I’ve been known to fall HARD for workout trends, fad diets and the like, then quickly fall out. My latest obsession is essential oils.
Some of my witch doctor coworkers have been trying to get me into these stinky bottles of wonder for the past year, and this past month I finally saw what all the fuss was about.
Imagine sitting in your cube at work, an obnoxious email rolls in and you want to punch your monitor. Just take a deep breath and let a stream of cool, cedar wood and lavender infused air. Or, imagine you’re getting a tension headache or your shoulders are tense from hunching over your laptop. Run a bit of soothing peppermint oil on your temples or neck for a tingly mini massage.
There is A LOT to learn about essential oils, and I’m no where even near the beginning. There are blends and pure oils, and oils for ingesting or topical use, and glorious diffusers (I got mine on amazon for $29.99). But, if you’re interested in dipping your fingertips in the essential oil world, here are 5 oils to start your collection.
Tea Tree Oil: Its natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits make Tea Tree an essential oil perfect for your collection. It can be diffused in the air to kill mold, applied topically for skin issues and taken internally to treat viral infections. It smells great and works as a stress reliever too. I love putting it behind my ears or on my wrists. Stressed? Big sniff!
Peppermint: Aches and pains? Rub a little peppermint on your body for some tingly relief. I have terrible migraines, and while peppermint did not help with my visual and neurological symptoms, a little bit rubbed on my temple did provide a gentle comfort. For regular headaches, this has helped a lot. It can also be used to help clear sinuses or used in tea.
Lavender: Don’t tell Tea Tree, but Lavender may be my favorite oil. It helps with anxiety and stress relief. A few dabs behind the ears has also helped me with falling asleep. Lavender has also been shown to help with anti-aging and acne.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus has been around for a long time, and for good reason. It has been used for body cleaning and deodorant. It has also been used to help with respiratory issues like a common cold or Asthma.
Lemon: Lemon oil has been shown to help with digestion. I have been adding a few drops to my water a few times a week. It’s very strong so I don’t use it every day. My husband is convinced it’s going to give me an ulcer.
So do I know these things are working for me so far? No. But for now I’m enjoying the ride on the bandwagon filled with wonderful smells.