One day, probably after I retire, I’m hoping I can just roam around in Lavender fields like this! Definitely my happy place!
Now to the topic at hand! I’ve recently started using therapeutic grade essential oils in my personal life, and after a little more testing and experimenting, I plan on bringing my knowledge into my massage therapy practice! If you are unfamiliar with essential oils, I urge you to do your research! It’s amazing what these oils are capable of! I’ve been testing out a few different oils for certain ailments and so far have had great results! I’ve been using Young Living’s Essential Oils. There are a few other brands out there that are “therapeutic grade”, but from my research, Young living has been around the longest. You can find more info about them here: Young Living. I’ve used oils recently for things such as everyday stress, mood enhancers, muscle/joint pain, stomach ulcers, indigestion, and adrenal support. Between myself and my husband we have a few things that bother us, and so far, oils have helped with all of the things mentioned above! I will say, that I am a big believer in quality when talking about oils. Buying oils off the shelf at your local Grocery Store (no matter how organic/fresh/top quality they claim to be) is just not the same as buying from a reputable “Therapeutic Grade” distributor!
Here are a few of my favorite oils that I’ve been using A Lot lately!
Lavender- Known for it’s relaxing and calming fragrance, I use this in a diffuser at night to promote a serene environment for sleep. I also just recently had a pretty bad bought with a few cold sores. I used lavender, because of its antiseptic properties, on these blisters to expedite the healing process
Grapefruit- I just recently got this oil in the mail, but have been using the heck out of it everyday. I wear it like a perfume on my wrists and behind my ears because it is refreshing and uplifting!
Peppermint- It seems like I’ve been using this oil most of all. I used it on my cold sores as well as the lavender, because peppermint is an antibacterial. It’s also great for digestive issues, so by ingesting this oil along with a little lemon oil, it has really done a lot to help anytime my stomach is upset. I’ve also used this oil anytime I feel a headache coming on. Peppermint is incredibly purifying and stimulating to the mind so it’s also just a nice fragrance to inhale.
PanAway- This is a blended oil that is primarily used to reduce pain and inflammation, increase circulation, and accelerate healing in muscles. Between CrossFit and Massage Therapy my muscles can get pretty beat up. PanAway has been a life saver, and helps my muscles to feel rejuvenated and recovered after a long day!
There are many other oils I have used, but wanted to point out a few that I seem to be using the most. As I accumulate more oils I will post more of my findings :) Until then, try a few essential oils and let me know what you think!