Question #22

CoAnQuMo continues with the 22nd question!

What is the most effective essential oil?

Great question! It’s one I can’t really answer as is, for each essential oil has its own raison d’être and healing qualities. So I’ll break it down a bit (and note that this is a very simplistic list as most essential oils have many different purposes).

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For enhanced relaxation:
lavender
ylang ylang
chamomile
rose
neroli
vetiver
melissa
marjoram

For mood boosting:
orange
tangerine
lemon
lime
basil
bergamot
pine
peppermint
clary sage

For enhanced clarity and mental acuity:
basil
rosemary
peppermint
cypress
lemon
eucalyptus

For reduction in headaches:
peppermint
anise
lavender
rosemary
marjoram
roman chamomile

For an immune boost:
tea tree
eucalyptus
lavender
palmarosa
rosemary
bay
geranium
pine

For tummy troubles (nausea, IBS, indigestion):
peppermint
ginger
cardamom
patchouli
anise

As you can see, there are many uses for essential oils and some oils (like lavender) have many healing uses. If you aren’t familiar with using essential oils, it’s essential (pun intended) to know that you must always dilute the oils in a carrier (like oil or water) and not to place them directly on the skin. Essential oils are concentrated and can harm the skin if applied directly. Also, don’t ingest the oils, avoid if pregnant (or work with a knowledgeable essential oil practitioner), and avoid the sun when the oils are on your skin. For more guidelines and precaution information, click here.

Here are a few ways I use essential oils:

Diffuser: I place 3-4 drops of essential oils in a diffuser with water. The candle heats the water-essential oil mixture and spreads the lovely smell around the room.

Bath: 5-10 drops of essential oils can be added to your bath water

Spray mist: In a 4 oz mist bottle, I place approx. 20-30 drops of essential oils

Body lotion/oil: In a 4 oz. bottle, I place about 10-20 drops of essential oils

Sniff-and-Go: I keep a few essential oil bottles in my purse and take a sniff whenever I need a pick-me-up or a stress-reducer.

Mix and match!
Essential oils are marvelously healing, especially in combination. For example one of my favorite stress reducer mists includes lavender, marjoram, and orange. Heavenly.

Buy Essential Oil Blends

If you don’t want to blend your own essential oils, you can buy them pre-blended. I particularly like these the blends from these companies.

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O’Malley and Potter “Feel Good Products”: my favorite blend is NEW BALANCE

Snow Lotus: my favorite blend is HARMONY

Aura Cacia: I am quite fond of CHILL PILL

Kate’s Magik Anointing Oils: I can’t get enough of MOON GODDESS

You can purchase essential oils online, but you can also find them at your local health food stores, like Whole Foods or PCC. In my neighborhood both Zenith Supplies and EastWest Booskshop also carry them. As often as possible, I’d recommend getting organic essential oils. After all, these are concentrated oils form plants, so they’re potent. I want them to be as clean and pesticide-free as possible!

What are YOUR favorite essential oils and how do YOU use them in your life to enhance your body, mind, and heart?

with peppermint wishes and lavender dreams,

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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