Essential Oils - Help?

Updated on February 08, 2017
M.6. asks from Woodbridge, NJ
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So I just received a cool mist diffuser for my office, which is meant for me to put essential oils into. I am super excited about this, but I am struggling with the whole essential oils purchase. Does it matter if you use "good oil" or is there no such thing - since I am breathing in the scent, maybe it is important to have a better oil? I was looking around on Amazon and the reviews are all over the map and usually it ends up being an issue with the "quality" of the oil being sold and whether the oil is "good" or not "good."

I don't really care if they are super long lasting other than I don't want to pay a ton for oil that stops smelling in 5 minutes. If I don't spend a lot, I'm not really expecting a lot, either. Conversely, if there is a reason to spend more - like better quality/better for me/last longer, etc., I am definitely open minded about it. Also, I would love to hear suggestions as to what kind of scents are good to have. Since it is in my office, probably not something that will make me feel too relaxed/sleepy :) Maybe happy uplifting scents? I don't have allergies or anything like that so I don't think I would have trouble tolerating any certain scent.


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answers from Cleveland on

Check out the website Using Essential Oils Safely (also their Facebook page). There is lots info on using essentials. Are you using this in a home office or at work? You need to take into consideration other people in your office if it is at work. Essential oils can interact with medicines and can cause health issues (i.e. some can act as blood thinner).

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answers from Norfolk on

I burn a nice scented candle every once in awhile but no scent is really detectable for long.
You get use to it and unless you are in and out of the room a lot you won't notice the scent after 10 minutes.

I'm somewhat seasonal with my scent preferences.
In fall I like apple/cider or pumpkin spice scents.
In winter I like Pine (like a Christmas tree).
In spring something floral is nice - like lilac.
In summer - coconut scent makes me think of the beach.
Vanilla is something that works well year round.
If I'm sick - I like Vicks Vapor Rub on my throat/chest where I can smell it.

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answers from Dallas on

I love my diffusers!!

I use DoTerra oils. It's just my preference and I honestly don't know if they are any better/worse than what you would get at Whole Foods or someplace like that.

One of my favorites for uplifting is Wild Orange. I also like lavender at bedtime.

Other favorites are peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus among many. I have a set of about 25 oils.

I use deep blue on my feet for my joints and on guard as something to help my immune system.

My friend sells them and I just order from her when I run low. I typically end up with my reorders being peppermint, lavender, lemon and wild orange. My daughter also enjoys the oils.

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answers from Cleveland on

Deterra is the one that I have heard of most ..good advertising I guess.

Some oils are more pure but if you are just looking to use them in a diffuser as opposed to rubbing them on your body I think you could just try out a cheaper version from amazon. To get started anyway.

Citrus sent will wake you up...I want to try is to calm and focus the mind which I feel would help with my worry and indecision

I use peppermint alot for headaches. Sniffing that works great

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answers from Oklahoma City on

If you like the smell of cloves and cinnamon I suggest Thieves Oil. It smells so scrumptious!

The story behind it is very interesting but the blend purifies the air if you diffuse it. If you use it internally it fights germs and viruses. It's a wonderful first choice if you like the way it smells.

I put 3 drops in the water and I smell it all day, I don't just run it 15 minutes like they say to purify the air. To me it's better than those Glade Plug Ins that smell like flowers and spices. Thieves Oil has medicinal purposes too.

I think that Young Living Oils are truly wonderful. They last and last and last. I know they're expensive, sticker shock for sure, but I still have nearly a full bottle of Peppermint (I use about 1/8th what the recipe calls for when I use it for cooking), more than half a bottle of Orange, can't tell I've even used any of the Lemon, and more. They just go on and on and on.

It's using drops rather than sprinkles. That saves the oil where you can get the most out of them.

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answers from Boston on

I have tried many essential oil companies and their are differences in quality or purity. However, I've come to love Rocky Mountain / Native American Nutritionals oils. They are middle range in price, but equally effective as DoTerra and Young Living.. I tend to shy away from MLM's.. so this company is wonderful. They are effective in treating my symptoms mainly with stress and anxiety but I also have arthritis and frequent headaches from TMJ, so these oils have helped tremendously. I also am a huge fan of Lavendar, Frankincense, and peppermint. Also their citrus selection is wonderful( grapefruit, lime, lemon all amazing)

If you are just looking to diffuse oils, or love roller blends then I would suggest Plant Therapy. Their oils are still good quality, and lower priced then Rocky Mountain, and they have a wide selection of blends, kits, oils, etc. even an organic selection.

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answers from Chicago on

My favorite is Thieves by Young Living but fruitful yield makes their own version called Natures Shield. I use that in the diffuser when someone is showing signs of a sickness. Oregano oil is great, peppermint, eucalyptus. Theres some great essential oil groups on FB

My MIL uses Rocky Mountain, my sister loves Plant Therapy. I know lots of people who swear by Young Living and DoTerra. But all 4 of these seem to be pretty popular reputable companies.

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