Using essential oils is an effective, holistic way to upgrade your wellness routine & give you added support in reaching your health goals. The proper applications can help to address – very specifically – a wide variety of concerns or needs. Getting started with essential oils can be pretty powerful stuff, but it can also be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. And it’s important to know how to use them in a safe & responsible way. These days, DIY essential oil recipes & uses are everywhere you look online & on social media. While I can attest firsthand to the potency & broad array of applications, it’s important to use essential oils with an educated approach & with the support of an informed resource (that’s me!).
Here are a few of my go-to guidelines for finding the best essential oils for you, and some tips on how to use them…
Identify your why.
What are your unique needs (or wants)? Are you addressing something physical – chronic or acute? Or maybe you’d like to improve or enhance emotional health, by inspiring a state of being – like relaxation. Once you narrow down the scope, it’s easier to begin choosing the correct, targeted support you need.
Know the facts.
It’s not realistic to know everything about each oil & potential contraindications, but you can educate yourself using two basic pieces of information: source & price. High-quality suppliers will always provide the Latin binomial (the plant genus & species), and disclose where & how the oil was distilled, as well as the source. The Latin name is important because there are many species of certain plant families.
Individual oils are certainly potent, but specific combinations of different essential oils allows them to work together – and when done correctly, the end result is often more powerful than the singular components. I love the array of pre-formulated, proprietary blends doTERRA offers, and I have fun coming up with my own concoctions at home as I experience & experiment with my collection.
An easy way to integrate aromatherapy into your everyday life is through diffusing – a method of transmitting essential oils into the air within a specified area. I use my diffusers for a variety of reasons: to reduce stress, support sleep, and increase my mental alertness & motivation (just to name a few). Specific oils & blends can even reduce air microbes & purify the air, like doTERRA’s On Guard.
Try your hand at putting together some super effective, yet simple combinations to help you get comfortable with essential oil DIY – and save money by creating blends specific to your personal needs. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
RESTFUL RELAXATION ROLLER
Use on pulse points to support deep relaxation & restful sleep. This combination has an instant calming effect on the central nervous system.
- 15 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Clary Sage
- 5 drops Frankincense
Combine the above in a 10mL glass roller-bottle & top off with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil (jojoba, sweet almond, sesame, or grapeseed oils work, as well).
SUPPLE SKIN SERUM
Use nightly as a part of your skincare routine to prevent premature aging & combat environmental damage. Frankincense can reduce skin discoloration & imperfections, while Rose helps reduce inflammation & redness.
- 15 drops Frankincense
- 7 drops Rose
Combine the above in a 1 oz glass dropper bottle & top off with a mixture of rosehip oil (for dry skin), grapeseed oil (for oily or acne prone skin), or jojoba oil (for normal or combination skin).
EVERYDAY IMMUNE INHALER
Open up nasal passages & clear your mind with this cooling & invigorating combo of aromatic oils. It’s the perfect immune-enhancing, upper-respiratory rescue for sinus troubles.
- 5 drops Rosemary
- 5 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
- 4 drops Eucalyptus
Apply the above to a cotton wick & seal in an aromatic inhaler.
Are you ready?
Excited to upgrade your everyday wellness lifestyle with dōTERRA? Learn how you can get your hands on some of my favorite essential oils here.
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