How To Use Essential Oils- The Ultimate Guide To Getting Started

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Ever wondered how to use essential oils? They’re all over your Facebook feed, and many of your mom friends are selling them these days. They sound like they could be a great, natural option to keep you and your family healthy. Want to jump in but not sure where to start?

No worries! Let this guide direct you into the oily goodness that you’re looking for.

I’m an integrative medicine physician assistant, and I’ve been chatting with blogger friends, many of whom are certified essential oils coaches. This giant list of resources below will help you know how to use essential oils with ease!

You can learn how to use essential oils both to support your health and around the home as non-toxic cleaning products. You can even use them to help your pets!

Want to have an amazing library of resources for essential oils and herbs? Check out this collection!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that may provide health benefits. They come from the heart of plant, and their concentrated goodness can pack a powerful health punch.

Also, because the oils are so concentrated, a small amount goes a long way. The purer the oil, the longer it will last. Keep them away from direct sunlight and avoid getting them too hot or cold.

Because they are so potent, it’s vital to know how to use them properly and safely. While they have been in use for thousands of years, they are picking up steam in our modern society, and you want to use them in the best way to help your health.

Essential oils are also small molecules, and they are able to pass through the body’s blood brain barrier. Your sense of smell is connected directly to your limbic system, which plays an essential role in mood and memories. Essential oils are a medication-free way to influence and improve mood.

It’s important to get your oils from a company that you trust. Essentials oils in their purest form work best. So, it’s best to work with a company that tests the quality of its oils. Please consider finding a company that goes GC/MS testing (Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry) to verify the purity and quality of each oil.

I personally love Rocky Mountain Oils; you can check their GC/MS results of every batch with the number on each bottle! Young Living and DoTerra are two popular companies that people tend to have good results with.

How To Use Essential Oils

There are 4 main ways to use essential oils for your body’s health. They can be inhaled, diffused into the air in a mist, topically applied (usually in a carrier oil), and ingested.

You can also use them as cleaning products, for natural personal care items, and air fresheners! There are also great guidelines for using them with kiddos and pets.

Quick warning– if you plan to ingestion essential oils, please get food grade essential oils. It’s also recommended that you discuss this potential use with your holistic healthcare provider before ingestion, as they know your health and allergies and can advise you on the best things for you!

Can You Apply Essential Oils Directly To The Skin?

And How Do You Apply Essential Oils To The Skin?

Very carefully!

Seriously, due to the potency of essential oils, please be careful!

It is usually recommended that you dilute the pure essential oil in a carrier oil before applying to your skin. Typical dilutions are one drop of essential oil to 3 or 4 drops of carrier oil (depends on where you get your oils from). For children, diluting it even further is usually advised.

Some oils are considered “hot,” which means that they cause a warming sensation to the skin. These oils tend to be better with a greater dilution (as in, use more carrier oil for the same amount of essential oil). This usually applies to oregano, thyme, clove bud, and cinnamon.

Popular carrier oils include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Apricot Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Cold-pressed Grapeseed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

We love these great little roller bottles for all the amazing oily recipes.

Is It Safe To Use Essential Oils Every Day?

For most people, it’s fine to use essential oils every day. In fact, some essential oils companies actually recommend using oils every day to get the maximum health benefits from your oils!

Please consult YOUR holistic healthcare provider to be sure, as they know your medical history, medications and supplements, and current health level to advise you best.

Getting Started Guides and Mini-Courses

I’m kinda old school in that I still love actual books. If you’re like me, The Healing Power of Essential Oils by Dr. Eric Zielinski is one of the best books out there. You’ll feel confident and super knowledgeable about why and how to use essential oils for everything from a great night’s sleep to taming the PMS beast.

Looking to just dive in and get started? This Quick Start Guide To Using Essential Oils from The Simple Life Simplified will get you started quickly and easily! Karen also created an ah-mazing, FREE 7 day guide that’s packed with great info to help you feel confident using your oils.

Brook at Simply Well Family has a great introduction to essential oils, including how they’re made and five ways that you should be using them. Brook is a holistic nurse practitioner, and you can take her evidence-based research to the bank! You can check it out HERE.

Looking to build up an essential oils collection? Check out this advice from Simone on How To Start An Essential Oil Collection.

Make Your Own Essential Oil Roller Bottles from A Magical Mess makes it easy to start with a vital part of essential oils– how to make those roller bottles! There’s even 10 great recipes to put in those cute little bottles.

How To Use Essential Oils

How To Use Essential Oils For 70+ Different Things

Essential Oils For Your Health

To Improve Your Mood- Looking to improve anxiety, depression, or just reduce your stress levels? Essential oils have got you covered!

Brittany from Modifying Mommy has got you covered with this HUGE list of essential oils for mood, plus how and when to use them!

Chill The Heck Out Calming Essential Oil Blend from The Rising Spoon is perfect for those stressful and anxious times when you Just. Can’t. Even.

To Strength Your Immune System- Being sick is the worst! Do you feel like you or your kids catch everything going around? Check out these amazing resources for using essential oils to decrease your risk of getting sick All. The. Time.

For Autoimmune Conditions- If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition (things like lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, etc), the struggle is real!

These Essential Oils For Autoimmunity from Feasting on Joy are just what you need! There’s even a free download to help you keep it all straight!

For Morning Sickness- Kiddos are such a blessing, but getting them here can be a challenging journey! You might find some relief from morning sickness by adding these Essentials Oils For Morning Sickness.

For Headaches- When a headache strikes, consider this all-natural Headache Balm from Simply Stacie with potent essential oils.

For Bumps and Bruises- Natasha from The Artisan Life has this fantastic recipe for Essential Oils For Bumps and Bruises to speed up skin healing!

For A Great Night’s Sleep- Essential oils can help to promote a restful night’s sleep with these tips on Using Essential Oils To Sleep Better from Saving Dollars & Sense.

Essential Oils for Your Kids

Looking to use essential oils for your whole family? Get all the details, recipes, and safety instructions from certified essential oils coach, Reeni. She’s got you covered from pregnancy to infants to kids to cleaning in her resource-packed, inexpensive, 75-page ebook 75+ Simple Essential Oil Recipes For The Whole Family.

Lavender oil can be a powerful way to help kiddos relax, heal from boo-boos, and may even bring down a fever! Check out these 7 Unbelievable Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oils With Kids.

This DIY Bath Scrub recipe from A Day In Our Shoes is a great way to get kids involved with essential oils. It’s also a fantastic sensory activity for kids!

Get those tangles out of baby hair without tears with this Natural Hair Detangler Spray from Saving Dollars & Sense. She’s also got a great Lice Prevention Spray for those times when the kids at school share a little too well!

This homemade Owie Cream pairs perfectly with a kiss for healing up little boo-boos fast.

Essential Oils For Your Pets

Your fur babies will love essential oils, too! Oils are an amazing, non toxic way to care for your pets.

Jenn, a certified essential oils coach, has created a fantastic course called Love Your Pets With Essential Oils that includes a robust recipe book to help you care for your pets, from livestock to micro pets.

Kristie shares tons of ways to help your dog with essential oils in How To Use Essential Oils on Dogs.

Pamper Yourself With Essential Oils For Self Care

You’re gonna feel so good and relaxed with this list of essential oils for self care:

Want longer and more luxurious hair? Check out these 7 Essential Oils For Hair Growth from Beauty Crafter.

Learn all about how Neem Oil with All Natural Ideas, and see how it can offer powerful benefits for your skin and hair.

Pamper the man in your life with this amazing DIY Beard Oil Recipe from Beauty Crafter. Her free printable beard oil label is adorable!!!

Essential Oils For Personal Care Products

Using non-toxic, essential oils-based products on your skin and in your beauty routine is an amazing way to stay healthy! As a holistic healthcare provider, I strongly urge you to consider going natural with your personal care items, and this list makes it easy!

Laura from Scattered Woman Pursuing Purpose has a fantastic collection of Top 10 DIY Essential Oil Body Care Recipes. It includes deodorant, body butter, remineralizing toothpaste, and even a healthy version of dry shampoo!

This is one of the best DIY Essential Oil Toothpaste recipes from Very Busy Vegan Mom with just 3 ingredients!

Making your own soap is super easy and non-toxic with essential oils. This DIY Homemade Liquid Hand Soap from Saving Dollars & Sense is very budget-friendly. This DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap from The Rising Spoon is amazing!

Essential Oils For Your Home

Organic Gardening- Essential oils make the foundation of fabulous sprays to keep pests away from your lovely graden produce with these Non-Toxic Pest Deterrent Sprays.

Cleaning Product Recipes- I LOVE using non toxic cleaners in my home. Besides improving your health by avoiding environmental toxins, I find that making my own cleaners can also save a little money! Check out these awesome tips and recipes:

You can find the 5 best essential oils for cleaning your home and 3 fabulous DIY recipes for cleaning products HERE from Simply Well Family.

Clean your home from top to bottom with these amazing Best Essential Oils For Cleaning Your Home recipes from My Tidy Corner.

Keep those hardwood floors clean and gorgeous naturally with this Homemade Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner from Practical Self Reliance.

Heard friends rave about Young Living’s Thieves essential oil? Here’s 6 great recipes to Clean Your Home With Thieves from Very Anxious Mommy.

Vinegar + Essential Oils = an amazing way to clean your house that doesn’t smell like stinky vinegar!! Check out these DIY Cleaners With Vinegar That Smell Good from DIY With My Guy.

If you’ve ever spotted mold, you need these fantastic Natural Mold Killer Recipes That Really Work from Healthy and Lovin’ It.

Keep your toilet super clean and smelling good with these easy non-toxic Toilet Cleaner Tabs from Retro Housewife Goes Green. She also has this fantastic Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs recipe that you’ll want to make ASAP.

Kitchen- Mystery stink in your garbage disposal? Not anymore with this DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaner.

Keep your granite gorgeous with this DIY Homemade Granite Cleaner from Mama Cheaps.

Feel confident in how clean your fruits and veggies are with this DIY Non-Toxic Fruit and Veggie Wash. This amazing Fruit and Vegetable Wash recipe from Know Your Produce also has the cutest free printable label! **Please be sure to use food-grade essential oils for these!

This essentials oils recipe is amazing– DIY Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.

Laundry- Essential oils make amazing laundry detergents! Check out this super easy and inexpensive All-Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent from Very Anxious Mommy.

Looking for a safer alternative for bleach? This Homemade All Natural Non-Toxic Bleach is perfect for you.

Air Fresheners and Fabric Refreshers- Improve the smells of your clothes and rooms with these fantastic essential oil recipes:

All-Natural Bug Spray- Say good-bye to bugs and hello to summer fun with these amazing bug sprays made with essential oils:

How To Use Essential Oils Every Day

Use this guide on how to use essential oils as your starting point to dive right into the oily goodness and start today. These amazing recipes will get you cooking up non-toxic cleaners, care products, and help you naturally care for your family.

For even more help and hacks with essential oils, I love this Herbs and Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle. It’s packed with info and printables for naturally caring for your home and family, and it’s a fraction of the cost. Some of my favorites are the ebook on foraging for food in your own backyard and making your own all-natural bath and beauty products!

I can’t wait to hear from you! Now that you know how to use essential oils, what are you most excited to try first?

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