Reinvent your routines with these essential oil hacks
Do you ever feel like you’re living the same day over and over? You wake up and then immediately go into the daily grind of working, cooking, cleaning, and commuting. When life starts to feel stale, it’s important to shake things up a bit. That’s where essential oils come in; those little amber bottles filled with oils are powerful, diverse allies when it comes to refreshing your daily routines. Keep reading for some of our favorite ways to use essential oils to elevate each day.
Using essential oils in the morning
While waking up refreshed and ready to seize the day sounds nice, the reality is sometimes very different. On days like this, try some of the following tips.
Take a time-out with Breathe Again
Apply Breathe Again™ Roll-On generously to your throat, neck, or chest and inhale deeply to let the soothing aroma slow your mind and bring a little calm to your day.
Chill out with a cold compress
Start by wetting a cloth with cold water; wring it out so it’s damp but not dripping. Then add 2 drops each of Neroli, Marjoram, and Peppermint to the middle of the cloth. Apply the cold compress to the back or your neck or forehead for some cooling comfort.
Need a little fuel to go from groggy to go-getter? Instead of turning to coffee or energy drinks, boost your morning routine with NingXia Red®. Pour yourself 1–2 ounces of the delightful drink for a dose of caffeine-free energy support. If you want to punch up the flavor, mix in 1–2 drops of a citrus oil like Lime Vitality™ or any other Vitality oils of your choice.
Nourish your body
Even if you don’t have time for breakfast, try to grab something to go so you have enough energy to get through your day. Our Protein Power Bites™ are the perfect snack to toss in your bag as you run out the door. Plus, they’re loaded with good-for-you ingredients and a delightfully fresh blueberry-lemon flavor.
What if you could show up as your best, most empowered self to work every day? That would make work feel a lot less like—well, work. Here are some ways you can use the benefits of essential oils to help you bring your best self to work meetings.
Unleash your highest potential
During brainstorm sessions or while prepping for important presentations, diffuse the inspiring aroma of Highest Potential™. This blend’s sweet, floral scent can help to create a calming environment for thinking, goal setting, and reflecting. If you’re looking for a blend to enjoy while you keep focused during the post-lunch slump, mix Lemon, Peppermint, and Frankincense into your diffuser. This bright, bold scent is sure to wake up your senses!
Tidy up your workspace
A clean environment is a productive environment. Keep Thieves® Wipes near your desk for a quick and convenient way to clean your workstation so you can enjoy a calmer, clearer mind.
Try this relaxation tip
Feeling extra stressed before your meetings? Apply Stress Away™ Roll-On to your wrists while at work to enjoy this blend’s soothing, peaceful, and fresh scent.
Using essential oils at the gym
If exercise is your priority, Young Living has your back! Here are some ways to use essential oils to support your active lifestyle and get more out of your workouts.
Prep for success
Before you begin working out, drink NingXia NITRO®. This delicious, rejuvenating wolfberry drink infused with essential oils is the perfect workout prep.
Recharge with rest breaks
Halfway through your workout, dilute 1 drop of Peppermint with 4 drops of your favorite carrier oil in the palm of your hand. Apply the mixture to your stomach and temples first. Then place your hands over your nose and breathe in deeply for 10 seconds for an invigorating, cooling refresh.
Maximize your results
Boost your post-workout recovery with a refreshing shake using our chocolate-flavored Pure Protein Complete™. Combine 2 scoops of the protein powder with 8 ounces of your choice of milk and 1/2 cup of ice. If you want to pack in some extra nutrients, toss in a little nut butter, yogurt, or fresh fruit.
Want more ways to incorporate essential oils into your active lifestyle? Keep reading here.
Using essential oils in the car
Who says running errands has to be a chore? Bring a little fun to your grocery trips and dry-cleaning pickups with the power of essential oils. Here are some ideas to try.
School pickup pick-me-up
Navigating a crowded labyrinth of cars, buses, cyclists, and children can make anyone feel a little frazzled. Try this DIY spray to cultivate an environment of patience and peace in your car.
What you’ll need:
- 4-ounce spray bottle
- 3 teaspoons witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
- 3 ounces distilled water
- 8 drops Basil essential oil
- 8 drops Lavender essential oil
- 8 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 8 drops Marjoram essential oil
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix and before each use. Spray this blend in your car while you wait in the pickup line for a calming aroma that you and your little ones will appreciate.
Turn your drive into a getaway
With our Car Vent Diffuser, you can make your vehicle smell like a tropical paradise. Add 2–3 drops each of Lemon, Grapefruit, and Lime essential oils onto a reusable cotton pad. Then simply place the pad inside the diffuser and clip the diffuser to your car air vent to start enjoying the fresh, citrusy scent.
Take uplifting scents with you
While you go from store to store, keep essential oils nearby with a bracelet diffuser. Place a couple drops of One Voice™ essential oil blend onto the clay beads of the bracelet for an encouraging aroma that promotes feelings of self-confidence.
Sip on something delicious
Stay hydrated while you’re out and about with the help of Grapefruit-Bergamot YL Vitality™ Drops. Add 2 small squirts to a water bottle for a delicious hydration boost.
Using essential oils in the kitchen
You probably already know that you can substitute Vitality oils for herbs, spices, zest, and juice, but did you know we have other offerings that can help out in the kitchen? Here’s how Young Living products can make mealtime less of a chore.
Cook with confidence
If you’re looking for an introduction to cooking with einkorn grain and our Vitality line of dietary essential oils, check out the cookbook From Our Fields To Your Table. This book is packed with recipes for beverages, main dishes, sides, and desserts to take the guessing game out of meal prep.
Simplify post-meal cleanup
For quick, easy cleanup after your meals, use our Thieves® Household Cleaner. This versatile cleaner can be used on just about any surface, including your kitchen counters, appliances, highchairs, and wood floors. Use it as a go-to for all your cleaning needs for a happy, healthy home. In addition to the incredible cleansing power of this product, you’ll love its irresistible, spicy aroma.
YL tip: For most cleaning applications, mix 1 capful of the concentrated cleaner formula with 2 cups water. For light degreasing, use 1 capful with 4 cups water.
Essential oils for laundry
Wondering how to use essential oils in your laundry? Here are some ideas for a greener, cleaner laundry routine you can feel good about.
Ditch the harsh detergents
Our Thieves® Laundry Soap is formulated with gentle, plant-based cleansers that are safe for sensitive skin. Pour about 1/2 capful into your washing machine to combat dirt, stains, and strong odors and refresh your laundry with a light citrus scent.
Swap out dryer sheets for wool balls
Wool dryer balls are an eco-friendly and reusable alternative to toxin-laden dryer sheets. Simply add 2–3 drops of essential oils onto the dryer balls to infuse your laundry with your favorite scents. We love Lavender or Ylang Ylang for a dreamy, sweet aroma. Before adding your clothes, run the machine with the dryer balls for a minute or two to make sure that the oil is absorbed into the wool and doesn’t stain your clothes.
YL tip: Be mindful when using essential oils with clothes. To be safe, we recommend you avoid using essential oils with a tint, like Blue Tansy, to prevent staining.
Freshen your wardrobe
Spritz your dry clothes with a DIY linen spray to enhance the incredible scent! All you need is distilled water, witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, and a few essential oils.
Using essential oils for self-care
Invite peace and balance into your day by carving out a few minutes for yourself. Here are some restful activities using essential oils that you can use to recharge and reset after a busy day.
Indulge in a soothing soak
Take a calming bath with DIY essential oil-infused bath salts or bath melts. Or if baths aren’t your cup of tea, enhance your shower session with our Easy Breeze™ Awakening Shower Steamers. As water hits these easy-to-use shower steamers, your shower will fill with the fresh, rejuvenating aroma of Peppermint and Eucalyptus Globulus essential oils, creating a spa-like experience.
Massage away tension
Finish off your self-care routine with a relaxing massage. Create your own DIY cocoa-mint massage bar or use one of our premade massage oils like Relaxation™ Massage Oil or Dragon Time™ Massage Oil. If you would like to create your own custom massage blend, combine your favorite essential oils with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex. Read about the 18 best essential oils for massage here.
Read here for inspiration on more ways to incorporate essential oils into your self-care.
Using essential oils for relaxation
When life gets busy, you have to make the most of the quiet moments. Use these tips to enhance the environment of calm.
Diffuse away the day
Nothing says soothing like the serene scents of essential oils. Diffuse Frankincense or Sacred Sandalwood™ for ultimate relaxation and tranquility. Here are some diffuser blends you can try that use these oils along with other calming and grounding aromas.
Find a diffuser that does double duty
The Aria™ Ultrasonic Diffuser and Rainstone® Diffuser both feature a selection of sounds and the ability to plug in your phone to add your own music. Play peaceful music while you diffuse to add to the serenity of quiet time.
Using essential oils at bedtime
Sometimes, bedtime can feel like a battle between you and your kids. When this daily task feels like more than you can handle, turn to these tips.
Set the scene for sweet dreams
Diffuse KidScents® SleepyIze™ for a serene atmosphere and comforting aroma while your child unwinds at the end of the day. Diffuse this blend using a kid favorite, our Snowy the Owl Diffuser. This diffuser functions as a humidifier, aroma diffuser, night-light, and white-noise machine—owl in one!
For more tips for helping your littles fall asleep at night, read this blog post.
Relax with an evening routine
Are you finding it difficult to get yourself to sleep at night? Try incorporating a routine into your evening to help you to wind down. Drink a hot cup of tea to invite peace and calm into the end of each day. Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea combines spices including ginger, turmeric, and chai masala with organic rooibos for a warm, inviting drink. It’s paired with Tangerine Vitality premium essential oil to add an uplifting citrus flavor. Together, these ingredients create a delicious herbal tea that you can enjoy for a rejuvenating experience or a soothing wind-down at the end of the day.
Read this blog post for more tips on how you can get a better night’s sleep.
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