Well I guess I’ll never have to worry about being out of ideas for posts. Today my sister texted me and asked for a very specific post about essential oils. So, here it is! I kept it brief–this time.
My husband and I have really built up quite the essential oil collection in the last year and a half. In early 2014 I attended an essential oil class at our local library, and came home with a stack of information, price sheets, and newfound knowledge that I was ready to act on.
I just knew I HAD to get my hands on some oils, but the question was–which ones? There were so many listed on the papers I brought home, and just when I thought I had decided, my eyes were drawn to another oil on the list. The prices were high, and I wanted to start our collection with the most versatile oils. I also decided to look around at different brands, and found that Now Foods carried several quality essential oils at what I felt were reasonable prices. I started mentioning some oils I wanted, and before I knew it my husband had ordered both a diffuser and a few oils to get us started. One of his first purchases was lavender. Lavender is a soothing oil, good for relaxation and easing tension. Its calming properties make it a good oil for helping to relieve headaches, too. We diffused it basically every night for a month in our diffuser. Just fill it up with water, and add a couple drops of oil. Two to three drops of almost any oil will go a long way!
We now have a basket of oils setting on my nightstand, next to the diffuser.
We diffuse combinations of oils each night, and we also use the oils topically. Here are some of the most commonly used oils in our home.
Oils for Colds/Congestion/Respiratory Issues
Eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, rosemary, thyme
Oils for Skin Health
Rose, geranium, frankincense, tea tree (Melaleuca), lavender
Oils for Cleaning
Lemon, tea tree, rosemary, wild orange, pine, oregano
Oils for Pain and Inflammation
Lavender, wintergreen, eucalyptus, peppermint, clary sage, sandalwood
This is just a small sample of the oils we have, and obviously some get used more than others. Most oils have several uses, which makes them all that more worth it! I encourage anyone who is interested in oils to attend an in-person event like I did. It really helps to have that initial conversation with someone who has studied and used oils, because then you can take that information and use it to help guide your research.
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