It’s been a while since I last dabbled with Essential Oils but with this pandemic in full swing and stress levels often jumping into overdrive, I’m keen to add more ‘holistic’ approaches to my life and perhaps Essential Oils might just be what I need?
Eager to learn more, I spoke with certified Essential Oil enthusiast Kelli Paulson who with her husband and three children moved from the USA to Bangalore in early 2021. She began building her wealth of knowledge on Essential Oils while living in South Korea seven years ago…. Here’s what we discussed:
KR: WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN ESSENTIAL OILS?
KP: I’ve always been more of a fan of natural ‘healing’ remedies. When I first moved to South Korea, being in a new country I was picking up a lot of colds and bugs and felt that I needed something to help strengthen my immune system. It’s also hard to know what kinds of medicines you should turn to when you are in a foreign country with small children so it was then that I started looking into Essential Oils and listening to the stories of how they had helped other people. I was completely blown away by the ‘life-changing experiences’ that others had had with using Essential Oils. However, it wasn’t until we actually moved back to Texas and my daughter developed severe allergies to the surrounding woodlands that I started to delve deeper into how Essential Oils could possibly help us and I gained my Specialist Essential Oil Certificate during lockdown 2020.
KR: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ESSENTIAL OILS AND HOW HAVE THEY HELPED YOU?
KP: There are several oils, which, serve different purposes but here are my favourites:
Peppermint – in my household we use peppermint every single day, it’s great for cooling down the temperature of the body, it relieves head tension, when taken internally it can give you a boost of energy and can help to relieve seasonal threats.
Oregano – This is a great one in helping to support the immune system and also aids in skin irritations.
Tea tree – This too can support the immune system and aid in sinus problems as well as helping with a range of skin irritations.
Frankincense – This is known as one of the ‘King’ oils because it helps on a cellular level – it will give you a glowing appearance when applied topically on the face, when taken internally it can help with head tension and it can help with acne and skin discomforts. It can also help to lift your mood and overall energy.
Lavender – This common oil is known as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Essential Oils due to its multiple uses. It helps with sleep and seasonal threats such as reducing itchiness and soreness caused by insect bites. It can also help to sooth high emotions and reduce anxiety and stress amongst a whole host of other things.
Lemon – This is a great oil for a light detoxification, boosting the mood and you can also use it as a natural option for cleaning.
Wild Orange – It’s energising and has anti-septic and immune stimulant properties. It’s also known to have anti-depressant properties. Different companies will also have different blends of this, for example, a calming blend, a respiratory blend, an immune support blend etc etc. I tend to use the calming blend, which is great for anxiety and stress – it’s a combination of wild orange, lavender, spearmint, magnolia and rosemary so it’s got quite a few different oils in there all blended together to help give you the benefits of each – it helps you to feel centered as it has a calming effect – you can put a few drops in the palms of your hands and breathe in deeply. There is also something called, a Restful Blend and Grounding Blend, which can be used together to really help with de-stress.
Blended Peppermint/Ginger/Coriander/Tarragon/Fennel – this is a great one for any kind of tummy troubles, it really soothes any kind of stomach irritation by rubbing it on the tummy area or adding a couple of drops to water and taking it internally.
Deep Blue Blend – this really helps with pain and sore muscles, head and neck tension and has a kind of ‘icy-hot’ feeling to it when applied to the affected area – it cools and it heats in the same instant. It’s a good one to keep in your gym bag if you do a lot of exercise.