My very first use of essential oil was when my first baby was born in winter 2006. I made her mobile with little fabric animals that hung above her cot and I used lavender essential oil on that to help her settle and sleep. At about the same time, I started using tea tree oil in my mop bucket to clean hard surfaces in my home and then a few years later, I started using rosehip oil (not an essential oil, but a carrier oil) instead of a conventional face moisturiser. At the time, I found this worked really well and because I only need a few drops, one 100 mL bottle lasted for well over a year.
After the birth of my 2nd baby, I invested in a couple of diffusers which I used in the kid’s bedrooms with lavender oil to help them sleep, and also started incorporating lemon and eucalyptus oils into my DIY cleaning products.
Over the years, I’d really just bought whatever essential oils were available at the pharmacy and didn’t give much thought to where they came from or how they were produced until 3 years ago when I was watching my friend’s stories on Instagram. She was sharing about the ways she uses them and I realised I hadn’t been using oils to their true potential and that if I was going to incorporate them around the home more, I needed to know where they came from!
The rest, as they say, is history. I’ve loved incorporating some incredible oils into my daily life and helping to improve various aspects of my family’s wellness just by switching out a conventional personal or healthcare product for an essential oil that does the same or better.
I love knowing what’s in the products that I make for my family and I love saving money in the process.
If you’re keen to learn more about essential oils or have recently invested and want to get the most from them, I’ll be sharing all the things here over the next few weeks.