I’ve been using essential oils in my journey towards healthy living for a while now, and had been planning on writing a post about how they can help those of us who are trying to lose weight and live a healthier, more natural lifestyle in general. It was excellent timing when Aroma Foundry approached me and asked if I wanted to try their oils in exchange for writing a sponsored post to share them with my readers.
I was certainly happy to try them out because quality is extremely important when it comes to essential oils, and there are a lot of oil companies out there that are selling impure oils and oils of questionable quality. There’s no need to spend $30 a bottle on oil, but it’s important to know where you’re buying from and to know that the ingredients are high quality, oils that are sourced responsibly and then made in small batches.
One piece of advice…
Don’t buy oils made in China on Amazon. If it seems like too good of a deal, it probably is. Essential oils are very very potent. You only need a drop or two, so a tiny bottle lasts a long time. A quart sized bottle is never a good idea. It’s not going to be very pure, or high quality.
Where should you start?
While I’m not an oil expert by any means, I know essential oils can be overwhelming at first, since there are so many of them and there are so many uses for all of them. That doesn’t mean you need to invest in an expensive kit with dozens of oils you didn’t choose and won’t use, or sign up for an enrollment and be stuck ordering a certain dollar amount each month in order to maintain your membership and keep your discount going
I recommend starting with a few simple oils that have literally dozens and dozens of uses. Peppermint and Lavender are two really multi purpose oils that you can make a lot of great products with.
Peppermint is invigorating.
It wakes me up in the morning. I use it in the shower as a homemade salt scrub. I mix equal parts softened coconut oil (warmed in the microwave for a few seconds) and Epsom salt with about 10 drops of peppermint oil and a little bit of Vitamin E oil. Rub this salt scrub into areas that need firming, or with cellulite or stretch marks as all of these ingredients have been known to be helpful in reducing these issues.
While I don’t usually ingest oils, peppermint oil is one that is widely considered safe to ingest. A drop on the tongue can help curb the appetite or dispel nausea. Or hold it under your nose and inhale for the same effect. In fact, I make a little spray out of peppermint oil and water. Shake well, before each use, because as we know oil and water don’t mix! And use a cute and tiny spray bottle. It helps freshen breath naturally as well. No mints or gum with artificial sweetener needed!
Lavender has a calming and relaxing effect.
In fact, I use it at night in a little bit of Grapeseed oil and it helps me go right to sleep. Take a small bottle with a dropper or a roller top and dilute a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, or Jojoba oil, apply this to your wrists, behind your ears and your temples, and you will feel relaxed and sleepy in a matter of minutes.
If you would rather, you can diffuse Lavender into the air. You can buy an oil diffuser that plugs in, or use a simple method to diffuse oils, like a cotton ball. You don’t have to get fancy. A reed diffuser is another simple method. You can make one of these yourself very easily.
Grapefruit is another oil that has been shown to help with weight loss.
Some people have been known to ingest it. I find just diluting it along with some Bergamot, which is the spice in Earl Grey tea and smells absolutely delicious, and then rubbing it on topically still works wonders. Oils have been proven to work topically and through inhalation. There’s no need to ingest them. They are super potent!
As the weather gets warmer, Citronella is a great oil to have!
There are dozens of uses for this one. you can make your own, safe, insect repellent. I have kids and dogs running around outside, so don’t want to have candles lit and nasty spray on everyone. I can make my own repellent with citronella, peppermint and Tea Tree oil. All I need is a spray bottle, some distilled water and some witch hazel. Of course there are probably a dozen other oils that are reported to help get rid of pesky creatures and some work better on some bugs than others.
After having tried the oils sent to me by Aroma Foundry, I am happy to say that they certainly measure up against any oils I’ve used in the past. And I’ve tried many different oils. Even the pricey ones. And I assure you, you won’t be disappointed in their quality.
Here’s a full list of oils that Aroma Foundry offers:
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
There are always special discounts and savings available on their website. You can check them out here.
When it comes to essential oils, don’t think you have to have a degree in oil knowledge to start.
Don’t think you need to be an oil snob and exclusively buy one of the super pricey brands. You don’t have to buy a kit with 50 oils and oil blend you don’t know how to pronounce or how to use. Start simple and easy! Buy a few starter oils, a glass bottle or two in whatever shape or size suits you, a carrier oil, and you are on your way to better health.
Be sure to check out Aroma Foundry. They are a quality company with quality products!
What’s your favorite oil? How do you use it?
As always, if you have any questions, please comment below or shoot me an email.