I’ve always been interested in beauty, but lately I’ve been learning more about how my internal health affects my outward appearance. Like I said a couple weeks ago, life is hectic right now. And, honestly, I can’t remember the last time life wasn’t hectic. If I could think really hard (I’m tired), it was probably before our oldest started kindergarten. I dream of those days when coming home meant cooking, eating, playing, relaxing, and going to bed. Homework throws a wrench into everything.
I’m sure all kids everywhere can agree with that.
So, stress. I am no stranger to it, and lately it’s been taking a toll on my outward appearance. My skin is less vibrant, there are dark circles under my eyes, and I’m just generally worn out. Although there’s little I can do to minimize our schedule, short of quitting my job (obviously can’t happen), I can take a little time to recharge myself every day.
It’s taken me a while to figure this out, but recharging doesn’t have to take half a day (although spending the afternoon at a spa would be lovely). A few things that I like to do in the evening involve little time. I love reading a good book or magazine, knitting, watching a feel-good movie, or using aromatherapy.
Candles are a staple in our house, and over the past year I’ve become interested in essential oils, too. I started diffusing a mixture of eucalyptus and cedarwood during the fall last year, when the kids and Will and I were congested. We also diffuse menthol when anyone is sick. It just instantly opens your nose and makes you feel better.
When Lorraine from Created for Healing asked if I wanted to sample some oils from Young Living, I was excited. I’ve seen Young Living Essential Oils pop up on the internet here and there lately. She sent me a small sampling of oils, and I diffused most of them in the evening to help reduce stress.
The oils I liked the most for aromatherapy were Lavender (so calming!) and Raven. Raven is actually a Young Living blend, and it’s a scent I find very relaxing. After the kids go to bed, I put some oils in my diffuser, sit back and relax! The Peppermint and Lemon were more invigorating, so in the morning (weekends only), I put those in my oil burner while we’re getting ready for the day.
Have you ever tried essential oils? What do you use?