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When I first learned about essential oils, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into at that time. I just knew it was a natural alternative to many traditional medicines and I wanted to learn more on our journey to living a more natural lifestyle. Like most things, I dove head first into trying to figure out everything quickly to use the oils appropriately. I wish at the time of getting started someone would have shared with me an essential oils basics list like the one I’m sharing here today. I hope you can gain valuable information from it!
By no means, do you truly need all of the items, but they will greatly aid in your essential oil usage and your ability to maximize the benefits.
1. The Modern Essentials, 5th edition, Guide to Using Essential Oils.
You have the option to get the Modern Essentials Hardcover Book, which is 320 pages, or the Mini Modern Essential Book, which is 224 pages. Inside either of these books you will find basics about each oil, the science behind each oil, as well as a history of essential oil usage globally. There are references to hundreds of research studies, application suggestions, and solutions to a wide array of conditions from acne to cancer and everything in between.
*I personally have the mini version and use it almost everyday. It fits perfectly inside my purse or diaper bag to always have handy.
2. Storage Case.
There are many different essential oil storage options. From open displays to either wooden or soft carrying cases, there is something to meet everyone’s needs. I love a closed case because I can easily grab it to go with me and always have it accessible. The storage case shown above is able to hold THIRTY different bottles and it doesn’t matter if they are 5, 10, or 15mL bottles. If you do decide a case is a good option for you, I do recommend also getting Essential Oils Bottle Cap Stickers so they are easy to find and you aren’t searching through 30 bottles to find the one you want.
3. Carrier Oil
It’s highly recommended to dilute oils because of how strong they can be, especially when it comes to babies and children. To do this you simply need a carrier oil. Fractioned Coconut Oil is my first recommendation, but other carrier oil options are: olive, jojoba, almond, avocado, or grapeseed oil.
4. Amber or Cobalt Glass Bottles, Varying Sizes
Sunlight can actually cause oils to deteriorate, which is why you will see them sold in dark colored glass bottles. The dark glass helps to keep the sunlight out and eliminate damaging effects. As you begin to use oils and make your own blends, cleaning or beauty products, or just need a place to keep diluted oils, it is great to have Amber Glass Bottles or Cobalt Glass Bottles on hand at all times.
One of the top recommended diffusers is the doTERRA Lotus Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser. I realize that a diffuser like this one is not in everyone’s price range, and in the case I would suggest the Greenair Spa Vapor Diffuser.
Bonus: If you are trying to conceive or expecting, I highly recommend Stephanie Fritz’s book Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies Book. It is a wealth of great information during all three trimesters, postpartum period, as well as using oils on newborn babies.