Where Can I Get Essential Oils?
A great deal of talk about essential oils has popped up lately. Whether from friends on social media to holistic medicine practitioners, essential oils have become a hot topic of conversation in the real world and in the cyber universe. Maybe you want to get in on the essential oil action by jumping in with both feet and buying one of every kind, or you may want to just dip in a toe or two to see if they are worth the investment.
Either way, you want to make sure that you are buying the best quality of essential oils that you can afford, without spending too much on a name brand that does not matter. So where can I get essential oils?
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Just as with any online purchases, you’ll want to be sure that you are purchasing from a reputable seller and that the product you are receiving is high quality. For healing and health properties, it is very important that your essential oils be 100% pure. Any lower grade of oil may only be useful for perfuming but will not have the health benefits when soaked into your skin. It may cost a bit more to have 100% pure oils, but it will be worth it. However, don’t get sucked into paying more for a brand name simply because they have words or catch phrases such as “certified therapeutic”.
Buying from a comparison website such as Amazon is helpful so that you can find the least expensive prices for the best oils. Of course, be sure to read the fine print so that you know what you are getting. Some people prefer to buy a brand that they already know and trust, which is great and most of them are available online either at Amazon or at the website of the manufacturer. The price on a comparison site is likely to be better and you may find yourself able to save on shipping this way. However, the more obscure the kind of oil you want, the more difficult it might be to find on Amazon and you may need to head to the manufacturer’s site.
Although online buying offers the best selection, lowest price, and most convenience, there are other options. So you may be wondering–other than online, where can I get essential oils? (Click the button below to see some of the very best essential oils based on ratings and reviews from Amazon)
Parties and Representatives
Essential Oil parties have now replaced what were the home parties of the past—which included the plastic storage containers of our grandmothers or the cosmetics and cookware of our mothers. This might be an enjoyable way to spend an evening with friends, and you can learn much about how to use the oils when you attend one of these sessions that is meant to be more educational. However, the downside is that you have to spend the whole evening dedicated to the oils and you will likely have to sit through a sales pitch. Even more, in a weak moment of emotional weakness you might find that you are now on the road to a new career in the essential oil dealership business! What just happened?!
One benefit to the parties is that the host often has many samples for you to try out, which is an excellent way to narrow down your choices from all of the options. Some of the companies that use individual product consultants or representatives include brands such as doTERRA and Young Living (great brands but also pricey!) So if you like parties, then absolutely enjoy yourself—and learn a little something while you are there! But if you just want to buy the oils and get started without the fuss of a high pressure sales pitch, online purchases may be a better way to go.
Health food stores and other natural shops may carry a small selection of essential oils on their shelves. And if you are in a hurry to get started then this might be an acceptable option. However, you are most assuredly going to pay more at a retail store than you would online, and your selection is likely to be significantly less.
You’ll probably find many of the basics such as lavender, tea tree, lemon, or other popular oils. But when it comes down to the more obscure (or expensive!) essential oils such as roman chamomile or frankincense, your trip to the shop may be less fruitful in offering you want you want. If you are going to choose the retail route, call ahead to make sure they have what you need.
How to Choose Essential Oil Brands
When choosing the brand of essential oils you want to buy, there are a few things to think about. First of all, the home party companies often charge the most for their products because of the commissions of their consultants and the marketing products they use. Some of these larger companies may offer pre-made blends that smaller companies do not, which can be cost and space saving. But you can also experiment with your own blends when you find your favorite basics.
Smaller companies that are not focused on a multi-level marketing plan can sometimes provide equally (if not higher) quality oils at a much lower price. In addition, the smaller companies often work in smaller batches which means they have more control over the products that they are supplying, using only resources that are well-known to them personally to be of high quality.
Read labels carefully to make sure that the oils you are buying are not already diluted with a carrier oil or another fragrance. NOW foods does this with their Jasmine oils which means that you should avoid this. If you want perfume then buy that, but don’t mix it in with your precious essential oils collection.
Organic and eco-friendly products are an important consideration in the company you buy from. Mountain Rose Herbs and Plant Therapy are high end brands that promote safe practices and organic use. Also, some companies, such as Eden’s Garden, give a portion of their proceeds to charity, which can be a motivating factor when making a decision on which company to buy from.
Although getting started in purchasing essential oils might seem intimidating, ultimately it’s easy! Just pick one that you might like and try it. It does not have to begin as a large investment. Although you may find that as you fall in love with the benefits of essential oils, your collection will grow and you’ll become a pro at stocking your own little cabinet full of essential oils.
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