Essential oils seem to be everywhere. If you search “essential oil” on Pinterest, you are greeted with a million pins in a feed that literally goes on forever. That can be overwhelming and frustrating…I know because that’s what happened to me. I was interested but had no idea where to start. I’m here today with an “Essential Oils Guide for Women” and to share my experiences from the past year. I am definitely not an expert…but this is what worked for me. If, by chance, it helps one of you in some way, this post will have served its purpose.
How to start?
I think the easiest way to start is with just one oil. Yes, you could jump in and get a set of several different kinds but I honestly don’t think that’s the way to go. Like the Pinterest feed, that would be overwhelming! Each oil has its own special qualities and in order to see success, it’s my opinion that they should be used for specific things.
So…what oil to start with? I started with Peppermint. It wasn’t a random choice, I chose that oil for a reason. (I briefly talked about this in a post I wrote about My Favorite things 2014.) Let’s go back to the winter of 2014. Nearly every day I was waking up with a headache. Headaches are something I have dealt with my whole life…so this really wasn’t anything new. However, it did seem to escalate during those winter months. By March I was tired. After a while that sort of pain tends to wear you down. We went on a family vacation that month and during that vacation I finally took control and ordered the Peppermint Essential Oil. There I was in a lovely house on the water, with my whole family around me…and I couldn’t enjoy it because my head hurt so bad. My friend Melissa, from The Happier Homemaker, helped me decide which oil would be the best to try first. I honestly think God had a hand in that decision.
I used the Peppermint oil at night. I put it over my ears (where my glasses set,) behind my ears and on my temples. I applied it religiously and generously every night. After a few months the headaches got better. A month after that they went away completely. It’s been over a year of using the Peppermint daily, and I rarely get a headache. When I do, it is completely manageable and never lasts multiple days. I went from popping Advil like they were M&M’s to not taking any at all.
Think about what in your life is challenging you right now. Pain, anxiety, depression, dry skin, stomach issues, constipation, weight gain…and the list goes on. Spend 20 minutes online researching which essential oils help with your particular problem. (I’ll provide some helpful links at the end of the post.) Chances are there will be more than one oil to choose from but don’t let that discourage you. Just choose one of them and give it a try. That’s the first step.
Besides Peppermint, here are my go-to oils that I don’t think I could live without. Just recently, I purchased the Young Living Everyday Oils Essential Oils Collection. I had already tried the following oils individually so the collection just expanded on what I was already using.
I first purchased Lavender to use for the sachets I sell in my shop. Over time, the actual lavender buds lose their scent and a few drops of essential oil totally refreshes them. It’s wonderful in a hot bath…all you need is 3 or 4 drops. I have a bad habit of burning myself with the iron…just a drop of lavender on a burn and it cools instantly. It’s very soothing as well. To show you how versatile this oil is, here is a post from my friend Debbie Manno. She shared How to Clean Your Carpets Organically and I was amazed at her results.
I tried this oil on a whim and it has turned into one of my favorites. I use Joy as an everyday perfume. I put a drop behind each ear and a few drops on my wrists every morning after I get dressed. It smells heavenly and gives me a sense of peace.
I use Lemon in my bottled water to give it a detox element. I get so tired of drinking water…but it’s absolutely necessary to your health and well-being. Adding two drops of Lemon to a 16 oz. bottle of water makes it tastes like a treat. It’s especially good if you use a sparkling water like San Pellegrino…but that can get a little pricey. Sometimes I just buy a 12 pack of Kroger sparkling water. About the same taste for much less money. A few leaves of fresh mint is the finishing touch (if you have it.)
I hesitated to include this one because I have used it for only one thing…but it’s an important oil so I thought I would throw this in. I recently developed little canker sores on the inside of my lower lip. (Hope I’m not grossing anyone out!) I’ve only had canker sores one other time in my life (years ago) and it was horrible. I put a drop of Thieves on my finger and brushed it on the inside of my mouth. It didn’t taste great but at that point I didn’t even care. I applied it again that night before I went to bed. In the morning the sores were completely gone. I was astonished because when I had the sores the first time they took days and days to heal. The therapeutic benefits from this oil are many. You can find out more HERE.
I recently started using Stress Away because I ran out of Peace and Calming. (Peace and Calming is amazing but hard to get because it sells out as fast as YL can make it.) After a few days, I decided that I actually liked Stress Away better (and it’s cheaper than P&C.) I use it at night as soon as I get into bed. (If you are wondering, I use the Peppermint first and then Stress Away.) I put a drop behind each ear and a drop on the back of my neck. I put two drops on one wrist and then quickly rub my wrists together. It makes a little heat and that’s when you know it’s being absorbed. I used to just breathe in the scent from my wrists, but I have started to use a breathing technique I saw on Good Morning America. The goal is to clear and empty your mind. The day I saw it on TV, I asked about it on my Facebook page. There were quite a few who said it worked for them…and a few who said it didn’t. I have had good luck with it so far. Here’s the technique:
After applying the Stress Away to your wrists, hold them up to your nose and breathe in for a count of 4 seconds. Hold your breath for 7 seconds. Exhale slowly for 8 seconds. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
I have been doing this every night. I’ve been able to fall asleep in a matter of minutes instead of a matter of hours…but it’s only been 4 nights. I’ll report back in a few weeks here and on my Facebook page and let you know how it’s going. You can also use this technique with Lavender oil if you happen to have that on hand.
I’ve learned a lot over the past year, about essential oils but also about myself. I’m not one who thinks outside the box…I don’t take a lot of chances. As a result, I think I’ve missed out on some really great things. When conventional medicine failed to help with my headaches, I could have given in to the pain and frustration that filled my days. Believe it or not, it took courage for me to try something different. For a long time I didn’t tell anyone because I was afraid it wouldn’t work. I’m very happy that I found relief, but even if I hadn’t, at least I tried.
I also learned that I can do things in my own time, at my own pace. I didn’t jump on the Young Living bandwagon and become a distributor right away. I wasn’t ready so I waited. Just about a month ago I invested in myself and purchased a starter kit. I’m still not interested in actually starting a business, but I feel strongly enough about it and want to share. It’s something I believe in, and for me, I had to believe before I could share.
If you would like to try Young Living Essential Oils, you can sign up for an account by clicking HERE. This is an affiliate link but in order to purchase anything, an account needs to be set up first regardless. You can choose to become a member or a retail customer. I would be grateful if you used this link, but feel free to use any of the other links in this post. This is the only affiliate link included. It takes just a minute to sign up and ordering after that is very easy.
For more information about Young Living Essential Oils:
If you don’t want to wade through the links above, all you have to do is google your symptom followed by “Young Living Essential Oil.” For example if you want help with insomnia, just google “Insomnia Young Living Essential Oil.” One of the first links on your results page will be from Young Living but there will also be a host of other resources. Like I said, essential oils seem to be everywhere.
Thank you for making it to the end…I know this was way longer than my normal posts. I will watch the comments for a few days so if you have a question please feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answer, which is very likely, I will find out.