Essential Oils Can Change Your Life… When You Use Them Every Day

I’m not one of those people who grew up around holistic remedies, when something was wrong we’d go to the doctor like most people. 

I started using essential oils only 2 years ago, and prior to that I had NO IDEA they could support us in so many different ways.

Let me share briefly how I came to using them when I became a mum I faced a number of emotional challenges, such as depression, crazy hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and anxiety.  I lost who I was, and one dark day rolled into another.  For about two years I trialled various prescription drugs, in search of a solution that would return me to my normal self.

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So when someone gave me a sample of an essential oil, my response went a little like this… “hey thanks, but I’ve been on some of the strongest medications there are, so I don’t think a little smelly liquid is going to help me!”

I didn’t try it straightaway, it sat on my shelf for about two weeks, but that person kept persisting I try it.  I’ll be forever grateful they did, because I had an experience with that oil that I definitely wasn’t expecting, and I wanted more of it! 

That one application was by no means a cure.  Essential oils are not a cure, they support the body in its natural healing process.

It took me a while to get into the daily habit of using them, because they’d never been a part of my routine before, or even on my radar.

I now use them for all our family’s wellness needs, as well as to clean our home (they make incredible non-toxic cleaners!)  But for this post I want to share how I use them each morning to support my mood, both mentally and emotionally, because it is this routine that has changed my life in such a powerful way:

A Joyful Breakfast
When I get up in the morning to organise breakfast, the first thing I do is add Elevation (our Joyful Blend, commonly used for depression) to the diffuser with some Wild Orange (which is like a burst of sunshine!)  Breathing in these gorgeous aromas while we have breakfast puts everyone in a good mood.

Essential oils have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and connect directly with our limbic system – this part of our brain controls our memory, mood, blood pressure, our heart rate, and so much more, and this is why essential oils can create such a powerful response.

Grounding Heightened Emotions
Before I put my shoes on I’ll apply some Balance (our Grounding Blend) to the bottoms of my feet – it takes approximately 30 seconds for them to reach our bloodstream from our feet.  This helps level out my mood.

From Anxious to Calm
Then I’ll apply what I call my ‘anxious mess’ blend (no fancy names here!) which I make up in a roller bottle – I add 15 drops of Serenity (the calming blend) and 15 drops of Wild Orange (both calming and invigorating).  I roll it onto the top part of my spine, as far as I can reach, then I massage it in. 

Our spine is very connected to our nervous system, so this is a great place for essential oil application to support anxious feelings.

Anxiety has crippled me at times, I’ve literally had moments where I’ve not been able to hold a conversation with someone, or if I have it’s had me in a hot flustered mess.  Seriously.

Brightening Up a Dark Day
And finally, I’ll apply my ‘happy’ blend to the back of my neck and massage it up towards the back of my head / brain.  This blend is made up of Frankincense (‘Oil of Truth’), Bergamot (‘Oil of Self-Acceptance’), and Ylang Ylang (‘Oil of the Inner Child’)*.  I add 10 drops of each to a roller bottle topped with fractionated coconut oil. 

And that’s it!  I won’t necessarily do each of these every single morning, but I make sure I include at least two of these steps within my morning routine.  It really depends what I need at the time.

Not only do I feel like the weight has been lifted and I can go about my day feeling more calm and positive, but they smell incredible too.  I’m ALWAYS being complimented on how good I smell – dropping the synthetic perfume was the next best thing I did by the way, but that’s a topic for another day!

When using essential oils for physical and emotional wellbeing, you want to be using a high quality essential oil.  I chose doTERRA because they are the leaders in the industry, no one is growing, sourcing, testing, and producing essential oils like they do. 

Did you know that only 5-10% essential oil is required to call it a ‘pure’ essential oil?  Crazy huh.  

When I first started using essential oils, I had no idea what I was doing, so now I love to help others get started right, based on their needs.

Committing to this routine not only keeps me calm, grounded, and a much happier person, but I found what I was searching for – my ‘normal self’ And it is this that has transformed the way I show up in my life, and how I show up as a wife and mother. 

Be whole, be happy.

Bridget xo

* If you’d like to learn more about the emotional elements of essential oils then I highly recommend this ‘Essential Oils & Emotions’ book.

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