My goal with this series is exactly as the title suggests — to give you an easy-to-follow guide to getting started with essential oils in your own family. My hope is that you will find essential oils a safe and effective way to improve the health and wellness of your family.
I have learned so much about essential oils over the past few years, both from my own personal research and in my own family’s use of essential oils. I’m excited to share with you some of the things I have learned and will be doing so over the next few weeks.
A Little About My Experience with Essential Oils
I am a registered nurse and for many years have sought alternative therapies for Lupus, an autoimmune disease I was diagnosed with several years ago. I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 16 years ago. I began using essential oils about 6 years ago when it was suggested that lavender essential oil might help the joint pain Lupus causes. Much to my surprise, it did provide relief. Then I discovered peppermint essential oil helped the headaches I often suffered from. For a couple of years, lavender and peppermint essential oils were the only ones I bought and used, except for the Tea Tree Oil I used when my son had chicken pox (truth be told I didn’t even know it was an “essential oil”).
About 3 1/2 years ago, I decided to do a trial of essential oils to help my son with ADHD. I was satisfied enough with that trial to continue learning more about how essential oils could play a part in the overall health of my family (all the while denouncing the idea that I was becoming the “crazy essential oils lady”). Truth be told, even though essential oils were starting to make a difference in my family, I was still a skeptic.
Fast forward to today. I have now eliminated many unhealthy cleaning products and cosmetics from our home and replaced them with more healthful homemade products, using essential oils. And now, everyone in my home is more likely to reach for (or at least ask for) an essential oil treatment for many symptoms of illness — from coughs to insect bites to burns to upset tummies. My skeptical husband recently texted me when I was traveling to ask which oil he should use for poison ivy (that is progress, friends!).
A Bit of a Disclaimer
Please understand that I am not an expert or certified aromatherapist (though I am in the process of becoming one). Nor am I a direct sales representative for any essential oils company.
I am primarily sharing my own experience – from one mom to another – that I believe weighs all the controversial issues surrounding essential oils in a balanced way and arrives at a good approach for using them safely with your family.
Who Should Read this Series?
This series is helpful for anyone wanting to get started with essential oils regardless of whether you prefer purchasing through a direct sales company (MLM) or online store, or if you choose to buy your favorite brand from your local health foods store. Essential oils are available almost everywhere these days, but please do read my article about why quality is important in essential oils before shopping your local drugstore.
It also may be helpful to someone who has been using essential oils for a short period of time or for a single purpose and wants to learn more about how to use them in your everyday life.
Using Your Favorite Essential Oils Supplier
While my personal favorite essential oils sellers are Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) and Plant Therapy (PT), you can use what you learn in this sereis along with any brand of essential oils you love. However, a few questions always come up when I mention the companies I use, so give me just a moment to anticipate yours.
RMO and PT are not a direct sales companies; they are online stores. I LOVE them both and their products so much for several reasons:
- I don’t have to sign up for a membership, requiring monthly or yearly purchase minimums
- Fast shipping that’s always free
- Competitive pricing with frequent sales and specials
- High-quality (pure) essential oils and online GC-MS test results from a verified third-party tester
- Liberal return policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase (even if the bottle is empty)
- Loyalty program where points are earned and can be applied to purchases
- Frequent and generous sales
That said, this series is written for everyone, no matter the essential oils company from which you choose to buy. There is no pressure here to buy from my favorites. You can also use the information in this series to substitute single oils and oil blends from your favorite company as needed. I’ll even help you match up some of the blends I’ll be sharing about with comparable blends from other popular companies.
What to Expect in This Series
In this 10-day series, I will share helpful tips for how you can improve your family’s health and wellness with essential oils, some of my favorite uses and recipes, and a downloadable starter pack to make it as easy as possible for you to get started with essential oils.
Here are the general topics that will be covered during the series:
▪Week 1: Where to Begin with Essential Oils
▪Week 2: How to Use Essential Oils Safely
▪Week 3: Diffusing and Inhaling Essential Oils
▪Week 4: Choosing a Diffuser
▪Week 5: Using Essential Oils Topically
▪Week 6: DIY Natural Household Cleaners
▪Week 7: Using Essential Oils for Your Beauty Needs
▪Week 8: Essential Oils First Aid Kit
▪Week 9: 25 Simple Uses for Your Essential Oils
▪Week 10: My Favorite Essential Oil Resources
Before you move on to Week 1, I have a little bit of homework for you to do. Please read this short article by world-renowned essential oils expert, Robert Tisserand. It will give you a simple overview of what exactly essential oils are and how they are extracted. Doing so will give you a foundation on which to build in the next few weeks:
Trust me, when you start getting into the chemistry of essential oils, it can be very confusing. This series is not meant to make you an expert in 10 weeks (I’ll leave that to the real experts); it is meant to give you a safe start.
Next, go download my Essential Oils Starter Pack by entering your email below. This will do two things. First, it will give you a printable of some tools we’ll be using during this series, along with some recipes that will match up with some of the series themes. Secondly, it will subscribe you to my email newsletter, so that you will get a reminder of when the next article in the series publishes (along with other news and information).
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Next Up: Where to Begin with Essential Oils
Never use essential oils undiluted or in the eyes or mucous membranes. Do not ingest essential oils unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep essential oils away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.