Hi Friends! Well I’m fully immersed in the oily world and thought it would be fun to do a monthly update here filled with tips and recipes for those of you who are interested. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my previous posts about getting started with essential oils here , here and here.
The first thing I want to talk about is Vetiver. This has become a HOLY GRAIL oil for me. I have struggled with sleep issues all of my life. I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I read online that putting vetiver on your big toes helps to promote better sleep and I thought it couldn’t hurt so why not give it a try. Boy am I glad I did. Everyone is different so I can’t say for sure how an oil will effect you, but vetiver has become a must have in my nightly routine. It has really helped promote better sleep in my life. When I travel whether it is for a night or a week, I pack vetiver.
My next MUST HAVE oil is Thieves. Thieves is an essential oil blend exclusive to Young Living that is comprised of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary oils. Thieves gets its name from a legend about 15th century French grave robbers who would use essential oils to protect themselves from diseases. It has a spicy scent that smells just like fall. Thieves is used to help promote a healthy immune system. Don’t just take it from me, celebrities like Lea Michele and Jenna Dewan are also lovers of Thieves oil.
There are many ways to use Thieves but my favorite way is to pop a roller top right on the bottle and roll it on the bottom of my feet every night. If you’re wondering why I’m telling you to put it on your feet, it is because our feet are home to some of the largest pores on our body so the oils absorb even more quickly into your system from there. Here is a crazy fact that blew my mind: when you apply an oil to the bottom of your feet it takes only twenty minutes for that oil to be detected in every cell in your body. The flip side to this is if you’re cleaning your floor with harsh chemicals and walking barefoot on it, the same fact rings true. (More on green cleaning coming soon!). So in addition to Vetiver, I put Thieves on my feet every night and I’ve been so happy with the results.
The third in my trio of oils that I can’t live without is Raven. Raven is a blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen essential oils. This has been an oil that I started off using periodically and now use non stop. Raven is great for respiratory health and is commonly referred to as a natural Vicks vapor rub. As someone who struggles with severe asthma, Raven has been really helpful to incorporate into my routine on those days when I am struggling due to asthma or allergies. I like to put it on my hands and press onto my chest and neck. The vapors immediately soothe my irritation. I traveled back home last month and found myself in a house full of family members who were sick with the flu. They all started using raven and loved it! I ended up leaving my bottle behind because they enjoyed it so much.
Next up, one of my most used roller blends, the headache relief roller. I try to limit how much medicine I take and only take things like Motrin and excedrine when I really need to. When I feel a headache coming on, the first thing I do is reach for my headache roller. In a lot of instances this has been a life saver for me in releasing the tension in my head. If you want to make this the recipe is:
- 10 Drops of Peppermint Oil
- 10 Drops of Eucalyptus Oil
- 10 Drops of Lavender Oil
- 10 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- Fill with a carrier oil (I like fractionated coconut oil)
Another roller I made this month that I love is my happy roller! This one is a blend of 15 drops of Joy and 20 drops of orange, mixed with fractionated coconut oil. This one is known as a happy roller because citrus oils are very uplifting. Joy is a combination of Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Rose, Bergamot, Lemon, and Tangerine and has such a beautiful fragrance you could definitely wear it alone as a perfume. I love the way orange perfectly completes the blend.
Thats a wrap for my January oily update! I’ll be back next month with more tips and DIY recipes!