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Getting Started with Essential Oils

We all begin our journey with essential oils for different reasons. Maybe it’s because we are tired of putting chemicals on our skin that we can’t pronounce. Or perhaps we’ve learned of the mood-enhancing benefits of aromatherapy and want to try it out for ourselves. Whatever the reason, the learning curve for using these products can be daunting. One can easily suffer from information overload with all the advice and resources available. Don’t get us wrong, there is definitely a lot of great advice online, and you can learn a tonne from scouring the internet and searching Pinterest boards, but… Where do you start? That’s a great question! And guess what, we’ve got the answer! Here are 4 steps to take to start your oily journey:
  1. Order a basic kit that contains some of the most commonly used oils.

Basic essential oils such as Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Peppermint, or Lavender have unlimited uses, and you should make sure your kit contains essential oils such as these.
  1. Choose a diffuser.

Each of our diffusers come with Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils to get you started. Each of these oils is perfect for aromatherapy and can be combined any way you like for different benefits and scents.
  1. Determine one or two main reasons you have decided to try essential oils.

Most people choose to try essential oils to reduce the amount of toxins and chemicals their families are exposed to on a daily basis. If you have chosen this path, for example, you may wish to begin by replacing some of your cleaning products with more natural alternatives. In this situation, it’s best to start doing some research on “using essential oils for cleaning.” Lemon, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils are some of the best antiseptic agents you can find. Choose any mixture of these to suit your scent preference and mix a few drops of each with some distilled water in a spray bottle for a great kitchen counter cleaner. Or perhaps you would like to improve your skin care regime with healthier and purer ingredients. Then start your research with “essential oil skin care recipes.” The idea is to become as informed as possible about how to best use the essential oils to your advantage and have a good file of information to refer to for every scenario. When you feel you’ve mastered one or two uses, then move on to the next. AdobeStock_23102007  
  1. Experiment!

Essential oils are fun! Instead of getting bogged down in all the information available and procrastinating about how to use them, just get them out and channel your inner mad scientist! Read about the basic properties of the oils you have and drop some in your diffuser. Any of the essential oils are great for aromatherapy and each one has its own special personality and set of benefits.

Some Essential Oil Basics

Now that you have some basic essential oils and a diffuser, you’re all set to get started on your oily journey. But if you’re still having trouble deciding where to start, don’t fret…we’ve got you covered! This is where a lot of people get stuck, but that’s not going to happen to you. Here are some basic uses and recipes to get you started. If information overload has got your brain overworked, just print this out and start here!
  1. Cleaning

If toxic fumes have you worried about the safety of your family, try ditching the usual products and making your own with essential oils.
  • Kitchen Cleaner
For a fantastic kitchen cleaner that will demolish mould and mildew and banish germs, add 10 drops each of Lemon and Tea Tree Essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water. Lemon’s brightening qualities help to reverse discoloration and Tea Tree’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help to nip germs in the bud. Not to mention the great smell!
  • Bathroom Cleaner
The concoction you whipped up for the kitchen cleaner is just as effective for the bathroom, but you might try also adding a few drops of Lavender essential oil to the blend for a calming, spa-like scent.
  1. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is not just a fancy way to make a room smell nice (although that’s definitely a fantastic perk). The therapeutic benefits of this technique have been touted for over 6,000 years. To put it simply, our smell receptors seem to be directly connected to the emotion and memory centers in our brains, among others, so triggering the right centers can greatly affect our moods and feelings, making aromatherapy a great natural remedy for depression, insomnia, anxiety, and a number of other common afflictions.
  • Anxiety and Depression
Add 5 drops each of Ylang Ylang and Orange essential oils to your diffuser for mood-enhancing energy.
  • Sleeplessness
For a simple cure for insomnia, diffuse Lavender essential oil right before bed time. You’ll soon be wondering how you ever slept without it!
  • Lack of Focus
Trying to get a little work done from home but can’t keep your mind from racing? Try diffusing some Ylang Ylang and Frankincense essential oils to gain clarity and focus.
  1. Natural Remedies

  • Insect Bites and Stings
Add a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil to a drop or two of a carrier oil such as coconut or grapeseed, and apply the concoction to stings or bites to soothe and speed healing.
  • Acne Spot Treatment
Apply a drop of Lemon essential oil directly to a blemish to quickly dry up problem areas and kill bacteria.

Wrapping it Up

After doing a little research, you will see that the uses for essential oils are practically endless. If the information seems overwhelming, it might be best to ease into the process by gradually replacing some of the products you normally use, by following the steps laid out here and trying some of our simple recipes. You will soon find that using and learning about essential oils can be extremely addicting and a whole lot of fun!

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