Yoga + Oils

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 11.39.27 AM.pngFor the past week, I have been spending more time honing in on my home practice with the added benefit of aromatherapy. I am thrilled to dive deeper into this aspect of my practice as I have always been a fan of adding oils into my practice, but never went deeper than the basic Lavender savasana moment or burning a bit of palo santo during my meditation.

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 11.39.47 AM.pngPlacebo or not, I personally have experienced the positive benefits of adding oils to my practice either aromatically or topically. So to get things going I will share my favorite way to use oils in my practice. The simplest way to add oils into your practice, in my eyes,  is by soaking a clean cloth in lavender infused water and then ringing out the excess liquid and resting the clean cloth in the refrigerator. This little hack transforms any hot and sweaty workout into a total spa experience. It is the ultimate pampering moment to add to your home workout or just when you need to chill out. I prefer to rest the rag folded, over my eyes and forehead for 5-10 minutes of rest or your traditional savasana pose.

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 11.40.03 AM.pngSo with the diffuser, I don’t have to wait until the end of my practice anymore to get the yummy benefits of all my perfect baby plant juices. A different range of oils can cultivate moods ranging from energized, grounding, or detox. My personal favorites so far have been simply adding Stress Away blends with a little bit of extra Lavender for an after-work flow. Or if you like to get moving in the morning, my current obsession is Panway, Purification, and Copaiba. This makes for a distinctive, cool, and energizing smell to wake up your mind and encourage feelings of alertness. AKA it makes rolling out of bed and onto the mat a heck of a lot easier! This is especially nice here in Helsinki while Autumn is on a slow transition to Winter. The smell reminds me of a crisp snowy morning, and I am so excited to use it later next season to combat feelings of cabin fever.

Granted I have only been on this oily journey for a short while, I am thrilled to have these products to maintain a more well rounded and clean lifestyle. As I have predominately been using them aromatically thus far, I have yet to dabble in their benefits topically for sports massages or skin treatments. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on all the new ways I discover how to use these special oil babies.

Essential Oils – First Impressions

Screen Shot 2018-10-21 at 3.14.16 PM.pngAfter months of deliberating, I finally invested in my Premium Starter Kit with Young Living. The exaggerated emotional roller coaster was due to a few reasons, mainly being an entrepreneur in a foreign country intimidated me beyond belief. Also, I had never done anything like this before, so the fact that the business model is new to me was also a daunting thought. All of that aside though, I knew deep down that I wanted to be involved with a company that had similar beliefs as I do. I wanted to share with people the things I do every day to make my home, body, and life holistically healthy. Unfortunately, those days of trusting the corner store to sell honest clean products are in the past. It is up to us as the consumer to be informed about what we buy and bring into our homes and into our lives.

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Young Living has thought of everything, and their transparency is deeply appreciated in this day in age. There are no secret schemes and they have thoroughly covered all the bases to getting your life holistically on track. At the root of it all is the precious essential oil, the little baby plant juices that make life worth living when you can fill your day with moments of delight, bliss, and mindfulness. Getting to the to point of it all, I am thrilled to be a part of this community.

So this week, after an exasperating morning at work, I got the text that my YL Premium Start Kit had been delivered, so I went to pick it up on my lunch break. I immediately plugged in the Dewdrop diffuser with a few drops of Stress Away and the entire office chilled out. The transformation amongst the office vibe before and after is like night and day.

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Even after a few days have passed since I got the delivery, I am still buzzing on cloud nine about this experience thus far. The oils are amazing, and the quality is clearly and obviously exceptional compared to other brands. And did you look at my shelfie? I am ecstatic to have my oils on display 24/7 and incorporate their magic into my daily life. Most of all the community has been so welcoming too. I get to meet people online all the time and talk about the business we love. This all sounds so cliché, but it is because it is all true! I am stoked about this job, I adore these products, and I truly believe clean living can benefit all of our lives. That said, I am going to go back and huff my little baby plant juices, in the meantime, follow my Instagram account, @essential_hel, for daily updates on products and blends that I am using.


All photos are credited to my talented colleague and friend Milja Laakso