You’ve seen the rollerbottles on Instagram, and the little bowls that spray oils into the air on Facebook, but you’re completely overwhelmed as to how you even begin to understand what to use them for, when to use the, where to find them, etc. Is there an oil for feeling overwhelmed about oils? For sure.
I can pretty much explain things to you until I’m blue in the face. I can hold your hand, and give you links, and do everything BUT use them for you. Ultimately, if essential oils are something that you think you want to add into your lifestyle, you just have to get a few in your hands, purchase a couple of tools, and get started! You learn best by doing-and teaching others to do. It’s not hard, it really isn’t, it just requires a little education, and a whole lot of get up and do it. Make one small change a day-a week even, and soon you’ll be reaching for your oils more out of habit than anything, and you’ll be amazed at how much healthier and empowered your home will be!
First, if you’re looking to buy oils, you can read all about how to do that in this post. Once you have some oils to start playing with, you’ll need a few tools to make things go smoothly! These are a few of my favorites:
Diffusers are tools used to get oil into the air-hence the word aromatherapy. It uses a tiny magnet that vibrates to break the oils into tiny vapors that seep through the opening in the diffuser and into the air around you. Diffusers can range from $20-hundreds of dollars. The ones that I use require only water and a couple of drops of oil (so easy!). I clean mine once a week with vinegar or lemon oil and a toothbrush!
If you do not order the kit with the diffuser, I urge you to consider buying one separately. It’s the absolute best way to get the benefits from your oils on a regular daily basis AND in a non-invasive way. This is the one that I use in the main area of my home. It runs for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off, and will continue this for nearly 24 hours, or you can diffuse constantly for a shorter amount of time. It retails for around $58 and comes in a variety of colors!
This is the one that I use in our bedrooms. It has great reviews, the price is fantastic too! Plus, it has a variety of fairly well lit lights on it that can serve as a nice nightlight-perfect for the kiddos! I LOVE ours. It’s such an affordable way to fill your home with diffusers! It runs between $25-$27.
This is my new toy, and I LOVE IT. It’s a small diffuser that runs off of power via a USB cord, so I use it in my car! This is the perfect travel diffuser, or you can use it near your computer at your office (oils won’t cause your eyes to itch like perfume or candles will). Can you imagine running errands with some mood boosting oils, or carpooling those kids with some immune supporting oils? Plus, who doesn’t love a car that smells like grapefruit? (if you hate grapefruit, just fill in another word there that works….) If you don’t have a USB outlet in your vehicle, you can purchase a cigarette lighter adapter here for super cheap.
The personal inhalers! So underutilized, yet so crazy good! It’s such a non-invasive and EFFECTIVE way to use your oils! So great for behavioral, mood, and respiratory support! You drop one or two drops of your oil(s) on a cotton wick (included), slip it into the tube, insert the stopper, and wham! You have an inhaler! Just like a vicks inhaler, did you ever use one of those?
Topical Application Tools
This fractionated coconut oil is a great price, and the bottle is so user friendly! I use coconut oil to dilute my essential oils before applying them to my skin, or to use as a base in my rollerballs (more on that below). The fractionated part just means that one of the fatty acids has been removed to keep it liquid at room temperature, and it also extends its shelf life. It doesn’t stain, is thin, and has a nice user friendly pump!
Roller Bottles are great for pre-diluting oils for your kiddos and yourself, as well as blending when you find a recipe you like! You’ll be surprised at how fast you go through them! They are glass so that the oil won’t break down the lining like it would with synthetics. You just fill the glass vial with FCO (fractionated coconut oil) to whatever level you wish, then drop in your choice essential oils, pop the roller top on, and you’re good to go! Always label what’s in your bottles though so you don’t get confused later on! Buy my special labels for rollerbottles here!
Spray Bottles can be very handy for things like hand cleaner, bottom sprays for baby, linen spray, kitchen spray, bug repellant, and even a postpartum spray for mama! They come in various sizes (1 oz, 2 oz, and BIG kitchen ones!) depending on what you need them for!
References for those of you that want something in your hand that details the science behind what you’re doing, how to do it, what to use, when to use it, these reference manuals are for you!
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, and Babies is a fairly short read, but includes so much information, ranging from infertility to conception all the way through the postpartum or even the miscarriage stages. I highly recommend having a specific book to reference when you’re in this stage of motherhood since dilution rates, etc will be different for a mom to be and new mom!
If you become an avid oil user, this book is totally for you. Robert Tisserand is our generation’s leading “authority” on all things oils. He is very knowledgable, and very thorough. If you like to look at things from a scientific standpoint, you will only get so far before you need this book in your life. It’s a little pricey, but worth it!
So ya’ll, that pretty much concludes my little rundown of product advice! If you have any more questions, or need me to explain something further, please, don’t hesitate to ask!