Apr 30, 2015

Essential Oils - I Bought 'Em

Yup.  I'd been eyeballing them for quite some time, but was hesitant to buy something that I was so skeptical of, even though I knew I'd have a blast using them.

But then I read 7 Ways to Live a More Magical Life over at Oddly Lovely, and realized that doing things just for fun is a perfectly valid reason to do them.  I might not think essential oils can cure all ills, but I would have a ball playing with potions and aromatherapy in my own little home apothecary shop.

So I bought a "starter set" from a company which is hopefully not total crap and I made a list of what each oil is supposed to be good for.  Lavender for sleep, relaxation, and headaches.  Peppermint for digestion, nausea, pain relief, and so on.  And I've played with them a little bit.  It's easy enough to add stuff to body lotion, or coconut oil for a topical application.

Diffusing was another story.  I used to have an oil warmer, but my compulsive purging saw that out the door years ago.  At first I thought I'd just go really simple and buy some mini spray bottles, but I had trouble finding any with good reviews.  After poking around, I went ahead and bought a diffuser.  They're really not that expensive.

I've only used it a couple times so far, but the diffuser has been really nice!  It really circulates the scent and the one I bought is kind of tear drop shaped, and does this color shift thing that I really like.  The funniest part is that after using it once, Ryan noticed the smell (still hanging around the day after), liked it (he said it was how a "baller" should smell), and then commandeered the diffuser.  So I might have to buy another one.

As you may have guessed this post really doesn't have much point.  I just started using them and I have no advice or tips to offer, but I do have questions!

Essential oil users, which are your favorite oils and what do you do with them?  Any tips for a newbie?  Favorite brands or diffuser recommendations?

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  1. i have been seeing essential oils everywhere. a few people have tried (read: harassed) to sell them to me but i wasn't interested. but i have been reading about them on blogs i trust so i am super curious. i would love love love love to try the lavender for sleep.. but can't i just put some on my pillow?

  2. YES! I love using oils. I use a variety of different brands but my favorite scent for relaxation is Eucalyptus.

  3. I have seen a lot of people touting essential oils as like miracle cures and it kind of worries me. Lavender oil isn't going to cure disease, but a lot of oils have great qualities that make them good choices for comfort and cleaning; you just have to do some research! Here are my two favorites and how I use them:
    1. Peppermint oil – I mix a few drops with my regular face lotion and apply a bit to my T-zone before I go to sleep. It just opens up my breathing in an instant and makes falling asleep so much more comfortable when I for some reason feel congested going to bed. I also apply some (again with the lotion) across my temples and forehead when I feel a headache coming on (I get TONS of headaches; I'd have an ulcer the size of Mars if I took a pill every time) and on my stomach when I feel unsettled there. I also apply the oil/lotion concoction to sore joints and muscles before/after a run, and a few times a week I mix it with a thick lotion and put that all over my feet before bed—especially good as sandal season arrives.
    2. Tea tree oil – I have dry skin and a dry scalp so I use a few drops along my hairline where dry flaky skin meets my scalp and it just feels so much more comfortable. I apply pure oil directly to pimples and—this is my favorite—I home-made a toner with it. Equal parts witch hazel and water with ~50 drops of tea tree oil, and I put that on my skin every time I wash my face. Clear, cooperative skin! The combo of tea tree and witch hazel is amazing.
    I also love lavender scents for relaxation, lemon essence for cleaning, and hibiscus for smelling delicious.

  4. It sounds like we have the same diffuser ;)
    I put lemon oil in my water every day (every day that I remember to anyway). I like peppermint for settling my stomach - I have no idea why or how this works, but I read it as one of the suggested uses so I started doing it before I run when my stomach hurts, and it really does work. I use lavender for relaxation, either by mixing it with lotion or putting a couple drops on my pillow before I go to sleep.
    I definitely don't think they're a cure-all either and I really haven't explored a lot of different ones, but I like what I've tried so far.

  5. I used to dabble with oils a long time ago and have been trying to get back in to them. I have always used tea tree oil on my face for break outs. There are tons of ways to use essential oils to make natural cleaning products and that is what I want to start doing. Do you follow Kathy? She posted an awesome DIY thing awhile back here http://realtalkwithkb.typepad.com/blog/2015/03/essential-oil-diy-experiments.html with what she uses them for. I want to do the dryer sheets!!!

  6. I diffuse nightly - eucalyptus, a breathe blend, lavender. I also apply topically, use in cleaning, and ingest. I did a post on my uses a while back.

  7. I use to play around with them ages ago, but they like all my other craft projects, got discarded. I see everyone talking about them. I may need to jump back on the bandwagon.


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