I’ve long been intrigued by essential oils, for the simple pleasure of the scents, but also for their apparent health-promoting properties. Finally, about nine months ago I decided to give them a try, and I’m hooked. Part of the reason I took so long to actually try oils is that all the options and ways to use them were a bit overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start.
In case you are in a similar situation, I thought it might help if I shared my three current favorite essential oils with you, along with a brief description of what these oils are typically used for and how I use them.
Why to use: Peppermint oil is typically used to invigorate, calm the stomach, or freshen the breath. Lesser known usages are to treat headaches and repel bugs.
How I use: First thing in the morning, I take a couple of deep breaths over the bottle and then rub a small amount directly on the back of my neck to serve as a natural pick-me-up. Sometimes, I’ll put a drop in my foot cream and give myself an invigorating mini foot massage. I also mix it with eucalyptus in my diffuser, while I exercise or meditate.
Other ways to use: Though I haven’t tried it myself, I’m told you can add it to water with lemon for a mouth rinse or to your shampoo for a scalp massage.
Why to use: Eucalyptus oil is used to relax, clear the mind, and promote clear breathing. It can also be used to treat sinus headaches or as a household cleaner.
How I use: As mentioned above, I like to use eucalyptus in the diffuser in my exercise/meditation room. I also keep a bottle in my shower. I put a couple of drops around my feet. When the hot water hits the oil, it creates a refreshing smell that helps to clear my mind and my sinuses.
Other ways to use: I’ve also heard it’s good for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces when combined with lemon, peppermint, and water in a spray bottle.
Why to use: Lavender oil is best known for easing tension and promoting sleep. It is also used to soothe sunburn or other minor skin irritations.
How I use: Each evening, as I’m preparing for bed, I rub a couple of drops between my hands, cup them around my nose and mouth, and inhale deeply. I have also diffused lavender in the evening.
Other ways to use: I know some people put a few drops on their pillows or apply to the bottoms of their feet. I’m also told you can use it in cooking or even drink a drop diluted in four ounces of liquid. I once tried a drop in water and didn’t care for the taste; though, I do like lavender tea.
- Have you used essential oils?
- If so, what is your favorite? How do you use it?
- Is there a scent (not limited to oils) that instantly brings back a memory?
- Do you have a favorite scent?
8-week transformation challenge – week 6 update
In order to create accountability for myself, I will be giving a weekly update of my efforts and progress in the 8-week Transformation Challenge. If you are not interested in this portion of my blog, please feel free to skip down to the Comments. I’d love to hear from you.
Workouts. I attended three Orangetheory classes this week.
In between the Orangetheory workouts, I did one yoga session, went on one run, and took two rest days. I had planned to ride the stationary bike as well, but the day it was scheduled, I wasn’t feeling it. All I wanted to do was rest, so I did.
Nutrition. My food win for this week: we had an all-day training at work, which included a catered lunch. I’ve been eating out a lot lately, so I decided to bring my own healthy lunch. I made sure to bring something I like a lot, so I wouldn’t be jealous, and it worked.
Weigh-in. I lost 0.8 pound this week, for a net loss of 3.5 pounds so far. This puts me almost back to where I was on week 4. I’m hoping to finish out strong to meet my 5-pound goal.
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