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  1. Hi, Christie – Thanks for the tips of the essential oils. Like you, I am intrigued by the thought of using them….but find the choices and options overwhelming. I appreciate the examples that you have shared.
    Congratulations on your continued perseverance and successes with your Transformation Challenge. Well done!

    • Thanks Donna. I’ll be curious to see if I’ve gained any muscle or lost any fat at the end of the challenge, but regardless, I am eating healthier and have been motivated to push a little harder on my physical activity, so I’m pleased about that. I do love the oils. I think I’ll try a citrus blend next.

  2. Hi Christie about a year ago my cousin introduced me to DoTerra and essential oils. I just kept procrastinating because I didn’t really understand them and what they could do. I actually had written a couple of posts which I deleted. Thank you for explaining some of the types of oils and their uses. As to your fitness program I’m so glad you listened to your body and took an extra rest day. I’m guilty of pushing through but am coming to realise that the world won’t end if my body is not feeling up to a workout. I’ve walked, did two runs and a yoga session last week. I need to get back into my weights and total body workouts. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and have a beautiful week.

    • You’re welcome Sue. I can’t swear by any physical health benefits, but I do enjoy them, and pleasant smells have a powerful positive effect on my emotional well-being. I feel guilty when I don’t do a scheduled work out, which is good when I’m just feeling unmotivated, but can be a problem if my body needs rest. I guess like everything else, it comes down to listening to your body and your intuition. Thanks, as always, for hosting #MLSTL.

  3. Hi Christie
    Yes, I use aromatherapy more than I thought. I have lavender candles, made with soy, in my room and sometimes rub it under my nose. I also use it in my bath with Epsom salts when I am really weary. I’m also growing some in my yard so I can run my hand along the foliage, take a whiff and instantly relax.
    Eucalyptus is another of my favorites. It reminds me of my childhood days along the coast. Like lavender, I use it in the bath and rub it under my nose.
    Rosemary. When I walk the neighborhood I cannot resist running my hands along the rosemary plants in peoples yard. It’s a wonderful scent. I’m growing some in my herb garden
    There’s more but I’ll stop here. Except for, Sea n Ski suntan lotion. We had it when we were kids. Our parents would swipe some down our noses and across our shoulders. Just the thought of it brings back memories. I wonder where I can get some, I think I’ll google it. (Coppertone too.)

    Off I go, down the rabbit hole.
    Laura

  4. Hi Christie – Congratulations on your continued success with your Transformation Challenge! I like the eucalyptus and lavender scents. Both brought back fond travel memories. I like the lemon scent, too. I read that lavender and lemon scents are good for stress relief.

    • There is that. It definitely smells good. I tried several things to improve my sleep around the same time, so I’m not certain the lavender oil was the cure, but I have been sleeping better lately. Good luck! Sleep well!

  5. I’ve often thought about using essential oils but apart from buying some Sandalwood and putting it under my pillow (which I loved) I haven’t really used them. You’ve given me some ideas though and inspired me to try more.

    • I haven’t tried sandalwood, but I might now. It’s said to promote healthy looking skin and enhance mood–both sound pretty good to me. If you decide to try some others, I’d love to hear what you think.

  6. Hi Christie, thanks for sharing your favourites. I love lavender oil too, I like to use a few drops in a relaxing bath, and I love having it growing in my garden. Another of my favourites is patchouli. I don’t know what it is about this one but it somehow draws me in. Apparently it’s meant to “ground and balance” so perhaps that says something about me, lol. I’m also a bit partial to frankincense – I think those 3 wise men were really onto something – hmm, looks like I’m in need of relaxing, grounding and balancing……..

    • Hello Sue! Thanks for stopping by. It is interesting that your drawn to all the scents intended to relax, ground, and balance. There’s a message there. 🙂 I haven’t tried frankincense, but it’s on my list. Have a lovely day!

  7. My daughter and I went to Koln yesterday and stopped at a shop. One of the scents that was sold made us both remember a trip to the Carolina coast that we took several years ago. The perfume smelled just like a suntan lotion we had used while on vacation. We bought the perfume so we could keep the memory fresh!

    • That’s so interesting, because you’re the second person that has mentioned suntan lotion as triggering a memory. I love that you bought the perfume, so you could keep your memory fresh.

  8. Hi Christie, I use some of the essential oils too, my favourite being wild orange and citrus bliss. I use them in the diffuser, in my body moisturiser and sometimes just as a perfume. Lemon and lemongrass are also great cleaning/freshening up agents. There’s so many to choose from and I have a lot that I don’t use to their full potential. Great to read your progress update too 😊 #mlstl

    • Thank you Debbie. I’ve been make a list of the oils everyone else is using, so I can give them a try too. Like you said, there are so many to choose from, it’s good to have some recommendations.

  9. I have never gotten into using oils but daughter has and does. She has a small suitcase of different oils she uses for everything. I was having hip pain and she used oils mixed with coconut butter for a lotion for me to rub in my hip, I didn’t find much relief but it did smell good. I do have a lavender spray that I spritz the bed and pillows with that does help with sleep.

    • I’m just a dabbler myself, Victoria, but am finding that I really like them, even if just because they smell good. I do find them to be mood enhancers–either to relax or to boost my spirits.

  10. THANKS FOR THIS. I use lavender every night for instant sleep. Last week peppermint got ants out of my kitchen. When my husband was ill, he used lavender also. Gifts of our planet. Thanks.

    • Hello Beth and welcome! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I’m a relative newby to essential oils, but am loving what I’m learning. Have a wonderful day!

  11. I don’t know anything about essential oils but am curious about them. Thank you for being specific about these 3, and only 3, so it’s not overwhelming for the uninformed (like me:)

    • Welcome Candi. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I like the number three–it’s manageable. 🙂 If you decide to try an oil, I’d love to hear about your experience. Have a beautiful day!

  12. I love essential oils and when wanting to concentrate I will often burn a combination of peppermint and a citrus oil. It smells amazing and it really does help. And yes, eucalyptus oil is great for cleaning and deodorising. We are about to move house and have used the oil over and over again to remove stubborn or greasy marks, particularly on white formica. So many lovely oils to experiment with. Sharing this on Facebook

  13. I love essential oils and use them – lazily – on my pillow, but I’m going to get more organised about using them with my diffuser. I like lavender and orange. Lemongrass is a good way to keep mosquitoes at bay.

  14. I love using essential oils. Among my favs are lavender, tea tree, PanAway (wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, and peppermint), and Peace & Calming (ylang ylang, orange, tangerine, patchouli, and blue tansy). Too many to list them all. Some of them I use a drop in a water bottle, some in my whirlpool tub with epsom salt, some directly on my body diluted if needed with olive oil, and some in a diffuser for the air in our home. My shampoo and toothpaste also contain essential oils. Shared on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

    • It sounds like you’ve got it down, Dee. I’m definitely going to branch out more. I just ordered a citrus blend and one called Serenity (Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood). I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing Dee!

  15. Stacie Glad

    You know I love oils! Lately I am most drawn to Tangerine. I love having it going in my diffuser as I get ready in the morning. When I am sluggish in the afternoon I like to mix Peppermint and Orange. Picks me right up!

  16. Hi Christie,

    I love Euclyptus, Peppermint, Lemon and Cinnamon. I have 4 diffusers and I keep the Lemon going downstairs in 2 and upstairs I love to mix Euclyptus with cinnamon or with the peppermint. I am not drawn to lavender, but could tolerate it at night if it would help with my insomnia. I love the way the house smells when I open the door and the Euclyptus helps with my sinuses. A friend recently shared a citrus blend with me that I loved as well. I tend to lean towards the fresh invigorating fragrances versus the sweet ones. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your continued transformation.

    • Interestingly, vanilla is said to do some of the same things that lavender oil does–relieve anxiety, promote rest, lift spirits. I haven’t tried it as an oil, but I have a night lotion that combines lavender and vanilla, and it smells lovely. Thanks for cohosting #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. Have a lovely day, Sue.

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