Essential Oils 101 [ft. Simply Earth]

It’s about time.

I’ve been using essential oils for a few months now and I’m hooked. Essential oils can provide so many natural benefits for our bodies, our moods and our homes. The possibilities are endless – I’m learning new ways to use my oils every single day!

Before I bought my first oils, I contemplated whether or not to start using them for months. They seemed like something I really wanted to try but I had two main hesitations: knowledge and cost. First, I had NO clue how to safely use oils. I wasn’t going to dive into something without having a basic understanding of how to incorporate them into my life in a safe, yet effective way. Second, the big essential oil companies are not super friendly to a college girl’s budget. I would stare at the websites for hours, planning what oils I wanted to get but I could never get past spending nearly $90 on a bottle of Frankincense oil. But I didn’t want to sacrifice quality for a cheaper oil. You can see how I felt stuck.

In writing today’s post, I hope that I can give you the push you need to stop contemplating whether or not essential oils are right for you and finally start using them!

*Before I get started with some of the many uses, I wanted to note that I am not a licensed or registered aromatherapist. All information has been gathered from various resources over time. *

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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils are what makes plants have an aroma. When you breathe in the scent of a flower, you’re actually smelling the “essence”! The essence can be found in glands of a lot of plants and serve different purposes for each plant – some plants may use the essence to draw in bees for pollination and others may use it to deter predators.

The bottles of essential oils that we buy are highly concentrated versions of the plant essence. The plant goes through the process of distillation to extract the essence. It takes thousands of plants to make a single bottle of oil and drop of oil goes a very long way.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils can provide so many benefits to our health. Some common things oils are used for include:

  • Air purification
  • Balancing hormones
  • Improving immune systems
  • Healing skin issues such as eczema or acne
  • Sanitizing
  • Lightening mood
  • Helping with anxiety and depression
  • Focus and concentration
  • Energy and revitalization
  • Relaxation

There are so many benefits that come with each oil. I’ve personally used oils to help my family and myself with sunburn, bug bites, snoring, arthritis, headaches, sleep and mood improvement.

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HOW CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils can be used for virtually anything – the possibilities are endless. They can be added to various products such as massage oils, shampoos, lotions or used to create homemade products like body butters, perfumes, cleaning supplies and soaps.

Essential oils can be used for purely aromatic purposes, to relieve discomfort, to sanitize and so much more. The safest, and most common way to use oils is topically. There are some oils that you can get away with applying them neat (directly) to the skin such as lavender but it’s best to dilute most oils before applying them to the skin because the oils are so potent.

Some oils can be used internally, such as adding lemon to your water, oregano to your cooking or some oils to veggie capsules but I only advise this if you’ve spoken to a licensed aromatherapist first. Essential oils are extremely potent and having excess of these potent oils in your body can cause damage to your liver and kidneys as they have to work harder to dilute the oils in your body.

For more information, reference the Aromahead Institute’s safety guidelines.

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WHAT BRAND DO I USE?

When choosing your essential oils, make sure they’re 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade and that the only ingredient is the plant. You don’t want any oils that have any fillers or chemicals in them. I did months worth of research before deciding which company was for me.

I use Simply Earth essential oils. Simply Earth is a small start up business that has blown me away. Here are some of the many reasons why I love Simply Earth:

  1. It’s a small company – I love supporting smaller businesses – they usually have a “by the people, for the people” attitude and this could not be more true about Simply Earth. The founders of this company are genuinely interested in helping other people create a more natural lifestyle.
  2. They provide quality oils – Simply Earth‘s oils are 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade. Basically, this means that the only thing in the bottle is the essential oil. No chemicals, no fillers, nothing but the oil!
  3. They’re inexpensive – for how incredible the quality is, these oils are surprisingly affordable. They’re only a fraction of the cost of some other companies in the industry.
  4. It’s geared toward a good cause – Simply Earth donates 13% of their profit to helping victims of human trafficking. I don’t know about you but it makes me feel better when I buy a product that gives back.
  5. Their customer service is phenomenal – Every single time I’ve ever had a question, they’ve answered it within a few hours. They really care about their customers.
  6. They make it easy on you – Simply Earth just started offering a monthly subscription service. It’s the first of it’s kind in the essential oil industry. They send recipes, oils, containers and extra ingredients to your door each month. For those who are beginners, who have run out of ideas, and even those who just really enjoy essential oils, this box is perfect.

I’ve yet to have a poor experience or read of someone else having a bad experience with this company. They are truly incredible and I would recommend this feel-good company to every single person.

I hope you now feel a little more prepared to start a more natural lifestyle with essential oils. It’s definitely a change I’m glad that I made.

Naturally,

Ari

 

*Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post and it is not directly sponsored by Simply Earth or any other company but the link provided is an affiliate link. All thoughts on the company are genuinely my own.*

 

Resources:
Aromahead Institute
Simply Earth
Wellness Mama
Huffington Post

 

Essential Oil Scent Sachets

Before vacation, some part of me decided I needed to wash all of my clothes. Every. Single. Thing. Don’t ask – even I have no explanation for my radical behavior. Load after load, I began to realize the reason for the heap of clothes on my floor… I had no more room in my dresser or closet for clothes. I don’t ever remember having so much… As ashamed as I am to admit, I’ve always been one of those people who had a closet, dresser and floor full of clothes, yet had “nothing” to wear. I hadn’t worn half of my clothes in over a year (thank you, freshman fifteen) and decided that I needed to purge some things. While going through my closet and dresser, I found a few scent sachets. I thought I hit the jackpot (I mean, who doesn’t want their clothes to smell delightful all of the time?), only to find out that they don’t have a scent anymore.

Now stick with me here. I promise this mind-numbing story has a positive outcome.

Here I am, with two “problems” and a ton of creative juice flowing. Problem #1: I have piles of clothes to get rid of, some that aren’t in good enough condition to give away because of stains or holes. Problem #2: my clothes are boring and scentless thanks to unreliable scent sachets (this one may be less of a problem and more of an excuse to get crafty).

Here comes the thing we’ve all been waiting for… the solution. A cheap, easy way to make an endless supply of your own customizable scent sachets. Almost everything you need can be found in your home!

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Materials:

  • Fabric (any scrap fabric, old t-shirts, etc.)
  • Rice
  • Your favorite essential oil
  • Thread & needle (or sewing machine if ya have one)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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Lay your fabric flat. Grab your ruler and scissors and cut a rectangle that’s 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. The edges do NOT have to be perfectly straight.

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Fold your rectangle in half, making sure that the patterned side (or the side you want to see when you’re all done) is on the inside.

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Sew two of the three open sides. Gently flip the square right side out, so that the patterned side (or the side you want to see in the end) is now on the outside.

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Measure out a ¼ cup of rice into a small bowl and add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. I used Simply Earth’s lavender essential oil. Mix the rice/essential oil mixture.

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Gently spoon the scented rice into the sachet. Sew the remaining side closed.

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And there you have it! With little time and effort, you managed to reduce waste and make something that will leave your clothes smelling fresh!

Let me know what scents you decide to use!

Naturally,

Ari.

Aromatherapy Shower Melts

Hey friends!

I hope you’re having an incredible Monday and an even better 4th of July! Today’s post is on these awesome aromatherapy shower melts using essential oils.

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For me, when I meet people who are passionate about the same things that I’m passionate about, I get excited. It fuels my fire and gets my creative juices flowing! This past week, I made a new friend who is super into essential oils, and I found out that a few of my other friends are interested in them too. We got to talking about how awesome essential oils are and I was inspired to craft up a few things. One of those things is these shower melts! Once you make up a batch, you place one on the floor (or in the corner) of your shower and the steam melts the shower bombs, releasing some amazing scents, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed!

This recipe makes about 8 shower melts (depending on the size of your mold). I made 3 different batches of aromatherapy shower melts: lavender, grapefruit, and lemon & spearmint.

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 c. cornstarch
  • a bowl of water
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil
  • 5-10 drops of food coloring (optional)

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Put 2/3 cups of cornstarch to a bowl. Add 5-10 drops of essential oils to your cornstarch and mix. For my aromatherapy shower melts, I used 10 drops of lavender for one batch, 10 drops of grapefruit for another, and 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of spearmint for the last. Once you’ve mixed your essential oil and cornstarch mix, add 5-10 drops of food coloring (if you desire) and mix again. You won’t notice a change in color until the next step.

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Slowly begin to add water to the corn starch mixtures, mixing as you add more. I started with 2-3 tablespoons and continued to add water in smaller increments until I got a smooth but thick consistency. It should seem like an almost solid/thick liquid, if that makes sense. You’ll see what I’m talking about as you begin to get a smoother consistency!

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Once your shower melt mixture is smooth, begin to scoop your mixture into a mold. I used a silicone tray as my mold, but I’m sure an ice cube tray would work well too. It will definitely take some getting used to when beginning to scoop/pour the mixture into the mold. Once in the molds, place your shower melts in the freezer for about an hour.

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The shower melts should come out of the mold with hardly any effort. Store in an air tight container in the freezer until ready to use.

Feel free to get creative with the essential oil blends you use for your shower melts – that’s the most exciting part! Make up a batch or two of these and let me know what blends you decide to use for your aromatherapy shower melts!

Naturally,

Ari.