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Essential Oil Kit

    What is an essential oil kit? - Simply put, it is a group of bottles of essential oil packaged together for sale. For the person just getting started with using essential oils, a kit is a good way to try out a few of the more popular oils. Often, purchasing a kit will save some money over buying the same bottles individually. There is a huge variety of kits offered by companies that sell essential oils. Many kits come in a carrying case for transport or storage. The case may be made of colorful fabric, leather, or even a wooden box that works well for storing your oils.


The number of bottles in a kit can vary greatly, from 3 to 72. The bottle size may range from 1/6 of a dram (or about 25 drops) to 10 ml, and volume may be measured in drams, ounces (oz), or milliliters (ml). And as you might expect given this wide range, the price for an essential oil kit can be as little as $25-$30 to as high as $500.

Besides bottles of essential oils and cases, an essential oil kit may include other accessories that make the purchase attractive. For instance, a bottle of carrier oil might be included with mixing bottles to allow you to find the combination that suits you best. A booklet with blending instructions may be included, and possibly even a diffuser.

With all of these choices available it may sound difficult, but here is some information to help you make your decision.

Starter / Beginner Kit - Several companies offer a starter kit to assist the novice in exploring the benefits of essential oils firsthand. Almost all of these kits include lavender oil, since it is one of the most popular oils due to its wide range of therapeutic properties and its wonderful smell. Other common oils in a starter kit are Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rosewood, Ylang ylang, and citrus oils such as Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit. These are popular oils that have a wide variety of uses.

First Aid / Travel Kit - Another popular type of essential oil kit is a First Aid Kit or Travel Kit. This is assembled with oils that are useful for common ailments that you might experience when away from home. For example, one company offers a kit that contains Lavender for minor burns and wounds, Tea Tree Oil for skin problems, Eucalyptus for respiratory problems, Peppermint for intestinal or gastric disorders, and Rosemary for muscular problems.

Specific Applications - Many kits are available featuring oils that are particularly useful for specific applications. For instance, there are kits that are tailored to therapeutic uses such as massage therapy, respiratory therapy, sports injuries, immune system boosting, blood and circulation therapy and treatment of cold and flu symptoms. Other kits may be found that are intended for relaxation, mood enhancement, energy boosting, cooking and mixing natural perfumes. You can even find an essential oil kit that is supposed to work as an aphrodisiac.

Top sellers - Several essential oil sellers offer kits that contain some of their most popular or top selling oils. After getting your feet wet with a beginner's kit, you might try one of these kits that tend to be a little larger. Of course virtually all of them will have Lavender oil, but other common oils in this type of kit might include: Bergamot, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang.

Custom Kits - Several companies are now offering kits that have catchy names that are intended for marketing, and some of the names are even trademarked. While some of these names make it fairly obvious what the contents are, others are quite obscure. Just make sure you know what you are buying. Some companies are selling pre-blended oils, which may work fine for some people, but not others. Like anything else, we all have our personal preferences. Many people find pleasure in creating their own variations on basic essential oil recipes that are most effective with their own body chemistries or fit their own personal tastes.

Now that you have an overview of what is available, I hope that purchasing an essential oil kit will be a little easier for you.

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