5 Essential Oils For Daily Use & Treat Yo Self Thursday {link-up #53}

5 Essential Oils for Daily Use
I’ve been experimenting with essential oils for about four months and quickly falling in love, so I wanted to share my experience by highlighting my favorite daily oils. I suppose, however, that I should start with a few disclaimers. No, I’m not an expert and I’m clearly not a doctor. I’m just a person that is experimenting and finding my own way. So make sure to do your research before using any of the oils. For example, essential oils should never be used in (or around to be safe) your ear canal or eyes). And if you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute some essential oils before applying them to your skin.

5 Essential Oils I Use Everyday

Lavender

Hands down my favorite essential oil. I really need to buy two bottles of it a month, not just one. I use lavender in the following ways:

  • Sleep Aid: I put a few drops on the bottom of my feet, rub a little on my pillow, and add some to my humidifier before falling asleep. I use to have a lot of trouble falling asleep at night but I’ve been able to fall asleep more easily lately.
  • Calming Bath: Similar to why I use it to help me fall asleep, I also love adding a few drops to my bath water.
  • Skin Irritation: Anytime I have a blemish, bad itch (like a bug bit), or small burn, I apply a few drops of lavender to the irritation.

Melaleuca

Also known as Tea Tree oil, this is another staple in my monthly order.

  • Healthy Scalp: I mix a few drops of Melaleuca and Peppermint with conditioner as a shampoo replacement. Both oils are great for keeping your scalp nice and healthy without stripping natural oils like shampoos can.
  • Spot Treatment: Anytime I’ve got a blemish or small cut, I add a drop of Melaleuca to a Q-tip and apply to the area.
  • Breathing Easy: Adding a few drops to my humidifier when I’m having problems with my asthma or allergies seems to help me breathe a bit easier.

Lemon

Another one of my absolute favorites! Some people use it as a homemade cleaning agent but I haven’t tried that yet.

  • Happy House: I am almost always diffusing lemon in the house for a nice, clean scent – goodbye, funky smells.
  • Morning Water: While many people ingest essential oils, the only one that I feel comfortable ingesting is lemon. When I run out of real lemons, I add a drop of this oil to my morning glass of water.

Frankincense

I think that some people have a different relationship to frankincense than I do. Apparently this is a scent that is used in the Catholic Church? Those of you that associate the scent with church may have a more positive or negative experience before of it, but my heathen self has zero associations with the oil.

  • Clear Skin: I apply a drop of frankincense to my face every night to help with clear skin, as it also helps to ease skin irritations.
  • Insect Bites: Similar to lavender, I’ve found that frankincense is great for helping reducing irritation from bug bites.

Peppermint

This is a favorite but also a pretty strong oil. One quick note – peppermint can be a bit on the stronger side so if you have sensitive skin, you should consider diluting the oil by mixing it with a carrier oil (like coconut or olive oil) before applying it to your skin.

  • Headaches: I have the pleasure of getting 1 or 2 pretty bad headaches a month. Whenever I feel one coming on I rub a little bit of peppermint to the problem areas (typically above my eyebrow and on my neck at the baseline of my hairline).
  • Stuffy Nose: Similar to melaleuca, adding a few drops of this to my humidifier helps to clear a snuffy nose from allergies.
  • Heathy Scalp: As I mentioned before, I use a few drops of this with melaleuca with conditioner so that I can skip shampoo.

Bonus

After I wash my face with raw honey and use rosewater as a toner, I end by nightly beauty routine with a homemade moisturizer: I mix a couple of tablespoons of avocado oil and a pinch of raw honey with a few drops of lavender, frankincense, and melaleuca. I store the mixture in an airtight container and it lasts a couple of weeks.

If you’re interested in trying out oils you can check out the oils for sale through Doterra: bit.ly/TreasureTromp_Doterra. Already love oils? You can join Doterra here: bit.ly/Join_Doterra (if you use my enrollment number then I get credit: 1302407).

Do you use any essential oils? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience!

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Hiking San Diego: Big Laguna Trail

Hiking San Diego- Big Laguna Trail
It shouldn’t be any surprise that San Diego county offers some really beautiful hiking trails. One of my favorites is the loop created by the Big Laguna Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

Hiking San Diego: Big Laguna Trail

The trail is a bit on the longer side – 10 miles that can quickly turn into about 12 if you make a few wrong turns like I did – but the hike itself is pretty easy. The beginning part of the hike takes you through an area that suffered a fairly recent forest fire but is still beautiful.

I was shocked when we came up to the top of the loop that offered incredible views of the surrounding deserts. Absolutely gorgeous.

The most memorable – and scariest – part of the hike was when we came across a herd of cattle. I don’t know if you’ve ever been within 100 feet of a big herd of cattle but holy shit they are terrifying.

They were even more terrifying when they chase a man and his dog because they didn’t like the latter. I seriously almost peed my pants.

Overall, I would highly recommend this hike for anyone in the San Diego area. It is also worth noting that the Big Laguna Trail (not the section of the Pacific Crest Trail) also welcomes dogs that are leashed (but clearly proceed at your own risk) and mountain bikes.

Have you hiked the Big Laguna Trail or can you suggest any other trials for those interested in hiking San Diego?

Kauai Travel Guide

kauai activities - helicopter tour via Treasure Tromp
While I love spending times in the mountains, desert, and forest, I’ve realized that nothing makes me happier than the beach. The oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, the Garden Isle of Kauai, happens to have all four geographical landscapes (and about 110 miles of gorgeous shoreline). Here are some recommendations on things to do and places to eat.

Kauai Travel Guide

Eat / Drink

Waffles at Hanalei Coffee Roasters. Expect a wait if you want to grab brunch at this coffee shop, but know that it is worth it. The coffee itself is pretty good, but you’ll want to try the waffles. Trust me.

Fish Tacos at Chicken in a Barrel BBQ. This place is meat heaven. Luckily I found a fish option (Mahi Mahi tacos) that was incredibly delicious.

Sushi at Dolphin. While you can get delicious fish in every restaurant on the island, the sushi and poke options at Dolphin are A+. The restaurant features both indoor and outside seating (next to the river), yummy drinks, and delicious, fresh fish. And you knows, you might even have lunch with James Bond.

Vegetarian & Vegan Options at Postcards Cafe. Fish reign supreme on Kauai, so finding quality vegan options can be difficult. While their menu is packed with fish, Postcards Cafe also offers a nice selection of vegetarian and vegan options.

Drinks at Kalypso Island Bar & Grill. As far as I can tell, Kalypso is pretty much the only bar on the main Hanalei drag. A nice place to go if you want to head out for a drink.

Stay

Both times we’ve been to Kauai we’ve rented a house in the north shore of the island in the town of Hanalei. Renting a house makes sense if you are traveling as a family but there are a ton of other resort options in the area.

Explore

Waimea Canyon. The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The Canyon is kind of a pick your own adventure: you can take a small, short walk to the rim of the canyon for spectacular views (Illau Nature Loop) or go on more difficult hikes such as the Kukui Trail.

Helicopter Tour. Basically the coolest thing ever. If you can swing it, I would highly recommend taking a helicopter tour of the island. It offers the most beautiful views of the island.
Kauai Activities - Helicopter Tour via Treasure Tromp

Botanical Gardens. The Limahuli Gardens and Preserve on the north shore are absolutely gorgeous. The collection of indigenous plants is incredible.
Kauai Activities - Limahuli Garden and Preserve via Treasure Tromp
Hike. Oh goodness, the hikes in Kauai are unbelievable. This website is a great resource for finding great hikes all throughout the island.

Other Details

If you plan on seeing the whole island, which is totally doable, make sure that you rent a car.
Kauai Travel Guide

Have you been to Kauai before? If so, what would you add to this travel guide?