Essential Oils 101 – Popular Essential Oils & Their Potential Uses

So now that you have schooled yourself up on oils, it’s time to talk about some oils you can use. I am a big fan of single oils but MAN! The blends that Young Living puts together are legit…. too legit…… to quit-OKAY I’LL STOP. With that being said any blends you see are Young Living ones, so if you use another brand you’re not gonna find them. Anyhow, I’m gonna throw some topics out there and say what oils might be your BFF in that department.

Skin

Making your own moisturizer using frankincense and lavender (or adding it to one you already have) can promote a youthful appearance. To even out your skin tone, you can also try a homemade toner in the evening with lemon or geranium essential oil. For spot treatment, try tea tree or purification essential oil. I’ve also heard great things about ylang ylang moisturizing skin.

Hair

There are a few I love. For the beards out there, try cedarwood and tea tree oil. For a long luxurious mane, try adding one (or all) of these to your shampoo: lavender; tea tree; cedarwood; thyme and rosemary. Seriously, add tea tree to at least one of your hair care products. It’s great for scalp health.

Nails

Make a nail oil with a carrier of your choosing and add equals parts lemon, frankincense, myrrh and tea tree. It’s great for maintaining nail health.

Sleep

All of these oils are great to promote a restful night’s sleep. My favorite singles are lavender, cedarwood, chamomile (German or Roman) and frankincense. My favorite blends are Peace & Calming (kinda obsessed with it) Tranquil, Stress Away & Gentle Baby. There are SO many more (google it) but I just wanted to list my favorite.

Tummy

Because even in California, you can have sketchy Mexican food. My favorite stomach oil by far is a blend called digize, I call it the tummy whisperer. IT DOES EVRYTHING. Other popular oils for the stomach are copaiba, peppermint and ginger.

Girl Look at That Body (I work out!)

I have some knee problems (PFPS) due to physical activity in the Marine Corps and the pain cream Young Living has is UHmazing for it. My Pre-workout favorite is R.C, it’s packed with all kinds of respiratory oils to keep my lungs in great shape while I get my fitness on. And the deep relief roll-on is great for post workout, its menthol-y goodness gives me and my muscles a nice cool sensation as I take my victory walk back to the van with my kagillion kids. Other oils great for this department are wintergreen, peppermint, copaiba, and the blend panaway.

Respiratory System

Breathing is important. You kinda need it. Basically any eucalyptus oil is great for maintaining a healthy respiratory system, myrtle is great too. Young Living also has blend called RC for the grown folks and a kid blend called snifflease that is RAD.

Getting my Mind Right

I have very young children, and they drive me crazy. My “woosah” roller consists of frankincense and lavender, I put it on and take three deep breaths. Lemon and grapefruit are my happy oils and I diffuse them often. Other single oils you may like are ylang ylang, geranium, peppermint and lemongrass. Favorite blends are joy, stress away (great with lemongrass) and white angelica. Again, there are so many more ideas for this topic on Pinterest and Google.

Immune System

Boosting your immune system is especially important when you have pole licking children. Tea tree and the blends purification and thieves will be your best friend. Plus, Young Living has a great Thieves product line to include hand purifier, cleaning solution, laundry soap, hand soap, surface wipes and a to-go spray I like to use in public places. I put that ish on everything.

Fin.

This series just skims the surface of the world of essential oils. The oil rabbit hole is indeed a deep one. I do hope though, that this helped you get started! As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding essential oil usage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils 101 – Pregnancy & Oils

Today we’re covering one of my favorite topics! Oils and pregnancy. Why is it my favorite? Because oils are awesome for this 9 month stretch full of crying, heartburn, cleaning, barfing….. and probably more crying.

I feel like as all of these rad medical advances go on throughout time, the list of crap you can’t do while you’re knocked up gets longer. Which sucks. Essential oils aren’t one of them luckily.  But like oils and children, this topic has a tendency to get you a whole lot of “make sure you don’t use” kind of comments. We’re going to cover oils you can’t use, whether essential oils can cause harm to your baby and some cool ways you can use oils while.

Before I give you the list of oils to be careful with during your pregnancy, I want to say if these oils are in a favorite blend you use, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. It is most likely in such a low dose, it wouldn’t pose any harm to you or your sweet babe. Especially if you dilute.

The meh list.

Here is the list of oils that are risky to use during pregnancy. I compiled this list from NAHA and my aromatherapy books (regular name in bold, Latin name in parenthesis):

Aniseed(Pimpinella anisum); Balsamite (Tanacetum balsamite); Basil ct. estragole (Ocimum basilicum); Birch (Betula lenta); Buchu (Agathosma betulina); Camphor aka ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora); Indian Dill Seed (Anethum Graveolens); Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis); Ho Leaf (C. camphora) Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris); Oakmoss (Evernia pruastri); Parsley seed or leaf (Petroselinum sativum); Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium); Perilla (Perilla frutescens); Pfitzer Juniper (Juniperus xpfitzeriana); Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) Sage (Salvia officinalis); Spanish Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas); Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare); Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus); Thuja (Thuja occidentalis); Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens); Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

You’ll notice that most of these are not common, some of them aren’t even commercially available.

The only miscarriage that I know of due to essential oil usage is when a pregnant woman tried to use essential oils to abort her baby and ended up accidentally killing herself also.  That unfortunate situation should show you it takes A LOT to be any harm to your baby, so much so that it would most likely pose harm to yourself also. There have also not been any known birth defects caused by essential oils to my knowledge.Happy New Year!

Lastly, there are two that I didn’t see on any list but feel inclined to mention. There’s hearsay among midwives that peppermint can turn your baby. There’s no medical evidence I know of that’s supports this, but enough people have brought it up that it’s worth mentioning. Clary sage is also an emmenagogue which means it can gets some contractions going, so be careful with that one. If it’s in a blend that’s fine but I would avoid using it straight. I used it in last week of my third trimester on my ankles and it got a few going but nothing after that. Again, that just my own personal experience. So do with that information what you will.

 

Stick to the facts.

Don’t follow just anyone’s opinions. If someone isn’t dropping bombs of fact supported knowledge on you, then just smile and nod boo… SMILE AND NOD. Don’t discount their advice, just ingest it and compare it to the other evidence you’ve received and make an educated decision. Like you do when choosing breast or bottle, regular or cloth diapers, the list goes on. If you want an excellent resource to look up medical research and oils check out PubMed. You type in some words (i.e. pregnancy and essentials oils) and they give you a ginormous list of medical studies that were done using essential oils and the outcome.

Awesome ways to use oils when you’re fertile mertile.

Digestive System: Because that’s about the least reliable thing in your body when you’re pregnant. Apply Digize in a clockwise motion around your belly button to help with occasional heartburn or constipation associated with pregnancy. Also diffuse peppermint for occasional bouts of nausea.

Sleep: Lavender, Cedarwood and Peace and Calming are my jam for a restful night’s sleep. Apply them o your feet and diffuse them and night.

Labor: Try diffusing floral and citrus oils. Take a crockpot and fill it with 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of almond oil and 10 drops each of Lavender and Gentle Baby. Put some clean dishcloths in and set that sucker on keep warm and you’ve got yourself a continuous supply of comforting hot towels.

It’s that simple.

A drop of lemon in your water will be fine, I personally try to not go HAM when I ingest oils while pregnant. I usually stick to it in foods or a drop here and there in my drinks. Apply them topically however you normally do, just reduce the dose by a few drops and check out my topical post for preggo dilution ratios if you want to. Diffuse as you normally do. The fact that you’re reading this and looking up essential oil safety in the first place shows that you will be just fine friend!