These 5 Multi-Purpose Essential Oils Will Transform Your Recovery Life Instantly
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Onto the main spectacle of this post: the wonderful world of essential oils! Essential Oils (E.O.) are tiny miracles in a bottle of pure plant essence. It takes an incredible amount of plant matter to create essential oils (as each plant yields about 2-3% of essential oils). It’s not uncommon to pay anywhere from $10-$20 for a quality, therapeutic grade essential oil- but they last for years. I’ve had some for over six years now- and they’re still usable. When you think of purchasing E.O.s as a long term investment, the cost doesn’t appear as shocking. And no one says you have to buy more than one at a time.
I recommend the Plant Life brand of essential oils (you can find them on Amazon). They less expensive, but their oils are good quality.
Our molecular structure and DNA are more related to plants than you might realize.
Take it directly from the NIH’s National Human Genome Project:
The basic structure of DNA (ie, double helix) is shared among all living organisms. The code or sequence of DNA (instructions for our cells) is different. Even so, our DNA is likely more similar to plants than different. For example, we share approximately 60% of our DNA with a banana plant.
Think about all of the endless possibilities waiting to be tapped with the simple application of essential oils! Before medicinal herbs were ever used by our ancestors, oils from plants were distilled to treat common and severe illnesses alike. These five essential oils are multipurpose and will help in your journey to recovery- regardless of your individual progression in treatment.
Here are a few absolute essentials to safe E.O. use:
- Never ingest E.O.s
- Do not vape E.O.s
- No huffing
- No internal application
Safe E.O. applications:
- Behind ears
- Bottoms of feet for fast absorption
You should note applying E.O.s neat (or directly to the skin without a carrier oil) may irritate your skin. Test the back of your calf to see if you have any adverse reactions before proceeding to applying our oils directly.
As for diluting your essential oils, you may use any vegetable oil. Some popular ones include: almond, jojoba, olive, and coconut. For a briefing on how to dilute your oils read this.
1. Lavender: Pain Reliever , Calming, Insomnia, Anxiety
Lavender is probably one of the most popular essential oils for home use- and for good reason. This fragrant, flowery oil is a master at quelling anxiety, inducing calming feelings, and staving off insomnia when used before bedtime.
I myself attest to the effectiveness of lavender essential oil- it’s one of my favorites, if not the favorite. For anxiety or work stress I simply inhale my vial of the oil, or place the bottle somewhere on my person directly if dabbing it on my skin doesn’t do the trick.
2. Grapefruit: Detox, Energy, Uplifting
A go-to for getting rid of negative thoughts and a burst of energy, grapefruit helps enliven the senses. Apply to temples, wrists, chest, and a dab under the nose.
3. Sandalwood: Depression
Feeling blue? Sandalwood will disperse negative feelings and help you ruminate on the conflict at hand without spiraling out of control emotionally.
4. Rosemary: Improve Memory, Focus, Concentration
An essential part of recovery is strengthening your working memory- rosemary helps to speed the process along (as does ginkgo); ideal for work or self study, rosemary helps keep you focused on the task at hand!
5. Peppermint: Headaches, Pain Reliever
Suffer from headaches? Me too! Inhaling peppermint oil can help alleviate the symptoms of a headache. If your headache sneaks back take another gentle inhalation. As a pain reliever rub the oil directly on the spot in need to attention.
What are your favorite fragrances? Well tell you their therapeutic properties!
About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.