In this post, I want to share with you how to use essential oils in everyday life, simply and effectively. But before I get to that, I was to share something else with you- I am probably one of the most skeptical people out there. And yet, in the past few years, I have allowed myself to open up A LOT more to new experiences, foods, products, crystals and yes even tarot cards. The old Jaclyn would have thought it was all a little too ‘woo woo’ and wouldn’t have given it another thought. I am actually really happy that I have opened up a lot more to things that can’t always be explained and have to be experienced. Because had I not done this, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. So lets get to how to use essential oils in everyday life and specifically, how they helped me with anxiety, stress and PMS, pretty amazing right?!
My first foray into Essential Oils:
This post is not sponsored in any way, nor am I trying to sell you on any kind of essential oil or am I (nor do I want to) be affiliated with any type of MLM. I am not bashing them, it is just simply not my style. There are a lot of companies out there selling essential oils and most of them come from an MLM type business. So when I wanted to learn more about them, I attended a class about 3-4 years ago run by someone from one of those huge MLM’s. She was sweet, knowledgeable, but I was hesitant even then to really think that these oils could do so much. And this was while I was in school for holistic nutrition! So trust me, when I say I was skeptical, I was REALLY FUCKING skeptical. So, I tried them, but didn’t notice much of anything besides the fact they smelled nice.
Fast forward to 2016-17 and I became kinda obsessed and wanted to learn how to use essential oils in everyday life. I bought a diffuser from Saje Wellness and loaded up on various blends from them as well. The first way I learned how to use essential oils in everyday life was by choosing different blends and learning to take note of the different aromas and how they impacted me. I would leave them going all day, bringing it into my bedroom at night and diffusing tranquility at night to help me fall asleep. I noticed how much less anxious I was when I used them, how they almost instantaneously worked to calm down my mind and my thoughts. They actually lessened my stress levels and I couldn’t believe it.
Little Miss. Skeptical had turned into a believer…
So how do essential oils work exactly?
Essential oils are prevalent in aromatherapy which has been around since WW II when essential oils were discovered to treat soldiers.
“The beauty of essential oils is that they are natural, extracted from flowers, leaves, bark or roots of plants. While it’s best to make sure you use pure essential oils, meaning oils that have not been diluted with chemicals or additives, they can provide much needed relief and healing for a variety of ailments, including as a natural remedy for anxiety.” Aromatherapy is often used for anxiety because our sense of smell triggers a powerful emotional response. In particular an area of the brain, adjacent to the limbic region processes so much information through smell and is a powerful area familiar with emotional processing and memory recall. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate a firing of mental response in the brain. These stimulants regulate stress or calming responses, such as your heart rate, breathing patterns, production of hormones and blood pressure. Aromatherapy can be obtained by using it in a bath, as direct inhalations, vaporizer or humidifier, fan, vent, or one of my favourites, through a diffuser.
How to use essential oils in everyday life:
This is how to use essential oils in everyday life, because unfortunately we all deal with things like headaches, anxiety and PMS. I happen to be a big fan of using them in my diffuser. They help infuse my room in such a beautiful and subtle way while also helping relieve my tension, any stress and anxiety or simply help put me in a better mood, depending on which blends I use.
This month, I tested out a new way to use my favourite essential oils from Saje Wellness and that is by using them directly on my body. I purchased the pocket farmacy from Saje and absolutely love having that with me in case I need something for a symptom I am experiencing, like indigestion or a headache. I have been using the peppermint halo whenever I happen to get a headache, which doesn’t happen often thankfully, but it works like magic. They also have one for stress relief, which I use on my wrists and behind my ears. It helps to calm me down and puts me in a better place.
PMS, What PMS?
What really blew me away with my new Saje products was the moon cycle roller. I usually get mild cramps for the first day or two of my period, they used to be a lot worse, but since really changing my diet to a whole, real foods one (and ditching birth control), they have gotten a lot better (a post for another day, perhaps). But, usually I will still experience cramps, which suck. I used to pop Advil like candy when I was younger to avoid the pain, but didn’t want to do that anymore. The way I use this product, is by taking about two to three drops from the bottom of the bottle and mixing it with a drop or two of peppermint halo and pain release from my pocket farmacy. I was told this trick from a wonderful Saje employee in the store and could not believe how well it worked. My period cramps were GONE! Completely and totally GONE! Remember I am skeptical AF so this was really surprising to me that it worked and how well it worked. It lasted for a few hours, so I only had to reapply it once more later in the day. You could also add a couple drops of any of these blends to your bath as well, which would be amazing to unwind in at the end of the day.
How Else to Deal with Stress and Anxiety:
This is really just one of the ways I deal with stress, tension and anxiety. But managing anxiety and stress is really such a multifaceted approach that is unique to each and every individual. I also try to incorporate movement into my daily life with yoga and pilates, meditation, journaling and deep breathing. I am also a big believer that what we choose to put in our bodies is also going to help with internal stress and inflammation. So I drink lots of water and turmeric milk or golden milk before bed too. Those are really my non-negotiables, water and turmeric lattes. Some days, I am a lot better at managing my stress and anxiety than others, because I am human after all. But I do try and keep it under control as much as I can, because stress is such a big contributor to so many health problems. Laughter and gratitude are two simple things to practice daily that can really help as well and the best part is that these don’t cost a thing! Even on days, when I am home alone, working all day and not really talking to anyone, I still find a way to laugh at myself. I mean, it’s really not that hard to do for me, especially because I have also learned not to take myself too seriously.
I hope you found this post about how to use essential oils in everyday life useful, there really are so many ways to use them.
I would love to hear from you. What do you do to manage stress and anxiety? Are you familiar with essential oils and if so, how do you use them?