Note: feel free to ignore my long story about why I started using essential oils and scroll down for instructions on how to start using them!
I love my essential oils, but the reason I started using essential oils is not cute. I’ll start from the beginning. Like many people, I had mono senior year of high school. I suffered through that with medicine, Netflix, and lots of Frappuccinos. Everyone was telling me that it was good that I got mono while I was still living at home – you don’t want to get mono in college!
Fast forward five years – I have just graduated college and moved out to New York City. Almost immediately upon moving into my apartment and starting a job, I get strep throat. Fine. I get strep all the time, my immune system sucks. I go to a minute clinic and get some antibiotics and I’m fine. But just two days after I completed the antibiotics, I got strep again.
Everyone who knows me knows that I sleep a LOT, but at this point I was sleeping nearly 14 hours a day and those other 10 hours I was like a zombie. My psychiatrist prescribed Adderall so that I could stay awake through work and function during the day without over sleeping, but that was a temporary solution until we figured out the real problem.
I went to a doctor in New York but she did not have any answers. She told me that maybe gluten was making me tired but that didn’t explain the all of the strep throat and I have food allergies already so eliminating something else from my diet without knowing for sure was not ideal. I went to an ENT who did blood tests and determined that I had reactivated mono, because just one time was not enough!
Reactivated mono is actually more common than you would think. Once you get mono, or the Epson Barr Virus, it stays in your system for the rest of your life, but it is inactive. But for some of us lucky people with shitty immune systems, it’ll reactivate and you have to deal with it all over again.
The worst part about mono is that you have to just ride it out. You can’t take a Z-pac and go to work the next day. But I couldn’t just lay in bed for the next month so I started researching the best ways to speed up the recovery process and I kept seeing articles about the healing powers of essential oils, so I figured I really didn’t have anything to lose.
Start Using Essential Oils:
MY FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS
LAVENDER OIL – calming oil.
This one saves me. It’s great to put in your diffuser before bed as it relieves headaches and muscle tension, and reduces stress and promotes restful sleep.
FRANKINCENSE OIL – universal oil.
Frankincense essential oil is known as the universal oil because it does just about everything. It is particularly powerful for skin conditions, headaches, depression, and anxiety.
THE BEST OILS FOR WHEN YOU ARE SICK
PEPPERMINT OIL – cooling oil.
This one is the best for when you are sick. Peppermint oil contains menthol which gives that cooling sensation to your body. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and decongestant properties and it soothes sore throats, thins mucus, and breaks up coughs.
LEMON OIL – detox oil.
Lemon essential oil cleanses toxins from the body (yes please). It is also great to use when you are under the weather because it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and is high in vitamin C.
Eucalyptus oil stimulates immunity, imagine that. It reduces inflammation, provides antioxidant protection, and improves respiratory circulation.
THE BEST OIL BLENDS
I love the brand Healing Solutions and they sell essential oil blends along with the pure essential oils. My favorites are:
- Good Night Blend – chamomile, clary sage, copaiba, lavender, peru balsam, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, ylang ylang
- Health Shield Blend – cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary
- Went through a whole of this when I was recovering from mono
- Breathe Blend – peppermint, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus
- Deep Muscle Relief Blend – wintergreen, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, camphor
- Head Ease Blend – lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, basil, frankincense, rosemary, sweet marjoram, sweet orange
- Stress Relief Blend – bergamot, patchouli, blood orange, ylang ylang, grapefruit
USING THE OILS
Now that you’ve got your oils, you need to know how to use them properly! There are three different options: aromatically, topically, internally.
This is where the diffuser comes in. The bigger the diffuser, the longer it will last. That is why I keep my bigger diffuser in my bedroom so it will diffuse through the night. I keep a smaller diffuser in the living room to use throughout the day. Just fill the diffuser with water and put a few drops of your oil(s). The number of drops you add will depend on the intensity you want – I usually put 3-5 drops in mine!
Essential oils penetrate skin very easily, so using them topically is very beneficial. Because of how powerful they can be, it’s best to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. The more beneficial places to put oils are the neck, forehead, temples, chest, abdomen, arms, legs, and bottom of feet. It’s best to put just 1-2 drops on the skin at first and you can always apply more throughout the day if necessary. Another option is to add a few drops into a warm bath.
Finally, essential oils can be taken internally. You can put a few drops into an empty veggie capsule and take it as a pill. Other options are to add drops of oils to water, yogurt, applesauce, tea, milk, or food. Once again, remember that oils are very powerful so always start off with very small amounts.
That’s all folks. How do you use essential oils?? Let us know in the comments!
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