As a certified aromatherapist and health advocate, it makes me so happy that more people are looking towards natural ways to take a proactive approach to health and wellness. Unfortunately, with the popularity of essential oils, I see too many people wasting money on essential oils when they don’t need to be. This post will share with you some of my favorite tips and tricks on how to stop wasting money on essential oils.
Stop Wasting Money on Essential Oils:
If you use essential oils and want to learn about how to get the most bang for your buck, listen up! It is far too easy to waste money on essential oils and it’s unnecessary. These tips will make sure that you stop wasting money on essential oils and help you learn how to make your oils last longer!
Not all essential oils are created equal
If you are simply using essential oils to scent your house without looking for therapeutic type benefits, then most commercial grade oils will work. However, if you are searching for more of the mental, emotional and physical benefits that essential oils provide than the quality of oils is important. The quality of the oils depends on factors such as the soil they are grown in, if pesticides, chemicals or weed killer was used on the crops, if the plants were harvested at the peak, how they were distilled, etc. And the truth is, that with the popularity of essential oils, there will be many companies that will try to make a buck selling anything as essential oils. Sadly, there is no rating system for essential oils and a bottle only needs to contain 5% essential oil in order to be labeled as “pure”. This means that they can spray pesticides, harvest off peak, and use chemical solvents to distill the oils, all resulting in lower grade oil quality. That is why it is important before you purchase your oils to find out if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields, and controls the entire process from seed to seal – from the farm to the sealed bottle. After doing much research here is the company I found to be the best for my family.
One red flag that you are wasting money on essential oils is that they are cheap. (i.e. $4 a bottle) Why would companies sell oils cheap? Well, they are able to cut corners and don’t value the quality of the oils they sell. They could use pesticides to spray the crops so they have more to harvest and distill. They can use a chemical solvent to extract during the distillation process to pull more oil out, and if they dilute it with a cheaper oil or carrier oil they can stretch out the amount of oil that is distilled therefore selling more. All the while the quality is compromised unknown to the consumer. The bottle line, if you are paying a ridiculously low price for oils you may want to research into the company and their mission. Don’t be quick to buy oils just because it says “pure” on the label. Heck, I’ve even seen “pure” essential oils for sale at Walmart and even once at a gas station! No….just no……
It takes a great deal of effort to distill just a small amount of essential oils. For example, Rose oil which can be pretty pricey, takes 60 thousand pounds to provide one ounce of rose oil. Compare that to Lavender oil which is a reasonable cost and takes 220 pounds of flower to create 7 pounds of essential oil. With good quality essential oils, such as these that I use for my family, they cost more than the kind I used to buy at health food stores, but the benefits they provide are worth their weight in gold! The testimonies we experienced since making our wellness a priority and including these oils in our wellness regimen has been amazing. We are living happier and healthier than we were just a few years ago and to me that is true wealth! Click here to order high grade essential oils for yourself!
A little bit goes a long way
As a society we are conditioned to think more is better. This is not the case when it comes to essential oils. Quality grade essential oils are very potent. All you need is a drop or two to get the job done. In the case of essential oils often times less is more! When you are using high quality oils they are potent and very effective. For example, one drop of peppermint tea is the equivalent to about 33 cups of peppermint tea.Most quality grade oils cost anywhere from $10-$30 a bottle. A 5ml bottle usually contains about 90 drops and a 15ml bottle contains about 250 drops. Each application is about 1-3 drops, which means even a 5 ml bottle will get you 45-90 applications. Your body can only process a certain amount of oils at a time so essentially (pun intended) the oils are wasted. Which leads me to my next tip…..
Dilute Dilute Dilute
I recommend dilution not just for babies and young children, but for everyone! This is because it will extend the life of your essential oils. If you are making health a priority and making a point to spend money on quality essential oils, you know that they are not cheap, but worth every drop. I mix everything with a carrier oil (a fatty oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, etc.) because from what I learned in my aromatherapy course, it creates a natural time release factor which absorbs into the skin over a longer period of time, extending the benefits. The molecules in a fatty carrier oil are large compared to the tiny molecules that exist in high grade essential oils. Pairing an essential oil with a carrier oil combines the molecules and allows them to enter into the skin in layers which allows the body to absorb them for a longer timeframe, meaning you can experience the benefits without having to reapply as often.
Create Your Own Products & Roll Ons
This is one of my top tips for saving money on your oils. It’s a great way to extend the life of your oils because you can create personalized products that will last for at least a few weeks. Making your own products is SOOOO simple. You can make multiple product in a matter of minutes. You only need a few supplies and all natural ingredients to make healthy alternatives of personal and cleaning products that are completely toxin free! Here are some of my favorite DIY products:
- DIY Facial Brightening Mask
- Antioxidant Facial Serum
- Daytime Facial Serum
- DIY Therapeutic Honey
- Essential Oil tools & Ingredients for making your own products