Essential oils are a super hot topic right now.
So hot that I’ve seen scathing comments when people mention they should or should not use a specific brand. So many ladies seem to go from helpful to knock-down-drag-out in two seconds flat.
And it’s unfortunate, this great divide. Because we all just want the best for our families health!
It seems that a few years ago, when I purchased my first essential oils (lavender, lemon, and tea tree) that there was no controversy in the natural health world, or maybe I was just oblivious to it. I was excited to find a product that I could use in my natural medicine cabinet to complement the herbs I already used.
I began to happily use them, and then I got stopped in my tracks. I was told I bought the wrong kind, that I could be hurting myself and my family by using them.
Then I was told it was ok, but I was using them wrong.
Next up was that again, I had purchased the wrong brand, AND I could use them like I had before.
Let. Me. Tell. You. I think I’ve been spun around a few different times over the last few years and I feel like I finally have my head on straight.
I will not participate in the brand wars and I will err on the side of caution when it comes to neat and internal usage. (Unless I am under the care of a qualified aromatherapist or someone trained in EO use.)
Let’s cover a few basics:
What are essential oils?
They are natural oils found in plants that are usually extracted through a process called distillation. Essential oils are highly concentrated and it takes many, many pounds of plant material to produce them. In the case of lemon essential oil, it takes about 83 lemons to produce one ounce of oil. Lavender essential oil uses about 9 pounds of flowers to produce just one ounce of essential oil, and 250 pounds of Bulgarian rose petals are used to make one ounce of essential oils.
Essential oils are convenient as they are easily stored and carried when traveling. They are good for the budget since all usage is counted by simple drops and there are about 600 drops in a 30ml bottle. And they are effective for multiple uses; from cleaning the home and getting rid of pests, to calming nerves, taking care of headaches, and fighting illness.
So which brand is best?
I think if I had a dollar for every time I have been asked this question my house would be paid off! Or I could at least buy a freezer full of grass-fed beef to feed my family for a year.
There are two big players in this arena of course, both multi-level marketing companies, (MLMs are like a pyramid, people sign up to become reps and sells the oils, earning a percentage of the sales, many times it’s as high as 50%. They also sign up other people under them to sell the oils and make percentages of their sales.) and there are smaller guys out there stressing they have good oils too.
Let me just tell you, there are multiple “good” brands out there! Companies who source their oils to the best of their abilities, making sure they are pure and unadultered. There are certified aromatherapists that blend these oils for each brand to create healing blends, each a bit different from the next.
The prices between all of these oils can vary widely depending on the source, and is often why people assume one oil is better than another.
I have personally decided to use oils from multiple companies and this works out best for me.
I currently have oils from four different companies and it works out great for me. Here’s why:
- Many of my single oils are purchased less expensively from a company I know and trust.
- I have a blend from one of the bigger EO companies that I can’t diffuse due to too much cinnamon in it, (it makes me dizzy and light-headed) but a blend from another company (used for the same purpose) doesn’t cause me issues at all.
- On the other hand, it’s reversed for a different blend of oils! The lower priced option bothered me, but the pricier option didn’t.
My advice would be to find what works for you!
How should we use them?
Oh golly gee.
This issue is almost hotter than the brand war itself.
- Should you, or should you not ingest essential oils?
- Can it be done safely?
- Should you put them on your skin without a carrier oil? (called “neat” use)
- How often should you use them?
- What resource should you use to use them?
Personally, I’ve learned a lot about essential oil use from my master herbalist program through Vintage Remedies. It’s not a cut and dry issue and I think everyone should do research through several places before coming to a decision that works for them.
The good news is that if you want to take the aromatherapy course through Vintage Remedies you can take it for FREE when you purchase the Healthy Living Bundle.
I wasn’t planning on spending money for more natural living ebooks right now (when I have about 30 I still need to read!), even though I normally take any chance I get to stock up on books. But when I saw that the VR aromatherapy course (a $95 value) was being offered as a bonus to everyone who purchases the bundle, I didn’t give it a second thought. I purchased it last night and already have a few books on my kindle to dive into and I really wanted to make sure you knew about this sale too! (It’s over on Monday – or whenever they sell 30,000 bundles. Which from what I heard, it’s selling like hot cakes. As it should.)
While I feel I have a good handle on essential oils from my course and other research, I really want a better grasp on using them for health and healing. For that reason I’m all in!
As a side note – the other bonuses are pretty amazing in this bundle, which costs just $29.97 (but I paid $10 more to get the Kindle versions of all of the books. It worked out perfectly that I picked up a used Kindle Fire from friends earlier this week!). Last night I spent 20 minutes going through and ordering free herbal products from TriLight Health, free glass straws, a free amber bracelet, as well as a few other natural products. And I can’t wait to watch the Making Herbs Simple course in a couple of weeks! (I’d watch it now, but ain’t nobody got time for that at the moment!)
Anyways, if you really want to get into the nitty-gritty and figure out how to effectively and safely use essential oils, this aromatherapy course is for you!
This course covers the use of essential oils in body care, as antimicrobials, for green living, in traditional aromatherapy, and even addresses the myths and facts surrounding the controversial internal use of these potent oils! Course content is delivered in the interactive student portal through audio lectures, PDF downloads, video demonstrations, interactive quizzes, and a personal course instructor for feedback, guidance, and encouragement! Once you begin, you’ll have a full 90 days to access the course content, which includes reviews of scientific studies and over 45 aromatherapy formulas for natural health.
This program includes video demonstrations, online quizzing, audio lecture delivery, and other features which require high-speed internet access for optimal benefit. Satellite internet is not compatible with our online quizzing feature. All of Vintage Remedies’ programs are self-paced, and upon course completion, you do have the option of purchasing extended access or upgrading to an advanced course at a discount.
And you can totally take it when you pay just $29.97 for the bundle. Plus you get tons of other cool stuff like popular ebooks on health, free stuff from companies, and view-able courses online.
I am an affiliate for the bundle, so when you make a purchase through my link, I’ll get a commission. It doesn’t cost you more, but totally helps me run this site. Or buy grass-fed beef for my freezer (cause y’all know that I haven’t purchased any lately!). And this is the coolest bundle I’ve seen yet.
Anyways, I’ll be chatting more about how I use essential oils in the coming weeks. Hopefully we’ll also be learning about them together through the VR course!