I started using essential oils about 6 months ago and haven’t looked back since. I can honestly say we are a healthier crew because of them–and I feel more equipped as a mom when health-related issues arise. We’ve still had our fair share of sickies the last 6 months, but our number of trips to the doctor have gone down dramatically because I now have the ability to try something on my own before rushing everyone to urgent care. And even though I love our pediatrician and our family doctor…I’m more than happy to have not seen them in months!
If you’re someone that’s new to essential oils, you know that it can be extremely overwhelming in the beginning. There’s so much information out there and it’s hard to know where to start. After purchasing a starter kit from Young Living, I realized pretty quickly that I was also going to need some “gear” to get the most out of my oils. Lately I’ve been sending this list of my favorites to friends that are just getting started…and thought it might be helpful to some of you as well! So without further ado…
1. Hard shell carrying case. Truth is, I don’t have this yet…but the UPS man will be delivering it tomorrow (and ringing my doorbell right in the middle of naptime, no doubt). My mom got hers recently though and it looks great. When you get started with essential oils you’ll soon realize that you don’t want to to be without them on a trip. Of course you can’t bring the whole collection, but this case has room for your top 10. And the hard shell and padded flap will protect the glass bottles while you’re on the go.
2. 100ml diffuser. All starter kits come with a diffuser, but the first night you have more than one sick kid, you’re going to want an extra diffuser ASAP. Plus it’s just nice to have several so that you don’t have to move a single diffuser all around the house when you need it. This one is a great price and lasts up to 8 hours on the intermittent setting.
3. Fractionated coconut oil. Diluting essential oils in coconut oil will not only make them last longer, it’ll help them go on your skin easier. And don’t worry, it won’t make the oils less effective!
4. Wooden storage box. I’m a little ocd, but having my bottles lined up on the counter in our laundry room just wasn’t cutting it. So I actually found an old printer’s tray (see picture below) at an antique store that’s been great for storing my oils, but this wooden box would be great as well.
5. Stainless steel water bottle. I love putting a drop of lemon or grapefruit in my water, but I found out not too long ago that some essential oils can actually erode plastic. Therefore, stainless steel or glass are your best options when adding oils to your drinks. Also…rose gold is the way to my heart.
6. Travel diffuser. Remember when I said you won’t want to be without your oils on a trip? Yeah, you won’t want to be without a diffuser either!
7. 10ml roller bottles. The easiest way to apply diluted essential oils or a combination of oils is with a roller bottle. (You can find a great chart of roller bottle recipes here!) I currently have the glass bottles with plastic roller balls, but again, stainless steel is probably the better option.
8. Label maker. I love making labels. Whenever I mix a new roller bottle I have to immediately slap a label on it or I’ll forget what it is 10 minutes later. Believe it or not though, Chris didn’t think it was very funny when I delivered him a bottle of “man flu fixer” in bed awhile back. 😉
Well that’s all folks! Just remember, I’m not a doctor (oh, you didn’t know that?!?) or even an expert in essential oils. These are just some of the products that have helped me since starting this journey…and hopefully they’ll help you too!