In case you don’t know who Kim Morrison is, she’s a speaker, author, facilitator, and health & lifestyle educator, and a world record holder. In 1983, she set a world record as the youngest female to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours! She believes that success is 90% mental and 10% physical.
She has a beautiful website Kim Morrison; you should definitely check it out! Some of the online programs on health and lifestyle she has on her website are:
- Essential Oils 101
- Chemical Free Living
- How to Choose the Right Essential Oil
One of my friends introduced me to essential oils several years ago but it never stuck; I went to a class and I couldn’t really get into it. I think for me, having a bit of a scientific mind, I needed more of the “how” and “why” behind it. I’ll leave a little taste of the science here for you to digest.
When essential oils are extracted from plants and looked at under a microscope, we see the trace elements and the molecules which are made up of 200-400 constituents. These constituents are small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier. This is why, when we inhale essential oils, within 2-4 seconds, our bodies can have a biochemical and physiological reaction.
A healthy human body switches on and off 68,000 million times per second (68 mHz); this is the human body’s vibrational frequency in homeostasis (healthy state). Plants and essential oils are known to have the highest vibrational frequencies around the planet; lavender is around 114 mHz and the highest ever measured is rose oil at 320 mHz. Using essential oils help us elevate our frequency as it is known that disease, like cancer reside at lower frequencies (around 30-40 mHz). If someone is ill, their vibrational frequency is low; essential oils can help us elevate our vibrational frequency closer to homeostasis.
Something as simple as having a cup of coffee can lower our vibrational frequency! However, using essential oils can bring it right back up. This blows my mind.
Essential oils can be used in different ways; topical (using a carrier oil with a 2.5% dilution of essential oil), inhalation (use a diffuser or inhale from the bottle), and through a compress (dampen a cloth with warm water and ring out, add a few drops of essential oil and dab on the skin). Carrier oils can be avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil, frankincense oil, lavender oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. For example, if you have a 100 ml bottle of your carrier oil, you half the number of ml in drops, so 50 drops of essential oil in a 100 ml bottle will give you the 2.5% dilution.
So, let’s get to Kim’s top 10 list of essential oils that everyone should have in their home:
- Frankincense–this is wonderful to use during prayer and meditation
- Lavender–this has calming and regenerative abilities
- Rosemary–this is uplifting and good for memory
- Peppermint–this is good for digestion
- Orange–this is a happy oil and elevates mood
- Tea Tree–this is antiseptic
- Lemon–this is tightening and is good if you want to lose weight
- Geranium–this helps balance hormones
- Eucalyptus–this is great for brain fog and breathing
- Ylang Ylang–this is good for romance and is an aphrodisiac
Kim gives us many examples of “everyday” uses of essential oils:
Soar throat–sandalwood rubbed onto the glands of the throat, or gargle with magnesium oil with lemon and Manuka honey
Cold/Flu–2 drops of eucalyptus and 2 drops of lavender in a glass bowl with warm water. Drape a towel over your head above the bowl and inhale.
Headache–lavender and peppermint spritz around your head, or rub behind the ears and at temples. Drink a glass of water.
Acne–tea tree, lavender, geranium, and lemon used with a compress
Dandruff/Eczema/Psoriasis–bath with magnesium salts with marjoram, frankincense, cedar wood, or lavender. Use cotton sheets with safe laundry detergents.
Toe fungus–lavender, tea tree, and lemon combo
Dementia/Memory Loss–rosemary, basil, and lemon
Anxiety/Depression–geranium is very calming. Put a couple of drops on a cloth and tuck into your shirt, or bra.
ADD/ADHD–food plus environmental toxins play a huge factor in this, so clean up your diet, beauty regimen, and household cleaners first. Ylang Ylang, marjoram, patchouli, or cedar wood mixed with a citrus oil of choice and an herbal, or floral.
Nausea–peppermint, ginger, or grapefruit
PMS–rose, geranium, clary sage, or lavender are all help with hormonal balancing (traditional deodorants and antiperspirants can cause PMS!)
Essential oil deodorant: use a washed out spice jar. Fill it with 1/3 aluminum free baking soda, add 3 drops of essential oil (like tea tree which is antiseptic, or lavender), add another 1/3 of baking soda, 3 more drops of essential oil, last 1/3 of baking soda and another 3 drops of essential oil. Shake it up. Wet your hands, sprinkle the baking soda mixture onto your wet hand, rub your hands together, and then spread on underarm. It’s potent and you won’t smell, and it’s antiseptic.
Fatigue–take an aromatic shower. Hop in the shower and take lavender, marjoram, and orange onto a facecloth and put it over the drain so as the water hits it. The aroma in the steam is very therapeutic. Also, use lime on a loofah. Dr. Bronner’s has a wonderful, organic, chemical-free, 4-in-1 Lemongrass Lime Organic Sugar Soap which is heavenly!
Healing cuts and scrapes–tea tree oil and lavender, eucalyptus and sage. Add a drop in water and wash around wound with a cotton ball.
Brain fog–peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, or rosemary
Sunspots and skin pigmentation–lemon oil, frankincense, or lavender (citrus oils are photosensitive so do not apply before exposure to the sun). You can make a serum with jojoba oil as the carrier oil (base) and add frankincense, lemon, patchouli, geranium, and lavender.
Burns–lavender; it’s cell regenerating and calming. Use it in a bath, or a compress
Kim believes the two most powerful healing essential oils are frankincense and lavender so I’ve made sure to have these in my medicine cabinet!
As you can see from the list above, essential oils are not difficult to use and are so helpful in healing and calming the mind. Check out Kim’s page and do your own research. There are so many brands of essential oils out there so make sure you read the labels. Make sure they are 100% organic, and pure. If there are “fillers” listed, don’t buy it! Here are just a few of the great brands on the market:
- doTERRA oils –look for a local rep; if you can’t find one, let me know and I can connect you with someone
- Thrive Market has great organic essential oils
- Aura Cacia is another brand that I love; they are part of Frontier Co-Op , a natural products leader since the 1970s. Aura Cacia moves lives forward with its grant program, Positive Change Project . They give annual grants to organizations helping women of courage and determination work to better their lives. What could be better than that?
I really hope you try out some of these wonderful essential oils and have fun coming up with your own combinations. One I’m loving right now is lavender and bergamot in sweet almond oil as the base; it’s very balancing and makes me smell wonderful!