I have had a hard time sleeping over the past couple weeks. I've also had some back/neck pain which resulted in nasty head aches, but whenever I took pain killers I would get really bad stomach aches (because I am pretty sure I have stomach ulcers), worse pain then the head ache or back pain. So I started looking into herbal options to help with all of it. 

I have a muscle rub that I bought at Good Earth that I rub on my neck whenever it's really bad, and that helps. For helping sleep I was taking melatonin each night but I felt like it wasn't doing much. So I started researching essential oils. I got peppermint and lavender from Young Living. I have used them all week and they have been great! 

Lavender helps so many things; aching muscles, by adding a few drops to a hot bath, acne, by mixing it together with a moisturizer cream, headache, by messaging a few drops to your temples or neck, insomnia, by adding a few drops on your pillow (I just rub a drop on each wrist), for stress by applying a few drops to your temples. (Click here for a list of 20 uses)  

Peppermint can help your digestion by adding a drop to herbal tea, help nausea by running a drop on your wrists, help with colds or congestion by rubbing on chest, helps aching muscles and pain by rubbing onto area and will give a cooling sensation, boost energy when rubbed on neck and shoulders. (lots of info found here)

Also all of this....

"For emotional healing, peppermint encourages regeneration, self-acceptance, concentration, vitality, and vibrancy.

The Fragrant Heavens by aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood offers the following suggestions:

  • To ask your angels for help, use peppermint oil when barriers have been erected and all help has been refused. Use to clear a pathway.

  • "Peppermint raises the spirit to fuller understanding and appreciation of the mysteries that will eventually fully unfold to us. It stimulates and soothes uplifts, and calms... Peppermint can also stimulate the dream time, using this time of physical stillness to bring information and understanding."                                                                                                                                                      Via 
Uh, yeah. But all in all it's been really wonderful and I highly recommend it. Each night I take two melatonin, rub a little lavender on each wrist, and a little peppermint on my neck back. It's been a while since I have slept so well! In the morning I rub a little peppermint on my chest and/or neck and it helps me wake up. 

Also over the past two weeks my acne has been the worst ever! I feel like I have to try new products every month, but I have been using a combination of things and by the end of this week my acne is much much better, at least for this week.

In the morning I use a little bit of Sibu Beauty (a Utah based company!) Sea Buchthorn Seed Oil. I bought this a while back and stopped using it but found it and decided to start it up again. The price for it has gone down a lot since I bought it last! (was $13, now $8.50). It doesn't smell great, but it's helping!

When I do my make up I mix a drop of lavender oil and moisturizer together. I always moisturize before doing my make up, it helps as a great primer for your foundation! 

After moisturizing I rub on Neosporin (I'm a guilty picker =/)

And finally before going to bed I rub on Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment. The smell is not great and it was $9, a little on the pricey end of things, a little smaller then the Seed Oil, but it's one of the things that's working so I will keep it up till it doesn't work any more! 

And Avengers came out this week! You know I added it to my movie collection, did you? (movies are always cheaper the first week they come out!)

Happy Friday!

1 comment

  1. Maybe I should start using oils. I have trouble sleeping I'm just so skeptical of the cure-all-miracle-stuff but I really do find aromatherapy relaxing so I should probably give it a try.