Routines are important, with diet, homeschool, health, work, with everything. I don’t embrace a routine run by clock as much as an ordered routine. And though I do not consider myself a “health nut,” I do follow a daily wellness practice that has become very helpful for me. So, how do I use essential oils in my daily routine? Here is my story.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, (in fact I failed college biology and had to retake it) and I make no medical claims in regards to essential oils. I cannot prescribe anything or tell you how to treat anything. All I can do is tell you facts and in very vague terms what I do and how essential oils support my health. Everyone's chemical makeup is different and different people can react differently to the same essential oils. You should of course consult a physician before using essential oils or changing your health and wellness routine, and you should also research essential oil safety before beginning to use them.
I am a 30 something full-time wife and mother of five. I homeschool three, plus a pre-schooler and toddler. I work anywhere from 6-10 hours per day on our home businesses. And I support my husband in our local ministry missionary responsibilities and outreach activities. I get 6-8 hours of sleep almost every night, and any health issues I have had have been mainly in relation to the endocrine system, immune system, emotion and hormone system, reproductive system and childbirth.
In Spring 2014, I changed to a gluten-free diet and began limiting sugar intake. In late Summer 2014, I started the following essential oils routine.
My Morning Oils Routine
Everyday Oils AM:
- Progessence Plus – I apply this daily on both sides of my neck with a roller bottle. Progessence Plus is a serum containing wild yam, vitamin E, Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils. It is designed especially for women and promotes endocrine and hormonal health.
- Frankincense – I apply this to the front of my neck also to promote endocrine health.
- Valor and Joy – these two oil blends contain Ylang ylang, Rosewood, Northern Lights Black spruce, Matricaria, Idaho blue spruce, Boswellia carterii Frankincense, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, Davana, Geranium, Coriander, Lemon, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, Roseand others… and together these two seem to ground me, lift my mood and help me focus for the morning. I apply them one after the other over my heart and on my wrists.
- Endoflex – is a blend of sesame seed oil, spearmint, sage, geranium, myrtle, nutmeg, and German chamomile. Endoflex beautifully supports the endocrine system. Think thyroid and adrenals. Endoflex can help you maintain overall vitality because it is a proprietary blend of essential oils that support the endocrine system. I'm also using it to promote a healthy sleep pattern, which is something I need to work on. Geranium and Myrtle are great for rubbing over my lower back and they are both ingredients in Endoflex.
- Thieves – I use this daily as well to promote a healthy immune system. Because of the cloves in this blend, it has a mild numbing sensation when put in the mouth. I brush daily with Thieves oil or Thieves toothpaste to promote oral health and a drop of Thieves in a mouthful of water is also a great mouth rinse and/or breath freshener.
Occasional Oils AM:
- Stress Away – contains copaiba, lime, cedarwood, lavender, vanilla and ocotea. I will also use Stress Away daily and though it’s primary use is dietary, I love the sweet calming smell it has and it is a favorite in my diffuser necklace as well. I will use this one throughout the day as needed.
- Panaway – If I wake up with a soreness or tension for lack of sleep or sleeping at a funny angle, I will often apply panaway oil to the back of my neck and also layer on Deep Relief (which contains Peppermint, wintergreen and other oils) and sometimes Frankincense.
- Peppermint and Orange are also a great blend to help me concentrate during work hours. Both are tasty and refreshing in ice water (in a stainless steel cup, of coarse).
My Evening Oils Routine:
Everyday Oils PM:
- Progessence Plus – same as morning
- Frankincense – same as morning
- StressAway – helps me to relax when it is hard to shut off my brain at night.
- Dream Catcher – the name of this blend seems funny, but it is a blend of about 20 different essential oils. I apply it to my forehead each night before bed and it also helps me to relax and promotes healthy rest.
Occasional Oils PM
- Sometimes, if needing help relaxing I will use Cedarwood or Vetiver in the diffuser.
- If feeling nostalgic, I’ll use Christmas Spirit, a blend of orange, cinnamon bark, and spruce. Christmas Spirit has a very comforting aroma, but also supports the immune system.
- If I get the sniffles I’ll apply Eucalyptus, RC, or Breathe Again to my neck and chest. Both of those support the respiratory system.
I have been keeping this AM and PM routine and have also cut gluten out of my diet and been limiting sugar for the last 12-18 months. I have also more recently begun to use more essential oil based household cleaners and less of the commercial ones, and to diffuse oils for air fresheners instead of burning candles which can release harmful toxins into the air.
Why Do I Do All of This?
Because my husband likes it that I come to bed smelling pretty every night.
No really! He told me that!
But besides the better-than-perfume aromas, over the last 12 months my endocrine, hormone, and immune health have improved tremendously and despite keeping odd hours I do get a good amount of sleep and have felt healthier overall than I have in years.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because I believe that God can do amazing things through essential oils, and I want you to experience them as I have. I know that often we fear what we do not understand. I did, until someone took me aside and told me how to get information about them and how to use them. Now, I can be that someone for you.
Let me repeat, I am not a doctor, and I make no medical claims in regards to essential oils. I can tell you the facts of what I have experienced in language limited by FDA regulations, and also tell you that each person's experience may be different. I cannot prescribe anything or tell you how to treat anything.
I am NOT AN EXPERT. But you don’t need to be an expert to make better choices for your health and wellness. It just takes some research and experimentation. There are many wonderful reference guides, books and resources available about how to use essential oils.
I encourage you to do the research and decide for yourself if essential oils are for you and your family. Here are some resources to check out:
- Where to go to Learn About Natural Remedies
- Natural Health Education & Events
- Find testimonies at OilTestimonies.com
If you would like to support your family’s health and wellness with essential oils, have questions, or want to know how to get free essential oils, please contact me or click here for information on how to get started.
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