Easy Essential Oil DIY
Essential oils have been on my radar for a few years. While working for a local skincare company, I was introduced because the formulator used them in her recipes. I would be in the shipping room, working away while the strong scent of essential oils would waft out and tickle my senses.
Soon thereafter, I bought a starter kit on Amazon along with a cheap plastic diffuser meant to look like a lit candle. Not really understanding why I was using the oils, or what they were doing other than making the room smell fragrant, I eventually stopped using them.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but the cheap oils I bought along with the plastic diffuser were not the best of quality and that is probably why they didn’t do anything for me. Most of the drugstore essential oils are cut with bad stuff and finding ones that are the purest of quality is really important.
My lifelong friend Vanessa Sinai has been using essential oils for the past few years and has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the subject. Vanessa and I grew up down the street from one another, and our Mom’s are best friends. She is like the sister I never had!
I am incredibly proud of Vanessa because she has recently embarked on starting a small business of her own. She is now a representative of Young Living which is one of the best essential oil company’s in the world. I asked her to sit down with me to answer some questions and do a few DIY projects with these amazing oils.
Danielle La Rue: Tell us about yourself…
Vanessa Sinai-Davis: I’m a public school teacher. I’m a mama and partner who felt like she kind of lost track of her own personal wellness because she was taking care of so many other people. I learned that in order to support others I need to prioritize supporting myself first. In my quest for self care/survival I started using Thieves in my classroom and at home while pregnant with my second kid. Then I was having a tough pregnancy and started using oils to support me through that. I started using them on my babies and husband too. I have anxiety like most folks in this busy world. I would come home and feel overwhelmed. Diffusing oils in my personal space has made such a difference for me.
DL: How did you get into essential oils?
VS: I had a couple of friends that were using oils and had started following some groups. Then one friend and oily mentor Karina, led a class I attended and she gave me lots of tips and pointers and shared some samples with me. Then she got me hooked on Young Living with her samples and encouraged me to get the starter kit. After I had my kit I was sold because I started using the oils every day and reading about their uses. I started to switch my household products and get rid of toxic products in my house.
DL: How often do you use essential oils? What do you use them for?
VS: I use oils every day. In the morning the first thing I do after getting the coffee going (and in between feeding the kids breakfast) is get two diffusers going. One reason I do this is to help me start the day on the right foot. I love feeling grounded before I leave for work. I also want to get my kids to start the day out right. Also, you know how the house can be kind of stinky after the night? I love to make it smell better! We have animals and kids so I definitely use it to purify the house. I use oils in my nightly cup of tea. I use a couple of different rollers throughout the day for emotional and immune support. I put oils in my skin lotion. I use Young Living baby and bath products for the kiddos. I use different oils depending on what I need. The other week I started to have a clogged duct because I am cutting down on nursing. So, I used lavender oil to help me through that.
DL: Are there any negative or potentially harmful effects to using essential oils?
VS: When starting to use oils or anything new regarding your health, it is important to consult with your medical professional. It is also always important to spot test and read up on which oils you can apply directly to your skin. Since there are different ways to use oils it is good to know which ones are better diffused, ingested, applied diluted, or neat (directly to your skin). Before I started using oils I made sure to know which ones are safe to use around pets and to children. A negative effect can be a skin reaction like a rash. I personally have not gotten one from an oil nor do I know anyone who has. It is a good idea to start very cautiously and work your way up to what feels comfortable. When I first started using oils I would follow recipes and use 3-4 drops but that felt like too many. So, I scaled back to 2 drops at a time. I have a very sensitive nose so I always had to smell an oil in the bottle and decide the amount of drops based on how the scent felt to me. Here is a link for safety https://www.youngliving
DL: How important is quality? Can you tell us a little bit about the Young Living Seed to Seal process?
VS: Quality is super important when using oils. I think anything that goes on your body should be good quality. In addition, I only want to use products on my kids that I know have good quality ingredients. Young Living has a set of standards called “Seed to Seal” and what that basically means is that they know the source of every plant, they use scientific standards to test the quality, and they have high standards. Young Living has farms all over the world and they also work with partner farms. I like knowing that my lavender oil came from a lavender farm I can trace ( and visit if I want to) and was tested for quality before being bottled. You can learn more about the seed to seal process as well as where all the farms are here: http://seedtoseal.com/en and here for a guide for new oil users https://www.youngliving.com/
DL: I have wondered if the plastic diffusers I see people using are healthy. My nail salon uses one. What is the difference between using a cheap diffuser you can find in Target vs. the more expensive one Young Living sells? I thought they were all the same.
VS: I know that diffusers can be used for different things. Some are humidifiers, some are negative ionizers, some are atomizers and air purifiers. Young Living offers all those different options. I know that oils can break down plastic and that the YL ones have ultrasonic plates in them. I have tested other diffusers and they work but you can really see the difference with a good quality diffuser.
DL: What is your favorite essential oil and why?
VS: It is really hard to choose a favorite oil! I love earthy woodsy smells so Vetiver is one of my favorites. I’d have to say Thieves was what got me hooked. I love the cinnamon/clove smell. I love that you can diffuse it, use it to clean, put it in a roller. There are just so many uses for Thieves. I use Valor every single day and love that smell. Right now I’m loving the citrus oils a lot. Diffusing Orange, Lemon, Tangerine or Lime just brightens up your day. I used to dislike Lavender because I felt allergic to it. But the more I used it the more I got accustomed to it and now I really enjoy diffusing it as well (as well as applying to my body).
Easy DIY Projects for Essential Oil Beginners
**Please note that all recipes in this post are from the OIL + GLASS recipe book by the Essential Collective. The book is linked below.
~ Thieves Tea ~
An immune boosting tea that tastes and smells wonderful! Includes a combination of clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon and cinnamon bark essential oils.
1 drop Thieves Vitality essential oil
2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
Organic raw honey to taste
Chamomile Tea if desired
Vanessa likes to drink this before bed every night to help from getting sick.
Boil your water and steep your tea.
Take however much honey you like onto a spoon and swirl spoon into tea letting honey dissolve.
Add your essential oils, stir and enjoy!
~ Wellness Roller ~
Another immune booster, perfect for the winter cold season! It is helpful to apply this roller before going to school, work or any shared spaces.
*Glass bottles, Coconut oil, and most items pictured are purchased from Amazon and are linked below.
8 drops Purification essential oil
15 drops Thieves essential oil
8 drops Frankincense essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drop Oregano essential oil
Organic fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil of your choice
Drop essential oils into roller bottle, fill the remainder of the bottle with your carrier oil.
Fit roller top onto bottle and cap.
Gently roll the bottle between your hands to mix oils.
Swipe bottoms of feet two times per day to support the immune system.
Use once in the morning before putting on socks and once before bed.
I also really like it on the back of my neck.
~ Wellness Bath Salts ~
Can you tell we are on a wellness kick!? Here is a SUPER simple DIY to try for those of you who have a bathtub at home.
2 cups Epsom Salts
3 drops Purification essential oil
3 drops Thieves essential oil
Fill a large mason jar with 2 cups of Epsom salts.
Add essential oils.
Shake mason jar for a few seconds to mix oils and salts.
Use a funnel to pour bath salts into smaller glass jars.
~ Lavender Dryer Balls ~
If you like scented laundry but don’t like the toxic chemicals in dryer sheets, try these! You can purchase these wool dryer balls on Amazon (link below) and all you have to do is put a few drops of lavender essential oil on them before popping them straight into the dryer.
Wool Dryer Balls
Lavender essential oil
Put 2-3 drops of Lavender essential oil onto a dryer ball.
Place in the dryer.
What I learned about Young Living essential oils is that they can be an amazing aid in everyday life. We were having some of the worst wildfires ever in California when we met up for the first time to discuss this post and I had been having headaches every day. Vanessa put on a diffuser as soon as I got there and within 20 minutes my headache was gone. I already knew I liked essential oils before I got there, but the fact that my headache went away within minutes was a true testament to the potency of Young Living oils.
I love the idea of replacing common household items with an essential oil alternative. I am also really excited to keep exploring the many ways to use these oils. I plan to get a basic membership to Young Living because I like the idea of paying a one time fee and being able to buy at wholesale prices for the rest of my life. The quality seems unbeatable and I love their transparent supply chain. I have been using the wellness roller on my feet, and let me tell you, it is amazing. I have never felt such a sensation! These oils take relaxation to another level.
If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils and how to purchase them, please click over to Vanessa’s website.
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- 10 ml Glass Roll-on Bottles with Stainless Steel Roller Balls
- Fractionated Coconut Oil