How to Use Essential Oils
So, you’ve just bought your first essential oil!
You’ve heard a lot about them, about how there is something special and how great they can be for your health and well-being.
You have arrived home with your new purchase.
Well, it can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the basics and you’ll be an expert in no time.
To master your use of essential oils, there are a few things you will need to understand before you start. Basically, oils are used in one of three ways.
Here’s how to use essential oils aromatically. (In a diffuser)
The aromatic use of essential oils is probably the most familiar to you. You may have visited a salon or spa and smelt the refreshing aroma of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils. Maybe felt the soothing calm effects of Lavender’s scent in one of your friend’s homes. The most common way to get the amazing benefits of essential oils is by diffusing them!
If you are unsure how to use an essential oil diffuser, check the instructions with your product for water and oil ratios. For instance, diffusers come in various sizes and the amount of drops you add will vary. Some will need 15 to 25 drops of oil to the water, while smaller diffusers require only 8 to10 drops. There’s a bit of calculating involved but with practice you’ll get the hang of it quickly!
For a feeling of rest and relaxation give this combination a try in your diffuser before bedtime:
So, you don’t have a diffuser?
You can still enjoy many of the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in areas where you want to disperse the scent.
You’ll be amazed by how well this simple solution works!
Freshen that smelly space in minutes by adding a few drops of your favourite citrus oils to a cotton ball. Then place it in a gym bag, garbage can, or anywhere else that needs a scent upgrade.
The quickest and easiest way to get the aromatic benefits of an essential oil is by simply taking a few drops from the bottle and placing into the palm of your hands. Cup your hands around your mouth and nose and inhale, breathing deeply for as long as needed.
How to use essential oils topically. (on your skin)
The topical use of essential oils is one of the most popular. Once you have tried this, it will probably be your favourite method. Usually, learning how to use essential oils on the skin is what makes most people go from casual oil users to fans.
You can apply essential oils to most parts of your body, but you need to be careful of your most sensitive skin.
To get the most benefit from your essential oils, you’ll find that certain applications are more effective than others.
- Essential oils can be applied to the crown of your head, behind the ears, to your neck, and to your temples.
- If the aroma of an oil is too strong, or your skin is sensitive, you can dilute it with a carrier oil. Carrier Oils are mixed with other oils to reduce its effects.
- Essential oils are great for massage! Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils can be added to a carrier oil for a calming and relaxing massage. Peppermint essential oils, however, are great for rejuvenating muscles after a long workout.
- In aromatherapy, many people choose to apply essential oils to the tops and soles of their feet. Tea Tree essential oil is commonly used as part of spa and beauty treatments, especially to help fight odour on particularly smelly feet before a pedicure.
- Essential oils can help improve the appearance of healthy skin! These hints below will help you understand how to use essential oils on your skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes and to give yourself a healthy glow!
- Tea Tree essential oil is particularly good at reducing the appearance of blemishes. You can use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly to the affected area.
- For smoother-looking skin, you can add Bergamot essential oil to your night-time routine. Be aware though, Bergamot and other citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, so you should avoid sun exposure after application.
- Add Lavender essential oil to your next bath to give yourself an amazing treat that can also help give your whole body smoother-looking skin.
Essential Oils can also be ingested. (Swallowed)
We do not recommend ingesting essential oils.
Essential oil safety
Essential oils are very potent, so you need to be careful when you use them.
Remember this: a little goes a long way!
- Less is more! You can always add another drop, so start slowly, whether you’re using your oils topically or aromatically.
- Some oils can be very potent and may be irritating to the skin. Always apply a small test amount. If irritation occurs, immediately apply pure vegetable oil to the affected area to dilute. If irritation continues always seek medical advice.
- Always read label directions for each individual oil before use.
- Do not put essential oils in eyes, ears, nose, or other areas with sensitive skin.
From your first bottle of essential oil to a multi-oil combination in your diffuser, learning how to use essential oils is a process. Be patient and take your time and you will become an expert in no time.
This essential oil uses guide is only the beginning. We have more detailed posts on our website at Wiltija.