10 Ways To Use Essential Oils For Self-Care

Essential Oils For Self-Care

Tracy and I are HUGE fans of essential oils. We use them just about every single day, and they have become an important part of our daily self-care practice.

Here are ten ways that you can use essential oils in your self-care practice:

1) Sleep

A desire – no, NEED – to relieve insomnia and improve my sleep is what pulled me into the world of essential oils.

That first bottle of lavender essential oil worked wonders for me, and more than a year on, I have diffused essential oils just about every single night before I go to bed.

My favorite essential oils for sleep include lavender and cedar wood.

My favorite essential oil blend for sleep is the 40 Winks For You blend by Frankie & Myrrh.

I just recently discovered this essential oil company and they were kind enough to send me a few samples of their self-care oils to try out for this article.

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Their 40 Winks For You blend of lavender, chamomile, vetiver, and frankincense essential oils has had me drifting off to sleep like never before!

I recommend using an oil diffuser to scent your bedroom about 15-minutes before you sleep. I set mine on a 1-2 hour timer.

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can add a drop or two to your bed spread, or add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in a small dish on your night stand.

2) Calm

Once I discovered how effective essential oils are for sleep, I also found them to be incredibly calming.

I wrote a whole post on essential oils for stress and anxiety.

As for self-care rituals to relieve stress, lavender, bergamot, frankincense, lemongrass, and peppermint are my go-tos.

I’ve also been loving the Serenity Now blend by Frankie & Myrrh.

Either diffuse them using an oil diffuser to promote a calm, peaceful environment, or simply open the bottle, hold under your nose, and inhale deeply for 5-10 breaths.

You can also put a few drops of any of these essential oils or oil blends into bath water for a relaxing soak at the end of a long day.

3) Grounding & Centering

When I’m feeling overwhelmed, spacey, and stuck – when my thoughts and by body feel like they are completely out of alignment – I turn to a few essential oils to help center and ground myself.

My favorite ones to use are those that have a distinctly woody or earthy/herbal aroma like eucalyptus, frankincense, vetiver, and cedar wood.

4) Protection

If you’re in an environment that is toxic, or the energy of a place is negatively affecting you, then diffusing certain essential oils can create a barrier – keeping negativity out while holding space for you to practice uplifting self-care rituals.

These oils can also create a “shield” if you are empathic, and need to retreat where your energy isn’t affected by others in your space.

The best essential oils for protection include “fiery” ones like cinnamon, clove, and black pepper, as well as cedar wood.

5) Release

Essential oils are the perfect companion when doing a release ritual, or when practicing self-care after loss or during hardship.

Essential oils expert, Adam Barralet, describes wintergreen essential oil as “The F**k It oil”. Wintergreen helps you ease up on attachment to outcomes and the need to control everything.

It’s a great essential oil for stepping back, taking a pause, and letting things fall into place, trusting that everything will ultimately work out.

I like to use cinnamon essential oil for more active releasing – imagining that the hot, fiery nature of cinnamon literally burns away thoughts and situations that no longer serve my greatest good.

6) Connection

A daily self-care practice works wonders to restore a sense of connection to yourself and your environment.

A familiar scent from childhood can help you reconnect with your inner child – especially when picking up long-neglected hobbies and interests.

I use frankincense essential oil when meditating, or doing any kind of spiritual self-care practice.

Eucalyptus essential oil is my go-to when I want to feel more connected to nature – especially on days where I can’t get outside and soak up sun under a green canopy of trees (like during January in upstate NY.)

7) Better Mood

Essential oils can definitely put me in a better mood. I mean, I’m in a better mood when I get a good night sleep and feel calm and relaxed.

But when I’m in a funk, there are a few oils that shift my energy and lift my spirits.

They include sweet orange, lemon, tangerine, peppermint, and lemongrass.

I’ve also been diffusing the Hello Sunshine essential oil blend by Frankie & Myrrh, which is an uplifting blend of citrus and rose.

8) Self-Love

Practicing self-care is all about fostering deeper self-love and acceptance.

You can’t care for yourself if you don’t respect and love yourself!

When actively working with issues affecting negative self-talk, self-doubt, guilt, or past mistakes that I’ve made, I’ve found that lavender, rose, and clary sage essential oils are great companions.

9) Strength

When facing challenges, obstacles, or major life changes that are uncertain, I turn to essential oils to foster a sense of strength and vigor.

These oils also help me recharge so I can rise up and face any challenge.

Siberian fir essential oil is an oil that I attribute to strength and endurance. These trees stand up to the harshest conditions – the darkest, coldest of winters – and remain resilient and strong.

Spruce and pine are also essential oils that I use because these trees stay green and stoic throughout the long, cold winter.

Cinnamon is a fiery essential oil that I find provides strength and fuels my passion, to help me persevere in my goals when things get tough.

10) Cleansing

Finally, essential oils are great when you simply need to just cleanse.

For cleansing, you can either diffuse them to cleanse your space, or place a few drops in bath water to literally cleanse your body (while ritualistically cleansing your mind and spirit as well.)

You can also make your own eco-friendly household cleaners using essential oils!

For cleansing, I use tea tree essential oil, lemongrass, and any citrus scent like sweet orange, lemon, or bergamot.

After a stressful situation, or an argument, inhaling the aroma of tea tree oil right from the bottle helps to shake off any negativity so I can move forward with a clear head and heart.

Do YOU Use Essential Oils For Self-Care?

Please leave a comment and let me know which essential oil is your favorite, and how you use it!

Also, if you’d like to try any of the Frankie & Myrrh essential oil blends that I mentioned in this article, you can save 20% using this link (discount automatically applied at checkout.)

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