They are sourced from plant materials such as leaves, roots, stems, seeds, fruits, flowers, or bark. Essential oils have been used in wellness practices for over 5,000 years and have provided us with a fragrant pharmacy full of remedies.
There are several ways to use essential oils. My favorite ways are in a diffuser, added to a carrier oil and applied to the skin or mixed with Epsom salt in a bath.
I believe that different scents evoke different feelings and emotions for each of us. I encourage my clients to try various oils to see what and how they respond to them. Below, I share some ways that I personally use them:
I typically use a bath as a way to relax and reconnect to myself after a stressful day or experience. I also use a hot bath as a way to extend some love to my body after a long hike or a day full of physical work.
I love diffusing oils as I’m working (focus) winding down for bed (calming) or just because they smell good and bring me joy! Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
There are several carrier oils you can use but my personal favorites are organic fractionated coconut oil and organic jojoba oil. I like these because they don’t have a smell that can overpower the essential oil and my skin absorbs them well so I’m not left with a sticky, oily mess. You can find rollerballs for essential oils online. I fill the rollerball up with the carrier oil of my choice and add several drops of essential oils.
The use of essential oils supports a holistic approach to wellness as they can affect the mind, body, and soul. While many of them smell incredible, they also offer significant healing properties: reduce stress and inflammation, improve sleep, boost mood and relieve headaches to name a few.