Finding Zen with Essential Oils

January 22, 2019
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Welcome to the very first Zen Tip Tuesday post.  Today’s post is by Allison Shorter who lives in Colorado, USA.  Allison’s post is about Finding Zen with Essential Oils.  

Interestingly, though I absolutely love my skincare products which contain some of the most gorgeous essential oils, I have never investigated the use of essential oils for other aspects of my health and wellbeing.  The reason being, I can’t smell!  I’ve always thought that this fact would diminish my chance of obtaining the full benefits of what they might offer.  I asked Allison about this and I thought her response was very interesting and worth sharing:


The good news is that essential oils can still be effective even if you can’t smell them. 

One major thing to know is that essential oils affect your brain because they can cross the blood-brain barrier in a way that even traditional medicines cannot. (You can Google it to learn more, and different people say it a little differently depending on their experience.) 

But here is one good article saying topical use works better than diffusing for those who cannot smell.

And essential oils also can affect every cell in your body when diffused, ingested, and used topically. Here’s an article explaining how they can work better than traditional antibiotics even because of their ability to penetrate cell walls.


A few things to note:  Whilst Allison is a doTERRA Consultant, please know that the intention of this post is to be informative rather than a sales pitch. Allison offers a couple of links to free eBooks within her post – ’50 Essential Oils (for beginners)’ and  ‘An Essential Oil Guide for Focus and Motivation’.  For your information, your email address is required in order to receive these eBooks and this option is just that … completely optional.  Also note that Allison provides a link to two oil blends – 1) Peace and 2) Balance – which are specific to doTERRA, purely in order to share the ingredients of the blends and provide more information about each of them to anyone that might be interested.

You can learn more about Allison and how to connect with her at her bio at the end of this post. 

Before I go, if you haven’t already read my post announcing the #ZTT link-up which starts on 5 February you can read all about it here!  Come join the party – I’d love to see you there!



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In this hectic and crazy world we live in, finding our peace, calm, or zen can be quite a challenge.

As people living in this day and age, we have to be proactive about pursuing our peace. There are many ways to go about this. One way that I have found helpful for my family and me is through using essential oils.

Some Tips Before We Begin

There are so many essential oils that can help with stress, anxious feelings, and promoting a sense of calm.

But before we begin, it is really important that you use high quality oils. If you buy them online (like on Amazon) or in stores, they will often have fillers and toxins in them. With essential oils, you get what you pay for.

For example, in a good quality essential oil, there are about 50 lemons in one 15 mL bottle. That’s a lot of lemons!! But it’s also easy to add junk and fillers in non-trustworthy brands and people wouldn’t necessarily know.

But your body isn’t getting the full benefit at the least. And at the worst, you could be adding toxins to your body.

You can click here to read more if you are new to essential oils. This article describes more in details about how to use diffusers, how to use carrier oils, how to choose good quality oils, and things like that.

But for a short summary, you can either diffuse the below essential oils, place them on your skin, and in some cases ingest them. You can even add them to your shower, add them in your shampoos, to your face moisturizer, etc. Read the bottle to see what is recommended for your brand and particular oil.

Best Essential Oils for Stress

Here I will list my top 7 essential oils for stress that I personally use to help get peace back.

  • Lavender – Lavender is known for being “all things calming.” This includes emotional stress, anxious feelings, and helping you rest and sleep. It’s a great overall oil… very mild, but effective.
  • Peace – doTERRA’s Peace blend is one of my favorites. You can get it in a roller bottle already mixed with coconut oil and ready to be applied. I keep it in my purse. It smells great and has been a lifesaver for me on a couple of occasions. Plus it is my daughters’ favorite when she is nervous about giving a speech.
  • Balance – doTERRA’s Balance is probably my favorite oil in this list. It is a blend that I diffuse every night that really helps my quality and quantity of sleep. I also put it on the back of my neck if I am feeling stressed out. Works and smells great!
  • Chamomile – Chamomile is a nice and restful essential oil that is great to help you stop overthinking or being irritable. It has also been shown to help reduce anxiety.
  • Ylang-Ylang – Ylang-Ylang has calming and uplifting effects, and is a common oil to help with sleep.
  • Clary Sage – Clary Sage is great for uplifting mood. It can help relieve stress and sadness. And my favorite feature of clary sage is that is helps balance your hormones! I use it when I have hormone headaches or when my teenaged daughter is having an emotional day. And I have heard it works well with menopausal women as well. It works beautifully!
  • Veviter – Veviter is known to help people in trauma and shock, working to produce stabilization. This is a good oil to blend with others.

If you found the above information helpful or there is something you would like to learn more about, then I would like to offer you an eBook free of charge. It covers:

  • How essential oils interact with the brain.

  • How using essential oils and a healthy lifestyle can help focus and motivation.

  • Which specific essential oils to use for focus and motivation and how to use them.

  • And much more…

Just click this link to request your free eBook!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


allison, headshot, healthy livingAllison and her family live in Colorado where they enjoy hiking, healthy living, essential oils, and homeschooling.

If you’re interested in health, natural remedies, or learning about how to use essential oils, you can find out more at Allison’s website and social media:




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  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond January 22, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Hi Min & Allison, Congratulations on the first Zen Tip Tuesday. I use the Gorgeous Woman skincare range which I purchase through Min and although I felt strange using oil at first, I love how it makes my skin feel. Allison, essential oils are and continue to be a mystery to me and I’m not sure why. I actually signed up to DoTerra and went to the Australian Conference but the time wasn’t right for me and I didn’t pursue it. Thank you for explaining the various oils to relieve stress and I will subscribe to receive your e-book to learn more. Lovely to meet you Allison and Min, I’ll be at the party on the 5th! Have a great week ladies. xx

    • Reply Min January 22, 2019 at 7:01 am

      Sue, thank you so much for your support of the very first #ZTT. You are a special person and very much appreciated. Here is your complimentary celebratory glass of champagne! Cheers! I’ve learned a lot about the essential oils that are within my skin care products (so glad you’re still loving them as I do too) over the past year by doing research to write about them but there is still so much to learn and I find it very fascinating in actual fact! I’m relieved to learn from Allison that my inability to smell won’t stop me being able to reap the benefits of essential oils. I’m so looking forward to the party on the 5th and the lunch on the 6th too! 🙂 xo

    • Reply Allison Shorter January 22, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Hi, Sue! Thanks so much for your comment. I hope the articles and ebook are helpful for you! Oils are great once you understand more about them but can be really confusing at first. Lovely to meet you!

  • Reply Cassandra prasasti January 22, 2019 at 9:50 am

    I love to use lavender oil especially at night. So calming!

  • Reply Leanne | January 23, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Hi Min – you’re off and running with your new series! This was a very interesting post – lots of stuff I didn’t know. I don’t use essential oils much but I have tried a few for headaches and reducing stress over the years. I think some things work better than others for different people and essential oils have certainly become a popular choice in recent years.

    • Reply Min January 24, 2019 at 8:02 am

      Hi Leanne – thanks so much for popping in and visiting for my first #ZTT post! I’ve so enjoyed reading the info shared by Allison on essential oils. They sure are popular and it seems for good reason. I’m all for natural remedies and health benefits and essential oils are fascinating to learn about! 🙂 xo

    • Reply Allison Shorter | Healthy Living in Colorado January 25, 2019 at 11:52 pm

      Hi, Leanne. I’m glad you found this post interesting. Oils really do work on many things, but different oils have different effects on different people. So it’s definitely not a one size fits all. But with good quality oil, proper education, and some trial and error, most people should be able to find a blend that helps them! Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Jan Wild January 25, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    What timing, my first doTERRA oils and infuser arrived in the post today, I have used essential oils for years, but these seem really special and a lot of them are food grade. I had some in water today.

    • Reply Allison Shorter | Healthy Living in Colorado January 25, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      Hi, Jan! That’s great! I think you will love them. 🙂

    • Reply Min January 26, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      How exciting Jan! Which oils did you get I wonder? It’s wonderful to know that good quality oils can be used in a variety of ways. I find them fascinating and hope to get some myself in the near future to help with my anxiety when I need it (for one thing but I’m sure I will find other reasons to use them too)!

  • Reply Moksha Essentials August 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    After reading your post i realize how much important are essential oils for us. Thanks a lot! You post is wonderful who guides me a new thing. I have learned a lot. Lovely allison!

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