Living an oily life

Hey there and Happy Labor Day!

Usually I take advantage of the time and a half offered at my day job to work on holidays; today, I’m off! I’ve worked a lot more than usual lately and have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. So I’m taking labor day off…to work on this blog and my new essential oils business! Ha! What a nut I am!

With the overwhelm, I do my best to stay focused on the many ways my life is blessed. One recent blessing was being able to spend Saturday with my daughter, and my sweet little grandma, which was a treat.

Another blessing (and something that truly helps with the feeling of being overwhelmed) is essential oils. I love them. Plain and simple and true, true love. I love them so much I want to share them with everyone…

So, what are essential oils?

Very simply put, essential oils are pure concentrated plant extracts that are obtained by steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping of plants, flowers, trees, roots, and seeds. Essential oils are super concentrated and far more potent than the dried plant or herb. Take lemons as an example. I read that it takes 75 (cold pressed) lemons to make one 15 mL bottle of Young Living Lemon essential oil.

Lemon is one of my favorites for digestive support, immune system support, and for keeping our home clean and fresh!

Now you may be wondering how essential oils (EOs) work. EOs have been described as the life blood of the plant and work similarly to our lymphatic and immune systems. EOs help to maintain the plant’s function and purpose and protect the plant from harmful environmental factors as well as organisms. They are fat soluble and can be used by our bodies to support general and specific health and wellness.

How do we use these pleasant, potent powerhouses?

  1. Aromatically:
    1. Place 1-2 drops of EO in your palms, rub together and inhale the loveliness.
    2. Place 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oils or essential oil blend in a diffuser.
  2. Topically:
    1. Place 1-3 drops of EO on your desired area and massage it into your skin.
      1. You can put it on the bottoms of your feet, over your spine, on your belly, chest, neck, and temples.
      2. You can also dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut, avocado, grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, olive, or others and rub/massage into the desired area.
  3. Internally:
    1. Place 1-3 drops into a gelatin capsule (you can find those on Amazon) and take with a glass of water. You can add coconut oil to your capsule for some added benefit of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides)
    2. Place 1-3 drops into your cooking or baking for added deliciousness and flavor.
      1. Some great oils to add to your cooking are: oregano, basil, lemon, lime, rosemary, etc.
      2. Some to add to your baking are: lemon, lime, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc.
    3. Place a couple drops of essential oil into your drinking water for the day. Water can be super refreshing with peppermint, spearmint, lemon, or lime!

There you go! Essential oils in a nutshell! I use all the oils from my premium starter kit with the methods above. To learn more about essential oils and the seed to seal promise from YL, or if you’re interested in purchasing a premium starter kit-which is an incredible value-from Young Living, you can do so here.

Have questions about this post? Please leave a comment in the comment section and I’ll answer it!

Thanks for reading :O)

 

Author: lisa@sbmwellness.com

I am a wife, a mom, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy on my own journey to wellness. No stranger to pain and discomfort, I've had migraines since I was 10 years old and was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis in 2011. Someone I greatly admire counseled me to become a connector...that is my purpose with this blog. I pray it is a blessing to you!

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