SECTIONS of this POST
As I find more resources, I’ll add to this post accordingly.
- Using Essential Oils: my favorite online resources
- Recommended online classes
- MLM Starter Kits: a big bang for your buck
- Oil Kits (NOT mlm)
USING ESSENTIAL OILS: MY FAVORITE ONLINE RESOURCE
Heritage Essential Oils has excellent information regarding the safe use of oils for a variety of health issues and ages. I highly recommend reading through the entire Oil Usage page first (which includes appropriate dilution ratios), then explore the categories on the Health Issues page. Heritage is a small business owned and operated by a Christian family in Texas. Linda, homeschooling mother of 8, primarily runs the business, and you can read her personal testimony here. The Heritage website is my go-to online reference for safely using oils on and around my children.
- Essential Oil Safety (downloadable PDF, includes dilution ratio chart)
- Essential Oil Usage
- Education Page (the Heritage blog on different oil topics)
- Health Issues page: including sections on
RECOMMENDED ONLINE CLASSES
Introduction to Essential Oils (FREE): Learn at your own pace and on your own timeline with this free class offered by Aromahead Institute: School of Essential Oil Studies. Features permanent unlimited access to all the course materials and any subsequent updates to the course content, even after you have completed the program. View each video as many times as you like.
Essential Oils & Natural Health ($95): a short modulated course (complete with quizzes) offered by Vintage Remedies. Upon registration, you have 90 days to complete the course. I just started the course for free as a perk for purchasing the 2015 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle during a sale last October (I paid $129 for the bundle–you can get notified for future bundle sales). Vintage Remedies also offers a FREE Herbalism 101 Mini-Course that I plan to take. Will post reviews upon completion. So far enjoying the EO class!
MLM STARTER KITS: A BIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Buy from a direct-selling friend. Chances are high (like 99%), that at least ONE of your social media friends either sells oils or knows someone who does. Compare prices and what comes with the different starter kits from the two major MLM EO companies (Young Living and doTERRA) and go with your gut on what kit to get. Kits typically contain 10-12 high quality oils and a nice diffuser. It’s the diffuser on top of the high quality oils that makes these kits a good deal.
Other perks for buying from a distributor:
- She might be a good source for fun oil classes/education* and “make and take” events for DIY projects like lip balms, bath salts, etc.
- Your order will help your actively selling friend earn rewards–I’m all about supporting mommy direct-sellers
- You are in no way obligated to sell oils
- You might get some good deals on bulk-ordering of oil accessories. My distributor got a ton of people to commit to ordering the small 5ml glass applicators that came with metal roller-ball fitments and caps, and we ended up paying $.25 per applicator which is a steal!
OIL KITS (NOT MLM)
Not all of us have an extra $200 lying around to buy a fancy starter kit. So here are some other options if you want to try oils! I’m only mentioning brands I have used…there is much more out there. 🙂
- Plant Therapy’s 14 Oil Set (7 blends, 7 singles) – $60
I bought this kit early in my oiling journey. You really can’t beat the price, and all PT products ship FREE. These are fun to diffuse on a daily basis without killing my wallet. I generally don’t use these oils for acute health needs, and would NEVER take them internally.
- Heritage Essential Oils Travel Kit (16 sampler bottles-2mls each-in a convenient case) – $76.50
Heritage oils are anywhere from 1/3-1/2 the cost of Young Living and doTERRA oils and I am exceptionally pleased with the quality. I’ve tried most of the oils/blends in this kit for various health and injury needs with great success and have loved them all.
*Beware of anyone who claims that oils can or will prevent, treat, or cure any disease, as these claims and statements are not FDA approved and are out of compliance with the statements of these oil companies. Also don’t take any one person’s word as gospel when it comes to properly using oils, especially around infants, children, and pregnant women. Conduct your own research, and don’t stop or wean off any medications without the approval and guidance of your doctor or health care provider.