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Essential Oils on the Go

07/29/2015 25 Comments

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I started using essential oils about seven years ago, when my anxiety was out of control and I would try just about anything to calm my frazzled nerves. Lavender essential oil became my BFF that year: I kept a bottle in my handbag, mixed it into sweet almond oil as a body moisturizer, added it to hot baths, and basically dipped myself in it daily.

Later, when I experimented with making some of my own cosmetics (see: homemade deodorant) my collection of essential oils grew and they became a fixture in my beauty routine. I use them to make gentle oil cleansers and serums, keep my nails healthy, and blend custom fragrances. (More on all that later!)

It wasn’t until recently that I considered carrying a “tool kit” of essential oils on the go for aromatherapy remedies.

Last Valentine’s Day, I woke up with all the stress migraine warning signs on our biggest delivery day. I dragged myself into the flower shop with my sunglasses on, feeling anxious, achy, and miserable. My mother-in-law gave me a cocktail of essential oils to apply to my temples and forehead, and within 30 minutes I relaxed enough to forget about my headache and power through the day.

Now I keep these multi-tasking essential oils in my work bag:

Lavender – Lavender was reportedly used in ancient times to tame lions and tigers, so imagine what it can do for your moderate stress. Also helps relieve headaches and sore muscles.

Peppermint – Soothes motion sickness and nausea, reduces headaches, eases sinus pain and congestion, boosts energy and alertness, and wards off stress and anxiety.

Lemon – A refreshing mood-lifter and energizer.

Eucalyptus – A lifesaver for sinus pressure and congestion.

I use them alone or blended together, and typically use just a drop or two — either warmed in my hands and breathed deeply or applied to my temples. If I need extra ‘oomph’ I mix them with sweet almond oil (stored in a small glass bottle with a tight lid so I don’t have an oil spill in my handbag) and rub them into my chest and/or the back of my neck for tension, or directly onto tired sore muscles.

Other Helpful Resources:

21 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

The Essential: 6 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

13 Uses for Lavender Oil: The Only Essential Oil You’ll Need

Blending Essential Oils for Beginners

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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  • emilyanderson190 09/08/2015 at 8:22 pm

    I started using essential oils the same way! I was on vacation and my anxiety was horrible, stressing out about work. I had lavender oil with me and put it on my temples, re applied every 20 min. Sure enough, my anxiety was gone!

  • ratese 08/12/2015 at 11:57 am

    I absolutely love lavender and peppermint!

  • Standoutorsit-down 08/12/2015 at 11:41 am

    Lovely post, always great to know about natural things that can help, lavender oil will be my new friend…

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  • lawfully_yours 08/06/2015 at 6:27 pm

    Peppermint oil is GREAT for headaches, I just started doing this recently. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  • The Person Next to You 08/01/2015 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the links. I am having a ball learning about oils and using them to help treat a chronic illness. I have never felt better. :-)

  • maryhadalittlestyle 08/01/2015 at 4:01 pm

    I start back at work next week and this sounds like the perfect idea to help keep me relaxed throughout the season! Thanks!
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  • Amanda 07/31/2015 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you posting this. I’ll have to keep this handy!

  • lcetter 07/30/2015 at 11:45 am

    So helpful! Thanks! Plan on getting my own kit together now :)

  • TokenTee 07/29/2015 at 11:41 pm

    I love this write up! Definitely going to buy some oils now!

  • Alyssa Fernandez 07/29/2015 at 11:31 pm

    I’m obsessed with essential oils as well! I have the worst anxiety sometimes and I know that I can always rely on a lavender oil to calm me down or a lemon oil to boost my mood :)

  • Erin E. 07/29/2015 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve wanted to start making more of my own bath and beauty products (now that we’re buying a house, we’re in super-saving-money-mode) and these links are super helpful! I never knew where to start and I figured it would be just as expensive to buy the oil as it would be to buy the products themselves. Now I don’t have any excuses!

  • Alex 07/29/2015 at 7:38 pm

    I started using essential oils much like you do – straight on my skin. As I did a bit more research, I found out that they should all be diluted in a carrier oil (especially peppermint!) to avoid causing damage to your skin over time. And to avoid any over-doses of whatever essence you are enjoying. At first I thought this was nuts, but I find them just as effective, if not more, in a carrier oil! And I get the added benefit of a little moisturizing love at the same time.

  • Victoria 07/29/2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post. I have a bunch of essential oils from when I was making soaps, but love your simple (but effective) idea of incorporating them into your day :-)

  • Ashleigh 07/29/2015 at 3:34 pm

    I have really been wanting to try out essential oils for a while now.. thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

  • astoldbykatieg 07/29/2015 at 2:17 pm

    Wow! I’ve been wanting to try out oils but wasn’t sure if they really worked. Going to have to take the plunge now! http://wp.me/p65oNU-4q

    • Keira Lennox 07/29/2015 at 2:36 pm

      These four are a great place to start! And they’re all relatively inexpensive; I bought these at my local health food store for under $10 per bottle.

  • Tanya 07/29/2015 at 1:46 pm

    My sister has anxiety and isn’t able to take her medication. I wonder if something like Lavender essential oil might work for her too! Thanks for the idea!

    • Keira Lennox 07/29/2015 at 2:33 pm

      My anxiety is mild to moderate, and I haven’t taken medication for it before so I can’t say for sure how effective it will be for her, but I always think that natural remedies are worth a shot. It can’t hurt to try!

      Lavender and peppermint are my favorites for stress and anxiety. The lavender calms me, and the peppermint helps me focus.

      • Tanya 07/29/2015 at 2:35 pm

        That’s great advice. She’s pregnant and not allowed to take her meds so she’s struggling a little. I’ll pass this on to her!

  • Amy 07/29/2015 at 1:16 pm

    I have yet to use essential oil.

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  • kaylarochelle 07/29/2015 at 11:23 am

    Amazingly just this morning I told my Sister we should share essential oil tips since we are both just starting to dip our toes into the pool! I say this post at just the perfect time and will pass it along to her! Thank you!

  • sophiesnooks 07/29/2015 at 10:59 am

    Lovely post, will have to give some of these a go! xx

    • july7k 09/08/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Great post, as a child I would get migraines almost daily, as I get older I don’t get them as often, but when I do, it’s a doozey. I will be trying these oils on the next one.

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