FOR NEW OIL USERS:
The sky is the limit when it comes to using essential oils but I understand not everyone wants to go all out. Here are the basics that I recommend for anyone using oils and what I think is a necessity.
Glass water bottles: Glass water bottles are the only way to go when it comes to adding oil to your water or beverages. Using plastic, styrofoam and paper is a huge no-no. Because these oils are so powerful, they can end up eating away at the plastic/styrofoam/paper cups then once you drink your beverage of choice, you’ll actually consume that said cup. YUCK! Trust me, you don’t want to drink that so just buy a glass water bottle. You won’t regret it. My favorite bottles are from Life Factory. You can get them online from their website or Bed Bath & Beyond usually carries them in store too. They are pretty break proof too; I drop mine ALL the time and haven’t broke one yet (knock on wood).
Diffuser: Second best thing besides Young Living oils is their diffusers. There are many different types but these are an aromatherapy diffuser, humidifier, atomizer, and air purifier all in one! Seriously, they are awesome! I love adding oils and creating different scents into mine and is WAY better than a chemical filled candle. Plus, it’s another great way to use oils and benefit from their amazing pure properties. Right now, my favorite diffuser is the Rain Stone. It’s so pretty, I’m OBSESSED! Oh, the diffusers also come in the Premium Starter Kit.
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is my favorite carrier oil (organic, of course) and what I feel is most universal. You’ll want a good carrier oil because sometimes you’ll need to mix your essential oils with something. Some essential oils are what we consider “hot” oils and sometimes while applying them topically, they will rapidly start detoxifying your skin and you may feel a burning sensation. By adding a little coconut oil to that area, you will put out the flame. Another great thing about these essential oil is because they are 100% therapeutic grade, you don’t need very much of them to feel the effects of them. One drop does a lot so by mixing one drop with coconut oil, you can stretch the use far and your bottles will last a lot longer.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DIY:
When making your own personal goodies, here a few items you will need! I will keep this list updated as more recipes get put on my blog.
- GLASS bottles or jars: Abundant Health sells all different types and sizes. I also prefer to use smaller mason jars for homemade creams because I can buy them at my local grocery store (or am in too big of a rush to wait for online ordering!). The most important quality of your container is that it is glass.
- Organic coconut oil: I make most of my DIY recipes with coconut oil because I love all the added health benefits I get from it! Make sure it’s unrefined as well. This is great for making lotions, creams & rubs. When it comes to using coconut oil there are two different methods I prefer. For when I want my DIY rubs to be hard in the container, I double boil it and then add the oils. When I want my coconut oil to be easier to spread, I use my Kitchen Aid or hand mixer to mix it until its looks almost fluffy and then add the oils.
- Fractionated Coconut oil: This will stay liquid and awesome to use for making your own rollers or sprays. You can also use olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil if you prefer a different smell. Young Living also has their own carrier oil that is amazing too, they call it V-6.
- Witch Hazel: Something you’ll need if you want to make your own bug spray or perfumes.
- Epsom Salts: Unscented salts are great for making your bath soap and feet soaks!