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It was just a couple of months ago that I attended a seminar at our local Cancer Support Communities clubhouse on essential oils. Now, I have heard about essential oils for years. I’ve used a few – lavender to make my laundry smell good and peppermint to try to keep mice and ants away. But, that was really about the extent of my knowledge. That all changed after I took part in the class. I don’t know what clicked with me, but something did and suddenly I am knee-deep into learning all about essential oils.


Essential Oils and Me

I have been having more fun learning about essential oils! I can’t believe how much there is to learn.

I have made some of the most awesome butters (I learned that the difference between lotion/cream and butters is whether or not there is water involved). They combine beeswax, cocoa butter and/or jojoba oils … some products I’d never even heard of until a few short months ago.

Have you smelled cocoa butter? It has a strong chocolate scent!! I made a baby butt butter (say that fast 3 times) that has cocoa butter as a main ingredient. It smells strong in the jar, but not so bad once it is on the skin. It feels great. (No, I have no baby to put the baby butt butter on … but my class had the recipe, so I made it for me 🙂 And, I’m glad I did!) I made some baby powder for my daughter-in-law to try. Just because it says it is for babies doesn’t mean we adults can’t enjoy it, too, right?

I made some lip balm too. Now, that was interesting! It starts setting up before you can get it in the tubes!! I think the next time I make some, I will have a better plan of action. It might have been a challenge to make (mostly just to get it into the tubes … and then to clean up afterward), but the lip balm feels great on my lips. And, it stays there a long, long time.

This is so much fun that I’m very strongly considering becoming a certified aromatherapist. How about that? Here I am. Aging day by day … at retirement age even under the best of circumstances … still being treated for stage 4 lung cancer … and thinking of going for a whole new career. Perhaps I need my head examined 🙂

I am glad that my husband is as supportive as he is. It seems like every single day a new delivery comes – whether it is essential oils or carrier oils or waxes or bottles and jars … I have a whole apothecary these days! A new package will arrive and he’ll say, “What’s that?” My response is always, “I don’t remember. It is like Christmas around here every single day!”

My biggest challenge right now is deciding where to go to start working on my certification. There are several online schools that are really interesting to me. I’ve taken some free and paid classes through one of them and I really, really like the person teaching, but I’m taking an involved free class with another person who I really like, too.

Anyone else involved with essential oils? Let me know! (Most people just roll their eyes at me when I tell them I have gotten so involved. Would love to find others who are as interested in them as I am!)

(Extra credit question: Do you see a problem with some of the products in the accompanying picture? Answer: some have no labels… big mistake!! I have a few bottles hanging around that have no labels. I have no idea what they are. I’m afraid they’ll have to be thrown out 🙁 )

Essential Oils … Oh My Goodness!!

I recently went to a class at Cancer Support Communities North Texas about essential oils (EO). Even though I have heard about and of essential oils for quite some time, I have never really gotten into them. I’ve bought the odd bottle of lavender or peppermint at Walmart, but that’s about the extent of it.

I hear anyone who is “into” essential oils groaning when they read that I purchased mine at Walmart. Walmart, Target, vitamin stores – none of these sources are supposed to have the best oils available. Well, I’m not sure they’re even considered to have adequate oils available.

So, since I attended the class, I have immersed myself in the world of essential oils. I have visited so many essential oil company Web sites that my head spins. I’ve read “Top 10 Essential Oil Companies” blogs ad nauseum.

What I’ve Learned so Far

I’ve come to a conclusion. Well, I’ve come to several conclusions, actually.

  1. Don’t believe what you read on the Internet. I can’t tell you how many of the “Best of” blogs list companies that sell their essential oils in 4 oz. bottles for $12.00. It is unlikely that these oils are going to be the best you can buy. But, you know, there are affiliate links to be considered…
  2. If the “Best of” blogger has links to affiliate sites, well, I think I am going to take their advice with a grain of salt. I think they are more interested in making a buck than in providing reliable information. Everyone can and should do their own due diligence, but that’s my conclusion.
  3. When I decided to jump into the EO world, I entered like a bull in a china cabinet. I’ve done some research, yes, but reading information in books and on the Internet is not the same as doing business with a company and understanding how good their oils actually are.
  4. After spending several hundred dollars on oils from various vendors (Young Living, Essential Oil Labs (through Amazon), Plant Therapy, and Eden’s Garden), I have concluded that I should have (a) waited before jumping in head first with my Young Living purchase and (b) ordered small quantities of oils from the vendors before purchasing an entire kit.

I have purchased lavender oil, among others, from the various vendors. I haven’t received my orders from Eden’s Garden or Plant Therapy yet – the delayed gratification is killing me! I’ve been waiting for the kits to arrive for a week! In this day and age of being spoiled by Amazon Prime, the wait seems like forever.

Both orders – Plant Therapy and Eden’s Garden – should be arriving today and tomorrow. I can’t wait! I have recipes (boy, do I!) ready to try and I have two diffusers waiting to be filled.

High Hopes

I have high hopes for the coming oils. I do not like the concept of multi-level marketing and I do not like the high prices charged by companies like Young Living and doTERRA. I’m not knocking their products. By all accounts, they’re excellent. I just think (and hope) that I can purchase oils of similar quality for far less money.

So, that’s my mission. I’ll share as I go.