Oils for Minimalists: Essential Oils You Need for DIY Recipes

Does the thought of getting started using essential oils stress you out? I can completely relate. Using oils came slowly for me, but now, they are such a part of my life that I can’t even imagine living without them!

I wanted to give you a little information about some oils that will help you realize that you CAN get started using oils slowly and a little bit at a time.

**Keep in mind that when I talk about therapeutic properties of oils, I specifically am talking about Young Living essential oils. I personally have changed my life so that I minimize toxins that I take into my body. With Young Living, I know there are no fillers or other things in the oils. Check out their Seed to Seal promise if you want more information here.

Top Oils to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you have a budget where you can only purchase a few main oils, these three are great for starting out. They are the most frequently used in my daily life, and they are also good for so many things that they will be the best options for you as well. Please know that I can help you. Subscribe to the blog at the bottom of this page, and I will contact you with information you need to get your oily life under way! There are so many options for starter kits with Young Living, so I am here to help you navigate all of that.

  1. Lavender: When you think Lavender, think calming. This oil will calm your skin if it’s red or itchy, it will calm your nervous system when needing to relax or meditate (or fall asleep), it will calm any bites or wounds you may have. It is relaxing when diffused and can just be a nice smell in your house.
  2. Lemon: Lemon = detox. Detoxify your home by making DIY cleaners or using lemon oil as an air freshener in your house (detoxifying the air). Drink lemon oil in your water for a wakening, detoxifying drink. It will help wake you up and clear junk out of your body. Use lemon oil as a glue remover (like goo gone) to get rid of labels or stickers. Lemon is also energizing and smells great.
  3. Peppermint: Peppermint oil is cooling. Cooling to your digestive system, cooling to your skin, and cooling to muscle tension. I love peppermint for any upset stomach issues or muscle tension – knots in my back, neck or head tension.

**The three oils above can be mixed for a variety of health boosting combinations. Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint (fondly known as “LLP” in the oily community) is a combo helpful to boosting the immune system. This is especially important during seasonal transitions – going from summer to fall or from winter to spring can wreak havoc on your immune system causing tiredness, constipation, and allergy symptoms. I’m not a doctor and I can’t prescribe things, but I’m all for an immune boost anytime – especially during the change of the season.

The Next Best Oils

After the “Top 3” oils, there are a couple of more that I wanted to give an honorable mention. These oils are the next best “heavy hitters” that you should consider adding to your starter oils kit.

Tea Tree: Also known as Melaleuca, this oil has great “anti” properties. I think of Tea Tree in the products it’s in such as household cleaners, skin care, shampoo and body wash. I like to add a few drops of Tea Tree to my shampoo to help support a healthy scalp. I add it to my cleaning supplies for a boost. If I get a pimple, I might put a drop of Tea Tree on my skin at night hoping for the zit to disappear by morning. This one doesn’t smell the best, so I add a lot of citrus (like lemon) to it if I am going to diffuse it in the air.

Thieves: If you haven’t heard about Thieves oil, you may be living under a rock! Just kidding – kind of. This is an immune-boosting blend of cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary (and more). This oil smells so good – just like fall – but I use it all year round. I like to add Lemon (or Orange) to this in my diffuser. It’s awesome. This oil can be added to tea or coffee for a spicy jolt, or it can be put directly onto your skin to help give a boost in your immunity. My kids roll this on their spines in the morning – I feel like it is body armor for when they go to school. Put a few drops in a spray bottle to spray on things you touch – shopping cart handles, keyboards, doorknobs. Add some to aloe vera gel and shake for a good hand sanitizer.

What Do I Do Next?

Once you get your oils in the mail, you are going to want to set them on your counter immediately. Start using them – try it! Just start slow – one drop at a time. Here’s what I do on a daily basis to help you get started:

When I wake up, I head to the kitchen to get a glass of water. I put a drop of Lemon in the glass first, then add water and start rehydrating right away. If I workout in the morning, I might put a drop of Peppermint and Lemon in the glass for a focusing boost. When I take a shower, I have added Tea Tree to my shampoo for my scalp (I have a dry, itchy scalp), or if I have a pimple, I add a drop of Tea Tree to that. I roll Thieves on my feet and/or spine before I head to work.  During my work day, I have Peppermint and Lemon to drink during the day. The Peppermint is also helpful if I eat something that doesn’t agree with me (I will rub it right on my stomach), or if I have any muscle tension from typing at my desk! When I get home, Thieves and Lemon go in the diffuser while I’m cooking supper or my kids are doing their homework. At bedtime, I rub Lavender on my feet or wrists, or I diffuse it to help me relax and fall asleep.

If you start a routine, oils become part of your daily life. Think of them like vitamins, you feel so much better when you use them consistently and daily.

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