15 ways essential oils enhance your life

Since the beginning of recorded time, plants have been used and exalted for their medicinal, spiritual, psychological, aromatic, and beauty-enhancing benefits. As early as 3000-2500 B.C., there is historical evidence of essential oils use in many ancient cultures—including Egypt, China, and India.

With the many properties ascribed to aromatic plants and oils throughout time, it can be confusing for someone relatively new to aromatherapy to understand the benefits. At Mother E, our aim is to simplify essential oil use, so you can truly experience the soothing, healing benefits of nature.

Aromatherapy can do wonders to help you reconnect to nature, self and others. Whether you’re seeking to find your center, elevate your mood, support your body, or care for your home (or all of the above!), essential oils can help you access the power of nature to live a healthier, more fulfilling life. Below, check out 15 ways in which essential oils can enhance your life, simply and naturally.

Find your center

Essential oils have the inherent ability to soothe body, mind, and spirit--helping you to achieve balance and peace of mind.

1. Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Living in our busy worlds, it’s easy to disconnect or let stress and worry get the best of us--which can play havoc on our physical, mental and emotional wellness. Get into a routine of relaxing, reconnecting, and letting go of stress by diffusing or using essential oils topically.

EARTH::GROUNDING, DEEP GRATITUDE, Clary Sage, Lavender, Frankincense, Patchouli, Rosemary

2. Emotional Well-being

Some essential oils can help facilitate emotional release and harmony, helping us to live fully engaged and connected lives. It’s a good idea to carry essential oils with you wherever you are to help restore emotional balance and well-being.

WATER::BALANCE, REAL HOPE, PURE LOVE, TRUE JOY, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang

3. Mental Clarity

To live your best life, you want to be on your A-game mentally. Use the support of essential oils to help clear and focus your thoughts, allowing you to finish projects and make the most of each day.

AIR::FOCUS, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary

4. Spiritual Connection

Essential oils have long been used in spiritual practice and religious rites. Connect more deeply to your essence and the world around you by incorporating essential oils into your quiet reflection time--whether it’s meditation, prayer, yoga, journaling or centering yourself in nature.

FIRE::PASSION, DEEP GRATITUDE, REAL HOPE, PURE LOVE, Clary Sage, Frankincense

A strong connection exists in our limbic system between our sense of smell and our emotions or mood. To learn more about this connection, check out Mother E’s blog post, Aromatherapy and The Science of Smell.

5. Natural Fragrances

Why use expensive perfumes filled with harsh chemicals when you can wear essential oils as aromatic fragrances and also get the mood-elevating effects? You can wear your fragrances topically by mixing a few drops in a carrier oil, making a perfume spray, or purchasing a pre-blended Roll-on.

PURE LOVE, REAL HOPE, DEEP GRATITUDE, TRUE JOY, EARTH::GROUNDING, WATER::BALANCE, FIRE::PASSION, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

6. Spa-like Pampering

Essential oils can add a whole new level of peace and pleasure to your pampering self-care. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils or blends to Fractionated Coconut Oil for a luxurious foot rub, hand or full body massage.

PURE LOVE, REAL HOPE, DEEP GRATITUDE, TRUE JOY, EARTH::GROUNDING, WATER::BALANCE, FIRE::PASSION, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

7. Intoxicating Bath & Body Care

Start or end your busy, stressful day with an intoxicating bath and body experience - sure to elevate you! You can simply and easily use essential oils to make aromatically indulgent bath salts, bubble bath, body scrubs, and body creams and oils. Check out Pinterest and YouTube for great DIY bath & body ideas.

PURE LOVE, REAL HOPE, DEEP GRATITUDE, TRUE JOY, EARTH::GROUNDING, WATER::BALANCE, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

Support your body

While regular medical care is crucial, we can support our body’s natural defenses by turning to the inherent wisdom of the Earth for solutions that have been used for centuries to foster internal balance and well-being. Essential oils, with their intrinsic healing properties, have been known and used throughout time to promote homeostasis in the human body.

8. Natural Safeguard

The antimicrobial properties of many essential oils can support our body’s health and well-being, especially during flu and cold season.

ELIXIR No 1 IMMUNITY, ELIXIR No 3 RESPIRATORY, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

9. Relief From Discomfort

Certain essential oils innately possess powerful anti-inflammatory and/or analgesic properties. Because of this, these essential oils have been used throughout history to ease pain and discomfort.

ELIXIR No 2 MUSCLE & JOINT, Bergamot, Clove Bud, Frankincense, Lemon, Patchouli, Tea Tree

10. Natural Decongestant/Expectorant

During cold and flu season, and even year-round for those with asthma or allergies, most of us would give anything to find natural alternatives to support clear breathing and reduce congestion. While essential oils don’t replace medical treatment, they have been used for centuries to facilitate easier and clearer breathing.

ELIXIR No 3 RESPIRATORY, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree

11. Digestive Support

Life is certainly not as fun as it could be when you have digestive upset. The good news is that certain essential oils have been known and used to support healthy digestion with great success.

ELIXIR No 4 DIGESTION, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary

12. Corrective Skincare

The antiseptic properties of certain essential oils make them the perfect natural addition to your skincare routine--from smoothing out and brightening skin tone to assisting with blemishes.

Bergamot, Clove Bud, Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary, Tea Tree

Care for your home

With powerful properties and strong energetic signatures, essential oils have a multitude of uses around the household, including helping you to create a green and healthy living space.

13. Non-toxic Cleaning

The potent anti-microbial, anti-fungal and purifying essences of some essential oils can help you keep your home clean and fresh smelling the natural way—without all those toxic ingredients.

Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree

14. Room-Freshener

There’s no better way to freshen and purify a room than to use essential oils in a diffuser. Plus, you get to enjoy the added mood-enhancing effects of your favorite essences.

EARTH::GROUNDING, WATER::BALANCE, AIR::FOCUS, FIRE::PASSION, ELIXIR No 1 IMMUNITY, PURE LOVE, REAL HOPE, DEEP GRATITUDE, TRUE JOY, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint

15. Convenient, Tasty Cooking

Using essential oils in cooking can add delicious flavor to an array of dishes, can be more cost-effective than cooking with fresh or dried herbs, and can provide a myriad of health benefits. Not all essential oils are ingestible--check the label before using.

Bergamot, Clove Bud, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

Now that you know what essential oils can do for you, check out Mother E’s Guide to Essential Oil Use for specific ways you can support your body, mind, heart and household with the powerful properties of plant essences. Click here for a list of Mother E essential oils and blends and what they are most commonly used for.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Mother E products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

See GUIDE for essential oil uses and precautions.