Hey y’all! I have jumped on the band wagon. I purchased my very own essential oils! A couple of weeks ago, a girl from my sorority held a class on essential oils. Honestly, I just went to this class for fun, but I ended up being very interested. She brought her whole kit of oils and showed us in the class some of the endless possibilities. Now, because she shared them with me, I am here to share them with you!
What are Essential Oils?
Okay, so you might be asking, Sally, what are essential oils and why are they so cool and awesome? Well, I’m glad you asked! Essential oils are basically the oil extracted from a plant. It is the “immune system” of a plant, actually. They are extracted from the leaves, stems, and roots of the plant. Essential oils have been around forever, so it’s clear that they are not just another fad that will die out. I learned that oils were used in ancient times and when archaeologists went back and looked at the bodies, traces of essential oils were found! How cool (kind of a weird fact, but roll with it)! Because essential oils are the immune system of the plant essentially, they also can act the same for us. They are very concentrated oils that are used sparingly for literally anything you need. Have a headache? Use some Peppermint. Can’t sleep? Use Lavender. Have a break-out? Use Frankincense. Seriously, there are so many recipes and uses for all of the oils and there are so many oils.
Which Oils are the Best?
If you have done any research on essential oils, you will know that there are a ton of brands. The most popular brands are Young Living and DoTerra. These are the most well-known and they have been around the longest. There are so many other brands, too, which have popped up in the past 10 years that are well-known and well-loved. When trying to find which brand is best for you, it is very important to look at the quality. For obvious reasons, quality is the most important part in deciding which oils to buy. If the quality isn’t there, the oils will not be as effective (if effective at all), and you will get your moneys worth if you spend a little extra on a better quality brand. And, if you look at the price- drop per drop, the price really isn’t too bad- it will pay off eventually! For the 5mL bottles, there are approximately 85 drops and for the 15mL bottles, there are approximately 250 drops.
How can I use them?
There are three main ways to use essential oils: Diffusing, applying topically, and ingesting them. Diffusing is what I typically do. It is where you have a diffuser filled with water and you drop about three to five drops in the water and turn it on! There are so many “recipes” that are on Pinterest for diffusing. Applying oils topically is also common. It is where you literally apply the oil directly on your skin. Some can be directly applied, like lavender and peppermint oil, and these are considered “neat” oils. On the other hand, some oils can irritate your skin if you don’t dilute it in a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a non-essential oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil or almond oil. I have used jojoba oil thus far, but I want to try out more! I just recently made a face serum with my oils and I will share it soon!
Now I cannot really speak to the method of taking essential oils internally, but it is popular among some people, but I have never done this. Some people put a couple of drops of lemon essential oil in water (make sure it is in a glass jar or cup, though!) and drink it like lemon water. Because essential oils are so concentrated, you only need a few drops! You can also put them in vitamin capsules and swallow the oils. Again, I have yet to try this method.
Where Do I Buy Them?
As mentioned above, you can pick whichever brand you like, based on your research. I chose to buy Young Living Essential Oils, but I also want to try out Eden’s Garden- I’ve heard great things. You typically purchase them online directly from the source- to make sure they are authentic.
What Do I Buy?
I was contemplating this question when I knew I wanted to buy oils. I started from ground zero, so I didn’t have a diffuser or anything. After doing some research, I figured out that I wanted to get a kit of some sorts. I figured out that the premium kit was the best deal because it includes 10 essential oils and a diffuser! (Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Copaiba, PanAway, DiGize, Thieves, Purification, and R.C. Also, included is Stress Away as a bonus! There are also some other little goodies that are samples included! The essential oils that come with If you become a member, you are a member for life. Now this can be a bit daunting, but to keep your membership, you only have to buy $50 worth of merchandise annually. When you are a member, you can get products at wholesale price, which actually saves you a ton of money. Even on buying individual oils, you can save $10-$20. I decided to buy the premium kit and sign up for a membership because I knew I would use the oils. When you sign up, it will ask for your social security number, but this is just for tax purposes. You will get a member number in case you want to make money on selling kits and oils to other people- like a commission. To give the person credit, you have to have their member number. I know some essential oil websites have gifts for those who sign up under their member number.
Now, just do your research! Decide if you want to try essential oils and decide which brand you like. Again, this is a personal decision! I decided to get Young Living oils because they have been around for 20 years and they seem to be the best- in my opinion. Young Living also has its own farms, so they control the whole process of making the oils. It is really up to you to research and find the best company for your own needs.
I am so happy that I was introduced to essential oils. I hope that this post helped you with any questions you may have! If you still have questions, please email me!