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Essential Oils To Help Your 5 Biggest Struggles

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If you’ve ever explored the land of plant magic, you likely began with diffusing oils because you enjoyed the smell. While that’s a lovely practice, essential oils have loads of physical healing and energetic properties that can support you beyond their pleasant aromas.

What are essential oils exactly?

Essential oils are highly concentrated, naturally occurring oils distilled from plants (bark, flower, roots and seeds).  

They have been used for thousands of years for their multitude of health benefits and practical uses for mental, emotional and physical health. Some surprising bonus ways to incorporate essential oils are through cleaning, cooking, and your beauty regimen.

Please Note: not all oils are created equally. Many oils have fillers (only 5-10% essential oil, 80-90% synthetics) and may have warnings not to use topically or orally. Do your research before purchasing. doTERRA offers Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils and is highly recommended.

How do you use essential oils?

DoTerra essential oils next to a diffuser

There are three main ways to use essential oils. 

#1: Aromatically

This is the most common way to use oils and involves inhaling them. You can use a diffuser to impact the mood and vibe of your home or workspace, or you can place a drop of oil into your palms and inhale straight from your hands.

Fun Fact: When you inhale the oils, it sends signals to the limbic system in your brain, which is in charge of your emotions. Based on the properties of the oil, your mood and emotions can shift once this communication occurs.

#2: Topically

If you are using pure oils that can be applied topically, you may choose to apply to your wrists, forearms, temples, back of neck, belly or soles of your feet.

Applying topically is particularly effective when using oils for specific ailments. If you have a headache, you may choose to massage peppermint oil into your temples or the back of your neck. If you have a bellyache, you may rub ginger oil over your abdomen. 

Fun Fact: The soles of feet have some of the largest pores on your body, which means the healing properties of the essential oils are absorbed and felt more quickly when applied here.

#3: Internally

If you are using pure oils that can be taken internally, you may choose to ingest certain oils for various health benefits. You may add a couple of drops of lemon oil to your water or create your own capsules filled with oil to include less tasty (but super healing) oils like oregano.

Related: Essential Oil: Understanding The Purpose [Beginner’s Guide]

What oils can help me and my 5 biggest struggles?

While I hate to assume your struggles, I think we can all relate to needing guidance and support when it comes to:

  • Better Sleep
  • More Energy
  • Better Focus
  • Improved Digestion
  • Less Stress

And guess what? There are essential oils that can support all of these!

Oils for Better Sleep

The following oils are known for improving relaxation, calming your nervous system and improving your sleep. 

  1. Lavender
  2. Serenity (a specific doTERRA blend for sleep)
  3. Juniper Berry
  4. Roman Chamomile

You may choose to:

  • Diffuse one of these in your bedroom for about 30 minutes before you go to bed.
  • Add a drop to your pillowcase.
  • Rub a drop into the soles of your feet.
  • Place a drop into your palms and inhale from your hands.
Two women putting essential oil in a diffuser

Oils for More Energy

The following oils are known for boosting energy and improving your mood.

  1. Lime
  2. Basil
  3. Lemon
  4. Wild Orange
  5. Peppermint
  6. Motivate (a specific doTERRA blend)

You may choose to:

  • Diffuse one of these in your office or home.
  • Rub a drop into the soles of your feet or rub onto your wrists, temples or neck.
  • Place a drop into your palms and inhale from your hands.

Oils for Better Focus

The following oils are known for helping your concentration.

  1. Lemon
  2. Rosemary
  3. Spearmint
  4. InTune (a specific doTERRA blend)

You may choose to:

  • Diffuse one of these in your office or home.
  • Rub a drop into the soles of your feet or rub onto your wrists, temples or neck.
  • Place a drop into your palms and inhale from your hands.

Oils for Improved Digestion

Two ladies putting essential oils in their water

The following oils are known to help with bloating and digestive problems.

  1. Peppermint
  2. Ginger
  3. Fennel
  4. Lemon
  5. DigestZen (a specific doTERRA blend)

You may choose to:

  • Rub a drop into the soles of your feet or directly onto your belly.
  • Add a drop to your water.
  • Place a drop into your palms and inhale from your hands.

Oils for Less Stress (and more joy!)

The following oils are known to reduce stress and anxious feelings while inviting in more joy.

  1. Adaptiv (a specific doTERRA blend)
  2. Citrus Bliss
  3. Balance (a specific doTERRA blend)
  4. Ylang Ylang
  5. AromaTouch (a specific doTERRA blend)

You may choose to:

  • Diffuse one of these in your office or home.
  • Rub a drop into the soles of your feet or rub onto your wrists, temples or neck.
  • Place a drop into your palms and inhale from your hands.

There’s an Oil For That

Time to go essential oil shopping, right? Remember to be a smart shopper and do a little research before purchasing – especially if you plan to ingest or use topically. 

If you need more guidance or want to learn more about doTERRA essential oils, head here.

You might also be interested in: Top 6 Benefits Of Coconut Oil To Add To Your Routine

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