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  • Better Living Through Chemistry (How Essential Oils Can Increase Your Quality of Life)

    We all want a better life, right? I’m not talking about more money or more possessions. I’m talking about happiness, joy, spirituality, fulfillment, and less stress; in other words, quality of life.

    You might be asking: “Can essential oils really raise my quality of life?” The answer is an unequivocal, “Yes!”  Just remember, however, that they are merely a tool. They will do you precious little good if you refuse to make any changes to your over-stressed life, negative attitudes, or (lack of) self-care practices.

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    Here are just a few of the areas in which aromatherapy can improve your quality of life, as well as some oil suggestions for each:

    • Decrease insomnia/Improve sleep quality – Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Valerian, Clary Sage
    • Reduce feelings of anxiety – Lavender, Rose, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile, Rose Geranium, Frankincense, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Geranium, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo, Patchouli
    • Reduce feelings of depression – Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lemon
    • Maintain/improve spiritual connection – Frankincense, Palo Santo, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Atlas Cedarwood, Virginian Cedarwood, Bergamot,  Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Helichrysum, Bay Laurel
    • Increase feelings of well-being – Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palo Santo, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang
    • Boost immunity – Tea tree, Ravensara, Eucalyptus radiata, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, Scotch Pine
    • Balance mind, body, and spirit – Frankincense, Palo Santo, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Helichrysum
    • Aid memory – Basil, Black pepper, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary
    • Reduce exhaustion and burnout – Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver

    To take advantage of the desired effects from the above list you simply have to inhale the aroma of the essential oil you choose. To do this, any of the following options will work:  use a diffuser (clay candle, electric, nebulizing, or light ring); place a couple drops on a tissue or cotton ball in a baggie or the smallest container you can find; smell it right out of the bottle; or, if using at night, place a few drops on your pillow case (or on a tissue inside your pillow case, if you prefer).

    Which essential oils are your favorites for increasing YOUR quality of life? Let me know in the comments. I may just include it in a future blog post or social media update (with credit to you of course).