Thursday, October 03, 2013

Essential Oils

Recently, a lovely friend sent me some samples from her DoTerra stash. I had never used essential oils (EOs) before she sent them--or so I thought. I had never used the ones she sent anyway! Little did I know that the tea tree oil and the oregano oil I have used for years are essential oils. Who'd a thunk it?

I got crackin' and started using them for a variety of things they said they would work for. I am pretty hooked. I bought this book: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a Safe Home Environment (longest name ever...) and have been learning ever since.

I had a wonderful conversation with this beautiful woman today about Young Living oils. I appreciate her information in the same way I appreciated my other friend's information. Both of these friends sell high quality oils and both of them have great blends and great oils! What is a naturally minded mama to do?

Quite honestly, I think both companies sound amazing.

I have started making some of my own mixes with some less expensive local health food store oils. I have read what is said about those, but I am still not convinced--yet--that they are truly of lesser quality. They do some of the same things, but I really cannot tell if they are not as good because I am not a scientist and cannot know for sure what is in these oils or if their purity levels are what the containers say they are. It is sort of a conundrum to me.

Today, while searching online, I found a great article that I thought was well-worth reading about 21 things I should know about essential oils. She also linked to Mountain Rose Herbs. These folks have a LOT of oils on their site and some very solid information on what to use them for. There is a lot of good information out there on essential oils, and I am grateful for the information.

If you have EO sites or resources you like and think I should know about them, please feel free to share them in the comments. I am in deep at this point as I am sold on their efficacy. Do you use EOs? If so, which ones and why did you select that company?


Melanie Reynolds said...

Good morning, Kate!

Thanks for this very interesting post! I have two dear friends here who are sold on essential oils...but I haven't had the time or the money to do the research myself. I bookmarked the "21 Uses" post for later perusal.


Kate said...


This is all new to me so I am just excited to learn. I wish I had a ton of $ so I could try all the brands! :)


Beth B. said...

We use a lot of Heritage Essential Oils in our home and find great info on their website. http://heritageessentialoils.com/

Dawn O said...

Kate, I have been a die hard Young Living EO's person for years. An acquaintance recently introduced me to Liberty Naturals as a company. I must say that they have me thinking about possibly switching companies. Allow me to throw in yet another company to your mix to contemplate.

I really like that Liberty offers a certificate of analysis and the way that they handle the oils in packaging them.

Still doing more research before making a final decision.


Kate said...

Thanks, Dawn! I am happy to check out another company. :D