Essential Oil Basics

Essential Oil Basics

The first thing to understand about essential oils is, not all essential oils are created equal! I can not stress that enough. When choosing an essential oil brand, purchase only from a trustworthy manufacturer to ensure you get the purest form of the product with no chemical additives. This is incredibly important, even if you are only planning on diffusing the oils, they still get into your system when breathing them in. Personally, I use Doterra essential oils for my own use. I completely trust this company to have the purest oils, they are third party tested, and I have been using them for years with great results! There are of course other companies to choose from, for example; Young Living, Rocky Mountain oils, and Eden’s Garden are just a few others that I have also used. Be sure to do your research. Choose wisely.

How Much Essential Oil is Needed

The second thing to understand is how highly concentrated these oils are. Essential oils are the concentrated essence of the plant. Making essential oils can take hundreds, even thousands, of pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil. Imagine trying to consume such large amounts of any plant or herb, so needless to say, a little essential oil goes a long way!  The cost of a high quality oils is often a reflection of this. However, if you consider the potency of a $70 bottle of Frankincense for example, a 15ml bottle contains approx 300 drops and when diluted properly, that little bottle will last you a very long time. In the case of essential oils, less is more. This is a hard concept in our society, as we are bombarded with more is always better. However, it is very important to dilute many essential oils, applying “neat” (or full strength) to your skin can potentially cause adverse reactions. In very large quantities some essential oils can even be toxic.