Scent is a powerful thing. It can cue memories, attract us to certain people (mmm pheromones), and even drastically alter our mood.
When I was exploring the sponsor room at Blend Retreat last month, I was immediately drawn to one sponsor’s table. It smelled like what I would envision heaven smelling like – soothing, relaxing, and well, heavenly!
The table belonged to the lovely ladies from an essential oil company.
Wondering what an essential oil is? Allow me to enlighten you, young grasshopper.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Essential oils can lift the mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful emotional responses.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
The essential oil women at Blend also chatted about he medicinal and therapeutic benefits of these oils. It all sounded a little hippy dippy to me at first, but the next day we were about to start the GPP bootcamp workout. I, and a few other blends not native to the Park City altitude, were a bit stuffed up and were struggling on the breathing front (not good when you’re about to do a bazillion burpees).
Essential oils came to the rescue, giving us a few drops of oil to place on our tongues and on our chest. My airways immediately opened up! I could breathe again! Hallelujah and bring on the bootcamp!
I started to become a believer and was excited when the company offered to send me an Essential Oil Starter Kit to really put these oils to the test.
The kit I received included lavender, lemon, and peppermint oils. They also threw in their Deep Blue Rub, which is meant to help soothe sore muscles. I absolutely LOVE them.
While essential oils can be combined with each other to form complex blends depending on the desired benefit, as an essential oil neophyte, I chose to test out each of these oils individually. Essential oils can also be diffused aromatically (that’s how the table at Blend drew me in), applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as a dietary supplement. Here’s a brief overview of the benefits of each oil in the starter kit and how I used them.
Lavender – widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities.
- I rubbed some on the bottom of my feet and on my pillow before going to sleep each night. I’ve been sleeping SO soundly ever since I started doing this!
- I got a wee bit sunburned (and by that I mean a lot bit sunburned – bad bad bad, I know) but lavender is supposed to help sooth sunburned skin. I’m not sure if this helped or not, to be honest.
- Overall, I’ll definitely keep using the lavender oil for it’s calming properties. I’ll have to try some of the other suggestions, like adding it to lotion or adding it to a bubble bath!
Lemon – known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser that can cleanse the air and uplift mood
- I added a drop of this to my morning water for a refreshing wake-up.
- When I had a sore throat, I added a drop to my morning smoothie with some honey and felt better almost instantly! Check out my Sore Throat Soothing Smoothie recipe below!
- I added a little drop in with my dish soap to clean my Vitamix. It has never been so clean!
- Other things I’d like to try:
– Diluting with coconut oil for a daily fingernail conditioning massage
– Remove gum, label adhesives, and greasy substances from fabric
– Add to olive oil for non-toxic furniture polish
Peppermint – useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid
- I was feeling stuffed up one morning. One drop of this stuff under my tongue and I was cleared right up!
- One whiff of this stuff will also wake you up!
- Other things I’d like to try:
– Adding it to a smoothie for a cool taste, to sooth digestion, and to make me more alert.
– Add to a cold water compress or foot bath to cool off when overheated (aka after a hot summer run).
– Add to shampoo and conditioner for a stimulating hair and scalp massage.
Deep Blue Rub – a rich, topical cream infused with Deep Blue Soothing Blend of oils that provides targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles
- Not gunna lie, since starting to lift more, home girls has some sore muscles. My biceps are like , “Uhhhh we usually get to rest while you’re running your legs into the ground. What the heck?” Yea – they’re sore. I rubbed some of this stuff on and I have to say, the cooling sensation left me feeling pretty great. My muscles are still a little sore, but it felt nice.
- Other things I’d like to try:
– Apparently this helps support circulation to muscles if you apply it before and after a workout – so that’s next on my list!
I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with these oils and can’t wait to experiment even more. They have so many oils and oil blends, I’m not sure which I want to try next!
What makes me love this company even more is they’ve offered to give one Fitful Focus reader an Essential Oil Starter Kit of their own! I love when you guys get the opportunity to try these things, too! If you’re interested (which you should be – what do you have to lose, after all?!) enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 cup liquid egg whites (omit and add more milk for vegan option)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Vega Sport)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 scoop Skoop A-Game
- 1-2 drops lemon essential oil
- 1 tsp honey (agave for vegan option)
- Combine all ingredients in blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Drink and enjoy the soothing sensation!
- The matcha powder and Skoop A-Game work together to provide superfood and antioxidant power to help bust through colds, the protein powder and banana keeps your muscles strong when you're feeling weak, and the lemon combined with honey coats and soothes sore throats. It's one sick smoothie (ba dum chhh). <--- I accept tips!
Do you believe in the power of scent?
NOTE: I was provided with product in exchange for a review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review, and as always, I would never support a product I do not believe in.