffuser, or use a spray bottle for aromatic benefits.
TOPICALLY: Essential oils are fat-soluble and are absorbed directly into the blood stream when applied topically. They work very quickly. Typically, essential oils are applied topically to an area of concern on the body.
Note: Dilution with a carrier oil is recommended for most oils due to their potency and purity.
INTERNALLY: This delivery application applies to doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. They can be added to water, taken in a capsule or dropped under the tongue.
HOW STRESS AFFECTS YOU:
Under “normal” conditions, people are able to maintain homeostasis – a state of optimal health and well-being. But stress, like we are experiencing during this time, causes the body to go into “fight or flight” mode. In turn, the brain, adrenal glands, peripheral nervous system and other systems work to secrete hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can suppress your body’s digestive, reproductive and IMMUNE SYSTEM because all resources are directed to supporting your heart and brain functions. Essential oils can effectively support the reprogramming of your stress response on a chemical level.
ANXIOUS FEELINGS: Bergamot, Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Vetiver, Wild Orange, Adaptiv, Balance, Citrus Bliss, Forgive, Peace, Serenity
FEELING SAD OR DEPRESSED: Bergamot, Frankincense, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Adaptiv, Elevation, ClaryCalm, Serenity, Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Rose, Passion, Green Mandarin, Wild Orange, Lavender, Jasmine, Melissa
HEAD TENSION AND PHYSICAL PAIN: Copaiba, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Deep Blue, PastTense, Wintergreen
NERVOUS TENSION: Black Spruce, Douglas Fir, InTune, Serenity, Basil, Wild Orange, PastTense, Spearmint
FATIGUE OR EXHAUSTION: Basil, Bergamot, Black Spruce, Cinnamon, Green Mandarin, Lemon, Lime, Pink Pepper, Siberian Fir, Adaptiv, Elevation, Motivate, Slim & Sassy, Zendocrine
FEAR: Juniper Berry, Cassia, Cinnamon, Cypress, Lavender, Myrrh, Peppermint, Deep Blue, Yarrow Pom, Turmeric, Black Spruce, Adaptiv, Brave for kids
Worry: Wild Orange, Tangerine, Sandalwood, AromaTouch, Elevation, Adaptiv
IRRITATED OR AGITATED: Arborvitae, Black Spruce, Coriander, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Magnolia, Roman Chamomile Rose, Tangerine, Wild Orange, Adaptiv, Console, Forgive
OVERWHELM: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Blue Tansy, Clary Sage, Douglas Fir, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli, Pink Pepper, Rosemary, Wild Orange, Adaptiv, Balance, Elevation, Motivate, Console, Peace, PastTense, Ylang Ylang, Serenity
INTENSE STRESS OR TRAUMA: Melissa, Elevation, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Jasmine
HOW TO USE: *suggestions
MORNING: Add an uplifting combination of oils (such as 3 drops Peppermint and 3 drops Wild Orange) to your diffuser. Add a drop of Black Spruce and Elevation to your hand, rub together and inhale and rub the excess on the back of your neck. Apply InTune or Balance to your feet.
AFTERNOON: Refill the diffuser with an uplifting oil or combo. Apply a combination of oils (such as Adaptiv or Frankincense) over your heart and/or reflex points.
BEDTIME: Apply Vetiver, Cedarwood and/or Balance on the feet and around neck. Spray your pillow with Lavender or Serenity.
💜DAILY AFFIRMATION: “I can move forward in faith. I am perfectly supported.”
WHY RESTFUL SLEEP IS IMPORTANT:
During restful sleep, your conscious brain is fully or partially suspended, allowing you to restore and maintain emotional, mental and physical health. Lack of proper sleep contributes to adrenal fatigue, poor digestion, weight gain, decreased focus and concentration, memory problems, irritability and frustrations, and other mood challenges.
WHAT TO USE FOR SLEEP:
SLEEPLESSNESS: Basil, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Serenity, Sandalwood, Console, Forgive, Peace, Wild Orange, Balance
POOR SLEEP AND RESTLESSNESS: Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Serenity, Adaptiv, AromaTouch, Balance
NIGHTMARES: Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Wild Orange, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Balance, Serenity
HOW TO USE: *suggestions
HOUR BEFORE BED: Start a diffuser next to your bed with calming oils
AT BEDTIME: Mist your pillow with oils such as, Lavender or Serenity. Apply Balance, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, and/or Cedarwood to bottoms of feet
These are general suggestions. For recommendations on your specific needs, a complimentary, personal consult is recommended. You can schedule that in the link at the bottom of this post.
READY TO PURCHASE? I am recommending the Healthy Essentials starter kit that comes with a free membership. The purchase of this kit and wholesale membership allows you to receive oils at 25% below retail cost whenever you purchase. You can add to or take away products in the link to this cart as desired. Click on this kit and you will find many of the above mentioned oils, plus a package of six empty rollers and a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil, along with several more that I’ll teach you how to use when your kit arrives.
HEALTHY eSSENTIALS kIT
15 mL Copaiba
15 mL Lemon
Note: I am not a medical professional. Please consult your physician if you need medical treatment.