Essential Oils..What are they and how do I use them?

In my personal and professional opinion, health and wellness is an entire package. You can't just eat really clean and be fit. You can't just workout, and eat junk food...and be fit. You have to eat healthy, exercise, sleep well, manage stress, and so on.Essential oils are just another piece to the health and wellness puzzle. What is an essential oil?An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aroma compounds from plants. An oil is "essential" such that is contains the essences of the plants fragrance.Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to enhance life. They offer benefits from dietary and cosmetic to spiritual. Each essential oil’s characteristics are unique and complex. Many of them trigger emotions and memories, playing a large role in having a fulfilled and balanced life. Essential Oils I'm Using Right Now...Wild OrangeWild Orange is extracted from the orange peel. It's an energizing aroma that I use, primarily when cleaning my house. Wild Orange's energizing qualities are uplifting to the mind and body, providing antioxidants. I often put Wild Orange in my diffuser to distill the aroma around my home. When I use this oil for cleaning, I'm protecting my family against seasonal and environmental threats.FennelFennel promotes healthy digestion and supports a healthy respiratory system. There is also research stating its' benefits towards healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation. Because of it's sweet, honey, licorice aroma, it's perfect for adding to your tea when you have a sweet tooth...or even better, using it as an ingredient in desserts!PeppermintPeppermint promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. In fact, I sell the peppermint essential oil to clients at my gym, Ellipse Fitness Third Ward. In addition, I think EVERYONE in Wisconsin, this time of year, should be diffusing peppermint in their home. You can also add a few drops to your water for a fresh mouth rinse.PurifyLike Wild Orange, Purify also protects against environmental threats and unwanted odors. This SERIOUSLY comes in handy with my two dogs running around the house!LemonThis essential oil is the most versatile. You can clean your house with it, leathers, and even tarnished silver or other metals.Most importantly, I consume Lemon every morning. I add 2 drops to a cup of room temperature water and drink up. What this does? It gets things moving (literally)! You've been lying in bed for hours and your system has slowed down. Drinking water first thing in the morning with lemon oils cleanses the body and aids in digestion, living everything up for your day!

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