How A College Student Uses Essential Oils to Ease Common Challenges

by Luke Gibson in Luke's Blog
January 20, 2018

A Brief Introduction:
My name is Luke Gibson. I’m a 20-year-old junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I’ve been working for and learning from Fruit of the Spirit Nutrition and Wellness since 2016. I wrote this blog to share some valuable information that I’ve learned and implemented about essential oils, because I use them as a natural remedy to help with common challenges I know many college students face.

Essential Oils:
The three main issues that I use essential oils to help with are sleep, stress, and the sinus issues that always seem to pop up in the fall and spring. The first step in using essential oils is making sure that you have a good, reliable diffuser in which to diffuse the oils. The one I personally use every single day can be found on Amazon here: NOW Ultrasonic Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser. All you need after the diffuser are quality essential oils to diffuse, but I’ll talk more about the specific oils I use later in the article.

Sleep is a critical part of health that many of us neglect, especially college students. As hard as it is, getting quality sleep can make a huge difference in performance in school. Every night before I go to bed, I set up my diffuser with the same mix of oils. A combination of lavender, cedarwood, and rosemary never fails to help put me to sleep and stay asleep during the night. Lavender is widely regarded as one of the most relaxing and beneficial to sleep essential oils in the world. Rosemary has anti-anxiety and relaxing properties, and cedarwood is grounding. I usually use 5-6 drops of lavender, 5-6 drops of cedarwood, and 3-4 drops of rosemary. I get all my essential oil products from Amazon, and I prefer the brand Now for oils. They’re high quality and affordable, but it’s important to note that while there are some essential oils that are safe for consumption, these ARE NOT those type. Always follow instructions on the package for safe use. The links for lavender: NOW Lavender Oil, 1-Ounce, cedarwood: Now Foods Cedarwood Oil 1 ounce (Pack of 2) and rosemary: NOW – Rosemary Oil, 1-Ounce

Stress is something we all experience regardless of our situations. College can be a particularly stressful time for many people. School work, social obligations, finances, and a variety of other factors can make college an incredibly stressful environment that often feels hard to manage. I constantly have my diffuser running, and the blend of oils that I typically have running during the day is one I use for the stress relieving properties. Whether I’m specifically trying to relax after a long day or trying to actively manage my stress levels while studying, I diffuse 5-6 drops of cedarwood, 5-6 drops of lemon oil: Now Foods Essential Oils Lemon, 1 fl oz 30 ml, and 3-4 drops of rosemary. Cedarwood has a grounding, earthy smell that I really enjoy. Lemon is cleansing, and rosemary helps enhance focus while also having anti-anxiety properties.

Sinus issues affect me every single fall and winter without fail. They affect a lot of other college students as well. Having a large group of people in close proximity to each other is going to make the cold run rampant, and it does. When I’m feeling under the weather I only use two oils in my diffuser. I make a blend of 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of eucalyptus: NOW Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4-Ounce. Lemon is known for it’s cleaning abilities, and it is known to do the same for our bodies. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in many cold and flu products, and diffusing the essential oil can give you some of the same relief without the other harmful chemicals.  This blend really helps clear up my sinuses and makes my time being sick less unpleasant. To see how I used essential oils among other holistic cures to help when I had the flu, click here.

I know essential oils can seem expensive and some people may doubt their effectiveness, but they’ve definitely made a difference for me and I hope that sharing my knowledge of them can help make a difference in someone else’s life.

*All products that I recommend are things I personally use and believe in. I get a small percentage from Amazon if anything is bought using one of the links above, but I’m not a NOW or any other brand affiliate.

  1. Starr says:

    Awesome blog, Thank you!

    1. Luke Gibson says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read it and comment, glad you liked it!

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