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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.