So for anyone that knows me personally, you probably know that I love essential oils and our family uses them daily. I get questions about them all the time, so I thought I would just make a basic post and answer some frequently asked questions about oils!
-So, what are essential oils!?
Essential oils are essentially the lifeblood of plants. They are distilled from different plants and bottled up to be used on our bodies for amazing purposes! Without getting really science-y, that’s really the best way to explain it! They can be used to improve health and wellness, skin, emotional and hormonal balance, and so much more!
-What are your favorite ways to use essential oils?
I personally use essential oils for just about everything! They’ve blessed our family in so many ways and I would feel silly not taking full advantage of them for everything they offer. On a daily basis we use our oils to help with energy levels, to boost our immune systems and keep us healthy, for skincare (my skin has never been better!), for good sleep (they’re a must for naps and bed time), stress, emotional support, taming tantrums, cleaning, to support our digestive and respiratory systems, teething (as needed), sore muscles, head tension, relaxation, and so much more! They have also played a significant role in kicking toxins out of our home and creating a healthier home environment.
-Do they really work?
Honestly, yes they do and they are about so much more than good smells! I know sometimes oils just seem like some kind of witchery haha but I really can’t recommend them enough. We’ve been using them for 18 months now and I honestly cannot go a day without using them! But I definitely encourage you to find out for yourselves if they would work for you too and see how you like them 🙂
-How do you know how to use essential oils properly and safely, especially around kids?
This is a super important question and one that I have researched about a lot. Safety is always of the up most importance when I’m using oils and when I’m helping others learn how to use them. Lucky for us, there are so many educational resources available at our fingertips that makes learning how to use oils very easy! Personally, I love the reference guides from Life Science Publishing and they have helped me gain so much knowledge on how to use oils properly for my family and I. I’m also part of a wonderful community called The Happy Oilers, which has taught me so much about safety, usage, recipes, and much more! I also recommend following your mama intuition and consulting with a doctor when necessary.
-Does it matter where I get essential oils from?
Yes yes yes! It sure does and I can’t stress this enough. Now when it comes to brand, most people have their personal preference. But I do recommend researching different brands and figuring out which brand is going to be the best choice for your family. Oils are honestly like cars and you pay for what you get 🙂 Especially when you’re putting oils on your family’s skin, I want to know that I’m putting the best quality product on to my families’ bodies.
Some things to research when it comes to an oil company is:
-where are the oils grown and distilled?
-what is their distilling process?
-are their oils organic? Non-gmo?
-does the company own their farms and have full quality control in their crops and distillation process?
-do they do 3rd party testing to ensure that their oils are pure and free of additives and synthetic chemicals?
-is the soil on their farms pesticide free?
-What essential oils do you recommend?
Personally, my family uses Young Living Essential Oils and we’ve been very happy with the quality and results! They are extremely high quality and I highly recommend them. I have used other brands before but I definitely feel the most comfortable using Young Living on my family, especially after researching the questions above 🙂
-There are so many different essential oils out there. How do I choose which ones to buy? What are the best basic ones to start with?
Ah yes, essential oils can be so overwhelming especially if you’re just starting out. I have been there and know the feeling. When I first started with essential oils 18 months ago, I ordered the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living and I’ve been so happy with the oils in that kit! The main reasons I ordered this kit are because it came with a diffuser (which I knew I would want to use), it also comes with 11 of the most popular/widely used essential oils (which it thought would be the perfect ones to start with), and because it came with additional education resources! To this day, it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made and I highly recommend going that route for a few different reasons:
-the kit is discounted at 50% so it gives you about $330 worth of essential oils for half the cost
-it includes 11 of the most popular essentials and we honestly use these particular oils on a regular basis so they are very versatile.
-it includes a diffuser which I love using! I always recommend having one on hand, especially if you’re new to using oils. It’s a really great way to start using them and benefiting from them.
-it gives you a membership to young living for life which just means that if you ever wanted to buy any other oils, you’d get an exclusive member discount (kind of like Costco).
-it also gives you access to The Happy Oiler community that I mentioned earlier and absolutely adore! This community of other moms and families has really helped me to learn how to use these oils correctly, safely, and confidently! I’ve made so many amazing friends too in the process too which has been so much fun!
-What essential oils come in this kit?
2. Stress Away
Bonus oil in October: Oregano
these are some of my most used oils and I love using them on a daily basis!
I hope this info helps all of you that were asking about essential oils and how they work! If you have any additional questions, feel free to send me an email at mamaessentialsblog(at)gmail(dot)com and I will answer them on my next Q&A installment.
For those of you who feel like you’re ready to get started with essential oils, Young Living is actually having an awesome sale this week so I thought I would share all the details with you all! This is definitely a great way to get started with oils without breaking the bank.
Normally the Premium Starter Kits that I love so much are $160- and honestly that’s already a great deal since you get $330 worth of stuff inside! However, right now the Premium Starter Kit with the Home Diffuser includes a bonus 12th oil (Oregano) and it’s 10% off! I don’t know about you, but I just love a good sale and this one is amazing!
The sale ends Wednesday night and you can sign up as a member and purchase your kitfor 10% off here 🙂