March is one of my favorite months, with winter blues fading away and everything up GREEN, GREEN, GREEN!
- Mother Nature’s rolling out the season’s freshest green landscapes
- Spring cleaning (with “green” non-toxic products, of course!)
- St. Patrick’s Day cheer (full out green-mode)
- Tax return season (extra “green” for your pocketbook!)
With Green popping up everywhere, I decided to write a post of some of my favorite “Green” oils, the perfect essential oils for spring!
These are oils that come from green plant materials, like:
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought about how you can “wear” these oils. There are many topically uses for essential oils, and I’ve listed a few of them below for each oil.
Besides wearing of the green (oils), these beauties also have fresh, Spring-y scents and some are even excellent for spring cleaning (both yourself & your home). These essential oils for spring will take you into the season feeling renewed and fresh.
Let’s go GREEN!
such a refreshing scent! Lime oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit, which means it has exceptional cleansing properties, like other citrus.
Limonene is a component found in citrus peel that has shown itself to promote enzymes that contribute to healthy cells. In other words, this stuff is awesome! 😉
How to “wear” Lime:
- apply topically to chest to promote respiratory function
- add to a jewelry diffuser to elevate mood throughout the day
- aromatically to uplift mood and purify the air (try it with Cinnamon in the diffuser!)
- add to 1-2 drops to water for a refreshing change and internal cleansing
- one drop on a cotton pad removes sticky residue and cleans white boards instantly
- mix into smoothies, yogurt or salsa
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is not a citrus oil, but comes from a plant in the grass family. It’s has a glorious, strong sunny scent. I like to diffuse it with Lemon—hello, happiness overload! Like riding a unicorn over a rainbow 😀
As dancers, we LOVE Lemongrass for its warming properties. It works exceptionally well for massaging into sore muscles, and we often blend it with Wintergreen or other oils. (read more about oils for working out)
How to “wear” Lemongrass:
- massage into sore area alone or with other oils (like Aromatouch, Wintergreen, or Peppermint)
- dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil and spritz on the skin before going outside to naturally repel bugs
- add to a diffuser to promote positivity (blends well with Cardamom or Spearmint)
- a 1-2 drops a marinades, soups or curry
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has a minty and herb-y scent. Its clean strong scent is known to support memory and boost concentration. This is favorite of my son, who diffuses it in his dorm room during studying.
As Shakespeare says:
“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance”
Which is not just a line from a play….it’s been scientifically studied to be accurate!
You’ll want to “wear” this one the next time you have to flex your brain muscles!
How to “wear” Rosemary:
- add a few drops to your shampoo for an energizing clean and healthy scalp
- massage with Wintergreen and Fractionated Coconut oil to rejuvenate tired muscles
- add a drop or two to marinades for meats, chicken or stuffing
- diffuse with Peppermint during homework or work times to increase focus
- drop on a cotton ball and place in closets to repel insects naturally
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It took me a while to get on board with Coriander. Admittedly, I was prejudiced against it, because I had a lonely bottle of the dried variety sitting in my spice cabinet that never seemed worthy enough to go into a recipe.
But once I gave it a chance, I found Coriander has a lot of beneficial properties. (read more about Coriander here.) It has a more delicate scent than some of the other herbaceous “green” oils and plays well with others in the diffuser.
Coriander has a high linalool content, a component known for its skin supportive properties AND for healthy brain function and relaxation. #onetwopunch
How to “wear” Coriander:
- use on a cotton ball for toning or add to your daily moisturizer
- apply on the bottom of the feet to promote relaxation
- take a couple of drops in a veggie cap after a heavy meal to assist with digestion
- add a drop to curry or Asian dishes
- blend in the diffuser with a minty oil (like Peppermint) to stimulate or a woodsy oil to calm (like Douglas Fir)
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I call Fennel “the flattener”! Can’t be delicate about this one: it’s the one to use when you’re gassy! Historically, using Fennel for tummy trouble has been well-known and although there are many oils that help promote healthy digestion, Fennel is the one to call on when you’re feeling “windy”! 🙂
Fennel has a distinctive black licorice scent and is sweet to taste. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s awesome at crushing cravings. Add a couple drops to your water to fight off sugary temptations. Love this one!
How to “wear” Fennel:
- rub one drop each of Fennel & Eucalyptus on the chest to help with respiratory function
- apply 1-2 drops on the tummy to help with digestive function
- promotes milk production in nursing moms
- add a drop to a cup of tea to help with tummy troubles
- mix with honey and a drop of Wild Orange for stubborn coughs
- 2 drops in a stainless steel or glass water bottle to crush sugar cravings
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like many of the other herbal oils, Basil provides powerful support when your immune system needs to be boosted. It also has a high linalool content, which has been shown to lessen stress as well as affect cells positively.
One downfall about “wearing” Basil: you will smell like a pizza parlor! Of course, if you like Italian food, that may not be a detracting factor!
How to “wear” Basil:
- mix a couple of drops in your shampoo to strip away build up and add shine
- blend with Eucalyptus oil and coconut oil to make a chest rub when congested
- dilute with coconut oil to soothe minor skin irritations
- apply on a cotton ball and rest just inside the ear to relieve ear discomfort
- take internally to soothe menstrual cramps
- add a drop or two to salad dressings or marinades
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like other wood oils, Cypress is beneficial for both the skin and has a grounding effect on emotions. It’s one we swear by around here for aches after a long day on the dance floor. Combine with Wintergreen and Lemongrass for the ultimate muscle rub.
This oil is not safe for internal use, but check out all these aromatic and topical uses…
How to “wear” Cypress:
- massage into legs & feet to energize after a tough workout
- add a drop to your toner to improve oily skin
- make a healing salve by mixing a drop of Cypress into coconut oil and apply to boo-boos
- diffuse to refresh and renew the air
- add a couple of drops to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe the steam to calm the respiratory system
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has a strong piney/minty scent. With spring in mind, it’s great for cleaning uses in the house and opening up airways is seasonal changes are taking a toll on your sinuses! When it comes to essential oils for spring, Eucalyptus is a must-have!
This oil is not safe for internal use, but here are other ways to use this oil:
How to “wear” Eucalyptus:
- combine a few drops with water in a glass spray bottle. Spritz on kids’ hair weekly to ward off lice.
- blend a couple of drops into coconut oil to make an all-natural chest rub when congested
- massage into abdomen for soothing support during menstruation
- add to your laundry wash or mop water to cleanse naturally and remove odors
- place a few drops in the floor of your morning shower to clear your mind and invigorate
- diffuse near your bed to ease breathing during the night
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