3 Essential Oils for a Healthy Lifestyle

photo credit: www.wellandgoodnyc.comFor the last year I have been incorporating essential oils into my lifestyle, almost daily. I’m not too fond of going to the doctors and I quickly run away from the prescript pad. I have to be seriously miserable to take something, including aspirin. I can’t remember that last time I took anything other than vitamins, especially since I’ve been studying and learning more about essential oils and how to incorporate them into our everyday lives. Everything from belly aches and difficulty sleeping, to cleaning the house and making my own sunscreen without chemicals or parabens. This especially comes in handy with 2 small children and husband that often acts like a child when he doesn’t feel well. 🙂 I’ve even used them on our Weimaraner who continually has digestive issues.

Just this weekend I scrubbed the house down with a couple drops of lemon oil, made the house smell like we were in Provence with a little lavender, cured a doggie belly ache, cleared up a constant bout of swimmers ear, incorporated natural bug spray with no chemicals, relieved some serious neck muscle tension, and made the whole family sleep like babies in a matter or minutes! Intrigued yet??? If you want to know more about how to incorporate essential oils into your lifestyle keep reading or leave me a message here or on my website. But in the meantime here’s 3 essential oils to incorporate for a everyday healthy lifestyle.

Peppermint:

The best oil for belly aches and nausea. You remember when you used to get a photo credit: www.rbgsocialclub.wordpress.comtummy ache and your grandmother would try to give you a peppermint and it was always the last thing you wanted to put in your mouth. Well it honestly works! It helps with digestion, freshens your breath, even eases breathing when you’re congested. Put it in your water for a refreshing taste, relieve muscle tension, even inhale it as an appetite suppression.

Melaleuca:

photo credit: www.thrifty-cent.wordpress.comThis oil is also known as tea tree oil and it can take on just about anything, bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Kills them on contact. I can be used for cuts, dandruff, even acne. It is also an immune booster and perfect for any skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis. Still not a believer?? My 4-yr old daughter has been a fish this summer in the pool. Diving down to the bottom to grab toys, swimming across the pool by herself, with that has come some serious swimmers ear! I used to be a swimmer growing I remember how bad it hurts, not fun! I tried the alcohol and water, swim drops, nothing was working. So I grabbed some Melaleuca dabbed 2 drops behind her ear, she laid down for an hour and half nap and guess what no more ear ache!!!

Lavender:

My favorite sent by far! I have so much lavender you would think I have fields of it in my back yard. It’s great for calming the mind, diminishes scars, helps with   photo credit: www.lavender.tumbler.comrelaxation and motion sickness. Reduces pain and swelling in bee stings, repairs dry chapped lips, but most of all it aids in a great nights sleep. Add a couple drops to your pillow, and you’re guaranteed to be in REM sleep in less than 10 minutes. I haven’t slept this well since before I had babies and now my little ones won’t go to bed without it on their pillows!

So just by adding these three essential oils to your home and medicine cabinet you can increase your health and lifestyle with just a little lavender to help lull you to sleep instead of those heavy sleep aids that leave you drowsy the next day. Kills viruses and bacteria with a little Melaleuca and even stop a belly ache with a little peppermint. Be sure to always read the instructions for essential oils, pregnant women should be extra careful and some oils should be diluted for children and people with sensitive skin. Leave me a comment and let me know which ones you try out!! 😉

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

14 thoughts on “3 Essential Oils for a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. This is great advice and so true! Thanks, I need a reminder once in a while so I’m grateful for your article. Love, love, love Lavender too!!! I’ll have to try placing that on my hubby’s pillow because he seems to function on 4-5 hours sleep a night and I worry about that.(Of course he might think I’m perhaps trying to get frisky?) Oh, and welcome back – I’m sure everyone has missed you and hope you are having a very special summer with your family!

  2. I’m really interested, Kelly. I think it’s taken me awhile to be a true believer. I am more and more concerned about the overuse of prescriptive medicines for a hangnail or mild headache. I really want to do a better job of eliminating chemicals in my housecleaning. So once again you’ve given me a little boost of momentum. I think I start too big and fizzle out…baby steps, perhaps. 🙂

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  4. I LOVE tea tree (and lavender and many others). Tea tree has seriously worked miracles in our house, including helping with my baby’s eczema. My 13 month-old has the worst eczema ever, although I have been wondering if what is on her back and belly is something else. Anyway, we found that she is allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts and have eliminated those from her diet. But still her hands and ankles are the worse spots and have been so bad that they are constantly covered in oozing scabs…it is awful! For the last few weeks I have been applying tea tree oil (with grape seed as the carrier) and Jason’s 84% aloe lotion. Her hands and feet are almost free of scabs and for the first time since she was a newborn has almost 100% clear skin in those areas! We’ve tried almost every possible thing out there, and I am feeling hope for the first time! The oils and aloe lotion keep her skin feeling moisturized for the first time. We have to apply it with every diaper change because her skin soaks it up like crazy, but it is a miracle worker. I am going to try straight aloe with the diffused tea tree and see how that goes…but anyway, all that to say I love tea tree oil 🙂

    • Awww poor baby! That sounds awful! Glad she’s feeling better. My little guy had eczema really bad too when he was younger. He still gets the cracked and bumpy skin too. It’s painful. So happy that you have found something to work for her. I think it’s harder or the mamas sometimes too. Hard to see your babies in pain and hurting. Keep us posted! Glad you’re loving the tea tree oil and so glad bebe is feeling better!

      • Sadly the tea tree didn’t help for too long, plus we had to remove anything botanically based from our lives as she easily develops botanical allergies. She is now 19 months and we’ve been to tons of doctors in three different cities and are heading to some new specialists in the next month. It is crazy, but I keep hoping and praying we’ll find something to help her soon! Poor baby needs some relief, her skin is horrible!

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