In my last article, I talked about essential oils and included some basics for those unfamiliar with them. I thought it might be fun today to explore some that may not be as well known, but are also worth exploring. Before I do that, it’s important to remember that the use of essential oils such as these goes hand-in-hand with how you live the rest of your life. If the sum if greater than each of its parts, then living a wellness lifestyle is the ultimate goal, and using natural remedies is just one component of that lifestyle. Eating healthy, fresh food, hydrating, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep and rest, managing stress, and enjoying life with family and friends – all are necessary to feel, look and be at our best. That all being said, essential oils can be a wonderful addition to your wellness toolbox!
- Frankincense – this is a somewhat spicy, woody scent, derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree. It’s used for both immune system support and emotional wellbeing. Its properties are antiseptic, disinfectant and mildly sedative. It’s said to enhance feelings of calmness and also aid in concentration when diffused. (I use a blend of frankincense, sandalwood, patchouli and a few other oils called InTune for this purpose, and find it works well for me.) Frankincense can also be applied to the bottoms of both feet to promote a healthy immune system.
- Grapefruit – I really like citrus-y scents and this is another favorite of mine. It’s clean and fresh when diffused, and is used to enhance and uplift mood and energy. It’s another one I like to use in the kitchen area for the refreshing aroma. Other uses include relieving symptoms of jet lag, PMS and tension when diffused or inhaled.
- Vetiver – is derived from a grass that is familiar to the Indian subcontinent. It has a musky and woody fragrance, with a grounding quality to it. It has many uses, including as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, but is also very commonly used for its calming and sedative effects when diffused, or applied externally to the soles of the feet.
- Wild orange – another lovely, bright citrus with multiple uses. Mix it with water to cleanse and purify surfaces, or diffuse to stimulate and purify the environment. It has a wonderfully sweet and rich scent when used aromatically, and imparts an uplifting and cheerful fragrance. Its anti-inflammatory properties work to heal mouth sores; dab a drop on the affected area.
- Ylang-ylang – this floral oil derived from the flowers of the ylang ylang tree (common to Asia and the South Pacific) is widely used in perfumes and aromatherapy due to its lovely, delicate fragrance. It is used aromatically or topically for emotional support, hormonal balance, and to promote sleep. You can also derive benefits from adding a few drops to your bath water.
- Peppermint – this cool and minty oil has a variety of uses. Diffused, it imparts a cheerful, energized atmosphere. It’s also said to promote good circulation, respiratory health, and a healthy mouth and gums when used with water as a mouthwash. It has a somewhat cooling feeling when used aromatically, one of my favorite things about it.
There you have it – some of my personal favorites for you! Remember, that there’s an entirely world of essential oils to explore out there and just as much information. As I mentioned last time, these oils have powerful properties and should be used with care and, in some cases (such as pregnancy or with small children) not at all. Purchasing the highest quality oils you can afford is important, as is consulting with a qualified and knowledgeable aromatherapy or other educated professional for effective use and safety. Have fun experimenting; try out one or two to start and go from there. Using essential oils has opened up another avenue to wellbeing for me, and it can for you, too.
As always, if you have any questions, or want to know more about the use of essential oils for yourself or your family, just send me an email at Suzanne@evergreenlifeandwellness.com and I’m happy to set up a time to chat.
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