Essential oils (EOs) are getting to be a big deal in holistic living. And by “getting to be,” we mean “have been.” The ancient Egyptians were among the first people to incorporate essential oils into their daily lives, followed closely by the Chinese, Greeks, and Romans. Even the Old and New Testaments reference essential oil use.
Still, there’s no denying essential oils are seeing a resurgence in our modern culture. Probably because these highly concentrated plant extracts have been known to help with ailments and concerns such as inflammation, congestion, headaches, memory loss, pain, and nausea. EOs are also beneficial in killing bacteria, viruses, and fungus, and stimulating the immune system.
So if you’re ready to get started with essential oils, then is this the blog post for you! Here are a few tips to help you create your very own Essential Oils Starter Kit, complete with EOs and everything else you need to reap their health and home benefits.
The vast number of essential oils you have to choose from when starting your collection can be overwhelming, to say the least. But before we get into which ones, we want to remind you to keep in mind not all essential oils are created equal. Their quality will vary depending on how they’re grown, harvested, and tested. It’s important to find a trusted essential oil company so you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality product for your home.
We’ve found six essential oils that are not only great for starting your kit, but will also probably remain permanent inhabitants of your collection:
Lavender Oil, used for thousands of years for home care and medicinal purposes, is one of the most versatile essential oils.
Tea Tree Oil, or Melaleuca, is one of the most extensively researched EOs. Native to Australia, this plant extract has often been called “a medicine cabinet in a bottle.”
Peppermint Oil*, which has a long and wide history of medicinal use, has also become a popular natural pest control and air freshener.
Sweet Orange Oil, derived from the outer peel of an orange, has been highly sought after for centuries due to its immune-boosting effects.
Lemon Oil, which has more home applications than just about any other essential oil, is also beneficial for your metabolism and digestion.
Eucalyptus Oil*, with its well-known scent, has had a long history of aiding anything regarding the respiratory system, deodorizing, and more.
*Do not use on or around the face of children or infants
Your oils aren’t the only thing you need to complete your kit. You’ll also need these other essentials to get the most out of your EOs:
A carrier oil to dilute your ultra-concentrated essentials oils. This is usually a liquid vegetable oil, like sweet almond oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, or fractionated coconut oil.
Extra bottles for blending and mixing oils. Try to get dark colored bottles if possible to help shield the oils inside from excess light.
To help measure out your oils, glass droppers are very handy.
A reference book and a notebook. These are optional, but having a reference book as a guide could significantly upgrade your EO experience, and taking notes on the different oils and mixtures you try will help you learn what works best for you.
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Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.