By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch
Recently I was re-introduced to the idea of adding a couple of drops of essential oils to my drinks. I used to add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to my jasmine tea for an amazing morning “brew,” but took a break from that combination and never gave too much thought to another fusion. Until recently, that is.
Last week, an Oriental Medicine and BodyTalk practitioner I see here in Ocala, Florida, tested me for which essential oils would help get my body back into balance. Interestingly, what came up was one of my absolute favorite oils, Frankincense, along with Fennel. She had recommended 1 drop each in a large bottle of good quality water, and to just sip on it throughout the day. I was so excited to try it that I stopped by the store on the way home to get a big bottle of Fiji water so I could easily add the drops and carry it around with me wherever I go.
As soon as I got home, I put the drops into the water and right away started drinking it. It was really quite good! Actually, earlier in the week I had pulled my fennel essential oil out and put a drop in my hand and then dipped some fresh lettuce into it and ate it. To me, it tasted so good – it’s almost a licorice taste. I’ve done that before, but never thought to put it into water. I’ve been doing it ever since, at least once a day, sometimes twice.
For those of you not too familiar with essential oils, Frankincense is my go-to oil. It used to be lavender (and I still use quite a bit of lavender because it helps with so many things), but now Frankincense has gone to the forefront. I cannot tell you how much I love this oil. Seriously, I would be in heaven if I could go into a special room designed with a special ventilation system which delivered therapeutic grade frankincense into the room at higher concentrations. I can’t get enough of it! Which, to me, tells me that my body actually needs it. So I’ve been using this oil quite a bit lately. I’ve used frankincense for age spots, in capsules when I’ve been feeling run down, under my nose and on my neck for a calming, centering, and focused feeling, on cuts, on cold sores on our horses lips, and on unrecognizable lumps in our animals, to name a few.
Fennel is such a great digestive aid, and that’s primarily what I use it for.
While back in Michigan this past week, I spent some time with my brother and sisters and their families, and thought it might be nice to change up my mix a little; so, not wanting to give up the Frankincense, I still used one drop of it along with one drop of lemon essential oil into my bottled water, and that tasted really good as well.
Lemon essential oil is so refreshing and I use it to strengthen my immune system, and being under a bit of stress while in Michigan last week, I thought this would be a logical addition to my Frankincense and water. I actually recommended it to some of my family as something that may help with the immune system and would also add some flavor to their water, which would encourage them to drink more water (which we all need to do). So I grabbed their water bottle and put just one drop of lemon oil in it, and they loved it. They actually couldn’t believe how strong it smelled and how much flavor they got from just one drop.
Since getting back to Florida, I’ve been a little tired and wore out, so I thought another combination that might be good for me would be just adding one drop of peppermint oil to my water. That was quite a pick me up!
I love essential oils and I love using them in this way. It’s fun to wake up in the morning and tune in to how I’m feeling and listen to my body to see what, if any, oils may help me throughout the day. There are so many other options and combinations out there, I’m looking forward to exploring this further.
I’ll keep experimenting, and if I come across some really tasty and helpful combinations, I’ll be sure to share them with you!
Note: Remember to only use therapeutic-grade essential oils from a trusted source!