As you may already know, I am a big fan of all things “natural”. I especially love to use paraben and fragrance free shower gel, body lotion and sun cream which keeps my skin happy and works wonders for heat rash in the Summer. I have bought a new glass water bottle to avoid any chemical nasties and have started flavouring my water with fruit, it’s quite yummy. I also try to keep processed foods to a minimum which is not always easy but a great excuse to do a bit of home baking at the weekends!
I am far from being a eco goddess but little by little I try to make more simple, pure choices, which I know my body prefers. With this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was to be invited along to Olwyn Kearns’ talk on Essential Oils at the Dundrum Yoga Dublin studio.
Olwyn works with doTERRA, a company with a conscience. They offer a huge range of ethically sourced therapeutic grade essential oils, skin care and wellness products and their range continues to grow. Their oils are 100% pure and natural which makes them both safe and hugely beneficial to both our physical and mental health.
Olwyn started by introducing herself and explaining some of the reasons she uses essential oil daily, for herself and in her home. I have always loved the fresh smells from the oils but I was genuinely surprised to hear of the many uses and real benefits experienced by her and her family.
Firstly, essential oils can be used in the following ways:
- Using a diffuser (an oil burner can kill the healing properties of therapeutic grade oils)
- Placing a few drops in the palm of your hands, rub together and inhale
- Mix in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture and linens
- Add to a carrier oil (almond/fractionated coconut) and use for massage
- Pop a few drops in a warm bath with Epsom salts
- Add oil to your favourite moisturizer
- Apply to area of concern (e.g. Digestzen on the stomach)
- Apply to soles of the feet
- A drop under the tongue.
- Add to a glass/bottle of water.
- Use in cooking and baking. The oils are extremely concentrated so a little goes a long way.
NB. Essential oils should be used this way with guidance and treated with care as not all oils are safe for internal usage.
Some of my favourite tips:
- The oils are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Using a diffuser will clean the air in an entire room.
- Mix your favourite oil with some carrier oil and keep in a rollerball container to use instead of perfume.
- Using essential oils to clean your home reduces your toxic load and lessens the work your liver has to do to filter out all the chemicals we come into contact with.
- Lavender is a natural anti-histamine and can be applied to relieve stings and bites.
- Lavender also promotes hair growth and can be added to mascara and conditioner.
- Lemon is a natural antiseptic. I tried this myself and it was the only thing that got rid of the smell of cooking in my kitchen after Easter weekend!
- Check out some more DIY tips on the doTERRA website.
I swapped between my sitting room and bedroom but felt especially spoilt when I diffused the “Peace” blend with its hints of relaxing lavender before bed (I slept like a baby).
Weekday mornings I used “Motivate” to get me out the door and I loved the uplifting scent of “Cheer” wafting throughout my apartment on Saturday.
I have even started cleaning my work surfaces with a mixture of water, vinegar and lemon oil, oh my goodness, it smells wonderful!
Not only did I learn a huge amount about the endless benefits and uses for essential oils, I can’t wait to soak up more of Olwyn’s enthusiasm and knowledge in one of her yoga classes. Oh and my home smells wonderful these days!
Keep an eye out for Olwyn’s upcoming talks on essential oils and emotional health on the Yoga Dublin website. If you are interested in further information, you can contact Olwyn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can purchase online by using this link www.mydoterra.com/yogadublin
**Avoid sunlight and UV rays especially after using any of the citrus oils.
About the Author
Aisling may work a desk job but loves nothing more than being active and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine. She is a big fan of staying healthy and happy and believes the two are strongly linked.
She fell in love with yoga because of its feel good benefits and continues to reap the rewards of a regular practice every week. She adores the snow and sunshine and indulges in surfing or snowboarding as the season dictates. As a nutritional therapist and a bit of a foodie, she enjoys trying new recipes, looking for the balance between the wholesome and the indulgent!
Aisling has been our Yoga Dublin blogger for over two years and loves sharing her tips and insights for a healthy lifestyle.