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Our Favorite Essential Oils and a Few of Their Uses

The Oil of Self-Acceptance: Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is called the “oil of self-acceptance” due to its ability to help support those in need of optimism and self-love. It can help break through self limiting beliefs and can promote confidence. It is my favorite to diffuse while I work or sleep. I usually combine bergamot with roman chamomile and its makes a room smell like a warm cup of tea. I have that combo diffusing as I write this! It also blends well with lavender, lemon, cypress, and eucalyptus. It also has many other bonus uses, check it out!

Bergamot Essential Oil

  • Is widely used in perfume, cosmetics, and food for its intense fragrance and freshness
  • Has a calming and soothing aroma
  • Apply to the feet before bedtime for a sense of calm and harmony
  • Has cleansing properties
  • Can be used as an effective surface cleanser
  • Can be applied topically to soothe, calm, and rejuvenate the skin
  • Helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes
  • Add one to two drops of it to your next DIY skincare cleanser
  • Can be applied to the skin while showering and inhaled deeply to experience its calming aroma and enjoy its skin-purifying benefits
  • Can be diffused to reduce feelings of negativity and stress
  • Can be diffused in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high
  • Can be diffused it for a sense of self-confidence
  • Mixes well with Lavender, Patchouli, Lime, Arborvitae, Ylang Ylang, and Frankincense
  • May calm the nervous system and relax the muscles
  • Is frequently used in massage therapy for its calming and uplifting benefits
  • Can be used with fractionated coconut oil for a calming, soothing massage and a relaxing aroma
  • Supports healthy nervous system, cardiovascular system, and cognitive function
  • Helps to support a healthy metabolism
  • Add to regular tea to create Earl Grey tea

I mainly diffuse this oil in my house. While I do love to use this topically and in my skin care products, I mainly reserve it for the winter months. Be aware it can cause light sensitivity and avoid direct sun exposure after use. How do YOU use bergamot essential oil?

 

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The Oil of Renewal: Basil Essential Oil

Basil essential oil is called the “Oil of Renewal”  due to its ability to rejuvenation  those who are experiencing fatigue and a sense of being overwhelmed. The smell of Basil can bring strength and relaxation to those in need. It can help restore the body to its natural rhythms. Basil oil is steam distilled from the leaves, stems, and flowers of this mint plant. With its warm spicy herbal aroma, basil essential oil is one of my favorites to use in delicious recipes but it also has many other health benefits. It is my go to oil to support healthy ear drainage which comes in handy with 3 young kids. Check out some of its other amazing uses:

Basil Essential Oil

  • Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
  • Has cleansing properties
  • When applied topically, can reduce the appearance of blemishes
  • Combine with Clove and Melaleuca for a mouth rinse that keeps the gums and teeth clean and healthy
  • May soothe and calm the nervous system
  • Promotes mental alertness and lessens occasional anxious feelings
  • When diffused, promotes a sense of focus while studying, reading, or completing other tasks that require mental clarity
  • Diffused can promote feelings of relief at the end of your work day
  • Blends with Lime, Bergamot, and/or Peppermint for an invigorating aroma
  • May calm tense muscles
  • When applied to the temples and the back of the neck, it helps promote reduced feelings of tension
  • When massaged combined with Wintergreen and Fractionated Coconut Oil on the back of the neck creates a stress-relieving experience
  • Combine with Geranium and citrus essential oils for an uplifting massage
  • Supports healthy immune function and response
  • Helps to support healthy blood flow
  • Helps to ease monthly feminine discomfort
  • Supports gastrointestinal health and function
  • Helps to reduce gas

Basil can be applied without dilution but I always combine with fractionated coconut oil for children and those with sensitive skin. I like to apply it to my temples, bottoms of feet, back of neck, or directly to area of concern. This is one essential oil that I always need to have on hand. How do YOU use this oil?

 

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The Oil of Light- Melissa Essential Oil

I have only recently gotten my hands on Melissa essential oil and it has definitely lived up to its hype! The scent is very similar to lemongrass which my husband enjoys and I have already been applying to my oldest daughter’s feet this weekend to support her immune system. Knowing that I was sharing my ” new special oil” with her made her feel a little better right away. She is five and almost as into the oils as I am, it is an amazingly healthy hobby to share.

So what is this elusive oil good for? Melissa essential oil can:

  • Help to support a healthy immune system
  • Calm tension and nerves
  • Promote feelings of relaxation
  • Promote emotional health

It is called the “Oil of Light” since it is said to awaken the soul to truth and light, reminding them of who they truly are and why they came to this earth. It can help one move past dark thoughts and see the joy of living. It blends wonderfully with tangerine, lavender and lime and smells great diffused.

Melissa can be utilized by:

  • Diffusing at night or rubbed on forehead, shoulders, or chest to lessen stress and promote emotional well-being.
  • Added to a moisturizer or spray bottle with water and spritzed on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh your thoughts.
  • Diffused to create a relaxing environment that encourages a restful night’s sleep.
  • Applying directly to skin for topical absorption or diluted for those with sensitive skin.

This is one of the more expensive essential oils but after using it for the last few weeks I do see its value. I’m happy to have it part of my collection and so is my daughter.

~Emily~

 

 

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Energy Support Blend

I know how important sleep is, but there are times when it is just not an option. I have been working on a new project that has me running on empty for the last few weeks. I only have a few more weeks until this push will all be worth it but I have been leaning on my essential oils for support. This is my go to rollerball blend for those days that I need a little extra “umph”.

My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Energy Support Blend
10 drops eucalyptus
8 drops rosemary
7 drops grapefruit
7 drops bergamot

Add oils to a rollerball base and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Snap rollerball on top and label. Use whenever you need some extra energy support. Apply to pulse points and behind ears.

Always test on underarm before use to make sure you are not sensitive to any component. This recipe will cause photosensitivity. Avoid use before headed into prolonged sun exposure. 

 

Cooking with Essential Oils: The Basics

Using essential oils to replace herbs and spices can really give your favorite food an extra boost. Only a drop or two is needed so they are highly diluted in the recipe. A little goes a long way; it can save you money when compared to their spice counterpart. Knowing how much of each oil to add when making this substitution can be tricky so I follow these conversions:

  • Mint Oils: 1 drop of peppermint or spearmint oil can be substituted for 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves or 1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves
  • Citrus Oils: 1 drop of a citrus oil (orange, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine) can substitute for 1 teaspoon of citrus zest, 3-10 drops could replace the zest of a whole citrus fruit
  • Cinnamon: 1 drop of cinnamon can be substituted for 1-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • Cassia: 1 drop of cassia can be substituted for 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or cassia
  • Herbaceous Oils: Basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, dill should be added to taste with just a toothpick dipped in oil and then dipped into recipe. Stir and add more as needed.
  • Floral Oils: Start with a toothpick to add a hint of floral oils like lavender, add more if desired.

In general when substituting an essential oil into a recipe 1 drop of oil should replace 1-2 teaspoon of dried spice or herb or 1-2 tablespoon of fresh spice. Taste before adding more! If you are adding the oils at the end of cooking less will be needed than if added before baking, simmering, or steaming due to evaporation. The flavors can get stronger the longer the food sits before eating so if you are prepping this food for a later date, keep this in mind!

Some extra tips…

  • Avoid plastics when cooking with oils by using glass or stainless steel mixing bowls.
  • Use a dropper bottle to avoid extra drops making it into your recipe by mistake.
  • Not all essential oils should be ingested, so make sure the ones you choose are pure, therapeutic grade oils.

Happy cooking!

~Emily~

My Favorite Holiday Room Spray

When getting ready for company on holidays, I always like to have my home cozy and smelling great. Of course I have my diffusers going but I also like to spray the furniture and rugs with a little extra awesomeness. It makes cleaning more enjoyable and puts the final touch (or smell) on your holiday set up. This is my new favorite room spray recipe that is getting misted all around today!

Holiday Room Spray:

15 drops grapefruit essential oil
15 drops frankincense essential oil
30 drops douglas fir essential oil

Place these oils in a glass spray bottle and fill to the top with water. Shake well and spray house as needed!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone! I’m settling in with my family and hope you are doing the same!

~Emily~

The Oil of Mother Earth: Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh essential oil is said to nurture the soul’s relationship with Earth and helps heal maternal mother bonds that may have been disturbed. It can help build trust that the world is safe and help individuals let go of fear. The oil is steam distilled from the resin of the tree and has been referenced throughout history. The word Myrrh means “bitter” but this oil has many “sweet” beneficial properties!

Myrrh Essential Oil:

  • Is soothing to the skin and promotes a  smooth youthful looking complexion
  • Promotes emotional balance and well being
  • Has powerful cleansing properties especially for the mouth and throat

Some of my favorite ways to use this oil:

  • Adding to my lotion to help promote youthful looking skin
  • Adding a few drops to my toothpaste for added cleansing benefits
  • Adding a drop or two to water and gargle as an effective mouth rinse
  • Diffusing around the house to help promote awareness, uplift my mood, and maintain peaceful feelings

This oil is gentle on the skin so a carrier oil is not always needed but still recommended for sensitive skin! It is thick so may take a little longer to get a drop out of your bottle but I promise it is worth the wait!

~Emily~

My Favorite Essential Oil Diffuser Blends- Holiday Blends Part 2

December is a month full of celebrations at our house including birthdays, anniversaries, and of course Christmas! It is our busiest month of the year but also my favorite. I like to relax in my downtime and soak in this holiday season with aromas in the air that fill me with happiness! I gave you a lot of my favorite holiday blends in Part 1, but here are a few more to keep you calm and in love with this time of year!

Holiday Cider Blend

  • 4 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 2 drops cinnamon

White Christmas Blend

  • 4 drops white fir
  • 2 drops cypress
  • 1 drop cedarwood

Winter Chai Tea Blend

  • 2 drops ginger
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops cardamom
  • 2 drops black pepper
  • 1 drop cinnamon

Walk in Forest Blend

  • 3 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 1 drop frankincense

Gingerbread Cookie Blend

  • 5 drops ginger
  • 3 drops clove
  • 1 drop cinnamon

Add these essential oils to your diffuser, breathe the aroma in, and enjoy!

~Emily~

 

The Numerous Uses of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

I remember when I was younger drinking warm apple cider out of a make shift straw of cinnamon bark. It was a delicious fall treat that brings back warm, fond memories. Cinnamon essential oil is steam distilled from this bark and has many uses. While you may use a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon in a recipe the essential oil is much more concentrated. In most cases you only need a drop when it comes to flavoring. Sometimes just a dab on a toothpick and a dip in the food or beverage is enough. I like to do this with coffee when I need a sweet treat without the sugar. I also love to add this oil to my diffuser blends to fill the air a delicious aroma. Here are some other great uses for this oil:

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil:

  • Naturally repels insects
  • Supports healthy metabolic function
  • Can be used as a mouth rinse by adding one drop to 2 ounces of water and gargling
  • Can be used as an effective cleaning spray by placing 2-3 drops in a spray bottle with water
  • Can be used as a warming massage oil for cold and achy joints when diluted with coconut oil
  • Can be taken internal (pure therapeutic grade only) in a gel cap to maintain a healthy immune system
  • Can be used to soothe your throat when 1 drop is added to hot water or tea.

This oil smells amazing but should not be inhaled directly from a diffuser or out of the bottle since it may irritate nasal membranes. I do not use this one topically on a regular basis but when I do I always dilute in a 1 drop to 5 carrier oil drops ratio since it is a warming oil.

Cinnamon oil is a definite one to have on hand in the fall and winter months for a burst of holiday spirit! How do YOU use your cinnamon essential oil?

~Emily~

My Favorite Essential Oil Diffuser Blends: Thanksgiving Blend

While all Holiday Diffuser Blends have been cranking in my house the last few weeks, this is a favorite of mine to get me into spirit of giving thanks. I have a ton of things in my life to be thankful for and if I am ever in a state of mind where I just can’t see the rainbow at the end of the storm this is the blend I like to have going.

Thanksgiving Blend:

3 drops cypress essential oil
2 drops sandalwood essential oil
2 drops white fir essential oil

Add these oils to your diffuser with water and use when needing feelings of gratitude.

My children may need this going in their rooms as well! 😉

~Emily~

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