My favorite question that new customers ask is, “What essential oil is good for stress?”
In popular marketing, aromatherapy is portrayed in such a way that each essential oil has a particular purpose. “There’s an oil for that” has become a mantra for many.
Though in one sense this is true, it is only a half-truth. Rarely is there ever any one essential oil for a particular condition, but often there are many essential oils that can do the trick.
The key with aromatherapy is building a relationship with our oils and ourselves, so we are making informed choices that support ourselves in a holistic way.
My journey with aromatherapy has led me to the conclusion that essential oils help me get more in touch with using ALL the remedies for my healthcare. This extends to herbal medicine, mindfulness, and a healthy lifestyle (you know—good sleep, regular exercise, and whole foods).
Essential oils are great, but they will only be so effective on their own. We need other healthy habits to support their work.
So, here’s a few tips for getting the most out of your essential oils:
Have a few oils that you use for everything, rather than a different oil for each ailment. Most essential oils have more than a handful of medical properties (some have more of a laundry list). Get to know everything you can use a single oil for. You might be surprised at how much you can McGyver with a small collection.
Use essential oils as a small part of your home medicine cabinet. Essential oils are wonderful for preventative medicine as well as the treatment of acute issues, but so are herbs in the form of teas, tinctures, and salves. Especially when it comes to ingesting these remedies, it’s much safer to use teas and tinctures, and they are great for everyday use. They can also be delicious!
Make sure you are supporting your body in the most basic ways. This means checking in on your sleep quality, the amount of exercise or movement in your day, and your eating habits. I’m sorry if it’s a surprise, but there’s not much that’s going to help you feel better in the long-term if these areas are out of whack. Not even Frankincense (or any other oil that might be trending at the moment).
In my effort to share these teachings, I’d love to know your thoughts.
Which of these principles would be the easiest for you to implement and which would be the hardest. Why? Let me know by leaving a comment below.