Our upcoming workshop, Essential Ladies Night Out with Jennifer Triassi combines the practice of yoga with the healing benefits of essential oils. Because so many of us may be new to the idea of using essential oils, we asked Jennifer some questions to help us understand her journey with essential oils and what to expect in this workshop.
1. When did you first start using essential oils and what made you want to learn more about them?
I have been dabbling in essential oils for years, mainly for the benefits of relaxation and creating some DIY bath/beauty products. Then, I began to read more about their therapeutic benefits, like helping me to sleep more soundly, getting the kiddos to sleep better, killing germs and preventing illnesses, and so on. My girls and I tend to be sensitive to fragrances and chemical ingredients in many products, so I was impressed with Young Living’s “Seed to Seal” guarantee of creating 100% pure, natural, therapeutic-grade oils. And once I tried them for myself, there was no turning back!
2. What kind of a difference have they made in your everyday life?
I use my oils EVERY single day! Just today, I’ve already used oils to brush my teeth, moisturize my skin, condition my hair, shave, flavor my water and tea, help a cough, sooth my tummy, sanitize the kitchen counter tops, polish wood floors, help the dog’s allergies, boost everyone’s immunity, calm the baby and more. I could go on and on!
I use them all throughout my house! It feels great to use 100% pure, natural oils, especially with the little ones! I’ve been able to drastically reduce the amount of chemicals my family is exposed to, and in doing so, I’ve also cut back on groceries, saving money and storage space! They are so versatile—-I never thought I’d be using the same thing to brighten my complexion as I do to clean my glass stove top. And that’s just one example!
3. In what ways to essential oils play into the practice of yoga?
Many different essential oils can be used to enhance your yoga practice! Frankincense is one of the most popular and is useful for visualization, improving one’s spiritual connection and centering. It has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress. In the yoga classes I teach at Willow Tree, I use a variety of essential oils to enhance my students’ experience.
4. What are your favorite essential oils to use?
It’s SO hard to narrow down, but right now, my faves are:
Peace & Calming for sleeping and easing a cough
Peppermint for easing digestion and keeping gnats away of my daughter’s soccer games
Thieves for disinfecting and boosting immunity (this blend include cinnamon and clove, and SMELLS like Thanksgiving to me—-perfect as we move into fall.)
5. What would you recommend to someone who was interested in learning more about essential oils? Is there a book or website that has been very informative?
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, please contact me! I can connect you with a closed Facebook group where you can learn all about how to use the oils. It is free, and includes a search function which allows you to search various topics and ask questions to other “oilers.”
If you’re more of bookworm, I recommend the Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Life Science Publishing and Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern.
6. Are there any precautions for someone just getting into essential oils?
Essential oils are powerful! A little goes a long way! Seriously, for many things, 1 drop is enough. Start slow and add more if needed.
There are variety of ways to use them, including inhaling, applying topically, diffusing and ingesting. Be sure to read the directions for any oil that you use!
Kiddos are especially sensitive; while essential oils can greatly help kids, we typically advise either diffusing or diluting with a carrier oil for application. Just make sure to learn the specific recommendations for kids.
7. What can we expect in your upcoming Essential Ladies’ Night Out Workshop?
This will be SO fun! I can’t wait!
Ladies, we will be taking care of ourselves starting with a nurturing candlelit yoga class, followed by a discussion of how to use various essential oils to take care of ourselves from head to toe, using 100% pure, natural, therapeutic-grade Young Living essential oils! You will leave with a list of uses and easy DIY recipes that will let you take the very best care of yourself!
Thanks so much, Jennifer! It sounds like this workshop is going to be absolutely amazing!