Week of Wellness: Lotions and Potions

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The Week of Wellness classes at the Eleve™ Event Center continue, and this post is from the “Lotions and Potions” class taught by Tamalu Watkins, an experienced massage therapist and essential oil user.

Lotions and Potions

Topical application of essential oils is a great way to apply oils, since the skin absorbs the oils quickly. Using lotion as your base for applying oils not only allows you to create custom blends that will last longer with fewer oil drops, but it also ensures that the oils are properly diluted for those with sensitive skin or children.

Making the Lotion

Making your own lotion is easier than you might think, and, because you made it, you know what you are putting on your skin.

One thing people often worry about when making their own lotion is if it will go bad (i.e. rancid or moldy). According to Tamalu, to prevent your lotions from going bad, just make sure all of your equipment and dishes are clean, your hands are clean, and you are using fresh ingredients.

Basic Body Cream Brochure

Tamalu provides a great lotion base recipe in her brochure Basic Body Cream. She lists the specific oils she uses but also mentions that you basically need 4 oz. of hard oils, 6 oz. of soft oils, and 9 oz. of distilled water. You will need about 45–90 drops of essential oils for the whole batch.

During the class, Tamalu shared with us her method and tips for making lotion. Start by heating water on the stove in a pan. Next, measure the hard oils (oils that are solid at room temperature such as beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and mango butter) into a glass measuring cup. Tamalu suggests measuring by weight with a scale because this allows you to have a consistent end product each time you make a batch and also allows you to make substitutions easily. Melt the hard oils by placing the glass measuring cup in the pan of simmering water, stirring often.

Melt OilsWhile the hard oils are melting, measure out the soft oils (oils that are liquid at room temperature such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, shea oil, fractionated coconut oil, or olive oil) in another glass dish on the scale. NOTE: You do not want to melt these soft oils with the hard oils because it can really change the soft oils. For example, if olive oil is heated with the beeswax, the olive oil takes on a smell that will be difficult to mask.

Once the hard oils are melted, add the soft oils to the hard oils. Mix together until blended, and gently warm just until the oils have mixed together. Remove the oils from the heat.

In another glass measuring cup or medium glass bowl, pour in the right amount of distilled water. Place the glass dish in the simmering water, and warm until lukewarm to room temperature. NOTE: Only use distilled water! The minerals in other water can cause a chemical reaction when emulsified with the oils and ruin your lotion.

Whisk Oils and Water TogetherOnce the water is warm, remove the dish from the stove, and turn off the heat. Place an immersion blender in the water, and start blending. While continuing to blend, slowly pour the oil mixture into the water. As you blend, you will hear a change and feel the lotion thicken.

When you think you are done blending the lotion, leave it alone for a few minutes. If, when you come back, you find the water has separated out, that means you haven’t blended it enough. Blend it up again if needed. If the water doesn’t separate within the first few minutes of leaving it, then it means it emulsified properly and won’t separate later.

Now that the lotion is complete, you can add your essential oils to the entire batch or spoon (with a clean spoon or wooden craft sticks) the lotion out into smaller containers before adding the essential oils.

Words of Wisdom from Tamalu Watkins

“You cannot give without receiving.” As you rub oils and massage them into others, you also receive the benefits of the oils through the contact with your hands. As you massage, add the oils AFTER the deep massage, and use a light touch to stimulate the nerves. This increases the effectiveness of the oil application.

Another way to increase the effectiveness of the oils, Tamalu says, is to put socks on after rubbing the lotion (with oils) on your feet. Water also helps “drive” the oils into the skin; so take a shower or bath after rubbing the lotion and oils on your skin.

If you tend to have dry skin, these lotions will keep your skin soft for a long while. You usually don’t have to reapply as often as other lotions unless you are trying to heal a burn or other skin injury.

We hope you give lotion-making a try because we know you will love being able to give your skin a natural moisturizer and customize your lotion to your own needs with essential oils!

About the Presenter


TamaluWatkinsTamalu Watkins is an educator, massage therapist, author, mother of 9, and grandmother of 3 healthy, happy, and active children. Nutrition, essential oils, and essential oil application have been her focus for most of the past 20 years. You won’t regret time spent learning from her years of applied study.

Week of Wellness: A Simple View of Chakras

Connie Boucher’s class “Live Shine-Y” continued the Week of Wellness celebration by AromaTools™ for the Grand Opening of our new retail store in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Look for more blog posts this week about our free classes—all held in the beautiful Elevé Event Center on the second floor above the AromaTools™ store.

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Live Shine-Y! A Simple View of Chakras.

With origins in Eastern philosophy, the concept of chakras—energy centers in the body—seems mysterious to many people. Connie Boucher—massage therapist and holistic health coach—made understanding and balancing chakras easier in her engaging class.

YogaPoseThink of the seven chakras in the body as forming an aligned, vertical connection through yourself from earth to heaven. The aim of balancing chakras is to help you feel more harmonized with the physical world, with your relationships (including with yourself), and with your higher power.

Working from the inside out is key to Connie’s philosophy. You first have to get rid of negative energy within to make a place for positive energy. Then that positive energy can flow out of you to change your world. “I can recommend certain essential oils that I use for the different chakras,” explains Connie. “You can use other oils and get the same results. The oils carry amazing energy vibrations. But your own positive intentions, thoughts, words, and actions are the most important thing.”

Connie’s daily chakra balancing routine begins after her morning shower. Standing upright, she applies oils on each chakra while looking in the mirror and reciting verbal affirmations. “I think of a declaration for each chakra: something I want to become or improve on in that area. I speak it in the present tense, as if it were already reality, for that is the reality I want to create.”

As you stand up straight and tall, you might imagine a tree and work from the roots upward to balance your chakras. (The colors associated with the chakras are significant for some people, too, when forming mental images.)
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  1. Root: Color—red; Location—base of spine (or bottoms of feet); Oil—Grounding Blend. “Imagine yourself mentally letting stress flow out of you down through your roots. Then take in nutrients up through the roots,” suggests Connie. “The root chakra is about owning your own space, feeling that you belong in this world. You want to become stable, safe, grounded, secure.”
  2. Sacral: Color—orange; Location—below the navel; Oil—wild orange. This chakra resides near the sexual organs. “This is where we create, dream, and find passion and excitement for life. Imagine a full tire and then a flat one. Without purpose, depression can reside here.”
  3. Solar Plexus: Color—yellow; Location—above the navel; Oil—lime. “This is our center between earth and heaven, our sense of self, and our give and take with others.”
  4. Heart: Color—green; Location—heart; Oil—lemon. “Lemon helps soften the walls we may have built up around our heart. We sometimes need to ask ourselves whether we would like to be right in our negative feelings about a situation or person or whether we would like to be happy. We have to let go of the one to receive the other.”
  5. Throat: Color—blue; Location—center of throat/neck; Oil—bergamot. “This is where truth resides. Lying and gossip hurt here. We want to feel comfortable with our true voice. But fear is big here: either of hurting others or being misjudged and hurt by them. If you have painful things to express, write them out by hand. Then you can speak the truth in a positive way.”
  6. Third Eye: Color—indigo/purple; Location—middle of forehead; Oil—clary sage. “This is where we connect with intuition and our ability to make decisions. So often we look outside ourselves for answers when we already know what we believe and what we want.”
  7. Crown: Color—violet to white; Location—top of the head; Oil—frankincense or Joyful Blend. “This chakra is a twin, or sister, to the Third Eye. This is the top of our tree, where we connect with divine energy and receive inspiration. Prayer and meditation strengthen this chakra. Here we listen and receive what we need.”

Connie shared many favorite quotes about the vital importance in life of finding “how to do what we came here to do and be what we came here to be.” Ask yourself, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” Then realize, “If you don’t decide what you want and create a future for yourself, you will get what someone else has planned for you.” In other words: “Live intentionally, not by default.”

And at the end of the day, “Don’t die with your music still in you.”

For more of Connie’s wisdom, see her books and CD at AromaTools.com. AromaTools™ also carries various information on the subject of chakras.

About the Presenter


ConnieBoucherConnie Boucher is a holistic health coach, massage therapist, self-help author, the owner of Super Simple Wellness, wellness coach, wife, mom, and grandma. A combination of her massage schooling, a wide range of natural healing workshops, real-life experiences, and a wholehearted desire to improve herself and her surroundings, have all shaped her thinking and given her a unique perspective on life.

Week of Wellness: Take the Urgency Out of Emergency

Yesterday, we were pleased to host a class called “Take the Urgency Out of Emergency” taught by author Tamalu Watkins in our new Elevé™ Event Center. This class was part of our Week of Wellness to celebrate the grand opening of our new AromaTools™ retail store in Pleasant Grove, UT. This post covers the highlights of what was taught in that class.

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Emergency Essential Oils Kit

The first step to having a truly useful emergency essential oils kit is learning how to use oils to benefit your family today with their everyday health concerns. This competence is the key to a customized kit and the confidence to use it, says Tamalu Watkins—a mother, grandmother, massage therapist, author, and essentials oils educator.

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Do members of your family have allergy, respiratory, digestive, or blood pressure issues? Then, oils that address those ailments must not only be part of your emergency kit but also part of your mastered skill set. Your everyday needs will only intensify in a time of emergency. And that’s before anything else that an accident, sudden illness, or epidemic may throw your way. In other words, “practice makes permanent.” Determine to develop a skill set that will help you intuitively respond better when a crisis comes.

After your personalized oils, add other combinations and blends suitable for any emergency: calming (for victims and yourself as responder), cleansing, protective, respiratory, etc. For example, through years of having sons who play contact sports, Tamalu added bergamot to her kit for protection against head trauma.

What to Include in Your Kit

FirstAidBoxTo round things out, here is Tamalu’s basic supply list to equip you as a ready “first responder” in emergencies:

  • Empty Gelatin Capsules for taking essential oils orally or as suppositories.
  • Vegetable Glycerin as a carrier oil for taking oils orally (especially for children who can’t swallow capsules). A couple of drops of lemon (and a drop of oregano for adults) in a spoonful of glycerin can help soothe a sore throat or cough—the glycerin is naturally sweet and will not compromise the immune system or become dangerous over time like commercial cough syrups. To soothe cracked, bleeding skin, add a drop each of lavender and fractionated coconut oil to a glycerin base, and apply topically.
  • Baking soda for aiding detoxification. Make a paste, and spread it over affected areas. Add a drop of Purifying Blend for insect bites or a combination of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus for rashes.
  • Epsom Salts for detoxification as well as for reducing swelling and pain. Add to water to soak a sprain, strain, or bruise.
  • Fractionated coconut oil for diluting essential oils when massaging a large area or applying to sensitive skin.
  • Hydrogen peroxide for applying to wounds to loosen embedded materials.
  • Mustard plaster for a disaster in which lungs are affected. Use with caution, especially on small children and pets. Basic recipe: 3 heaping tablespoons dry mustard, 5 heaping tablespoons flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and water. Combine dry ingredients, and add enough water for a thick paste. The wetter the plaster, the “hotter” it becomes. Do not apply it directly to the skin. Spread it on a clean rag, or—better yet—spread between two old, clean t-shirts and then wear the double t-shirt. Discard the rag or t-shirts after treatment, and rinse the skin.
  • A variety of bandages and self-adhering sports wrapping tape for dressing all types of wounds. Rinse the wound with clean water, if possible. For embedded debris, soak with hydrogen peroxide to loosen, and then rinse. Drop lavender, melaleuca, or other soothing oils or blends onto the wound to cleanse, reduce pain, and promote healing. Seal with fractionated coconut oil (or other ointment), and cover with a gauze sponge. Wrap with gauze roll, and secure with self-adhering tape.

Knowledge Is Power

Tamalu’s ultimate objective for emergency preparedness is this: “Drop me—or you—into any situation with oils in hand, and we can come out OK because our knowledge will make a difference for good.” To benefit from Tamalu’s 20 years of experience with essential oils, check out her pamphlets, brochures, and books at AromaTools.com.

About the Presenter


TamaluWatkinsTamalu Watkins is an educator, massage therapist, author, mother of 9, and grandmother of 3 healthy, happy, and active children. Nutrition, essential oils, and essential oil application have been her focus for most of the past 20 years. You won’t regret time spent learning from her years of applied study.

Essential Tips for Taking Care of YOURSELF While You’re Taking Care of Others

WOW-bannerThis week, at AromaTools™, is our Week of Wellness, and we are offering a series of posts that correspond with the free classes being held at our Pleasant Grove, UT, location from various essential oil experts. Check back throughout the week to see what great information is being shared!

This post is from a friend of ours, Jennifer Antkowiak. Jen has had personal experience being a caregiver and has a passion for helping other family caregivers. Along with being the creator of a corporate wellness program for caregivers, she is also a nationally certified fitness instructor, a gold-ranked member of an essential oil company, and a mother of five children.

How to Take Care of YOURSELF While You’re Taking Care of Others

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed. Are you feeling the effects of spreading yourself too thin? Maybe you’re having trouble getting enough sleep or you’re not eating well. Maybe you’re struggling to manage stress. Maybe you’re taking care of a sick or elderly family member, and you feel you just don’t have enough time to take care of yourself. I can help you fix that by showing you how to get back on track with taking care of YOU.

Think for a minute…what have you done for YOURSELF lately? I’m not talking about something that you had to do; I mean something that you wanted to do—just for you…just for fun!

In our busy worlds, it’s easy to let self-care slip to a back burner, and that shift is having devastating results:

  • 79% of caregivers say they need help with things such as “finding time for myself, managing my emotional and physical stress, and balancing work and family responsibilities.”
  • 59% work and manage caregiving responsibilities at the same time.
  • 40% of women and 26% of men caregivers rate their emotional stress levels at 4 or 5 out of 5 (statistics from AARP).

We take care of our families, jobs, and homes because we love them and need them. But we only have so many hours in a day, and the more we’re called into action for each of those things, the less time we have for ourselves. Letting go of making ourselves a priority puts our health at risk and strips us of the strength and energy we need to do the things we want.

I found out about this in a big way when I was a primary caregiver for my mother-in-law and father-in-law. Taking care of my in-laws opened my eyes to the struggles that family caregivers deal with every minute of every day. We don’t get enough sleep. We don’t eat well. We don’t exercise. We lose connection with friends and family.

Living in this way, strangely, starts to feel “normal.” And after a little while, we don’t even recognize that we’re living in an unhealthy way.

So how do get yourself back on your radar? In my books, talks, and workshops, I teach people to focus on baby steps—little ten minute chunks of time to grab and maximize. Can ten minutes really make a difference? Yes!

Within just seconds, you can increase your heart rate, move more oxygen through your system, and trigger the brain to release chemicals you need to either power up or relax!

To jumpstart your journey back to self-care so you can start feeling better fast, let’s focus on the areas of life that are the core of health and wellness: Sleep, Nutrition, and Fitness.

Sleep

In doing research for my books, I visited sleep labs in medical centers and saw how doctors observe and treat people with sleep disorders. To help people get better quality sleep, they keep the room dark—no TVs or cell phones on at bedtime. They also talk with patients about the importance of creating and maintaining a nighttime routine.

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For me, it starts about an hour before bed with a cup of green tea with a honey stick infused with lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oil. It’s sold as an Allergy Blend, but I love it for the relaxing properties of lavender, the uplifting nature of lemon, and the digestive support from peppermint oil. For me, it sends a signal that it’s time to wind down. I also keep a spray bottle of lavender essential oil in our bedroom to spritz bedding and curtains and a roller ball bottle of lavender essential oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil that makes it quick and easy to roll a little on the bottoms of my feet.

Nutrition

Focusing on nutrition in self-care most often simply means making the time to eat! I know many people who gain weight, not because they’re eating too much, but because they’re skipping meals. That really throws the metabolism out of whack, and it can be tough to get it moving again! Consistency pays off here––make sure to keep a steady flow of fuel to the body to allow it to work the way it’s made to work!

AT_WaterBottleIt’s important to pay attention to staying hydrated as part of our talk about nutrition. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. I like to add a few drops of a Metabolic Blend of essential oils, which includes grapefruit, lemon, clove, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon, to a glass water bottle. I drink this between meals, and I especially like it during a workout. It boosts my energy and allows me to get the most out of exercise.

I also love to use essential oils in cooking to add nutrition and therapeutic benefits. There are some great recipes in a book co-created by my friend Ruthi Bosco called Everyday Cooking with Essential Oils.

Fitness

Last (for now), let’s look at how to bump up your fitness level. If you’re like many overwhelmed people that I know, you’re thinking I’m a little nuts to suggest you leap off the couch and go for a jog. “I thought you understood, Jen… I’m TIRED!” Guess what? You may be tired because you’re not moving enough! Strange, but true—more activity equals more energy!

WomanRunningSo, to get you moving more, start in baby steps. Aim for a little ten minute walk to get you going. Soon, you’ll learn to love that time for yourself. Your body will actually crave it and want more! I do some of my best thinking during a nice long walk. The movement is good for the muscles and also for the brain—for stress relief. You may not believe it now; but trust me, your workout will become a mini vacation!

Exercise provides a much needed mental break.

I’m a nationally certified fitness instructor, and I teach a variety of aerobic and strength–based classes. I’ve been thrilled to see how Soothing Blends of essential oils help to support healthy muscles and joints and allow people who didn’t think they were able to move much at all to start exercising again! In fact, I like to keep samples with me to share with people who could benefit from them. A drop of orange or lemon essential oil mixed with a drop of peppermint in a glass water bottle is a refreshing energy boost before, during, and after a workout! And, I like to keep a little plastic spray bottle of peppermint oil and water in my gym bag—just a spray cools me down right away!

Think about how you can pull just one of these tips to take better care of yourself today. I want you to care for yourself with wild abandon! No guilt! Be confident in knowing that there’s BIG power in those little minutes. Taking even a little time for yourself will work wonders in keeping you healthy, strong, and happy for everyone else. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you through this blog.

Which area of self-care do you want to focus on first?

About the Author

JenniferAntkowiakJennifer Antkowiak has a 20-year career as a trusted, beloved, Emmy award–winning television news anchor and reporter. She currently anchors the early morning news on KDKA-TV (CBS Pittsburgh). Jen has a special connection with viewers, who say they appreciate her warmth, wit, and wisdom.

Personal caregiving experiences fuel Jennifer’s passionate mission to help family caregivers. She founded Jennifer Cares (www.JenniferCares.com), which provides information and products that make life easier for caregivers, and is a caregiver, author, coach, and advocate. She’s a sought-after speaker and creator of a corporate wellness program for caregivers. And, Jennifer is a nationally certified fitness instructor who teaches classes with a focus on stress relief, weight loss, and fun. She is in development of at-home fitness programs for caregivers.

Jennifer is working to educate and empower people to be healers in their homes through the use of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for natural, effective support for help with physical and emotional issues. She is a passionate gold-ranked member of an essential oil company, and her team continues to break records for growth and momentum.

Jennifer and her husband, Joe, have five children. They live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Would you like to be a guest author? Click here for details.

Thank you, Jen, for sharing your knowledge and experience with us!

Three Awesome Tools from Leadership

We really enjoyed the Leadership Retreat in Anaheim, CA, this year! We had so many great discussions with the leaders who came into our space. In case you missed this event, here are three great tools we have available for everyone: Social Media, Modern Essentials, and our Events Program.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Have you seen the newest videos we’ve made available on YouTube? These videos quickly highlight some of the fantastic ways essential oils can be used. Check out this example below!

These new videos are great for teaching about a single essential oil and its primary uses. Try sharing one of these videos at the beginning of your next essential oil class!

You can also find AromaTools™ on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. On each of these social media platforms, we share essential oil recipes, craft ideas, business-building tips, class ideas, new products, coupon codes, and essential oil spotlights.

Some of the leaders indicated during the retreat that they follow us on Facebook but don’t ever get updates in their newsfeed. If this is a problem that you are having, let’s get it fixed! You don’t want to miss out on another recipe, class idea, coupon code, or contest! Follow the instructions in the following image:

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This blog is one of our favorite ways to connect with our customers. We are currently looking for individuals who may be interested in being guest bloggers for us. So be on the lookout for those posts in the future, and let us know if you are interested in writing a post yourself. Learn more about this opportunity on our Call for Guest Bloggers post.

MODERN ESSENTIALS

The Modern Essentials family of resources can help you in a variety of situations. We are currently working on multiple translations of the Modern Essentials book. By the end of this year, we anticipate having translations for the 6th edition Modern Essentials in the following languages: Korean, Dutch, German, Slovak, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified/Traditional).

Each person who came to pick up their free book during the retreat received a handout that included the following information regarding compliance and the Modern Essentials book.

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EVENTS PROGRAM

AromaTools™ has many resources to help support you with your events. One of the lesser known resources that we were pleased to share with Leadership attendees is our Events Resources page. On this page of our website, you will find the Happenings newsletter with current promotions, recipes, and product spotlights; a PDF version of the most current AromaTools™ catalog; and links to essential ideas, our YouTube channel, and the AromaTools™ Event App. All of these resources are available to you for free to help enhance your classes.

Thank you for letting us share some fun things about our company that we included as part of the Leadership Event. We look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Regional Events in May!

Would You Like AromaTools® to Be at Your Event?

Do you teach classes or hold other essential oil events? Would you like free catalogs and pens to hand out to let your students know where they can purchase the book Modern Essentials or other essential oil–related products, such as bottles, bags, and diffusers? If so, you will want to see what we have to offer!

Have AromaTools at your next meeting!

We, at AromaTools®, recently started a program to send you free stuff to give away at your events. We will send catalogs, pens, AromaTools® gift certificates, or products to give away. Just remember to give us a 2 weeks notice so you can receive your free goodies in time for your big day.

If you would like to be a part of this program, click here to fill out our event submission form.

Another fun way to have us at your event is to show a video about the book Modern Essentials or AromaTools®. We have created a few videos that can be used for a quick break or as a fun introduction to how Modern Essentials can benefit essential oil users. Each video differs in style, so you can find one to suit your needs.

AromaTools™ Groundbreaking in Pleasant Grove, UT

Last Wednesday, we broke ground at our new retail store location in Pleasant Grove, UT. We are excited to be expanding and moving to this larger location where will will be able to offer so many more conveniences to our customers.

This new AromaTools™ retail store will be located at 439 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd in Pleasant Grove, UT.

Future Home of AromaTools

Plans for the New AromaTools™ Building:

    • This new building will feature an expanded shopping area to better accommodate more people and make products more accessible.
    • The new building will have a separate will-call pickup area for those who place their orders online in advance, allowing for faster service. This will-call pickup area will have designated parking spaces close by for added convenience.
    • The second level of the new building will hold several meeting rooms with movable dividing walls to accommodate multiple classes at the same time or one large class (up to 3400 total square feet available). These meeting rooms feature 10 ft. windows with breathtaking views of the mountains. A full catering kitchen will also be available for use during events, and the bathrooms will include changing rooms for events where massage techniques are being taught.
    • This new building will be fully wheel chair accessible with handicap parking and elevator access to the second floor.
    • Building completion is scheduled for Fall 2014.

Highlights of the Ceremony

We would like to thank all those who attended the groundbreaking ceremony. It was an exciting and memorable experience. We enjoyed hearing several brief speakers––including Adrianne and Evan Thomas, the project architect, the general contractor, and AromaTools™ owners Alan and Connie Higley. Each expressed their excitement for this project and what it will mean for the future of AromaTools™ and our ability to offer additional services to our customers.

After the short ceremony, the Higleys along with their family put on their hard hats and construction vests and broke ground with their golden shovels. Everyone had the opportunity to join in and turn a little dirt, even the children!

We are thrilled to have this building project under way, and we are thankful for the support of all our loyal customers who have helped to make this project and our success as a company possible.

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Make Each Sample You Give Away Count

As an essential oil business builder, the greatest tools that you have are the essential oils themselves. When you give someone the opportunity to try out a sample of essential oil for the first time, the oil will speak for itself. Once someone has had a positive essential oil experience, they are much more likely to want to learn more about essential oils and to want to try more essential oils and essential oil–based products. They will be excited and enthusiastic about essential oils and the business plan, because they know for themselves that essential oils really work!

If you make essential oils a part of your everyday life, you will find opportunities to share them. People will wonder what that scent is that you are wearing or ask what you are doing to stay so healthy. But you need to make sure that when those questions do come you are prepared to answer them and you are prepared to help the person asking the questions to have an essential oil experience of their own.

Just imagine this scenario: You are sitting on a bench at a park in your neighborhood watching your kids play when another parent comes and sits down next to you. You start talking, and the topic comes up of what you do for work. You mention that you are an essential oil Wellness Advocate, and the other parent is curious and starts asking you questions about what that means. As you talk about essential oils, what they are, and why you use them, you keep thinking, “If only I had an essential oil on me to share.”

The most effective time to share oils is right when someone is interested in learning more—not later when the excitement has died down. So make sure you are always prepared with essential oil samples to share whenever someone shows interest.

At AromaTools™, we carry a large number of tools designed specifically to help you share essential oils with others, so that you are never caught unprepared to share when someone is interested. Below are just a few of those products.

Sample Vials

We offer a number of different sizes and colors of sample vials; choose a size and style that works for your needs:

Labels

Make sure your sample vials are clearly labeled so you know what they contain and so that the people you give them to also know what they contain. Giving someone a “mystery vial” of oil isn’t nearly as effective as giving them an oil that is clearly labeled to identify its contents. AromaTools™ labels use our patented Oil Lock™ system. Our unique Oil Lock™ layer protects the labels from incidental oil contact and oil drips. Unlike ordinary labels, this layer keeps the oils from smearing or fading the ink when touched with oily fingers. It helps keep the labels looking crisp, clean, and professional—not faded and smudged.

Filling Tools

Inserting orifice reducers into vials and filling tiny vials with essential oils can be a tedious and messy process, so we offer a few tools to make the process easier––and cleaner. The O Presto allows you to easily insert orifice reducers into sample vials. And our Fine-Tip Disposable Pipettes feature a very small tip that easily fits inside the hole of the orifice reducer so that you can fill sample vials without the mess. The Oil Key for Orifice Reducers can help you easily remove the orifice reducer from a sample bottle, regular essential oil bottle, or roll-on bottle. This tool comes in handy when you need to remove the orifice reducer of either your essential oil bottle or your sample bottle to transfer oil.

Sample Cards and Brochures

If you give an essential oil to someone and they have no idea what to do with it, they likely won’t try it. Make sure that you include information about the oil so that the receiver knows how and what to use it for. You will also want to include your contact information on the sample card or brochure so that people can get back in touch with you when they want to know more. It’s a good idea to share first an oil that has a variety of uses and that is gentle on the skin so that a first-time user doesn’t accidentally have a negative first experience with the oil. Attaching a sample bottle to the information you give helps keep the information and oil together so both are available when needed. This 1/2″ hole punch is the perfect size for attaching a sample bottle to any paper product.

We offer a variety of different cards and brochures designed to accompany sample vials:

Sample Carrying Cases

Keeping essential oil samples on hand to give out when someone is interested is important so that you can share the oils while your contact is interested. Once you have created your sample bottles, you can store them in a sample vial case. Some cases include space to store your essential oil information as well. We offer a wide variety of sample vial cases; choose a size and style that works for your needs:

Information Resources

Always be prepared to answer any essential oil questions that are thrown at you. Make sure that you have access to resources where you can look up answers to your clients’ questions. The book Modern Essentials™ is going to be your greatest resource for finding in-depth information about each of the essential oils. Make sure you have a copy in your home library, and it’s a good idea to keep a copy in your car too for when you need it. We also offer the Mini Modern Essentials™ Usage Guide that contains key sections from the large Modern Essentials book in a more portable size and the “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet which contains basic oil usage suggestions and is the perfect size to keep in a pocket or purse so that you can have it with you all the time. This booklet is one of the best resources to leave in the hands of someone interested in the oils. And lastly, the Modern Essentials™ App is very handy to have on your phone because it contains many answers to questions that may arise at impromptu essential oil discussions.

Once you are prepared with the resources you need, you can confidently share essential oils with others and know that the samples you give away are going to make a difference because you and your clients are both armed with all of the tools for success. Next time you are at the park or the grocery store or the office, you won’t be left thinking, “If only I had a sample of essential oil on me.” Instead, you will find yourself educating, sharing, and building.

We’d love to hear your feedback! What are your favorite tools for sharing essential oils with others?

Updated on 02/17/16.