I have another guest post for you guys today! You know I’m obsessed with essential oils right? I got into them a few years ago and it’s funny how all of a sudden you realize you’re using them every day and they’ve become just a big part of your life! Now I can’t imagine not having them.  Read on to learn more about using oils and a fun DIY project!


Hello Lifting Lettuce Fans! I’m Melissa, an essential oil fanatic, & I am so excited to be guest blogging here to share one of my passions with you, one that will have magnificent effects on your health. Essential oils are created from plants, stems, and botanicals. They are used in many ways and have many benefits. Essential oils can be diffuse or applied topically.

DIFFUSING OILS
Aromatherapy has been utilized for thousands of years to help support the body. When you inhale essential oils, your brain experiences a chemical reaction that has a positive effect on your entire nervous system.

APPLYING OILS TOPICALLY
When you apply essential oils to your skin, they have an immediate positive effect on your nervous system.  You can apply oils topically with carrier oil. Great base carrier oils are fractionated coconut oil, almond oil avocado oil, grape seed oil and evening primrose oil.

The best place to apply your oils is any area of your body where the skin is thinnest such as the wrist, the nape of your neck, under your armpits, under your breastbone, behind your ears and the bottom of your feet.

As you learn about essential oils, you will see what oils are right for you and your life. There are many oils I would not leave home without and excited to share a few of them with you! You can see why I love having essential oils in my home because there are so many uses for them and they all support a healthy immune system.

LEMON:
Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
Supports healthy respiratory function
Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
Soothes an irritated throat
Helps ward off free radicals, environmental toxins, with its antioxidant benefits

LAVENDER:
Is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
Soothes occasional skin irritations
Helps skin recover quickly
Eases muscle tension

PEPPERMINT:
Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
Alleviates occasional stomach upset
Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health

ONGUARD:
a protective blend oil:
Supports healthy immune function
Protects against environmental threats
Cleans surfaces
Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
Energizing, uplifting aroma

Some of my Favorite Ways to use Essential Oils:

Relax and revitalize: Drop a bit of Lavender essential oil along with Epsom salts in your bath water for an ultra-relaxing experience.

Bring on the ZZZ’s: Rub Lavender on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.

Get rid of stickiness: Lemon essential oil is excellent for removing sticky tree sap, sticker residue and permanent marker. It even gets gum out of hair!

An original all-purpose cleaner: Mix five to six drops Lemon essential oil with water and vinegar in a spray bottle to cleanse and purify surfaces. Use to clean kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances. For stainless steel, mix lemon essential oil with olive oil for best results.

Take a deep breath: Inhale Peppermint deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness.

No more stress: Apply Peppermint to neck and forehead with lavender to relieve tension and pressure.

Cleanse & Purify: At work or home, place 3-4 drops of On Guard essential oil in your diffuser. It will fill the air with its sweet scent and provide an energizing and uplifting fragrance. It will also cleanse & purify the air.

DIY Recipe

Beachy Bath Salts

This aromatic soak will transport you to the beaches or wherever you find yourself happy!

 Ingredients:
2 cups Epsom Salts
½ cup coarse sea salt
10 drops Lime essential oil
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Vanilla essential oil or vanilla extract
1 zest of Lime

Instructions:
In a medium sized glass mixing bowl, add sea salt and Epsom salt. Do not use plastic (the essential oils will absorb into the bowl)!
Mix the salts well.
Add essential oils and mix again.
Store in an airtight glass container. Swirl into bath, relax and rejuvenate!

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