Oils 101- 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Using Essential Oils

Hello there! There are a few things that I have learned over the last few years by using Essential Oils(EO). The more I use them, the more I learn. In this post I will share some of the tips and tricks I have learned that I wish I knew when I first started using Essential Oils!

  1. First Rule- Do NOT put EOs in eyes or ears. Just don’t do it. Ever. Around your ear- good. Around your eye bone- good. Not inside.
  2. Plastic and Essential Oils don’t mix. If you want to add a drop of Lemon Vitality* EO (or any other vitality line EO) to your water or drink, it needs to be in a glass or stainless steel cup. You might say well…how come diffusers are made out of plastic then? Diffusers are made from a specific grade of plastic that will not deteriorate with Essential Oil use. Your average cup is not made from this quality of plastic. BPA free plastic doesn’t count. Don’t put your oils in those either.
  3. Start Low and Slow: When you just start out with using Essential Oils, start Slow (diluting them 50/50 with a Carrier Oil) and then apply the combo Low (to the bottoms of your feet).  Even though Essential Oils and Carrier Oils are both called oils, they are very different. A Carrier Oil is a fatty oil, not derived by the distillation process, and most people are familiar with them. You can find fatty oils in your kitchen- Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, etc. Carrier Oil Options to get you started: 
  4. Don’t touch the top of the dropper. Skin cells and particles, called epithelials, will get inside the bottle and lower the effectiveness and frequency of the oil. Hold the dropper sideways until oil drops out. No need to shake the bottle to get oil out, you’ll just end up wasting your EOs! If you’re saying, “Wait a minute! What about roller bottles? Those touch your skin.” Yes they do! Make sure you make small batches of roller bottles that you will use within about a month. Clean your bottle and start over. You don’t have to do this….BUT try making a roller bottle out of clear glass one time and see how the color changes after a couple weeks. You will be able to see little floaties too, depending on the color of the essential oil. Perhaps then you’ll see my point. It’s like drinking the last of the water your toddler was just drinking out of…. Bleh.
  5. Always store your bottles right side up. This will prevent oil from leaking into the cap and causing them to stick. If you want a few oils in your purse I recommend getting a little soft case to carry them with you.
  6. Don’t over-tighten your bottles. If you’re storing bottles right side up you don’t need to worry about tightening tightly. This can cause the caps to break. Not good!
  7. Where to apply topically? It will depend on the EO you are using. Good places to start are:
    1. bottoms of your feet (look up vitaflex points)- any and all oils can be used in this way for any and all uses!
    2. tummy- apply in a clockwise motion for supporting your digestive system
    3. back of your neck and down the spine- great for sleeping or anything related to supporting your nervous system
    4. lymph nodes on your neck- great for supporting multiple systems including endocrine and immune
    5. wrists- similar to applying to neck area, I love to put oils I want to use aromatically on my wrist because I get whiffs of the oil throughout the day. Side Note- why do you think women put perfume on their neck and wrists? The perfume is absorbed into the circulatory system making you smell more like the perfume. Instead of using perfume in this way(it’s poison!), use your Essential Oils in this same way to, not only smell good, but have the essential oils absorb into your system! If you haven’t read one of my Ditch and Switch blog posts about ditching chemicals and switching to safer alternatives, it talks about how our skin is a sponge absorbing whatever we put on it. Check it out here!
  8. Start diffusing All The Time! Seriously. When first starting out you may not know what to use for everything. Diffusing everyday will give the benefits of Essential Oils to everyone in your home! Easy peasy.
  9. Keep reading about them and ask questions. Subscribe to this blog so we don’t loose touch and be informed about new educational blog posts just like this one! Education and sharing the oil love is a main goal on this blog. I always keep it real and try to avoid fluff you don’t need to know. Another great resource I always tell people is go follow The Human Body and Essential Oils on Facebook. Jen is a wealth of knowledge and many things I know I learned from her!
  10. And finally, just start using them! The more you use them, the more you’ll learn what you love. And then you’ll start ditching and switching products left and right!
*The Vitality line with Young Living are Essential Oils labeled for dietary use. Please, please read your label if you do not use Young Living. Not all oils are created equal and many state on the label do not consume or for external use only. Others even state not for topical use! Yikes. For more on this topic check out this blog post here and scroll down to Essential Oil grades.

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Namaste,

Paige

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Before starting your journey with Essential Oils(EOs) please do more research and have someone experienced with EOs help you out. If you do not have anyone you know with EO experience, you can message me through the Contact Me page.

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

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