Getting Started With Essential Oils
Are you interested in getting started with essential oils? I have dabbled in essential oils off and on over the last several years. I have known for ages about the secret of rubbing lavender essential oil on your feet to help you sleep.
For some reason, I never really put it all together. I didn’t realize the real power that these tiny bottles of oils can often have.
As essential oils have gained popularity over the last several years they started to pique my interest more and more. With the plethora of information available, I quickly learned that getting started with essential oils can be overwhelming.
My mother bought me a Young Living starter kit in late 2015. I mainly diffused scents that I thought were pleasing. I loved diffusing purification and lemon, they gave the illusion that my house was clean and fresh all the time!
The Power of Essential Oils
Meanwhile, I had a friend who was using oils for all sorts of things. Anxiety, making homemade bug spray, headaches and more. She suggested that I look into essential oils for fertility and that is when the world of essential oils really opened up for me.
Once I got to know the different properties of the oils I already owned I became fascinated and almost overwhelmed with all of the possibilities. I wanted to use essential oils for almost everything.
Perhaps you already have a few oils in your arsenal and are looking to build your collection. Maybe you looking to get started with essential oils but are overwhelmed with all of the information. I have put together this simple list to get your collection started as you learn more about the amazing properties of these amazing oils.
Most starter kits come with lavender essential oil, and with good reason. Most people think all it is good for it’s calming properties, but it can help with so much more. This versatile essential oil has been used for medicinal and home care purposes for thousands of years. Use it topically to help with skin rashes, acne, insect bites, and minor burns.
Add a few drops of lavender oil in your bath to help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. Remember my first learnings of rubbing lavender on the soles of your feet? This is great for adults and children and will have you snoozing in no time. Just be sure to dilute your oils with a quality carrier oil before applying them directly to your skin.
Rubbing lavender essential oil into your temples can help relieve headaches and tension. Lavender can even be used to repel moths and other insects, and eliminate odors from sweaty clothes and shoes! Is there anything this oil can’t do? If there is only one oil in your budget make sure this is it.
Peppermint happens to be another well-rounded oil that can be used for a multitude of purposes. Have an upset stomach? Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to your tea. It is also been known to help stave off those annoying hunger pains. Inhale some oil or add a few drops to a glass of water.
The therapeutic benefits of peppermint expand well beyond its digestive properties. Peppermint essential oil has been shown to improve focus, boost energy, reduce fevers and provide relief for headaches and muscle pain.
Tea Tree Oil
Another essential oil that I was using well before I knew what essential oils were is Tea Tree Oil. I used to put this on acne all the time to help dry out troublesome spots.
Often called “a medicine cabinet in a bottle” Tea Tree oil can be used to treat an array of common ailments. Apply Tea Tree topically to treat athletes foot, eczema, acne, cold sores, nail fungus, warts, and insect bites. It is also great to incorporate into your cleaning essentials to help disinfect around your home.
Not much smells better than the fresh scent of lemon. This is one of my favorite oils to diffuse, but it is great for cleaning and cooking too! This essential oil is a must-have in your collection, and I keep learning new ways to use it every day.
Lemon essential oil makes a great furniture polish, adhesive remover, and even great lemonade. It is perfect for removing gum and grease from surfaces and can be used in your homemade disinfectants as well.
Everyone has heard of this essential oil. One of the Three Wise men’s gifts this oil has been around for centuries. A lot of people report great relief from migraines by diffusing frankincense.
It is super handy for repelling mosquitos and flies when diffused or added to homemade bug sprays. Use Frankincense essential oil topically for acne, warts, cuts and scrapes, boils and scar tissue.
Personally, I love to diffuse this essential oil to alleviate stress, and it has been reported to help with those who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and insomnia.
Bright and cheery, grapefruit essential oil is uplifting and multi-purpose. I love adding a drop of grapefruit essential oil to my water bottle for a little boost. Try whipping this essential oil into coconut oil for a luxurious body butter that can help reduce signs of cellulite.
I also love to put a few drops on an old T-shirt. Just throw it in the dryer with your laundry to give it a fresh citrus scent. You can also use Grapefruit essential along with or in lieu of lemon in your antibacterial sprays for tidying up.
With these six oils in your essential oil stockpile, the possibilities are endless. Be sure to always chose quality essential oils in order to obtain the best results. I personally only use Young Living or Plant Therapy oils and plan to expand on this in later posts.
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