What is an Essential Oil? 

Essential oils are the liquids from different parts of the plants (leaves, flowers, bark, roots) generally created by steam distillation or cold pressing. Just 1 drop of an essential oil is very powerful. For example, one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to more than 25-50 cups of peppermint tea!

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Two ways primarily. Aromatically and topically. Aromatic use of essential oils is actually the quickest way to get a response. You know how when you smell your favorite (or least favorite) food, you get an immediate response. The sense of smell is powerful. It's why lavender helps you relax, why citrus is invigorating, or why the smell of frankincense may make you feel spiritual. But aromatherapy extends beyond our brain, when we breathe the oils it goes to our lungs and into our blood stream.  Some people feel that aromatic use is not therapeutic, but that is far from the truth. Aromatherapy is so powerful that most essential oil experts recommend just 30 minutes of diffusing at a time. Some schools promote internal use of essential oils. Just the Essentials believes there is a time and place for occasional therapeutic use of internal ingestion, but it should occur under consultation with an aromatherapist. The oils at Just the Essentials are 100% pure and would be suitable for ingestion if also under the supervision of an aromatherapist, however, casual ingestion of oils is strongly advised against.

Why Should I Choose Just the Essentials?

When you choose Just the Essentials, you choose to support a local company invested in high quality affordable products, ethical and safe use of essential oils, and investment in sustainable sourcing of the highest quality essential oils available on the market. Just the Essentials is run by a certified aromatherapist and Ph.D who is well-versed in chemistry, anatomy, biology, research methods, and drug interactions with essential oils. Each customer is treated as an individual, and his/her satisfaction is the utmost priority. I am just an email away and can answer any of your questions regarding essential oils and unlike any other company can customize or edit a blend to suit your needs.

How Do I Know Which Product to Choose?

Just the Essentials offers a few different types of products that may be confusing to new customers, the variety is meant to please the different types of essential oil users.

Pre-Diluted Blends: All of the pre-diluted blends are in a carrier oil base and ready to use. This is the easiest and often the best option for the new user. Many new users are intimidated by diluting oils to a safe level. The pre-diluted blends come in either the 10 ml roller ball or 15 ml pre-diluted blends that have a medicine dropper. These oils are only for topical use and will not work in a typical cool mist diffuser.

5 ml and 15 ml essential oil blends: These blends are mixtures of 100% essential oils and do not contain any carrier oils. The tranquility blend for example contains lavender, roman chamomile, and frankincense. When using these essential oils, they must be diluted first!

5 ml and 15 ml essential oils: These are 100% pure individual essential oils like lavender, frankincense, tea tree oil, orange, etc. the 15 ml is the most economical to purchase, but the 5 ml is a good option for an oil if you want to try it out first or only anticipate using it infrequently (or want to spend less money).

Aroma Inhaler: An essential oil aroma inhaler is a small tube with a cotton wick inside it that have essential oils on them. The inhaler is an easy way to get the therapeutic effects of the oils without having to keep the bottles with you. It is an easy way to use oils aromatically without needing a diffuser.  The scent in the inhaler lasts 3-6 months, but have been known to last up to 1 year.

Diffuser: A diffuser disperses essential oils into the air to produce the ultimate aromatic experience. There are a few different types of diffusers, Just the Essentials sells cool mist diffusers.  A cool mist diffuser emits the oil into the air along with a water vapor. Diffusers are an excellent, must-have tool, for essential oil lovers. 

How do I use essential oils safely? 

1. Dilute, Dilute, Dilute. No oil should be used undiluted, even sensitive oils like lavender could become sensitized to the skin over a long period of time.  Plus your money will go a longer way, and you get more therapeutic benefits when you dilute and cover larger areas of the body.
2. Do not use internally. While there is a time and a place for internal use, one should avoid  casual, internal use. Oils should NEVER be put in water and drank, water does not dilute essential oils. Prolonged use of essential oils internally may adversely affect the liver, burn the esophageal lining, damage the teeth, diminish healthy gut flora, and more. There are not enough studies to understand long-term use.  Topical or aromatic use is generally much more effective and safe.
3. Avoid the eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes 
4. Avoid certain oils around children or while pregnant.  There is an extensive list, but the most commonly used unsafe oils are eucalyptus, rosemary, wintergreen, and peppermint. Eucalyptus should not be used in children under 10 and has ties to seizures in children.  Remember, oils are awesome because they are strong and because they are strong we must be very careful. 

What is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is used to dilute oils. Essential oils should never be used neat due to the risk of sensitization and irritation. There are hundreds of options for carrier oils but most of them will do the job. We carry Sunflower, Jojoba, and fractionated Coconut Oil.  If you plan on using essential oils topically, you must use a carrier oil.

Which Essential oils and blends are safe for kids?

I have a line of products intended for younger children including: Tranquility, Defense: Children, Boo Boo Blend, Restless, Tooth Fairy,  and Baby Massage, these blends are gentle and use oils with a proven track record of safety.   Most of the blends use oils that are generally safe for everyone, if they are not, there will be a note on the page saying who should avoid it. Blends can be customized for your child if you see something that has an oil that is not safe for children.

Which Essential oils and blends are safe for pregnant and nursing women?

I recommend limited use of essential oils during the first trimester and high risk pregnancies. In both of these cases, aromatic use should be the primary method of use. Oils that I carry that should not be used during pregnancy include wintergreen (in pan-off and tension), clary sage (in the equilibrium blend), peppermint (in troubled tummy), and Eucalyptus and Rosemary (in Refresh this Mess). I make a labor kit for women to use during labor, these oils should not be used until the due date has been reached.