When I got started with oils back in 2011, there really wasn’t a lot of information or essential oil tips for beginners out there. I relied heavily on books and intuition to help guide my oily journey, and that’s partly why I didn’t start fully incorporating them into my daily routine until recently.
As the demand for natural solutions to health and wellness increases, the amount of information and resources regarding essential oils also increases. This is awesome because now literally anyone can have access to these amazing tools and get instant support on how to integrate them.
Thinking about getting started with essential oils!?
Here are my top ten essential oil tips for beginners…
1. You don’t have to be an expert in oils to get started.
Do you think Michael Jordan learned how to play basketball by reading a book about it? Absolutely not! The best way to start learning about oils is to get them in your hands and start experimenting with them. Google can sometimes be a confusing and unreliable source for finding information on oils, so I recommend checking out this book for the best guide to learn about how to use your oils.
2. Re-use your bottles by boiling them in hot water.
When you find yourself collecting empty bottles, you can boil them and reuse them to start making your own blends. Additionally, you can use a drop of lemon to help get the sticker and sticker residue off the bottle.
3. Oils labeled as “Vitality” are safe to ingest.
With Young Living oils, you will notice some oils labeled as “Vitality”. This means they are safe to ingest. If you see a vitality oil (like Thieves Vitality for example) with a regular label (just regular ole Thieves) know that it is actually the same oil, just labeled differently. The oils in the two bottles are the same!
4. Start low, start slow and see how your body responds. (Nobody overdosed on lavender!)
Use your intuition as your guide to using your oils. I recommend you start low with a small number of drops and slowly increase as you become more comfortable with your oils. Remember, nobody overdosed on lavender, so you really can’t mess this up! Keep in mind, different blends work for different people, so don’t be afraid to try different things or try applying your oils on different areas of your body to find what works best for you.
5. Some oils can break down plastic, so use glass bottles when making your own DIYs.
Thinking of putting a drop of lemon in your plastic water bottle? That’s OK if you plan to drink it right away, but do not store your oils in plastic bottles because the oils will eat through it. Plastic is also actually really toxic to your health and harmful to the environment, so I recommend always using glass.
6. Clean your diffuser once a month using rubbing alcohol.
If you’re brand new to diffusing oils, you will want to use fresh water each time you start the diffuser. I usually keep mine turned on until all the water is gone, and then will refill it. Once a month, you will want to give your diffuser a little extra TLC to make sure it continues to run smoothly. Cleaning your diffuser doesn’t have to be this long, drawn out science experiment. The easiest way to keep your diffuser clean is to use a Q-tip with a little rubbing alcohol and wipe it down. Then you’re good to go!
7. Use caution when using citrus oils and going out in the sun, as it can cause photosensitivity.
Citrus oils like Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Lime, and Tangerine can greatly increase UV sensitivity, and can cause a reaction called photosensitivity. I have never had a reaction, but you just want to be careful not to slather on a bunch of grapefruit and then go bake in the sun.
8. Know where your oils come from.
As the demand increases for essential oils, many companies use synthetic fillers, fragrances, and chemicals to dilute them and create “fake” oils so that they can sell more. This means oils you find at Target, Amazon or the grocery store are often not actually therapeutic grade essential oils. Do your research and know your source.
9. You can store oils in the fridge for longer shelf life.
To properly care for your oils, make sure you keep the lid on tight and store them in a safe place. Keep them away from heat or sunlight which can cause the oils to break down quicker. Some oils are really happy stored in the fridge! Citrus oils especially like the consistency in temperature. Keep in mind, oils have a shelf life and will expire after so long.
10. Use your oils often (everyday) to see the most benefits.
Just like you don’t get abs from exercising one time, or lose weight by drinking one smoothie, you won’t see results from essential oils if you only use them sparingly. Create a routine for yourself and use your oils often!
I hope you enjoyed these essential oil tips for beginners. If you have any questions, please reach out to me: [email protected]
I would be so honored to have you jump into your oily-wellness journey with me! If you’re ready, grab your essential oils starter kit here and I can’t wait to welcome you in.