Updated: May 19, 2020
Let me start by saying that I'm a skeptical person. I look both ways when crossing a one way street and never trust the advertising of anything. If you would have asked me a couple years ago about essential oils, I would have called you a tree hugging hippy and laughed in your face (I'm a good person, I promise).
My journey to becoming, my own version of, a tree hugging hippy is a relatively short one. We have bees....lots of freaking bees. Extracting honey leaves you with a lot of beeswax. It had the potential to be used for something but we just boxed it up and kept it moving. I started to wonder what I could do with it since it was starting to take up a lot of room. Even if I didn't try to sell it, I figured I could use it around the house and save some cash.
The internet can be you best friend. I started using Google and learned how to correctly clean the beeswax. I wish I could say that I started out making awesome things but I just melted it and made candles. No scent, no color, just pure beeswax, tealight candles and I used these to melt those scented wax melts. However, you only need so many candles so back to Google I went.
Next came lip balm. The kit I bought came with orange and peppermint essential oil so obviously, I made orange and peppermint lip balm. At this point I had a closet full of candles and lip balm and, if I'm honest, there are still some in my closet. At this point, I had basically moved the pile of beeswax, turned it into cool new products and then piled them up somewhere else. Needless to say, expect to see beeswax candles on some tables at HIVE.
However, I digress because despite the fact that I have a lot of stuff piled up. This led me to essential oils. Me being the overachiever that I am decided at this point to take a class and get certified in Aromatherapy. I completed a lengthy class for the fun of it and received a certificate from Isla Verde Spa Training Academy with the option of joining CTAA (Complementary Therapists Accredited Association). Currently, I haven't actually joined the CTAA just because I'm not sure if I'll ever do anything with this certification. It's just nice to know that I have the option.
Anyway, I learned A LOT but what I also learned is how certain companies, (cough cough- certain MLM companies that shall remain nameless) make statements that are just complete crap to get you to buy oils.
Let us start with the first thing that I learned that chaps my ass. There is no such thing as a therapeutic grade essential oil. There is no organization that oversees the quality of oils. Any quality check is an internal process that the company itself may perform. The term "Therapeutic Grade" is a marketing term and it basically means squat when it comes to quality. Needless to say, while essential oils don't have to be super expensive, you shouldn't get them at a box or drug store. So what should you look for? Check out my list below:
1. Dark bottles with tamper-proof lids and preferably a reducer. Light oxidizes the oil so if a company is selling them in clear bottles, run away.
2. The label, or store, should have the distillation process, country of origin and should have the botanical name of the plant. Without the botanical name, you have no idea which oil you're getting. Lavender alone has over 47 different plant types and the oils are different.
Essential oils have their purpose. No, they won't cure cancer and they don't help you drop 50 pounds in a month but they do have the potential to make your life better. Is my skin better? Absolutely, frankincense does wonders. Do I sleep better? Hell yeah! Vetiver and sandalwood are a part of my nighttime routine. Does my house stick after cooking fish? No, I diffuse a blend that quickly eliminates the odor. I have tremendously reduced the amount of chemicals used in my house and I feel and smell better for it. Although I'll be honest and admit after everyone, but myself, got sick in my house, I doused the whole thing with bleach and decided to try again.
Over the course of several posts. I'm going to show you how I use oils daily, how they benefit me and the kids, and how they are not an inconvenience at all and actually save me money in the long run.
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