Whether you are an essential oil newbie or an avid essential oil user, this guide is for you! This essential oil guide contains need to know information for those new to essential oils and is also a helpful resource for essential oil lovers as it has all the need to know information contained in one place!
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The Complete ‘How to’ Essential Oil Guide
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in 3 ways: topically, aromatically and internally. The majority of essential oils can be used topically (on your skin) or aromatically (smelling the aroma) however certain essential oils, like eucalyptus can not be ingested. Also many brands of essential oils do not recommend internal use of essential oils so always be sure to read the bottle first!
Essential oils are very concentrated meaning a little bit goes a long way! If you have naturally sensitive skin, consider always diluting oils in a carrier oil first. You can also test the oil on a small area of skin to see if you react to it. It is so important that you read this essential oil safety guide to make sure you prevent these embarrassing essential oils experiences that happened to my family!
You must always dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil before applying essential oils to children. When applying essential oils to infants you should dilute 1 drop of essential oil in one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grape seed oil. For children under 5, dilute one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil.
Where should you apply essential oils?
One of the best places to apply essential oils is to the soles of your feet as the pores on your feet are quite large allowing the skin to absorb the oil faster than most other areas. Also the skin on the bottom of your feet is less sensitive than other areas of the body. Learn more about applying essential oils to your feet.
There are some essential oils that are photosensitive meaning that if your skin is exposed to direct sunlight within 12 hours of applying them, you could get a severe skin reaction or burn. You can learn all about photosensitive essential oils here.
If applying essential oils to a large area of your body (such as your neck and shoulders) you should dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or grape seed oil to help the essential oil spread further. You can also add the essential oil of your choice to a roller bottle and mix with a carrier oil to make application easier and mess free!
You can apply multiple essential oils to the same area. For example you may apply lavender and peppermint to the back of your neck to help with occasional muscle tension after a workout. Simply apply one essential oil, wait a few seconds and apply the second one.
Topical DIY Essential Oil Recipes
You can make some amazing DIY recipes using essential oils such as this DIY Essential Oil Vapor Rub. There are also lots of DIY recipes you can make such as 75 essential oil beauty recipes and essential oils sprays.
Enjoy the benefits of the essential oil by smelling/inhaling the aroma. There are so many ways of doing this such as using a diffuser, using your hands to inhale the aroma or wear an essential oil diffusing necklace.
Inhale Using Your Hands:
Add 1-2 drops of essential oil onto your hands and then rub your hands together. Cup your hands over your nose- breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Here are some ideas on how to use essential oils aromatically without a diffuser.
Use a Diffuser
Another option is to use a diffuser. There are many kinds of diffusers some diffusers need water in which case you would add 3-4 drops of oil into the water reservoir. The diffuser I use (Aroma Ace) does not require water, instead you screw the bottle onto the diffuser and you can then set how many minutes you want the diffuser to run for and how often- you can also set the output amount (how much oil is being used). Originally I was nervous to use this diffuser as I was worried that it would use the oils quickly, but I soon learned the opposite was true. If I hadn’t smelt the aroma of the oils I would have questioned if the diffuser was even running as at the end of the day it looked as if the oil level in the bottle hadn’t dropped at all. Personally I really like this diffuser as it is compact, easy to move, and oil bottles can be switched quickly with no mess.
Essential Oil Diffusing Jewelry
Another way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essentials oils is to wear essential oil diffusing jewelry! Now you can take the essential oil aroma with you wherever you go! As an added bonus you don’t have to worry about the residue from the essential oil potentially transferring to your clothes. I recently purchased 5 new pieces of essential oil diffusing jewelry which I love! You can see all the diffusing jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, bangles and even an essential oil dog tag) here!
Oils that are safe to be used internally mean that they can enter into your system in ways other than skin absorption. There are mixed opinions as to whether or not you should ingest essential oils. Personally I choose to but not everyone does. Make sure you are fully educated before choosing to ingest essential oils. I suggest you read this post The Great Debate: Should You Ingest Essential Oils?
How to Take Essential Oils Internally:
In Your Water:
Add 1-3 drops of an essential oil of your choice to a glass of water or a glass/stainless steel water bottle. Here are some awesome essential oil water recipes, that will make your tastebuds happy!
In a Capsule:
If you do not like the taste of the oils then you can put them in a veggie capsule. You can either take each oil individually or combine them in one capsule. To do this make sure you purchase a glass dropper to easily get the oils into the capsule without waste. It is also important to note that you want to swallow the capsule in a timely manner as the capsule could dissolve quickly after the oils have been added.
In Your Food:
Many people also enjoy using essential oils in their baking and cooking to help bring out some wonderful flavours! Here are 25 essential oil food and drink recipes that you can try! One of my favourite essential oil recipes is these diy essential oil throat drops for days when you have a tickle in your throat!
I hope this has helped you to get started using essential oils! If you already love them, share this essential oil guide with your friends who are new to the wonderful world of oils!