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