When I first learned about essential oils, I was introduced to some common ones such as Lavender and Tea Tree. My very first purchase was a Tea Tree oil from Trader Joe’s. I bought it but I didn’t really know what to use it for. I also purchased their Tea Tree shampoo which I loved. In this process I also learned just how strong Tea Tree is. I couldn’t use the shampoo every day as it would dry out my hair. But every few days I would use it and it would really deep clean my hair. I loved it.
Then, fast forward a few more years and I learned about essential oils from a friend. I went to an oil party and was introduced to doTERRA. I signed up so I could get the wholesale prices for their oils and was given the book, The Essential Life (yes, you can actually purchase this on Amazon). In perusing the book, I liked it as a quick reference. It contains a lot of useful information and recipes you can use right away. The thing I don’t like about it is that it recommends to ingest certain oils but it doesn’t exactly tell you how. I don’t like that because ingesting oils is not always recommended by aromatherapists (people professionally trained to use essential oils).
Recently, I’ve been wanting to get another book so I can learn even more about essential oils. So I go to Amazon and search for essential oil books. Out of all the ones that I looked at, one stood out. And this one had the most reviews and the most positive reviews that I’ve seen. Exactly what I’m looking for. This book is called The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Reading the reviews, I see that Valerie Ann Worwood is considered an expert in essential oils. This was so even before essential oils became as popular as they are today. One reviewer mentions the book is very informative and written in a clear and easy to digest manner. Take a look at this snippet as an example.
Colds and Flu
Children often come home from school or from activities with other children carrying cold and flu bugs they’ve picked up. The following blend can be used in a room diffuser or in a back massage oil:
Colds or Flu Blend
First, blend the essential oils together. Use 6 drops in a room diffuser, and 1-3 drops in 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil for a back massage, depending on the age of the child. Use a small amount each time. If you don’t have ho wood essential oil, just leave it out.
I like how this recipe tells you to blend your oils together first and then to use what you need from the mixture. This makes it easier for you to use your blend. It’ll be ready and you just use as many drops as you need. Alternately, you can dilute it to whatever percentage you need with a carrier oil and use it in a rollerball bottle.
The one downside (for me anyways) is that it doesn’t look as if the book has too many pictures (I might be wrong though as I haven’t ordered the book yet). If you have, let me know by commenting below.
Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.
Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.
For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.
Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
Recommended Essential Oil Brands
Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.
The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these: