An Introduction to Essential Oils

February 8, 2017


introduction to essential oils - which ones to get and why

For the past few years, I’ve been really curious about getting into essential oils. I’m just a little obsessed with candles, but I loved the idea of something a little more natural. For some reason, it felt a little overwhelming, though. Where do I start? Which brand do I buy? And finally which oils? Last fall I reached out to one of my closest friends after seeing her post a photo on Instagram with some of her favorite oils. She talked me through her use of oils, and the difference it’s made for her family, and suggested I get a starter kit. She’s been a huge mentor during my introduction to oils and it’s made such a difference for me. What started as an interest in making the house smell nice, has turned into an awareness of some of the natural benefits of oils. While I’m sure you know there are ones that help aid in relaxation, there are also ones that are tied to immunity, workout recovery, and better sleep. I thought I’d share a little introduction to essential oils for any of you who may be curious too, and not sure where to start. I’m also going to share the 11 main oils I use in my daily life.

one of my favorite essential oils- grapefruitessential oil starter kit

A Little About Essential Oils

What are essential oils? Essential oils are just oils that are taken from the plants. They’re extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, leaving behind a completely pure oil. After doing a bunch of research on the different brands I decided to buy the oils from Young Living. They’ve been around for over 20 years and have an unmatched Seed to Seal approval process for their farms, which means they control quality and purity every step of the way from plant to product. Other oils you see in stores can have additives, be diluted, or not come from a first distillation. You really want to make sure you’re using a product you trust, especially when you’re looking to them for health benefits.

Essential oils can be used three ways: aromatic diffusion {put in the air through a diffuser}, topically {applied directly to your skin}, or internally {added to water or a vegetable capsule}. You’ll see the ones that can be taken internally are labeled as Vitality {e.g. Lemon Vitality}.


LAVENDER– Lavender is a good gateway essential oil. Most people are already familiar with Lavender and its relaxing properties. It’s one of the most versatile essential oils and if you look up the uses and benefits, you’ll find tons! The sweet, floral aroma is one of my favorites! I diffuse this one every single day, usually at night before bed. My sleep post-baby hasn’t been the best, but this oil has definitely helped! I heard you can also use lavender on cuts, minor burns, and even bug bites!

PEPPERMINT VITALITY– Vitality means that an oil can be taken internally. I love the minty smell of peppermint, and I’ll diffuse it in the mornings for some extra energy. It’s a great addition to other oils, like Lavender, Lemon, or Stress Away. I also added a drop to my hot chocolate during Christmas time!

FRANKINCENSE– Frankincense makes me think of the Three Wise Men! This is an earthy oil that’s definitely tied to spirituality. We’ll diffuse it when we’re reading prayers, or if I’m doing yoga at home, but it’s also great in skin care. Just a drop in my moisturizer has helped a lot with dry skin.

LEMON VITALITY– Lemon is such a clean refreshing scent! I’ve been diffusing this in the morning with Lavender and Peppermint since the trio is supposed to help with allergies. It also smells so good! Since this one is also a Vitality oil, I can take it internally, so I’ll add a few drops to my water or tea.

THIEVES VITALITY– Thieves is what made me fall in love with essential oils. When Matthew was sick in December I was diffusing this as much as I could. I love the smell of cloves, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus. It’s spicy and wintery! I also made a Thieves tea with hot water and lemon and was drinking that when Matthew was sick. Luckily, I didn’t catch his cold and honestly, I think it was because of Thieves!

PANAWAY– PanAway has been a must for me after my T-25 workouts! I’d add a little PanAway to coconut oil and rub on my sore muscles. It’s a blend containing the following essential oils: Wintergreen, Clove, Helichrysum, and Peppermint. It’s also nice to add a few drops in the bath!

R.C.– R.C. contains three unique types of eucalyptus, along with other botanicals like pine, black spruce, peppermint, marjoram, and cypress. It helped so much when Matthew was congested from his cold. We’d diffuse R.C. but also add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water. We’d put a towel over our heads, and breathe in the water. So healing and relaxing!

PURIFICATION– I love using Purification to neutralize odors (like after a fish dinner!). It has a crisp, refreshing smell and I’ll even put some drops in the bottom of Augustine’s diaper pail. After a big blowout, this one is a must to diffuse. It includes oils from lemongrass, rosemary, and citronella.

DIGIZE VITALITY– Whenever I have a stomach ache, I reach for DiGize. It’s one that can be taken internally. The blend is tarragon, juniper, anise, ginger, fennel, patchouli, peppermint, and lemongrass essential oils. I’ll add a few drops to water and drink it in the morning or at night to help support my digestive system. You can also put a drop in your belly button!

COPAIBA VITALITY– Instead of being distilled it’s actually tapped directly from the Copaiba tree. It helps promote wellness and is also a helper oil when diffused with other essential oils.

STRESS AWAY– I saved the best for last! Stress Away is my absolute favorite oil! It’s one of the best blends and includes the following essential oils: Lime, Copaiba, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender. It smells so yummy and I always look forward to adding some drops to our diffuser!

great essential oil combo: grapefruit and cedarwood the best young living essential oil - stress away

best deal on essential oils

If any of you are interested in learning more, email me! I’m still learning too but it’s been such a fun process. I’d also love to be your mentor like my friend Angel has been for me.

If you are thinking you want to start using essential oils, I think the starter kit is your best option. The starter kit comes with these 11 oils I mentioned above, plus a diffuser, along with several samples. You can get it here! The kit is $160 but that’s a really good deal when you think you get all these oils along with the diffuser. It’s really the best way to get introduced to oils and test it out. It’s made the process a lot easier for me. There’s also an option for Essential Rewards (Step 2) that allows you to get points back for purchases, but you don’t have to do this now (or ever). It’s just an option if you think you’ll get into oils and buy more. I didn’t sign up for this at first, but later did once I realized I’d be ordering oils more regularly. To get the essential oils starter kit, go here and select Member. This gives you 24% off which is definitely the best deal. There are no requirements or obligations but it gives you wholesale pricing for a year if you want it. When you click “next,” it will have you confirm that I’m your mentor (Sponsor & Enroller ID 10791335), and then you pick your kit (the standard one with dewdrop diffuser is already selected).

I’ve loved using essential oils and I’m excited to share more of my oil journey with you all! Do any of you already use them? Which are some of your favorites? I’ve loved diffusing different combos, like Cedarwood and Grapefruit.


  • Leire Martinez

    Is international shipping and option? (Spain)
    Are oils safe for children? mine are 2 and 3.

    • Hi Leire! Yes international shipping is definitely an option. People use these oils all over the world. And there is even a special kids line with oils that are dllited with a carrier oil for their little bodies. There is one for sleep, tummy pains, and sniffles. If you used regular oils you would just want to mix with a carrier oil. Email me and I can tell you more! I have so many friends who have LOVED using oils with their kiddos though. The fact that they’re all natural is a great alternative to medicine. Of course talk with your doctor too though!

  • I love essential oils… lavender and jasmine are the best.

    Flung out of space

    • I’m dying to get jasmine!! It’s one of my favorite scents. Reminds me of my parents house during the summertime!

  • Michelle Joseph

    This is fantastic. I know about few oils but this post has helped me learn a lot more. They’re great for health care.

    Mich x

    • Yes totally!! I know you said you’ve had some health issues and these are definitely worth trying. Love that they’re all natural!

  • I just got a starter kit for Christmas! So excited to get into essential oils!

    xo, Carey

    • Yay so exciting!!! Email me if you have any questions as you go along! I’ve loved getting some recipe combos from my friends!

  • I’ve been thinking about trying essential oils for a while now, definitely will now 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  • I love essential oils! Peppermint is my favorite for when I am feeling under the weather, and lavender is amazing while sleeping. I also love diffusing vanilla when I just want something that smells nice! I definitely want to try lemon vitality and frankincense as well!


    • Love that use them too Mollie!! I bet vanilla is so nice with lavender too!!

  • Madison

    I LOVE essential oils! When I have stomach aches or have trouble digesting food, I rub a few drops of Digeze on my stomach and it always helps! I also got a little glass bottle with a roller top and made a combo of Carrot Seed oil (it’s a carrier oil), Frankincense and Tea Tree and I roll it on my face every morning and night. Tea Tree works wonders on blemishes and the Carrot Seed and Frankincense are great for evening skin tones.

    • yes!! That’s what I do with Digize too!! I actually JUST did it because I ate a little too much dessert tonight. Love the skincare roller idea too. Thanks Madison!! Do you use Carrot Seed oil with other rollers too or just skincare ones??

  • Good to know! I love to try these too:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • I use, and love, Young living oils! They have helped me manage my anxiety, improve my immune health and even slow the aging of my skin. A total game changer her. I can never recommend them enough!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • yay!! So glad you’re a YL user too!! They’re amazing!! You’ll have to let me know about any of your favorite combos!

  • I have a diffuser on my bedside table and use lavender to help fall asleep. It is so soothing 🙂 I have also used peppermint and eucalyptus in that same diffuser when I am having sinus issues or feeling stuffy. I wake up in the morning feeling like my lungs and nose are a little more cleaner!

  • Angel Swanson

    I love being on the essential oils journey with you!! Seriously have changed so many aspects of my life. Love you!! xo

  • Huong Vo

    Funny you mentioned Grapefruit, Mara because that was the very first YL oil I used! We went to a friend’s home and made deodorant and I chose the grapefruit oil to put in mine. Of course, the peppermint is my favorite for headaches. I rub that on my temples, smell some and take my fishoil and I’m set!

    • oh that’s so cool! Do you use YL regularly Huong?? Let me know about any other faves!!

  • peonies passionfruit

    I love essential oils and use them for everything from fragrance, body care to cleaning my home I think my favourites for versatility are Lavender and Tea tree oils. Thanks for sharing this post

    Eme xx

  • Mary Orton

    Mara, Thank you so much for your help + and this amazing post! Just ordered my starter kit and can not WAIT to try them all!! XXOO

  • Jonilyn Brown

    Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try essentials oils! I’m going to email you for more info!

  • Leslie

    This post was so helpful! I have been looking to get into oils and use a few here and there but would really like to incorporate it in my faily life! Would love to hear more about your journey! xo

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