The Beginners Guide to Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great way to improve your health and your mood. They have been used for nearly six thousand years. Learn how to use essential oils successfully with this guide.
Essential oils can be used in many different ways. Three of the most ways are aromatically, topically, and internally. In our home we focus on using them aromatically and topically. You can learn more about the internal method here.
How to Use Essential Oils
Not all oils are the same so be sure to do your own research. Research for yourself how they are tested, where they are sourced, and if they are organic ect.
Three Methods of Using Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used to purify the air. boost the immune system, and open up the airways when congested. By breathing in the oils you can get an afternoon energy boost or fall asleep with ease. Using essential oils aromatically can stimulate your brain, improve your memory, and boost your mood.
You can use oils aromatically by diffusing them, using your hands, or breathing them straight from the bottle. When using a diffuser the amount of oil used depends on the size of your diffuser. Use the guide below:
- 100 mL: 3-5 drops
- 200 mL: 6-10 drops
- 300 mL: 11-15 drops
- 400 mL: 16-20 drops
- 500 mL: 21-25 drops
To use your hands simply put 1-3 drops of oil on your palm, rub your hands together, cup your hands over your nose, and take a deep breathe. To use the bottle method simply breathe in the oil straight from the bottle.
Using essential oils topically can help boost the immune system and purify the skin. Two common methods for using essential oils topically are roller bottles and salves and lotions.
Roller bottles are an easy way to apply oils to the skin while at home and on the go. All you have to do is add the oils to the roller bottle and top it off with a carrier oil. Use the guide below for making roller bottles.
- Adult: 10 mL roller bottles: 15-30 drops
- Child: 10 mL roller bottles: 5-10 drops
- Baby: 10 mL roller bottles: 1-3 drops
You can also use oils topically by making salves and lotions or using coconut oil and adding oils to them. Use 1-3 drops of essential oils to every tablespoon of salve, lotion, or coccnut oil.
How to Apply Oils Topically
If you have certain areas that hurt or are irritated then apply the oils directly to the affected area. When dealing with conditions that don’t have a physical location like energy or immune support these are the most effected areas.
- Bottoms of your feet- Applying the oil to your feet allows the oils to enter your bloodstream within seconds because your feet have large pores.
- On your spine- For immune support apply the oils down the spine.
- Behind your ears- For relaxation before bed apply the oils behind your ears because they are absorbed by the skin quickly.
- On your chest and back- When dealing with phlegm and congestion apply oils to your chest or back to help break the phlegm up.
- On your wrists- To boost the immune system apply oils to your wrist.
Should You Dilute the Oils
If you are not confident if you should dilute the oils, then go ahead and dilute them. Better safe then sorry. Oils are just as effective when diluted because the carrier oils help the essential oils to absorb quickly and deeply into the skin. Be sure to dilute oils before applying to children, elderly, and people with sensitive skin. There are oils known as neat oils that don’t need to be diluted because they are gentle. But because essential oils can be extremely strong, dilute just in case.
Common Neat Oils:
“Neat” oils are oils that can be applied directly to the skin without being diluted with a carrier oil.
- Tea Tree (non oxidized)
- Bay Laurel
Common Carrier Oils
Carrier oils are oils that are used to dilute essential oils.
- Fractioned Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
What are your favorite essential oils? Share in the comments below.