I have talked about essential oils before on here. I might sound a bit like a broken record, but truthfully they are something I really love and use daily. Since I talk about them so much, I thought it might be nice to know which ones I use most often and how I use them.
The first thing you should know about essential oils before I talk about my favorites is that they are used three ways, aromatically with inhalation, topically like on the skin, or some can be taken internally like orally. With that said, not all oils are created equal. DO NOT put anything on your skin or in your body if it is not intended for that use. I use Young Living because I love there Seed to Seal process. They seem to be one of the most transparent companies I have found. They also tell you how each oil can be used, so there isn’t any guessing if something is safe to use a certain way.
NOW THE FAVORITES:
- Lavender: These are in not particular order, but I thought I would start here because this oil does everything under the sun. My favorite way is the diffuse it. Especially at bed time because it is such a relaxing and calming scent. It is also nice to add to a bath! While I diffuse it regularly, it can be used for other things like bug repellent or diluted topically for minor burns or skin irritation.
- Lemon: Lemon is another multipurpose oil. It also smells amazing! Something about lemon screams clean and positivity to me. I diffuse it in the kitchen often, but I also like to add some to water for a bright lemon punch! Lemon is also REALLY good at getting rid of nasty scents. Like when I leave leftovers in the fridge too long, or stinky shoes. P.S. Lemon is in the YL cleaner I use all the time!
- Purification: This is a blend of essential oils exclusive to YL, but it is a favorite because it does things that Lavender and Lemon both do. Purification does what its name suggests, but it can repel bugs, be used topically on bee stings or bug bites, get rid of yucky smells, and it is another scent I find uplifting.
- Peppermint: This was not always a favorite. I used to find the scent so overpowering, but I have found I was probably just using too much. A drop or two is literally all you need. In the winter I add this to hot chocolate and it is AMAZING, but it also can be good for headaches and nausea. Just smell it straight from the bottle! I also use this to get rid of spiders. They do not like it, and I do not like them! I also like to dilute one drop of peppermint in about a quarter size dollop of coconut oil and rub on my skin. Especially during the summer. It creates a light cooling sensation that feels nice to me!
- Thieves: This is another blend from YL. I have talked about this one before. Thieves is in all of YL cleaning/home care items. I use it to clean in my home. When we were avoiding the flu over the winter we diffused it often. It doesn’t beat hand washing and taking good care of yourself, but it can help out an already healthy immune system keep up the good work! It also can be taken internally. I drink apple cider vinegar, but it isn’t pleasant, so I add by serving of vinegar to apple cider or juice, heat it up, and add a drop of thieves for a warm spicy cinnamon and clove flavor!
- PanAway: This is my husbands favorite. It has a pretty specific purpose in our house. Sore muscles! This oil MUST be diluted. Do not make the mistake of not doing so. Your skin will feel tingly for hours. It isn’t painful, but unpleasant if you do not dilute a little bit. We dilute with coconut oil and use it as a muscle rub. Sometime it’s after a good workout and other times it is used because we slept all wrong. When I worked on my feet all day, it felt amazing after my shower to rub some PanAway on my feet slip into to socks and put those feet up!
- Stress Away: This is another favorite of my husband. The name kind of says it all, but if you are in need of a little relaxation this oil is great. We like it at bedtime, during quiet times of the day, or it is also really nice to add to your wrist or behind your ears if you know you have a busy or stressful day ahead of you. We use it in a roller ball most often, but it is also nice to diffuse. I even like to wear it as a perfume! I think it smells somewhere between a tropical beach, and the spa. Something about it is so soothing!
- Frankincense: This is a wonderful oil, but I use it sparingly because it is also one of the pricer ones. The scent is very woodsy, earthy, kind of masculine to me, but there is something so special about it. I love to diffuse this at night before bed, during prayer or quiet time, and I have recently be adding a drop to the coconut oil I have been rubbing on my belly during pregnancy. I often hear people using it for anointing their homes or others. It can also be great for aging skin! Add a drop to your favorite moisturizer for great skin!
I have so many more oils that I love and use, but these have been my favorites over the last few years I have been using essential oils. I really suggest that if you are interested in getting essential oils you take time to do research on what oils are good for what you are trying to do with them. More and more information is coming out, as they have been gaining popularity recently. Which is funny because essential oils have been used since ancient times, but everything comes back in style again right?!?
If you get YL essential oils and you want good information about how to use your oils more in-depth I suggest checking out “Reference Guide for Essential Oils, by Connie and Alan Higley”. You can get it here or here! This is the book I have and it has been very helpful to me.
I also just want to say that if you use essential oil in or on your body, please talk to your healthcare provider! Essential oils are powerful and can interact with things like medicine you already take. If you aren’t sure of something, it is always best to run it by a healthcare professional you trust.