Aromatherapy Top Notes

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Aromatherapy can be much like the fragrance industry, in the sense that there are top notes, middle notes, and bottom notes in the different aromas of essential oil. I wanted to share a fun guide with you today, that has all of my favorite top note essential oils. These oils can help to create a sharp, fresh, and light aroma that evaporates more quickly than other notes. They also provide stimulating, cleansing, and uplifting effects on the mind and body. Let's jump in and chat about these top note oils, and what makes them so great.

Basil

Ocimum basilicum 

Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, and fresh.The spicy, yet herbal nature of Basil makes it a versatile oil that can be used to promote focus and alertness. Blends well with Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Rose.

Bergamot

Citrus bergamia

Aroma: Fresh, fruity, sweet, and spicy. With both calming and uplifting abilities, Bergamot can dissipate anxious feelings while simultaneously providing cleansing and purifying benefits. Blends well with other citrus oils, Roman Chamomile, Coriander, Lavender, Neroli, and Rosemary.

Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea

Aroma: Heavy, mellow, floral & nutty. With uses dating back to the Middle Ages, Clary Sage essential oil includes relaxing and soothing properties that help with rejuvenation and calming of the skin. Blends well with, Bergamot, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, and Lavender.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus radiata

Aroma: Sharp, fresh, and camphorous. Used to cleanse surfaces and the air, Eucalyptus essential oil can help promote feelings of relaxation and clear breathing. Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Thyme, and Melaleuca.

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Aroma: Strong, sweet, green, and licoricey. With several health benefits dating back to ancient Rome, Fennel essential oil can still be used to promote healthy digestion and respiratory function,promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation. Blends well with, Basil, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lemon, and Rosemary.

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Aroma: Warm, pungent, woody, and spicy. Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea. Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled for a soothing aroma. Blends well with, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Citrus oils, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, and Rosemary.

Grapefruit

Citrus X paradisi

Aroma: Sweet, sharp, and citrusy. Grapefruit essential oil can provide an uplifting environment due to its invigorating and energizing aroma, while acting as a purifying agent when added to a skin care routine. Blends well with, Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, and Ylang, Ylang.

Juniper Berry

Juniperus communis

Aroma: Pungent, green, fresh, and woody. With the ability to cleanse and purify the air, the fresh aroma of Juniper Berry essential oil can produce a calming, grounding effect. Blends well with, Cedarwood, Citrus oils, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemongrass, Melissa, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.

Lemon

Citrus limon

Aroma: Penetrating, fresh, sweet, and green. The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils, not to mention the top-selling essential oil that doTERRA offers. Blends well with, Cardamom, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang.

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon flexuosus

Aroma: Sharp, powerful, sweet, and citrus-like. Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems when ingested. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Blends well with, Basil, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, and Rosemary.

Lime

Citrus aurantifolia

Aroma: Citrus, sharp, sweet, and fresh. Known for its distinct aroma and taste, Lime provides cleansing benefits when taken internally or used topically—making it the perfect oil for purifying skin, air, and surfaces. Blends well with, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Neroli.

Melissa

Melissa officinalis

Aroma: Sweet, lemony, fresh, and green. With the ability to positively affect mood, Melissa essential oil is often used to reduce tense feelings, promote relaxation, and calm feelings of nervousness.Blends well with Basil, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Neroli, Wild Orange, Rose, and Ylang Ylang.

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Aroma: Clean, fresh, and penetrating. Peppermint helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. Peppermint continues to be one of the best-selling favorites among doTERRA essential oils. Blends well with, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Lemon, Marjoram, and Rosemary.

Petitgrain

Citrus aurantium

Aroma: Bittersweet, fresh, and floral. Petitgrain delivers calming and relaxing benefits to ease feelings of tension and stress. Historically, Petitgrain essential oil has been used for cleaning purposes and it has been used internally to support healthy immune system and nervous system function. Blends well with, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Wild Orange, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Aroma: Spicy, pungent, and pine-like. Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures, and helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue. Blends well with, Basil, Citrus oils, Frankincense, Lavender, and Peppermint.

Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Aroma: Minty and fruity. Spearmint's sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood. Blends well with, Basil, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.

Melaleuca

Melaleuca alternifolia

Aroma: Pungent, spicy, and camphorous. Melaleuca, or Tea Tree oil, is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function. Blends well with, Clary Sage, Clove, Lavender, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang.

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Aroma: Sweet and fresh. Thought to impart courage to its bearer, Thyme was given to knights and warriors before they went into battle by ladies of the Middle Ages. During this same period, Thyme was often placed beneath pillows to help promote a peaceful sleep and to ward off nightmares. With a specific chemistry that supports a healthy immune system, Thyme is a potent, warm essential oil that holds powerful cleansing and purifying properties. Blends well with, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Rosemary, and Melaleuca.

You can download a PDF version of this guide to keep on your device as a handy helper below!

Girls Night Fun!

Okay ladies, this one is for you! I don't know about you, but I often get caught up in the day-to-day of life. Chores, kids, meals, work...you know the drill (probably all too well!) I get drained reeealllly easily with all that I have going on, and as much as I ADORE my husband - nothing helps me forget about yoga pants and dried baby food on my shirt like a fun girls night out!

I recently came across this from The Dating Divas, and I think it is SO much fun! This pack has everything you need to make a fun girls night out happen EVERY month! What a great idea - too good not to share!

The pack includes:

  • Girls Night Questionnaire to poll your friends' interests
  • Party Invitations- printable and mobile versions
  • Pretty Party Decor for the first girls night party
  • Party Favors for the ladies AND the guys at home
  • Icebreaker Game called "Whose Lie Is It Anyway?"
  • Organizing Tools for the host to coordinate future get-togethers

This pack is a MUST see! It looks like a much-needed night of pure fun!

Get your Girl's Night Party Started!

I shared some of my Girls Night recipes before, (what a hit!) so I figured I just had to share them again! Here are two quick and easy recipes for you gals to pamper yourselves and have a great time together! I'm a big fan of being pampered, but sometimes I don't want to spend a fortune on it! These super savvy money saving recipes are sure to be a hit with all of your friends!

Girls Night!

Instructions:

  • Beat the egg with a whisk or a fork. and then mix in jojoba oil, and peppermint.
  • Use your fingers to lightly apply the mixture to the face, avoiding your eyes and surrounding area.
  • Leave on the mask for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Here is another recipe you can enjoy while you are waiting for your masks to finish!

Girls Night!-2

Instructions:

  • Fill a basin big enough for hands or your feet with warm water
  • Mix powdered milk and essential oil together in a small dish.
  • Add mixture to the water basin and stir
  • Soak tootsies or hands for 10-15 minutes, or longer if you just cant get enough!

Well ladies? Did you have a good time? I would love to see some fun pics of your masks and girls night party fun!

Don't forget to grab your Girl's Night Party Printables!

52 Dates for Two!

When the weekend hits, we all get excited! Finally, a break from the chaos of the work week, plus date night... right? Alright, raise your hand if you love date night but hate planning date night?

I'm with you. It's hard to find the time to hunt down and plan date nights even when you do carve out time in your busy schedule to actually do the date night. I knew I needed an easy solution so I turned to my favorite choice for help with date night: The Dating Divas, of course. I found this fantastic pack of 52 Dates for Two so now I've got a date for every week of the next year. I seriously scored big time! unspecified-32

All I had to do was print and cut the set of cards and find a permanent home for them in our bedroom and I knew we wouldn't miss date night again—okay, okay there will probably still be just a couple of weeks that get crazy, but I just know this pack is going to make such a huge difference!

Just check out what the 52 Dates for Two pack includes:

  1. 52 Weekly Date Night Cards - A date night idea for each week of the year.
  2. Blank Date Night Cards - Customizable cards to include a few, more personal dates.
  3. 16 Bonus Date Cards - For more weekly date night ideas to choose from.
  4. Steps & Tips for a Photo Album - Create an easy way to track your date night memories.

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Christmas is coming up so I'm adding the date night cards to a photo album and giving this as a year of dates to my husband {and to myself}! Once we actually go on the dates, we're really going to try to remember to take pictures so we can add them to the album. I feel like this gift is a win-win, we'll have date ideas for a year and then a photo album of all the memories at the end of it. Want to get your own? It's so simple to grab this pack right now for just $6.97!

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I just hope the hubby doesn't hop onto my blog and find out what I'm up to! ;)

Moving... again? Not quite yet...

Moving is such a pain, am I right?! The boxes, the mess, the cleaning...ugh! The to-do list is miles long, and it's always somewhat impossible to keep everything organized. We are planning to move back to Colorado in 2018 (yay! my heart is leaping with oodles of joy!) and we are already starting to de-clutter, konmari, and downsize. We have been diffusing and rolling on a bunch of Motivate... let me tell ya! I wanted to share some valuable moving tips and some cute printables that make the job easier! Add Motivate essential Oil to your diffuser and roll on your wrists to keep you going on Moving Day! Below are 3 products that are going to help move you forward as well!

I recently came across a new product from The Dating Divas called "The Ultimate Moving Organization Kit". I took a peek and thought it actually looked awesome, so I had to share it with you!

This kit has a ton of really fun features! It keeps everything super organized, it's really quite impressive!

Here is what the kit includes via The Dating Divas website:

    • Moving Binder Printables – An all-in-one place for your important documents, calendars and to-do lists!
    • Packing Box Label System – Color coded stickers and signs to organize your boxes by room.
    • Clever Packing Hacks – 3 pages of useful packing ideas and tips for all of that stuff you have to move!
    • Moving Announcement Cards – Let everyone know you are off to new adventures with a cute postcard!
    • Moving Help Thank You Notes– Moving is never a one-man job! We’ve also included thank you notes for your amazing moving helpers- couldn’t do it without them!
    • Welcome Home Print – Gorgeous printable art to frame and display in your new home.
    • Sexy Box Surprise – Make the unpacking a little more fun for your spouse with a steamy note!

 

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I'm totally using this when we hit the road and head back to the Centennial State! You can get yours HERE!

What do you think about this? Do you move around a lot too? What is your favorite moving tip that you love to share? Share with me in the comments!