Post # 1
So I’ve obviously heard of the essential oil craze going on. I’ve decided not to make a real judgement about them until I try them. So, bees, do you use em? Why/why not? What did you try? What are your favorites? How do you use them?
Post # 3
Tagging in because I’m interested to learn more about this as well!
Post # 4
@jb20: I have a friend that works for an essential oil company and travels around selling them. I have used a few before just to try it out- I didn’t really notice anything special about them though. I did enjoy some type of citrus blend oil that with a drop or two makes plain champagne taste like a mimosa- but more than a drop or two and it’s horrid. I’ve also had food prepared with the essential oils & let’s just say they didn’t float my boat at all…. The friend that sells them uses them in her food, as fragarance for herself & her home, for topical use to correct moods/stress/anxiety, really anything you can think of. I know a ton of people though- usually more new age/hippy- that LOVE the crap outta the essential oils it’s just not my thing….
Post # 5
@BeckyS0: I haven’t been using them long, but I like to diffuse lavender because it makes my house smell nice and tea tree oil makes my skin soft (which rocks in this cold weather!) I’m not sure I will ever get on board with cooking them, I have a pretty raw diet and am very particular about my foods.
I have noticed that the lavender diffusion helps me sleep a little better.
Post # 6
I do. Lavender is my favorite – I use it primarily as aromatherapy. Essential lemon oil is combined with Dr. Bronners soap to make household cleaner. I also love rosemary and peppermint. Catnip essential oil is now being used to make natural insect repellent – studies have shown it is more effective than DEET!
Post # 7
Nay. Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean you can’t be allergic to it. I can’t even walk by these stores without having a negative effect.
I’m not against all of them, but I have to be careful and there are quite a few pseudoscientific claims.
Post # 8
@jb20: I would use them for fragrance for my home but lavender would be my go-to and DH has horrible scent associations with it as his mom used it to cover up the smell while she was caring for his dying dad =( So no lavender in our house unfortunately for me….
Post # 9
@AB Bride: Agreed with the headaches and the hate on psuedoscientific claims.
As for my personal experience, I guess I have used them in the past.. I’m a big fan of tea tree oil for cleaning because I use only homemade natural cleaners. I think oil of oregano and those kind that claim to be super killers of germs and viruses are a crock of crap though… not to mention it tastes awful!
My grandma is super into them as she has been an massage therapist for nearly 40 years now. She buys the “medical” grade type and I’m sure they are high quality because they are foodgrade and can actually be consumed.. As for others out there, I’d be really careful about consumption or even putting on your skin because the oil distallation process can use very unnatural methods.
Post # 10
I use oils on a weekly basis. I will either swallow a drop or two when needed, diffuse them in an ultrasonic diffuser, or rub on my skin to make me feel better.
I use doTerra. I think it’s a pyramid scheme business, but I joined just so I can use the oils. I haven’t taught or tried to recruit anyone. I trust the doTerra oils more than the ones you get in the store because they are graded to be more pure for internal and external use.
They make oil capsules and you can make your own capsule mixes as well, so when my fiance has a stomach ache I give him an oil in a capsule called “Digestzen” and within 30 minutes he is no longer complaining. When I was sick earlier last year nothing was soothing my throat between all of the remedies I was trying, so a family member brought me “On Guard” another doTerra oil for me to sip in my tea, gargle, and put on my tongue and it instantly soothed my throat. I also use a combination of peppermint, frankinsence, and lavender on my hairline when I have migraines and they give me a sense of relief.
I have made the nub mistake of getting some in my eye, once I burned my skin on some cinnamon oil, and that’s likely to happen here and there.
Post # 11
Yay! As long as they are therapeutic-grade oils. My mom got me hooked over Thanksgiving break. I like to put a couple drops of peppermint and/or lemon into my tea in the morning, I use face creams and body scrubs made with essential oils & coconut oil, and I diffuse or add different oils to our humidifier at night depending on our ailments (fighting off a cold, insomnia, etc.) So far, I’m a believer!
Post # 12
@jb20: Yes, my husband and I use them regularly. We have used lemongrass and peppermint for his chronic back issues (bad car accident years ago) and they have been helping tremendously! I also had a weird flare up/rash thing on my cheek a few months ago and I used lavender and it was the only thing that made it go away. I’m 13 weeks pregnant and thankfully didn’t have morning sickness, but I did get nauseous randomly for a few weeks. I would rub peppermint oil on my stomach and it would take it away.
Post # 13
@Nimii: We use doTerra too! We love it
Post # 14
I think they have some good uses, but some of my friends go way overboard in what they believe about the oils. Example: friend’s toddler is fussy because Mom won’t sit with him. Toddler cries and throws a tantrum, Mom picks him up and takes him upstairs for ten mins, then comes back with with the ipad playing his favorite show and sits toddler down next to her. Then Mom marvels at the amazing effect the oils (which she apparently went upstairs to rub on the kid) are at calming down her toddler. I mean look how calm he is now!
Um, he’s calm because he got Mom’s attention for ten minutes, an ipad with a tv show, and he’s sitting next to Mom now.
Post # 15
@jb20: I use them for everything: cooking, cleaning, pain management, immune system support.
@littlemisst08: while it doesn’t work all the time, majority of the time using calming oils to help my nephew out of a cranky mood does work (without the use of modern electronics lol ). I’ve been able to stay off my anti anxiety meds and keep my husband from having to go on them. It’s been great!
Post # 16
@JsDragonfly: I guess if all she had done was rub oils on him and nothing else, I would have bought into it a little more, lol.