Eucalyptus… it’s not just for Koalas.

Eucalyptus is invigorating, soothing, and uplifting, therefore, is often used in spas, gyms, and yoga studios. The strong purifying properties of eucalyptus oil makes it relaxing and cleansing. Making it that perfect after work out essential oil.

Eucalyptus essential oil is perfect for diffusing on a cold night. The aromatic scent of this essential oil is very refreshing. In other words contributing to a restful nigh sleep.

In addition, Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied topically to the skin by diluting in a lotion or a carrier oil. I use a diluted roller bottle daily to help combat allergies.

Lemon Oil in Water

A little lemon in your water

We have all heard by now that drinking water with lemon in it is good for us. Well what about lemon oil? Nearly 3,000 lemons are needed to distill just over 2 pounds of lemon essential oil. This equals about 50 lemons per 15mL bottle. Imagine that! How many lemons would you have to consume in a day to equal just one or two drops of lemon essential oil. I find that just one drop in my water is so refreshing, it causes me to drink more water than I typically would in a day. Keep refilling the same glass and continue to enjoy the delicious flavor over and over, as well as the many benefits. Lemon essential oil naturally cleanses the body and aid in digestion. Adding a drop to your water in the morning will activate your metabolism, balance pH levels and reverse inflammation. It also can help increase energy level, and who doesn’t need that?! Two very important things to remember with lemon essential oil, first thing, as I have mentioned already, it is extremely important to use the highest quality, pure essential oils from a trusted source, especially when consuming them. Second thing is, with lemon and any other citrus oil, you must use glass or steel, absolutely NO plastic. This means no plastic water bottles, styrofoam, or even reusable plastic cups. The lemon essential oil and other citrus oils will cause the plastic to leach DEHP, a carcinogen, into the liquid. So remember, GLASS ONLY! Drink up and enjoy! 🙂

Immune System Blend

Oregano is one of the most powerful healing essential oil that gets the least amount of notoriety (IMO). This little gem is anti everything! Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and could even have anticancer properties. I always add Oregano to my immune system blend.

Along with a blend Doterra sells called OnGuard. OnGuard consists of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. Other manufactures have similar blends, or you can add any of the above oils you have in your collection.

My recipe consists of 15 drops of Onguard, 5 drops of Oregano, fill remainder of 10ml roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to the bottom of your feet every night before bed. The foot is the perfect place for application because the skin on your foot is tough making it less sensitive to hot oils. It also has the largest pores making it easier for the essential oils to penetrate. Studies show that the essential oil when applied to your feet can reach the blood stream in 30 seconds. That is amazing.

Bedtime is also the perfect time for application because the oils will have plenty of time to soak in and do their job. It is best to use this blend as a preventative, therefore being proactive rather than waiting until you are sick and you body is compromised. If however, you failed to do this it is not too late. Applying this blend will help your body fight and recover quickly. Potentially shorting the duration of your cold or flu. Stay healthy!

Cleaning your diffuser

diffuser monthly cleaning aroma therapy

Cleaning your diffuser

Cleaning your diffuser properly when using essential oils for aroma therapy is important. And ensures that it is and will continue working properly. Follow the 7 easy steps in the image to clean your diffuser once a month, or more often depending on usage. This will increase the longevity of your devise. Also, preventing contamination to the essential oils when omitting them into your living space.

A clean diffuser makes a happy house. 🙂

Carrier Oil for Topical Use

A carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil is a necessity for dilution if you are planning on applying the essential oils topically. Other carrier oils like; olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc can also be used as long as they are high quality. Remember these will be entering your system through your skin.

When diluting an oil, consider if it is a hot oil like Oregano for example. The dilution ratio will need to be higher to ensure you do not burn your skin. I like to use about 5 drops in a 10ml roller bottle with an oil like Oregano as I have very sensitive skin. For a gentler oil like Lavender, I will use about 10 drops. But keep in mind more is not necessarily better.

The carrier oil helps make the essential oil more effective as it helps carry the EO into your system. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. It us also a great way to prevent waste due to excessive application, helping you get the most out of your essential oil bottle. Therefore serving multiple purposes.

In addition, high quality carrier oils come with their own therapeutic benefits.

Essential Oil Basics

Not all essential oils are created equal

The first thing to understand about essential oils is, not all essential oils are created equal! I can not stress that enough. When choosing an essential oil brand, purchase only from a trustworthy manufacturer to ensure you get the purest form of the product with no chemical additives. This is incredibly important, even if you are only planning on diffusing the oils, they still get into your system when breathing them in.

Personally, I use Doterra essential oils for my own use. I completely trust this company to have the purest oils, they are third party tested, and I have been using them for years with great results! There are of course other companies to choose from, for example; Young Living, Rocky Mountain oils, and Eden’s Garden are just a few others that I have also used. Be sure to do your research. Choose wisely.

Essential Oils are Highly Concentrated

The second thing to understand is how highly concentrated these oils are. Essential oils are the concentrated essence of the plant. Making essential oils can take hundreds, even thousands of pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil. Imagine trying to consume such large amounts of any plant or herb. So needless to say, a little essential oil goes a long way!  

The cost of a high quality oils is often a reflection of this. However, if you consider the potency of a $70 bottle of Frankincense for example. A 15ml bottle contains approx 300 drops and when diluted properly, that little bottle will last you a very long time. In the case of essential oils, less is more. This is a hard concept in our society, as we are bombarded with more is always better. However, it is very important to dilute many essential oils. Applying “neat” (or full strength) to your skin can potentially cause adverse reactions. In very large quantities some essential oils can even be toxic. Use sparingly.