Using essential oils for a healthy lifestyle

 

essential oils for healthy lifestyle

essential oils for healthy lifestyle

This is the first of a 12-week series on How I Learned to Manage My Bipolar Illness by Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle.

 

I became obsessed with essential oils during the fall of 2013. Today I’m not sure how I ever lived without them.

(This is not a post encouraging you to buy essential oils from me, but if you are so inclined, I do sell them and you can email me for more info: jennifer(at)bipolarmomlife.com.)

I want to share with you the difference essential oils have made in my life. After ordering the intro kit (Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint) from an old high school friend of mine who was a Wellness Advocate under (surprise!) another high school friend of ours, I became hooked.

Peppermint boosts mood, so whenever I feel sluggish during the day, a deep inhale of Peppermint energizes me. It’s also a great breath freshener. A drop of peppermint does wonders for a fuzzy, post-lunch mouth.

The Lemon oil is my favorite way to flavor my drinking water during the day. Water can be so boring, but we all know how important it is for us to drink. A drop of lemon oil makes water tasty. I also love cooking with Lemon oil. And for cleaning, in a spray bottle with water, it was great to cut grease on countertops and mildew on shower walls.

These two oils are wonderful, and they have plenty of other uses. The versatility of essential oils is what makes them amazing. But Lavender was an absolute game-changer.

When I want to enjoy a restful night’s sleep, essential oil is KEY!

Lavender has an incredibly relaxing scent, and when I apply it to the bottom of my feet before bed and a drop to my chest so my body heat diffuses it for me, it helps me to enjoy a restful sleep.

Lavender oil helps me to relax and enjoy a heavy, deep sleep. There are nights when my son will come into our room, crawl into our bed, and I won’t even know until I wake up to his sweet face sharing my pillow. I don’t wake up at 2am to empty my bladder anymore. My nights are filled with restful, perfect sleep and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Since I’ve been using essential oils for over a year now, I’ve had a chance to try many of the fabulous products. But the oils I love the most are the ones that enhance sleep. My favorites are kept on my nightstand. I now alternate between Lavender, Marjoram, Bergamot, Serenity and Cedarwood for sleep. They all work equally well.

Essential oil Quality

I have only ever used one brand of essential oils, but I did do a little research last time I was at the grocery store. There is a large display of essential oils at my local Wegman’s in the Wellness aisle. I was curious, so I spent a few minutes opening the sample bottles and sniffing the various oils and blends.

What a dramatic difference. The oils in the store smelled like a chemical version of my normal brand’s, barely even close to the aroma of the oils I had come to love. I don’t know why I was surprised. The oils I buy are Pure Therapeutic Grade, meaning they are 100% pure, free of fillers or artificial contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. Plain and simple, I trust the oils I buy because I research how they are made.

An investment in my health

Essential oils aren’t cheap, but for the many ways I benefit from using them, they are completely worth the money. I’ve made an investment in my health, and I am so glad I was introduced to the many benefits of using essential oils.

Have you tried essential oils? If not, what are you waiting for? Email me at: jennifer@bipolarmomlife.com if you have any questions.