Posted on August 24, 2016
Essential Oil Skeptic? This One’s For You
Are you an essential oil skeptic? They’re not just for hippies – I promise you!
When I say “essential oils,” what’s the first thought that comes to mind? Some would say crunchy granola, flower crowns, and peace signs. Want to know a secret? I used to think that too. So let me ask you another question: Do I look like a so-called “hippie?”
See? Didn’t think so. Good, okay, so now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s continue. I started using essential oils about 10 years ago when a girlfriend gave me a bunch as a Christmas gift. I, like many of you, was an essential oil skeptic at the time. Apart from using lavender oil to sleep well, I had no idea what they were for. Fast-forward a decade and now essential oils are… what’s that word I’m looking for? Oh yes. They are essential to my everyday life.
Essential Oils Aren’t Weird
You use canola oil, olive oil, and coconut oil in various forms each day, so why not the oils of other plants too?
If you’ve ever enjoyed the smell of a flower or the fresh, earthy fragrance of a walk in the woods, you’ve enjoyed an essential oil. Simply put, they’re chemical compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. In scientific terms, these compounds tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature and they’re volatile because they change state quickly.
What Do I Use Essential Oils For?
I’m glad you asked. Truly, the list is endless.
- lavender essential oil when I’m having trouble sleeping or I’m fighting a headache
- peppermint essential oil in hot water when my tummy is upset
- ylang ylang essential oil in the bathtub when I’m PMSing something fierce
- tea tree essential oil on zits when my skin is angry at me
- arborvitae essential oil when I’m stressin’ and need to get grounded
- grapefruit essential oil in my water to curb my appetite
- ginger, lime, or lemon essential oils when I’m cooking an exotic dish
I also use essential oils to make my own perfumes, hand soaps, and cleaning products. I diffuse it in my home when I need a pick-me-up or to keep the air clean and free of nasty germs.
How Do I Use Essential Oils?
There are three main ways I use essential oils
1. Topically – I apply it to my skin, most often with the use of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Because, believe me, some oils are crazy strong.
2. Aromatically – I diffuse it in the air or place a drop in my hands and inhale.
3. Internally – Some oils can be safely used internally such as grapefruit or lemon essential oils in a glass of water.
Why Do I Use Essential Oils?
I use them because, in my 10 years of experience, they work for me – and effectively so. Let me be perfectly clear: essential oils are not a miracle cure and I won’t make you any absolute guarantees. But they are incredible little powerhouses that can supplement and support your health and overall well-being.
This question can’t be answered without bringing up toxicity. Our hand soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, glass cleaner, and 100 other things we use in our homes every single day are loaded with highly toxic chemicals. I’m talking skull-and-crossbones toxic. Using natual essential oils to actually (and easily) make a lot of these items helps significantly reduce the level of chemicals in our home.
Practice Safe Scents
And this is where I turn it back on you. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do your research. Do it, do it, do it. Read lots, check resources, be thorough, and use essential oils responsibly.
With essential oils all over Twitter and Pinterest and Facebook and on the shelves of my local pharmacy and grocery store, it can be challenging to wade through the information overload. Essential oils are not regulated in Canada, so it’s vital that you get yours from a reputable source. Check for purity but also for high standards of the growing, harvesting, and distilling processes.
Which Essential Oils Do I Use?
As I said, I’ve been using oils for about 10 years. I’ve tried many different brands from many different sources and companies. I personally use and recommend doTERRA oils because their oils are direct from the source and triple-checked for purity.
Plus, on a more personal note, I appreciate their integrity as a company. doTERRA is committed to sourcing their oils in an ethical and sustainable manner, working directly with farmers and harvesters to create a positive difference in their lives. This allows me to think global but act local. More than half the countries their oils are sourced from can be considered developing countries, so to see a company actively caring about the footprint they’re making is super heartening for me.
Still an Essential Oil Skeptic?
I get it – I do. I’m a skeptic by nature. But once an essential oil skeptic, not always an essential oil skeptic. I hope this post has at least somewhat convinced you that: A) essential oils are not scary; and B) I am not a hippie.
If you have questions, concerns, or just want to chat, that’s what I’m here for! Jot down a comment below or pop me an email because I love to hear from my readers!