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For a few years now I have been slowly moving our family towards a more green lifestyle, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2015 that I really kicked my efforts into overdrive. To make this happen, we began to eat more wholesome foods, recycle more, and use homemade cleaners without the harmful chemicals. I had another goal in mind also. I wanted us to become less reliant on western medicine.
After much research and lots of input from friends, I became a doTerra Wellness Advocate. Not really to build a business, but to be involved in their training and to get a nice discount. After almost eight months in the biz and using essential oils, I have developed some definite favorites and must haves.
These five are individual oils.
1) Lavendar – If I could only pick one oil to use the rest of my life, I think I would have to go with lavendar. It has so many uses. Not only does it smell great, but it can also help you sleep, and be used for skin issues and pain relief. It is antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and analgesic. As is all this weren’t enough, it can also be used to help relieve allergies.
My favorite uses for lavendar are as a sleep aid and for headache relief. At night, I mix some with my lotion. For headaches, I combine with peppermint oil and apply to my forehead and temples.
You can buy lavendar here.
2) Peppermint – I have known about the beauty of peppermint for a long time. When we were little and felt sick, my grandfather would give us peppermint candy. It’s been a staple ever since. I love having peppermint oil around because I get ridiculously motion sick. I’m talking about running up to the store on a straight road. And, elevators? Forget about it! So…I place a drop of peppermint oil on the concha part of each ear.
In addition to being fabulous for nausea, peppermint is also analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral.
Buy peppermint here.
3) Eucalyptus – Like most oils, there are dozens of great uses for Eucalyptus. However, I use this oil for my sinuses. I have three cats and a dog that seem to upset my upper respiratory system. Moving to the desert only seems to have made matter worse. So, in addition to regular use of a saline nasal spray, I rub a little eucalyptus on my sinuses. I haven’t taken any sinus medicine in a long time, because this oil works so good.
Join the club and smell like koala breathe! Buy some Eucalyptus oil here.
4) Orange – Even though I rarely eat an orange, I love the smell of them. It is such a happy smell. Orange oil can help with fear, anxiety, nervousness, and is generally uplifting. If I am going on a trip and need to stay awake, I make sure I have some orange oil with me. However, I use it most commonly in my homemade all purpose cleaner. Which is: one cup of white vinegar and 10 drops of orange poured into a large spray bottle. Fill to top with water. Orange oil not only helps cut grease and shine up surfaces, but is also antiseptic.
Warning: Any citrus is photo-sensitive. Stay out of direct sunlight for 12 hours after applying.
Come one get happy and order your orange oil here.
5) Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – This amazing oil is a must for your “boo-boo box”. It is an analgesic, as well as, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, and antiviral. It can also be used as a decongestant, expectorant, and for digestion. Yeah…it’s a rock star.
I love to use melaleuca in my homemade deodorant and hand sanitizer. You can buy your own bottle here.
The next five oils are blends sold by doTerra. Most companies have their own versions or you can buy the single oils and make your own.
1) Balance – This is the oil I turn to when I need to calm down quick. I suffer from anxiety, and this oil has helped me prevent full on panic attacks.
The oils used are: Spruce needles, Ho wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile. All of those are added to a base of fracitonated coconut oil.
Get yours here.
2)Digestzen – This is a great one to use if you don’t want something overly pepperminty. I use this one for motion sickness, gas, and bloating.
It contains: ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise. If you cannot stand the smell or taste of black licorice, you won’t like this one at all.
Get yours here.
3) Citrus Blend – This blend is invigorating. It can help calm your nerves and balance your emotions. This is a good one to diffuse in the mornings.
Citrus blend contains: orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and vanilla bean extract.
You can buy some here.
4) On Guard – Legend has it that grave robbers during the black plague used to steep certain herbs in vinegar then coat their bodies with it. Thus, avoiding the illness and certain death. Whether this is true or not, it makes for a cool story. On guard is doTerra’s version of the grave robbers tonic.
It can be applied topically or diffused. The preschool director at my old job used to diffuse it in the classroom and said she saw a huge difference in attendance. Hubs likes to add a couple of drops to some water and use in place of mouth wash.
It contains: orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.
doTerra not only offers On Guard in an essential oil, but also in various cleaning products, as well as soup. Buy your On Guard here.
5) In Tune – I use this one on Little Bean and myself. It is wonderful for calming his ADHD and my anxiety. It comes in a little roller bottle making it super easy to apply.
In tune contains: Amyris (West Indian Sandlewood), Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Roman Chamomile.
Yeah, you’ll smell like a hippy. Get your hippy dippy focus blend here.
In addition to these essential oils, I strongly recommend getting the book Modern Essentials. It tells you all about the oils, their uses, and how to apply or diffuse.
These are my suggestions to get started in the world of essential oils. My advice does not replace the advice of your doctor. I do not clam to be an expert or that any of the above mentioned will heal any of your ailments.