Ok, so you’ve just got your first oils, or maybe you just need a refresher?
Here’s a few tips to ignite the love affair, that is, your new life with the world’s most powerful essential oils.
Appreciating the value of high quality essential oils in relation to how powerful the volatile aromatic compounds they possess can be for our physical and emotional wellbeing is one thing, understanding how to use them safely and work with their power to gain the most benefits, is another.
There are 3 common ways to use or apply essential oils.
AROMATICALLY, TOPICALLY & INTERNALLY
Reading the label, taking the time to educate yourself and/or speaking with a health professional for guidance will make it easy to apply all 3 ways confidently in no time.
AROMATIC – Breathing in or just smelling essential oils can be one of the most powerful ways to use them.
Smell is human sense that can evoke powerful emotional, psychological and physiological responses.
This is because smell is received and relayed by the olfactory nerve, situated in the limbic system.
What is the limbic system. It’s the part of the brain 9made up of multiple structures that supports multiple functions including motivation, emotions, smell, behaviour and memory. That’s why when you smell something familiar it often reminds you of a certain time or place.
Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils.
But there other aromatic uses:
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
- Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
- Use in household surface cleaners
TOPICAL— Applying (some) directly to the skin or mixing them with carrier oils or other personal care products.
To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time.
Where on your body you might apply essential oils
- Forehead and temples
- Chest, stomach and wrists
- Arms, legs, bottom of feet
Other types of topical use
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Add to a spray bottle with cold distilled water
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil, or at least twice that amount of carrier oil for babies, children or those with sensitive skin.
When using essential oils – ‘less is more’ (in the moment). Remember these are powerful so a ‘little bit of oil applied often’ is the best way to go. Meaning start with 1-2 drops, diluted if needed and decide which dose is best for you and your specific size, age and overall health. (A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6) hours as needed.
SAFETY TIPS: Please be aware of the ‘hot oils’ (Oregano, On Guard, Cinnamon, Cassia) that may sting or burn.
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes, eyes and inner ears, broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin. My favourite way to remember is to avoid- lips, pits and sensitive bits
Always patch test any new oils on your wrist. If you get oil in your eyes, or on your skin just rub extra fractionated coconut oil around or over the area.
Water and oils don’t mix, so avoid wetting your skin for a while after applying oils.
INTERNAL— Add oils to beverages, take them in doTERRA Veggie Caps, take doTERRA essential oils supplements, or use them in your favourite recipes.
This type of use is not for everyone and so I urge you to do as much reading and researching, as you need to feel safe and confident in your own choices and applications.
If you think about it though you’re likely ingesting essential oils in very low doses already. These oils exist in their whole forms in plants before they are extracted – so when you eat herbs like cinnamon, basil, thyme or oregano, or when you use peppermint tea leaves or buy food with ‘natural flavours’, essential oils are likely to be the cause of the amazing smell and natural ingredient that greats the flavour you experience with these meals.
As stated on the Doterra website;
Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavouring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted. Read more about it here https://www.doterra.com/US/en/using-essential-oils
Our body’s however can only process a certain amount of essential oil at a time so make sure you read and strictly follow the correct dosing as per the labels and other professional guidelines to avoid toxicity.
Effective Methods of Internal Application
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
- Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
- For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
- Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt
Now we’ve covered the 3 main applications, here’s some practical every day uses for each of the oils in The Home Essentials (starter) Kit.
Quick tip for setting your oils up: Get your stickers out of the welcome pack and and label the tops of your bottles. Being able to see which is which from the top when they’re stored in a box or alike makes it SO much easier.
The next step is to take the lids off regularly and get to know all your oils.
Don’t forget to listen to your intuition – often you will find you instinctively ‘know’ what you need in a given situation. Trust that.
Properties: energising, cleansing, uplifting, detoxifying
- Add to diffuser blends (great in the morning) for a sharp, clean, refreshing smell and lift to blends.
- Add one -1 drops to warm water form cleaning morning drink/healthy ritual
- Add Lemon into cleaning sprays to use as a natural cleaner throughout your home.
- The best glass cleaner I have ever used is Lemon (about 10 drops), and 50/50 water and vinegar in a glass spray bottle.
- Add a drop of Lemon and Peppermint to your hands for feelings of clarity and invigoration.
- Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil (with water) to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
- Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
- Put it in a jar with some bicarb soda and cover it with some fabric and an elastic band – the bicarb soda draws the moisture out of the air and the Lemon will provide a clean, refreshing aroma.
- I put it in my water bottle most days for a citrus burst of flavour and cleansing effect.
- I like to wash my fruit with Lemon, water and white vinegar (any citrus oil works well – e.g. Wild Orange, Lime and Grapefruit)
Blended oils: wild orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus radiata, Rosemary.
Properties: immune support, antimicrobial, purifying
- On Guard (OG) has an energising and uplifting aroma and can be used for flavouring as well
- You can add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use as a surface cleaner.
- Add with the following oils to a roller bottle or small dip bowl with doterra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) to assist the body when you have seasonal complaints such as a runny nose or tension throughout the body. Combine 1-2 drops with the same of Frankincense, lemon, tea tee and oregano.
- I love OG in my water bottle if I know I’m pushing myself mentally or physically.
- Add one drop to a cup of tea- tastes like Chai!
- We also like to soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a healthy snack.
- Add one drop (or less using a toothpick) and one drop of lemon essential oil to a spoon of Manuka honey when you have a sore throat.
Blended oils: Ginger, peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander, Anise
Properties: digestive, cleansing, settling
- Take internally (veggie capsule, under tongue, or in water) with/after/before food to promote digestion
- Rub on stomach to settle and feelings of digestion discomfort
- Add to daily rituals to promote gut health
- Rub over stomach during moon cycle for tightness or discomfort in stomach
- Rub on the stomach or smell from the bottle while travelling on windy roads, long trips or boats
Properties: Cooling, awakening, natural bug repellent, clearing
- Sooth tension in your neck and head, rub on the back of your neck and to your temples (be careful of your eyes, dilute with coconut oil (FCO) as required).
- Apply to the sides of the nose and across forehead for a sense of clear passages (again remember to dilute with carrier oil).
- Add 4-6 drops to 250ml of distilled water isn a spray bottles or add 1-2 drops on cotton balls and spread around your windowsill, bench tops and cupboards if you notice ants
- Keep in the glovebox of our car and wipe the top of the bottle before placing your finger onto the roof of your mouth after coffee or to freshen your breath.
- Add two to three drops to your favourite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist. Its also amazing added to chocolate recipes.
- Take a deep breath of Peppermint essential oil prior to exercise.
- Remember, less is more! 1 drop of Peppermint has the potency of about 28 cups of Peppermint tea.
Properties: Soothing, calming
- Lavender promotes calm, relaxed feelings and is great to diffuse or use topically before sleep or when you’re experiencing pain.
- Applied topically, Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. It is always handy to have on hand to soothe skin.
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
- Apply to skin or effected area when minor burns happen around the home e.g. oven, heaters, candles.
- Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times – keep it in your sample pouch/keyring so it’s there when you need it.
- Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
Properties: Renewing, beautifying, rejuvenating, grounding
- Add a drop to your moisturiser/foundation before apply to your face (helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections).
- Use it a blend with Lavender and apply to pulse points/chest/back of neck/temples to promote feelings of peace and relaxation.
- Add to your meditation rituals to help centre and focus
- Pop a drop under your tongue to promote calmer emotions and mental clarity
- When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall spiritual and emotional wellness.
- Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a soothing effect.
- Massage on the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
- Add frankincense to nearly any essential oil blend to enhance the effects and aromas – it tends to bring out the best in aromatic properties.
Properties: antibacterial, anti fungal, decongestant
- Wipe tea tree is over pimples or cold sores – melaleuca is renowned for its cleansing qualities and for revitalising the appearance of skin.
- Take to the swimming pool and wipe over your toes after sharing the showers and water areas
- Clean your toothbrush – just add one drop per toothbrush in a glass of water.
- I add 2 drops to our laundry load (I often add Purify and Lavender Peace to some loads as well)
- You can add a couple of drops to a spray bottle with lemon and OG with distilled water for a natural cleaner around the house. You can also add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces as a cleansing and purifying agent
- Diffuse for a fresh, clear aroma – especially in the winter months
- Apply to skin after shaving or waxing
- Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to cleanse and keep nails looking healthy
Blended oils: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Blue tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Osmanthus
Properties: anti inflammatory, soothing, relaxing
- I use this regularly before and after workouts (mainly on feet, back and shoulders).
- If you spend extended periods of time at a computer, try rubbing Ice Blue essential oil blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck – it is amazing combined with frankincense and FCO for this especially.
- A few drops of Ice Blue diluted in a carrier oil can be part of a cooling and comforting massage.
- Massage with a few drops of carrier oil onto growing kids’ legs before bedtime.
- Rub Ice Blue on your lower back after a day of heavy lifting at work or during a move.
- My family have used this with great effect for osteoarthritis pain on their hip and knees.
Blended oils: Laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, melaleuca alternifolia, lemon, ravensara, cardamom, Ravintsara
Properties: clearing, soothing, opening
- Easy Air is great to add to the shower floor, your hands or the diffuser to feel clear and calm when breathing.
- Ideal to be applied before a restful night’s sleep
- Use so that you are equipped for seasonal threats.
- It can also be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses before a restful nights sleep.
- You can also diffuse, inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest or feet when environmental threats are high.
- Use when outdoors at times of seasonal threats – combine with lavender and lemon for best effect.
- Add to tissue to breath in to help clear airways.
Properties: antibacterial, antiviral, immune stimulation
- Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional practices for its cleansing properties.
- The primary chemical components of Oregano is carvacol. Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with a carrier oil when applied to the skin because it is a hot oil.
- Oregano’s aroma acts as an enhancer and equaliser in essential oil blends.
- Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
- Put 10 drops in a 500mL spray bottle with water to add a refreshing and cleansing aroma to surface sprays