Essential Oils to Support your Beginning Yoga Flow

One of my favorite self care activities is yoga.  I've mentioned yoga on the blog recently because it is really been a a zen/chill session for me all while being active & connecting into my body.  The latter is something that is super important to me right now in my health & wellness routine - I need activities that honor my body.  Self care has been something that I've really been trying to focus on and both yoga & essential oils meet right there!
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Essential oils are perfect for your personal practice, especially since you'll be able to customize a routine that fits your flow.  If you're new to essential oils & their emotional properties, this post will go over how these aromatic compounds can support your yoga flow!

Why Use Essential Oils in Yoga?

Emotional & Physical Support

Yoga is a way to connect in with yourself and really tap into & listen to your body.  With yoga we are really able to communicate with and gently push our physical bodies in ways that are supportive and nurturing.  Essential oils can help us communicate with and gently push our emotional bodies in those same ways.  Essential oils set the mood & connect us to emotion.

Since our sense of smell is super powerful when it comes to associating feelings, using essential oils to help us foster certain desired feelings can help us shift our thinking while we're experiencing the zen of yoga.    These scents can also help support our current emotions - if you're feeling very empowered right now and want to do a yoga sequence that challenges you, you can try something like a citrus blend of Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Cypress.  These oils work with your Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras to support your sense of power & love for yourself.

Physical support can also be achieved with essential oils.  Starting with a minty oil will energize and open the air ways*.  Clear and open airways will help you focus on your breathing.  Peppermint & wintergreen are found in the Deep Blue blend that is perfect for soothing sore muscles if you've stretched a little too far.

When to Use Essential Oils

In Home Practice

The best place to use essential oils is in your at home practice.  You may find a class that is specifically offered combining yoga and aromatherapy, but it is always best to keep a neutral scent when in a community class.  While Essential Oils are commonly accepted as to be less irritating that synthetic fragrances, you may find someone that just doesn't prefer the scent of Grapefruit!

Of course if you do find a class that is receptive to the use of essential oils to enhance everyone's yoga experience, make sure if you're applying oils to your skin that pure unadulterated oils are used.  This is why I prefer to use doTERRA oils in my wellness practices.  I don't have to worry about weird stuff entering my skin as the oil is absorbed.

How to Use Essential Oils During Yoga

There are a couple of ways you can use essential oils during your yoga flow - aromatically through a diffuser, topically by direct application, or layer the two


The easiest way to use essential oils is through a diffuser in your space.  This way you can get the aromatic benefits of a specific oil or a certain blend.  You'll be able to focus on your flow & won't need to stop your flow to apply oils.  Sometimes this is the best, especially if you have a core desired feeling or a goal for your yoga flow that you know one constant scent can help you with.


If you're looking to add in a few different oils and blends for different emotional & physical support, it might be easier to create (or purchase!) some prediluted roller bottles.  Roller bottles will work seamlessly into your flow if you take the caps off and prepare the layout before hand.  Think about where you're body will be and in what motion you will be that will help with application.  You can also apply the oils prior to starting your flow so as not to disrupt your whole routine.  Be careful that you let the oils absorb completely to prevent slipping on your mat.  Check out this post on the benefits of using oils topically.


Combining the two can be the most supportive in your practice.  You'll be filling the space with a supportive aroma and directly benefiting from the essential oils as you apply them locally.  You'll also be focusing on mindfulness as you intentionally use each oil.

Which Essential Oils to Use

My top 5 essential oils for a beginner yoga flow are Peppermint, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cypress, & Balance.  

Since yoga involves many parts of your body interconnecting and working with each other, each of these oils assists you in listening to your body & your emotions to create a complete flow.  Personally, the Heart, Solar Plexus, and Root chakras are the chakras I like to connect through my practice.  These chakras give me the support and care that I like in my yoga flow.  My core desired feelings when I do yoga in the morning are feeling grounded, feeling honored, and feeling empowered...these oils are awesome for all of these feelings. 

Heart Centered Oils

Peppermint & Cypress work together with the heart chakra to create a sense of self love & support.  Peppermint is known as the Oil of a Bouyant Heart and the scent uplifts and expands the chest.  Not only does it offer respiratory support*, but the expansion of the chest can help you connect in with your heart.  Cypress is considered the Oil of Motion & Flow.  It can help you release some past or pent up emotion & is really great for yoga to encourage you to be flexible - both physically & emotionally.  This is a great self-love/self-care oil as it encourages us to release what doesn't serve and move into more flowing state.

Empowering Citrus Oils

Bergamot & Grapefruit work great with the Solar Plexus.  Applying them to the back of the neck (while not where the Solar Plexus is located) assists in energizing & uplifting.  You'll be able to inhale the aroma easily since you're applying the oils to the upper body.  Bergomot is considered the Oil of Self Acceptance.  It's citrus aroma aid us in feeling uplifted and empowered. It helps to release feelings of self doubt and limiting beliefs.  Grapefruit is a great oil to pair with Bergomot as Grapefruit is the Oil of Honoring the Body.  Working with Grapfruit during a yoga routine will support your ability to listen to your body.  It's bright, uplifting aroma encourages us to treat our bodies well.

Grounding Tree & Root Oils

The final oil is Balance which is a blend of tree oils perfect for the Root chakra.  Tree oil remind us to live in the moment & to root into where we are.  They reminds us to bloom where we are planted.  Since trees have no concern for what has been since they've grown through it, or what will be since they haven't reached that height yet, this oil reminds us to focus on our inner strength.  Tapping into this strength will help you be balanced and powerful in poses that challenge balance.

If you've been looking for a way to connect in & honor your body, Yoga can be a great way to do this.  Bringing in that emotional connection can take your practice even further.  I'd also suggest taking sometime to work with each oil individually - whether through a mediation or through your daily life - to see how each oil affects you.  Forming a personal connection to the energies & aroma of each oil will greatly enhance the emotional support you can receive from these powerful plant essences.

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If you don't feel connected to any of the oils I've mentioned, connect in with your own intuition and discover which chakras work with your yoga flow.  Perhaps you'd like more of a floral scent to open the Third eye & connect into opening yourself.  Or maybe you'd like spicier oils for your Sacral Chakra.  It's you're flow...customize it to your emotional needs!

What essential oils do you use in your yoga flow?

xoxo, Moe

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Three Ways to Save Money While Building your Make Up Collection

I'd consider make up to be one of my many, many hobbies.  For me personally it's the thrill of the hunt (finding limited edition products or being the first to find something new on the shelves), the thrill of saving at the check out counter, and the thrill of the comparison.  Make up is really something I collect - of course I use it too - but it's fun to have a lot of things at your disposal when you want to play around.  It's also great to be able to find some amazing things for a great price, here are my 3 tips for saving money while building a collection:
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Clip your coupons and hunt for deals

The place I like to shop for drugstore make up is CVS mainly because of their coupon program.  I've written a post on it here but mainly you can join their beauty club and for every $50 spent you get $5 Extra Bucks to spend in the store.  Additionally, they have in store coupons that print when you scan your rewards card.  And you can stack a CVS coupon with a Manufacturer's Coupon with your Extra Bucks to get the most bang for your buck.  I shop at CVS for everyday things - cereal, tooth paste, anything really - to build up my extra bucks to buy beauty products.  This is a great way to try things you're interested in but don't really want to shell out cash for.  They also have really great sales every week.  The only thing I can complain about is the selection of some brands is very poor.  For example my CVS doesn't have a great selection of Wet n Wild.

Follow your favorite brands on social media & keep an eye out on places like HauteLook.  You can find amazing (& sometimes secret) sales but keeping up with the brands you love.  HauteLook also runs sales on some of my favorite brands - like the Balm - quite often.

Know the Best Drugstore Brands

When it comes to affordability there are a few brands that are on the top.  Wet n Wild & Eyes Lips Face (ELF) are the tops for me.  They are easily accessible, start off at a really low price point, and the quality pretty much rocks.  CVS often has buy one get one free on Wet n Wild and even if it's just BOGO 50% off, you're still getting a steal.  The Eyes Lips Face website is constantly running sales (really get on their 50% off everything sales) but they are also available at local retailers.  Here's the breakdown:  If you want an affordable foundation that lasts all day the Wet n Wild Photo Focus foundation rocks.  Wet n Wild has the best eyeshadows & lipsticks.  Plus, they are constantly releasing amazing limited edition items which can fulfill you're need to hunt.  Eyes Lips Face is probably found in your local Target or Walmart and sometimes at Walgreens.  In recent years the brand has expanded to be more readily available and their product lines have only increased in quality.  In this line the blushes are a good range for what is available in store.  There are also a few blush & highlighting palettes that really impress me.  You don't have to place an order online to get a good grasp of the brand, however there are far more things online than in stores.  Their brushes are amazing and if you're just starting out your brush collection picking a few of their Studio Line Brushes will really build your collection fast.  (Here is a video on the essential Elf brushes that you have to have!)

Shop the Holiday Sets

If you want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to high end, or prestige brand, make up be sure to shop the limited edition holiday sets.  You may be spending $45 but you might be getting a $100+ value.  First, save you're money...then weight the odds.  Whenever I want to try a brand or try something new from a brand, I look at these sets.  You'll often be getting a steal and getting a good sampling of that brand.  Additionally you're often getting smaller sizes of products in these sets so you're not tied to something you might not like.  You'll either work through it quickly or not feel as bad passing it to a friend because you didn't pay full price for a certain item.

If you're worried about bulky packaging you can also depot the things you like into Z Palettes to maximize you're storage space.  Brands like Elf and Physicians Formula also do holiday sets at the Drug Store and often you'll get more bang for your buck that way.  My personal philosophy when it comes to holiday sets is to shop for what you want.  Because these things are so, so popular I like to snatch up the things that I would be really sad if I couldn't find after the holidays.  Then, after the holidays, I'll go shopping to find any leftover sets that might be on discount.

You can really save a ton of money building your collection if you're patient and you build your collection one or two pieces at a time.  It's easy to do this if you coupon, coupon, coupon.  I stop into CVS quite often to see what deals I can get with my Extra Bucks and MFG coupons and that way I'm only spending a few bucks at a time but building a collection of things to try!

What are some of your money saving tips when it comes to make up?

xoxo, Moe


The Benefits of Using Essential Oils Topically

There are several ways to use essential oils that will benefit your over all emotional well being.  Most often you hear about using essential oils aromatically, like in diffuser blends or in diffuser jewelry.  I'd say the second most common way to use essential oils is topically - meaning apply the oil directly to your skin.  Aromatic & topical use are the two ways I use essential oils the most.
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There are several reasons to use essential oils topically over using them aromatically or internally.  It may simply be because topically is more convenient for your situation.  I apply oils to my skin throughout my work day.  Most of the time I am not using them to treat anything like a cut or a bug bite, but I'm using them for the emotional support they offer.  Currently, I do have a diffuser in my office but right now I use that for respiratory support of my desk mate!  You may also choose to apply an oil topically to relieve a digestive issue* while you're out and about or as a hand sanitizer if there's no sink around.  Topical application often tends to be the most convenient but the physical & emotion benefits are none the less powerful.

Applying Essential Oils Topically


When you get into this method there are several safety issues that should be addressed to ensure proper use of oils on the skin.  DoTERRA provides a Touch line of essential oils that are prediluted with fractionated coconut oil & prepackaged in 15 ml roller bottles for you.  So if you're applying it to your skin you'll already be good to go.

These prediluted rollers are designed for adult skin.  If you're using oils on extremely sensitive skin, mature skin, young children, or infants you'll need to follow a heavier dilution guide.  Essential oils are highly concentrated and while some can be applies NEAT (or directly to the skin) it is always best to err on the side of caution & begin with dilution.

A quick way to dilute any oil fast is to fill a roller bottle with only fractionated coconut oil, apply that to the skin, then swipe a Touch roller over or apply a drop of undiluted oil.  Be sure to check the doTERRA dilution guide for more information.


While some essential oils can be taken internally and the suggested dosage is listed on the bottle, there are several factors to take into account when it comes to applying oils topically.  Since we've already talked about dilution, applying a diluted oil is a lower dosage than applying an undiluted oil directly to the skin.  Here is a helpful dosage chart.  Bear in mind that your skin sensitivity may be another consideration for dosage.  Oils are highly concentrated and tend to act fast so you may only need one or two applications to find them effective.


Since essential oils are highly concentrated plant essences, you'll want to avoid sensitive areas - like eyes, broken skin, etc - even if the oil is diluted.  If you do get an oil in your eye you'll want to dilute with fractionated coconut oil & not water.  FCO is a carrier oil that will help move the oil across your body.  They are fatty and tend to attach to the essential oils helping the scent last longer so applying coconut oil to will help dilute the oil in case you've gotten it in your eye.

Why Apply Oils Topically?

Topical application may be the most convenient way to use essential oils but it can also be the most beneficial way if you're needing direct skin support.  Our skin is the barrier to our internal body but it also one of our largest organs.  Anything you place on the skin can directly affect your internal body as the compound is carried through to the blood stream.  That is one reason why we need to be careful with what we apply to our skin.  Here are three ways I use essential oils daily :

To Treat the Skin

For the most part I use essential oils in my skin care routine.  Melaluca is known to be clarifying and thus helps to treat breakouts.  Frankincense not only smells amazing but when applied to the skin reduces imperfections as it helps with cellular regeneration*.  DoTERRA even has quite a few skin care lines for various skin types & concerns.  But more over you can use essential oils to naturally sooth burns, reduce the swelling & irritation of bug bites, and to help heal cuts & scrapes*.  Topical application in this case is the most effective way to have the essential oils directly impact the skin and surrounding areas.

To Act as a Natural Perfume

The emotional support essential oils offer can be enhanced by wearing the oils as natural perfumes.  If you're like me and want to feel motivated, awake, or emotionally supported through out the day then using the Touch roller bottles (or making your own) is a great way to combine the aromatic effects of essential oils with their topical benefits.  Plus the scent of a diluted oil will last a lot longer, it won't evaporate as quickly.

To Support the Body

Essential oils can support functions that may need a little help*.  DigestZen is designed to support the digestive system so it's great for nausea or an upset tummy.*  Applying this oil topically to the stomach can help with these issues.  Deep Blue oil can be used in a soothing massage to relieve muscle soreness.  Add it into any lotion or use the oil in an epsom salt bath.  My favorite essential oil blend to use topically is PastTense to calm and relieve tension at the end of a long day but it also helps me when I have severe headaches.  Essential oils can be used to support healthy functions!

When you apply essential oils topically you are getting their benefits localized but your also able to enjoy the aromatic qualities as well.  I personally carry a little bag with me everywhere I go with all the oils I may need to use in a day.  The best thing about doTERRA is that they package up the Top 10 oils in a great enrollment kit!  These 5 ml bottles are perfect to carry around with you. Plus pop in a little FCO roller bottle to your bag & you'll be ready to dilute in no time!

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If you're down for joining in on the emotional & physical support essential oils can offer, I'd love to talk with you!  If you're looking for a kit to start with the Family Essentials Kit is perfect and you'll enjoy 25% off other oils with your Wholesale Membership!  Shoot me an email or learn more about doTERRA by clicking here.  It's all about taking charge of your emotional & physical wellness!

xoxo, Moe

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