By Jashima Wadehra
It all started when I was traveling to India after all the mosquito born viruses were on a rise. I was essentially tired of inhaling chemicals and putting deet filled repellents on my skin. Naturally, I consulted the internet gods, did my research and found the trifecta that would soon be my holy grail; grapefruit, lemongrass and citronella essential oils. Shortly after finding the most effective natural remedy for bug repellent (not one bite!), I decided to invest in a cheap diffuser just too see what all the buzz was about
I’m not one to jump on the hype train y’all, with that said, essential oils have LITERALLY changed my life.
Here is my first ever blend:
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops eucalyptus oil
3 drops grapefruit oil
3 drops peppermint oil
3 drops of lemongrass
If you’ve ever taken an exam you know that your mother, teacher or sweet tooth always encouraged you to eat those Life Saver Mints. Peppermint has properties that stimulate our senses and encourage focus and alertness- diffusing this oil in your home is a game changer especially if you have a home office or studio.
If you’re like me sleep does NOT come easily and melatonin and diphenhydramine are not your friends, then lavender essential oil is! Lavender has calming properties that tend to soothe tensions and relax the mind and body, therefore diffuse it, put it on your wrists and wind down with a cup of chamomile tea.
Eucalyptus has MANY, MANY, MANY and I mean MANY benefits. It’s a natural decongestant, pain reliever, wound cleanser and essentially your respiratory saving grace, which my ineffective asthmatic lungs appreciate.
While essential oils can be on the pricier end of the spectrum they do keep on giving and come in great bundles. Ayurvedic and old Asian medicinal practices heavily use many of the herbs and plants that come in essential oil form. Aside from traditional health benefits who doesn’t love a self-curated aroma that also filters the air!
There are hundreds of brands and even more ways to use them but @HolisticHabits does an incredible rundown on her favorite brands and types as well as their hair and skin benefits!
Essential oils are very much your one-stop-shop for a natural alternative. I have gone from a girl with a fear of mosquitoes to someone who uses oils in ALL my household cleaning products, my skin regimen, my diffuser and my scalp care routine. The possibilities are endless as are the medicinal benefits.
|My fav essential oils|
3 drops clary sage oil
3 drops rosemary oil
3 drops eucalyptus oil
2 drops lavender oil
Be sure to mix them with a carrier oil like jojoba, castor or coconut when applying to your scalp 2x a week and reap the benefits!
I’m no aficionado but I know what’s on my #LoveYourself Christmas list this year!
Do you use essential oils?
Jashima Wadehra is a writer, dancer, entrepreneur, and lover of people based in NYC. She can be found blogging at overpriced coffee shops or on a plane heading to a new place to write about. Follow her on instagram at @TheChatterboxlifeEnthusiast and check out her new blog TheChatterBoxLifeEnthusiast.com.