Learn 4 ways to begin using essential oils. Whether it is through diffusing, using topically, make household products, or ingesting.
4 ways to begin using essential oils
If you’re new to essential oils, have no fear, we all start somewhere! I began using essential oils almost a year ago and have fallen completely in love with the way they make me feel. There are many was to use essential oils but the 4 basic ways include diffusing, topical use, making DIY household products, and ingesting. Today I’m teaming up with my good friend Aletheia whose been using essential oils much longer than me. We’re bringing your some of the basics to getting started and how we like to incorporate these ways into our lives.
Diffusing essential oils:
Diffusing is the most common and easiest way to use essential oils. Nowadays you can find a diffuser almost anywhere. However, be cautious of the cheap diffusers you find on places like Amazon. I’ve gone through a handful of them already because some clog easily.
Diffusing essential oils distributes the molecules into the air so it’s an excellent way to maximize the benefits of the oils.
- Direct inhalation – put a few drops on your hands, rub your hands together, then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale.
- Adding a few drops to a warm bowl of water, covering your head with a towel, and inhaling the steam
- Cold air fan
- Ultrasonic diffusers
- Atomizing diffusers
Young Living has a great article you can find here that explains in depth the differences in different types of diffusing.
A few favorite blends to diffuse include:
- 3 drops Peppermint
- 2 drops Lemon
- 1 drop Lemon Grass
- 4 drops Joy
- 2 drops Lemon
- 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
- 2 drops Cloves
- 2 drops Orange
- 5 drops Thieves
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 5 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Frankincense
Topical uses for essential oils:
When applying essential oils directly to the skin, it’s best to dilute the oil with a “carrier oil”. A carrier oil can be liquid coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, etc. These oils help protect the skin from the potency of some essential oils. Typically, the oil will say on the back of the bottle dilute 1:4 – this means for each drop of essential oil you should add 4 drops of a carrier oil.
You can either add the carrier oil to a bowl and mix in 2-3 drops of essential oils or you can mix them together in your palms then rub your palms together.
You can apply essential oils to many areas of your body include:
- Crown of head
- Behind ears
- Upper back
- Over vital organs
- Soles and top of feet
Almost daily I rub peppermint oil on my temples to help me focus, keeps dull headaches at bay, and helps boost my mood. Whenever I’m feeling slightly under the weather I rub Thieves or RC oil on my chest and throat. To help promote better sleep I’ll rub lavender and frankincense to the bottoms of my feet.
I often add oils to my spine to help alleviate back aches. They call “Valor” a chiropractor in a bottle as it aids in the nervous system communicating to the organs and alleviating back pain.
DIY household products with essential oils:
After getting a handle on diffusing and topically using essential oils, I started experimenting in DIY products with essential oils. Now this is where Aletheia can really give us some pointers as she makes mostly all of their household products and skincare with essential oils.
All Purpose Cleaner
- Fill a small glass spray bottle 3/4 of the way full with white vinegar then finish it off with water.
- Add some diced lemon wedges.
- Add about 20 drops of Thieves oil.
- Add about 5 drops of Lemon oil.
- Shake the bottle.
- You can use this cleaner on just about any application.
- I made one giant container of laundry detergent a few months ago and it’s still going strong. Talk about saving money!
- I used this recipe from the Wellness Mama.
Lotions and Candles
What first got me interested in using essential oils was the appeal to making my own lotions, soaps, candles, and other toiletries. Here is my all time favorite whipped Shea butter recipe! I use this especially during the winter when my skin is extra dry. Today, my entire face wash and face moisturizing routine is complete DIY essential oil products.
Here is an easy face moisturizer recipe if whipping the shea butter sounds too complicated:
Mix Jojoba oil, lavender, and frankincense. I typically put them in a roller bottle and add 10 drops of each essential oil. After washing my face each night I just roll the moisturizer all over.
Ingesting essential oils:
Let me start off by saying you should ingest NOTHING but high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils. Not the stuff you can buy in Whole Foods, Amazon, or any other place.
DoTerra has a great article here on explaining why and how ingesting essential oils can be safe and a very effective way for your body to reap the full benefits of essential oils.
- I like to add a few drops of Thieves to a capsule with a few drops of carrier oil to take when I’m sick.
- I’ll also add a few drops of Thieves to my tea to help arm my immune system. It’s AMAZING the power of Thieves.
- To help with allergies, add a few drops of lemon, lavender, and peppermint to a capsule and take daily with a full glass of water.
If you’re interested in signing up for essential oils, you can visit Young Living here. As always, please let me know if you have any questions as you learn more about 4 ways to begin using essential oils!
*Disclaimer: Obviously, we are not doctors, so please seek medical advice if you’re using essential oils to cure any ailments.