Within the last year, I have become a huge fan of essential oils. While I wouldn’t consider myself to be the “crunchy” type of person, I find I really enjoy taking the natural route when I can, and at the very least enjoy some of the aromatherapy benefits that using essential oils offers. Over the last year, I have managed to assemble quite the essential oil collection, and I use them in several ways each and every day.
While most of my collection is Young Living, and some of this list will be YL specific, I am not a total brand loyalist when it comes to being a Young Living customer. I have recently discovered a brand called Eden’s Garden that has high-quality oils at much lower prices than YL. I am all for saving a few dollars when I can.
Before I dive in, here are a few things about the companies is this post. Eden’s Garden, which is what I’m starting to use for any non-YL specific blends, has a rewards program with a referral reward. If you want to join, use this link and I earn 50 points (you don’t have to use my link either. Just go straight to the site). This system, unlike Young Living, is totally free, doesn’t require any purchases to stay active, so it’s worth joining for anyone looking to get into essential oils. To get the best pricing at Young Living you need to be a member, which I think requires you to spend $50 a year. This is not a difficult thing to do, but I just want to be clear what it means. You also need to be linked to someone to join, so here’s the link to become a member under me. I’m not at all trying to push this business system or whatever it is, as I don’t use YL’s business structure at all. I simply use their products and being a member is a requirement for best prices. Stupid? Yes, but it is what it is.
Okay, now that all that is out of the way, let’s talk essential oils!
My Favorite Essential Oils
Thieves oil: This is my ultimate favorite because this is the product that showed me essential oils work. Back in high school, I was in a production of Guys and Dolls and on opening night I had completely lost my voice. Not good news for someone who has a song all to herself. My producer said “no worries, I’ll bring something that will help.” She arrived that night with Thieves oil, put a few drops on a q-tip and told me to just skip warm-ups and suck on that. It burned SO bad and was in no way a pleasant taste or sensation, but by the time I got on stage for my solo, I could sing! It was a miracle. From that point on I tried to find Thieves to add to my vocal care collection, and couldn’t find it for the life of me (my producer didn’t know where she got it). Years later, as I was looking into essential oils, I happened to see that Young Living had the oil I had been searching for for a decade! This oil is the reason I am a member of YL. It’s supposed to be an immune booster and help with germs. While I do diffuse it from time to time, whether it’s to boost immunity or just because I enjoy the warming scent, the real way I use it is when I have a sore throat or I’ve lost my voice, I do what the producer of my show taught me to do 15 years ago. Thieves has an entire line of products based on this oil and I now use the all-purpose cleaner on a daily basis as well. Thieves is a wonderful line, and it’s the reason I will remain a YL member for life.
Lavender Oil: Lavender is probably one of the most popular essential oils out there. Its soothing scent is often used to create calm and relaxation before bedtime and to aid in sleep. I use it almost exclusively as aromatherapy for my night time diffuser on my bedside table. I have several DIY blends that I use at night, and all of them include this popular oil. I highly reccomend you go to Eden’s Garden for much more reasonable prices on lavender. We’re talking $24.25 for 15ml at YL vs $18.95 for 30ml (twice as much oil for less money!) at Eden’s Garden. Same quality… mind blown!
Peppermint Oil: This is an oil I associate with energetic feelings. I love mixing peppermint oil with citrus oils or coffee oil (yes, it exists) for uplifting morning blends. Peppermint is also used to combat pain and headaches. The cooling sensation is similar to something like Icy-Hot or BioFreeze, but it’s all natural. I love me some peppermint oil and use it regularly.
Vetiver Oil: This oil is amazing! I ended up buying it because a friend recommended it to me as part of her sleep time blend of lavender, marjoram, and vetiver. At the time I just used it without thinking much about it, but it wasn’t long before I realized just how much I enjoyed the scent. Not only that, but vetiver is known to help with things like focus, ADHD, loss of energy, muscle cramps, and so many other things. It turns out I really love the smell, so using it regularly is a must for me. I like to diffuse it when I work (there are so many amazing blends out there that use it), before bed, and I also keep it in my liquid calm roller. Vetiver oil has a thick consistency, unlike most oils, so warming up the bottle (I run it under hot water or stick it in my bra for a few minutes) will help it flow a little better.
Bergamot oil: Bergamot oil is the oil I never knew I loved. I can’t remember what use case caused me to purchase it in the first place, but I’m obsessed. It is supposed to help with feelings of happiness and helps elevate a bad mood or even depression. It also has skincare benefits, so I’ve added it to my homemade facial oil. The oil is from the Seville orange tree, but the scent isn’t necessarily citrus. I actually don’t know how to describe it, but I love it. I had to look it up because I don’t know how to classify it, but orange was definitely not where I would have guessed it was from.
My list of favorites could go on and on, but these are a few of my all time, must have essential oils. Many of them are used in my day to day routine and are a valued part of my collection. Whether you get your oils from Young Living, Eden’s Garden, or an essential oil distributor of your own choosing, make sure you’re getting only the purest oils.
Are you into essential oils? What are some of your must-haves and their uses?