DIY Essential Oil Projects

Household cleaner, stress relief, aroma and energy, the list of essential oil uses goes on and on (and sounds like a health fanatic version of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’). And for every new use, there’s do-it-yourself projects just waiting be done! If you’re unfamiliar with essential oils, check out my beginner’s guide. Below are some easy and fun projects you can do with essential oils.

  1. Aromatherapy Room Sprayessential oil

No need to pay a lot of money for a store bought room spray. All you need is a clean 4 ounce bottle that can spray a fine mist (make sure it’s glass or metal because essential oils can eat through plastic).

  • 2 ounces distilled water
  • 1 ounce witch hazel
  • essential oil of your choice

Fill the bottle with 5-20 drops of the essential oil (personal preference dictates how much you would use). Add the witch hazel next. Use the water to fill up the rest of the bottle. Shake well before you use it, since the oils often sit up on the surface.

You can also try combining essential oils together instead of just one scent. Try mixing chamomile and lavender for a calming scent, or peppermint and lemon for an energizing scent.

  1. Exfoliating Body Scrub

You can combine essential oils with a few basic ingredients to make a great body scrub. You begin with a base oil. For oil skin, try oils like grapeseed or jojoba. For dry skin, try macadamia nut or baobab. You can combine the oil with a natural exfoliant like sesame seeds or oatmeal (you can buy them at the grocery store and then grind them in a blender or food processor), coffee grounds, or even sugar. Finally, you need an essential oil. You can use lavender for its cooling properties or peppermint for its energizing properties. You can play around with the proportions, but a starting point would be two teaspoons oil, one teaspoon exfoliant, and 3 drops of essential oil. Mix together the ingredients and massage onto your skin. Rinse with warm water to rinse away the exfoliant and dead skin particles.

  1. Reed diffuser

You don’t have to buy a special diffuser, you can make your own! You will need:

  • 3/4 C grapeseed oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon (or 75 drops) of essential oils
  • 8 ounce glass bottle
  • diffuser replacement reeds (you can usually find these in the home or candle section at a store or craft store)

Pour the grapeseed oil in first, then add the essential oils and mix until blended. Insert the reeds. After one hour, carefully pull the reeds out and place the dry side inside the bottle. Each day you can flip the reeds until the scent fades. Then add in the mixture (or try a new combination of scents).

Of course, to do these projects you will need to buy essential oils. While you can buy essential oils at some stores, make sure you research the product (not every option is good quality). You can buy high quality essential oils at Sunstone. To learn more about essential oils or to have a consultation with one of our specialists or call (317) 886-1000.

A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

Wellness CoachWhen I heard about essential oils, I’ll admit I was skeptical. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is right?

Then a friend told me all about how she’s used essential oils as cold medicine, bug repellent, perfume, cleaners, and more! It got me curious, so one night I tried using a lavender essential oil to help me sleep. And it worked!

Since then, I’ve learned more about essential oils and realized how beneficial they are (which is why we sell essential oils at Sunstone). Since not everyone is familiar with essential oils, I wanted to provide a beginner’s guide to help you get started with this great health tool.

What Essential Oils Are

Essential oils are a substance extracted from a plant that holds the smell and characteristics of that plant. The oil is in a liquid form, but feels much less dense than other oils. Essential oils are highly potent, so you usually only need a small amount.

Benefits Of Essential Oils

The list of benefits of essential oils seems almost infinite! You can use essential oils to help you sleep, relieve stress, clean your home, nurture healthy looking hair, and more! Beginners often focus on using essential oils for energy or relaxation.

How To Use Essential Oils

There are three methods of using essential oils, but I recommend leaving the dietary method to the more experience (not all essential oils can be ingested and you should always talk to your doctor before ingesting them). Instead, focus on topical or aromatic methods. Topical involves massaging the oil onto your skin while aromatic involves inhaling the oil either from the bottle or from the use of a diffuser. Since essential oils are so concentrated, they are usually used with a carrier oil to help diffuse them. You can play around with aromatic and topical applications and see what works best for you.

Where To Get Essential Oils

You can buy essential oils at some stores, but make sure to research the product first. Not every option is of good quality. When you find an essential oil you like, don’t let the price tag alarm you. Remember that you only use a few drops, so that small bottle can last a long time.

You can buy quality essential oils at Sunstone (we offer doTerra and Young Living  products). We carry some essential oils at the office and offer the most common picks. If we don’t have the oil you want, we will add it to our bi-weekly orders. Because we are a distributor, we can get the oils at a discount and pass that savings onto you!

Whether you use essential oils every night before bed or occasionally on stressful days, they can be a great natural healthy option. For more information on essential oils, click here or call (317) 886-1000.

 

Take advantage of the benefits of walking

SomeWalking in the woods of history’s greatest minds, from Steve Jobs to Charles Dickens, realized walking daily helped them think, create, and innovate better. Walking for exercise just thirty minutes a day offers numerous health, mental, and emotional benefits, yet it can be difficult to get the motivation to get up and go. Here are some common roadblocks that keep us from walking, and how to overcome them.

We undervalue the benefits: When trying to decide between thirty minutes watching TV or thirty minutes doing something that’s ‘good for you’, it’s easy to pick the couch. Re-frame how you view walking instead to an activity that will decrease your stress, make you more productive, decrease your risk of heart disease, improve your mental well-being, etc. Focus on the benefits of walking, not on how comfortable the sofa is.

We don’t think we have the time: Yes, our lives can get hectic. But what we often forget is when we are intentional about finding time in the day, we usually can. If you really don’t think you can devote thirty straight minutes, break up the walk into chunks. A few minute walk in the morning, afternoon, and evening is better than no walk at all.

We don’t want to be alone: Not everyone loves the solitude of a nature walk. If the thought of a solo walk keeps you from going, find a partner. Your dog, friend, neighbor, spouse, just grab someone and go.

We don’t want to be bored: If walking for thirty minutes sounds, well, boring, there’s a simple solution. Make it fun! Download music or podcasts that you only listen to while you walk. Call someone who lives far away, a parent, old friend, or great aunt. Use the walk as a way to explore the city, such as taking a self-guided audio tour of Indianapolis. Walking each day can be a fun activity. You just need to find what makes it fun for you.