How to Use Essential Oils 2017-05-18T13:41:55+00:00

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical benefits.

They can be used as just a single oil or you might combine a few oils that works well together. Or you may use a complex blend that’s specially formulated for a specific purpose.

We use essential oils in three different ways: Aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.


While we are not affiliated with authors/publishers of these reference guides, here are two of our favorites that we recommend to help you get ideas of was you can use oils to support your wellness goals and promote a healthy lifestyle:

The Essential Life

  • Guide for everyday use in the home through cooking, cleaning, blending, gardening, pets & more.

Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Daniel Macdonald

  • Explains how essential oils can aid us in emotional wellness
  • Lists many different oils and provides suggestions for use

Aromatic Uses

Use essential oils aromatically to impact your moodOur sense of smell is amazingly powerful. It influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes throughout our bodies. Aromatherapy is using aroma to impact our body for greater health.

Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Using an oil aromatically is the fastest way to impact your mood – to uplift, invigorate or relax. In addition to the many emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can support our respiratory systems and can the purify air of unwanted odors.

Using an oil aromatically can be as simply as smelling it from the bottle. Other ways to use aromatically would be to put a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub together and then hold up near your face to inhale.

Oil diffusers are another great way to use essential oils aromatically, and there are many different types of diffusers available. Ultrasonic and forced air / jet diffusers are very popular. When diffusing, low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended, because they won’t change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused.

Topical Uses

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the area you’ve applied. For example, using marjoram and cypress to sooth a stiff muscle or applying lavender after being out in the sun are common ways to use an oil topically. Oils also have restorative and calming properties. Oils are used frequently and effectively with massage and in skin care products.

The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream, so they can provide internal benefit throughout the body. Be aware that some essential oils, such as cinnamon, thyme, oregano, cassia should be diluted with a carrier or before being applied topically, so that skin irritation or sensitivity do not occur.

Internal Uses

You can use oils internally by putting them in a veggie capEssential oils can also be used as dietary supplements, and can support a variety of healthy goals. Why would you want to use an oil internally? Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy & normal inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but there are some oils that should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

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