The Best Essential Oil Blends for your Self Care Routine
In this article, you’ll learn the best self care tip to add to your self care routine. Learn about the best organic essential oils and uses for an easy, daily self care routine. This article will help you learn how to use essential oils for beginners as well as the best essential oil blends for your self care routine.
Essential oils and self care are one of the best pairs together and are weaved together so seamlessly.
Not only have essential oils been proven time and time again to promote health and wellness in a variety of ways, but it is one of the easiest ways to incorporate self care into your daily routine.
Even if you’re plugging away at your desk, you can seamlessly add all of the benefits of essential oils into your schedule without having to set it on your to-do list.
I’ve been on the hunt for a sustainable, high quality essential oils that were going to do what I needed to do in my own practice. When I was burned out, I wanted to experience the true benefits of the essential oil, not a whole bunch of preservatives and additives.
Background With Essential Oils
Essential oils have always been apart of my bodywork practice with clients for over the past decade.
With so many benefits of just inhaling and tapping into the subconscious mind, my clients began to feel more benefits from not only their bodywork but also in their thoughts afterwards.
When I first discovered Rocky Mountain Oils, I had found the match that I was searching for . After starting with their lemongrass in my bodywork practice, I noticed the immediate benefits.
Lemongrass is one of the best essential oils that will help to relax tense, stiff muscles. Even just putting a few drops into your favorite carrier oil will help to ease built up tension.
Sometimes with heavily mixed essential oils, you’ll notice that they don’t dissolve in a diffuser at an even pace. Usually you’ll notice that they have a powerful, strong scent for the first 10-15 minutes and dwindle down noticeably.
Rocky Mountain Oils are completely organic, they’re ethically sourced, and they’re thoroughly researched to make sure that your essential oils are going to give you the benefits you’re expecting out of each of them.
After my run with their lemongrass (you can find the exact one I used here) I began to explore the rest of their selection and found so many that fit into the needs of myself, as well as my clients on the table.
How Essential Oils Work
Scientific studies have shown that by inhaling essential oils, nerves in the nose trigger powerful brain responses. Similarly, topical application allows these essential oils to quickly enter the bloodstream by being absorbed through skin tissue.
Our sense of smell is 10,000 more powerful than any other sense and the recognition of smell is immediate. Other senses, like touch, travel to the brain via the spinal cord. Smell is also the strongest link to the subconscious mind and also to our collective unconscious mind where memories are stored.
There are three main ways to use essential oils: diffusion, topical application and household. However you implement your essential oils into your routine, you’re adding benefit without adding time.
One of the most effective ways to use essential oils is with diffusion. Just set it and forget it type of easy!
Diffusers are so easy and a natural way to fill your home with scents that are working side by side with promoting your health and well-being.
When you’re first starting out on your self care routine, setting up a diffuser with some of your favorite scents is one of the easiest places to start.
In your diffuser, fill it up with water to the recommended line, put 5-10 drops (more or less as needed) into the diffuser and then turn it on.
The ultrasonic technology produces vibrations at a high frequency, turning the water into mist. As you breathe in the aromatic mist, the oil's beneficial properties are immediately absorbed into your body.
Quick, easy benefits without having to pencil anything extra into your schedule.
If you’re looking for a diffuser to get you started, I really enjoy using my Droplet Diffuser. It covers up to 400 square-feet (37 square-meters) and stays on for about 6 hours.
I also use this diffuser for our upstairs when I need a whole house cleanse. Both of them together really help to break up any stuffiness and give a really thorough experience wherever we are in the house.
Carrier Oils for topical
Anytime you’re applying your essential oils onto your skin, it’s important to mix in your drops or mixture with a carrier oil.
Essential oils by themselves are powerful and are more concentrated than the dried herbs themselves. Because essential oils are authentic and pure, their high levels of concentration can irritate the skin when applied without a carrier oil.
Carrier oils do not limit the effectiveness of the essential oil in any way; they just safely transfer the oil to your skin.
Some of my favorites to mix my essential oils in are:
Essential Oils and self care for Beginners
Adding essential oils to your self care routine can help you to put your self care on autopilot, which is fantastic for those of us scheduling ourselves to the last hour of the day.
Even those who are just starting a self care routine can start seeing immediate benefits to this extremely low energy self care idea. If you’re looking for even more low energy ideas, there’s a whole post here dedicated conserving your energy!
Essential oils can be a broad topic, so for today, we’ll go over what the best starter ones are for generalized care, as well as some fun blends to add a bit of depth to your needs. Let’s get started!
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Anytime you’re looking for relief from headaches, stress, or just to get a better night’s sleep, Lavender Essential Oil should be apart of your self care tool kit.
Lavender essential oil is sedative, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic, anti-carcinogenic, immune boosting and antiviral. It's perhaps the most versatile, gentle and effective essential oil out there
A few drops of this essential oil into your diffuser or into some avocado oil you have a powerhouse on your hand that goes great with almost any other combination.
The National Institute of Health also sited lavender to promote a deeper sleep than those who were without! Set your diffuser for a nighttime run or have your favorite mixed next to your bedside to put on your pulse points for a full-bodied experience.
If you’re on your journey to healing from burnout, rosemary is an essential oil that has to be in your self care kit.
This powerful essential oil has claimed its spot for remembrance, diffusing the energizing Rosemary Essential Oil may help reduce mental and emotional exhaustion, while stimulating focus and improving mental clarity.
Looking for a boost to your self care beauty routine? Cypress is my go-to for promoting healthy, well-nourished skin. Cypress Essential Oil is commonly found in skin care blends and can have amazing benefits when added to a foot soak or bath.
This versatile essential oil also encourages peace, harmony, and serenity when diffused with your home.
Due to its camphene content, cypress oil can heal wounds, and prevent infections. It can be added to soaps to exploit its capacity to eliminate germs on the skin. This powerful, woody scent can also eliminate skin lesions like pimples, sores, and skin eruptions.
Along with skincare benefits, cypress also promotes circulation and eases pain. Cypress oil reduces the associated pain, drains the retained fluid, improves circulation and decreases inflammation in carpal tunnel syndrome.
Cedarwood oil is considered one of the best essential oils for arthritis because of its inherent anti-inflammatory properties. Topical pain relievers for joint and muscle pain are known to include cedar essential oil for its therapeutic benefits.
When you’re using this essential oil on your skin mixed with a carrier oil from above, you can reduce inflammation, which can then minimize joint stiffness and discomfort.
Cedarwood essential oil has natural sedative properties which can combat insomnia. Its aroma elevates the release of serotonin in the brain which converts to melatonin and encourages restful sleep and a peaceful mind.
One of my favorite essential oils for colds and allergies. Especially around the change of seasons, I make it a priority to include it in with my skincare routine for prevention as well as around our home.
I use this in my diffuser when the pollen counts go up and congestion becomes a regular ailment. Adding this powerful essential oil into our diffuser helps to soothe irritated sinuses.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is excellent for reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes, thinning mucous in the sinus cavities and opening up the airways to help you find relief from blocked sinuses.
It is a natural antiseptic with antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it highly effective in treating wounds, minor cuts, acne, boils, insect bites, skin infections and more.
Eucalyptus not only helps to kill bacteria, but also to dry the blemished area and provide healing relief to irritated skin. This property is a perfect match for those who battle acne.
Essential Oils Blends
If you’re not into blending or may not feel comfortable blending your essential oils right off the bat, I love having essential oil blends that is going to give me exactly what I need from it.
The convenience of using a blend over mixing your own is one of the top reasons why I love having a few blends already done for me. Mixing up a blend can take some time and requires a little bit of experience. If you’re new to using these types of oils, buying a blend might be a great choice for you.
When you have a bottle of pre-blended essential oils, it’s just a case of grabbing it off the shelf and throwing a few drops into whatever you’re making or in the diffuser. Super simple and a completely stress free way of using a blended oil.
Below are my top three favorite picks that I always like to keep on hand.
The Aligning Blend has become one of my favorites to use on days where I just feel all over the place. Days where I just feel like I can’t catch up. This blend is calm in a bottle and instantly centers my emotions. Even just a quick inhalation from the bottle on my desk brings about peace and relaxation.
Aligning is also my go-to when I need help building my courage, confidence, and self-esteem. I carried my bottle with me on a tough day where I just was feeling the extra push of social anxiety and had to venture out.
Rosewood, Spruce, Frankincense, and Blue Tansy in a base of 75% Fractionated Coconut Oil is what you’ll get in Aligning. Rocky Mountain Oils have one of the longest lasting fractionated coconut oil that they research and carry. And no coconut smell to mix into your blends, hooray!
If you’re looking for calming support in a bottle, the Aligning Blend is one to try!
I can’t say enough good things about the Tranquility Blend. My goodness, this blend is not your Grandma’s Tranquility blends that I’ve experienced before. This little bottle is powerful in it’s soothing qualities, and RMO wasn’t kidding when they marked this as a sleep aid blend.
In this amazingly unique blend, there’s Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, Lime, Blue Tansy, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Citronella essential oils.
I put on this blend in my diffuser before my evening meditation and was completely floored at how effective it was at just soothing my thoughts, relaxing my shoulders after a long day, and so on. This blend really helped to provide a deeper meditation session with little “fidget time,” which I’m notorious for.
If you’re looking for a meditation aid to help you center, check out the Tranquility Blend!
And last, but certainly not least, one of my daily blends that are always running in the background on the diffuser is the Fortify blend. This blend is an earthy scent that is as much balancing as it is energizing.
In this herby-earthy blend, RMO crafted together Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Holy Basil, Ravintsara, Rosemary, Oregano, Ginger Root, Blue Tansy, Black Cumin, Clove Bud, and Hyssop in a base of 66% Fractionated Coconut Oil. This blend has a nice clean scent that meshes well for daily use and doesn’t overpower the room.
Just having this blend run throughout the day helps to clear out any mental blocks that I may have and help to give me a boost of motivation by encouraging me to relax and take a few breaths.
Starting a Self Care Routine
Adding quality essential oils can be the easiest way to begin a self care routine. Even if you have a great routine down for taking care of yourself, adding essential oils can help to up-level your routine even more.
If you’re new to self care or unsure of how to begin, there’s a whole article dedicated to starting a self care practice that gives you the fundamentals to begin an uplifting, nurturing routine.
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