Being new to essential oils can feel a bit overwhelming when you know very little about them. When I first got mine I had no clue what to do with them and unfortunately they sat in my bedroom for a few months unused. However, slowly over time I educated myself and did a lot of researching with websites and reading several books on how to use essential oils. I am no expert by any means, but I did want to share some helpful tips I wish I knew when I first started.
Tip No. 1 – Educate Yourself
I have found it very helpful to have a few books on essential oils. I love how they have helped me understand what they are, how they work, how to apply them, and how you can benefit from them. There is so much information out there about essential oils that it’s almost impossible to remember it all, at least right away anyways. If I or someone in my family has something wrong like ear pain or head pain, I can look in my book for a good protocol that would help. In fact I just did this the other day for my daughter who was having ear pain. I looked it up used the oils they suggested and applied it how they told me and the next day my daughter’s ear pain was 80% better. I kept applying until the pain was gone. Just saved myself a trip to the doctors, score!
A carrier oil will help your skin absorb the essential oil. When you use the essential oil neat; up to 80% of the oil evaporates before your skin absorbs it. Also using a carrier oil will help prevent skin irritation. Some oils such as Oregano are hot oils and can burn the skin when used neat. Other oils like Peppermint are skin sensitive and can cause skin irritation like a rash or a cooling sensation.
The most common carrier oil used is Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is not the same as regular coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is always in liquid form. There are many other carrier oils you can use and for more carrier oil options click here.
Tip No. 3 – Make it Convenient
The easier it is the more likely you’ll use your essential oils. Having roll on bottles makes using essential oils very convenient. This is also great if you have kids that use the essential oils. They are more likely to use it if they can apply it themselves. With a roll on bottle you don’t have to worry about your child pouring to much or spilling it. I would however, still recommend adult supervision.
The roll on bottles comes in different sizes. I have 10 ml bottles for mixtures that we use a lot of, 5 ml bottles, and I think its 2.5 ml bottles. All very great and have their own unique purpose. The 2.5 ml bottle is great for traveling or putting in your purse.
Tip No. 4 – Location, Location, Location!
Be sure to place your oils all over your house. I live in a two story house and have my essential oils on both levels. They are located in my room, my bathroom, my kitchen, my kids bathroom, and my 2 year old’s room (out of reach, of course). It is great that when I need something upstairs I don’t have to go downstairs to get it or vice versa. Knowing me if I had to go upstairs to get an essential oil I need, chances are I won’t even bother.
If your thinking how expensive that would be to buy several bottles of Lavender to place around the house you don’t have to. That’s another great reason why to buy some roll on bottles, put some oil in them and place them around the house.
To get the most out of your essential oils be sure you are eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising! You can’t expect miracles from these oils if you don’t take care of yourself first!
Your body is amazing at taking care of itself when you provide it the proper nutrition, supplementation, and tools to do so.
I hope you enjoy your essential oil journey as much as I have and I hope these helpful tips will get you off to a successful start. If you have helpful tips you would like to share please leave them in the comments. I am always looking for new wonderful tips.