I wrote this for a work post and thought I’d share it over here.
Sorry I’ve been so absent lately, everyone. I’ve almost gotten over my giant pile of tasks that needed to be finished in order to *just* freelance again. The holidays are intense, y’all. January and hygge-times are coming! ❤
SELF-CARE CHALLENGE, DAY 5: ESSENTIAL OILS – (Instructions and Ideas!)
Today is an excellent day to start dabbling in essential oils. They’re a wonderful, holistic way to cultivate the mood you desire at any given moment, whether you’re stressed or in need of a pick me up.
My favorite blend is comprised of rosehip oil and lavender oil, which is the perfect answer for stressful moments.
My second favorite is peppermint and eucalyptus, with the same rosehip carrier oil. I use it in my morning wake up routine and sometimes when I’m sick. It’s perfect for opening up airways and clearing the fog.
You can use any carrier oil that suits you best. Great options are jojoba oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, olive oil… try a few out to check for reactions first. Here’s a huge list of carriers to choose from.
To make your own blend:
1. Add 15-30 drops of essential oil (or oils) to a 10ml roller bottle or dropper bottle. If you’re more sensitive to smell, please consider going on the low end of the spectrum and working your way up.
2. Fill rest of bottle with your favorite carrier oil.
3. Add top and shake well to mix, label bottle and store in a cool, dry area away from sunlight.
Why don’t you want to put essential oils onto your skin without a carrier oil? Essential oils are just that — all of any plant’s oils that make it potent are distilled to their essential properties. When you do that to a more potent plant (think cinnamon, mint or rosemary), the leaves/bark are gone and only the volatile oils remain. You can actually burn yourself by applying some oils directly to the skin! Using a carrier oil diffuses the volatile oils, making it safer to apply. If you’re making blends at home, make sure to test each on a small portion of skin before using it regularly.
Use your intuition to find a blend that’s right for you. Check online (Pinterest is great!) for new blend ideas. You can even buy extra rollers and make great gifts for your loved ones for Christmas! The possibilities are endless!