My sister has been getting into essential oils recently and you have to see what she has to say!
Within the past couple months, I have noticed essential oils blowing up everywhere. I visited friends in Charleston and was pleasantly surprised to walk into their apartment and see a diffuser and to walk into their friends’ homes only to hear them talk about essential oils! Before I arrived in Charleston, I was speaking with a woman in the security line at the airport who was extremely nervous to fly alone and I mentioned that I never fly without my lavender and peppermint essential oils…turns out, she has some, as well!
For those of you who are not familiar with essential oils and diffusers you may be wondering what I am talking about right now. So what exactly is an essential oil? Essential oils are “natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits”. It seems that we are returning to the use of essential oils as a natural and holistic healing process.
You can use essential oils in a variety of ways – aromatically, topically, and internally. When used aromatically, you can inhale from an open bottle, rub a drop of oil on your palms and inhale, or diffuse in a diffuser or diffuser bracelet. When used topically, apply 1 or 2 drops to the affected area (with a carrier oil if necessary). When used internally, only with oils marked safe for ingestion, ingest 1 drop in a capsule, under the tongue, in water or tea, or even add to some recipes!
You should be aware that there are poor quality oils out there, that may be cheaper, found in common stores like Whole Foods, Michaels and online at Amazon, but if you are looking to use them for healing and soothing purposes, especially topically or internally, you want to be sure you are getting the highest quality and highest level of benefits! Which is why I always choose dōTERRA. dōTERRA oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). Their oils are tested seven different ways to make sure they are pure and safe for therapeutic use.
The first time I was exposed to essential oils was through a yoga class in high school. I was highly intrigued by how they enhanced my practice and concentration. But it wasn’t until years later, after college when I purchased 4 oils for myself – lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and melaleuca, in the hopes of aiding my sleep and anxious feelings, headaches, pimples and congestion. As a professional in the mental health field, I started integrating essential oils into my work the more I learned about them. Most recently, I’ve used essential oils with children and teens at mindful day retreats and in my recent research on the effects of yoga as a mindfulness intervention among college students.
If you’re just starting out, you may want to try just a few oils to begin, which is why I have chosen the top 5 essential oils!
1. Lavender – Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils out there. Why is it so popular? It serves in all things calming! When it doubt use…lavender. Lavender’s calming and relaxing properties promote peaceful sleep and ease tense or anxious feelings. Diffuse for a good night’s rest, place on bottom of feet, under the nose or back of neck. You can also add a few drops to bath water, to your pillow or bedding directly or mix in a spray bottle. BONUS: Lavender soothes skin irritations and imperfections. I constantly carry around a lavender roller bottle for times I start to feel anxious so I can easily apply it to the tip of my nose, any pulse point or my diffuser bracelet.
2. Lemon – Lemon is a natural antiseptic, diuretic, antibacterial and more! You can use lemon to freshen the air by diffusing it and it can clean and freshen surfaces. Not only does lemon promote concentration, but it eases mental fatigue, dizziness and anxiousness. It can be used for digestive support or as a detoxifier by adding a drop to a glass of water (hot or cold). Rub over the chest or diffuse for congestion and mucus. I diffuse lemon, lavender and peppermint almost every night this time of year for my allergies! Bonus: There is always a sticky residue left on anything with a label. Add one or two drops of lemon essential oil and wipe with a cloth! *Dilute for sensitive skin. After topical application, avoid exposure to sunlight for 12 hours.
3. Peppermint – If you guys are anything like me, I get motion sickness very easily! My go to for car rides, trains and airplanes is peppermint. I like to close my eyes and take deep breaths with my peppermint or apply to the tip of the nose or pulse points. Peppermint is also fantastic and commonly used for headaches – you can apply to the temples, back of the neck or directly onto your scalp depending on where you feel the pressure. Peppermint is energizing and invigorating and can give you a little boost when you need it throughout the day. It is also known as a driver, so if you are applying any oil directly onto the skin, peppermint is great to apply afterwards to enhance the absorption. *Use with caution during pregnancy.
4. Eucalyptus – This is my go to oil for congestion and respiratory issues. I dilute it with coconut oil and apply to my chest, under my nose, the bridge of my nose, in my palms to inhale or diffuse. Eucalyptus is also energizing and stimulating. It helps to clear the mind, promote feelings of relaxation and clear breathing.
5. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – Better known as Tea Tree oil, Melaleuca is best known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Melaleuca is “renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin”. It can be used for cuts to clean and disinfect wounds, canker and cold sores, dandruff, acne and more. Combine 1-2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties or to your shampoo for dandruff. You can also apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to keep nails healthy. I use Melaleuca generally for 2 reasons: 1. I add it into my diffuser to soothe my itchy eyes during allergy season and 2. Acne. I apply a drop of Melaleuca onto my pimple and notice the reduction of size and redness within 2 days. Be gentile with Melaleuca, you do not want to overuse it and abuse it on the skin, especially in the affected area. I know how easy it is to want to keep applying when you have a pimple, but be patient and trust the process so you do not over dry your skin.
You may have seen me mention diffuser bracelets and roller bottles a time or two. Diffuser bracelets are a way to have a personal and portable diffuser with you at all times. Using a lava bead which absorbs the oil, add 1-2 drops of your oil of choice and it’ll be with you all day on your wrist, on the go! Roller bottles make application of essential oils super easy! The oils are already diluted with a carrier oil (I use coconut oil since it is clear and has no scent) so they are safe to apply on the skin. They aren’t messy, are light to carry, and make application simple.
Do you use essential oils? If so, what are your favorites? Are you looking to get started with essential oils? This is the month to do so! dōTERRA is offering amazing promotions in the month of MAY – if you purchase a starter kit, you receive 50PV (free points) to use on any products of your choosing! The Petal Diffuser is also 10% off this month and is perfect for beginners to use in the home or office. Not to mention, it’s so pretty!
If you’re interested in getting started with essential oils, follow me on Instagram @theessentoils and check out my page where you can message me at mydoterra.com/marissamastrocola. For inquiries about diffuser bracelets and custom roller bottles, contact me at mydoterra.com/marissamastrocola.