31 Days of Oils: An Oil A Day in January
How I use essential oils is probably the question I’m asked the most these day. I’ve always been something of a self-proclaimed products junkie and I LOVE trying out new things so I get a little fluttery whenever someone asks why I love a product. You can read a much more in-depth answer about how I got started using essential oils here but what I want to share in this post is how I’m using them now.
Since I couldn’t possibly narrow my favorites down, I’ve decided to take a little time each day in January to share how I use my 31 favorite oils. Check this post out for a featured oil each day in January. I’m sharing application/use tips and how each one has been part of my road to healing my body and eliminating harmful toxins. I hope you’ll be inspired to try out some options yourself!
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January 1: Peppermint
Why I’m obsessed: Peppermint was one of the first oils I bought and I’ve never been willing to run out ever since. The clean, fresh scent is one of my favorites and it’s energizing. I love adding it to my toothpaste in the morning or rubbing a drop between my hands and inhaling it for a sweet way to start the day. It’s also fantastic for settling digestion when added to tea or smoothies.
How I use it: I apply peppermint oil directly to my forehead and temples for headaches, to the inside of my ankles for minor menstrual cramps and add a few drops to my diffuser in the afternoons at work if I need a little pick me up!
How it’s helped: I’ve been on a quest to replace toxic substances as I’m working to eliminate inflammation from my body so I often use peppermint instead of over the counter medications (OTC’s) like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. OTC’s eliminate necessary stomach acid and damage stomach lining and can lead to leaky gut, which is a big reason folks struggle with chronic inflammation. I love that I have a natural alternative that helps soothe head and body aches and cramps without damaging my body.
January 2: Endoflex
Why I’m obsessed: First of all, Endoflex smells amazing. I have also noticed a true change in my energy levels when I use it and when I don’t. Check out what’s going on in this amazing little blend:
Spearmint: Helps increase metabolic rate and therefore burn fat
Myrtle: Normalizes thyroid and ovary function
German Chamomile: Protects the liver
Sage: Strengthens vital organs
Geranium: Stimulates the liver and pancreas
Nutmeg: Supports adrenal functions (energy, folks!)
Sesame seed oil: Carrier oil that helps drive all of this healing power into the body
How I use it: I apply 2 drops to the front of my neck (directly over my thyroid) every morning and often in the afternoons as well.
How it’s helped: I first tried this oil during a 30-day Endoflex challenge some friends were running. I must not have been paying close attention because I didn’t feel like I noticed a big change in energy at that point and got out of the routine of using it. Several months later, while complaining about how drained I felt, a friend encouraged me to try it again for a month and I noticed a HUGE difference within about a week. I also use this oil as support for my finicky liver and have noticed the symptoms I was battling relating to some slight damage to my liver (caused by a liver fluke... look that mother up…. ewwwwww) have calmed way down. Basically, this blend is a wonder.
January 3: Lavender
Why I’m obsessed: It smells like heaven, genuinely puts Erynn to sleep and is a great tool for anything going on that’s skin related.
How I use it: I add a drop or two to my skin care routine (usually with my facial moisturizing oil from Coco Kind- I use this one) and apply it topically whenever I have blemishes, rashes, burns or any kind of skin irritation.
How it’s helped: Lavender is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-so-many-yucky-things so I use it constantly. It’s a great tool for keeping away bad bacteria without destroying the good bacteria essential for staying healthy!
January 4: Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
Why I’m obsessed: Tea tree is a phenomenon. Folks have been using it topically for years and years to fight viral, fungal and bacterial infections and I’ve seen it take out some serious skin issues without batting an eyelash.
How I use it: Much like lavender, if I’ve got anything going on with my skin, I like adding a drop of tea tree oil straight to it (I often combine the two). Since this is a somewhat warming oil that can burn a bit on contact with open tissue, I dilute it with a teaspoon or so of carrier oil like coconut or olive oil.
How it’s helped: I rarely need antibiotic creams or ointments anymore because I use tea tree and lavender to treat most skin-related issues. As the name suggests, antibiotic ointments kill off the bacteria needed to fight common viruses and bacterial infections so I use small amounts of these fighting oils to kill off bad germs and support my body’s natural immune function.
January 5: Frankincense
Why I’m obsessed: THIS. OIL. DOES. EVERYTHING.
How I use it: I use my thumb to massage a drop into my soft palette (back of the roof of the mouth) for headaches, apply directly to scars and any kind of tissue trauma (cuts, scrapes, burns), add a couple of drops into a gelatin capsule and take internally for immune boosting and massage it into my face at night for glowing skin.
How it’s helped: Yet again, Frank has replaced OTC’s in my world for some of the harder hitting issues. It’s widely known for being a powerful oil that helps with inflammation and pain, stress and anxiety management. This is one of my most regularly used oils by far!
January 6: Lemon
Why I’m obsessed: It smells so fresh and is a long-lasting scent that we love in our home.
How I use it: Add 10-15 drops in a 16 oz glass bottle with equal parts white vinegar and filtered water for a seriously wonderful household cleaner.
How it’s helped: We’re ditching toxins in our home so we rely on the cleaning power of lemon oil in our home.
January 7: SclarEssence
Why I’m obsessed: How many times can I talk about how wonderful an oil smells? Get ready… SclarEssence has a woodsy, sweet smell that I think is more like perfume than a therapeutic treatment.
How I use it: I use 1 drop of SclarEssence with one drop of carrier oil on my chest in the morning to support my hormone health and, well, because I love the way it smells.
How it’s helped: SclarEssence is known for supporting energy balance and hormone health in women. As a woman who has struggled with chronic inflammation and auto-immune symptoms for most of my life, I have had tons of trouble related to my menstrual and hormone health. This oil is calming and has helped me a ton since I started using it about a year ago. Honestly, with ingredients like these, you just can’t go wrong.
Clary sage- Balances hormones
Peppermint- Soothing effect
Spanish Sage- Calming effect
Fennel- Balancing effect
January 8: Citrus Fresh
Why I’m obsessed: When you diffuse it, your home smells like Dreamcicles melted at an orange juice factory.
How I use it: We diffuse 3-5 drops of Citrus Fresh with Copaiba or Frankincense for a super light but lovely scent that fills our home.
How it’s helped: Citrus fresh is fantastic for cleaning and masking pet odors and provides a great pick-me-up when I diffuse a few drops in my office in the afternoon.
January 9: Valor
Why I’m obsessed: This is my perfume. Actually.
How I use it: I have the Valor roll-on by Young Living and wear it as a perfume by applying it to my wrists, neck and sometimes a bit on my chest.
How it’s helped: This oil has a ton of incredible benefits but my very favorite is the way it smells. It’s woodsy and a little sweet but doesn’t have the overwhelming perfume scent that lingers forever when you walk away. It’s also incredible for muscle tension, joint pain and it’ll relax a stiff neck and shoulders in no time.
January 10: Christmas Spirit
Why I’m obsessed: Despite the name, I like this scent for fall and winter in general. It has an oakey cinnamon thing going on and I’m into it.
How I use it: I diffuse 5-7 drops on it’s own or with some extra Cinnamon Bark or Nutmeg oil.
How it’s helped: It’s a great blend of homey spices that feels nostalgic and reminds me of all the reasons I love winter.
January 11: Eucalyptus
Why I’m obsessed: It reminds me of Vick’s Vaporub, minus the awful chemicals and goopiness.
How I use it: Eucalyptus is meant to be used with a carrier oil because it’s strong and somewhat warming so it can be irritating. However, I don’t have that reaction to it so I regularly drop a few drops on my chest while working or just before I get on stage to sing, pull up my collar and breathe in deep for a few seconds.
How it’s helped: It opens up nasal passages and can clear up congestion in seconds. I love to diffuse it next to me when I go to bed too if I’m feeling congested.
January 12: Stress Away
Why I’m obsessed: Stress away smells like lime and vanilla had a very cute baby.
How I use it: I have a little roller bottle thatI apply whenever I need to take my mind off of whatever I’m doing for a minute or two. I genuinely feel like it helps me calm my nerves a bit if I’m stressing about a project at work or have too much on my plate and I’ve come to love quick moments when I decompress with this oil.
How it’s helped: I love that I can apply this oil and take a few minutes to calm myself down and that when I do, I can get back to work with more direction and less struggle bussing. The oil supports a strategy I’m employing as I’m seeking to spend less of my day tense and overwhelmed and more at peace, taking things ones step at a time.
January 13: Thieves
Why I’m obsessed: Thieves changes lives, plain and simple.
How I use it: I gargle with a drop in salt water, add 3-4 drops to a veggie capsule with 3-4 drops Frankincense and take internally, apply 2 drops to the bottoms of my feet, add a drop to my toothpaste before I brush my teeth (watch the lips, this oil gets waaaarrrrmmm), add a drop or two to tea or my water bottle—- the sky is really the limit here.
How it’s helped: I have not had a cold or the flu even ONCE the last three seasons people. NOT EVEN ONCE. I know Thieves has everything to do with this delightful fact. While the world around me incessantly blow their noses, I apply more and more and more Thieves. That combined with a somewhat healthy diet and Resveratol have allowed me to avoid most seasonal viruses for a significant period of time. I am obsessed.
January 14: Deep Relief Roll-On
Why I’m obsessed: I notice my muscles relaxing within seconds of rolling this guy on, especially on my neck and shoulders!
How I use it: I love to roll deep relief on tight muscles, especially if I’ve recently had a massage or am in need of an adjustment.
How it’s helped: This oil feels like a lifesaver when I have little “hot spots” that just need a little cooling down. I have used products like icy hot for years but in my attempt to move away from products filled with harmful chemicals, I’ve looked for a natural alternative that has the same effect. This. Is. It.
January 15: Orange
Why I’m obsessed: This oil reminds me of the orange groves near my grandma’s place in Florida and if I inhale deeply enough, I can imagine I’m there for a second… 😂
How I use it: I add a drop of Orange Vitality to my water for a little extra kick or diffuse it with Cedarwood or Lavender.
How it’s helped: I just love the light scent. It’s fresh and is a little invigorating! One quick word of warning though- citrus oils can cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight) so use caution when you apply orange (or any other citrus) oil to your skin if you plan to spend time in the sun. You want to give yourself 30-60 minutes before heading into the sun and definitely avoid adding these oils to your sunblock…
January 16: Brain Power
Why I’m obsessed: IT SMELLS LIKE A DREAM!
How I use it: I diffuse Brain Power nearly every day at work and sometimes apply it to my wrists and inhale deeply if I’m working to focus on a specific task or project that is keeping me seated in front of a computer for more than a couple of hours.
How it’s helped: I’ve never been someone who is comfortable sitting at a desk all day and a friend told me this oil was really helping her focus when she just had to knock out computer work. I can tell the difference when I get this oil going in the diffuser on my desk, especially when I feel like I can’t possibly stare at a screen for one more second but absolutely have to.
January 17: Progessence Plus Serum
Why I’m obsessed: I don’t even know how to describe how many women I know who have been touched by this oil, myself included. Progessence Plus is derived from Wild Yam Root, which is a natural source of Progesterone.
How I use it: I have used this oil to support my natural hormone balance for nearly two years. I apply 2-3 drops to my forearms morning and evening. If you have specific questions about why I rave to every woman I know about this oil, feel free to get in touch. I have much more to share!
How it’s helped: This oil supports my natural hormone function, plain and simple. Again, if this intrigues you, let’s chat!
January 18: R.C.
Why I’m obsessed: If I’m even a little bit congested, a whiff of this guy gets things feeling clearer right away.
How I use it: I originally started using R.C. when my allergy to the VOG (volcanic ash junk) in Kona grew legs. I was bothered by it the second I landed in 2012 but by the time I moved back out to Kona in 2014, I could barely breathe when I would walk around too long.
How it’s helped: I started using R.C. by sniffing a few drops cupped in my hands and would notice relief pretty much immediately. I also feel like it energizes me a ton!
January 19: Breathe Again Roll-On
Why I’m obsessed: I think of Breathe Again like the Roll-On version of R.C. (see above for all the ways I love me some R.C.)
How I use it: I roll a bit of Breathe Again on my chest and spend at least 30-45 second practicing deep breathing if I’m feeling congested.
How it’s helped: As has been mentioned too many times at this point, I have chosen to make every effort to eliminate harmful toxins from my life and use Breathe Again as a replacement for some products that may have a similar effect, but contain chemicals I’m not comfortable using anymore.
January 20: Digize
Why I’m obsessed: This. This is the reason I moved from super-skeptic to essential oils user. As someone who has struggled with G.I. trouble my entire life, I use Digize to support my G.I. system, especially when I’m experiencing discomfort.
How I use it: I take a couple of drops of Digize Vitality internally in a gel capsule and/or apply a drop or two directly onto my belly.
How it’s helped: Everyday G.I. issues (every day for me at least) are no longer a consideration when I’m determining daily activities. I know I have what I need if I’m out & about and my body is struggling!
January 21: Geranium
Why I’m obsessed: Basically, diffusing Geranium is like stepping into a greenhouse.
How I use it: I diffuse a couple of drops with Copaiba or Frankincense (or both) for a sweet, floral scent in my bedroom.
How it’s helped: Geranium just makes me really happy. It’s a sweet, floral scent that I just enjoy!
January 22: Copaiba
Why I’m obsessed: This oil is a MAGNIFIER—- it magnifies the effects of other oils when mixed and is incredible for gums with teeth coming through ‘em (ya catching my drift?).
How I use it: I use copaiba along with some of my more expensive oils (frankincense being chief among those) because it’s genius little magnification effect helps extend my use of those pricier guys. I also use it to support my gut and skin health by applying it directly anywhere I’m noticing irritation.
How it’s helped: I have absolutely noticed a HUGE difference when I add a few drops to a capsule when my body isn’t feeling it’s best and have heard raving reviews from friends with littles whose gums could use some help feeling better.
January 23: Purification
Why I’m obsessed: This oil is fresh, fresh, fresh and keeps our home feeling and smelling that way, even with the consistent stank of kitty probs.
How I use it: Erynn (my wonderful roomie and delightful friend) diffuses purification like it’s going out of style. A few drops in a full diffuser left to run for a few hours will feel like a room just after the maids have left <—- this is not my life but I wouldn’t mind it.
How it’s helped: We’ve got two kitties who rule the roost in our 1,000 sqft apartment and they’re just fine with it smelling like it. Purification diffusing makes us feel much less like we live in a litter box. Plain and simple.
January 24: Cedarwood
Why I’m obsessed: Sleep. Hair growth. Woodsy scent. Sleep. Hair growth. Woodsy scent. Sleep…. shall I continue?
How I use it: I add cedar wood oil to my conditioner, slather it on the bottoms of my feet before bed, diffuse it with lavender and orange for the best sleepy blend ever and use it as a main ingredient in a hair/scalp mask I’ve come to love- 10 drops cedarwood, 5-7 drops rosemary, 3-5 drops tea tree and coconut oil applied to your scalp and combed through hair, leave it on 60-120 minutes and rinse. I rinse mine with ACV to remove buildup and so I don’t glow with coconut oil grease for several days.
How it’s helped: Cedarwood is a sleepy friend of mine and I credit some restless evenings turned tranquil to its application. Give it a try, maybe you’ll be best friends too.
January 25: Citronella
Why I’m obsessed: Have you ever used citronella candles or tiki torches for outdoor adventures in the summer where mosquitos are present? Well, imagine if you could leave the tiki boundary line. You can. Everything will really be ok. This is why I’m obsessed.
How I use it: One of my favorite things about Washington summers is going down to the river to play music with friends or just relax in the evenings. Unfortunately, mosquitos seem to really appreciate this pastime too. Since I don’t like the gigantic welts I get when I get mosquito bites, I apply citronella oil to my neck, wrists, ankles and crown of my head. Since using it, I have rarely if ever been bit! We also love to toss a few drops in with some olive oil and spray it around our patio and door frames to deter the little blood suckers from trying to get into our apartment.
How it’s helped: Less bites = happier me.
January 26: Vetiver
Why I’m obsessed: This is the powerhouse of sleepy oils.
How I use it: 1-2 drops on the bottoms of my feet with a carrier oil and I’m in a deep sleep. I love to mix a little in with my regular sleepy oils as a blend while I’m traveling (see the cedarwood post up a few days for more info on that).
How it’s helped: I have had some trouble with sleep ever since I was working nights in a trauma center. Talk about throwing off a circadian rhythm… Since sleep has evaded me in the past, I try my best to adhere to something of a nighttime routine (even if I still need the screen police to pop in from time to time) and sleep supporting oils have been at the center of the routine. I notice a difference when I miss this step and ain’t nobody got time for that.
January 27: Cinnamon Bark
Why I’m obsessed: Cinnamon is such a homey scent and boy is it helpful in keeping ones mouth nice and clean!
How I use it: I add a drop to my toothpaste whenever I’ve got anything happening in my mouth I’m not fond of (wouldn’t it be so much easier if I could just use the words I want to describe these things?). I also love a drop or two in a capsule for tummy trouble.
How it’s helped: Cinnamon has helped keep my gums clean and is a a dream for digestive discomfort.
January 28: Black Pepper
Why I’m obsessed: I had no idea what kinds of wild properties this oil has! It’s super helpful when muscles are aching and ya just need some relief.
How I use it: Rolling a bit of black pepper oil on my shoulders and neck has been a life saver on some long days recently,
How it’s helped: I use Black Pepper as my “big guns” when shoulder pain flairs up and nothing has been as effective for me!
January 29: Pine
Why I’m obsessed: Who doesn’t want it to smell like tress in their house during the winter? Ok, maybe a lot of people. But I’m not one of those people.
How I use it: Winter is the best time of year to toss a few drops of this guy in the diffuser. I love it with a little cedarwood and orange OR along with Valor.
How it’s helped: It’s a happy-maker.
January 30: Spearmint
Why I’m obsessed: Menthols on menthols on menthols- that’s what my muscles like and what I find invigorating when I’m tired and need a little pick-me-up (among a few other aforementioned friends).
How I use it: I love spearmint with lavender OR along with marjoram in the diffuser.
How it’s helped: I’ve been known to dip a toothpick in my bottle and suck on it when a toothbrush is too far away. If you’ve got junk mouth and need a refresher, a toothpick of spearmint is your pal.
January 31: Tangerine
Why I’m obsessed: It’s the perfect sweet scent to toss in with other fruity/citrusy oils!
How I use it: Tangerine’s light and sweet fragrance is one I love to add to my wrists with my Valor (ahem, perfume) or in my diffuser along with some citrus fresh OR marjoram OR peppermint.
How it’s helped: I’m all about the sweet, fresh scents when I’ve been cooped up in the house or office too long.
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