How to Use Essential Oils

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are used to encourage and maintain physical wellness and health. Sounds great, but what does that mean…? Essential Oils contain the essence of a plant, including its aromatic and wellness properties. They are concentrated, liquid plant extracts which come from plant sources, including flowers, grasses, fruits, trees, roots and leaves. Read more to see how to use essential oils!

Essential Oils are used in 3 ways

Diffusion

One of the most effective ways to use essential oils is with diffusion. If your essential oil is right for diffusing, you’ll notice a DIFFUSE ICON on the label. 

Using a diffuser is easy: Fill the diffuser with water to the recommended line, put 5-10 drops (more or less as needed) into the diffuser and then turn it on. The ultrasonic technology produces vibrations at a high frequency, turning the water into mist. As you breathe in the aromatic mist, the oil’s beneficial properties are immediately absorbed into your body.

 

essential oilsTopical Application

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to apply them topically as a roll-on or diluted with a carrier oil. I prefer the roll-on only because of the convenience factor. Double check that the TOPICAL APPLICATION ICON is on the bottle before applying. This method works best when you have a specific area of the body that needs relief. After you’ve diluted your essential oil with a carrier oil (see below), apply it to the desired area and the oil will be absorbed into the body. 

 

Carrier Oils

Essential oils are pure and sometimes their high levels of concentration can irritate the skin when applied directly and without a carrier oil, so it’s always a good idea to use a carrier oil just to protect your skin.  Olive, jojoba, avocado, sweet almond, grapeseed and fractionated coconut oil are a few great options. Remember, carrier oils do not limit the effectiveness of the essential oil in any way; they just safely transfer the oil to your skin.  

This guide is pretty accurate for dilution percentages with carrier oils, depending on your needs:

2% dilution per 1/2 tsp. carrier oil = 1-3 drops oil 
5% dilution per 1/2 tsp. carrier oil = 3-7 drops oil
10% dilution per 1/2 tsp. carrier oil = 8-15 drops oil

For a dilution chart for children, please click here.

 

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Household

Essential oils are also used for household purposes. If your essential oil can be used for cleaning and other uses in the home, it will have the HOUSEHOLD ICON. I will be sharing some cleaning recipes that mix essential oils with water, baking soda, vinegar or borax to create custom, natural cleaning recipes.

Some of my favorites

Lemon: Used for natural cleansers, bath products, aromatherapy, insect repellant
Eucalyptus: Excellent for relieving colds and congestion. Also used in warm baths for pain relief and arthritis symptoms.
Lavender: Used in lotions, massage oils, bath products and to soothe minor burns. My personal favorite for balance and relaxation!
Peppermint: Has a great cooling effect for aches, pains, headaches, and itchy skin. Don’t use near the faces of infants and children!
Tea Tree Oil: An old stand-by which is great for skin irritations, and used in shampoos for dandruff and lice. Also known as Melaleuca Oil, it is used as an anti-fungal and antiseptic.
Orange: This oil is mostly used in household cleansers, bath products and lotions. Good for relaxation and focus.

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For a great starter kit, this is my recommendation. It combines the best of oils for relaxation, immune booster, soothing of minor aches and pains, skin irritations, delicious scents, and cleaning.

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “How to Use Essential Oils”

  • Hi Amy, is my great pleasure to read your article. I truly enjoy every single one of them. I am wondering if there is an essential oil that can take care of cellulite and or varicose vein? If yes, please could you recommend anyone that can work wonders?.
    Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you.
    Dorothy

    • Hi Dorothy — since lavender is an anti-inflammatory, I would try lavender. Not sure there is anything for varicose veins, except eating plant-strong! Thanks for writing!

  • Hi Amy,
    I do like to use essential oils. My preferred method of use has always been in an oil burner or for the last few years a diffuser. I like the smell of a lot of them although I wasn’t aware of a lot of the benefits of them, so thanks for enlightening me. I will try a few of the ones you mentioned that have different benefits when used.
    I very much look forward to reading more posts of yours in the future.
    Best wishes,
    Michael

  • I have been using essential oils for a very long time and never even realized that the Eucalyptus oils could help me a lot. I have always been a very congested and snotty nose, so maybe it can help me a lot. Definitely will be checking out these products and ordering some for the future!

  • Hi Amy, reading this post took me down memory lane. My mum had a tray of little essential oil bottles on a shelf in her closet. Every time we had anything wrong this tray would come out, get mixed into a carrier oil, I think she used olive oil, and then it got applied somewhere or inhaled. I can still smell that special smell from all those bottles – it makes me smile. Having had a lot of essential oils during my youth, I was actually genuinely surprised that I only have lavender oil in my closet shelf – lol! Your suggested starter kit looks like a nice rounded combination. Do you have a recipe for potpourri? I think doing one for the bathroom, would be fantastic! Maybe a lift me up kind of smell? I know you sometimes can add lemon peels – anyway looking forward to reading more on your sight. It’s a topic close to my heart – Mums are awesome!

    • Great memories and thanks for writing! Yes, a potpourri for the bathroom is a wonderful idea, as an uplifting way to start the day. I will come up with a recipe and post it for you! Thanks!

  • Ho Amy, I’m so glad I read this post. I didn’t know anything about essential oils till a few months ago when I joined a meeting about them. I tasted essential oils in food and drinks and smelled them from diffusers. They are amazing! I had a cold and once I smelled a drop of peppermint my nose suddenly felt much better. I love lavender too, it helps your sleep. Thanks for all this tips, I really liked this post 🙂

  • The diffuser is an attractive looking item to have sitting around at home while it does amazing things to your senses! I also didn’t realize there were symbols to indicate how to use the oils on the bottles, that’s handy. Your post is beautifully written and clear and easy to follow. My favorite oils are sandalwood and lemon myrtle. Thanks for an informative and helpful post.

  • Hi Amy,

    I have an essential oil diffuser that I love and use often. I use 3 drops in mine since I like a milder scent. I use Lavender.

    I used to have the roll-on version a while ago and should get another one. It was a gift and I didn’t realize how beneficial it was!

    Thanks for a great and informative article.

    Patsy

  • I am learning about essential oils and their addition to my everyday life. I burn them for now, but want to learn more. This article will get me going on my way. However, do the oils become less potent after time? and what is the best way to store them?

    • As long as the oils are kept in a cool, dark cabinet, they stay for a pretty long time — Plus, the oils that I sell from Rocky Mountain Oils have a 100% satisfaction guarantee with a 90-day refund policy. I’ve never had a problem with an oil going rancid or anything. Thanks for writing!

  • Wow! Thanks for making this process of using Essential Oils totally understandable. I clicked through and think I’ll try the Roll On Daily Solutions Kit. This will be helpful for me as I am working on detaching from some stressful situations in my life right now.

  • Hi Amy! I’m a huge fan of essential oils, so I love reading someone else’s thoughts on them! Essential oils are my favorite b/c there’s something for nearly everything going on in my life. My favorites are Peppermint , Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Patchouli, Orange, Frankincense and Myrrh, and more. I have used diffusers some, but have not done much with carrier oils. Which carrier oil do you like best? Helpful website. I’ll be back to visit again!
    Colleen

    • Hi Colleen and thank you for writing! I’ve only used a tiny bit of olive oil as a carrier oil and it seems to work the best for me. I know it’s all natural so I don’t mind it. I love Frankincense and Myrrh — reminds me of the 60s…! Thanks again!

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