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Essential oils are an investment in wellness. To make the most of this investment you need to be using your oils frequently. Taking a few minutes to organize your oil collection will go a long way to making it easy to incorporate them into your life.
We have a few ideas that will help you organize your oils and make it easy to use them whenever the need comes up.
Basic Essential Oil Storage
- Store your essential oils at room temperature conditions and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures (leaving oils in the car during the summer, on window sills, etc.).
- Avoid exposing the oils to direct sunlight or other sources of UV rays.
- Prevent prolonged exposure to oxygen which can cause oxidation of the oil over time (leaving the cap unscrewed, etc.).
- Tightly secure the caps after each use (prevents the oil from evaporating and decreases exposure to oxygen).
- Store your essential oils out of reach of children.
Additional Essential Oil Storage Ideas
- Find a space that you can dedicate as your essential oil home base. Your main stash might reside there as well as all of the tools you use to blend essential oils and make DIY products. This might include essential oil keys, eye droppers, wooden craft sticks, small scoops, roller bottles, spray bottles, and other containers. If space is tight and you don't have a drawer, shelf, or cabinet to spare, consider a small rolling drawer unit. It can be tucked in a closet or corner and is portable so can be easily moved if necessary.
- Store your oils where you use them. Although you might have a main essential oil spot in your home, it also make sense to keep frequently used oils in the location that you most commonly use them. For example, if you mostly use Lavender at bedtime, don't keep it in the kitchen. I like to keep a small bowl on my nightstand for the oils I use right before bed and first thing in the morning. Oils that you use most commonly for cooking can be stored with your spices. (Just make sure you keep them away from heat sources.) Oils that you typically place in veggie capsules to take internally can be stored in your medicine cabinet or Family Wellness Command Center.
- If you use essential oils in multiple locations, divide the oil into smaller containers. Lavender is often used for sleep and for relaxing baths. Keep small bottles of Lavender in the bedroom and the bathroom. You might keep the original larger bottle in your main essential oil storage area.
- Create an essential oil notebook. This is a great way to keep all the info you have accumulated on essential oils in one spot. Use it to track your shopping list, inventory, favorite oils and blends, recipes, etc. To get started, download our free Essential Oil Recipe printable. Jot down ingredients, instructions, and notes about the recipe. There are even spaces to rate the recipe, keep track of safety precautions, and indicate the method of application.
- Don't spend time lifting up each essential oil bottle to figure out what it is. Use 1/2in circle adhesive labels to easily identify your essential oils from above. It is ideal to store essential oils in an upright position. These labels make it super easy to quickly find the oil that you need. Use your printer or a permanent marker - whatever works best for you.
- Use labels to take the guess work out of using your custom blends and DIY products. Bath salts for a quick pick me up in the morning look a lot like the ones you use to wind down after a long day of work. A simple label makes it easy to find the right product for your needs.
- Utilize containers designed specifically for essential oil storage like the one pictured above. They are designed to hold essential oil bottles snugly and offer excellent protection. These can be especially useful if you transport your oils often. If you are just taking them with you for personal use, a small tote or pouch should work. If you are taking larger amounts with you as part of your essential oil business, you may want to pick up a larger case. You can look at several options in the I Heart Oils DIY Shop.
- Get creative and consider other organization products not designed specifically for essential oils. I have seen people use desk organizers, utensil trays, spice racks, and nail polish racks for essential oil storage and organization. There are so many options, I'm sure you can find something that fits you space and your needs.
- DIY your own essential oil containers. This is a great low cost option. Try this easy DIY. Purchase a simple plastic box - you can even find these at a dollar store. Cut a piece of foam to fit. Then, cut oil bottle sized holes in the foam. Place the foam inside of the box and you have a very affordable, protective, custom essential oil container.
How do you organize and store your essential oils? We would love to hear your ideas!