Essential oils have been used for therapeutic and spiritual purposes for thousands of years.

I use them daily for my own health and well-being and my private clients love it when I use them during our yoga sessions.

Essential oils provide a true vibrational healing tool and subtly complement yoga and meditation as they affect our mood and emotions on a conscious and subconscious level.

These naturally occurring aromatic compounds can be found in the seeds, bark, roots, flowers, stems, and other parts of plants.

They are highly concentrated, safe, therapeutic compounds and can be used as a physical and vibrational wellness tool to help restore balance and maintain a healthy mind and body.

If you are brand new to essential oils, it can be a little overwhelming with so many different types available, making getting started a little confusing.

Incorporating Essential Oils Into Your Yoga And Meditation Practices

If you’re going to begin using essential oils, I would recommend starting with Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils.

They all smell absolutely amazing and each one of them has multiple purposes and benefits which I’ve outlined below.

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Lavender

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Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Primary Benefits

  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feelings and promotes peaceful sleep*
  • Helps ease feelings of tension.*

Aromatic Description

Powdery, floral, light

Uses

  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
  • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavours and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Peppermint

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The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and has a high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally.*

Primary Benefits

  • When ingested, promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing*
  • Promotes digestive health when taken internally*
  • Repels bugs naturally

Aromatic Description

Minty, fresh, herbaceous

Uses

  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
  • Add a drop to your favourite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
  • Place one drop in the palm of the hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Lemon

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Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavour of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.* When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.

Primary Benefits

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Promotes a positive mood

Aromatic Description

Clean, fresh, citrus, bright

Uses

  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Getting started with essential oils is super simple and these 3 essential oils have brought so much into my life and have been a wonderful addition to my self-care and yoga routines.

Lavender is one of my absolute favourite oils and it has been my go to when I get a headache by placing a drop in my hand and breathing it in deeply.

If I’ve had a really long day, I’ll place lavender on the soles of my feet as I do calm soothing yoga poses in bed before allowing myself to drift off into Lala land :-).

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Feel free to email me (kirsten@yogasolitude.com) if you’d like to know more about getting started with essential oils and how to benefit from them.

With love and light,

Kirsten