I had heard of essential oils for years before my friend, Laura, told me that she had been using essential oils and she was so impressed. In an effort to pay for her trip to Uganda, she was selling Young Living starter kits. I wasn't sure about dropping $160 on a kit, but I wanted to help my friend and I trusted her. I started using my oils right away....and holy cow. So helpful! However, there are a few things I wish that I would have known before using oils!
1 // You have to use oils consistently.
I definitely thought I could just rub some lavender oil on my wrists and my anxiety would be good. I didn't know that the key with oils is LESS is MORE, MORE OFTEN. That means, you can use just a drop of one oil but you should use it more often, instead of using 5 drops of oil once. If you put a drop of Thieves on the bottom of your feet one night, you shouldn't expect an immune boost right away. You need to use it every single night for a week or so in order to feel the benefits.
2 // Never wash oils off with water!
I was so excited to get my oils because I often get headaches from reading or looking at screens (I should wear my glasses more often...I know...), so I was excited to try using a drop of peppermint on my forehead. Well, about 15 minutes later, I accidentally rubbed my eye with the same hand that I had used to apply the peppermint oil. So what did I do? I grabbed a wash cloth and wet it with warm water to get the peppermint oil out of my eye. OUCH. The only way to get oils off is to use a carrier oils like vegetable oil, coconut oil, etc. Please learn from my mistake.
3 // Just a dab with do ya.
I'm a bit extra so it was no surprise that when I got my oils, I was loading up my diffuser with 18-20 drops of lavender oil per night. Wowzers. I was an idiot. Not only was the smell super strong, but I went through that bottle of oil in like a week. You really don't need much oil in order to reap the benefits.
4 // Dilute, dilute, dilute.
Again, I'm extra and a bit lazy, so when I got my essential oil shampoo in the mail, I poured a big ol' glob of it in my hand and lathered up. After my shower, my hair felt like hay. It was tangled and dry and I went through a ton of shampoo before realizing that most essential oils and essential oil products need to be diluted with a carrier oil or water, respectively. Before applying essential oils to the skin, you should dilute it with coconut oil or another carrier oil. Before using essential oil products, you should research how to dilute the product to make it last longer!
5 // There are several ways to apply your oils.
I was so uneducated when I first got my oils because I seriously thought that the only way you could use oils was to diffuse them. While you can use a diffuser, you can also apply them topically (usually on the back of the neck, wrists, stomach or bottom of feet), ingest them or use them in personal care products. Just make sure you completely understand how to internally ingest them before doing so!