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Monday, August 17, 2015

My Oily Education

Someone recently asked me how to get started learning about oils.  As I started putting together a list for him, it got me thinking about all the many, many places I go to get information for myself about how to use my oils.  I wanted to share it here, so that any of you who are wondering how to get started learning about oils might be able to use some of the same resources I do.

As I believe I mentioned before, my first and most powerful exposure to essential oils was the testimony of other users.  Nothing was more convincing to me than someone I know and respect who has been actually using the oils personally.  As I began to research different companies to choose a source, I came across dozens and dozens of blogs written by passionate oil users.  I started following these blogs (I use Feedly to stay updated on new posts) and still continue to learn from them (stay tuned for a future post about some of those blogs).  One thing I was aware of, though, was that these bloggers were not medical professionals (myself included), so it was important for me to also do some learning from a different type of source.  I was introduced to Pub Med which provides some good information about essential oil singles (not specific blends or brands) and their potential health uses, possible concerns, etc.  I continue to go back there for information as well.  I have signed myself up for email newsletters from a variety of alternative medical doctors (Dr. Axe, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Eric Zielinski) and most importantly, I started talking with my medical providers about the oils I was interested in or was hearing about.

In looking for recipes, ideas, or recommendations for DIY products using my oils, I have again found that there are so many different places on the Internet to find this information.  Some offer explanation for why the ingredients work well in a product, some recipes are developed by trial and error of other users.  I have found lots of great eBooks (many free) that provide recipes and information.  There are also great books about the science of oils, information for medicinal use, etc.  I have listed a few of them below.  If you're serious about oils, it's worth the time, effort, and money to learn as much as you can about how to use them!

So do some looking, some reading, and some learning.  And if you decide oils are for you, keep going! If you're interested in learning more about the oils I have chosen to use for my family and myself, please feel free to send me a message!  And if you're interested in getting the same wholesale pricing discount that I get for my oils, you can use this link to order your starter kit!