My favorite essential oils (at every budget)

Best essential oils at every price point — even just a few dollars!

I started liking essential oils when I started calling myself a yogi ... I guess that makes me a basic yogi ... but I used them very casually. I'd lather some lavender on before bed, put way too much on my wrists before my yoga practice and, once I started teaching, dab some on students' temples in savasana.

In short: I had no clue what I was doing. 

During my pregnancy, essential oils became much more interesting to me. Suddenly I was more conscious of what I was using to clean and the chemicals I was exposing myself and my baby to. 

pregnant yogi

Now, I'm slowly turning into one of those oil people.

You know, the ones who are always diffusing something, DIY'ing some strange Pinterest concoction and smell like clean hippies.

... I can feel you rolling your eyes.

But honestly, I think those oil people are onto something. 

I'm no expert by any means but I'm curious and am enjoying learning more about them and using them more purposefully.

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As I use them more and more, I have come to appreciate high quality oils. They are 100% pure and much more potent, so you don't need nearly as much. I can tell the difference. For real. I'm not just saying that. (Trust me, I am cheap and also skeptical af.)

Plus, they are safe to ingest ... which I don't do a ton of (yet) but it makes me feel more confident about using them on my baby boy. After all, he sticks everything in his mouth. Especially his fingers.

Memphis fingers in mouth

I'm fortunate to have a nice starter set of oils from Young Living. But I recognize that even though the oils last foreeeeeeever, it's an investment to start there. And if you're only using a couple oils for a few things, I don't think it's necessary.

Here are the oil brands I like at various price points and what I use them for. In light of the upcoming Olympics, I'll rate them medal-style.

 

Gold: Young Living and dōTERRA

 I've been using Young Living oils for my yoga practice, ingesting them, making bath products and diffusing. Basically, everything.

I've been using Young Living oils for my yoga practice, ingesting them, making bath products and diffusing. Basically, everything.

Like I said, I use Young Living oils but dōTERRA is of the same caliber. Both of these are MLM companies ... which is why I was skeptical. But they are legit.

Young Living has a "Seed to Seal" promise, and doesn't add synthetics, contaminants or fillers. And doTERRA is similar, they just use different words. :) Their oils are "therapeutic-grade". 

Where to buy: You probably have friends who sell both. I can actually sell them myself now that I got the starter kit, so I can also be your friend who sells them. Just send me a note.

 

Silver: Plant Therapy

 I diffuse lavender Plant Therapy oil in Memphis's nursery at night

I diffuse lavender Plant Therapy oil in Memphis's nursery at night

These oils are wonderful and you can't beat the price. You can't ingest them but they're 100% pure essential oil. Here's the deal on that: The plants harvested have to be certified to be safe for ingestion — basically they have to be super duper fancy — but these oils are still legit. I'd compare it to buying organic apples versus GMO apples. They're still good for you (in my opinion) and they're both apples. 

Where to buy: Amazon AKA the site that steals all my money at 2am when I realize I can't go longer than two days without something (Check out this nice little set of six for just $30!)

 

Bronze: NOW

 I still keep this one on my nightstand and dab it on my wrists before bed

I still keep this one on my nightstand and dab it on my wrists before bed

If Young Living and doTERRA are organic apples and Plant Therapy is a GMO apple, then NOW (and other health food store brands) are like candied apples. I like candied apples, but I don't expect to experience amazing health benefits from eating them. 

These oils have synthetic fragrance mixed in so they aren't 100% essential oil. The "Peaceful Sleep" blend pictured above smells lovely and I still use it at night. If you're just looking for something to diffuse or rub on your wrists before bed for the simple pleasure of their fragrance, these are great! Just don't expect them to cure disease. :)

Where to buy: Any health food store. I personally like the selection and prices at Natural Grocers.


Do you have any other oil companies you like? I've done a ton of research but there are so many out there I'm sure I've missed some other good options.

P.S. Isn't my new little oil shelf cute? I got this spice rack at IKEA for $4. It keeps them out of drawers and in a space that's easily accessible. IKEA I LOVE YOU.

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