As you can tell by my posts I love essential oils and use at least one ever day.
My list of essential oil uses has grown substantially over the years and I keep learning new ways to replace toxic products with them.
I've also gotten a lot of questions about them, too.
Below I've answered over 25 questions that I've been asked about oils recently.
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Q: Do you sell essential oils?
A: I've used lots of different brands of essential oils over the years.
I've tried both Young Living and Doterra Oils and use some of their different blends.
Currently, I'm an affiliate for Plant Therapy. I recommend their products because I personally use them.
I receive a small commission from sales but the price is the same for you.
As alesstoxiclife.com has grown, so have costs associated with running and maintaining it, and affiliate links are a way I help offset these costs.
Q. Will you ever join an essential oils network marketing company?
A: Good question. Network marketing is a great industry and part of my income comes from Isagenix but I find it is difficult to be successful in more than one company at a time.
If in the future, I find an essential oils company that I believe will benefit my readers I may consider joining it.
Q: What oils do you always have in your purse?
I carry Peppermint to freshen my breath. I dab a drop on my finger and put it on my tongue. I don't like to chew gum or eat mints so this method works great for me.
Peppermint also helps my daughter deal with motion sickness in the car. All she needs is a few whiffs and she feels better.
I have Lavender for minor cuts or scraps along with a few band- aids.
I always apply lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil if any of us get a sunburn. It really helps reduce the redness and pain.
Q: How do I get your Free Ebook for beginners?
A: I've got a short Ebook for people just getting into Essential Oils.
Q: What essential oil blends do you recommend?
A: I wrote a blog post that contains some really great oil blends that you can pin to Pinterest for later when you need them.
Q: Can I get information on Pinterest about Essential Oils?
A: Pinterest is a great place to get ideas about Essential Oils.
Start with my Essential Oils Pinterest Board.
Q: What is your favorite diffuser?
A: I got a diffuser with my very first oils from Young Living.
Since then I've gotten 3 others on Amazon. They work great and my favorite was on sale for $13.99.
If you still need a diffuser then buy this one if you see it under $20.
Q: What are some good oil blends and uses for personal care products?
A: I wrote a post with some great ideas HERE.
Q: I can't afford organic essential oils. Are "regular" (non-organic essential oils) harmful?
A: In all cases, chemical free is best. However, you don't have to buy organic oils to get the powerful effects of using essential oils.
Plant Therapy brand oils are available on Amazon or with free shipping at their website. I believe they are just as safe Young Living or DoTerra.
Q: Is it safe to take essential oils internally?
A: This is a question to which there is not a simple yes or no answer.
If I were to simply answer yes to this question some individual might drink Tea Tree Oil which might make them sick.
In addition, something that is safe for one person may not be safe for another due to things like allergies, sensitivities, or contraindicated health issues.
I'm not a doctor and cannot tell you what is safe for you. All I can do is tell you to be very clear about the quality, purity, and testing of the oils you decide to use.
Q: Can I use essential oils to ward off cold and flu germs?
A: Yes, essential oils have powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
While some oils might have more of a rep for germ killing than others, nearly all essential oils contain powerful antioxidant ingredients that will help ward off nasty things like mold, bacteria, and viruses.
The most well-known oils for warding off nasty germs include lemon oil, clove oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and eucalyptus oil.
However, thyme oil and oregano oil are also cited as being able to destroy viruses and bacteria on contact. They just may not be as popular due to their rather pungent aroma.
Check out this natural Lysol recipe to get rid of germs in the house.
Q: What is the Thieves Oil Blend and where can I get it?
A: Young Living sells Thieves Oil.
The Thieves oil recipe consists of lemon oil, clove oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and eucalyptus oil.
If you mix up a batch and spray it around your home, or add to an essential oils diffuser, you can cleanse the air of possible pathogens while leaving behind a wonderful, fresh and clean scent.
If you don't want to mix up your own combination you can try Plant Therapy's Germ Fighter.
I use it and recommend it to friends who don't have a Young Living account.
Q: What is a carrier oil?
A: A carrier oil acts as a base for your essential oil mixes. Without it, many essential oils will evaporate rather quickly.
Carrier oils also dilute the potency of the oils so that you can safely apply them to your skin.
To test this in action, dab a bit of an essential oil mix on your pulse points and see how long it lasts. Next, first mix your essential oil blend with a carrier oil and test the oil for its "cling" again.
Carrier oils can work as a base for massage oils, body oils, and bath oils.
Q: Can I put essential oils directly on my body?
A. Yes - essential oils offer a natural immune boost, as well as heal and balance the body. You can apply them to the skin in a variety of ways.
There are some oils that should be used with carrier oils so be careful before applying oils directly to your skin until you know which ones are too harsh for you.
I have a high tolerance for the oils and apply almost all of them directly to my skin but I don't recommend it for most people especially children.
You should NOT use essential oils in your eyes, ears, or nose.
Q: Can essential oils harm or burn my skin?
A: Skin sensitivity varies from person to person, and from body part to body part as well.
You may end up with a literal burn of the skin if, for example, you apply lemon oil to a sensitive area.
Use a carrier oil with any oils you aren't familiar with especially on children.
Q: What if I use an oil and it stings or burns. How do I make it stop!
A: When you deal with essential oils, it's extremely important to remember to rinse the problem area FIRST with a carrier oil or whole fat milk or cream; NOT WATER.
If you rinse the area first with a fat like a vegetable oil or milk, it helps to quickly carry away any of the excess essential oil.
If rinsing your eyes, milk is the best choice, as it will quickly stop any burning that you might be experiencing, you can then proceed to flush your eyes with water for 15 minutes.
Q: I've heard that some people drink water infused with lemon oil, for its health benefits. Is this true?
A: Yes, some people do ingest lemon and other essential oils, but you should be very careful about which oils you take into your body as some may be toxic when ingested.
Do not consume essential oils unless the oil that you buy has been specifically advertised as safe for internal use.
When in doubt, do not ingest essential oils.
Q: I want to make my own essential oils at home using garden herbs. How do I do that?
A: You can make essential oils to bottle at home. All you need is either fresh or dried herbs, olive oil, water, and a little pot.
Here's a recipe for homemade thyme oil:
1/2 cup fresh thyme
1 cup olive oil
Combine the thyme and oil in a small saucepan.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Cook for about five minutes, until the mixture bubbles.
Pour into small, dark colored glass bottles
Q: What is a good blend to get rid of bugs?
A: I've got a great blend to use instead of bug spray.
Q: What are some good shortcuts for mixing my own essential oil blends on the cheap?
A: There are a number of money-saving tricks to creating essential oil mixes at home:
Buy Your Carrier Oil In Bulk
If you know that you plan to make a lot of essential oil blends at home, then stock up on carrier oil such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil.
A few drops of essential oil goes a long way, but a carrier oil, because it acts as a product base, depletes much faster.
Save Dark Glass Bottles
Save the bottles that your purchased essential oils arrive in. The little plastic stoppers are easily removable, so you can clean out and refill the dark colored glass bottles.
Save Plastic Spray Pump Bottles
If you buy essential oil based colognes, then each time you finish a spray bottle's worth, you have a handy reusable cologne dispenser to fill up with your own, homemade cologne blend.
Save Aluminum Oil Bottles
You can also save the aluminum bottles that hold body and massage oils, to be used again and again when you mix up your own essential oil blends.
Stash Extra Supplies
Keep labels and a permanent marker on hand. Each time you mix up a new blend, you can label the bottle so that later on you'll know what's in it.
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Q: What supplies should I stock up on if I want to start using essential oils around my home?
A: There are a few things I always have on hand for when I need them.
A variety of carrier oils
Jojoba oil, coconut oil, or olive oil, in bulk. The size container that you buy will, of course, depend on how often you mix and use your own essential oil blends.
I keep extras for when I make up my own blends
A variety of Essential Oils
I've built up a large collection of oils over the last few years. Once you start using them, you probably will too.
Q: What's a great, essential-oil based recipe for a cleaning spray?
A: Here's a recipe for a cleaning spray that you can use to wipe down surfaces, as well as spritz into the air to get rid of cooking, pet, and other unpleasant odors.
20 drops lemon oil
20 drops peppermint oil
10 drops tea tree oil
1/4 cup witch hazel
3 cups water (or enough to fill an 18-oz spray bottle 3/4 of the way).
Check out this recipe for a natural disinfectant to use instead of Lysol.
Q: Which essential oils help with insomnia?
A: The most well-known essential oil for imparting a sense of calm is lavender.
However, its effects are best utilized when blended with other oils, such as geranium for balancing the body systems, and clary sage for fixing hormone fluctuations.
Q: Should I add peppermint oil to my bath water for a sunburn?
A: Peppermint oil is extremely cooling. If you want a real sense of this, add just a few drops to your bath water and you'll feel cooled like you've never been before.
In fact, you may actually find peppermint quite uncomfortable in the bath, no matter, how hot they day has been or how sunburned you are.
While peppermint seems perfect for invigorating the mouth in the form of a toothpaste ingredient, mouth rinse, or as a chewing gum flavor, it does not lend itself well to an all-over body soak in the tub.
I've had friends who put the peppermint on their temples to help cool them during long runs and to relieve headaches.
Q: Should I put essential oil on the bottoms of my feet, and if so, why?
A: The skin on the feet is said to readily absorb substances which it comes into contact.
Many people who use essential oil to ward off colds, flu and other germs swear by the "rub on the feet before going to bed" routine.
You can also apply essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil, to the neck, chest, belly, inner arms, hands, and face.
Some oils such as cinnamon and lemon, may cause a burning sensation or leave an actual burn if they make contact with a sensitive area.
Avoid using these oils on your face, underarms, and other sensitive spots.
Q: What kind of bottles should I store my essential oils?
A: Storing aromatherapy essential oils in dark, glass bottles will help them last as long as possible.
Simply putting them in the dark will not suffice.
Do not use plastic bottles or clear glass bottles for storing essential oils unless you plan to use the oils up quite quickly and are sure you will be finishing your supply in a relatively short amount of time.
It is always a good idea to have a few spare bottles on hand especially if you plan on custom blending aromatherapy essential oils.
The best glass bottles to choose from are those that are tinted jade green, dark brown, black or indigo.
Q: Where should I store my essential oils
A: Putting your precious oils in dark glass bottles does not provide a magic force field to protect them, it simply keeps damaging light from the product.
The other big enemy is heat. It is important to keep oils stored away from both direct heat and light.
Ideally, the best place to store your aromatherapy oils is in a dry, dark room with a temperature slightly below 68F.
When correctly stored, your oils can stay in good condition for up to 2 or 3 years.
There are some oils that are known to successfully last up to 5 years.
If you are not expecting to use much of a particular oil, only buy what you think you will use in the near future, and buy more as needed.
Q: Where can I learn more about essential oils?
A: I'm constantly reading blogs and books. The information is endless and you have to check your sources.
Always cross check what you read and go with your gut. What may be right for one person may not be right for you. Ultimately you are responsible for your family and their health.
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Also, here are some books you may find helpful:
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I hope these answers have helped you. I'm learning more about essential oils every day and will add to this list as I get answers.
If you have a question about essential oils that I didn't answer then leave me a comment and I will find the answer for you.
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