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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Learning About Essential Oils in 100 Days ... some basics!

If you are a regular reader of A Working Pantry blog you know that I set challenges for myself.   I taught myself how to crochet through a challenge, I’m learning how to machine quilt through a challenge and now I’m also learning about essential oils through a challenge.

Here are my rules … It’s a 100 day challenge and the days don’t have to be consecutive.  I am using all means of social media, the online world, books, person-to-person conversations, etc to reach my goal of completing this challenge.

I am on day 12 of the challenge and have been very impressed with what I’m learning thus far, and since some of you are learning along with me I thought we’d start at the basics.

I asked my go to essential oil person, Laura, these questions and she graciously gave permission to share her answers.

Which diffuser do you recommend?

Laura’s answer:  she told me about the 3 that Doterra sells and the one that most impressed me was the one that would run all night.  That was what I was looking for …one that would be safe to run for long periods of time ... it’s called the Aroma Lite.  If you’re interested in one, you can ask Laura about it here.

And then Laura gave me this tip … this is one of those things that is going to be so helpful in my venture into essential oils … are you ready, here goes …

Use a rolodex , the old-fashioned kind, to keep your oil blend recipes in that you use in your diffuser.   Now, how neat is that!  As Laura pointed out … thrift stores are great places to find them!!!!  Guess what’s going on my thrift store shopping list???  I love this tip, thank you Laura! 



Do we need to be concerned about keeping essential oils in a cool, dark place?

Laura’s answer: It is best, like we do with herbs, nothing extreme.  (She told me she keeps hers at room temperature.)

Do essential oils have an expiration date?

Laura’s answer:  Yes, there is an expiry date, however, that is ONLY for potency...they will NEVER expire...unless you make a product where you're making, say lotion or facial products...think of all the ingredients in a homemade product, and the shelf life of the least expiring item will, of course affect the product.

Thank you Laura for answering my questions! 

Now it's your turn!  What are some basic tips or information about essential oils you know about that you can share?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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18 comments:

  1. I like this series. I am new to oils and want to learn more. I really enjoy running our diffusers.

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    1. Rhonda, what are some oils or oil blends that you use in your diffusers?

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    2. I've bought mine from PlantTherapy and I really like this company. I don't have many but I do have lemon, orange, lavender and some blends called Celaring the mind, calm child, and a blend that is for stoping germs but I don't remember it's name but I sue it the most.

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  2. I use patchouli, lavender and orange oil in mine. 2 drops of each. Love my house smellibg beautiful and the health benefits the oils bring.

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    1. Jane, thank you! I'll be sure to try that one!

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  3. Now Patsy, I have to ask you what a 'rolodex' is? One of our young simple living group presenters showed us the diffuser when she did a workshop on how she uses doTerra oils. It smelled really lovely but I can't remember what she was using in it.

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    1. Nanna Chel, I added a link and a picture of a rolodex in the post so you could see what one looks like.

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  4. Patsy, I shared this tip in your Feruary class, but will share again as it's such a wonderful tool. I purchased the book, "Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails " by Dr Scott A. Johnson. Lots of detailed general essential oil information as well as protocols for specific health conditions. On page 62 he gives a list of recommended oils, so I began to order a few each month and check them off on the list. This way I built up my supply slowly so as not to break the bank, but I could see I was making progress in completing my arsenal. Although I have health insurance and access to local doctors, I first choose to go to this book and my essential oils to deal with health issues and we rarely see a Dr.. So happy you are adding this challenge to your list - you inspire me to take on new challenges as well. Right now I'm delving deeper into herbal infusions and their health giving properties. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Anonymous, I will be checking out that book for sure and yes I'm interested in herbs too. Great post!

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  5. When we travel we carry our oils in a cooler to help keep them from getting too hot or cold. We do not use any sort of ice, etc. I have about 150 bottles now so it is an investment I intend to protect.

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    1. Lana, that's alot of bottles of essential oils! Thanks for the tip, I want to protect my investment too!

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  6. A link for a helpful article about the effect of temperature on oils.
    http://hopewelloils.com/temperature-affect.php

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  7. I diffuse OnGuard or Thieves in mine (it runs around 4 hours then shuts off). I use it to help ward off any virus, cold, bacteria that we might have came in contact with that day. I love the smell of it. My mom diffuses Lavender and Tea Tree Oil and when I go into her house it always smells like it has been cleaned with pine sol. I am so glad you are doing this series. Thanks, Cindy from Ala

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    1. Cindy, I love the smell of lavender! I plan to start diffusing oils asap! I am really excited about this series!

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  8. what type of diffuser do you use? I'm just learning about essential oil.
    Sue

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  9. Thank you Patsy...you are ever so kind to offer a link to my page. I have been so blessed to be able to share such information with you. I'm sure before long, you'll be teaching me all the really neat things you've latched on to. What a blessing you are! Keep up the good work!
    Laura H

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    1. Thank you Laura, for all your help!

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