What's In My Essential Oil Bag
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a tad bit obsessed with essential oils. And for a good reason. I would never promote a product that I don’t proudly use myself and that’s because I test everything before I recommend it to a friend or family member.
I personally value others opinions (only the good ones ;) and recommendations, so it’s important that you know that I am fully transparent and honest about products that am in deep, deep love with and those that I would pass on. Let me be the guinea pig and you guys can reap the rewards without having to partake in allergic reactions, skin flare ups and upset stomachs because a product wasn’t what it claimed to be. Unless you want to be part of the fun, but I’m assuming you’d rather lather yourself in the oils and eat all the yummy recipes that will be coming to the blog very shortly ;)
Why Essential Oils?
Essential oils are potent volatile plant compounds that have been used for thousands of years as a natural alternative to traditional medicine. Prescriptions can get expensive and a pain in the butt to continue to refill because you will likely experience an unpleasant side effect from the drug such as low energy, weight gain, mood swings and/or acne. These are only a few of the side effects that some of my clients face on a daily basis due to their use of medication and pharmaceutical drugs. It’s a sad reality and I am extremely thankful that I have only had to take antibiotics over the last few years, but I do believe that it is important to note that there is a time and place for traditional medicine. I am just more interested in searching for a natural alternative to their health problems that leaves them with the power to choose what they put in their bodies.
When I started my nutrition coaching practice over a year ago, it was common to hear clients struggling with bloating, digesting their meals, low energy and even hair loss. I recommended all the natural things, probiotics, digestive enzymes, zinc…etc but they needed a solution that was fast acting and relieved the pain the moment they sensed it coming. Fast forward to essential oils.
I was first exposed to essential oils about four years ago when I sat beside an aromatherapist on a train ride to Ottawa. The poor thing had no idea what she was in for…. six hours of endless questions about how oils are made, distilled, their benefits and of course, where I could buy them. For the next three years I went on to buy my essential oils from her and fell in mad love with those little bottles of oils. I had my entire family using them - mom and I always had a diffuser going and recently I learned that my brother is using my old car diffuser. I’m happy to report that the whole family is a little oil obsessed.
I was exposed to DoTERRA through a beautiful friend of mine about 3 years ago and approached her last year about starting the business. I wish I could describe the massive amount of growth I have gone through over the last year, but I am at a loss for words. I have been pushed to my limits, broken down and picked back up more times than I could count and tried to quit on the regular. I have learned to become resilient and patient, but more importantly that passion speaks volumes. Since working with DoTERRA, I think I’ve made a whopping $20. Trust me, if I were doing this for the money, I would’ve quit a long time ago.
I do this for me. I have almost every oil in their collection and I use oils every. single. day. I haven’t taken a prescription drug in the last 3 years (except for the Advil I took last week at the emerge). See honesty, told you I wouldn’t hide anything. I have rid my home of all chemicals and replaced them with their green cleaning products and am slowly making my way through my make-up now. It’s been a process, but I have never been so proud of myself and the changes that I have made to reduce the number of toxins we are exposed to (which is thousands by the way!).
I take these beautiful oils with me everywhere. One of my personal training clients was feeling under the weather this week (and she still crushed her workouts - Fiona I hope you’re reading this Wonder-woman!) and I lent her my bottle of Tea Tree and Easy Air to help with her chest cold. I’ve given lavender to friends who experience frequent panic attacks and it has literally melted their stresses away. If I’m feeling anxious, I use my lavender oil. Digestive issues, helloooo peppermint. I love me some lemon and if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I use 2 drops in the morning lemon water. Come to think of it, I’m drinking essential oil orange infused water right now. Darn, I should’ve added wild orange to this list. Next time ;)
I hope that today’s post inspires you and leaves you knowing their are other options that are natural and can support you in your health journey. So without further ado, here are the top 10 essential oils that I bring with me everywhere and some of my favourite ways to use them :)
Top Ten Essential Oils
If you love mint, you’ll love this one. Peppermint is an oil I keep in my back pocket for when I’m feeling bloated or tired. This little bottle of oil is one of the most potent oils I have used so far. One drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. What? Yes friend, you can finally get the fresh minty breath and digestion of your dreams with some help from Peppermint oil.
I love to boil a cup of water and add a drop of oil to make a tea or if I had a heavy day of training, I will put a drop in my hand with some fractionated coconut oil and spread it on sore muscles. Peppermint is also a fantastic go to to help relieve headaches and migraines.
The lovely lavender is always everyone’s favourite. This sweet smelling oil is a must have for anyone who struggles with anxiety, mood swings, insomnia or is easily susceptible to stress. I diffuse a blend of lavender, ylang ylang and cedarwood at night to help me get my beauty sleep and if I’m still tossing and turing I’ll apply the oil directly to the bottoms of my feet.
If you follow me on social media, you already know that a day doesn’t go by without lemon oil touching my lips. I love my lemon water, but lemon is a tough on the enamel on your teeth and isn’t the most convenient when you’re travelling and on the go. I like to keep my bottle of lemon in my purse and add it to my water throughout the day to help me detoxify and spice up my flavourless flat water.
Another amazing benefit of this beautiful oil is that it can take glue off of any surface. So that label you’ve been trying to peel off for the last hour, gone. It makes a great chemical free wood polish and a perfect oil for diffusing for a sweet, refreshing scent.
Not to be confused with oil of oregano … you’ll only make that mistake once. Most health food stores make a diluted version of oregano oil using grapeseed, avocado or olive oil that is a fraction of the potency which is why you can put a few drops under your tongue without burning your esophagus. Oregano oil is known for it’s immune boosting properties, but when it’s this clean and pure it makes a fantastic addition to a pasta sauce or to a homemade Italian dressing. A little goes a long way, so I like to place a drop of oil in a veggie capsule when I’m feeling a little under the weather or with take a few deep breaths with the bottle under my nose to help clear my sinuses.
Easy Air / Breathe
The oil does exactly what it sounds like, it helps you breathe! Have you ever had the feeling of an elephant sitting on your chest, suffered through an asthma attack or just had a full on bout of anxiety? This is the oil for you. Easy Air is a combination of tea tree, cardamom, eucalyptus and peppermint oil, all of which help to open your airways and promote healthly respiration. So the next time you’re starting to feel a bit of tightening in your chest or are getting overwhelmed with your ever growing to do list, place a few drops in your hand with some coconut oil to help distribute the oils and take a few breathes in.
Tea Tree / Melaleuca
This one might surprise you, but it is an oil I never think twice about bringing with me. I’m a little accident prone, take today for example. I was barely in the gym door and my green smoothie had already fallen out of my bag and the mason jar shattered into a thousand tiny pieces before I could even say good morning. Yep, yours truly isn’t the most coordinated ;)
So I think it goes without saying that tea tree oil is a close friend of mine. I love to use this oil when I’m feeling under the weather or when I am a bit stuffed up. I’ll diffuse it with a few drops of Easy Air to help clear my airways and take 2 drops internally in a vegetable capsule. One of my favourite things about tea tree oil is it’s acne busting properties. Knock on wood, but I have never had to deal with acne. My brother on the other hand took the hit for both of us. Love you Graham! So when I get a zit or an annoying pimple, I immediately pull this oil out and put a drop directly on the area that I want to treat and then I leave it alone! That’s the important part, don’t pick it!
I freaking love Frankincense. It’s been nicknamed the king of oils and for a good reason! This precious oil can be dated back as far as the New Testament in the bible it’s been around for that long! I used Frankincense on a daily basis with jojoba oil and use it both as a make up remover and a cleanser. I’ll exfoliate two to three times a week with a coconut oil and sugar face scrub, but I try not to use water on my face and keep to alkaline oils that reduce skin irritations and inflammation. Frankincense is a miracle worker when it comes to reducing fine lines, wrinkles and giving your skin a youthful glow. Although I’m not quite old enough for wrinkles just yet, maybe give it until my twenty-second birthday, but I’m starting to use this oil before they start!
I’ve told you guys that I will always be transparent. I have a love/hate relationship with this oil… not because it doesn’t improve digestion, promotes healthy elimination and relieves cramping and bloating, it does all that. But it smells like black liquorice and I gag every time I smell it. Now you might be a normal human being and love the smell of fennel, but if you’re someone like me who can’t stomach it, we’ll stick to using this oil in a roller bottle diluted with coconut oil and rub it on our stomachs and bottoms of our feet and then cover the heck up so we don’t have to smell it. As big of a princess that I am being about the smell of this potent oil, it does wonders for digestion and is an oil I have almost all of my private nutrition clients taking daily.
This was the oil I fell is love with an converted me to using only DoTerra oils. Yes this little bottle can convince the most stubborn fiery red heads to completely convert brands and make the switch because of the results I had using it. Over the last few years, my fitness regime has turned a few corners and I somehow landed in a CrossFit gym and will never be looking back. The intensity of my training has doubled in comparison to the body weight and light dumbbell work that I was doing in the past. I love lifting all things heavy, swinging around on the bars like a monkey, running, swimming, biking and rope climbing. CrossFit is like playing on a playground meant for adults and working out with your friends. I love it, but I don’t love the muscle soreness that comes with it. So enter in deep blue. This concoction is a muscle soothing blend that is a combination of wintergreen, blue tansy, helichrysum, chamomile and ylang ylang. I use it with a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to rub on my sore muscles and then take a healthy dose of magnesium and sleep like a baby. I also recommend this oil for anyone who suffers from headaches or migraines - placing a drop in the palm of your hand and then rubbing into your temples does wonders for relieving the tension.
I saved the best for last! If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting for fall to officially arrive and for everyone around you to deem it to be appropriate to wear your oversized sweaters, riding boots and wrap yourself in all the scarves. I’ve been craving cozy, if that’s even a thing? I’ve been loving working from home and writing in my hoodie with a cup of gingerbread tea, On Guard diffusing in the diffuser and a fall playlist from Spotify playing in the background . On Guard is like fall in a bottle. It’s a delicate blend of cinnamon, wild orange, clove, eucalyptus and rosemary. It’s sweet, it’s spicy and it’s my favourite. There is even an On Guard line, which I of course have all of the products of… your health is worth investing it! Especially when everyone around you is getting knocked down and out with colds and flus. Keep this bottle handy and put a few drops in a vegetable capsule, diffuse 3-4 drops in your diffuser or simply rub 1-2 drops on your body with a tablespoon of coconut oil to experience it’s immune boosting properties. So when everyone compliments me for smelling like cinnamon hearts, I can thank On Guard ;)
There you have it friends! My top ten oils that I take with me everywhere I go. There’s a few more, but I’ll save that for another post :)
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Happy Friday friends!