Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Getting started with essential oils, cheaply

I'm sure by now you've seen a billion testimonies about how essential oils are the best thing since sliced bread. People are talking about how they use essential oils for cleaning, healthcare, aromatherapy, pets, disease treatment etc etc. You've no doubt also taken a look at these products are realized just how much money it costs for some of these 'starter kits'. I've seen some that were almost $200! Ouch! Some of those kits also come with subscriptions attached to them too and when you're just getting started it might all be too much too soon.

Cheap essential oils

Well, I decided that I needed to come up with a much cheaper way to get started in essential oils. I started with a few individual bottles based on what I'm planning on using the oils for. After I used those for awhile I added a 'set' of 6 oils to my collection. Now I think I'm ready to add more, but let me explain my process so far....

It was quite by accident but my first 3 essential oils happened to be 3 of the most popular and common ones! I think though, that this gave me a certain level of confidence being that there was so much information on these EO's and their uses readily available.

The first one I started with was Tea Tree Oil. My step-sister had raved about it and I decided to give it a try. This was probably 18 years ago! I buy this one now. You can read here about how I used it on foot fungus last year. I've also used this for cleaning and on acne. I use tea tree oil a lot so it makes sense for me to buy a larger bottle.

I then bought a bottle of lavender essential oil. I use lavender aromatherapy at bedtime. The scent of lavender is so relaxing it puts me right to sleep! I used this to make candles for the bedroom and some lavender scented, rice filled eye pillows for bedtime. This one was also a larger bottle since I use it for candles and make a dozen or so at a time.

Next I ventured into peppermint oil. I bought a large 4oz bottle with the plan of using it to make foot soaks and lip balms for Christmas gifts. I knew I was going to use a lot! In addition to making beauty products with it though, I have also used it for nausea, headaches and exhaustion. 

Up to this point my experiences have been great except for one thing, I wanted to try so many more essential oils! The cost of all these starter kits was holding me back though. Luckily I found this set of essential oils on Amazon. It was under $30 and had 6 different therapeutic grade essential oils. I had only tried one of these so far so this seemed like a great way to try the rest. Here are the properties of each oil that I was interested in:
  • Eucalyptus: decongestant, uplifting scent, stress and muscle soreness.
  • Jasmine: scent is uplifting and has antiseptic uses.
  • Green tea: anti-aging properties, helps muscles relax.
  • Lotus: reduces stress, headaches and nausea. 
  • Sweet pea: relieves stress, mood uplifting.
  • Lavender: relaxing, helps to induce sleep (as mentioned above)
Most of these oils have other uses, but those are the ones that interested me. I like to use them in a diffuser/humidifier. I also keep a container of Sweet Almond Oil on hand to use as a carrier oil when I want to apply them topically. I sometimes use coconut oil also. Of course there are many more carrier oils to pick from, they just happens to be the ones I usually have.
 
I've enjoyed experimenting with these different oils and I believe I may be ready to try a few more. I think I will go for lemon next. Lemon is excellent for household cleaning!

Last but not least, some essential oil safety:
  1. Most essential oils should not be applied to your skin unless mixed with a carrier oil. Generally a 1 drop EO to 1 tsp carrier oil ratio is acceptable.
  2. Do not ingest essential oils. There is no need to take essential oils internally....anyone telling you otherwise is selling something. 
  3. More expensive does not necessarily mean better. 
  4. There are a LOT of different opinions on how, when and why to use essential oils. When choosing an oil and it's uses do plenty of research and use common sense. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

While I believe essential oils are very useful I also think that jumping in too quickly and spending tons of $$ can be counter productive. You don't want to burn yourself out or get overwhelmed before you really get started! I think that starting small with 1 or 2 individual oils and judging whether this is a good fit for your lifestyle is the smarter option. Once you have determined that you can and will use EO's daily then it's time to look at those big kits and even distributorships....if that's the path you want to take. 

~L

I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be. I am not trained in any medical field, I am simply passing on information that has worked for me. If you would like to try the methods I have used please do some research and educate yourself before trying them.  

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2 comments:

  1. I love this! So many people don't know where to start or are afraid it is too expensive. The money i invest into oils has definitely helped me save in terms of other medicines and doctor bills.
    Thanks for sharing this on the Homestead Blog Hop. I hope we see you again today.

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  2. I love the ideas you put forth in this post!!! I really want my readers to know about this too! I want to share this in my weekly series called "Roll Out The Red Carpet Thursday" - I share bloggers' amazing posts that I've found during the week. I hope that' ok! Have a great night!

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