If you’re new to the world of aromatherapy, you’re probably overwhelmed by the amount of information available online. Not to mention the misinformation that’s out there. You might be on a limited budget and want to keep things simple.
No worries, in this article I will give you some guidance on purchasing a basic set of essential oils as well as what types of supplies to have on hand.
Where Do I Buy Essential Oils?
The information I’m providing here is not intended to be an endorsement of any specific company. I do not have a financial stake in any corporation listed here. These are simply suppliers that I recommend.
1) My number one choice for essential oils is Plant Therapy. I’ve been doing business with them for years. They are based in Idaho, have a fantastic selection of oils, great customer service, fast shipping and excellent customer service.
2) Another good company is Eden’s Garden. They are based in California and have a great essential oil selection as well.
3) A third excellent choice is Mountain Rose Herbs. Great service and extensive product selection. You can consider this company a one-stop shop because of the variety of products available.
4) Whichever company you choose, the next question on your mind is probably which types of essential oils to purchase first. I started with peppermint and tea tree oil, then I bought eucalyptus globulus, lavender and lemon. I would recommend these five as a basic starter kit. In fact, some vendors even sell starter kits that have several different common oils. Plant Therapy is one of them. Here is a link to some of their gift sets.
5) Essential oils are typically sold in bottle sizes of 10 ml (1/3-ounce), 15 ml (1/2-ounce) and 30 ml (1 ounce). I would recommend that you purchase 10 ml bottles of essential oils at first. With the larger size bottles, there’s the risk of the oils degrading over time if you don’t use them often enough. And I would recommend storing your oils in the refrigerator or other cool, dark place.
Supplies You’ll Need
Now that you’ve bought your essential oil starter kit, you’ll need some basic supplies. The supplies you’ll need to keep in stock will, of course, depend on the types of products you plan on creating. But below is a list of practical supplies to keep on hand along with photographs to better illustrate what I’m talking about. You can purchase many of these supplies from Amazon, SKS Bottle & Packaging, Freund Container, Sunburst Bottle (a division of Freund Container), Premium Vials, and many more.
6) Glass sprayer bottles
7) Plastic or glass roller bottles
8) Small glass bottles with dropper-style caps
9) Small glass bottles with orifice reducer (available in 1, 2 or 4-ounce sizes)
10) A shot glass with measurement markings on the side
11) Pyrex liquid measuring cup
12) Small funnels (metal preferable)
13) Amber glass “shortie” vial
14) Mini perfume sprayer bottles
15) Small plastic bottle
What’s This I Hear About Carrier Oil?
I strongly recommend purchasing a carrier oil when you buy your first set of essential oils. Examples of carrier oils include apricot kernel, sweet almond, coconut, olive, sunflower, hazelnut, and many more. This link is a good primer on the different types of carrier oils you can buy as well as their characteristics. Every carrier oil is unique. The one thing they do have in common is that they serve two functions: they dilute the essential oil to a safe concentration, and they “carry” the essential oil into the deeper layers of the skin and enable the process of absorption.
Important: If you experience skin irritation from an essential oil, or get it in your eyes, it is very important to know that water will not remove the oil because oil and water do not mix. Instead, apply some carrier oil to the affected area, which will dilute the essential oil and make it easier to remove. Just using water could potentially drive the oil deeper into the affected area and make the problem worse.
To recap, purchase a good essential oil starter kit, a couple different carrier oils, and some of the supplies shown above, and you’ll be off to a good start. In future articles I’ll talk about a variety of cool products you can make at home with these supplies.
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