Whether it’s Peppermint for energy or Frankincense to calm the nerves, is there really a perfect oil when there are so many to choose from? I have a few techniques that I like to use when deciding on what oil to use and when.
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Starting out with Essential oils can be so overwhelming at first. You know that they’re good and you want to use them but your life is busy and knowing where to start can be tough!
When I first got started with essential oils I had NO idea what to do with them! I knew that there were benefits but what oil should I choose to help my 2 year old sleep, or how do I use them to help me calm down when I’m stressed? The first night I had about a dozen bottles of oil spread out across my daughters bedroom floor while she joyfully jumped on her bed. I had the laptop on her floor and my friend on chat, the clock was against us again for getting a good nights sleep and I had a crazy day ahead of me at the office the following day. Sleep was my focus, I was missing it hard! “The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don’t think I’ll ever perfect, but I love the challenge of it. ”
At the risk of looking like a crazy priest performing an exorcism on my child I needed to break it down into a few simple steps over the next few nights.
I had a huge list of ailments that I wanted to use oils for but breaking it down to just a few helped me absorb the info much better. Focus one – Sleep!
I took out 3 oils that I knew promoted calmness and sleep. Lavender, Frankincense and Gentle Baby. I had the diffuser going with a couple drops each of Lavender and Frankincense as I sat on the bed with my daughter reading her a Peppa Pig story rolling Gentle Baby on her feet, it tickled and she got hyper, I put a drop of Frankincense in the palms of my hands and cupped them over my nose and mouth taking in a few deep breaths reminding myself that she is only two and still learning. I then rubbed my hands through her hair and added a drop of lavender to the mix. I’m not going to fluff this one up, it was not a magic cure to get the toddler to sleep but what I noticed with this breakdown was that I felt much calmer and focused rather than being on the brink of a mental breakdown so the first few nights were essentially benefiting me more at this point. Then each night I realized that the amount of time I was spending trying to get her to sleep were getting shorter, the tears were slowly drying up, the mum doubt that creeps up on us was fading and before I knew it the 2 (sometimes 3) hour bedtime marathon had shrunk down to 30 minutes! It was my holy shit moment! Now I could figure out how to incorporate oils to assist with daytime energy!
Remember it’s all about taking that time to find what works for you!
Prioritize your wants and needs and pick just one to work with. Hit up Google or a Facebook resource group and find just 2-3 oils that reference to your need. Use a protocol for 1-2 weeks and write down what worked for you and what didn’t. Then move onto the next.
If you are simply using essential oils to make your home or office smell pretty take out an individual oil and inhale directly from the bottle for about 30 seconds and take a mental note as to which ones you are drawn to more. Another great tip is if you aren’t partial to a certain scent like Frankincense for example , open a second bottle like lavender or another favouite and wave them both under your nose, you might find that some just need a partner.
I hope you have found this article helpful. I love educating people like yourself on all of the great benefits that I have found for myself and family over the years so please reach to me if you have any questions!