How to choose an essential oil brand:
When you go to your health food store or talk with your local direct sales associates, determine if the essential oil being sold is actually pure. Essential oils purchased from a health food store might say they are 100% pure lavender oil. But upon further investigation with the company, the product is actually 100% pure lavender combined with a carrier oil. This obviously is misrepresented on the bottle. Make sure you get 100% pure essential oil in your essential oil purchase unless it is a ‘blend' that sometimes requires a carrier oil.
You might also want to consider whether or not the oil is organic. A lot of people don’t care about organic labeling, and that is okay. Many companies actually provide an organic product or something that is close to organic but isn't labeled ‘organic' because of the extra cost for this labeling. You may have already come across small producers of essential oils or farming goods that are actually organic, but they won’t label it officially because they can’t afford the certification. When determining if these essential oils are organic, it is important to verify whether the vendor is the producer of the oil, or are they buying from someone else and this is a second or third-hand operation.
It is also important to ascertain whether this oil is actually what you need. You might go to the store, smell some essential oils, and decide you want to buy them because they smell good. But, these oils might not be what you need.
5 Most Important Essential Oils To Have in Your House:
1.) Lavender Oil
is the ‘Swiss Army Knife' of essential oils. You can simply put 2-3 drops of Lavender Oil in your hand, rub your hands together and take 3 deep inhalations.
Uses of Lavender Oil:
- Freshens the air
- Treats allergies
- Soothes rashes
- Soothes bug bites
- Helps in skincare
- Treats burns
- Calms the nerves, reduces anxiety, and induces sleep
- Anti-bacterial – to clean some wounds, put a few drops of lavender oil right on the wound itself to prevent infection, and to promote healing.
- Anti-fungal – if you have ringworm, you can apply 2 – 3 drops directly onto the ringworm and continue doing this once a day until the ringworm subsides.
- Use as a foot soak to treat foot fungus.
- Apply it around your nail beds to treat nail fungus.
2.) Peppermint Oil
is very well known for its calming effect on digestion. Put a few drops of Peppermint Oil in your hands, rub your hands together, and take deep inhalations.
Uses of Peppermint Oil:
- Helps decrease nausea
- Improves the flow of bile to your stomach
- Calms the lining and muscles of the gastrointestinal tract
Do note, if you have a reflux issue or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Peppermint Oil should not be taken internally.
If you have sore muscles, you can put 15 drops of Peppermint Oil into an ounce of carrier oil and massage it onto the sore area. Peppermint Oil relaxes muscles and reduces tension. It also helps manage the pain from fibromyalgia.
3.) Lemon Oil
is extracted from lemon peels. Lemon Oil is calming, but also stimulating. Lemon Oil has the ability to calm your nervous system, but can also awaken you.
Uses of Lemon Oil:
- Treats disorders such as anxiety and insomnia
- Relieves mental and physical fatigue
- Improves cognition
- Antiseptic and anti-microbial components
If you apply Citrus Oil topically on your body, cover that area before going out in the sun. A chemical reaction with the sun combined with Lemon Oil can cause a rash. One study, in particular, says that inhaling Lemon Oil maintains elevated norepinephrine levels after inhalation. As well, Lemon Oil (along with Grapefruit Oil) contains limonene, which helps in dissolving body fats. It helps reduce your appetite and consequently suppresses weight gain. You can also put 7 drops of Lemon Oil and 7 drops of Grapefruit Oil in a quarter cup of carrier oil to use as a massage on your body.
Lemon Oil can also be taken internally. Instead of adding lemon juice to your water, add Lemon Oil it won’t affect the enamel in your teeth. You can also use it as a supplement in your diet because lemon is alkaline and can help alkalize your body.
4.) Frankincense Oil
comes from the Boswellia tree. The word “Frankincense” is an old French word that means “quality incense”. Frankincense is well known for being one of the gifts that were brought to baby Jesus. It is also very much a grounding oil. If you suffer from trauma or shock, you can take a drop of Frankincense internally.
When inhaled, Frankincense has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure. There’s also an interesting correlation between Frankincense and depression. Frankincense Oil has anti-anxiety and anti-depression properties, reducing abilities without the potential for negative side effects that a prescription drug might have. This is something that people who are looking for a natural solution for anxiety or depression can try. There is also a lot of information about Frankincense in regards to its cancer-fighting properties. It can help fight cancer and deal with some of the side effects of chemotherapy.
5.) Thieves Oil
is an immune-boosting blend. It is a combination of cloves, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, cinnamon bark, and rosemary. Thieves Oil also has excellent cleaning properties. You can put 10-15 drops of Thieves Oil in a half a bucket of cleaning water for your floor or mix 1 drop of Thieves Oil per ounce of water in a spray bottle.
When making sprays with essential oil, you need to drop the oil into a little bit of alcohol or it won't mix with the water.
Question: How do we know if a salesperson is lying about carrier oil? – Teresa
Answer: The best thing to do is to call the company directly. Most of the time, if a company actually has its own farm where they grow the product and distill it themselves, you can be pretty guaranteed that their essential oil is going to be of high quality. Essential oils that come from Europe are also of high quality. Europe has been using essential oils a lot longer than North America has been, and their essential oils are of better quality.
Question: Are there any other good Essential Oil brands that are cheaper than Young Living and doTerra? – Sarah
Answer: Pricing of essential oils should be individually based. If you go to a store and you see essential oils all priced the same, that’s not normal and we don’t recommend you take those internally. Each essential oil requires a different amount of raw materials to make that oil, and each raw material costs a different amount to purchase. There is a company in Canada called Saje. You can buy some of their essential oils at a cheaper price than Young Living and doTerra. You can also purchase some oils at health food stores.
Shyloe Fayad is Okanagan-based and the CEO & Primary Wonderer at Radical Wondering Collective. She is also the founder of “Happiness Habits by Shyloe”, which is a unique and actionable system that helps you reduce stress, depression, and anxiety so you can live your best life. She has been an essential oil user since the late ’90s and is now an educator. In this article, she shares the 5 most important Essential Oils to have on hand.