If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably heard the buzz about essential oils the past few years. While the renewed hype about them might be recent, essential oils are nothing new. Lauren, one of the founders of Hello Well Co., calls essential oils the “lifeblood” of the plant – they are the first medicine’s humans used. All early civilizations had were plants + natural resources. Essential oils are extracted from the plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark, or fruit, much in the same way earlier generations sourced them. I’ve always been curious about essential oils with my peppermint roller from Walgreens. Lauren was kind enough to answer some questions about what beginners need to know about essential oils + how they’ve impacted her.
I met Lauren through a blogger group. Last August, we took the leap from internet friends to meeting IRL at Blogger Xchange‘s XPo event. Lauren has been an essential oil believer since 2014, but she + business partner Kat wanted to do a more than just get oils into people’s hands. They wanted to provide education + give customers a community to talk not just about oils, but also wellness + lifestyle. Lauren + Kat even offer a course that details what beginners need to know about essential oils. Check out our interview below + continue scrolling for details on an amazing giveaway courtesy of Hello Well Co.
What Beginners Need to Know About Essential Oils
What can essential oils be used for? Essential oils are used for a wide variety of things. Sleep support, sore muscle, focus, skin support, hormone support, seasonal issues, support the immune system, teething babies, the list goes on! Be open to researching + exploring uses on your own to cover everything beginners need to know about essential oils or check out Hello Well Co.
What carrier oils should be used? When trying to support your immune system, favorites are Fractionated Coconut oil or Grapeseed oil. When making your open beauty serum, (clean + you know what is in your products) I use Jojoba oil, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, and Rosehip oil. There are amazing carrier oils out there, it’s just learning what works best with your skin.
Where can I buy essential oils? You can buy essential oils in so many mainstream stores now but they are not created equal. I only trust brands who have systems put in place to test the soil, seed, distilling process, and each bottle of oil (26 tests per unit with Young Living).
Essential Oil Safety
How do I know if my oils are “good?” You can begin by doing your own research before buying from the brand. Don’t buy on a whim! Unfortunately, the FDA does not regulate the essential oil industry + brands are allowed to do something called “greenwashing”. This is where brands can label their oils “natural”, “organics”, and add trees + leaves to their logo to mislead you into thinking it’s a safe product. And what I mean by safe product is that many of these companies have less than 5% of the actual oil + then fill the rest of the bottle with synthetic fragrance.
What could the consequences of bad oils be? You do not want [bad oils] on you or near your children, this is something beginners need to know about essential oils. It wreaks havoc on hormones when our bodies try to metabolize these molecules. Here is a tip: Buy from a company that you can walk onto their fields, ask questions, and see the distilling process. Young Living has an open door policy + is extremely transparent about their growing process. In addition, the Young family has spent decades inventing machinery, organic growing systems, and so much more.
How should oils be stored/what safety measures need to be taken? Taking care of your oils is something beginners need to know about essential oils. Store your oils in a dry, cool area, away from direct sunlight. When beginning to use topically, use a carrier oil such as coconut oil combined with a drop of oil to see how your body reacts to it. The best place to start using oils is not the bottom of your feet! You will experience the benefits of oils + it is the least sensitive skin. There are important dilution ratios when using with children.
How You Can Use Essential Oils
How can they be used on your body? It depends on what you are trying to address. If you are struggling with seasonal issues, rolling a blend on your sinus cavities, neck, and across your shoulders gives amazing relief. If you are struggling with sickness, up the spin, on the feet, and behind the ears. We like to address issues with Vita Flex Points. There are amazing resources out there that can explain where + why. If you are trying to support your hormones, the inner ankles are a direct point to your reproductive organs.
How can they be used in your home? First + most important, oils + diffusers can replace candles. Get those out of your homes as soon as possible. Second, dryer sheets. They are full of toxic chemicals so we use wool dryer balls with drops of oil! We clean every surface of our home with Thieves cleaner, which has been proven to kill more germs than Lysol + bleach but completely safe around children. One of my favorite + most effective ways is when I clean my bathroom, I use Thieves cleaner, Lemon essential oil, and baking soda. You won’t find anything that cleans better! You can cook with oils such as oregano, nutmeg, cinnamon bark, orange, lemon, and lime. We love flavoring our icing for cookies or a donut glaze with orange or cinnamon bark!
What changes have you seen personally? The list is endless! I fell in love with oils 5 years ago after needing emotional support after entering into a season of being a Foster parent. The oils helped me survive the roller coaster of the system. I’ve used them to rid the toxic items out of my home that was interrupting my endocrine system + messing with my hormones. They’ve been an amazing tool during birth + postpartum. Lastly, they’ve been an amazing resource to support my entire families immune systems + toddler tantrums!
Getting to Know the Oils
What are common oils + their uses? The common oils are the following: Lavender: skin + sleep support. Lemon: energizing, digestion support, and my son decided it was his emotional support oil! You learn along the way what oils you gravitate to! Raven: respiratory support. Frankincense: “baby Jesus” oil. Emotional support + AMAZING for the skin. Progessence Plus: made from wild yams that have bioidentical progesterone to a human that helps women who struggle with a tough cycle, skin issues, and hormones imbalances. Peppermint: uplifting + a favorite for head tension. PanAway: great for sore muscles.
What are common blends + their uses? Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint: seasonal issues. Peppermint, Copaiba: head tension. Progessence Plus: made from wild yams that have a bioidentical progesterone to humans that helps to support women who have a tough cycle, skin + hormone issues, and I have seen so many women who have had HUGE success with this oil along. DM me for testimony with pregnancy, postpartum, and weight loss. Valor: known as the “bravery” oil that helps with feeling overwhelmed. Stress Away: the name explains itself!
Hopefully, this interview with Lauren has taught you everything beginners need to know about essential oils! If you’re ready to dive in, get a starter kit as I did. It comes with an adorable diffuser + 10 oils. If you’re not totally sold, head over to my Instagram + enter for your chance to win THREE amazing rollers (Sleep, Energy, and Immunity) courtesy of Hello Well Co. I’m a little jealous I can’t win!
Shout out to Krissy Leigh Creative + Hello Well Co. for the images in this post!