What We Keep in Our Back Pocket

I’ve been using essential oils since I was a teen and discovered the health and wellness world. I then used them as a yoga teacher with my clients, and now as a mama with my little guy.

Oils have played a powerful role in my own emotional healing process, and I love teaching my son ways he can use them to boost his immunity and regulate his mood.

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My Essential Essentials

Here are some of the oils that I swear by, and some of my favorite blends. I suggest that you experiment to find what works best for you, but these can help you on your way.


Lavender is one of the most versatile and useful of essential oils. It’s been proven again and again to reduce symptoms of nervousness and anxiety and promote relaxation. It’s a great sleep aid and is also cooling in nature, which makes it great for soothing burns or as part of an after-sun spray. I often put lavender in my water or bath.


Frankincense is a resin, and has been used for centuries for its soothing properties. It aids digestion, immunity, nervous system, and to enhance meditation. I apply it to my crown and temples often, and add it to my skin oil for extra benefit.


I use peppermint all the time to cool me down when I have a tension headache, after I’ve been in the sun, or to simply give me an fresh burst of energy. It also goes nicely in hot chocolate or added to water (sparingly) for tummy soothing.



Forgive is one of my favorite blends for improving my mood. It is said to help counteract anger and guilt, which I can use a bit of help with from time to time. With spruce leaf, bergamot, myrrh, and arborvitae, it was a woody scent that reminds me of being in the forest.



Motivate is my version of a pep pill. It helps get me going, get focused, and get ready to create. With a burst of peppermint, citrusy clementine, and floral Melissa, or lemon balm, it’s perfect for uplifting the mood and providing encouragement.



Deep Blue Rub

I can’t rave enough about Deep Blue rub! From soreness after workouts, to pulled muscles, to tension, to cramping, this stuff is basically magical. It’s a bit like icy hot, but without all the not-so-appealing ingredients. Wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue Tansy, blue Chamomile, and osmanthus soothe away aches and pains with a pleasing scent left behind. Definite staple.

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