Essential Oils

By now, I’m guessing that we are all somewhat familiar with Essential Oils…at least the term, if not certain oils like lavender, or lemon, or melaleuca (tea tree oil).  By definition, essential oils are “naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.”  The oils are very fragrant and give plants their distinctive smells.  What I find fascinating is that essential oils are the plants’ protectors, so just the way they preserve and protect the life of the plant, they have the ability to do the same inside of the human body.  Oils can be successfully used to treat anything from colds to cuts to sleep to stress to mood, to digestion, headaches, infections, and more. I’m a believer in the use of essential oils for one reason only:  They work.  

I started using oils years ago, but not as a regular part of my life.  Then, when I found DoTerra oils and blends, I fell in love with the quality of these oils,  and became pretty much a fanatic.  I use a wide variety of oils for all sorts of things….and will definitely post more about specific oils and uses, but today I’m going to talk about the oils I use for stress and sleep.  

Doterra has a dreamy (pun intended) blend called “Serenity.”  I’m speaking from my own female perspective here, but as a busy working mom, sleep is often hard to come by.  Even if I diligently get to bed by 10:00 and fall asleep, sometimes I wake up around 3am with my brain buzzing…and I can’t go back to sleep.  This was a pattern for me for many years, until I started diffusing Serenity Blend beside my bed each night.   My diffuser runs for eight hours, and now, if I wake up in the middle of the night, I can actually go back to sleep.  Uh-mazing!  The blend is a powerful mix of oils like: Lavender, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Sandalwood, and Vanilla.  Even my son goes right to sleep with Serenity diffusing beside his bed.  I often rub the oil on the bottoms of his feet and on the back of his neck, and dab a few drops on his pillow when he’s struggling to FALL asleep.  Plain lavender works well, too, and some people prefer plain lavender to the blend.  The beauty of oils is that they do work—sometimes it’s about finding just the right one that your own body responds to the best.  I use about 6 drops of Serenity in my diffuse, but some people use more or less.  

Stress throughout the day is something we all have to manage, and one of the ways I do so is by either diffusing an oil or blend in the house, or taking them along with me in my purse for topical use throughout a busy, stress-filled day.  Actually, when I know I’m in for a really big day, I roll “Balance” (aka “Grounding Blend) on the bottoms of my feet and on the back of my neck.  There is an absolutely beautiful blend called “Cheer” (“Uplifting Blend”) that I literally just take the cap off of and sniff whenever I need an aromatic “hug”.  Lavender is one that I apply hourly if I feel the need, and both lemon and lemongrass have a very positive, uplifting, stress-busting effect on me.  Most oils can be either diffused, sniffed, or applied topically.  Sometimes a carrier oil like coconut is needed if skin sensitivity is an issue.  

If you’ve not tried oils in your life, I encourage you to start.  Experiment with these little gems…they truly work wonders.  Find out more about them and even shop the store:  www.mydoterra.com/loriwilshire