What are Essential Oils - what's all the fuss about?

Essential oils aren’t just for hippes, sitting cross-legged in a grass field, singing kumbaya, or the new-aged hipsters, drinking kale smoothies.  They’re not a new thing. They’ve been around for thousands and thousands of years.  Essential oils are documented in our history, even the bible references Frankincense, the holy oil, numerous times.

We’ve always known the power of essential oils.  I think they’re being respected and understood more deeply and in a world that is fast-paced where a lot of us experience fatigue, mood swings, poor sleep, immune dysfunction, hormone imbalance etc. we are turning to natural and effective ways to empower ourselves, our families and homes.

Essential oils are highly volatile compounds, produced naturally from plants. Essential oils act as the army for plants; their job is to fight threats, infection and inflammation, like warding off pests and fighting disease. Similarly, they can support us, as human beings.

These oils are incredibly useful and versatile for managing the daily grind, high stress, anxiety, poor sleep and a busy lifestyle. Furthermore, they can ease bloating and discomfort, aid digestion, support a healthy immune system and support healthy hormones.

Here's a few of my favourite essential oils:

Lavender - the oil of honest communication and expression. Try not to think off the funky potpurri smell from childhood or your Grandma's house.  Think of real, pure, floral lavender.  This little baby has a calming effect on the nervous system and supports sleep (making it a mothers go-to, trust me!) . It contains linalool, a soothing element, with anti-anxiety properties, making it very useful in times of stress, anxiety, hyperactivity and insomnia. Also useful for healthy skin.

Peppermint - the oil of a buoyant heart. It's your new morning fix.  Move aside coffee... maybe.  This oil can lift you up, increase your energy, sharpen your mind and improve focus

Lemon - the oil of focus; very useful for studying, working, etc. It is a strong antioxidant, providing immune support and can lift your mood.  It's also useful as a cleaner and purifier around the house (think cleaning your bench top, mopping the floor etc. instead of highly toxic standard cleaners) .