To celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary, I figure why not share a couple of ways essential oils can help you in the lead up to your wedding, on your wedding day & of course on your honeymoon. I tied in the knot in 2012 & at that time I hadn't a clue what essential oils were or how they could be used. If you're curious, I've got your back & I'm here to share some insights with you!
Check out some really easy solutions to help you glow from the inside out, help address typical bridal complaints & of course prevent turning into a total crazy bridezilla!
We've all heard the warnings about Sunbeds, we all know how bad they are for us - but REALLY, when I stopped them after my wedding, my skin looked like it had aged a few years in just a few weeks. I know that you already know this... but seriously. DONT do it! There are so many different great quality spray tans out there, and professionals that know how to apply it (to the extent that you can have a six pack contoured onto your tummy!). Just get a Spray Tan trial before anything is set on stone, but don't put yourself under those UV lights. If you've already started sunbed sessions, it’s not too late to stop. A couple of drops of doTERRA's lavender essential oil mixed with coconut oil is a great natural way to soothe the damage done, rehydrate and put the moisture back into your skin.
So many brides are terrified of eating too much on the day of the wedding... Why? They're afraid of looking bloated in their wedding dress. (Yes, it sounds ridiculous, and I hate to admit it but I was one of them). In fact, so many brides deliberately pick a dress that is loose around the tummy to give them that extra space for when they start to bloat. Did you know that Ginger and Peppermint are great for digestive support? Did you know that by just adding some doTERRA Peppermint / Ginger essential oil or the digestive support blend ZenGest to water after your meal will help alleviate bloating? It’s that simple. You can thank me later.
The absolute, number one complaint of brides to be in the lead up to their wedding is the S word. STRESS. Why is it so tolerated? It’s as if there is an expectation to be stressed, and you just put up and shut up! Stress is the root of all bad things. It can lead to tears, fights with your nearest and dearest, weight issues, breakouts, sleepless nights and can force you to become really run down amongst so many other things. I think that it is fair to say that a wedding without stress would be welcomed in so many homes. I wish I knew that a couple of drops of doTERRA lavender and frankincense essential oil in a diffuser would help reduce stress and help me sleep! The combo are also purifying on the skin, so by simply using it topically on your skin gives you the emotional benefit and the physical benefit too. Double win!
My skin wasn’t exactly as I had hoped on my Wedding Day. I was one of the poor unfortunates that had a full on breakout on the day (which I can thank stress for). Little did I know that melaleuca (aka tea tree) essential oil is highly anti septic, whilst having a dehydrating effect on spots. Lavender essential oil is great for its repairing, healing effects and is jam packed full of antioxidants, so if you do have any scarring and want to repair your skin fast, Lavender essential oil is the way to go.
Even one of Irelands top makeup artists Lyndsey Cavanagh describes melaleuca as a ‘fail-safe remedy’ and recommends to have doTERRA’s Lavender and Melaleuca in the make-up bag to combat any skin issues.
If you want to avoid invasive teeth whitening procedures which can lead to teeth sensitivities, why not try adding clove esssential oil to your toothpaste which is proven to naturally whiten teeth. Also check out the latest dental craze called Oil Pulling, which involves swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 10 - 20 minutes first thing in the morning. It’s proven to be highly detoxifying and great for whitening teeth.
In the lead up to the big day, brides have so much on their plate. It’s easy to put yourself at the bottom of the priority list. Why do it to yourself? This is YOUR DAY. In the lead up, make sure that you put YOU at the top of the priority list. If you don’t, it’s easy to let the stress take over, and that can bring on so many problems such as a weaker immune system. Make sure that you’re eating well to stock up on all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to run at 100%. Essential oils and nutritional supplements are a great way of giving your body the boost that it needs, especially when you’re trying to fend off nasty bugs, colds and flu’s.
On Guard is a protective blend, which you can simply add to water, or put on the bottoms of your feet to supercharge your immune system. It’s so easy and effective.
There are so many ways that men can use essential oils in their lives. Firstly, what man do you know that doesn’t enjoy a massage? Why not treat the man in your life to a calming rub down with some of his favourite essential oils.
Ceaderwood, Vetiver Sandalwood, Bergamot and Grapefruit are some of the key notes found in men’s colognes from major fragrance houses such as Tom Ford, Dior and Hermes. The extracts that are used in cologne fragrances, are also available in the form of essential oils. The added bonus of using essential oils as a fragrance, is that the oils double up to give a grounding emotional benefit. You can add them to your diffuser at home to help you feel relaxed and grounded
Most of the men that I know aren’t as vocal with their emotions as women. Women tend to sit down and chat it out with their family and friends over pots of tea. Men on the other hand tend to bottle their emotions. So when you can diffuse some essential oils at home, not only are the men getting the emotional support that they need, but your home smells beautiful.
Why not try the AromaTouch Technique, which is a massage style technique that involves the use of 8 essential oils to help combat Stress, Immune Support, Inflammation whilst uplifting and leaving you feeling energized? It is a technique that can be carried out in your home, so why not look into learning the AromaTouch technique and surprise your man with a nice rub down that will make him feel a million bucks.
Did you know that Jasmine and Ylang Ylang essential oils are natural aphrodisiacs? Stick a couple of drops in your bedroom diffuser. You can thank me later!
So, let me guess... at the bottom of your ‘to-do list’ is to prep for honeymoon. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your oils. As you’ve probably noticed, there are so many versatile ways of using essential oils. So I have picked my top 3 that everyone should have on their honeymoon.
I hope these recommendations help. Whatever stage your at in the lead up to your big day, its all important; and without sounding REALLY corny, your wedding is such a precious time. Love every minute of it all and don't allow stress or any other issues get in your way of making it the best day of your lives.