Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is known as the Oil of Cleansing. This refreshing essential oil encourages individuals to let go of toxic energy and promotes clarity. Lemongrass combat emotions such as despair, darkness, and negative energy. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lemongrass essential oil.

Lemongrass comes from the Gramineae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for grasses. The main chemical constituents found in lemongrass are aldehydesnatural compounds which contain anti-inflammatory and hypotensive properties. The extraction method for Lemongrass essential oil involves the steam distillation of lemongrass. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The most common primary uses for Lemongrass essential oil include the following: airborne bacteria, carpal tunnel syndrome, cholesterol, cramps, bladder infection, diuretic, fleas, hernia, lactose intolerance, mental fatigue, muscular dystrophy, purification, retina (strengthen), sprains, muscle strain, tissue repair, urinary tract infection, varicose veins, and wounds. 

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lemongrass, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

I would also like to include a personal success story about my father. My father struggles with high cholesterol and for years, his doctor had him trying a variety of medications to lower his LDL cholesterol. These medications would somewhat help, but my father had to deal with the various side effects caused by these medications. At the time, I was fairly new to essential oils and my father was extremely skeptical. Let me emphasize extremely skeptical. Despite his uncertainty, he agreed to try a little experiment. Instead of taking his cholesterol medication, he began taking 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily. My father continued eating the same diet and followed his normal exercise routine–the only difference was that he was taking Lemongrass and not a prescription medication. After a few weeks, my dad went in for his appointment and had his blood drawn. To his surprise and his doctor’s, my father’s cholesterol was in the normal range. Lemongrass has allowed my father to naturally regulate his cholesterol (free from side effects)! Lemongrass made my father an essential oil believer.

Lemongrass essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lemongrass essential oil can be applied directly to the skin (or diluted for sensitive skin) on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lemongrass essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: take Lemongrass essential oil using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lemongrass essential oil can be great in cooking.

Everyday Uses:

  • Ready to ditch the traditional smelly bug repellant? Lemongrass is a natural bug repellant! Check out my DIY Bug Spray recipe here!
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lemongrass and Wild Orange essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Is there a strange smell lingering in your refrigerator? Put a few drops of Lemongrass on a cotton ball and leave in your refrigerator for natural freshness!
  • Tired of struggling with hypertension or high cholesterol? Take 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lemongrass essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Wo(man’s) Best Friend: Essential Oils for Dogs

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Meet Bentley. Bentley is my 1-year-old, 125-pound Labradane (yes, a Lab and Great Dane mix). When I adopted Bentley from the SPCA, he was 1 of a litter of 8. At 7 weeks old, he was the cutest little ball of fur and he literally had to climb into his food bowl to eat. The SPCA said he was a “lab mix” and by mix, they thought Border Collie/German Shepherd. Wrong. Bentley exhibits many of the Great Dane traits…he is all about the “Great Dane lean.” Oh, and I should probably clarify the origin of his name. No, I did not name him after a fancy car. Bentley was named after the one and only, extremely talented Dierks Bentley.

Bentley LOVES to play in the snow, eat eggs with his breakfast, watch TV, and of course, listen to Dierks Bentley. Bentley is scared of plastic bags, baby gates, and the rain. Bentley fills my heart and soul with so much love and comfort. When I have what has felt like the worst day, coming home to his excited spirit instantly turns my day around. Dogs are special creatures and I think as humans, we can learn a whole lot from these selfless creatures.

All of my blog posts focusing on single essential oils explain how we (humans) can incorporate essential oils into our lifestyles. You might be surprised to learn that your little furry friends can also benefit from the aromatic compounds in essential oils! Dogs experience a range of emotions and essential oils can provide enhanced emotional support!

Essential oils should be diluted for smaller pups. Check out this chart with the dilution ratios for essential oils based on weight!

Allergies: Yes, dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies. Doggie sneezes are no longer an issue! Apply Lavender to the pads on the bottom of their feet to reduce allergy symptoms.

Ticks & Fleas: In an 8oz. spray bottle, add 4 drops of each of Peppermint + Eucalyptus essential oils and top with distilled water. Spray your doggie once a day!

Calming: Massage Lavender onto the pads of feet, tips of doggie ears, and the top of the head! Now, I am going be honest. Bentley is a ball of energy and he does not particularly enjoy the scent of lavender. However, I have heard that Lavender has worked wonders on other hyperactive dogs. Just as with humans, certain oils work better on certain individuals.

Bad Breath: found this great recipe for “Bad Breath Bones” which incorporates Peppermint + Cinnamon essential oils to naturally freshen doggie breath through a healthy, natural treat!

How do you use essential oils to help your best friend? What natural solutions have you found to work best for dog? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Lime Essential Oil

Lime is known as the Oil of Zest for Life This uplifting essential oil “revitalizes the heart space, giving room for light and joy.” Lime encourages individuals to pursue balance between the heart and the mind and encourages gratefulness for the gift of life. Additionally, Lime instills courage, determination, and cheer. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lime essential oil.

Lime comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in limes is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Lime essential oil involves cold pressing lime peels. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Lime essential oil include bacterial infections, fever, gum/grease removal, and skin revitalization.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lime, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Lime essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lime essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lime essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lime essential oil can be great in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Lime essential oil = 1 teaspoon lime zest.

Everyday Uses:

  • Tired of the waxy residue on your fruits? Add a few drops of Lime to a large bowl of cool water and soak your fruit for about 10 minutes!
  • You know when you pull the price sticker off something and it leaves that annoying adhesive residue? Rub 1 drop of Lime on the affected area to eliminate the stickiness!
  • Starting to experience a fever? Apply Lime to your forehead/back of your neck or add a few drops to a lukewarm bath.
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lime and Grapefruit essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Lime to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Struggling to drink enough water throughout the day? Add 1 drop of Lime to 8-ounces of water for a refreshing drink!
  • Want to ditch those sugary cocktail mixers? Or maybe you forgot to grab the limes? Add 1 drop of Lime to a tequila shot and well…you can thank me later for the tip! You can also add 1 drop of Lime to a Corona or Moscow Mule!

Sweet for Spring-Key Lime Pie Recipe:

For the past few years, one of my favorite Easter traditions has been to bake a homemade key lime pie! I have a few extra ingredients in my recipe for the perfect tart + sweet balance!

Ingredients:

  • 1 + 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 14oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup fresh key lime juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ***Lime essential oil***
  • ***vanilla extract***

Directions:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter + press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Bake graham cracker crust @ 350º for 5-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Set aside and cool.
  3. Combine sweetened condensed milk and lime juice until blended. ***Add 3 drops of Lime essential oil for a little extra zest!*** Pour mixture into pie crust and set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed until foamy.
  5. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and soft peaks form. ***Add a splash of vanilla extract for a little extra sweetness!***
  6. Spread meringue over filling.
  7. Bake pie @350º for about 15 minutes.
  8. Chill for 8+ hours.
  9. Just before serving, garnish with fresh key lime zest. YUM!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lime essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lime essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is known as the Oil of Humility. This empowering essential oil “dispels materialism and attachment that hinders an individual’s growth and progress.” Oregano encourages true spirituality and the elimination of toxic relationships and activities. Additionally, Oregano promotes humility, the willingness to be strong, and clears negativity. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Oregano essential oil.

Oregano comes from the Labiatae botanical familywhich is the fancy, scientific word for mintThe main chemical constituents found in Oregano are phenolswhich contain antibacterial properties. The extraction method for Oregano essential oil involves the steam distillation of the herb. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Oregano essential oil include athlete’s foot, calluses, canker sores, carpal tunnel syndrome, fungal infections, immune system support, inflammation, intestinal parasites, MRSA, muscle aches, parasites, pneumonia, ringworm, staph infection, viral infections, warts, and whooping cough.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Oregano, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Oregano essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Oregano essential oil should be diluted before it is applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Dilute using a 1:3 ratio (1 drop of Oregano with 3 drops of fractionated coconut oil). Aromatic: Oregano essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: Oregano essential oil is great for cooking! Tip: 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with 1 drop of Oregano essential oil = 1 teaspoon dried oregano!

Everyday Uses:

  • Are you starting to feel a little under the weather? For a quick immune boost, add 2 drops of each of the following essential oils to a veggie capsule: Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense, and Melaleuca
  • Looking for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner? Add 10 drops of Oregano to a 16-ounce spray bottle filled with water to clean your sinks, showers, and bathtubs!
  • Struggling with rough cuticles while you are trying to get ready for sandal season? Mix about 6 drops of fractionated coconut oil with 1 drop of Oregano and rub on cuticles/toenails!
  • Are you one of those people who always has cold feet? Right now I am raising my hand. Mix about 6 drops of fractionated coconut oil with 1 drop of Oregano and massage onto your feet to instantly warm your body!
  • Is your throat starting to feel a little scratchy? Add 1 drop of Oregano to a shot glass filled with water and gargle to soothe your irritated throat!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Oregano essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Oregano essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Wild Orange Essential Oil

Wild Orange is known as the Oil of Abundance. This uplifting essential oil “inspires abundance, fosters creativity, supports a positive mood, restores physical energy, and aids in transitions. Wild Orange combats negative emotions like discouragement, nervousness, and the fear of scarcity, by promoting creativity, spontaneity, and abundance. This essential oil reminds the soul to give freely without the desire for compensation and to simply enjoy life. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Wild Orange essential oil.

Wild Orange comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in oranges is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Wild Orange essential oil involves the cold pressing of orange rinds. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Wild Orange essential oil include anxiety, digestion, fear, insomnia, menopause, nervousness, uplifting, and withdrawal.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Wild Orange, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Wild Orange essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Wild Orange essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: if you are applying Wild Orange directly to your skin, it is important you avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours. Aromatic: Wild Orange essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Wild Orange essential oil can be great in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Wild Orange essential oil = 1 teaspoon orange zest.

Everyday Uses:

  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Tired of the waxy residue on your fruits and looking for a flavor boost? Add a few drops of Wild Orange to a large bowl of cool water and soak your fruit for about 10 minutes! This a great way to enhance the flavor of grapes and strawberries!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Wild Orange to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Feel like you need to wash your hands but you do not have quick access to a sink?  Rub a few drops of Wild Orange in your hands and voilà! Instant freshness!
  • Struggling to drink enough water throughout the day? Add 1 drop of Wild Orange to 8-ounces of water for a refreshing drink!
  • Looking for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner? Add a few drops of Wild Orange to a spray bottle filled with water to clean your countertops, sinks, and bathtubs!
  • Want to ditch those sugary cocktail mixers or the dirty orange fruit slice? Add 1 drop of Wild Orange to a whiskey shot or Blue Moon and well…you can thank me later for the tip! 

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Wild Orange essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Wild Orange essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Melaleuca Essential Oil

Melaleuca (tea tree oil) is known as the Oil of Energetic Boundaries. This empowering essential oil encourages one to relinquish self-betrayal and assists in purification practices. Melaleuca “helps break the negative ties in toxic relationships so that new, healthy connections may be formed that honor one’s personal space and boundaries.” Additionally, Melaleuca promotes respectful connectionsresilience, and developing new energetic boundaries. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Melaleuca essential oil.

Melaleuca comes from the Myrtaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for Myrtle shrubs and treesThe main chemical constituents found in melaleuca are monoterpenes, which contain antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The extraction method for Melaleuca essential oil involves the steam distillation of melaleuca leaves. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Melaleuca essential oil include acne, allergies, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, bronchitis, canker sores, cold sores, colds, coughs, eczema, flu, fungal infections, gum disease, hives, infection, inflammation, lice, MRSA, mumps, nail infection, pink eye, rashes, ringworm, shingles, sore throat, staph infection, sunburn, tonsillitis, varicose ulcer, viral infection, warts, and wounds.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Melaleuca, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Melaleuca essential oil can be applied via three application methods­—topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Melaleuca essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Melaleuca essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: take in a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Are your nails feeling weak and brittle? Apply Melaleuca to your nails after showering for both purification and strengthening benefits! 
  • Experiencing annoying acne spots? Add 1 drop of Melaleuca to your daily moisturizer for enhanced cleansing properties!
  • Trying not to itch your bug bites or irritated skin? Add a few drops of Melaleuca to moisturizing body lotion to relieve discomfort!
  • Razor burn? Apply Melaleuca directly to your skin after shaving to prevent irritation! 
  • Do you have minor cuts or scrapes from an outdoor adventure? Apply Melaleuca to the affected area to cleanse and promote healthy healing!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Melaleuca essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Melaleuca essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is known as the Oil of Wellness. This encouraging essential oil promotes both emotional and spiritual wellness. Eucalyptus “encourages individuals to take full responsibility for their own health.” Additionally, Eucalyptus promotes feelings of liberation and increased responsibility, while combating the desire to escape life and feelings of powerlessness. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Eucalyptus essential oil.

Eucalyptus comes from the Myrtaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for Myrtle shrubs and treesThe main chemical constituents found in eucalyptus are oxides and monoterpenes, which contain anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. The extraction method for Eucalyptus essential oil involves the steam distillation of eucalyptus leaves. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Eucalyptus essential oil include asthma, bronchitis, congestion, cooling of the body, coughs, disinfectant, ear inflammation, fever, flu, inflammation, jet lag, kidney stones, lice, measles, over-exercised muscles, pain, pneumonia, respiratory viruses, shingles, sinusitis, and tennis elbow.

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of eucalyptus, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied via two application methods­—topical and aromatic. Topical: Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: for individuals with sensitive skin or for children, dilute Eucalyptus essential oil with fractionated coconut oil (utilizing a 1:1 ratio). Aromatic: Eucalyptus essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused.

Koala Highlight: I recently visited Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is located just outside of Sydney, Australia. Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world. I instantly fell in love with the koalas.  One of the first things I noticed when I encountered the koalas, was the familiar scent of eucalyptus. Here are just a few fun facts about koalas:

  • Koalas are marsupials (which makes them a relative of kangaroos!)
  • The average lifespan of a koala is 20 years
  • A newborn koala is barely the size of a jelly bean
  • A baby koala will stay in its mother’s pouch for nearly 7 months
  • The population of Australian koalas has dropped by 90% over the last decade
  • Koalas live and sleep in eucalyptus trees and their diet consists primarily of eucalyptus leaves (talk about constantly living in a state of Zen!)

Cleary, I might be a tad obsessed with koalas. I was inspired to create my own unique diffuser blend for a little reminder of my Australian adventure.

“Koala Escape” Diffuser Blend: Eucalyptus, Tangerine, & Cedarwood (2-3 drops of each essential oil)

Everyday Uses:

  • In need of a spa escape? Place a drop of Eucalyptus on your shower floor and inhale the aromas through the steam!
  • Feeling congested? Place 3 drops of Eucalyptus in a mug and fill the mug with boiling water! Breathe in the steam through your nose (and make sure to cover your eyes with a towel) for instant relief!
  • Suffering from migraines? Frozen Eucalyptus washcloths are pure heaven! Check out this post for the recipe!
  • Achy and tired muscles? Add 2 cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of Eucalyptus to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Eucalyptus essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Eucalyptus essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Traveling with Essential Oils

“A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.”

I recently went on an adventure to the “land down under” and primarily explored the incredible city of Sydney. Sydney is unique in the sense that it is an extremely large city, yet it exhibits a “local” feel. This was my first time traveling abroad, so I was both excited and nervous in the days leading up to my trip. With all of these varying emotions, I once again relied on my essential oil buddies. I was well aware I would face unexpected events while traveling internationally, but I had an open mindset and knew that I would go with the flow and make the best out of every situation, regardless of the circumstances.

Traveling Internationally: At first, I was concerned about traveling internationally with essential oils. I did not want to pack any essential oils in my checked bag in case there was an issue with one leaking. Thankfully, I did not experience any issues going through security or customs in Australia with my essential oils as I was in compliance with the specified liquid guidelines.

Defining Your Version of “Essential”: On an average day, I probably use around 10 different essential oils. For this trip, I was motivated to pack light (something I am not normally known for). I was able to narrow down my oil supply to just two oils. Yes, just two essential oils. Unfortunately, this meant I would be going without my daily eucalyptus shower. I also had to leave my diffuser at home, which meant no drifting to sleep to my favorite calming essential oil aromas. Rather than bringing my regular essential oil bottles, I stuck with the rollerballs as they provide a more efficient application method.

  • Lavender: this essential oil is a true lifesaver. Whenever I began to feel stressed during my trip, I either inhaled the Lavender aroma directly from the rollerball or applied the Lavender directly to my wrists for an instant grounding feeling.
  • Peppermint: if you have ever been on a long flight (mine was about 15 hours), you understand the many difficulties associated with an extensive flight. The meals you get on the plane are okay, and the cabin pressure can mess a little with your head and stomach. Peppermint is great for eliminating headaches and easing nausea.

Exhibit Awareness: I also selected Lavender and Peppermint for reasons beyond their physical and emotional benefits. Lavender and peppermint have relatively subtle scents and they are common fragrances that do not seem to bother other people. Trust me…you do not want to whip out and apply a strong and slightly unusual smelling essential oil on a plane with one hundred other people.

Meet Lavender, Your New BEST Friend: So picture this–I am anxiously awaiting to begin boarding the plane. Plot twist! I am informed that my flight is delayed for an unknown period of time. Inhale Lavender. The main problem with this flight delay was that I barely had an hour layover to catch my connecting flight to Sydney. Inhale Lavender. To make a long story short, I frantically ran to my gate once I landed in LAX, only to find out that I missed my flight to Sydney. Inhale a whole LOT of Lavender. Unfortunately, the next flight was not for another 24 hours. Hopefully, I don’t run out of Lavender before I even leave the country.

Remember the “Essentials” Beyond Essential Oils: After missing my connecting flight, I suddenly realized my rookie packing failure. My carry on basically contained school work, shoes, and my rain jacket. It probably would have been a good idea to carry some of the essentials with me, considering I was going to be on a long flight. Yes…I was that person who wore the same outfit for almost 3 days. United Airlines did provide a very basic amenities kit, but it would have been nice to have a few extra essentials.

Jet Lag Remedies: Sydney, Australia is 18 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone. Talk about an awkward time adjustment. Fortunately, when I first got to Australia (and basically throughout the whole trip), I was so very excited that I am pretty sure I was basically running on adrenaline. Returning home was a completely different story. Jet lag is no joke. There are a variety of essential oils that can combat the struggles associated with jet lag.

  • Apply invigorating essential oils to the bottom of your feet in the morning: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Wild Orange
  • Apply calming essential oils to the bottom of your feet before bed: Bergamot, Rosemary, Lavender, or Geranium

Have you had any unique experiences while traveling with essential oils? Do you have any additional travel tips or natural jet lag remedies? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Pursuing Peace

“To find peace, you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life.”

It is interesting to consider that as technology has simplified components of our lives, it has also overcomplicated our lives in the process. Technology has made routine tasks easier, but we have taken advantage of this increased efficiency. As human beings, we believe that when we have more time available, we should pile more responsibilities on top of our already busy schedules. Somewhere in this rush, the importance of human connections has begun to fade as we are consumed by what is going on in our own lives. Don’t worry…I will save my whole “I think I was born in the wrong decade” rant for a later time. I frequently find myself caught up in the rush as I scurry from home to work to school. Where do I draw the line?

A recent Luke Bryan song says “sixty seconds now feels more like thirty…sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry.” We have made it much easier for ourselves to believe we always need to be hurrying from one place to the next, constantly overwhelmed by a range of responsibilities. Why do we continue to accept the glorification of being busyIn order to change the pace of our lives, we must first learn that being a busier person does not automatically makes you a more important person. Now, I do not want that to be misconstrued because there is nothing wrong with being involved in a variety of activities. However, we also need to prioritize our wellness–specifically, focusing on balancing the seven dimensions of wellness.

The instant I begin to feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities, I practice living in the moment. Regardless of where I find myself in that moment, I stop whatever I am doing and become truly present. I really take in the details of my surroundings and observe the interactions taking place around me. The world is not revolving around me and I give myself a simple reminder that the stresses associated with my busy schedule are ultimately meaningless compared to the much bigger picture in life. Next, I take some deep breaths. I might take a few minutes to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine, or maybe I will notice the way the leaves on the trees dance in the breeze. As I begin to regain a sense of certainty, I also reevaluate my responsibilities.

When I reach those overwhelming moments, I know it is time for me to engage in one of my “pursuing peace” activities. These brief activities are just enough to restore balance to my overall wellness by addressing my emotional dimension of wellness.

Soak Up Some Epsom! Epsom salt (or magnesium sulfate) is a natural mineral compound which provides a variety of health benefits. When you place Epsom salt in a warm bath, the salt will quickly dissolve and the magnesium and sulfate will easily be absorbed by the human body. As a result of this absorption, you will begin to experience relaxation and thanks to our little friend reverse osmosis, toxins will be removed from your body.

  • Tip: for the perfect detoxifying soak, add about 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath! For enhanced relaxation, add a few drops of Lavender or Eucalyptus essential oil and soak for at least 15 minutes! This is the perfect way to end a long, stressful day!

Sip on Calming Chamomile! If you are in need of a quick, yet calming activity before bedtime, sip on a steaming cup of chamomile tea! In addition to its soothing properties, chamomile is a great source of antioxidants, it relieves headaches, and calms an upset stomach. I love that loose-leaf chamomile tea has actual chamomile flowers and I enjoy the process of steeping my own tea! I buy my loose-leaf chamomile tea from a small, local business that supplies spices and tea. If you live in Northern Nevada, you must check out salty-savory-sweet!

  • Tip: for an extra hint of chamomile, add 1 drop of Chamomile essential oil to your cup of tea! Spend a few minutes breathing in the aromas from the steam and clear your mind of the day’s stresses before you slip into bed for a great night’s sleep!

Incorporate Essential Oils! Did you know there are essential oils that can provide calming benefits and bring you a sense of peace? When I begin to feel anxious and completely overwhelmed, I grab my “reassuring blend” for an instant boost of composure and contentment. This peaceful blend includes Spearmint, Vetiver, Lavender, Yang-Ylang, Clary Sage, Frankincense, and Marjoram essential oils.

  • Tip: apply this blend to your wrists, the back of your neck, and temples! Don’t forget–you can always inhale the aromas straight from the bottle as well!

What are some of the ways you bring peace back into your life when you are feeling overwhelmed? Are there any specific essential oils you incorporate into your daily routine to promote feelings of reassurance? I would love to hear from you!

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is known as the Oil of Truth. This supportive essential oil encourages new perspectives by promoting wisdom, spirituality, and enlightenment. Frankincense “shields the body and soul from negative influences and assists the soul in its spiritual evolution.” Even more, Frankincense enhances meditation and combats feelings of abandonment and negativity. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Frankincense essential oil.

Frankincense comes from the Burseraceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for resinous trees and shrubsThe main chemical constituents found in frankincense are monoterpenes, which contain antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. The extraction method for Frankincense essential oil involves the distillation of the gum/resin of Boswellia trees, which grow primarily in West Africa. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The primary uses for Frankincense essential oil include aneurysms, arthritis, asthma, balance, breathing, cancer, concussion, confusion, depression, immune system support, improved vision, inflammation, memory, mental fatigue, moles, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, postpartum depression, scarring prevention, ulcers, warts, and wrinkles.

Research is currently taking place around the world to better understand the potential power of Frankincense essential oil in fighting cancer cells.  Studies have identified that in cases where cancer cells are unresponsive to chemotherapy, they can be responsive to the healing powers of frankincense. The future of Frankincense and its role in preventing and treating cancer could be the ultimate game changer. If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of frankincense, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

Frankincense essential oil can be applied via all three application methods­–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Frankincense essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Frankincense essential oil can be inhaled directly of diffused. Internal: place 1 drop under your tongue or take using a veggie capsule!

Everyday Uses:

  • Feeling extra stressed or anxious? Rub a few drops of Frankincense on your temples and wrists for a calming effect! You can also diffuse frankincense to uplift your mood!
  • In need of an immunity boost? Place 1 drop of Frankincense under your tongue on a daily basis to support healthy cellular function!
  • Looking for a natural way to reduce age spots and wrinkles? Add 1 drop of Frankincense to your daily moisturizer for extra skin rejuvenation!
  • Experiencing joint pain or discomfort? Apply Frankincense to the direct area of concern for anti-inflammatory relief!
  • Has winter weather caused your nails to feel brittle and dry? Rub 1 drop of Frankincense on your nails for extra strength!
  • Need to enhance your environment during yoga or meditation? Diffuse Frankincense and align with your daily intentions!
  • Do you feel a tension headache coming on? Press 1 drop of Frankincense to the roof of your mouth and apply Lavender and Peppermint to the temples, back of the neck, or reflex points for relief!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Frankincense essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Frankincense essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.