Essential Oils in Your Frugal Kitchen

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Have you ever wondered how essential oils fit in a frugal kitchen? Here’s how I do it, and how you can get a killer deal on resources that will help you start using them more intelligently!

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I could say that unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Essential Oils. But the reality is if you’re living in an off-grid dugout under a rock, you were using essential oils long before the rest of us.

Everyone has an opinion about them, from the vehement skeptic to the dedicated disciple. I fall in between. I like the way they smell, I like that the smell doesn’t give me a headache like artificially-scented products – candles, shampoo, etc.

Oils have helped support my family’s healthy lifestyle in many ways.

How Essential Oils Save My Kitchen:

  1. Lemon oil makes my kitchen smell like fresh cirtus when I leave dishes overnight
  2. Some blends take away the something-rotted-in-the-trash-can smell (and the oops-I-left-the-laundry-in-the-washer smell)
  3. In a pinch, I’ve even used some very clean, trusted brands in cooking when they call for lemon, orange, lime, cinnamon, etc. and I’m all out of what I normally use. Works like a charm, and saves me a trip to the store.


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How to Fit Essential Oils in Your Budget:

I don’t have a generous EO budget – or any kind of one to begin with. But natural living is important to my family, so here’s what we did:

Shop Brands & Prices

Obviously, some companies are purer than others, just like with any other natural product. I encourage you to take a couple minutes, read reviews online, and find one you feel comfortable with. I’ve tried multiple brands, and I’m happy with the scents of all of them. However, there are some I trust more than others to support our family’s needs.

Budget Intentionally

Since essential oils have a lot of uses, I think it’s reasonable to use the household or medical budget on them. It depends on the oil and how you plan to apply it.

Get a Diffuser!

This is my favorite way to use essential oils. Orange or clove oil in the winter, lemon or grapefruit in the spring, Lavender at night. Diffusing oils makes the room smell fresh and seasonal, and only uses a few drops of oil at a time. We’ve used diffusers from Amazon, Target, and Young Living, and have been happy with all of them (but Target had the cutest one!)

Start Small

You might feel pressured to try all of the oils at once. This is overwhelming and extremely expensive. Start with a few that you think you will use consistently.

What I Did:

When I started using essential oils, I bought a $30 diffuser from Amazon and 6 oils: Lemon, Lavender, Purification (Young Living’s smell-eradicator blend), Peppermint, and Thieves (Young Living’s immune support blend), and Cinnamon.

I use the first 5 oils all the time and never feel like I’m wasting my money. Cinnamon was a mistake because I barely use it, and I still have the same bottle 4 years later.

I’ve had the most experience with Young Living oils. They’re pricey, but they run a lot of good deals for their members, and I’m happy with the quality and effectiveness of their products. Most of my friends sell them, and if you don’t have a local rep, I’d love to direct you to my friend Jen. She’s smart, authentic, sarcastic (so basically, I love her), and used oils to support her family’s well-being through a lot of difficult seasons. Read more about her story and love affair with essential oils here.

Full disclosure: Jen gave me a bottle of Lemon oil as a thank-you for mentioning her here. But I’ve been buying oils from her from years. All opinions are my own.



Do You Want to Use Herbs & Essential Oils More Intelligently?

There’s definitely a lot to learn!

You have to know:

  • What’s safe
  • What works
  • What to buy
  • Which remedies are right for each situation
  • And how to use them (recipes and techniques)

And with so many conflicting opinions online, finding clear answers can be hard — not to mention time-consuming and frustrating.

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  • Discover why and how the various remedies actually work (and the science behind it)
  • Use essential oils and herbs in your home for cleaning, relaxation, beauty, skincare, energy, cooking, and more
  • Feel confident with easy-to-follow guides whether you’re just starting out or ready for more advanced uses.

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