Essential oils have many health benefits and can be used in many ways.

My first memory of essential oils was when I was a child, staying over at my Grandma’s house. She would run me a bath and I would get to choose from her huge array of beautiful oils, which ones I would like added to my bath that night. There was a feeling of luxury and magic as she added these ‘potions’ to the bathtub and, at the time, I was completely unaware of their benefits to overall wellbeing. Fast-forward a good twenty years later and my love affair with oils is stronger than ever. Aromatherapy (using aromatic plant/oils derived from plants for holistic wellbeing) is on the rise in the wellness world, and rightfully so. Not only do these beautiful essential oils smell divine, but their properties lend themselves to some pretty remarkable mind, body and soul support. Did you know? Essential oils, at their purest form, are literally the immune system of the plant they come from. Consider a plant – outside in the elements – able to withstand rain, bacteria growth and mould, even desert plants growing without water. These plants are able to withstand the elements because of their innate immune system – the oil – embedded in them. When we extract these oils and use them ourselves, we are literally utilising plant essence. And it makes sense when you consider everything for our survival comes from nature: the air we breathe, water we drink and food we eat. It is important when using essential oils that you seek out the purest quality – unfortunately most oils have fillers and added ingredients that are not their purest state. The oils I use are doTERRA as they are some of the purest in the world – there are literally no added fillers or ingredients – it is simply just the plant extract. You can’t get much better than that! Here are 5 essential oils perfect for every home Lemon oil Derived from the rind of lemons, lemon essential oil is a staple for the home. Not only can you add a drop to your water and drink for the alkalising benefits (without having to squeeze a whole lemon!), but you can use it in cooking (try it in hummus – delicious!) and even gargle with it when you have a niggle in your throat. Lemon oil is a wonderful oil to diffuse if you want to brighten or liven a room. It can be added to a water and vinegar solution to make your own natural home-cleaning products. The options are endless! Frankincense oil Yes, the oil they gifted baby Jesus. Often referred to as the ‘King of oils’ – Frankincense can be used for almost anything. Diffuse it to promote a relaxing and grounding atmosphere, perfect added with lavender oil to aid sleep. Add a drop to your moisturiser or nightly skin routine and watch your skin glow (wonderful for anti-ageing benefits and acne-prone skin). Read our nightly routine tips here Lavender oil Lavender is the oil I most recommend to clients as it has a wealth of benefits when it comes to relaxation, supporting anxiety and promoting deep sleep. For troubled sleepers, add a drop to your pillow case and diffuse in the bedroom before sleep. Read about one of our favourite sleepy teas here I carry my lavender oil with me so that any time I feel anxious or stressed, I can pull it out and inhale. It has a wonderful, calming effect… not to mention it smells DELICIOUS! Lavender is also a great oil for the skin – just be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil, like jojoba, before applying. On-Guard oil (blend) Oil blends are literally as they sound: a blend of pure essential oils, made up for various therapeutic reasons. On-Guard includes Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary; and is the blend for immune support. Simply diffuse On- Guard during the cooler months (the warming aroma is perfect now we are headed into Winter) or even add it to water for an all-purpose surface cleaner. Digest-Zen oil (blend) The tummy oil! Made up of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon and Fennel, this spicy-smelling blend has been developed to aid digestion and soothe an upset tummy. Any time I feel bloated or nauseous, I simply rub a drop or two (diluted in carrier oil) on my stomach, and it settles right down. Also great for motion-sickness, you can add a few drops to a water bottle to sip on any long distance trips. Consider these are just 5 of the hundreds of essential oils available and you can see that the essential oils love affair is an easy one to dive into. Feel free to connect with our Wellness Expert if you are interested in introducing oils into your life. What is your favourite essential oil and how do you use it? Disclaimer: Remember if you are planning on ingesting your oils be CERTAIN they are able to be taken orally/ingested. I am not advising in any way you pick up a bottle from the health food store and add it to your cooking. I use doTERRA oils because I know this to be so. It’s also important to note that these oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. To make an appointment with our wellness expert: Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077 Email: [email protected]

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