Living With Essential Oils: November Picks

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

Last week, we welcomed winter to Calgary. Lots of snow & cold wind, which means we also had to embrace sleds, shoveling, snowsuits, and all the layers. November typically brings snow to the city and marks the beginning of the long haul to get to spring.

With this in mind, we have put together some monthly essential oil picks and diffuser recipes to fit the various moods of November. You might have noticed I said “we”. That’s because this month is the first time I’ve joined forces with my oils crew to bring you inspiration! We’re hoping to make it a regular thing.

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Joining the blog team, and our post today, is our oils mentor, Jan! We’ll be giving Jan an official welcome to the blog next week, hopefully, as another inspirational contributor. For now, she’s here to get us educated on Young Living Essential Oils!

 

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

Every essential oil can have both physical and emotional effects on us. Right now Young Living sits in an exciting time for sharing the physical benefits that the oils can provide. With the introduction of Natural Health Product (NHP) registration from Health Canada, came a new era in how we can share the amazing health benefits of our oils.

What is a Natural Health Product (NHP)?

According to Health Canada’s website, “Natural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.”

For products to meet registration guidelines they have been researched, tested and found to be a natural and effective health product for the registered health claim.

 

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

Our oil picks for this month are {drumroll, please}… Cedarwood and Rosemary!

I use Cedarwood…

All.

The.

Time.

And although I do have Rosemary, it is currently not one of my go-to oils.

As a learner at heart, I was excited and challenged to learn more about this oil so I could pass it along to you!

 

Sarah’s November Pick ~ Rosemary

{I like the sweet, earthy smell of Rosemary to comfort & relieve stress}

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

According to Rosemary’s NHP Registration, it can be used to:

  • Relieve minor skin irritations due to cuts, scrapes, bruises or minor burns.
  • Help with the relief of tired muscles or for joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Provide relief from digestive discomfort such as gas or bloating as well as help smooth muscle contraction of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Help with symptoms of a cold, cough, sore throat or congestion.

 

Shauna’s November Pick ~ Cedarwood

{I like the mix of cedarwood ~ calm, grounding ~ with some citrus for a bit of uplifting}

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

According to Cedarwood’s NHP Registration, it can be used to:

  • Reduce the symptoms of cold & cough.
  • Relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Help to relieve minor skin irritation, cuts, bruises, burns.
  • Assist in providing relief of the symptoms of acne or boils.
  • Act as a nervine and calmative which enhances relaxation.

So many physical ways to use these products!

Ahhhmazing.

… But then comes the next (and very obvious) question… How do I use them to do THAT?

As far as usage goes, there are many ways to use these oils for the above health concerns. I always suggest to start out with the usage that feels most comfortable you. If you are not comfortable with your application method, resisting the process, the oils will not be as effective.

 

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

To make it simple, we will break application into two categories. The first way is aromatic, and the second is topical.

My favorite way to use an oil aromatically is with my diffuser. I usually use between 5 – 8 drops and then I get to reap the benefits of inhalation. If you don’t have a diffuser… or prefer to go “old school” direct inhalation or steam inhalation are also great options. When I want to get a good strong dose of an oil, I will put a drop in my hands, cup them over my nose and breathe deeply. In this method of direct inhalation I find the effects almost immediate.

 

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

And now to topical uses… which means putting those oils ONTO your body! Oh yes!! Local application over the area of concern can be very helpful for many of the health claims listed above. Sore legs from a strain, tight chest from coughing, a case of adult acne from eating all your kids Halloween candy?? Hmmmm… Maybe a little bit of experience here!! Put the oil where you need it! Feeling a little nervous? Follow bottle instructions, and you can always dilute an oil into a carrier oil {ie. coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil} for comfort. If you know me, you know one of my favorite places to be is in the bath, and so that is my favorite way to apply oils topically. Throw in some Epsom salts and call it heaven!

We’ve put together a FREE downloadable recipe card with some of our favourite diffuser blends using Rosemary and Cedarwood to get you started aromatically! Download, print and keep handy by your diffuser to try this month!

November ~ Diffuser Recipes ~ Download

 

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living Diffuser Blends

 

Also, if you know me… you know I can’t resist a good little DIY! There are so many products that you can make with Essential oils to aid on topical application… and make it a whole lot of fun!

So… Here is a DIY that uses the oils of the month!

DIY Hair Serum ~ Download

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living DIY Hair Serum

 

We hope you enjoy trying new oils, rediscovering old favourites, and are just inspired to use them more in your daily life. Look for an oils feature {or two} every month from our crew!

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