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New to Essential Oils? Start Here

Are you just starting out with essential oils? Have you heard all the praise and decided to go ahead and give them a try? Great! But now the question is… Where do you start? What do you do? What do you buy? How do you use them? So many questions. So much information. But somewhere there has to be a basic guide to get you started. An “Essential Oils for Dummies” guide, if you will. You’re definitely no dummy if you were smart enough to see the benefits of essential oils, but you may feel like one after trying to sift through all the information available on the Internet. Most of it geared toward more seasoned oil users. Not much of it directed toward the complete beginner. But that changes today. Here is where you start. EXACTLY where you start if you are a complete essential oil newbie and want someone to just break it down to basics step by step. Is this the only way to start? Definitely not. But it’s one great way to start your journey. Ready? I thought so...here we go!
  1. Choose Your Essential Oil Company

Whilst there are several things to consider when deciding where to get your oils, the most important things are reputation and purity of the oils. One of the best ways to research the companies you are considering is to thoroughly read all the available information on their website and then hop over to their social media pages and see what customers are saying. Other things that are helpful to know: manufacturing process (steam distillation is the best method), quality of customer service and therapeutic or pharmaceutical grade (they should be 100%).
  1. Order Your Essential Oils

Order the largest essential oil kit you can afford. Can you start with a small kit? Absolutely! But the more oils you have, the more you can experiment. We always say to start out as big as you can go because it’s almost certain that you will want to order more very soon or wish that you had that one oil that you need for a particular blend. Make sure your kit has a few of the most commonly used essential oils. If you would like to follow this guide in its entirety, we suggest making sure you get Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon or Orange, Frankincense, Peppermint and Ylang Ylang. More often than not, the kits or sets of essential oils are less expensive than buying them individually.
  1. Buy an Aromatherapy Diffuser

Or two… Of course you can start out with one diffuser, and most people do, but if cost is not an issue, we recommend at least two – one for the living area and one for the bedroom. If you’d rather not make the leap just yet, one will do just fine. You can always move it to a different room when needed. It’s usually best to purchase your diffusers from the same company you buy your oils from. Most companies offer a kit of a few oils with a diffuser, so this is a great way to get started. It’s best to buy a diffuser that will run for hours and has a couple of different settings. Most quality diffusers have a setting to run continuously or intermittently. This feature is great when you want to diffuse all day because it extends the running time, meaning you don’t have to refill it as often.
  1. Gather Some Containers and Carrier Oil

It’s important to store essential oils in glass containers. Because they are potent, they can leach chemicals from the plastic into the solution. You will need two spray bottles, one small glass jar, some organic coconut oil and another carrier oil of your choice. Some suggestions are grapeseed oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. You will also need one dark glass roller bottle. These can be found online or in most natural foods or some drug stores.

Now for the fun part!

  1. Make Your Blends:

  • Anti-Ageing Face Cream
Whether you feel you need a concoction to combat ageing or not, this face cream will quickly become a necessity to you. It will protect your skin cells, tighten skin and kill bacteria. It’s great for all skin conditions including acne and discolouration. With a mixer, whip approximately 240 mL coconut oil until creamy and light. Then mix in 15 drops each Frankincense and Lavender essential oils. For mild acne, also mix in 7 drops Tea Tree or Lemon essential oil. Store in a small glass container away from direct light and use nightly.
  • Anti-Bacterial Ointment
Into a roller bottle, drop 8 drops Tea Tree, 6 drops Frankincense and 4 drops Lavender essential oils, then fill to the top with a carrier oil. Use on minor skin injuries such as burns and scrapes.
  • Cleaning Spray
In a spray bottle, drop 20 drops each Tea Tree and Lemon or Orange essential oils, then fill to the top with water. Use for anti-bacterial cleaner. Especially great for mould and mildew in bathrooms and kitchens.
  1. Charge the Air with Aromatherapy

  • Night Time
For a peaceful night’s sleep, place the diffuser by your bed and diffuse 6 drops Lavender and 4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oils. You’ll wonder how you ever slept without it!
  • Morning
For a great pick-me-up before heading out the door, diffuse 5 drops Orange and 5 drops Peppermint essential oils in the living room, kitchen or whatever room your family congregates.
  • Evening
At the end of your long day, place the diffuser in your living area and diffuse 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Orange and 2 drops Lavender essential oils to set a relaxing and joyous mood for everyone in the room.

You’re on Your Way!

The uses for essential oils are practically endless, and after you get started with these suggestions, you will probably want to start researching all the other wonderful ways they can be used. Each essential oil you buy should come with a description of its properties. Don’t be afraid to experiment!v

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