I have had so many people ask me: how can you afford to use essential oils?!
Honestly, the cost of essential oils is such a hindrance that many people never even start using them. I totally get that. Essential oils don’t run cheap these days.
I’ve seen a lot of companies selling essential oils with outrageous price tags because they are somehow more “therapeutic” or “higher quality” than the other oils on the market.
In some cases, they are right. In most cases, they are wrong.
I’m here to tell you that you can use essential oils on a budget! Even if you just have $20 to spend, you can find some great essential oils that will give you wonderful results.
In writing this post, it is REALLY important for me to mention that I’m not trying to sell you oils from any one company. I like to give a variety of reasonably priced (and reputable) suggestions from oils that I’ve actually used myself. Being an aromatherapist, I know how to choose wisely so that I’m getting a quality, therapeutic oil.
This post is NOT a plug for any direct sales business… I’m not mentioning any names, because I’m sure you’re all familiar with the essential oil direct sales companies.
This post DOES contain affiliate links to Amazon for oils that I’ve personally used and had great success with.
Now let me share with you my top 3 tips for using essential oils on a budget.
#1 Find a reputable, reasonably priced essential oils company
This is KEY to using essential oils on a budget. There are many companies out there peddling “essential oils” that are anything but essential oils. You have to be very careful with the wording used to describe the oils. The following tips will help you select a reputable essential oils company.
How to find a quality, reasonably priced essential oil:
- Buy from companies who source oils from their native origin
- Essential oils are only as good as their chemical make up. There are lots of factors that effect the makeup of an essential oil including: the location of where the botanical was grown, the time of year, drought/excessive rain, and other environmental conditions.
- If you need to know where an oil should come from, I suggest reading Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety 2nd edition or Julia Lawless’s The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils .
- Check the chemical name of the essential oil
- Essential oils are often sold under many different chemical names (or chemotypes). For example, when buying Lavender essential oil, you want to go with Lavendula angustifolia and NOT Lavendula officianalis. These are two totally different oils that will give you different therapeutic benefits.
- Check to see if companies offer GC/MS datasheets
- GC/MS datasheets stand for gas chromatography, mass spectometry data information sheets. They basically are reports that tell the chemical makeup of each essential oil by percentages of each chemical component.
- It’s not important that you know exactly how to read these sheets, though it is helpful when you are using essential oils. What is important is that when a company offers these sheets, it means they are having their oils tested and are willing to provide the results. This should certify that the oils are made up of what the should be made of.
- A certified aromatherapist will be able to read the GC/MS datasheets to tell you if the oils are comprised of the correct chemicals and at the correct percentages.
- These GC/MS datasheets should be done by independent companies and should be done with each batch of specific oils (check for dates!)
- Make sure the company is selling “therapeutic grade” and “undiluted” essential oils
- That means that the oils are okay for therapeutic use and that they are pure essential oils.
- Many companies will dilute the oils with a carrier oil which means you are getting less product for your money. Now I suggest using a carrier oil in blends where you are using the oil directly on the skin, but you cannot use essential oils diluted with a carrier oil in your diffuser.
#2 Buy a few oils that serve many purposes
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, choose oils that can be used in a variety of situations. A few oils I suggest to those learning about essential oils are:
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Sweet Orange essential oil
- Spearmint essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
#3 Use your oils wisely
Proper dilution of oils is not only important for your health, but also for your budget. Some recipes call for an insane amount of essential oils which will quickly deplete your stash.
I choose to follow the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy’s guidelines for safe essential oil dilution. You can find them here. I love these guidelines because they give the dilution rates for many different modes of application.
Do you have any tips on making your oils last longer? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!