I was introduced to essential oils early during my yoga practice. Other yogis and teachers would use them during and after class, so I started getting curious about them and their uses. I eventually took the leap purchased a few essential oils as well as a book about their uses and benefits.
For a while, I tried to integrate them into nearly everything, which quickly just became too time-consuming and frustrating. I've slowed down a bit and have about a dozen essential oils today that I use for a variety of things such as elevating my mood, gaining a burst of energy, soothing fatigued muscles, and even cleaning.
Here are a few of my favorite essential oils and how I like to use them:
Lavender: This calming essential oil is great for relieving stress. I use it in a relaxing bath and before bed to help me sleep. I also use dried lavender in the eye pillows I bring to vinyasa classes to help ease students into a peaceful savasana.
Eucalyptus: This is one of my very favorite oils. I have asthma and allergies, and just opening the bottle and taking a whiff of the oil can help clear my airways and prevent or relieve a minor asthma attack. It's also great in an epsom salt bath to help sooth tired muscles.
Lemon: This is another multi-purpose essential oil. If you have food-grade oils, you can add a few drops to water to purify it and add a little flavor. It's great for cleaning (especially when combined with tea tree oil) and is uplifting when placed in an aromatherapy diffuser.
Peppermint: I keep an extra bottle of this oil in my car's glove compartment, as I tend to get tired while driving. If driving has the same effects on you, just pop a drop or two onto your tongue, and not only will your breath be more fresh, you will wake up quickly! I also love peppermint in a bath, as it works in a similar way to eucalyptus. I also use it with bergamot or orange in a cooling spray that I use during and after heated yoga classes.
If you want to start using essential oils, it's worth researching their uses and how to use them. Some require a carrier oil such as coconut or sesame. Some can be ingested while others are not safe. I typically buy mine from Amazon, but I've purchased more expensive brands for special uses, especially those that I do place on my tongue or in a drink.
I'd love to hear your uses and ideas for essential oils! Please comment here!