It can be confusing to figure out where to buy essential oils on a budget. Not all essential oils are costly, some of the ones I use every day are actually the most affordable! Now if you’re an essential oils newbie on a tight budget, don’t fret. You can build your arsenal without breaking the bank. You just need to figure out which oils you can afford and gain the most from. Here are seven options you can start with.
Lemon is not only one of the least expensive essential oils, it is also one of the most versatile. Add a few drops of lemon vitality to your ice water or smoothie and you get a refreshing, non-caffeinated pick-me-upper. Or mix in a little in your food for added flavor.
When diffused, lemon’s strong yet revitalizing scent can improve your mood and allow you to think clearer. This essential oil is freshening as well, so you can count on it to freshen up a musty room, a stinky refrigerator, and even your garbage disposal. Plus, it would be a great addition to your cleaning arsenal. With a couple of drops, you can remove permanent marker or pen ink, stuck gum, crayon and glue stains, grease spots, and price tag sticker residue from most surfaces.
Health-wise, lemon is known to support the nervous and immune systems. When applied on the skin, a single drop mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil is known for enhancing healthy skin.
You can see more uses for lemon essential oil here.
Citrus essential oils are generally an affordable bunch, and grapefruit is among the most cost-effective. For one, its uplifting aroma can brighten your home and your mood, making you feel energized and refreshed. Simply use the oil with a diffuser, or add a drop or two in your water (which is perfect when you’re feeling sleepy but need to be alert and thinking clearly).
I have a great homemade exfoliating grapefruit essential oil scrub recipe, you can see it here.
Grapefruit essential oil can also be applied to your forehead, temples, neck, and throat. Its other benefits include positive moods, weight management, and it supports healthy detoxification pathways.
For all its aromatic and therapeutic properties, lavender is very reasonably priced. Its spa-like scent is a well-loved classic that you can bask in by adding a couple of drops to a warm bath or enhance your homemade hair and skin-care products.
Lavender is incredibly relaxing and calming as well. A lavender-infused foot, back or neck massage will help you unwind, while diffusing the oil in your bedroom or spritzing a lavender-and-water spray on your pillow will help you sleep.
You can also use lavender to soothe skin after a big day out (apply two to four drops with coconut oil) and to provide relief from joint and muscle stiffness after exercise (mix five drops with 10 ml carrier oil).
You can check out my article 20 Ways to Use Lavender from Young Living Essential Oils to get more ideas.
If you want to get the best bang for your buck, peppermint should definitely be on your list. It has a fresh and invigorating aroma is the perfect mood and energy booster, especially on days that you need to be focused and alert. And that cool, tingling sensation it creates when rubbed on your skin can ease muscle tension after a workout, monthly menstrual cramps, and cool you off in hot weather.
Peppermint also helps on long car rides to stay focused. And while this oil is sometimes used as a peppermint vitality can be used as a dietary supplement and digestive support, treating yourself to peppermint-infused tea or brownies is always a good idea. You can get my gluten free and paleo peppermint brownie recipe here or my nut free dark chocolate peppermint bark recipe here.
You can see 25 Uses for Peppermint here.
Rosemary is another powerful yet affordable botanical that comes from the same family as lavender and peppermint. A whiff of its strong woodsy scent can instantly improve your concentration and mood while helping you relax. Rosemary-infused massages can provide occasional headache relief, reduce joint pain and muscle stiffness, and promote overall wellness. You can see more natural remedies for tension headaches here.
And yes, you can cook with this essential oil when using the vitality version in the white bottle!
When it comes to essential oil blends, purification is an excellent value-for-money option. A mix of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, myrtle, tea tree and rosemary, it has a bright refreshing aroma that neutralizes unpleasant odors. So instead of buying harsh chemical-based sprays, simply diffuse purification for 30 minutes (three times daily) and your home will be smelling clean and fresh all day. You can also add a few drops of the oil while you’re doing laundry, or stash purification-infused cotton balls in shoes, air vents, drawers and closets, and even your car. You can learn more about purification essential oil here.
Clove essential oil is made from the clove bud that is rich with aromatic fragrance and has been used as a home remedy as well as for cooking for thousands of years. Clove vitality oil includes the naturally occurring constituent eugenol and is beloved for its use as a dietary supplement for whole mouth support. Clove is also a vital ingredient in the more pricey blend called thieves which has been used for immune support for hundreds of years (take a look at 10 Ways to Use Thieves here). Diffuse clove and cinnamon bark with orange oil for an amazing frangrance that will keep your whole clan happy and health.
For an on-the-go air freshener spray, dilute purification in distilled water spray bottle. And for an outdoor spray to enjoy outside annoyance free, mix purification with peppermint. More natural air freshener ideas here.
Where to Buy Essential Oils on a Budget:
With the right picks, your foray into essential oils can be both budget-friendly and successful. Just don’t forget to take into account not only their price tag but also their quality and performance. I recommend starting with the premium starter kit which contains most of these affordable blends and some pricey upgrades. Then you will get 24% off the retail price because you will be a wholesale member Get started here.
Here are some of my favorite essential oils articles that use the oils we just talked about:
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