To use essential oils effectively, you will need some tools and equipment. Here are some basic items to get you started.
***Important: Do not use any plastic tools for storing essential oils and mixing blends as essential oils can eat through plastic.
You will need a supply of various sizes and different type of Amber or cobalt glass bottles i.e. mist spray bottles, bottles with a dropper, bottles with pump, bottles with orifice reducer inserts and caps etc., for different purposes. This will come handy when you discover any blend of essential oils and carrier oils which you like to mix up the batch to serve a particular purpose. There are many DIY/recipes to add to your health and wellness, your natural beauty regimen, your chemical-free clean house etc.
You have to keep essential oils and blends in cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. A case with a lid is good for preserving the oils and keep them organized. You will need several sizes of such portable cases to keep your favorite blends at home, at work or even bring along and slip into your suitcase when you are traveling.
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Ceramic or glass mixing bowls work great for blending essential oils with lotions and creams. The best part is it is easy to clean thoroughly.
Diffuser lets you fill a room with the therapeutic aroma of an essential oil or blend by creating mist and send it into the air to scent your environment, help you focus or relax, change your mood, and even boost your immune system. Look for a diffuser that runs quietly, is easy to clean and one that has an automatic shutoff if you want to diffuse at night.
At great convenience, using a dropper allows a single drop to be dispensed. Some oils are just too thick for the bottle with orifice reducer caps which don’t come out. In this case, glass droppers come in handy for utilizing your oils. It is important that you never leave the dropper with a rubber top in a bottle of essential oil as the rubber top can deteriorate, ruining the oil.
When you need to transfer your blended oils into bottles, you will need to use a funnel. Be sure to choose one that fits your bottles. Never use aluminum as some essential oils have chemical constituents that can cause the aluminum to be damaged and leach into the essential oils. (Namely – strong essential oils like Cinnamon or Thyme). Stainless steel is ideal for stirring and mixing. You should only be using Stainless steel funnel, spoons, whisks and spatulas. Do not use plastic or wooden spoons.
Like a dropper, a glass pipette lets you dispense essential oils one drop at a time into carrier oils or lotions. Using a pipette is better than a dropper as it gives you better control, helps to avoid messy slip-ups, eliminates the risk of waste and contamination associated with the rubber-topped dropper.
If you want high precision when transferring a measured amount of an essential oil, you can use a syringe. Syringes are marked in increments as small as a drop or 0.01 ml and easily fit inside standard essential oil bottles.
Glass Measuring Cup
To mix or make any homemade lotion, you probably you need a glass measuring cup. Great for blending essential oils and carrier oils for massage.
This is a small pump at the top of a perfume bottle. You may need this if you like to bring a mist spray around for other purposes example, expect to spray your lavender mist in the middle of the day for a quick refreshing or for other purposes.
An inhaler looks like a lipstick case and lets you carry your favorite scent in your pocket or bag. Add a few drops of your favorite essential or blend to the wick inside the inhaler, take a sniff whenever you need to clear your mind, elevate your mood or fight stress.
It is interesting and fun to mix your own blends or try out different recipes, you may have to go through a few trials and errors before you find something you suitable or add on to your favorite daily skincare regime or even home cleaning agents. Look at the resource page to see some of the supplies that are recommended if you like to try out any DIY/recipes.