Talking about essential oils is one of my favorite things. What can I say, I’m an oil mama and proud of it :) Daily, I email and chat with other mamas who are falling in love with oils and so often I find myself typing out the same information … What are my favorite resources? What diffusers do I love? How do I most easily dilute, apply and blend?
Well, my friends, today I’m rounding up all (most) of the answers for you!
First up, books! I appreciate having a real book reference, something I can flip through and quickly access when I’m at home. There are a variety of books from just as many sources, but these 4 seem to be the ones I return to time after time.
Apps + Websites
Books are swell, but I’m on the go often and let’s face it, that seems to be when injury and ailments strike most often. Having reliable apps and websites directed towards proper essential oil use are a lifesaver!
Here’s a shameless plug for my oil group on Facebook too —> That Oil Family. I love the oil folk who congregate there. Such great questions, testimonials, and encouragement!
After investing in oils you need a safe place to keep them, right? I’ve got my oils in 3 different places – a wooden storage box from doTERRA, a zippered case, and a keychain. For starters, go with the 25 oil wood box. A larger one will be available from doTERRA again in Spring 2015. From there, a keychain, albeit a little dorky. Injuries in our family always seem to happen on the go so as much as I’d love to have doubles of all my oils in the car or in my mondo purse, small vials in a keychain are a much better option.
Last, but not least – MASON JARS! When I mix up salve blends or bath salts mason jars are perfect. Especially with these lids, Walmart carries them too.
I really shouldn’t have diffusers so far down on the list. Using oils aromatically is my favorite, but they’re here in the line up because I 100% believe that it’s important to know and begin to understand oils before you start using them.
So, diffusing … by diffusing, oils are vaporized into the air allowing you to inhale them and benefit from their properties. I always use cold-air diffusers because heating the oil can reduce the oils effectiveness. With almost all diffusers you’ll fill it with cool tap water to the designated line and then add 2-3 drops of essential oil. That’s it! A lot goes a long way with quality oils.
I have personally used 6 different varieties of diffusers – based on a combination of factors (price, style, diffusing length, lights, etc) I have voted doTERRA Petal Diffuser as my top diffuser. And yes, I was the one and only vote, but I’ve heard many others say the Petal is their first choice too :)
The Petal Diffuser retails for $62.67, only $47 if you have a doTERRA wholesale account (which I can help make happen for you!) It is pretty while still being gender neutral, can be used with a light on or off and has a 1, 2, and 4 hour setting. It’s the best!
Number two would be the Jasmine … because … so chic and great colors! Followed by the budget friendly diffusers from Green Air – the AromMister and AquaMist both gets thumbs up from me as decent starter diffusers.
Rollers + Other Application Accessories
Oils are fabulous in their bottles and you can apply them directly that way. But, for me, I’ve found that easy application is the most important thing in getting into a good oil routine. That’s where rollers come into play. They’re a must! Citrus oils should be kept in dark or frosted glass to avoid sun exposure, but others I do use clear glass. I started out with lots of 10ml bottles and now lean towards like 5ml because then I can mix up a smaller blend and determine if it really works for us before making a big bottle.
Other accessories to consider are glass spritzers for ouch spray and the like and larger ones for homemade cleaning supplies. Oh, and samples! Once you fall in love with oils you’ll definitely want to share with others and having these 1/4 dram amber glass vials on hand make it possible :)
All of these are available on AromaTools and My Oil Business too. They are the mecca for all oil supplies. BUT, Amazon and their free shipping get me every time*. There are a few things Amazon doesn’t carry (yet) that I truly love though and will willingly pay shipping …
*It’s worth mentioned that while I do buy oil accessories on Amazon, I DO NOT buy oils on Amazon. It has become a common occurrence for third party oils to be tampered with and since we have oils for both medicinal and therapeutic use in my home I want the safest, purest oils. That means I want them directly from the source. No Amazon middle man when it comes to essential oils. Ok? Ok :)
Feel free to ask 100 questions! I can update and add to this post as I learn more and discover new favorites! Until then, I hope this was helpful!
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