I love essential oils! They have become one of my new favourite things in the last couple of years. I use them in aromatherapy in my restorative yoga classes, I diffuse them at night to help me sleep and reduce snoring (not mine), and I use them to freshen my home without having to use nasty chemicals and artificial scents.
I personally choose to use Young Living Essential Oils but there are many companies to choose from. But one thing to be wary of is there really is no regulation of these products and many companies make claims that really just come down to marketing (I don’t think there is a true definition of what it would mean to be a therapeutic grade essential oil nor is there any standards that control the use of that phrase).
Regardless of which brand you use, just make sure to do some research about the products, especially if the brand is encouraging ingesting the oils (which is not something that is recommended by Health Canada). Also, be mindful of American resources or articles on Essential Oil use as the health recommendations from the FDA are different than that of Health Canada.
Essential oils should be used aromatically and topically when mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. When using oils topically, again make sure to do your research because some oils, such as any with citrus can burn when exposed to the sun.
So with all that being said, if you’re new to essential oils, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are my top 5 essential oils for beginners to try! Click the links for infographics from Young Living (not affiliate links, just for your information).
Lavender. What a beautifully versatile flower. We all have heard of lavenders soothing and relaxing properties which is why it’s often linked to spas, massage and meditation. But lavender has many other uses that we often don’t think about. It can be used in skin care to help reduce wrinkles and blemishes. Add a few drops to your bath along with some Epsom salts to sooth and relieve dry skin. I like to diffuse it with lemon and peppermint to ease my allergy symptoms in the spring. I also diffuse it most nights for relaxation and calming before bed.
There is a reason lemon scents are used in so many cleaning products. That citrus smell just screams clean! It is fresh and refreshing. It also has energizing properties and can be used to help with focus and motivation. Use it as part of your cleaning routine to remove stains or stuck on adhesives. I like to just diffuse it because it smells so good and as I mentioned to help with allergy symptoms, especially if a person allergic to cats comes over. This one in particular should be used with caution and you should avoid sunlight if you have used it topically as it can have a reaction to UV rays.
Ahhhh peppermint! This might actually be my favourite. I love peppermint tea when I’m feeling bloated and gross after a big meal (but don’t use the oils to make tea…. buy proper tea leaves). And I love peppermint oil especially to soothe headache and migraine pain. I have a great essential oil roller from Sage (another company I purchase oils from) called Peppermint Halo that I roll on my head and neck when I have a headache. It is also a great pick-me-up oil so it can be diffused to help give you a renewed sense of energy. And, as I mentioned above, I also use it with lavender and lemon for allergy relief or with lavender and eucalyptus for relief of cold symptoms and congestion.
Thieves is the only blend on my list. A blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils, thieves has a delicious spicy aroma. In fact, Elaine once described my home as smelling “spicy in here” when I had it in my diffuser when she came over. Not only does it smell great but it has amazing cleaning properties. Young Living has an entire line of cleaning products that use this blend of oils (I am a particular fan of the foaming hand soap, dish soap and hand sanitizer). I like to add a bit of extra lemon to my diffuser with my thieves.
I really love Eucalyptus. I usually purchase Eucalyptus Globulus but I don’t believe there are a lot of differences between that and Eucalyptus Radiata (but again, its important to do your own research when selecting which one you want in your home). This oil has such a refreshing scent and is really great for clearing up the sinuses (think Vicks vapour rub…. and you can in fact DIY your own version using Eucalyptus and other oils); a couple of drops in the shower when you’re feeling congested
combined with the steam of the hot water will freshen you right up. And, while I don’t recommend eating it, this guy seems to like it….
These are just some of my personal favourites. I believe essential oils can have great benefits but everyone has to decided for themselves what works best for them and their family. I don’t believe they should replace any regular medical aid and diagnosis but I do personally feel their benefits in my home and in my day to day wellness routine. As mentioned throughout, it’s important to do your research and figure out what works best for you.
Do you use essential oils as part of your wellness routine? I’d love to hear your favourites in the comments below. Interested in learning more about Young Living oils? Send me a message and I can send you more information.
Much love and Namaste.