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Skin Care Secrets: Taking Care of Your Largest Organ

Did you know your largest organ is your skin? Our skin protects us against environmental threats such as toxins and sun damage. I have to be honest here...I have always had a pretty simple skin care routine. So simple, in fact, that washing my face in the morning was, well, secondary. That was until I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis where I learned that even that basic action could make a huge impact. I am digressing a bit, but the point I’m trying to make is that there are simple and easy ways to care for your skin. And doing so will provide added benefits of feeling better about yourself and life. Essential oils can be multi-tasking powerhouses supporting a wonderful and healthy way of life.

 

To understand why skin care is so important, it is helpful to understand exactly what our skin does for us. This miracle protector boasts about 300 million skin cells. Our skin is constantly rejuvenating itself by shedding dead skin cells and making healthy new ones. This is why it’s so important for us to support our skin with healthy routines. One of the easiest ways to do this is using essential oils. The best part? You don’t have to spend a fortune caring for your skin, even if you choose to do so naturally. Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils are safe for topical use on your skin, which is just one way you can use them for maximum benefits!* Now let’s focus on three main areas where these oils and a healthy routine can come in handy.

Cleanse Your Skin

Washing your face is essential to keeping it healthy and free of toxins and threats. One wonderful oil for your skin is melaleuca oil, popularly known as tea tree oil. Its purifying qualities aid this oil in being a wonderful cleanser for your skin. You can add 1-2 drops to your regular face wash or moisturizer to help purify and support healthy skin.

 

Another wonderful way to support your skin is by adding 1-2 drops to your favorite body wash. If you are feeling daring, you can also make your own body wash using this wonderful oil. The main takeaway here is to keep your skin nice and clean so that those harsh environmental toxins can’t get into your body. A wonderful bonus is that by using a plant-based skin care regimen, you are providing your entire body with the love and support it needs.

 

Pro Tip: Washing your face everyday will not only help your skin, but will also give you a refreshing emotional boost.

Hydrate Your Skin

Just like with your body, your skin needs to stay moisturized and well-nourished. Two great oils for this task are Clary Sage and YarrowPom oils. Clary Sage dates all the way back to the Middle Ages and its soothing properties help rejuvenate the skin. YarrowPom is a blend of yarrow essential oil and pomegranate seed oil. Remember when pomegranate was all the rage? Well...it still is! This dynamic duo activates proteins that protect your skin, making it a true powerhouse in supporting aging skin cells. A great way to use this blend is to dilute 1-2 drops with some fractionated coconut oil and massage into skin after a shower or bath. It helps support skin hydration and will make you feel like the true diva you are! 

 

Pro Tip: Experiment with different oils and then alternate every few weeks to keep your skin fresh and maximize the benefits of the different oils.

Support Your Skin

There are several ways you can work on supporting your skin. In addition to lifestyle changes, such as drinking enough water there are a few other ways to really support your skin in a natural and effective way.

Anti-WHAT?

Your skin needs antioxidants to help protect it against damage from free radicals and other threats. Many Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential oils provide antioxidant support. One example of this oil is Oregano oil. This oil is considered a “hot” oil so it is highly recommended that you dilute this oil in a carrier oil before topical use. You can use 1-2 drops in food recipes or apply diluted oil to the bottoms of your feet. You can also apply diluted to skin irritations. Ylang Ylang oil is another that provides antioxidant support. Massage 1-2 drops into your skin twice per day. 

 

Pro Tip: Add 1-3 drops of citrus oils (lemon, lime, orange, bergamot) into your water throughout the day for maximum skin hydration.

Supplement Savvy

Don’t overlook certified therapeutic grade supplements for skin support and health. These, along with consistently applying the oils, can help you to truly enjoy the outdoors and keep your skin feeling healthy. For example, if you find you have spent too much time in the sun and need some help, you can help relieve skin irritations with soothing Lavender oil or the Purify Blend oil blend. These can be applied directly to your skin. Both of these oils can also be used to help soothe irritations from bug bites or stings. Patchouli oil is another great one. This oil helps reduce the appearance of blemishes on your skin. The bottom line here is that adding certified therapeutic grade supplements to your skin care routine will only deepen the support you are providing your skin with oils and lifestyle changes.

 

Pro Tip: As you use different supplements and oils, keep a journal of how each one made you feel and impacted your day.

Stay Well-Oiled

A couple more essential oils for skin health and care include Ylang Ylang and Frankincense oils. Ylang Ylang oil is another one that has been around for centuries and used to promote the appearance of healthy skin and hair. A bonus point for this oil is that it also may have a calming effect on your mood! Frankincense helps to promote cellular health and support. When our cellular health is optimal, our cells can do an even better job at performing all of the necessary functions to help our bodies run like well-oiled machines! We look healthier and feel our very best.

 

Pro Tip: Keep your oils with you everywhere you go! They are small enough to stash in your bag or purse. You can even take them on the plane since they are within the size regulations required by the TSA! And we all know how dry airplanes make our skin.

 

Check out The Herbal Cabinet Facebook Page for more helpful tips on how to use essential oils to support your health and wellness goals. You can also schedule a time to learn more about how to optimize your skin care routine using essential oils.

 

 

 

*You may need to dilute some essential oils with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to prevent skin sensitivity or irritation. 

 

Featured Writer, 

Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed

 

CEO The Savvy Sentence

Easy Essential Oil Tips for Any Pregnancy

It’s always exciting to find out your family is about to grow. Most women welcome pregnancy even with some of the challenges that occur like morning sickness and fatigue. Essential oils can help ease these pregnancy symptoms and keep you well. You may be wondering if essential oils are safe during your pregnancy. Using essential oils while pregnant is not only safe, but it’s also a great way to maintain a healthy and natural lifestyle.

As a disclaimer, it’s important to check with your physician before starting or continuing any health regimen. Also, when discussing essential oils, it’s important to remember that all essential oils are not created equally. The oils I refer to in this article are certified, therapeutic grade oils. Another safety measure for stronger oils is to dilute them in carrier oils. A great choice is fractionated coconut oil!

There are many ways that essential oils can support you while pregnant. Besides investing in the highest quality supplements, essential oils can be used effectively in three different ways (orally, topically, and aromatically) to help enhance your quality of life while pregnant. These tips will show different ways that essential oils can help during pregnancy.

Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Many things happen when you are pregnant. Your body morphs into someone you barely know. Your hormones change, and your senses are more on point than you ever thought possible while you are creating a new little human inside of you. Kind of amazing and beautiful. Yet at the same time, pregnancy symptoms and changes can uproot your life. Here are some of these symptoms along with how certain essential oils can help during pregnancy.

Morning Sickness/Nausea

Ginger and Peppermint oils are great to help with nausea. Peppermint not only can help aid in digestion, but also may help with nausea. The same goes for ginger and the DigestZen blend. These can be taken internally, applied topically, or enjoyed aromatically through diffusion.

Bloating

Bloating is another common symptom. Even if bloating is not a primary symptom at first, your appetite may increase, and you may gain weight as your baby grows inside of you.  A great way to beat the bloat is to drink plenty of water. Add a few drops of lemon oil or any other citrus oil (lime, tangerine, grapefruit, or wild orange!) to help support your body in a natural detox to flush out toxins and excess water. Also, just a reminder that you need to make sure your oils are the right kind and can be taken internally. 

 

Mood Swings

Your hormones seem to have a mind of their own while you are carrying a baby! You may be hysterically laughing one moment. The next moment tears are flowing and a minute later you want to throw every dish in your home. The great news is that you have essential oils to help support emotional health and balance. Citrus oils are great for energizing and promoting happiness. Lavender, Frankincense, and Ylang Ylang oils may help with anxious feelings and calm your central nervous system. The Balance grounding blend may help you re-center when you feel your emotions becoming erratic. The Breathe respiratory blend is another oil that can really help promote deep breathing and calm your body and mind.

 

Exhaustion

It takes a lot of work to carry another tiny human inside of you. As your body prepares for the most miraculous of situations, you may find yourself simply beat. When you are exhausted and need more energy, oils can help in many ways. Diffusing an energizing blend in the air is a great way to help improve energy and rejuvenate your mind and body. Peppermint oil is a great choice for this (and it helps with nausea!) Citrus oils are also wonderful choices for helping stay focused and alert and battling that exhaustion.

Getting the most out of your sleep is another way to help with exhaustion. Aim for 8-10 hours of sleep. To help get more quality sleep, try diffusing Lavender oil throughout the night while you sleep. The Serenity restful blend is another option to either roll on your body before bed or add to a warm bath to help promote rest and relaxation.

Essential Oils During Birth

Most new moms have a birthing plan in place before they head to the hospital. Along with a plan, there’s also their hospital bag. Make oils a part of your birthing plan and hospital bag. There are several essential oils that you can bring to help with labor and delivery.

Pack lavender oil or pink pepper oil with you to help keep you relaxed and calm your central nervous system. Birth can be stressful and overwhelming...not to mention painful and uncomfortable. The rewards are obviously worth it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make your baby’s entrance into the world as calm as possible. Some women even choose a hospital depending upon whether or not they are able to diffuse essential oil in the birthing room. And if you are diffusing it in your hospital room, chances are you are not the only one reaping the benefits. This can help your birthing team (and partner) stay calm and focused.

Another oil that should be part of your birthing plan is one that can help with pain and discomfort. A couple of great choices for this challenge are Deep Blue or Frankincense oils. Besides diffusing, you can have your partner, or a family member rub these oils into your feet to reach all of the acupressure points to help with pain relief and grounding. Deep Blue contains a blend of oils that help with pain relief and muscle tension. Frankincense helps support overall wellness, cellular regeneration, and has relaxing properties. 

Consistency is key. It’s best to apply oils several times throughout the day. Areas to apply your essential oils are the back of the neck, behind the ears, on the wrists, in the elbow creases and on your lower back. You can even add oils to your water if you are choosing a water birth to help reap the benefits of reducing pain and increasing relaxation.

When your tiny little nugget of perfection enters the world, you can even rub a little Frankincense oil on the crown of baby’s head to promote wellness and help relax him or her. After all, the baby worked hard to make it into your loving arms and is likely exhausted from his travels.

To learn more about how to support your body and mind during pregnancy (and beyond) with certified therapeutic grade oils and lifestyle changes, contact The Herbal Cabinet today! Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram, too! 

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed, CEO The Savvy Sentence 

Enjoy the Outdoors this Summer with Your Essential Oils

It doesn’t matter where you live. There’s something magical about the start of the summer. The comforting warm air, the inviting smells of sand and sun, the flickering fireflies, the orange night sky, s’mores over a campfire. These comforts are universal. And as the sun begins to warm things up, there are suddenly endless opportunities for fun with family and friends that just were not there during the colder months.

The activities seem endless. Being outdoors is where we spend a majority of our time. Whether we are camping, enjoying a picnic, soaking in some sun at the beach, or whipping up some wonderful treat at the backyard BBQ, essential oils will only make things better! Incorporating therapeutic grade essential oils into your summer lifestyle will not only help you stay safe, pain-free, and cool, but they will also help you maintain that healthy lifestyle even during the “lazier” months.

Whether you are trying to deal with summer heat and staying hydrated, entertaining the kiddos, developing a sunburn despite using outdoor protection or treating a bug bite, there are many ways of enjoying summer with essential oils.  Check out the different scenarios below to see how essential oils can support your lifestyle throughout the dog days of summer!

First Things First

There a few things I like to keep in mind during the summer, especially when it comes to supporting my lifestyle with essential oils. First, it’s important to have a first aid kit handy for all adventures. I love making my own kit rather than buying a “pre-made commercial” kit. That’s just boring (and slightly expensive). Plus, you don’t even use half of the stuff in there! You can tailor your kit to your own needs. There are a few must haves in your first aid kit besides the basic Band-Aids, gauze and gloves.

The first is a quality sanitizer for your skin. An awesome DIY hand sanitizer is easy to make using 15 drops of OnGuard Blend, 1 tbsp of aloe Vera gel, and some distilled water. You can fill up a small 3 oz glass spray bottle to tuck into your kit. And certain oils have properties that fight against unwanted bacteria and pathogens. Keep these oils in your kit for when a small accident, scrape, bite, or cut occurs. For example, frankincense and lavender oils can be used to soothe skin irritations and since these oils also improve the appearance of skin imperfections, they may help skin cells regenerate and reduce skin imperfections. Melaleuca, commonly known as tea tree oil, is a great skin cleanser, too. It’s great to use to on rashes, bites, and skin irritations.

Pro Tip: Invest or create your own roller blends for your first aid kit to make application easy and mess-free.

Another super important thing to remember during the summer months is staying hydrated. Let’s be honest. We’ve all heard how important it is to stay hydrated, but after a while plain water can get boring. I love to boost my energy and support my internal systems by hydrating with my essential oils. Lemon oil is a great oil to add to your water to zip it up. As a matter of fact, other citrus oils including grapefruit, lime, wild orange, bergamot, and tangerine are other alternatives to keeping your water exciting and fresh. Citrus oils** help to support your immune system, boost energy, and support your lymphatic system. Adding grapefruit or Slim and Sassy are wonderful ways to support your health and weight loss goals while staying hydrated.

Pro Tip:  Grab your keychain kit  for an easy,  portable way to travel with your citrus oils. 

Conquer the Cookout

Typically, the cookout scene is well established with games, fun, drinks, and food. Sometimes there’s swimming and sunning or baseball and badminton. If you are the type that loves the party, but gets anxious in social situations, your lavender oil can help calm your anxious feelings. Simply rub a drop on the bottoms of your feet or roll behind your ears, on your lower back, and bottoms of your wrists. Frankincense and the Balance Blend are two great oils for connecting with others and a great choice for these types of summer gatherings.

If you are planning on bringing a dish to the fiesta or are hosting the BBQ bash, take some time to learn about which therapeutic grade essential oils you can use in different foods and treats. Since these oils are pure and highly concentrated, you will only need a tiny bit of the oil. Start with one or two drops at first since you can’t take your oils out after adding them so...add slowly and sparingly. Depending on what you are cooking you may have to adjust the recipe. For example, if you are cooking something on a grill over an open flame, more oil will burn off so you may want to use a bit more than you would on a dish that you would cook on the stove.

Other cookout conundrums include overeating. Everything looks so delicious and before you know it you are overly full and questioning your sanity. At times like this, a little peppermint oil will help calm the tummy or a couple of drops of DigestZen in a cup of water will help soothe your stomach and help your body digest the summertime feast.

Pro Tip: When adding oils to recipes, put the drops on a spoon and then stir in to help it disperse evenly throughout the dish. 

Find Peace at The Pool

You can find peace at the pool or bliss at the beach by being prepared with your essential oils. When at the beach or the pool during the summer, it can be hot and humid. Bugs can pester us, or we can wind up scorched despite our best efforts. So many types of skin irritations or rashes can plague us including burns, chafing or parched skin. Essential oils can be used to help in these areas. For example, lavender is great for clearing up and soothing chafed skin. You can also prepare for these situations by making your own natural baby powder. Throw this powder in your beach bag to use for when you change out of your wet clothing to help you feel cool and dry. Lavender is another useful oil to use after being out in the sun all day. There’s a handy after-sun skin soother that is super-easy to make! Just put 10-12 drops each of lavender and peppermint oils along with some aloe Vera in a small spray bottle. Relief is literally at your fingertips.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your lips! Make sure to pack a lip balm to keep your lips from getting dry and cracked.

Prepare to Play

Don’t be that person...you know the one. That person is the one who sits out of all the rides because of motion sickness. I’ll admit it, I’m that person, but I don’t have to be anymore and neither do you!  Mint oils are amazing for motion sickness and easy to bring with you on adventures to amusement parks. Long drives to summer attractions can also benefit from mint oils. You can put them in rollers with fractionated coconut oil or drop oil directly into your hands and inhale. Then, rub on the back of your neck, behind your ears, on your feet, and the inside of your wrists. DigestZen is another helpful way to calm a queasy tummy. Simply mix 2-3 drops in some water and ingest or put a few drops into a veggie capsule and swallow with water. Ginger is another great way to help during motion sickness troubles.  

Another way that essential oil can help make your family fun day even safer is by using On Guard. You can make your own sanitizing mist. On Guard sanitizing mist also comes pre-made in a small spritzer bottle for those short on time. This is a great way to keep your hands from drying out while also keeping them safe from germs at amusement parks and playgrounds. One last way to use your essential oils by whipping up your own essential oil hand soap for a tough day of playing outdoors!

Pro Tip: Carry Purify Blend with your keychain oils in case you forget to pack your sanitizing spray. It not only gives a quick on-the-go clean of your hands, but it also helps if you have any minor skin irritations or you can’t get that smell of food off of your hands from lunch.

Conquer the Campground

Let’s face it...outdoor life is one that most of us love. It’s the mosquito bites and poison ivy that are not so pleasant. When we get outdoors, we strive to connect with nature and become more grounded. Essential oils can aid in these goals and keep us safe. The multi-purpose properties of essential oils make it a no-brainer to bring them on your hike or camping trip. The Breathe blend is a wonderful way to connect with nature. Put a couple of drops on your hands, rub together and take a several deep breaths.  If you are feeling off-balance and looking to nature to help regulate yourself, use the Balance Blend to help ground you. You can apply using a roller ball version or by putting a few drops in your hands and rubbing it on both hands and feet.   Lavender oil or the Serenity or Peace Blends can help you to relax and unwind.

After a refreshing summer hike, putting up that tent, or rowing that kayak, you may find your muscles to be sore. Deep Blue oil is a wonderful essential oil that can help with pain relief. Deep Blue is also found in many other products such as creams and soft gels that can help relieve pain in the body. Use with frankincense to support regeneration of healthy cells.  Another way to help incorporate essential oil into your summer fun is to make an “Owie Spray” for your family. (You can also toss this into your first aid kit, too!) Pack this helpful spray anytime you leave the house. Grab a spray bottle and simply mix 1 tsp of fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops each of frankincense, melaleuca, and lavender. Fill the remainder of the body with distilled or spring water. Spray on scratches and cuts for quick relief and soothing. You can also use on bug bites!

Pro Tip: Before going on a hike, take a few moments to breathe deeply and recite your favorite quote or affirmation. Inhale gratitude. 

Regardless of your summer plans or adventures, there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors with your essential oils in tow. If you have already made oils a part of your lifestyle, try some new recipes or these helpful tips to enhance it even more. If you haven’t yet started using oils to live a happier, healthier and more amazing life, reach out today for more information!

**Warning About Citrus Oils: Citrus oils and blends that contain citrus are photosensitive when used on the skin. It’s important to give yourself 12 hours after application until you are safe for sun exposure.

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed, CEO The Savvy Sentence

Clean Your Home Naturally: Essential Oils for Cleaning and Purifying

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates definitely knows what’s up. Maybe you are like me. You have made some dietary changes in the recent years and educated yourself on organic foods and supplements. You have worked hard to add more farm fresh foods into your diet. You’ve read books and articles, trying new ways to keep your family healthy. You are on the wonderful path of wellness.

Then, each time you go shopping for cleaning products for your home you feel a tiny twinge of guilt. It’s probably not healthy to be breathing in ammonia. That bleach you use on your toilet makes your breathing difficult. You are trying to save a penny or two and honestly, you can’t afford to get the flu. If you are like me, you had convinced yourself that only a hearty dose of bleach and chemicals would be effective enough to kill those pesky petri dish germs that find their way into your world.

Now it’s officially Spring! As you stroll through the aisles jumping on the spring cleaning bandwagon (admit it, we all ride that same train) we think about how we can frugally, yet effectively give our homes the best spring clean of its life. Maybe you have your child in tow or your pet. You glance at the hefty ingredient lists on the back of the bottle of cleaner. A skull and crossbones? You have your smartphone handy to Google the big words. But wait...what are those big words in your cleaning products? And do you want them in your home? 

The Dirty Truth About Your Cleaning Supplies

If you have vowed not to put anything into your body that you can’t pronounce, why are you cleaning with unpronounceable ingredients? In fact, according to organicconsumers.org, household cleaners can be some of the most toxic products found at home. Many of the chemicals in cleaning products are considered unknown and the government actually only requires companies to list chemicals that they know are of concern on their labels. This means that you may not know some of what’s in your store-bought cleaning products since they are not yet a known concern. Worse...if you do see them listed they may not have been tested or known to cause any health concerns...yet. Do you really want to be the guinea pig?

What if I told you that you no longer need to Google big words to find out what is in your cleaning products? What if I told you that you can actually save money, time, and potentially deadly chemicals by cleaning your home naturally? And what if I told you that you definitely don’t need to be a chemist or scientist to put together the staples you need to effectively clean your home?

The Clean Truth About Cleaning Your Home With Essential Oils

The best news you will hear today is this:

Cleaning with essential oils is not only safe and non-toxic, but it is also extremely effective! Oh wait...there’s more. Essential oils are less expensive than the giant pile of cleaning chemicals currently under your sink at this very moment. Many essential oils not only inhibit the growth of unwanted bacteria, but they also are agents that resist or destroy pathogenic microorganisms. 

Essential oils are all-natural cleaning solutions, plant-based, with natural ingredients. You can make everything from all-purpose sprays, hand sanitizing spray, and glass cleaner to a handy yoga mat spray or furniture polish. The best part is that many of these all-natural essential oil cleaners have some of the same ingredients. Once you have your core supply of ingredients, you will have a full arsenal of all-natural cleaners for your entire home.

How to Make Your Own Cleaners

Depending upon what you are looking to clean, you now have a wide variety of options. Remember to try and use glass or stainless-steel containers to keep your cleaners fresh and additive-free. Here are some quick and easy recipes to start your natural cleaner collection. Combine all the ingredients in each recipe into a spray bottle. You can also experiment with different combinations by using the ingredient list below along with the essential oils that best meet your cleaning needs.

 

Double-Duty Disinfecting Spray

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup purified water

15 drops of essential oil (or combination)

Uses: Wipe down any hard surfaces in home including kitchen, bathroom, living room, cutting boards, microwaves, etc.

 

Glare-free Glass Cleaner

1 ½ cup white vinegar

½ cup distilled water

8-10 drops of essential oil

Uses: Wipe down glass surfaces including mirrors, glass decor, windows, and eyeglasses

 

Fabulous Furniture Polish

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of vinegar

10 drops of essential oil

Uses: Wipe down wood surfaces with a microfiber cloth and polish

Handy Shopping List of Natural Cleaning Essentials

★    Essential oil

★    Fractionated Coconut Oil

★    Distilled or Purified Water

★    Olive Oil

★    White Vinegar

★    Hydrogen peroxide

★    Castile Soap

★    Vegetable Glycerin

★    Rubbing Alcohol

★    Baking Soda

★    Glass or stainless steel containers

If you are interested in purchasing therapeutic grade essential oils, you can visit the Herbal Cabinet! If you would like additional information on how to keep your home germ-free, clean, and safe, check out the Herbal Cabinet Facebook Page for more information!

 

Sources:

Modern Essentials Handbook 9th Edition (2017) by AromaTools

https://www.doterra.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheHerbalCabinet/

 

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed.

CEO The Savvy Sentence

 

 

Find Your Energy Button With Essential Oils

If I could choose one superpower, it would be to have an instant energy button option on my body. I would hit that button with gusto and confidence at every opportunity to keep me fabulous and functional. Luckily, I don’t have to wish for a superpower or worry that my superpower button will malfunction from overuse...and trust me, I would overuse it! Essential oils can help find more energy in the day. People may actually start thinking what superpower you recently acquired!

What Causes Energy to Plummet?

There are many reasons that may cause energy to go crashing. It’s important to discuss any major concerns with your doctor. But if you are looking for effective, quick, and more natural ways to help increase your energy, there are many options available. First, it’s important to think about the reasons that your energy is being sapped. Consider your environment, your diet, your job, and the way that you take care of your body and mind.

Lack of energy can also be caused by medical conditions. For example, anemia, problems with the thyroid, and diabetes are all medical conditions that can cause energy to plummet. There are also disorders such as Lyme Disease, MS, and fibromyalgia that affect energy greatly. From a mental health perspective, a person experiencing postpartum or major depression or PTSD, for example, may suffer from an extreme lack of energy. Or maybe you just became a new mom (Congrats on your new addition and condolences on your loss of precious shuteye!). Clearly, you need no other explanation for your lack of energy.

Whether your energy is taking a nosedive due to a medical reason, an environmental situation, lifestyle, or your hormones, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils can help and complement lifestyle changes in exponential ways. The wonderful news is that essential oils are safe, when used as suggested and when you choose high quality and appropriately derived versions. It is also easy to add to any lifestyle.

If you are considering that third cup of coffee (guilty!) or that extra shot (or two!) of espresso in your pick-me-up cup, take a moment to think of other ways to help enhance your energy levels.

Best Essential Oils to Energize Body and Mind

The options are truly endless when it comes to using essential oils to help energize your body and mind. Here are some of the best choices to help improve your energy levels and increase your productivity and emotional outlook. You can also opt to personalize your selections more with an individualized consultation. In the meantime check out these essential oils and blends for a great way to start your journey and create your own natural and personal superpower!

 

Citrus-Based Essential Oils

Citrus is known for its energizing properties. Have you ever peeled an orange and inadvertently felt a bit more clear headed? Or have you ever squeezed some lemon into your water and felt a burst of refreshment and energy? Some of the best oils for energizing are in the citrus family. These oils include wild orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, and grapefruit to name only a few. In addition to giving you that surge of energy you need, these oils also help enhance your mood. They are clean smelling and pleasant enough to not only use by diffusing into the air, but you can also add drops of these to water and other food or drink recipes. Other options include topical uses such as adding a few drops to fractionated coconut oil or another unscented lotion and applying directly to your skin. These are also great oils to clean with! This is a great way to keep your energy levels high while you are at home.

Pro Tip: Make an all-purpose spray for your home office or cubicle at work by using one of these citrus oils or the Citrus Bliss Blend!

Other Energy-Enhancing Essential Oils

There are a variety of other essential oils, besides citrus-based, that will help keep your energy levels in tip-top shape. Cassia oil not only is warm and uplifting, but it also helps with healthy digestion. Healthy digestion helps keep your body in great shape, which helps prevent energy depletion. You can add a few drops of this strong and spicy Cassia oil to a variety of citrus oils and diffuse for an energy-inducing aroma. This oil can be combined with clove and ginger as a great room diffuser, especially during the colder months.

Hawaiian Sandalwood oil is another option to help with declining energy levels. This sweet, woodsy aroma is rich and calming. It helps to ground and uplift. This oil is a great choice when you need something to help you focus and energize at the same time.

Rosemary is another hidden essential oil gem for helping with fatigue. This aromatic oil can be taken internally by adding one drop to every four ounces of liquid, used in recipes, and diffused. For an on-the-go energizing effect, add a few drops to a carrier oil and apply topically. The scent will absorb into your skin and energize you throughout your day. 

Pro Tip: Before making your morning coffee, instead begin your day by diffusing your favorite energy-enhancing scent, breathing deeply, and reading a positive affirmation. (Then you can start brewing your morning cup o’ Joe!)

 

Effective Energy Blends

If you are seeking energy without thinking too hard about it, you can take advantage of an already-thought-out blend of essential oils. There are countless blends that can help promote increases in energy and decreases in fatigue.

One great option is the Breathe Blend. This is a refreshing blend that promotes clean, clear, and easy breathing. Better breathing means more oxygen to your body and your cells. This naturally results in more energy for you! Citrus Bliss is another amazing blend. You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can come close with this invigorating scent. It energizes and refreshes with a combination of uplifting citrus oils including wild orange, clementine, mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit to name a few. 

Elevation Joyful Blend is another helpful blend when you need to elevate not only your mood, but your energy level. This blend uses lavender, ylang ylang, and tangerine along with a handful of other energizing essential oils to help promote wakefulness and decrease fatigue. You can add a few drops to a hot bath at the end of the day or start your day by diffusing to create an invigorating start to your day. 

Nothing zaps your energy like a well-nursed grudge. Use the Forgive Renewing Blend to help promote feelings of forgiveness, patience, and relief. This fresh-smelling essential oil blend will help counteract feelings of anger and frustration. Liberate these negative feelings by diffusing this blend to enhance the energy of any room or apply to your skin after diluting with fractionated coconut oil.

Pro Tip: Keep a roll-on blend in your bag with you for a quick burst of positivity and energy. These are easy to travel with, even on a plane, meeting federal travel regulations. 

Maximize Essential Oil Benefits With These Important Lifestyle Choices

Why not help your body and mind even more by adding these wonderful lifestyle changes to your essential oil regimen? Need an extra boost? Feeling chronically frustrated or fatigued? Add one small change per week for natural and cost-effective benefits.

 

     Consider supplements in your diet. Of course, it’s important to get as many vitamins and minerals by eating a whole-food, organic diet, but let’s face it: that’s not always easy. There are many supplements you can add to your day including capsules, powders, and essential oils. You can add these to your foods and drinks.

     Hydrating is one of those habits that is constantly being drilled into your brain. You know it’s important, but water can seem boring. Life gets in the way. Try making your daily water intake more exciting by experimenting with a variety of different ingestible oils. This will help to maximize your hydration goal. Bring a reusable bottle with you everywhere you go and add fresh fruit or essential oil drops to create unique and fun combinations!

     Sleep more. “Of course I need to sleep more,” you may be thinking. “How can I invent more hours in a day?” you may be grunting under your breath. This is one of those important lifestyle changes that adds up to huge benefits! There are many blends and essential oils that can help promote a more peaceful sleep. Additionally, you can try to get some extra sleep by going to bed 15 minutes earlier for a week. Then add 15 more minutes the next week. Keep doing this until you reach your ideal bedtime goal. Try to stop using electronics and start dimming your home’s lighting at least an hour before your actual bedtime.

If you, like many people in the world, struggle with energy deficiencies there are many ways that you can increase energy and send fatigue packing! If you are interested in a personalized consultation or would like more information on the oils, blends, and lifestyle changes above, reach out today!

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed, The Savvy Sentence