Jen's Favorite Essential Oils
Over the past few years, I have become increasingly more involved in using therapeutic-grade essential oils for myself and my family. Recently, I have begun sharing them with my clients and friends, as they have become yet another tool in the Feeding Your Life toolbox.
Nature always seems to have the remedy for the imbalances we create as humans, and essential oils are a perfect example. They can be used topically, internally or aromatically, but however you choose you use them, they are effective at finding the job they are needed to do. Essential oils can do something that antibiotics cannot: they can penetrate cells, where viruses hide. With this cellular access, nature's most powerful antiviral oils can help to keep us healthy all year round.
Therapeutic-grade essential oils have become a staple of my medicine cabinet, for everything from sleep to stress to flu-flighting. As they say, it is easier to stay well than to get well, and that is exactly why these oils perfectly complement a holistic healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few of my favorites and why I love them:
OnGuard is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary oils whose primary use is as an immune system support. It can be used on a daily basis as a germ/virus/bacteria defense.
Lemongrass supports healthy digestion, soothes aching muscles, and purifies and tones skin. I just adore this scent and I use it as my perfume! Luckily, it is one of the more inexpensive oils :)
Melaleuca is more commonly called “tea tree oil,” and has 90 different compounds and limitless applications. It is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin, promotes healthy immune function, and protects against environmental and seasonal threats. I put a drop on our toothbrushes every week to kill bacteria that accumulate there.
Helichrysm is distilled from the flower cluster of an evergreen herb, and is one of the most precious and sought after essential oils. It helps skin recover quickly, promotes healthy liver function and supports localized blood flow. It is one of the great antiviral oils.
Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities, soothes occasional skin irritations, helps skin recover quickly, and eases muscle tension in the head and neck. Everyone in my family goes to sleep with a drop of lavender on our pillows at night.
Frankincense is perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils. It helps build and maintain a healthy immune system, promotes cellular health, and reduces the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. I use it in a carrier oil that I use as a facial moisturizer every day.