Originally posted by rimjaja
OP , thank you for this thread.
I am we'll versed in herbal remedies, but have never taken the time to learn about essential oils. I am very curious. I just bought lavender oil
since I read it kills ringworm...definitely worth a shot!
Can you recommend a book or site that has reputable info for me to learn the basics ?
Ps-what is an EO diffuser?
Awesome! Yeah, I was very much the same way. I have been in to herbal/home remedies for a while, dealing with herbs, teas, tinctures, diet,
supplements, etc, but I hadn't dug too deep into essential oils until fairly recently. Seems like a logical progression though!
As for books, the main reference book I have been working with lately is: "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" by Valerie Worwood.
She has a few other books as well and is fairly well known within the aromatherapy world (from what I have gathered.)
is a site that I have reference quite a few times when looking into specific oils, their
properties, and different blends. But really, there are a lot of sites out there. Some better than others, of course.
is another pretty good site.
When it comes to essential oil suppliers: Again, there is a LOT and I'm sure many of them are very good, and I'm sure many of them are not. I've used
a good bit of the 'NOW' brand. They're a good bit cheaper, but still have good quality. I think they are mostly cheaper because they have a very large
presence in the supplement world, and thus have a higher buying power. 'Mountain Rose Herbs' is another good side. Young Living has a very good
reputation as well. There are many many more, and for the sake of having more people accuse me of trying to 'sell' you something, I will definitely
just say to keep doing your own research, read reviews, read testimonials, and go with what you think is best and most affordable for you.
As for 'diffusers' there are a couple different types of diffusers, but essentially, they are devices that help spread the essential oils throughout
the room (similar to a humidifier, but for oils.) It could be something as simple as boiling a pot of water on the stove with a few drops in the
water to spread into the air. Or you can buy specific 'diffuser' products. HERE
is a list of
Hope this helped, and good luck on your search!
Whatever supplier you decide to go with on your oils, make sure they are reputable. For example, when it comes to lavender oils, some people sell a
cheaper, diluted (or even processed) version that is not true, 100% lavender essential oil. The best way to tell with lavender oil is that if it hurts
to put it on your cut or burn or anything else, than it is probably NOT true oil. Real lavender oil will not hurt when placed on open wounds or burns.
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