Thank you also for so many suggestions of specific oils and how to use them, books and websites etc. This kept me busy in every spare moment all week. It was very helpful! I went on to order Manuka Oil and several other things as a result too.
As it turned out I had a chance to really test something out. And this leads me to a good point to start.... when ordering your very first essential oils pick things that will help you with your most urgent and common needs. My first list was something to help with getting to sleep, something to keep germs at bay when bugs are going around and something for me when I get a sore throat. I get a really terrible sore throat a few times a year and I have for years. Once it starts up it sticks around. It is the type where you don't want to swallow it hurts so much. I hate it! And I have tried EVERYTHING! I mean, I have had it for years so I really have tried it all.... except essential oils!
A few days ago I felt fine but tired. In the night I woke up from the pain of a really bad throat. It had started up and was terrible. Straight away I thought about what I knew I am in for!
Even though it was the middle of the night I at least managed to remember my oregano oil which is what I had on hand especially for this and bad colds etc. I already had it in a roller ball diluted with a carrier oil. So I got up and rubbed this on my neck and a lot into the glands, you know... sort of on the side of your neck under your ears.... which were a bit tender. Then for good measure I rubbed it into my feet. I had a cup of tea... and settled down to sleep again. Andy woke up and I said I am sorry if I smell like the botanical gardens but I am trying out my oregano oil. lol
In the morning I didn't have a sore throat. At all. This has NEVER happened before. Never.
Instead of being happy I thought WHY has no one ever told me about this before! Why when I have been to the Doctor a hundred and fifty thousand times over the years didn't I get told to try this?
It makes you wonder.
Anyway I am so impressed!
This week I will share a few really basics that got me started and helped me.
I both read up and asked around about what oils I could buy to get started that would be most useful to me. There is no use buying random oils and having no clue what to do with them. And no use buying things you won't like. I know Peppermint is useful but I hate the smell. I would never use it. I went by the most pressing concerns I had and just got three oils initially.
I knew I wanted pure essential oils and this matters. After that I was slightly put off by cost. Really small bottles seems very expensive. This varies a lot depending on each oil. It might be possible to chose the less expensive of the options suggested to address your concerns.
Then I realised your small bottle consists of drops. We are talking about using droplets as this is very concentrated. Some oils are used in cooking and there are conversion charts that show the strength... i.e. one drop of lemon oil equals two whole lemons in a recipe. What you are buying is very concentrated. If you keep it in a dark cool place it is going to last a long time.
Next the oils are mainly diluted before you use them on your skin which means they go even further.
It is great to make up rollers with your own oils or blends. Whoever sells essential oils seems to sell these. They are also available on Ebay, Amazon etc.
Mine are 10ml. I have a little funnel and they are filled with a carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil. You need the coconut oil that never sets which is called Fractionated Coconut Oil. Once again this is also going to last you ages as you are using less than 10mls (33 ounces) to fill a roller.
In your roller you put your drops of essential oil then top it up with your carrier oil and shake. It seems there are differing opinions on how many drops of essential oil to use. I used five drops but I am reading now to use ten. I still found five smells quite strong and it has been effective. So you can work that out and maybe try it and see. But this means you get a nice little container of useable oil from just a few drops of your bottle. Suddenly you start to see how far a bottle is actually going to go as the roller ball seems to last just ages!
I found writing on my bottles just rubbed off so I needed a stick on label. You can label them with the name of the oil or the purpose... like I have Sleep which is Lavender. But then I have Oregano as I can remember what it is for. As long as it helps you use them!
Last winter when the flu was everywhere I dabbed my On Guard blend on my wrists and under my nose before I went anywhere. This year I will also be diffusing it at home.
I keep my sleep blend on my bedside table and also my Oregano oil so I can grab it in the night if I need it.
So this is my start and already it has helped me!
Next is to expand to some more oils as I learn about them and what would be beneficial. And also to work through the needs of other family members.
I have a diffuser and I really don't know how to use it so this week I will be doing a lot of reading on that.
As I am including herbs, home remedies, vitamins and homeopathy in my medicine cupboard I have a lot to learn but it is really interesting. I have always used garlic, echinacea, vitamin C and then started using Olive Leaf extract. My own olive leaves are almost dry so I can start making my own.
I have Oregano and Rosemary tinctures almost ready too. I am also looking for an actual cupboard to be my Home Pharmacy all in one spot.
Wendy kindly let me know there is a free Essential Oil course coming up. We don't know what it will be like but are hopeful and we both signed up. You can find this here. Thank you Wendy.
And Patsy is thinking about spring and here is her list of medical plants she is growing... Gardening 2018 Medical Herbs/Plants. A medical garden is a wonderful idea and when essential oils are expensive we can still benefit from the medical properties of herbs and plants in other ways... i.e. teas and infusions...
I think this is like anything else... a little bit each week really adds up! And it is easier than you think at first!
What essential oils have you had success with?
Do you make up blends as so far I have only made single oils into roller balls...
Do you have tips on saving money while building up our supplies? Or on how to make supplies last as long as possible?
Last week there lots of incredibly helpful comments and really following all these up led me to so much information and so many things that are very useful to me. Thank you!
I will try to work through one subject at a time as we go along.
This week I am trying to figure out the best way to use my diffuser. Also I am going on to make some essential oil cleaning products.
I hope you are having a good week!
Somewhere I also have to fit in a craft and present cupboard post! Busy busy!