GO NATURAL: What the heck do you use essential oils for?

I could put up more of these, but I don’t want to overwhelm anyone, so let’s start small. The information about the benefits of these oils was found on the DoTerra website.

People often ask me which company or companies I use for essential oils. I don’t specifically endorse either company, since I can get in legal trouble for that, but I buy most of my oils from either DoTerra or Young Living. I bought my diffuser on Amazon. I’ve also bought almond, avocado, and grapeseed carrier oils, a set of funnels, roller bottle parts – bottle, roller, top, labels – both for the oils themselves and for the roller bottles after I create my blends, a wooden storage box, and a tool to open an essential oil bottle. It’s not as easy as it looks. 😉

STRESS

Any chronic illness warrior has stress, and that makes our conditions worse. What’s a warrior to do? Besides all the other things we’ve already covered, you can use essential oils to lower your stress.

Rosemary

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue

Frankincense

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy cellular function
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation
  • Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections

Lemon

Primary Benefits

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a positive mood

Ylang Ylang

Primary Benefits

  • Provides antioxidant support
  • Promotes appearance of healthy skin and hair
  • Lifts mood while having a calming effect

Cedarwood

Primary Benefits

  • Naturally repels insects
  • Promotes relaxation

Lavender

Primary Benefits

  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feelings and promotes peaceful sleep
  • Helps ease feelings of tension

Sandalwood

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy looking, smooth skin
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and skin imperfections
  • Enhances mood
  • Frequently used in meditation for its grounding and uplifting properties

Chamomile

Primary Benefits

  • Has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body
  • Soothes the systems of the body
  • May help support healthy immune system function

SLEEP

Ugh, sleep. An albatross around the neck of everyone battling a chronic illness. We don’t sleep well, we don’t nap well. We’re really, really tired all the time.

Eucalyptus

Primary Benefits

  • Helps to clear the mind
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation
  • Promotes feelings of clear breathing

Chamomile

Primary Benefits

  • Has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body
  • Soothes the systems of the body
  • May help support healthy immune system function

Lavender

(see above)

WELLNESS

Another huge, all-encompassing topic. The way I look at it, many of these oils we’re discussing today are an overall benefit for those battling chronic illness.

Oh, what a topic.

Eucalyptus

(see above)

Peppermint

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
  • Promotes digestive health
  • Repels bugs naturally

Clove

Primary Benefits

  • Powerful antioxidant properties
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Helps clean teeth and gums

RELAXATION

I’d like more relaxation. I think we all do. There are many things a person can do to try to increase relaxation, but essential oils are one of the easiest, least obstrusive methods. I like cheap (relatively), easy, and unobtrusive. What about you?

Eucalyptus

(see above)

Basil

Primary Benefits

  • Acts as a cooling agent for the skin
  • Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused
  • May help to ease monthly feminine discomfort

Clove

(see above)

Geranium

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes the appearance of clear, healthy skin
  • Naturally repels insects
  • Gives hair a vibrant, healthy glow

Mint

(see peppermint, benefits of mint are all similar even with different types)

Orange

Primary Benefits

  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
  • Protects against seasonal and environmental threats
  • Provides antioxidants, which are essential to overall health
  • Uplifting to the mind and body

Bergamot

Primary Benefits

  • Calming and soothing aroma
  • Provides skin purifying benefits
  • Frequently used in massage therapy for its calming benefits

Lavender

(see above)

Lemongrass

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion when taken in a capsule
  • Combine with a carrier oil for soothing massage
  • Apply diluted after a long run for a refreshing feeling

ENERGY

Oh no, the energy problem! We don’t have enough. Even people who don’t battle chronic illness find themselves looking everywhere for solutions. But for us, it’s crucial to do everything we can to increase our energy levels.

Peppermint

(see above)

Lime

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties
  • Used as an aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser
  • Promotes emotional balance and well-being

Orange

(see above)

Ginger

Primary Benefits

  • May help to support healthy digestion
  • May help to reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion
  • May help reduce occasional nausea

Rosemary

(see above)

Lemon

(see above)

 

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