You know the saying, “There’s an app for that…”?
My version is, “There’s an oil for that….”
It’s only been in the last 2 years that I’ve started using essential oils, but it doesn’t take long to become a huge fan. I know it seems like a fad in recent years, but I think it takes trying them to become a believer. So bear with me and I will give you my beginner’s guide to essential oils.
You remember in my IBS post talking about that one really bad episode I had? The friend I was out to lunch with, when I explained my current health issue, immediately busted out her oil guide and tried to find an essential oil in her stash that would potentially help me. We eventually decided on peppermint oil, which I rubbed on my stomach to help with the pain and discomfort. During that episode I also started getting a migraine (another topic for another post), so she sent me home with her bottle of peppermint oil and told me to use it for my stomach issues and headaches, and let her know if it helped.
The peppermint didn’t do much for my IBS discomfort, but it definitely helped the headaches.
Some time later I was in Seattle visiting my kitchen soul mate and her husband when I got a migraine. She had started using essential oils and busted out the peppermint for me. After that I decided I need to invest in my own bottle of this amazing stuff.
The first friend to introduce me to essential oils had done a decent amount of research to find an oil brand that was high quality, but low cost. There are quite a few brands available, but there are different grades of essential oils and strict processing standards; Not all oils are created equal. doTERRA seems to be the most prominent brand, but while their quality is high, their prices are also high, even if you are a distributor. So I was excited to hear about the brand my friend discovered called Jade Bloom.
Jade Bloom is an awesome retailer of therapeutic and pharmaceutical grade essential oils. Because they don’t operate as an Multi-Level Marketing company, there are no mark ups on the oils. Thus you get the highest quality oils at a much cheaper price – some of the most common oils are as low as $5.95 for a 10ml bottle. They have on online “University” which takes you through training and informational videos. By enrolling, participating, and passing the various courses you can earn points that are redeemable for essential oils of your choice. It’s a pretty sweet setup. You also earn points for each purchase you make, which are redeemable for free product, and shipping is always free with a $10 purchase. I also highly recommend following them on social media where they frequently post special weekend deals – usually a free bottle of a specific oil with any purchase. If you watch for those deals, you can get away with some steals. Most of the new oils I’ve tried I got for free on weekend deals. They also sell blends, carrier oils, a wide variety of diffusers, and other natural products including toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and soaps. They have gift boxes, combo packs, and seasonal oils. So much to chose from!
As a disclaimer, this is not a sponsored post. Nor is it specifically endorsed by Jade Bloom. I simply use and love their products, not to mention their prices. Their customer service has always been top notch, and I highly recommend them, especially if you are new to essential oils.
Needless to say, I am a full fledged believer now and am sharing my new found passion with anyone willing to listen. What started with a single bottle of peppermint essential oil ($6.95/10ml) is now an over-full carrier case that I lug with me everywhere. We’ve even added an essential oil category to our budget. It’s that bad… or that good…
So without further ado, this is my list of essential essential oils – those I use most frequently and now don’t want to be without.
Lavender (Kashmir or Bulgarian) – $9.95/$7.95/10ml bottle – I think I use this oil the most. I combine it with unrefined coconut oil and use it as a face moisturizer twice a day. I also add this to my laundry, especially when washing linens and towels. It adds extra cleansing power and enhances the scent of my fabric softener. I find my linens and towels stay fresher longer when I’ve used the oil. It also cleans and disinfects my washing machine at the same time. Yay!
Peppermint – $6.95/10 ml bottle – I recommend this oil to anyone just starting out. I don’t use this single oil as much anymore because I’ve purchased certain blends that contain it. But if you could only purchase one bottle, this would be my suggestion. This helps with muscle and mental relaxation, pain numbing and relief, alertness, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, cleaning… the list goes on. You can also add a drop or 2 to your toothbrush for extra clean teeth and fresh breath. This is literally the most versatile oil. There’s very little for which you can’t use this oil. Oh, and in the winter you can add a drop to coffee or hot chocolate for that seasonal flavor!
Lemon – $5.95/10 ml bottle – Combined with peppermint and lavender, this oil completes the essential oil trifecta. I love adding this oil to my water, especially mid afternoon when I start yawning at work. It helps with alertness and gives my water the perfect hint of flavor. I also add this to a spray bottle of water and use it as a household cleaner. As with most essential oils it is antibacterial and antimicrobial. It has astringent and cleansing properties, brightens skin and mood, and can help with respiratory issues.
Other personal favorites include:
Bergamot – $6.95/10 ml bottle – We’ve already covered that Earl Grey tea is my favorite. Once I discovered bergamot essential oil, I figured out why I love it so much. Bergamot is a citrus oil and is amazing at improving mood. It smells like my favorite tea and I use this oil in my diffuser at work to make my office smell heavenly and inviting. I get so many compliments.
Australian Tea Tree (melaleuca) – $6.95/10 ml bottle – breakouts and problem skin have nothing on this awesome little oil. My stepmom used to sell melaleuca products so this has a nostalgic hold on me. I love adding this to coconut oil and using it for massage. It is antiviral and can be used on bug bites, burns, and dandruff, among other things.
Alleviate Blend – $11.95/10 ml bottle – This is my migraine/headache go to. I repurchased this oil blend in a roller ball ($1 more) and keep it in my purse. Any stress, tension, or hint of a headache and I pull it out and roll it on my forehead, temples, or area of tension. A few deep breaths and I can immediately feel my body relax and the pain dissipate. This is a combination of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, marjoram, chamomile, basil, and rosemary oils. And I cannot live without it now.
When using essential oils, make sure to check if the oil is safe to use topically, internally, or if it has to be diluted. Every oil is different and every body is different, so your use will be unique to you. I usually use coconut oil as a carrier, but there are many options. I even buy some of the carrier oils for other uses.
Rosehip Seed Oil – $13.95/2 oz bottle – This oil is amazing for your skin! I use it as a serum, combined with my coconut/lavender blend and my skin stays perfectly moisturized and glowing. It is a recent find, thanks to a social media-advertised weekend special. I repurchased a bottle of bergamot and got a 2 oz bottle of this free. It’s a new favorite.
Rose Floral Water– $7.95/2 oz spray bottle – I don’t overly love the smell of rose, but they did post an Instagram video about adding your favorite oil to the rose water and using it as a pillow spray. I added a few drops of the Alleviate blend and it helps me relax and fall asleep faster. This can also be used as pore-minimizing a face mist, which is why I originally bought it.
Argan Extra Virgin– $13.95/2 oz bottle – If you don’t already know, this little oil is considered a miracle product for hair. I was using another argan oil product as a hair serum already, but then I saw this! Upon inspection of the product I was already using, I realized it didn’t contain actual argan oil at all. So I promptly threw it out (it was super cheap, don’t even worry about it) and purchased this extra virgin 100% argan oil. I use a few drops with my detangler when combing wet hair and my ends stay in impeccable health between cuts. Per my records I got this back in June. I think I’ve used maybe a quarter of the bottle. It lasts forever.
I’ve tried their deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. The deodorant I liked a lot, though stopped using it over the summer to to residue. It has traditional packaging but I think there might be a better option for that, as it can get a bit messy. Their shampoo and conditioner didn’t do it for me, but I was hardly surprised. My hair is ridiculous and I struggle to find products I really love. They smell amazing though.
I’ve also used their remineralizing toothpaste in the original Protect flavor. It is definitely different than normal toothpaste, but I love it. Love, love, so much love. Once you get used to the consistency, it is magic. I am kinda weird when it comes to my teeth, and I can tell a difference with this toothpaste. My teeth are clean, I know my mouth is disinfected, my teeth are whiter, and the tender spot I was worried about has all but gone away. I’m interested to see what my dentist says at my appointment next month. If you aren’t too weird about consistency or texture, I highly recommend it. They have a variety of essential oil-based flavors, depending on your taste, but I like the concept of the Protect blend helping me avoid all the sickness.
I could wax poetic about essential oils, but I will spare you. If you can’t tell by now, I really do love essential oils, and especially the Jade Bloom brand. I carry them with me everywhere, and really believe that they help with whatever ails you. The fact that they naturally help me treat and prevent migraines is reason enough for me to love and promote them. The fact that I can use them for so many diverse things makes them a reasonable investment in my mind. But I definitely think you have to try them to believe in them. So buy a $5.95 bottle. Pick a purpose for which you think you’ll be most likely to use it… or just a fragrance you’d use at work or home. Try it out and see what you think. I’m betting you won’t be disappointed.
Currently: In Florida drinking coffee on the beach and doing yoga. Remember that vacation I was wishing for? I confess, I had it planned all along and was just wishing for time to go by faster. But the trip was a surprise for my step mom who follows my blog, so I couldn’t give away the secret! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!
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