Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive compensation, in exchange for this post. I am also not a certified aromatherapist. All details and statements are based on my own experience. Please consult a licensed aromatherapist or doctor if you have specific questions regarding the use of essential oils and/or their safety.
As I’m sitting in my office typing this, I’m enjoying the aroma of a wonderful blend of scents that is being emitted from my oil burner. This blend of Bergamot, Patchouli, Blood Orange, Ylang Ylang, and Grapefruit essential oils is supposed to help me relax and focus, relieving stress.
So far… they seem to be doing their job! I might mention that it also smells amazing.
Why Essential Oils?
For years, I’ve studied psychology. It’s a field that never ceases to amaze me, and I’m intrigued by the many intricate functions of the brain. One subject that I’ve recently found myself immersed in has been aromatherapy.
“Aromatherapy: the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin” Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
While the concept has become increasingly popular in the last few years, it is not at all new. In fact, oils have been used to aid healing, combat sickness, enhance skin and hair, as well as alter moods for years. Their effect on the hypothalamus (a portion of the brain that helps maintain balance), is what allows them to work effectively in the case of aromatherapy.
There are many reasons why I wanted to use essential oils:
– I enjoy making natural hair products for my daughters and myself.
-I wanted to find a safe way to treat my 18 month olds eczema (which she inherited from my Husband), as well as the occasional diaper rash.
-I wanted to find natural ways to help my overactive 5 year old focus, rather than medicating her.
-I wanted to use the safest and most natural skin care products available during my pregnancy.
-I wanted to make my own household cleaners.
The list goes on and on.
So far, I’ve been able to accomplish all of the goals listed above, along with so much more! I have truly been overwhelmed by the amount of uses I’ve found for essentials, since I began to use them just a few weeks ago!
Choosing A Brand
This step was, perhaps, what held me back from purchasing oils for so long. It seems that everywhere you look there are people selling essential oils, and giving you reasons why theirs are superior or more safe that the rest! I chose to do my own research on the matter, and came across Eden’s Garden.
While I have never used, nor do I have any bias against Young Living, Doterra, or any of the other large aromatherapy companies… I just didn’t find that the price fit my budget. After extensive research, I found that Eden’s Garden is another 100% organic favorite, that had many awesome reviews and faired very well in test used to ensure it’s authenticity. Granted, I did sacrifice the excellent service and knowledgeable reps you’ll find with Young Living and Doterra. At the same time, I saved a ton of money (The Ultimate Set of 32 essential oils cost $99), and have been very pleased with my oils!
They also came with a booklet titled 101 ways to use essential oils, that I’ve found quite useful.
How I Use Them?
-I’ve made many concoctions that i’ve rubbed on the children as well as poured in their bathwater (after heavily diluting them in a carrier oil to ensure I don’t irritate their skin).
-I’ve also mixed in hair products like moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and shampoos.
-I’ve made an awesome household cleaner with a combination of oils, vodka, vinegar and distilled water, that has my mirrors and glass shining better than ever.
-I’ve made a mixture for mopping that has worked well on my floors.
-I’ve burned oils for aromatherapy.
-I’ve put a few drops on a cotton ball and hidden out of site, in order to keep a room fresh.
And i’m sure the list will go on and on!
I’m looking forward to sharing with you the success (and inevitably, the fails) that I’m sure will come on this journey. I’d also love it if you’d share yours!