Ubiquitous Fragrance Ruins Everything

F R A G R A N C E.

Candles, sprays, plug ins, hand soaps, perfumes, cleaning supplies, etc. all have sweet scents, but none of it natural . Ughhhhh!!!!

– The word “fragrance” can hide any combination of 3000+ chemicals that companies engineer in the lab. Cosmetic manufacturers do not have to disclose smells since that is considered a trade secret. Even many of the so called “essential oils” were lab created. Yupp…they are all fake.

– The majority of candles contain paraffin, a petroleum waste product. They are a suspected cause of cancer, can cause respiratory distress.

– The toxins released from candles are as detrimental as second-hand smoke.

Now, I use Young Living essential oils in a diffuser. Since I started avoiding fragrance, I have noticed less sinus problems. I thought I was doomed to a life of congestion. Not anymore!

Make your oils last longer

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR OILS LAST LONGER

When you look at the size of a bottle of essential oils, you might think,

“That is such a little amount of oil!”

I am constantly telling people to measure the bottle in the number of drops instead of ounces. A 5-ml bottle has about 90 drops and a 15-ml bottle has about 200-250 drops (depends on the viscosity).

However, there are other ways to make your oils last even longer.

1. Make a roller bottle. 10ml-sized glass bottles can be purchased inexpensively via Amazon. They have stainless steel roller ball top, making application quick and easy. Just add 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice, and fill the rest with a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil. This dilutes the essential oil but doesn’t reduce the effectiveness because one drop is so powerful. You extend the life of your oils and have a super simple way to apply them on the go.

2. Use the lowest setting on your diffuser. My Desert Mist diffuser (from Young Living) that can run for up to 10 hours! On the lowest setting, it cycles on and off at intervals, allowing the few drops that I put in to last almost all day.

3. Use diffuser jewelry to carry the aromatherapy benefits with you everywhere you go. Google search diffuser necklaces or bracelets and you’d find a lot of options to consider, including easy DIY options. I have made bracelets with accent lava beads. These hold the oil and it’s scent last a day or two.

Keep calm and just breathe

There are a lot of reasons to be anxious, freak out, or just plain worry. Not that it does any good.

Logically we know that worrying is a useless activity.

  • If you can fix the problem, don’t worry. Make a plan and fix it.
  • If you can’t fix the problem, don’t worry. Research what your options are and go from there.

Either way, don’t worry.

But sometimes, your brain doesn’t get the notice and you need a little assistance in calming down. That’s where essential oils can be extremely helpful.

I couple deep breathing exercises with essential oils that are known to have calming properties to help me find my center when life might have me off balanced.

Calm roller recipe

3 drops Cedarwood

3 drops lavender

2 drops Bergamot

2 drops Vetiver

Add drops to a 10ml bottle and fill with fractionated coconut oil (or carrier of your choice)

Is it morning again?

I am not a morning person.

My bed feels so warm and cozy in the morning and once my feet hit the floor, I am off and running.

I sometimes apply different blends to my wrists and neck to uplift my mood too. I need all the help I can get!

When I get in the car, I like to get my diffuser going with some bright yummy smelling oils to help wake me up on the way to work. I feel energized and ready to face the day.

I love it because just a few drops of oil in the diffuser is efficient AND cost effective! Plus I do not have to worry about breathing in harmful chemical smells.

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Here are some suggestions for diffusing in the morning for energy:

  • Lemon + Peppermint
  • Stress Away (blend) + Lime
  • Citrus Fresh (blend) + Lavender
  • Motivation (blend)

*In the car, I use one drop of each oil/oil blend so that it is not overpowering

Here are some suggestions for what I put on my wrists  & neck:

  • En-R-Gee (blend)
  • Stress Away (blend)
  • Valor (blend)
  • Happy roller (citrus oil blended in a roller- recipe below)

 

HAPPY ROLLER BLEND

  1. In a 10ml bottle, add 4 drops Grapefruit EO, 3 drops Orange EO, 2 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Joy (blend), 1 drop lemon
  2. Fill with carrier oil (I prefer fraccionated coconut or grapeseed oil)
  3. Add top and gently shake to mix.
  4. Apply to skin as desired.

Can we just focus…

Focus.

It can be easier said than done.

Sometimes my brain is so full, I feel like I am running in circles. It can be difficult to settle down and start working on my To Do List.

Thankfully, I have a lot of different essential oils to choose that can help me focus my mind and get things done.

Oils I use to help focus

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Rosemary
  • Vetiver
  • Clarity (a blend)
  • GeneYus (a blend)

Do you use essential oils to help focus? If so, what is your favorite?

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