Say “essential” again, Salt.
My familiarity with essential oils began and ended in massage studios and at the place where I used to get my hair done in Burbank, CA. (Scalp massages FTW.) They were not something that I have ever thought to keep around the house or use on a daily basis and I didn’t realize that there was any sort of hierarchy among brands. Basically I figured peppermint oil was peppermint oil no matter what kind you purchased.
Although I never kept oils at home, I’ve always thought aromatherapy was very cool and have been experimenting with it a little more often ever since I realized how pleasant aromatic Epsom salt baths can be for my ragged out runner’s muscles. So when I was contacted by a representative from doTERRA and asked if I would like to try out some of their essential oils, I was all about it. I like to read up on all the companies I review for before receiving the product and that is how I became aware that not all essential oils are created equal.
DoTERRA oils are therapeutic-grade, naturally safe, and set the standard for purity. Like literally they are so awesome that they CREATED the standard where previously there wasn’t one.
These oils are “guaranteed to be 100% pure and natural and free of synthetic compounds or contaminates”. I would feel perfectly comfortable using these oils for myself or even a diluted version for Betty. Lavender is known for its calming properties. Maybe this could come in handy on the days when she is being a complete basketcase.
I received a box containing three oils: Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint, plus also a sample of something called Deep Blue Rub which apparently works miracles on athletes. Immediately I had to uncap all the bottles and smell them. They were all dreamy.
On the interior flap of the box they have a handy guide printed featuring all the things you can use these oils for. My mind was completely blown.
You can sooth a sore throat with lemon essential oil AND use it as furniture polish? Who knew!?
I got right to work that night experimenting with my oils by putting the lavender on my pillow and it’s probably not a coincidence that I got the best night of sleep that I had had in weeks. Some other ways that I’ve been using them recently:
- Lavender in my bath and, yes, on Betty’s feet when she’s having a particularly hard time settling down for bed.
- Lemon + coconut oil on my nails before I give myself a new Jamicure.
- Peppermint on my leg muscles before a hard workout. I also like to dab a little bit of it behind my ears before I run because I feel like it wakes me up. I’m finding the peppermint to be the most versatile and carry it in my purse most days.
And as you can see, what I’m doing with them is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure in the future I’ll be using the lemon to pull chewing gum off of fabric.
The Deep Blue Rub that I do not have a photo of is also really phenomenal. It was a small sample so I’ve been using it sparingly on my shin and I’ve been dealing with whatever issues I have there, but you don’t need much for it to be effective. That stuff is powerful and I would definitely recommend it to any runner who experiences muscle pain. Which would be like…every runner.
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Have you used essential oils in your home? Which of these oils would you like to try the most? What would you use it for?
I hope everyone is having a wonderful and great-smelling Tuesday!