Essential Oils ~ Earth’s own Medicine
Essential Oils are amazing. I have been using them for about 8 years and feel like they have totally changed my life. I also believe you MUST educate yourself about essential oils before you use them. There are usually three types of people:
1) People who love them and use them for anything and everything.
2)People who think people from #1 are crazy, hippies, or practice witchcraft.
3) People who find them very interesting and would like to try using them, read a bit about them and then get too scared by all the cautions! and warnings! they read about so don’t ever try.
I think of essential oils as Earth’s own medicine and vitamin cabinet. I use them for preventative and symptom care. Some essential oils are very potent and cannot be used without a carrier oil. A carrier oil is an oil that dilutes the EO (essential oil) and carries the oil to the skin. Carrier oils are generally vegetable base oils, like grapeseed, safflower, coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. Some carrier oils are better than others. If you have olive oil or vegetable or coconut oil in your home you can use that. My husband uses vegetable oil (probably out of habit) and I use it when I am in a pinch. But grapeseed oil and safflower oil absorb into the skin very quickly and you have less of a greasy mess to contend with. There are some essential oils you should never ingest. There are some essential oils you will find you canNOT live with out (see my Essential Oil Starter Kit) and some you would hardly ever use, or are so expensive you’d be scared to use (like rose oil). If you are new to essential oils, start small. I always say to start with Lavender. It has amazing properties and I have some in my home, car and purse. I am armed with lavender at all times.
Nowadays, you can literally get essential oils anywhere: drugstores, health food stores, some grocery stores and online. You’ll get a million and one people telling you their brand is better than everyone elses and yada-yada-yada. I am not going to tell you to buy mine because it’s better than everyone else’s. The oils that I carry are 100% PURE and not diluted. I do not sell oils that I do not use myself and my family. I can tell you that essential oils are not cheap and you should expect to pay a little money for them, but you should not pay a LOT of money for them. If you want to know where I get my oils and want paperwork on them I always give them out. I believe in educating and transparency. I buy them in bulk because I use them in my soap and creams and can pass the savings on to you.
Essential Oils Use Chart
I have created a nice little Essential Oils use chart that I made to help people have something to look at and reference to when it comes to essential oils and their uses. There are wonderful reference books that I will provide links to at the end of this article.
The essential oils use chart is available for free when you buy an Essential Oil Starter kit from MamaSuds.
- The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by
- Reference Guide for Essential Oils Soft Cover 2013 by Connie and Alan Higley