Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Beginners

by Mindy Cain
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Essential oils have really been on my mind lately. They are the “in” thing as of late and I’ve heard a lot of great things regarding aromatherapy, cleaning, and beauty regimes. Because my son, Ray, has ADHD and ODD and has struggled with controlling his hyperactivity, impulsivity, and anger I decided it was my turn to give essential oils a try. We have tried medications, occupational therapy, etc. with no avail.

My friends began using aromatherapy and using oils for cleaning. They even use them in their beauty regime! I just received my first order of Plant Therapy. I chose Plant Therapy instead of other brands because I liked that they were FDA approved – even though they don’t really have to be – and they have a kids line. Their kids line is actually the first thing I have purchased so far and I cannot wait to purchase more!

I also really love that you can either buy individual bottles or they have kits (which are a great steal). Not to mention, they aren’t incredibly expensive. Each product has a great explanation of what you can use it for and how to dilute or diffuse. Overall, I just really like this company as whole.

I’m still rather new at the whole oil thing so I decided we could learn together! This post will not only help me learn more about oils but will hopefully help some of you.

Carrier Oils

We are going to start with carrier oils because I didn’t realize that they were important if you plan on using the essential oils topically. Carrier oils are oils that have little to no smell and are used to dilute the essential oils before applying them topically. Thankfully Plant Therapy provides the dilution ratio for you.

The best carrier oils are, but not limited to:

  • Grapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Almond oil

Make sure to do a patch test on your skin to see how you react to the carrier oil before committing to one.

Here is the carrier oil I just purchased and can’t wait to receive!

Diffusing V. Rollers


Adding essential oils to a diffuser is a perfect way to have your own at home aromatherapy. Diffusers aren’t that expensive either and can really relax you and help your mental health.

Now, I personally don’t plan on diffusing just because some essential oils are dangerous to pets and I have two cats. For more information regarding essential oils and your pets visit Pet Poison Helpline.


Roller bottles are absolutely essential to topically applying essential oils. You can use them for massage oils, lip gloss, aromatherapy roll ons, blends and so much more. Just add your oil(s), fill the rest with your carrier oil, and put the roller ball on. Viola!

Roller bottles are easy to store and grab when you are on the go! Plus they make it so much easier and less messy in diluting the oils. The safe amount for an adult is 5% dilution and for a child about 1%. One drop = .5% Dilution.

Now that we’ve kind of estibalished some background with essential oils, diffusing, and roller bottles it’s time to get to mixing! Please share your favorites!

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