Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

It’s a beautiful day here in North Florida! The sun has decided to come out and play and that makes me very happy. This past weekend I taught a class to two of my favorite gals here in Jacksonville and we had such a fun time! It was pretty cold and windy, so I warmed up the studio, played awesome tunes, and used some yummy oils. Something about the beautiful scent of essential oils always completes my yoga practice.

I’ve used essential oils growing up, but not very regularly. Lately, I’ve been really interested in learning about the specifics of each oil, how they’re blended, and the different uses each one has to offer. For example, I’ve suffered from insomnia and sleeplessness for years now. I’m not exactly sure when it began, but I think it was after I came back to the U.S. after studying abroad in Spain. But that’s just a wild guess! I love Spain. Anyway, I went to the doctor several times and was prescribed medication, which made me feel like a zombie, so I quickly discontinued that remedy. I decided to get back into yoga and that helped a bit. Then I began drinking sleepy time tea, meditating, and practicing savasana before bedtime. As of late, I’ve been using a relaxing blend of essential oils to help me rest. Really, a combination of yoga, meditation, tea, and essential oils has really helped me get restful sleep. Sounds like a lot of work doesn’t it? It’s actually not, considering these things are natural, organic, and good for you. So far I’ve tried Sleep by 21 Drops, and I really like it! There are various other options out there and I’m excited to try them! What do you do for a good night’s sleep?

As you can see, William can sleep anywhere! :)

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Aromatherapy is another way of implementing essential oils into your lifestyle. It is commonly used during yoga classes to promote a peaceful and relaxing environment. If I don’t want to use a diffuser during class, I’ll sprinkle a few drops of oil on top of my feet, so when I walk around the class the scent travels throughout the room. People often use oils to fill their homes with these luscious scents. Here is a neat list of simple ways to implement the use of essential oils in your home. Aromatherapy doesn’t have to be difficult. For example, during the holidays my mom likes to boil a few cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and cloves to create a festive vibe while we chat over breakfast. It’s simple, smells delicious, and lasts for hours. A few other options to consider are diffusers, oil burners, or if you’re feeling crafty you can make a homemade reed diffuser like this one. Even sprinkling a few drops of Lavender to a cotton ball and placing it in the corner of your closet can freshen up the space! Be creative and have fun!

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Essential oils are amazing. They last a long time because they are highly concentrated, which means you only need a few drops at a time. Also, they do not release harsh chemicals into the air you breathe like normal candles and air fresheners do. Please be aware when choosing your oils that they read “essential oil” as opposed to “fragrance oil” as they are completely different. Essential oils are natural oils that are extracted from different parts of a plant, whether it be a seed, stem, flower, etc. Fragrance oils are synthetic and often contain chemicals that are not useful to your health and well-being. With that said, I hope you found these tips useful. I’m still learning about all of the benefits and am eager to continue my research. There is a ton of information out there if you are interested in becoming more aware of the benefits and uses of essential oils. What types of essential oils do you use? Happy Tuesday!

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