Skeptical about Essential Oils? Ya. I was too. Find out my thoughts on oils after a year+ of use, along with my 6 favorite essential oils I couldn’t live without, and your many options for buying essential oils. Hint – there are more options than you think.
*This post is in partnership with Rocky Mountain Oils. All opinions and experiences are my own. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS.
**Please note: I am NOT a certified aromatherapist. The information shared below is based off my own experience and use, and I cannot be held accountable for your own experience. Please do your research on how to apply and use each oil, as this article does not go into those safety guidelines.
I’ve got 3 things I want to talk to you about today.
1 – My Views on Essential Oils
2 – The 6 Essential Oils I couldn’t live without
3 – Your options for buying oils – hint, you have more options than you think.
For a more personal approach, watch this video!
I’ve also included my thoughts in text with all the links you’ll need to find the resources I direct you to.
MY VIEWS ON ESSENTIAL OILS
Not too long ago, I shared my first ever blog post that talked about essential oils. I was just sharing a super easy way to make room spray using my favorite citrus combo, lime, lemon and orange. Sounds yummy, right?
I got some interesting comments after that post. Things like, do oils really work? Is it just a money making fad? Which ones should I start with?
And actually, I loved these questions! They were the same ones I asked my skeptic self over a year ago. I told myself that I would not speak about or promote oils until I had taken sufficient time to prove their value and benefits.
So here I am a year later, I’ve used them heavily and invested quite a bit of time and money into learning about them and experimenting with them. My family has some chemical sensitivities, so I really love that there are plant based pure products that help me sub out a lot of products like cleaners, candles, soaps, medications, etc.
HOW I WILL SHARE MY THOUGHTS ON ESSENTIAL OILS
However, I still maintain a conservative approach to them – meaning, I don’t think they are a cure-all, and I take all the benefits mentioned about each oil with a grain of salt.
For example, sources say lemon is a cleansing oil, so add a drop to your water. While I certainly can hope it’s cleansing me, I can’t prove that. I don’t feel any different than I would just drinking plenty of water. What I do know for myself, is when I add a drop of lemon oil to my water, it smells super nice, tastes fresh and makes me excited to drink some water.
With the hundreds of consultants and sales methods for oils that we have these days, my conservative, skeptic self tells me that perhaps information for the benefits of oils are just passed on, rather than proven.
Now, all well and good. I don’t want to ruffle any feathers here. I’m 100% hopeful that the benefits of these oils are all accurate – but I wanted to address this essential oil subject with you, like I would with my sister or best friends.
Which is this – these are the oils I’ve tried. These are the benefits I’ve seen.
So that’s why I wanted to share the 6 essential oils I couldn’t live without. Their benefits have been proven to me time and time again.
Please don’t go and dump hundreds on oils from the start – like I did. Check out these oils I am sharing, decide what ailments you could use help with, and grow your collection as you see them benefitting your life.
I buy them a few ways and from a few companies, for different reasons, but I’m partnering with a company today that I truly feel is the best way to buy oils without long term commitments, and still great prices. Rocky Mountain Oils has given me a code to share which will allow you to get one of my favorites for free. But hang tight, I’ll get more into that in a minute.
Right now I want to talk about . . .
MY FAVORITE 6 ESSENTIAL OILS I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Keep in mind, there is this thing in the oil world called blends, where they blend several oils together for lots of benefits. I’m not going there today. These are just single oils that pack a punch by themselves.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Probably the most used oil in our home – mostly by me. Here are a few ways I use peppermint essential oil:
- I get a lot of tension headaches, and rubbing some peppermint on the back of my neck helps so much. I only have to turn to medication now in the case of severe migraines. Then they work so good because I only take them a few times a year.
- Breath refresher
- If I’m in need of a really good breath refresher, I’ll put a drop on my toothbrush when I brush. No mouthwash needed.
- My hubs helps me work out muscle knots in my back with a few drops of peppermint and coconut oil. FEEEEEELS SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD.
- I’ve sometimes added a drop in my Crio Bru, or herbal teas which helps with stomach upset and digestion – and tastes so good.
- I love diffusing it with lemon and lavender to really freshen up our home.
- Other Pain relief
- At times when I’ve felt carpal tunnel pain, I will rub peppermint on my wrist to alleviate the pain.
Just helping with my headaches has me buying this oil again and again, but do a quick search on peppermint to be amazed by what else it can potentially do.
Lemon Essential Oil
I mentioned my intake on lemon a little bit before, but I love love love citrus smells, so lemon is my number one oil that I diffuse. It’s an inexpensive oil, and thank heavens because I go through a lot of it.
- Mood Elavator
- You probably already know that lemon is just a happy, uplifting smell.
- Cleansing Smell
- I use it in room sprays, linen sprays, countertop sprays – you name it.
- Add some while you sauté veggies or to fresh summer salads.
- I drop it on wool dryer balls to really freshen up my laundry.
- Works great as a car refresher. Dab some onto a paper towel or tissue and let it hang by the air vent.
- My favorite little trick is I’ll drop some on a sock when I’m packing up a suitcase for travel. Every time you open your bag you get a lovely smell and your clothes will smell fresh for your whole trip.
Love lemon! So many uses.
*FYI – Rocky Mountain Oils does not mark internal consumption or ingestions on their oils. It’s because they take the approach that essential oils are highly concentrated and should not be ingested without the proper guidance and safely guidelines. Others may be more sensitive than some, so they have chosen to promote the safest ways to use essential oils which are topical application, diffusion and household.
**For essential oil help from a certified aromatherapist, go HERE.
Lavender Essential Oil
This oil is another powerhouse with tons of soothing benefits.
The main ways I use lavender oil:
- Skin irritations
- Bug bites. Don’t know if it’s just in my kids heads, but a quick dab and they stop itching.
- Also great for soothing burns
- Can’t sleep? Can’t get a kid to sleep? I do one drop on the corner of the pillow and away we drift.
- I’ll also use lavender on dryer balls or to freshen up a drawer.
- I love diffusing it, especially during allergy season. Seems to slightly help my daughter who has allergies.
- DIY Products
- Fun to use when making soaps and scrubs and other DIY products.
I barely scratched the surface of all the things lavender can do. Check out my new Pinterest board full of Lavender ideas. Comment on a pin or two that you love! I’m slightly obsessed.
Frankincense Essential Oil
They call it the king of oils, and truly, I feel like frankincense is a miracle worker for skin issues.
- Healthy Skin
- It blows my mind when it comes to blemishes or blotchy skin. I’ll just add a dab onto the blemish for a few nights, and it heals so much faster! I get some blotchy skin in the summertime, and if I can stay up on applying it with my nighttime face lotion, it doesn’t get bad at all.
- Peace and Tranquility
- To me, it’s hands down the most calming smell, and I’ll drop some in my lotion when I rub it onto my feet.
- I like to diffuse it when I’m sitting next to the computer and my stress level is a bit high.
Warning – it is a pricey oil, because it is hard to source. You might run into price variations, with some bottles around $80 to $40. The difference is usually where it is sourced and the type of plant, and the more expensive ones, unfortunately, are going to be the variety of plant that is good for the skin. The others work well for other reasons.
For example, Rocky Mountain Oils has Frankincense Sacra, which is going to be best for skin issues. Frankincense Carterii will help with muscles and general pain relief and Frankincense Serrata is best for uplifting the mood.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This was my first experience with oils where I realized, whoa, these work. I was so sick one year with a horrid persistent cough. In desperation, I asked a wholistic friend for something and she lent me her diffuser and eucalyptus. The coughing completely ceased when I was by that diffuser. When it ran out, I started hacking again. I will never go into cold and flu season without Eucalyptus by my side.
- Besides diffusing it while we are sick, I’ll add a drop or two to the floor on the shower and combined with the steam, it will do wonders for congested airways.
- Cough Relief
- As mentioned before . . . miracle worker. When my kiddos are sick, I diffuse it in their room and they sleep like angels.
Again, many other listed benefits, but to help with cold and flu season is enough for me! (I’ve read it is a fever reducer, which I will try next time a fever comes to town)
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Let’s say you can’t fork out the money for frankincense – go with tea tree oil. It is also amazing for skin issues.
- Blemishes/Dry Skin
- Like Frankincense, I will put it on blemishes, scars, wounds, dry itchy skin and it helps so much. My scalp gets dry and itchy in the winter so I buy shampoos with it in it, and also add some drops to my scalp in the shower.
- Anti-everything (antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic)
- I’ll add it to my homemade cleaner sprays for those reasons.
There you have it! The 6 oils I can’t go without. There are a lot more I have found to love, especially in the citrus family, but those 6 are where it’s at for me.
OPTIONS FOR BUYING OILS
Okay friends. You have options for buying oils! I didn’t know that when I started. I thought there was Young Living and DoTerra. So I’ve bought from both, they are good. The companies source their plants well and are great at educating.
These companies are MLM’s – multi-level marketing. MLM’s usually have great sign on benefits. You can sign up to be a consultant and get wholesale pricing, which can save you, and they run freebie offers often with point systems to where you can earn free product on so many purchases. Also, being a consultant can earn you money from selling oils to other people.
There are downsides to MLM’s. You usually have to commit to purchasing a certain amount a month to stay active as a wholesaler.
I often feel like the sales approach is a little intense. You’ve signed up under someone, and they will make money if you purchase, so you’ll just have to be okay with them following up on you – usually.
YOUR BEST OPTION FOR BUYING ESSENTIAL OILS
Okay, now I’m excited to tell you about what I feel is the best option.
- Free shipping.
- Not an MLM.
- You do still get to accumulate points to earn freebies if you want.
- Their prices are comparative or better than all the wholesale pricing I’ve compared it to, because there is no up-sell on their product.
- Great education on their site.
- They publish all testing results for every batch of oils made.
- Their sources are listed on the oil.
- Comes with a sticker on the cap.
- Pure, beautiful oils – with no commitment to buy more every month – because sometimes you can’t do that.
- You can buy the oils in kits to save money.
Now to be fair, there are a lot of oil companies that are not MLM, but since discovering this one, I stand by it because of how well they source and test their oils. Basically, the most important thing you can do is educate yourself on a company and ensure they are creating pure products. Then ask an aromatherapist for further direction.
*A word of warning, if the prices seem too good to be true, chances are the oils have additives in them.
After discovering Rocky Mountain Oils, I decided I felt good about telling you about oils more often. But will you let me know in the comments what questionS you need answered and if you actually do want me to share more natural living and essential oil information with you? It would be very helpful to hear from you. Also, let me know how you feel about oils! Where do you buy them. I’m sure it would be helpful for a lot of folks.
ESSENTIAL OIL SOURCES
Find my favorite oil books and storage trays below.
Also be sure to read up on some essential oil safety and application.
I hope this has been helpful! It was a little long, but thank you for sticking around and let me know if you have any more questions.