In this post: This Essential Oils Guide for Women outlines how to start, what benefits certain oils have, and how they can improve the overall quality of your life.
Essential oils seem to be everywhere. If you search “essential oils” 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 since I started using them. I am definitely not an expert…but this is what worked for me. If, by chance, this essential oils guide helps one of you in some way, this post will have served its purpose.
Disclaimer: Essential oils are NOT intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. This is my story and I’m sharing what worked for me. We must support our bodies with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. No two people are alike and the results from using essential oils will vary as well. Affiliate links included. Click HERE for my disclosure statement.
After trying several different brands of essential oils, I settled on Rocky Mountain Oils. This was a personal decision based on these things:
- The price is affordable.
- It is available on Amazon and I can utilize my Amazon Prime membership.
- After a great deal of research, I believe it is 100% pure and authentic.
There are many good and dependable brands of essential oils, however, this essential oils guide is based on Rocky Mountain Oils.
Essential Oils Guide for Women
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.
Peppermint: My Story
So…what oil to start with? I started with peppermint. It wasn’t a random choice, I chose that oil for a reason. Let’s go back to the winter of 2014. Nearly every day I woke 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 decided to order 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. I honestly think God had a hand in that decision.
I started using the Peppermint oil at night. I put it over my ears, 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. I’ve been using peppermint essential oil daily for several years now, 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.
Choosing the proper essential oils
Think about the biggest challenge in your life right now. Pain, anxiety, depression, dry skin, stomach issues, constipation, weight gain…and the list goes on. Spend fifteen minutes online researching which essential oils help with your particular problem. 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 could not live without.
I first purchased lavender to use for the sachets I sold in my online 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 and relaxing as well.
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I use lemon essential oil 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. It’s about the same taste for much less money. A few leaves of fresh mint is the finishing touch (if you have it.)
Calming essential oil smells wonderful and I use it at night as soon as I get into bed. (If you are wondering, I use the Peppermint first and then Calming.) 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 Calming 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.
The honest truth is that this sometimes works for me…and other times it doesn’t. I believe it depends on how tired you are, how stressful your day was, and how you feel physically.
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Ways to use essential oils:
I’ve learned a lot over the past few years, 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 essential oils bandwagon right away and order a dozen different oils. I started out slow and when my life became easier and better because of the oils, I felt I needed to share my experience. This is something I believe in, and for me, I had to believe before I could share.
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