4 Things I Wish I Knew – When I First Tried Essential Oils
Not long ago, I was new to essential oils. If I could go back again, there are a few things I wish I had known which would have made oiling easier, saved me money and lots of time worrying about doing it right. Here are my top 4 things I wish I’d known when I first tried essential oils.
1. Don’t use Essential Oils in plastic bottles or cups
First, I used to use a lot of plastic cups! The key words are “used to.” I love adding lemon and peppermint oil to water or iced tea. But it’s a no-no if you’re using a plastic cup. After a while my cup became discolored and smelled like essential oils all the time. Essential oils react with plastics. They can break down the plastic, get absorbed into it and cause leakage. For this reason, you should never store essential oils in a plastic container unless the oil is diluted. Oils should be stored in glass containers and kept out of direct sunlight. Fortunately Young Living essential oils come in dark amber glass containers.
2. Don’t waste money buying a cheap diffuser
Although I had my home diffuser that came with my Premium Starter Kit, I ordered an extra diffuser from Amazon for my daughter’s room. It did work but not like my home diffuser. The range wasn’t great and it broke within a few months. You get what you pay for unfortunately. Young living uses medical grade plastic in their diffusers. Depending on the type, they can run from 4 hours to 10 hours. With the right care, they last for a long time. I haven’t had one break yet and I diffuse almost every day.
3. Purity Matters
I have a confession to make. My first essential oils were not from Young Living. I bought 6 oils for about $10 from Amazon. When I got them, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I had Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Orange, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass. Each was labeled as 100% pure but had a warning, not to use internally on each bottle. That includes the Peppermint and Orange. I’ve learned since that you need to know where your oils are sourced. Young Living owns their own farms, works with partner farms and tests oils to ensure quality. Their Seed to Seal guarantee assures me that the only thing in the bottle is the oil – no fillers, additives or chemicals.
4. You don’t need to be an expert to use oils
Let’s face it. Anything new can be intimidating and paralyze us from moving forward. Essential oils shouldn’t be hard and you don’t have to be an expert to use them. Follow the few tips out there regarding safe use of oils. Leverage information from reputable sources. There are some essential oil communities and Facebook groups where you can ask questions and share ideas. When you get your Premium Starter Kit, you’ll get a Young Living catalog with information on every oil. That was my first reference. Take it slow. Essential oils have millions of uses. You don’t have to learn everything at once.