OK so I’ve been posting my essential oils collection for quite a while over on instagram and I’m getting LOADS of questions on how I use them. So I thought that I’d do a weekly essential oils blog post but before I really get deep and dirty on my essential oils obsession, here’s a general overview of how I use my oils.
First up, I use a company called doTERRA because they are 100% CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade). That means there are no synthetic ingredients or chemicals in these oils. Just 100% essential oil. I have to admit, I didn’t really see the big difference (other than price as CPTG oils are obviously more expensive) before I started using my doTERRA. Now I do. But that’s another story.
Anyway, how I use essential oils…well there are five main ways.
I diffuse them. I am SO obsessed with my diffuser. I bought one thinking that it wouldn’t be to different from burning my oils but it’s a game changer.With the diffuser you just add a couple of drops of your favourite oil (or oils) and it pushes them out in to the air.
You can create your own blends depending on your mood so if you want to relax then lavender, clary sage or geranium. If you’re wanting to get motivated and pumped then my favourite is to add lemon and peppermint. Or if you just want your house to smell fresh and clean – lemon – always lemon!
Diffusing oils can actually help reduce food cravings so great if you’re trying to lose weight, can purify the air and help with allergies.
Amazon have some great diffusers – see here.
I use them as part of my beauty regime. OK so I should admit here, I don’t really have a beauty regime as such but my skin is super sensitive and can get dry so I have to be really picky about what I use on it. Since essential oils are easily absorbed in to the skin and are very powerful, I use a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil and add a few drops of frankincense to create a great moisturiser (Frankincense is also great for burns too which is handy as I’m forever burning myself on the oven, and it’s a great anti-wrinkle oil – also handy but say no more about that one!!).
After a great tip off from my friend Tanya, I now add a drop of Meluca oil to my conditioner and it adds extra shine and protects against heat damage. Meluca is also great for spots too, just dab a drop on and your breakout will be gone in no time.
I cook with them. Again, I have to make this very clear, you cannot cook with just any old essential oils. You need a pure grade, organic oil to use internally. The essential oils are REALLY powerful so you only need a drop for it to taste good and benefit your body. So I add a bit of lemon in with my stir-fries or my favourite is baby new potatoes panfried with samphire and a bit of lemon added. I also use the ginger, rosemary, black pepper, oregano in different sauces for added taste.
I use them for medicinal purposes. Lavender is great for allergies and respiratory issues, especially if you apply to the back of your neck. Peppermint great for upset stomaches, stress and tiredness, oregano great for fungal infections, lemon = FOR EVERYTHING (seriously, I think lemon is the essential oil version of coconut oil!).
and I also clean with them. I find traditional cleaners really harsh on my skin and my chest. So use essential oils to do the job a chemical cleaner would normally do. Lemon mixed with apple cider vinegar, baking soda and water will do the job better than any toxic bleach mix. Also, using essential oils in your cleaning regime means it’s safe for your kids or pets to roam around as it’s completely natural.
I’m going to be doing a weekly post on how to use essential oils so if you have any questions please leave below and if you’d like to know more about the particular brand I use then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org