I’ve been using essential oils (EO’s) almost daily in some form or another for the past 15 years. It’s difficult to imagine not knowing about oils because they’ve been such a huge part of my life. I know I’m insanely biased here, but I believe having a good working knowledge of essential oils should be considered a life skill.
No, I don’t rank essential oil knowledge up there with being able to cook and manage money. However it’s a solidly useful skill like gardening, making basic home repairs, or changing your own oil. The kind of skills that promote resourcefulness and frugality. The kind of skills that give one a sense of accomplishment in a task completed; a problem solved without needing help.
EO skills, just like the skills mentioned above, require an investment of time and effort for us to become fluid. There will likely be some trial and error as you consider information written for the masses and how to adapt it to your specific needs. There will be recipes that don’t work, instruction guides that don’t make sense. There will be money wasted when, due to lack of experience, you are pressured to buy something that’s totally wrong for you and your family.
But once all of that initial fumbling and stumbling is over you’ll know how to:
- Create and properly use a natural fist aid kit for common household ailments.
- Create skin care that is department store quality at less than drug store prices.
- Naturally relieve your stress and anxiety.
- Naturally scent your home and if you like, create your own natural perfume.
- Naturally lift or balance your moods.
- Naturally boost your immunity.
- Naturally repel pests like fleas, ants, mice and mosquitoes.
- Think critically about essential oil content and know what is fact vs. myth.
Again, I’m totally biased, but I say that’s a pretty fabulous skill set. Wouldn’t you agree?