Lifestyle Enhancing Essential Oils

Lifestyle Enhancing Essential Oils

A Certified Nutritionist's guide to the top essential oils and how to use them.

Essential oils are meant as a natural way to enhance your health and well-being. Most can be used in a diffuser, directly inhaled, added to an oil carrier and massaged into skin, added to a bath or shower, used on a compress, or used in a sprayer or mister. Choose pure essential oils for optimum results and use only as directed.

These are some of the best essential oils to use in a practical and healthy way.

Clary SagePromotes balanced hormones and soothes menstrual discomforts

Add clary sage to almond, coconut, or jojoba oil for menstrual cramp relief – add 3 drops clary sage essential oil to 1 teaspoon oil of choice; apply to a washcloth or clean fingertips and massage gently onto abdomen area or other achy areas such as neck and shoulders.

Clove ~ Promotes healthy teeth and gums and supports cardiovascular health

Add one drop clove to clean fingertip and rub on sore tooth or gum for relief.

EucalyptusPromotes clear breathing and supports respiratory health

Add eucalyptus to a bath or shower for cold and respiratory relief – add 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bathtub or on a wet washcloth if taking a shower, to clear your airways.

FrankincensePromotes wound healing and reduces scar and stretch mark appearance

Add frankincense to almond, coconut, or jojoba oil – add 3 drops of frankincense essential oil to 1 teaspoon oil of choice; apply to a cotton ball and dab on affected skin.

HelichrysumPromotes skin recovery and supports blood flow

Add helichrysum to jojoba oil (or buy it preblended); apply two drops to a cotton ball to remove make-up; massage a few drops, 3- 4, to bottom of tired feet.

LavenderPromotes skin recovery, calms nervous system, and reduces tension

Add lavender to witch hazel for a calming skin toner – add 3 drops lavender essential oil to 1 teaspoon witch hazel on a washcloth; pat face and neck, avoiding eyes, for a gentle skin toner. Add lavender to water for a soothing mist – add 15 drops lavender essential oil to 1- ounce water in a mister; spray face and neck, avoiding eyes, as needed for skin care and stress reducer. Add lavender to Epsom salts and soak feet in tub or foot bath.

LemonPromotes cleansing and uplifts mood

Add a few drops of lemon to citrus-infused white vinegar for a safe, non-toxic kitchen cleaner – save citrus slices and keep them in a glass jar; add white vinegar as the jar fills up and once the jar is filled, strain the juice from the fruits and throw out the rinds. This leaves you with a jar of citrus-infused vinegar; add 3-4 drops of lemon (or orange) essential oil and pour into a sprayer bottle.

PeppermintPromotes respiratory function and alleviates headache, congestion, nausea, and stress

Add peppermint to almond, coconut, or jojoba oil – 3 drops of peppermint to 1 teaspoon oil of choice; apply to a cotton ball or clean fingertips and gently rub onto temples, forehead, bridge of nose, or neck for headache, congestion, nausea, or stress.

RosemaryPromotes hair growth and soothes minor aches and pain

Add rosemary to jojoba oil – 6 drops of rosemary to 1 teaspoon jojoba oil; apply to scalp for hair growth or bottom of feet for minor body aches.

Tea TreePromotes healthy skin and offers anti-bacterial cleansing

Add tea tree to witch hazel for facial acne, redness, or inflammation – 3 drops tea tree to 1-ounce witch hazel on a washcloth or in a mister; pat or mist face as needed, 1-2 times a day.

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