How to Use Essential Oils
There are many valuable ways to internalize the benefits of our energy-infused essential oils. The two most common are through topical application (placing oils on the skin) or through inhalation. Here are the easiest and safest ways to use both method. Click here to open a printable guide on how to use these oils.
Add it to a bath
The best way to use essential oils in a bath is to mix them with salt. Whip up this quick mixture in a small bowl while your tub fills with water. Then add it just before entering.
1 tsp baking soda + 2 tsp of Epsom salt + 3 tsp sea salt + 5 drops essential oils
While you most likely have baking soda and sea salt in you kitchen cupboard, Epsom salt can easily be found at any drugstore (and many supermarkets). Not only will the essential oil be absorbed safely through your skin in this technique, you will enjoy the soothing aromatic benefits as well.
Use it with a massage
Scheduling a massage can be a delicious treat. Now you can give yourself some added TLC by rubbing your feet, hands, or entire body. Better yet, give a massage to a loved one.
Because essential oils can be up to 70% more concentrated than the whole plant, it's best to dilute them with a carrier oil. Organic, cold-pressed oils that do not have much scent of their own are ideal, and can be found at most local grocery stores or natural food markets. We recommend:
- grapeseed oil
- sweet almond oil
- apricot kernel oil,
- jojoba oil, or
- avocado oil
To create your massage mixture, place these items in a small bowl or jar. Shake well before using.
1 Tbsp carrier oil (or water) + 9 drops essential oil (for small areas of the body)
1 Tbsp carrier oil (or water) + 3 drops essential oil (for entire body massage)
**Please note that we do not recommend using essential oils on infants or toddlers. Also, it's best to keep each carrier oil in the refrigerator between uses. They should last about a year from the purchase date when stored like this.
Dab lavender oil directly on the skin
Pure lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be placed directly on small areas of the skin. Place a few drops directly on cuts or minor burns to aid in the healing process. Or, dab 1-2 drops on your wrists or forehead to aid in relaxation and sleep.
Place the oil on a tissue
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil can be placed on a tissue, or cotton ball, and allowed to evaporate into the air. This technique can alter your mood or create a pleasant scent in your immediate environment. You can do this at your desk, by your bedside, or in your car. If you want an intense whiff, sniff the tissue directly. However, this is only recommended in small doses.
Create a spray
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil into 4-6 ounces of water. Place both ingredients in a spray bottle and use in any room of the house. Just remember to shake the solution just before spraying, so that you spray the solution (and not just water).
Use with a hot or cold compress
Want to cool down on a hot day? Feel achy on a cold morning? Place 10 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water (comfortably hot or cold, depending on your compress), and soak a washcloth or towel in the solution. Then place your compress over your affected area for relief.