3 Essential Oils for Daily Living
Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Plants produce essential oils for their own protection from mold, fungus, viruses and bacteria. Essential oils also play a role in plant pollination.
When we extract pure essential oils from a plant we receive similar health benefits for our bodies. In addition to supporting us on a physical level, they also directly affect our emotional and mental well-being.
And this is possible for you too! On a daily level.
Learn more about 3 of my most favorite essential oils for daily use and what they can do for YOU:
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia):
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad of therapeutic benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as perfume. 30 pounds of lavender buds are needed for a 15 ml bottle of this essential oil.
In addition to its ability to calm and soothe the mind and body, lavender essential oil is frequently used to soothe skin irritations and help skin recover quickly, to help heal acne, bug bites, bruises and sprains.
Inhaling lavender oil promotes relaxation and a restful night’s sleep, making it an ideal oil to diffuse at bedtime, especially when stress levels are high.
Lemon (Citrus Limon):
Lemon essential oil has multiple benefits and uses. Not only is it a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air, disinfects surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home.
For our bodies, lemon essential oil can be energizing, cleansing as it supports the lymphatic drainage, and can have an overall detoxifying effect. It can help balance our nervous system and immune system as well. Due to its high limonene content, lemon is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, lemon oil can also soothe an irritated throat and support healthy respiratory function.
When it’s added to water, lemon essential oil provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day.
In addition, it can be added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes, or to replace the lemon zest and juice.
When diffused, lemon freshens and cleanses the air, is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to improve cognitive ability.
Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii, Frereana, Sacra):
Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense essential oil has extraordinary internal and external health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for skin ailments. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. Its soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to promote cellular health and immunity and can be consumed daily for these internal benefits. It also promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems, helping them function optimally.
When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense essential oil induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness which makes it a great oil for meditation and yoga.
There’s one important thing to keep in mind to reap these powerful benefits of essential oils though: Quality! Yes, with a capital Q.
You will only be able to experience the effects mentioned above with
1. oils that aren’t synthetic. And over 70 % on the market are.
2. oils that are not adulterated. Often, no synthetic but natural fillers are added to lower the cost.
3. oils that have been harvested, extracted and tested by experts so that the oils’ chemical profile is intact.
4. oils from plants that have grown in their indigenous environment. Lavender from France, where it naturally grows, is extremely potent.
So, I’m curious: having the basic understanding of essential oils now as well as knowing about Lavender, Lemon and Frankincense essential oil in particular, how do you feel about these natural powerhouses of vitality? Would you like to know more? There have been done thousands and thousands of studies on essential oils where you can dig deeper. There are great books available as well. If you’d like to directly connect with me, I’d be delighted to support you around all things essential oils for your unique situation.
Here’s to the oils for YOUR thriving life!
Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach for Women, CTNC
Essential Oil caution:
Possible skin sensitivity: with lemon essential oil, avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.
Always check for further contraindications and warnings.
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