What is the one thing that mums will openly admit they find it hard to do?
Prioritise themselves above their kids, their partner, their job and the housework.
And the second thing?
It’s a tough one isn’t it? We all have good intentions but it’s easy to neglect ourselves during the course of a single day. “We’ll start tomorrow,” we say. But tomorrow never comes. It’s expensive and time consuming to book a spa day and how hard is it to get together with some friends for a weekend away, and who is going to have the children if you do? It’s often quite the hassle to arrange childcare.
But what if you knew there were little bottles of goodness bringing relaxation and self-love to millions of women across the world every day. All you need is an essential oil!
doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils are a simple, affordable, effective way to make self-care an everyday necessity you can keep in your handbag and use when you need to.
It’s true. Most people don’t realise the true power of a pure essential oil but medical research is showing the real potential a single drop has. Oils have the capabilities to raise mood, induce feelings of calm and relaxation, enhance sleep quality and diffuse the intensity of anxiety.
Whether applied to the skin, inhaled or ingested (YES, contrary to popular belief doTERRA Essential Oils are SO carefully manufactured to such strict guidelines*, that, with educated and responsible use** the bulk of our oils – with occasional exception – can be used internally)
So how can you use these oils to care for yourself?
The Olfactory system (your sense of smell) is connected to the Limbic part of our brains, which controls things like our emotions, our behaviours and our long-term memory. It means simply smelling an oil, whether it be through a diffuser, misting away in a room, or from the skin on our body where we have dabbed the diluted oil, can have a profound effect on how we feel.
Clinical trials have proven ALL citrus oil have a positive and direct effect on uplifting our mood and making us feel happier and more upbeat. Scents like Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange, Mandarin, Lime and Green Mandarin are super oils to inhale directly from the bottle if we’re feeling a little low. Or why not blend two or three of these aromas in a diffuser to lift the mood of everyone in the room.
Small, simple moments of applying an oil to the wrists or neck, diluted in a little carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut, can feel like a real indulgence and have a lasting effect for up to two hours.
Be aware that ALL citrus oils EXCEPT Green Mandarin are photosensitive and should be used with caution in sunlight as you WILL burn quicker as a result.
Relax and Reduce Tension
Even if you are unable to stop and pause for a few moments (although including a few moments to practice mindfulness during the day is a worthwhile activity to aim towards) simply breathing in the aroma of a pure and potent Lavender Oil can have a profound effect on the body. Whether rubbed in, ingested in water or inhaled Lavender Oil actively lowers Cortisol Levels, a hormone released by the body at times of stress.
We all naturally produce more of it in the morning. Levels should normally drop off in the evening in preparation for sleep, but in today’s world, where we have tablets, and mobile devices and often take work home with us we find it hard to switch off because our Cortisol levels are out of kilter.
It’s one of the reasons many of us find it hard to fall asleep at night or get restful sleep. What greater act of self-love is there to ensure you are giving yourself a moment to breathe, to feel the tension from your shoulders unwind and or your mind to stop racing?
Induce Deeper Sleep
Once relaxation kicks in deeper and better quality sleep follows. One of doTERRA’s most popular blends is a combination of oils called Serenity, a restful or tension blend.
Ingredients including Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf and Ho Wood calm the senses and emotions and used aromatically before bed can intensely enhance a meditative-like quality which encourages naturally more refreshing sleep.
Individual oils known for their sleep benefits provide similar positive results – why not dab on some Petitgrain or dilute Vetiver Root into a spray and mist your pillow before bedtime – small, simple acts of self-care which take seconds but can have a significant effect on your well-being. Every single one of us has a totally unique chemistry and what works for one person might not work for you – you are an individual.
Taking the time to find out which oil works for you will be worth your time – it’s why doTERRA Wellness Advocates offer every single customer a Wellness Consultation of their own, in person or over a video link if time is something they are lacking. While Lavender works for between 95 and 98% of people, the remaining percent find it has the opposite effect and stimulates them. The beautiful oil, Wild Orange, encourage the body to release the sleep hormone, Melatonin, in the evening and especially combined with the grounding blend, Balance, has wonderful results for sleep.
The thing about being a mum is that you’re never really off-duty.
As a ‘duty’, and I don’t mean that in the sense that parenthood is a chore – although it can absolutely feel like one at times – the responsibilities and tasks of a mum are time-consuming and relentless, and can often feel like a never-ending list of things to be completed, blurred against a backdrop of pleas and demands from your off-spring. And all this multiplied by the pressure of time
But it’s not just the ‘doing’ part of the role which takes its toll.
The mental strain of being a mum is the all-encompassing pressure that does the most damage to women’s sense of well-being and balance.
Even with the physical support of other people or organisations like childcare taking up the strain, the thought of what your kids need is never far from your mind. And this is where the strain felt by mums is different to that experienced by dads.
Many of us muddle along for years without seeking help, although in the current climate of mental health awareness it’s more accepted and encouraged than ever to get support and speak out should you choose to do so.
When life is getting on top of you and those familiar feelings of anxiety are creeping up on you, it’s wonderful to have help at hand in the form of an essential oil.
Balance, the grounding blend, helps bring feelings of tranquillity while harmonising the mind and body and balancing the emotions. It’s an incredible go-to, handing control back to you at a moment you might feel anything but in control.
A woody aroma of Spruce Leaf, (used by America’s Native American’s or health and spiritual support) Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower and Blue Chamomile Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil, the blend is easy to massage into neck or wrists, pop into a car diffuser while heading from A to B, or simply rubbed into the soles of your feet, as you dress in the morning, to help support you during the course of your busy day.
Other blends give the same sense of relief in different ways: Past Tense, help soothe, cool calm and bring relief in our fast paced lifestyles. Air physically opens the airways and relieves physical ailments like asthma, seasonal allergies and colds, but also helps users take deeper breaths, releasing tension and anxiety. And Peppermint and the Deep Blue blend, mainly used effectively for pain, can also help the rigid tension of anxiety, which often manifests itself in the shoulders.
The benefits of most doTERRA Oils overlap and they are multi-purpose. Simply having these essential oils in the home is a kindness to yourself, empowering you help yourself and find your solutions.
Wherever essential oil is applied it will absorb into the cells within 20 seconds, but will circulate around the body within 20 minutes.
Fun Fact: users sometimes report being able to taste the oil applied to the soles of the feet (soles are a great place to start using oils, especially with children) within half an hour of application!
*Oils should never be used in plastic as they pull the petro-chemicals out and we ingest those too – not ideal! This is why we only add them to glass or metal vessels and non-plastic containers.
In addition not all Essential Oils are created equal. That is to say there is no across the board regulation enforcing the quality of essential oils.
But with doTERRA a self-imposed standard, created when the company formed 11 years ago, is enforced and upheld, meaning that every guaranteed to reach Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG): The oils have must have NO traces of chemicals, pesticides, fillers or artificial ingredients which is why most of them are safe to be ingested if that oil bears a nutritional supplement label.
Every single bottle is tested an incredible 15 times – five of those by an independent, impartial company – to prove the composition of the contents of each bottle. To this end each oil bears a unique identification number, which can be entered into an online site to recover the results of those tests. As a result the oils have proven safety to be used on infant and elderly skin.
**Just because an oil can be ingested doesn’t mean it’s the most effective way to gain its benefits. But there are only TWO oils which would be harmful to ingest: Wintergreen and Deep Blue, which contains Wintergreen: it is a poisonous oil.
Oils are simply to use but should be used responsibly. It’s the main reason they are distributed by Wellness Advocates and not sold off the shelf: there are simple safety aspects to consider which can be emphasised by your advocate – never rinse with water only carrier oils, only use a single drop or two at a time, follow dilution guidelines, especially with babies and children and ask your wellness advocate for advice as you learn more.