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Aromatherapy: Organic essential oils

May 20, 2014
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I’ve used essential oils for awhile now, but it wasn’t until this past year that I began collecting and mixing my own blends. I came across a wonderful book, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child which is what really set this preoccupation in motion. The book covers how and what to use essential oils for, touching on nearly every condition or circumstance. I was on the hunt, researching storage, brand comparison, and organic vs non-organic and have saved you some time by putting the links at the bottom of this post.

Through my research I was most impressed with Mountain Rose Herbs, being that the majority of their oils are organic or wild harvested. Organic oils are more expensive, but worth it in so many ways. It makes sense to use organic oils when you think about it. Essential oils are one of the most concentrated forms of a plant and something we intentionally inhale, massage into our skin or bathe our bodies in. Our children’s skin is far more permeable then our own, so using oils guaranteed to be grown without harsh chemicals, pesticides and GMOs is really important. You often hear the words “pure” and “therapeutic grade”, these do not mean organic and are often misleading. So far I have been very impressed with the quality and customer service. Here is a list of the oils I have so far in my collection, based on the recommended must-haves and first aid kit in the Aromatherapy for Healthy Children book and those I’ve found most valuable.

Eucalyptus
Lemon
Clove
Ravensara
Mandarin
Petitgrain
Geranium
Frankincense
Myrrh
Cardamom
Helichrysum
Tea tree
Thyme
Marjoram
Neroli
Rosemary
Palmarosa
Niaouli
Peppermint
Spearmint
Lavender
Rose
Chamomile (Roman)
Chamomile (Blue)
Cedarwood
Patchouli
Ylang ylang
Clary sage

 

I was on the hunt for a diffuser that wasn’t all plastic or an eyesore, which so many are. I found this simple and modern ceramic diffuser, the Casa Aroma Genie by Toast Living. It has two timed settings, an optional night light and a nice sized reservoir. I seriously love it. We also have a traditional candle diffuser we use in the bathroom. Find more informations regarding diffuser types and reviews at the bottom of this post.

Aromatherapy has become a part of our everyday life. Both at home and work, when sick and healthy. I use the stress and thieves oil blends on almost a daily basis, and have found great success using blends for Coltrane’s ear aches and teething. Another great success I had was using peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil to help alleviate fevers. A couple months back Coltrane had a high fever and between cool baths and rubbing the peppermint oil blend on his feet we were able to bring it down considerably. It’s an amazing thing to watch our bodies do the jobs they were created to do, fighting off illness and healing with the aid of natural remedies.

Blending essential oils has become a ritual I relish, I’ve listed some of my favorites here.

Thieves Oil // Antibacterial, anti-viral…we use this anytime there’s a hint of illness or while fighting a cold or flu
40 drops clove
35 drops lemon
20 drops cinnamon
15 drops eucalyptus
10 drops rosemary

Sleep // There are so many sleep blends, but this is my favorite so far
2 drops lavender
4 drops petitgrain

Ear Infection // This is a strong smelling blend…
5 drops thyme
3 drops lavender
10 drops camomile roman
3 drops palmarosa

Stress // I use this at work daily. Mix with a base oil of your choice (I use almond oil) and keep in a little bottle at your desk. Prior and during stress, rub into your neck, shoulders, temples, etc. It smells divine.
6 drops bergamot
2 drop geranium
2 drop frankincense

Headache // Rub on temples of use in diffuser
10 drops lavender
4 drops camomile roman
10 drops eucalyptus

Do you have a favorite aromatherapy blend/recipe? Please share!

Books //
Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child
Advanced Aromatherapy

 Essential Oils //
Mountain Rose Herbs -Where I order majority of my oils from
New Millennium Essences -Friends have said they really like this brand as well and often found at coops
Aura Cacia -They have a limited selection of organic oils, a little hard to find on their site but I have several and like them

Storage //
Storing essential oils and shelf life
Shelf life list

Organic vs non-organic //
Interview with essential oils expert Anita Boen, great information
Q&A with an Aura Cacia commodity manager on the topic of organic vs non-organic

Other Helpful Information //
The quality of essential oils  -great info on  how to find quality oils, safety, etc
Information regarding “therapeutic grade” claims -another good article
Aromatherapy safety -great safety info

Diffusers //
Casa Aroma Genie by Toast Living
Ceramic (burner) diffuser 
Handmade ceramic burner

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This information is simply an opinion.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Kellie May 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Ashley! I finally got a chance to read your blog…. I really love it. Great design (of course!) 🙂

    Thank you for writing this post especially! Up until recently I had only used essential oils around the house, but not really medicinally. And a few months back bought a YL set of oils…. after head-spinning research. (I’m sure you’re aware of the flood-gates of conflicting information out there!) I didn’t like that they were MLM, but really wanted to get my hands on some oils, and was offered a great deal by a friend. I had to pray about it and go with my gut. So far, I’m really happy with my purchase…. but by no means want to only have YL in my arsenal. I really want to try different brands and round out my “medicine cabinet” with oils! 🙂 Anyway, I love to read what works for different people.

    In my research I found Native American Nutritionals…. have you heard anything about them?

    I love Mountain Rose Herbs as a company… with all three pregnancies I purchased bulk herbs from them for a prenatal infusion, and was happy with their service and product. Thanks for the recommendation on their oils!

    Hope you’re having a great day! 🙂
    Kellie

    • Reply Ashley July 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Hey pretty lady, so glad you had a chance to check it out. 🙂 Excited to check out Native American Nutritionals.

  • Reply Elizabeth July 2, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Just found your blog through Fringe Association and I love it!!! You and me are a LOT alike 🙂 Thanks for this post on essential oils. I have been teaching myself about them and have considered going with one of the companies that sells them but I haven’t taken the plunge because they feel too much like a pyramid scheme. I will check out all of your recommendations!!! Thanks again!!

    Warmly,

    Elizabeth

    • Reply Ashley July 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you found my blog! I totally feel you on the essential oil companies, that’s only part of the reason I went with Mountain Rose Herbs, being that they aren’t a pyramid scheme.

  • Reply rachel September 24, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been researching essential oils for aromatherapy and internal use in between my acupuncture visits, and it seems that so much online source material comes from a few popular brands that are basically sales pitches. Bleh.

    I’m taking an EO class soon, but I’m going to look into your book recommendations in the meantime! I am here thanks to the Fringe Association blog, so I’m looking forward to reading more on your woolly adventures, too.

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      I’m so glad you found the post useful! You are very right, most of the hype is around a few select companies which I too found a little discouraging, not to say they don’t have good products. I would love to hear more about how your EO class goes and if you find any other great books! Thanks again!

  • Reply Heidi December 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hello, I have been using essential oils with my family for years. What a great article with a TON of great info! I am wondering what you know about Be Young Essential Oils – this brand was recommended to me when my daughter was born by a friend who works in CST. I never really questioned the choice and am wondering how they compare to Mountain Rose. Also, is there a mid range diffuser that you would recommend? I am in Canada and the one on Amazon that you use does not ship here:)
    Thanks!
    Heidi

    • Reply Leia Chester May 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      You are really a true essential oils hunter . That’s a great post about books, types of essential oils, storage as well as diffusers. Thanks for everything.

  • Reply Melissa February 3, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I LOVE essential oils for healthcare! In fact, my husband stayed home sick from work today and I made him a capsule with a couple of oils in it and his nausea/vomiting ceased very quickly. I also went to the doctor this morning for a follow up on labs and am now able to stop taking my cholesterol medication thanks to the essential oil regimen I have been on. I personally use peppermint essential oils and love them due to the high quality and their potent special blends. Thank you so much for covering this topic! I love when people find out that there is an alternative to tradition medicine.

  • Reply Jane March 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Interesting article, I, too, are fond of essential oils, it helps to relax

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