If you are new to essential oils, you may feel a little overwhelmed with the many essential oil accessories available. It can be hard to know where to start, so we decided to compile a top 10 list for you. Of course, everyone has their own opinion on what they would include in their top 10 list, but we thought we would share the items we see used the most among essential oil users.
In order to use essential oils properly, you need to know what to use them for (and how to do it safely). Modern Essentials™ is the number-one resource for information about essential oils. It provides the science behind the oils, ways to incorporate essential oils into your lifestyle, information about each single oil and oil blend, and even a personal usage guide that is organized alphabetically according to ailments so you can quickly see which oils can be used for various conditions. Modern Essentials™ also has a dilution chart to help you know when and how much to dilute each oil. Educating yourself with the Modern Essentials™ book can turn you into a confident essential oil user!
2. Carrier Oil
A carrier oil is used for diluting essential oils for topical application. This is especially important when using strong essential oils and when using essential oils on those with sensitive skin, including children and pregnant women. If you or anyone near you experiences a reaction (heat, rash, or contact in eyes or other sensitive areas), you will want to have a carrier oil on hand to help deal with the issue. Carrier oils can also be used to make various body care products and massage blends. Fractionated Coconut Oil is a very common all-purpose carrier oil. Sweet Almond Oil is a great choice for massage and use with children. Coconut Oil makes a simple, natural cream-like base for various products. And olive oil is often used in emergency dilution situations. Click here for more information about carrier oils and their purposes.
An essential oil diffuser can be used for therapeutic and aromatic purposes. “The easiest and simplest way of putting the oils into the air for inhalation is to use a nebulizing diffuser. . . . When diffused, essential oils have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and to help create greater physical and emotional harmony” (Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, p. 60).
Click here for more information about the different types of diffusers available.
Whether you have only a few oils or several dozen, you will want at least one carrying case, if not more. AromaTools™ has a huge selection of carrying cases for various sizes of bottles in many different colors and styles. Many people have a larger case that helps them store their oils at home, a smaller case to hold a few they can travel with, and an even smaller case with sample-size vials that can clip on their bag.
Many people like to keep sample-size vials on them in case they need an oil or want to give a little away to someone else to try. These small bottles are convenient to take anywhere so your oils are available whenever you have a need. These tiny plastic pipettes also come in handy when filling up sample bottles. This handy oil key helps remove the orifice reducers or roll-on tops for various size bottles.
Roll-on bottles allow you to dilute or blend your own essential oils ahead of time for topical application. Roll-on bottles are also a great way to rub oils on your skin without getting your hands oily. They are an easy way to allow children to safely apply oils to themselves, because the oils have already been correctly diluted. AromaTools™ sells various sizes ranging from 1 ml (20 drops) to 30 ml (1 oz. or 600 drops). The most commonly used sizes are 1/6 oz. (5 ml) and 1/3 oz. (10 ml), though the tiny roll-ons are also popular for keeping in a sample case. To put together a roll-on bottle, simply add the essential oil(s) and fill the rest of the bottle up with fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Make sure to follow dilution guidelines found in Modern Essentials™.
One of the best ways to take essential oils internally is with the aid of empty capsules. Using capsules not only allows one to bypass any unpleasant tastes, but also enables the oils to descend to the right area of the body before dissolving to allow for greater absorption. Click here for more information about the use of capsules and the different kinds available from AromaTools™.
Another way to take essentials internally is to add 1–2 drops to your water or other drinks. Because essential oils can break down plastics, you want to make sure that you are using a glass or metal cup or water bottle when using essential oils. AromaTools™ offers a few oil-safe water bottles as well as glass and stainless steel straws.
If you are using essentials oils in an effort to reduce toxins in your home, then you will want to have some spray bottles on hand. You can even get a small spray top that will fit a regular essential oil bottle to help you make use of the last remnants of oil. Glass spray bottles can be used for various purposes such as creating your own air fresheners, linen sprays, cleaning sprays, cooking sprays, perfumes, etc. Check out some of our recipes that use spray bottles here.
10. Dropper Bottles and Dispensing Tools
Dropper bottles are especially useful for situations when you need a specific number of drops. Many people use them to create diluted mixtures for taking essential oils internally with capsules. Others find dropper tops useful when cooking. AromaTools™ has dropper tops that fit on your regular 5 ml and 15 ml essential oil bottles, so you can use the bottles you already have. You can also use dropper tops to fill sample bottles or transfer oils to other containers. AromaTools™ also carries various dispensing tools that can also be used for transferring essential oils, including the popular Fine-Tip Plastic Disposable Pipette.
Do you have other items that you would include in your “Top Must-Have Essential Oil Accessories” list?