My Everyday Uses For Essential Oils

by Her Happy Balance on May 11, 2016

Essential oils are aromatic oils which are extracted from plants through steam distillation. They have been used for numerous purposes since ancient times. I like them because they’re a more natural way to enhance my lifestyle and goals. Today I am sharing some of my favorite oils and the ways I’ve incorporated them into my daily life.

Essential Oils

I feel like everyone knows of someone who has become a crazy essential oils lady. Maybe someone on Facebook is incessantly posting about them, or a coworker is hassling you to try them. I like to think of myself as a flying under the radar essential oils user. I decided I wanted to try them back in December and requested a starter kit as a Christmas gift. Honestly, I’m really surprised at how seamlessly they’ve become incorporated into my life. I usually tend to be a bandwagon consumer and fall on and off the wagon at trying something new, but I think essential oils are here to stay. This post is by no means a sales pitch – whether or not you decide to use essential oils is entirely your decision and it doesn’t impact my life in any way. But I’ve received quite a few questions about how I use them and thought it was about time I shared my everyday uses for essential oils on zee ol’ blog. Here we go!

I keep a bottle of Peppermint oil in my shower and add 2 drops to my shampoo every morning. Peppermint oil is supposed to stimulate your scalp to help your hair grow. I’ve always had a difficult time growing out my hair past my shoulders but have really noticed a difference since starting to use it. If you have problems with dandruff or an itchy scalp, you can add a drop of Tea Tree oil to your shampoo or conditioner and it helps clear away the extra gunk and soothe your scalp.

I add 1 drop of Frankincense oil to my facial moisturizer. Frankincense may help to even out and smooth skin. I don’t have too many complaints about my skin, but I figure a little extra help can’t hurt.

I keep a bottle of Stress Away essential oil in my backpack which I take with me to school and work. This oil is a blend of numerous oils which together help to relieve stress and calm you. I added a roller ball onto the top of this oil so I can easily put a dab or two onto my wrists and inhale when I need help relaxing. I don’t know if it’s a Pavlovian response, but whenever I bring that little bottle out my type A, high-strung personality starts to unwind a bit.

Having recently experienced a sidelining sports injury, I’m a big fan of anything that can help me recover after a workout. I add 2 drops of PanAway oil to a carrier oil (like almond or coconut oil) and massage it into trouble spots. This oil got lots of use in January when I was still rehabbing Iliotibial Band Syndrome and I used it last weekend after the Broad Street Run on my hamstrings.

Essential Oils

|Pictured: Bamboo Diffuser & Himalayan Salt Lamp|

You know how when you go away on vacation and you return home your house can smell kind of stale? So pleasant. Purification oil is a great oil to diffuse to help clear the air and freshen things up. I diffuse it whenever I’m cleaning to brighten up the room and combat any lingering odors.

I also keep a diffuser on my nightstand so I can fall asleep each night to a different blend. Sometimes I have a difficult time telling my brain to turn off and rest for the night, so I’ll add 2 drops of Cedarwood oil and 2 drops of Lavender oil into my diffuser and let it lull me to sleep. Lavender oil alone is super soothing, but paired with cedarwood it’s a powerhouse. I might sound like a total loon for saying this, but I think this scent combo helps me to dream, too.

Some bonus uses for essential oils…

-Add 1 drop of Bergamot oil or 1 drop of Lavender oil to a bath for a soothing aromatherapy experience.

-Combine 10 drops Orange oil with 10 drops of Peppermint oil in a roller ball vial (I use these) topped off with carrier oil (I use this one) to create a roll-on blend to help you focus. I keep this homemade blend in my backpack too, and whenever I find my mind starting to wander I apply it behind my ears, on my neck, or wrists to bring me back to the task at hand.

-Combine Lemon oil with vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle for a natural cleaning product that smells lovely. Vinegar is a great natural cleaner, but I’m not a huge fan of everything smelling like pickles. The lemon oil really helps neutralize the vinegar odor while also adding antibacterial properties to the cleaner.

There you have it friends, these are some of my typical everyday uses for essential oils. I’d be happy to talk a little further about anything, just let me know what you’d like to know in the comments or shoot me an email! I personally use Young Living oils because they’re therapeutic grade. I know of people who are happy with doTERRA oils as well, so it’s just a personal choice. My Young Living member number is 3528482 if you decide you do want to get started up and need a sponsor/enroller. I signed up as a member purely to get the cheaper pricing, because #poor. Otherwise, thanks for getting down with one of my more hippie dippy posts 🙂

Any other essential oil users out there? Favorite oil? Favorite Blend?

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Jenn - a traveling Wife May 11, 2016 at 7:33 am

I love peppermint and lavender oil, but there is still so much to learn about all the others. I really had no idea that I could add tea tree oil to my shampoo or conditioner to help with my problematic scalp. I’ve been using head and shoulder for years but I’m noticing that my skin from the neck down doesn’t appreciate it any more. Thanks for the tip.

Her Happy Balance May 11, 2016 at 7:54 am

No problem, Jenn! I’ve also added tea tree oil to my body wash before when I had a skin condition I was trying to treat. It has a lot of great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to it.

Sarah @ Sweet Miles May 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

Loved reading this!! I have always wanted to try to get more into essential oils, but I haven’t had the time to make the plunge. Thanks for explaining how you use them! We’ve used peppermint for headaches, and my sister in law gave me some lemon to add to cleaning products around the house. I would love to get some lavender to diffuse in Adeline’s room, but I want to make sure it’s not too strong!

Her Happy Balance May 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

I haven’t looked into it personally, but I know Young Living has a line made especially for children which takes into account their additional safety concerns. I imagine other brands do something like this as well. Lavender is such a versatile oil and one of my favorites to diffuse.

Amanda May 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm

I am a huge essential oil fan. I don’t know of anyone else that is…so does that mean I’m the crazy essential oil lady?? Haha. I love my Patchouli oil. It is a stress and anxiety reliever which I use daily. It smells divine! I also use lavender on day where I feel like I need a little extra help relaxing.

Her Happy Balance May 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Oh my gosh that is too funny – I vote no, you’re not the crazy essential oils lady! Sounds like you’re flying under the radar like me 🙂 Lavender and peppermint are my go-tos, but I never say no to another stress reliever so I’m adding patchouli to my list.

Jessica Lawlor May 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

Thanks for this primer! I am super curious about oils because a lot of my yoga friends use them, but I don’t know too much! This was awesome.

Her Happy Balance May 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm

No problem, lady! I think they’re gaining popularity with the trend towards a more wholistic and natural lifestyle.

Beverley @ Born to Sweat May 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

I’ve never used essential oils in the past, but i’ve always been so interested in them! i really need to try out the lavender one for falling asleep. plus it would make the bedroom smell so nice instead of morning breath hahah!

Her Happy Balance May 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm

I agree, the smell of lavender is heavenly – one of the oil’s many perks!

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