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So, you’ve heard all the hype from your mate Becky about how a few sprays of Lavender oil on her pillow has sorted her insomnia, and you’re ready to get in on the action. How to use essential oils for the first time can be a bit daunting, how many drops do I add to that? Can I rub that in there? Is that meant to sting like that? We all have to start somewhere and believe me I’ve been at that starting point!

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s really not as nerve-racking as you may think. I have done a tremendous amount of research on the “hows” of using essential oils. You’ll be adding those fragrant scents here, there and everywhere by the end of this article. Essential oil master is what you’ll be known as!

There are 3 main ways essential oils are used which are through aromatherapy, topically, and internally.

How to use essential oils
What can I say, being an essential oils blogger is not all glitz and glam guys. This make-shift oil kettle steam bath was a saviour on my poorly travelling days!

What are essential oils?

First things first, what the heck are essential oils? They’re basically Mother Nature’s secret stash – those precious oils extracted from plants that pack a punch of wellness wonders.

You name it: stress-busting, sleep-inducing, skin-loving, all wrapped up in a bottle that fits right in your palm. Talk about plant power!

To put it simply they are highly concentrated oils extracted from botanicals.

Significantly more potent than fresh and dried herbs, which makes them full of health benefits. They also have a super powerful smell, most are very pleasant for the old nostrils.

If you’ve done any research on buying essential oils you’ll be asking yourself “Why on earth should I pay £20 for a fun-sized bottle of tea tree oil, when I can get 2 for £12 from Debbie down the market on Saturday.”

Not all essential oils are created equal, as with our food, how the plant comes into fruition is extremely important. You have to start with the highest quality soil, seeds, and science. This is why it is so important to do your research when using essential oils for healing properties.

The highest quality soil, seeds and science are needed to create potent essential oils.

How are they made?

Without going down the science road too much and before you start to go hazy and zone out, here are the 3 ways essential oils are made. Don’t worry this will be explained in a painless and manageable way:

  • Steam distillation – Picture this: plants enjoying a spa day! Steam, heat, and pressure team up to coax out those gorgeous essential oils. But hey, each plant’s a diva with its own unique needs – it’s like solving a puzzle to find that perfect heat-pressure sweet spot.
  • Resin Tapping – Brace yourself, because this one’s a bit like tree acupuncture, but eco-friendly! We give trees a tiny cut, just enough to make them go “What’s happening?” The tree oozes out resin like a champ, which we lovingly collect by hand. Don’t worry, the tree holds no grudges. Then comes the steamy sauna session to turn resin into gold – err, oil.
  • Cold Pressing – This is mainly used for citrus oils, rinds of fruit are slowly compressed until pressure squeezes out the essential oil.
  • Solvent Extraction – For those delicate darlings that can’t handle the heat (literally), we’ve got a plan. Using solvents to gently coax out both aromatic and non-aromatic compounds. The result? Something splendid called an “absolute.” It’s like capturing a plant’s soul in a bottle. These are different from essential oils because they can contain both aromatic and non-aromatic chemical constituents.
  • CO2 Extraction – High-tech meets nature in this method. Think supercritical CO2 – it’s like a really fancy magnifying glass. It helps extract oils with surgical precision. Sure, it might be a bit of a splurge, but trust me, the perks are worth it.

If this has enlightened the scientist within and you’d prefer to read some in-depth explanations ‘New Direction Aromatics go into a lot more detail.

Using essential oil with Aromatherapy 

Let’s start with how to use essential oils the most simple and common way. Inhaling is one of the most powerful ways to get results. That’s by breathing it in, something I’d like to think we’re all pretty good.

Nerves that detect aromas are actually in your sinuses, extensions of the olfactory system which is the part of the brain connected to smell.

Ever tried inhaling with intention? It’s like having a heart-to-heart with your oils. “Hey there, oil, I’ve got some goals, and I need your help to slay ’em.” Trust me, it’s like casting a spell. And hey, science totally backs it up. The National Library of Medicine spilled the tea on the “Power of Intention.” Seriously, check it out – it’s mind-blowing.

These inhales also give us a moment in our day to just stop and take time for ourselves, something we all need to do more of.

Have you ever had it when you walk into a room and the overwhelming smell triggers an emotion or memory?

Like that strong hit of eucalyptus – It takes me back to little Sara, snuggled up with a stuffed nose, while mum went all-in with that Vicks vapor rub ritual. We’ll let her off as her essential oils knowledge wasn’t quite up to scratch at that point. What I’m trying to get at is, these oils aren’t just scents; they’re mood architects, memory weavers, and serenity conjurers.

This kind of holistic healing has been in existence for 6000 decades or more. There are various ways in which you can use essential oils in aromatherapy. Kids tucked in? Time to unwind. Workday marathon? Let’s amp up the energy. From diffusers to roll-ons, we’ve got options galore. Take your pick and inhale that sweet, sweet goodness.


Ultrasonic Essential oil Diffuser

Alright, brace yourselves – chances are you’ve come across these nifty gadgets. Ultrasonic essential oil diffusers are practically the rockstars of aroma-town now. When it comes to diving into the world of essential oils, these babies are like the front-row tickets.

In my opinion, a great place to start on your essential oils journey.

There are different types of diffusers, but don’t let that scare you off. They all have the same outcome just using various methods, which are heat, evaporation, nebulization, and ultrasonic waves. These then diffuse essential oils into the atmosphere, as easy as that.

Now, let’s talk ultrasonic wonders. They are the most common and simplest. Imagine water and ultrasonic waves doing a tango, spreading those oil particles into every nook and cranny.

There’s also the nebulizer, using an electric pump to sprinkle scent molecules as a gas. Yep, your jaw might’ve dropped, but let’s keep the excitement going.

Say goodbye to funky dog smells and wave adieu to airborne bacteria – seriously, who invited them? And that pesky hay fever? It’s history!

If you’re looking for the best smelling essential oils for your home take a read of my article!

How to use a diffuser

The general recommendation is to diffuse roughly 3 to 5 drops of essential oil per 1 cup of water in an ultrasonic diffuser and 5 to 15 drops of essential oil in a nebulizer. It’s worth taking into consideration the oil though, as this may change the amount needed.

Essential oils for diffuser 

  • Sandalwood your study’s new bestie. It’s like a calming spa day for your nerves and help with focus.
  • Chamomile is like a zen vacation in a bottle. Ready to put you at ease, improve your mood and relax. 

Don’t fret if you’re not in a position to buy a diffuser at the moment though. There are a few other forms of diffusers that might tickle your pickle. These include:

Candle diffusers 

In which you place a lit tea light candle underneath the ceramic bowl and fill the bowl at the top with water. Then placing 1-2 drops of essential oils in the water. The water and oils evaporate as steam, letting the aroma fill the room. A little disclaimer though, make sure the candle is a natural material such as beeswax or soy so no toxins are being burnt at the same time. Massively defeats the purpose of using essential oils if you’re mixing them up with loads of nasties.

Reed diffusers

I recommend going all out and making your own, get creative – it’s cheaper and safer. Commercial? Nah, we like our aromas personal.

There has been a study that reported usage of diffusers should not exceed more than an hour a day as this could be harmful to your health. So I’d try and limit your diffusing to 15-20 minutes at a time just to be on the safe side.

If you’ve got tiny humans under 6 months, or you’re expecting or nursing, be mindful. And if your fur babies are around, check with the pet whisperer (aka vet) before turning your space into a scented oasis.

Reed diffusers can be placed throughout your home.

Inhale the Vibes: A Quick Fix for Instant Awesomeness

Short on time but need an energy pick-me-up? Let’s dive into my top go-to move – it’s like a power nap for the soul. I call it the “Simply Inhale” – a moment to connect, refocus, and totally own my day. And trust me, it’s a game-changer.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s set the stage. I’m all about setting those intentions first, so before that inhale, I mentally declare my mission. I’m like, “Yes, oil, let’s bring on the zen.” And take in a deep belly breath, as I exhale I’m visualising the stress doing a vanishing act. Magic, right? It’s like telling your oils, “You got this, heal me!”

There are a couple of ways you can do this and it’s really just personal preference. You just have to see what gets those nerve endings tingling.

Taking that much needed essential oil deep inhale.

Method 1: Nose Dive Straight up, place that open bottle under your nose and take the deepest breath of your life. Yeah, we’re talking inhale goals here.

Method 2: Palm Power Drop a couple of oil drops onto your palms, rub ’em together, and create your personal scented cloud. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale like you mean it. None of that weaselly sniff business – we’re talking the real deal.

Now, don’t be shy – that deep breath sends signals to your brain saying, “Hey, chill out, we got this.” It’s like a harmony tune-up for your nervous system. Say goodbye to stress freak-outs, and hello to a smoother ride.

Rub the remaining residue of the oil on your temples, behind the ears, or back of your neck. You’re basically carrying your zen buddy around all day. Like a secret weapon, but smelling oh-so-good.

Essential oils for simply inhaling 

  • Lemongrass, lavender, or rosemary are great to keep on hand for odor control. You never know when you might be stuck in a lift with someone that’s let a sneaky one out, your oil might be the only thing that can save you.
  • Palo Santo, frankincense, and jasmine are wonderful to smell before beginning meditation, yoga, or even just a moment to be with yourself.

Dry Evaporation: Unleash the Power

Dry evaporation sounds like some sort of science experiment, right? It’s actually super simple.

First things first, grab your material of choice. I’m all about that cotton ball vibe, but hey, fabric or tissue can join the party too. Drop in a couple of essential oil drops, and ta-da, you’ve just become a scent sorceress!

Dry evaporation is like diffusing’s cool cousin. No fancy gadget required, and it won’t break the bank. If you’re penny-pinching, this is your golden ticket.

You’ve got options, darling. Go in hard and give that cotton ball a deep sniff or keep it chill by letting the aroma subtly work its magic around you.

Get strategic with your scent game, placing them around your home. Imagine this: opening your wardrobe and being greeted by a hint of lavender – it’s like a luxury hotel for your clothes (plus, bye-bye moths).

If you’ve managed to hop onto the work-from-home train and have a study, or even just a desk in the corner of the living room, perhaps hidden under mounds of papers, no one is judging here. Then I recommend adding peppermint to sharpen the mind, it’s like a wake-up call for your brain.

Need a night aid? Lavender’s got your back, place this sweet smell under your pillow. You can also do this with a spray, but we’re jumping ahead here, I’ll talk all about that soon!

Your car is also a great place to put it, instead of those horrific chemical-based air fresheners. You know the ones, with a bubblegum scent that is so sweet, if you didn’t have car sickness before you will after this. It’s honestly so versatile, pop a cotton ball wherever you think of… gym bag, bin in the kitchen, partners shoes!

Essential oils for dry evaporation

  •  Peppermint oil is fab in the morning, it awakens your senses. So where ever your morning routine takes you, maybe the dining room table? or as you drink your coffee? Place a cotton ball there.

Steamy Rituals

Before I even knew about the many health benefits essential oils and steam can do for you, I was obsessed with these ritual steam baths for my skin. Improving circulation, relieving acne-causing bacteria, hydrating, and promoting collagen and elastin.

One steam sesh, and your skin’s smoother than a cherub’s behind.

Getting rid of the travelling lurgy with a make shift kettle steam.

If that’s not enough, steam inhalation can treat colds, flu, sinus, and allergy troubles.

Now, let’s talk about kicking those travel bugs to the curb – DIY kettle steam style. Cold, flu, sinus, and allergies? Steam’s got your back. I had this annoying cough that stuck around like a bad houseguest, but one steam bowl rendezvous and let’s just say, things got shaken up.

It was nice to finally see my sleep deprived boyfriend wake up with a smile, not dark circles and gritted teeth saying “It’s ok, your coughing concert didn’t keep me up all night.”

And pollen? Nah, it ain’t got nothing on our steam-powered defenses. Antimicrobial swagger? Check. Bugs, prepare to meet your doom.

You’ll need a bowl, or you can use the sink if you like. To be honest, in desperate travelling times I’ve had to be inventive with a mug for the essential oils and kettle left open. You learn to adapt guys, what can I say!

Do be careful and leave the kettle open for a bit before you put the towel over your head, you don’t want any burnt foreheads. Also, be sure to put the essential oil into a mug of boiling water and not the kettle. Unless you want eucalyptus tasting tea in the morning, but that’s a different topic altogether (check out using essential oils internally below.)

It’s all personal preference so just do what makes you feel most comfortable. Be sure to get a towel ready first though, so you’re not faffing around and the water cools.

Towel time, my savvy steamers:

Step one: Drip 3-7 drops of essential oil (pick your fave, blend if you’re feeling fancy) into a bowl of hot water. Position your face about a foot away, throw a towel tent over your head, and you’re officially in the steamy zone.

Now, channel your inner guru – set an intention. Maybe it’s “Chill vibes incoming” or “I’m breathing out the blah and in the ahh.” Take deep, conscious breaths slowly inhaling the steam for 10-15 minutes

Don’t be tempted to open your eyes at all as oils are super strong! You don’t want to have cleared of your sniffles but come out looking like you’re high.

Adapting to travelling life with my kettle, mug, oil steam. (Don’t mind the random shell, it’s just left over from my daily sage smudging.)

Essential oils for steaming 

  • Frankincense or patchoulis if you’re looking to help with dry skin.
  • Tea tree oil (a personal favorite of mine) is great for blemishes, clogged pores, and blackheads.
  • Eucalyptus, cypress, or frankincense takes care of the sniffles, I’d use these for colds or blocked noses.

Room sprays

Whether you’re jet-setting or just jazzing up your space, these babies are your easy-fix ticket in the chaos of your jam-packed days.

Ever had that surprise guest at your door? Room sprays are your ninja deodorizers – swift, sleek, and ready to tackle any stinky situation.

They are effortlessly able to set a mood or transform a space. Also if you’re sick of toxin filled products and endlessly search the question “How to use essential oils in my home” read below, it’s about to blow your mind.

Mixology Meets Aromatherapy: How to make Room Spray

Grab a classy glass spray bottle – you’re doing this in style.

Combine equal parts water and witch hazel (your skin-loving BFF), Then add 20-40 drops of essential oil/s and shake it up like you’re crafting the finest cocktail.

Just remember, give it a good shake every time you’re about to work that spritz magic.

Pro tip: Distilled water’s your wingwoman here, so you’re not depositing any minerals when you spray this around the house.

Essential oils for room sprays 

  • Lavender can be used to spritz onto your pillow at night, it’s key to send you off to la-la land. 
  • Lavender, rose and clary sage unite for immediate stress relief and a calming atmosphere.
Room sprays are a great for a quick room spritz

Diffuser Jewelry

So this is when things get interesting! Mixing up your essential oils with style oh la la. You can mainly find diffuser jewelry as a necklace or bracelet.

These beautifully crafted pieces of jewelry disperse or diffuses the beneficial scents of essential oils into the air you breathe. The main benefit being you can have them with you from morning till night, also a few drops typically last all day. There are no chemicals, which we’re all about here at reviving me.

For the necklaces usually, you put a few drops of essential oils in a stone, felt pad, piece of clay, or glass and wear it around your neck. The oils are then slowly released throughout the day. You can reap the benefits through the skin where the jewelry is touching or just take those moments out of the day to reconnect and inhale the aroma itself.

You usually add essential oil or oil blend drops to a bracelet, they are made from specific materials that absorb the oils. You can also try rubbing gently to encourage the bracelet to absorb, it then slowly releases the essential oils’ scent all day long.

Essential oils for room sprays 

  • Lavender and ylang-ylang can be added to your necklace before a big meeting at work, it is known to help calm the mind
  • Lemon essential oil gives you that kick of energy before the gym.


A bath goes hand in hand with relaxing and switching off. Whether that means pouring yourself a glass of wine, putting the kids to bed, putting a “do not disturb” sign on the door, or literally bolting yourself inside and putting some headphones in, this is a time for you.

Essential oils in the bath have been known to ease stress and quiet the mind, help you sleep better, soothe sore muscles, help skin issues, combat illnesses, lower blood pressure and just generally uplift your mood and make you feel like you’re on cloud nine.

To make a bath fit for kings and queens you’ll want to follow a few basic steps. Never add essential oils directly to your bath water. I know it sounds obvious, but oils and water don’t mix. I’m not shy in admitting I made this mistake numerous times in my essential oil journey. If you place drops into your bath water without first diluting, the concentrated oil will sit on the water’s surface and will stick to your skin and other tender areas.

Ok here’s an important point for everyone, make sure you combine your essential oil/s with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil first. Let’s all take this bit of advice on board please, because if you put oils in directly let’s just say they can get stuck to all sorts of sensitive areas.

How to use essential oils in the bath:

Add 5–6 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil depending on your skin sensitivity and desired scent strength. Pour in the oil blend and give your bath a big stir, this will help circulate the mixture.

If you’re suffering from a serious case of muscle soreness because you’re a gym bunny or you’ve just got back into the gym because it’s that time of year again, January. I recommend combining 1 tablespoon of your diluted essential oil mix with 1-2 cups of Epsom salts and throwing that in as well. You’re welcome in advance.

Essential oils for baths 

  • Orange essential oil is ideal for the bath as it can help increase collagen production and blood flow which boosts anti-aging. Note, it can make your skin photo-sensitive (or prone to sunburns) so you may want to avoid the sun for 24 hours after use.
  • Roman Chamomile pairs well with Lavender for a relaxing, calming experience.
Essential oils in the bath can clear the mind and calm anxiety.

Using Essential oils topically

I’ve cracked the code – essential oils are the real deal when it comes to treating skin dilemmas. Say goodbye to chemical-laden potions and hello to nature’s potent elixirs.

These oils are like tiny skin ninjas, diving deep with ninja-like precision. They’re fat-soluble, lightweight, and quick on the uptake, making them the ultimate skin saviors. A mere 20 minutes and voila – every cell’s on the guest list for this oil party.

Trust me, once you’ve dipped your toes into this aromatic pool of goodness, those store-bought creams will be begging for retirement. And speaking of chemicals, here’s the golden nugget – these oils are au naturel, baby!

Now, let’s map out the prime real estate for these liquid wonders: temples, pulse points, chest, tummy, the soles of your feet, arms, and legs – So, basically everywhere! 

But hang on, a quick heads-up – essential oils are potent little warriors, and most aren’t fans of direct skin contact. Enter the trusty sidekick: carrier oils. They’re like the Robin to your essential oil Batman, ensuring a safe and luxurious experience.

Carrier oil to be mixed with your essential oil.

Tread on the side of caution. I know what I’m like when I hear the words ‘patch test’ I automatically go into “I’ll be fine, I get my hair died every other month” mode, but if you’re new to essential oils I’d recommend popping a tiny bit of diluted oil on your upper arm to see how you get on after 24 hours.

They should be diluted with a therapeutic-grade carrier oil, such as any cold-pressed vegetable/fruit oils like coconut, olive, avocado, sweet almond, jojoba, and grapeseed oil. These carrier oils all contain their own antioxidants and vitamins, which also offer an extra boost of benefits for your skin.

It might seem obvious but, avoid any oils derived from tree nuts if you have any nut allergies. 

Ready for the magic formula? 1 tablespoon carrier oil + 9 drops essential oil. Simple math, epic results. Worried about diluting impacting the punch? Fear not – your oil’s power won’t be diluted away.

You can always check the bottle label to see if they have diluting instructions. If none are present though just go with your intuition, if you’ve diluted the essential oil and it’s stinging or something feels off just add some more carrier oil! Simple!

So we’ve diluted our essential oil, now what? I hear you ask. Now, to the main act – reaping those topical benefits. Brace yourself for the skin symphony:


Whether this is self-massage, or you’re lucky enough to have a pamper day. You’ve got a double whammy here, skin healing benefits of the essential oil, but also revitalizing and detoxifying effects of massage itself. Those bodily toxins don’t stand a chance!

As I mentioned before, the oils penetrate deep into the skin, and your body also heats the oil and then releases its therapeutic aromas into the air. You feel like you’re oozing relaxation after a massage session because you’re a walking lemongrass.

How to make massage oil:

But first, the recipe for success: up to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

Got sensitive skin? Halve that essential oil magic. And who said you had to stick to just one oil? Mix and match up to five for a skin-loving cocktail.

Essential oils to use for massage

  • Lavender, patchouli and cedar wood are perfect in those moments you need to seriously chill out.
  • Frankincense needs to be added to the mix if you feel like you’re a bit up in the clouds and need some grounding.

Essential oils to use after a workout

  • Peppermint will leave you feeling rejuvenated, or if you’ve got sore or achy muscles it’ll help ease the pain

Skincare routine

I believe essential oils should be a staple in everyone’s skincare routine, the benefits are tremendous and life-changing. I speak from experience here. From smoother skin to pesky blemishes. Acne to insect bites and burns, I’m here to tell you there’s hope! 

How to make skin ointment:

To make your own ointment you can use the same directions as above, by mixing your essential oils with a carrier oil.

Another way is to add 6-15 drops of essential oil (halve this if you have sensitive skin) to one ounce of an unscented face or body lotion, mix thoroughly and apply to your skin. Unscented means being free of chemicals or anything unnatural, you don’t want to take away from all the goodness the oils are doing for you. 

Essential oils to use for skin 

  • Tea tree oil reduces blemishes
  • Bergamot essential oil can be added to your nighttime routine. I say nighttime because Bergamot and other citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, so you should avoid sun exposure after application.
  • Tea tree, rosemary, and lavender improve acne and oily skin
  • Rose and jasmine import dry or mature skin

Have you ever had those holiday blues that come accompanied by legs full of pulsing mosquito bites? They are a distant memory for me now, make your own bottle of healing goodness. With 5 drops of lavender essential oil mixed with 1 ounce (6 teaspoons) of wound healing carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba, and then applied with a cotton ball. You can also dilute it first and then put it directly on the bite, or if covering it with a bandage can go onto the bandage.

Also, a little precautionary measure, that may eliminate the bites in the first place. Make your own bug spray, to learn how to make it head back to the room spray method above. Add essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, and peppermint to your spray. Those nibbling mosquitos will wish they never messed with you.

Another little disclaimer: If you feel oil is too strong or irritates your skin do not wash it off with water, oils attract to fat and repel water, using water will only drive the oil further into your skin. Rub carrier oil across the sensitive area to remove the essential oil.

Avoid your eyes, ears, and any broken skin.


Cold and hot compresses have been used throughout our lives, relieving aches and pains, reducing swelling, and helping heal damaged tissue. Now we’re adding essential oils to the mix and enhancing the benefits even more.

If you’re going to add heat therapy it will improve blood flow to an area. Increased temperature can help relieve chronic pain, period cramps and relax and soothe sore muscles. Cold therapy, yes you’ve guessed it, does the complete opposite. It reduces blood flow to an area, helps ease any inflammation and swelling, soothes joints and sprains, and relieves headaches.

How to make a compress:

To make your own compress, dilute 4-6 drops of oil in very hot or icy cold water, and using a small towel or cloth soak up the oils.

Make sure you wring out the excess water though, there’s no need for you to look like you’ve just been caught in a monsoon. Apply to the area being treated for around 10-15 minutes.

Essential oils to use for compress

  • Lavender can give relief for migraines and period pain
  • Peppermint for tension headaches
  • Eucalyptus for inflammation and swelling
  • Arnica for joint and muscle pain

Using Essential oils internally

I like to edge on the side of caution when using essential oils internally, let’s not get excited and start gobbling down citrus oils. Personally I use herbs in food and teas rather than essential oils, but everyone is different. Essential oils used in foods and drinks are NOT the same as the ones you use for aromatherapy. How to use essential oils internally differ from brand to brand will clearly state if they are ingestible , be sure to double-check before swallowing anything. Also, never give essential oils internally to children.

It’s worth noting that some essential oils are particularly strong. Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme are some of the “strong oils” to look out for and should be used cautiously because of their potency. Make sure you check the label for directions on dilution.

Taking essential oils internally is said to promote healthy cell function and support gastrointestinal health, which aids in digestion and promotes internal cleansing. They are also said to help maintain healthy immune function, conquer allergies, reduce inflammation and much more. 

The icing on the cake is that they can also add flavor and goodness to our baking (no pun intended), cooking, and drinks. Add essential oils to recipes, just replace fresh or dried herbs and fruit essences with a drop or two. I’m going to say it again, remember to proceed with caution when using essential oils to prepare any food or drink recipe, oils are extremely concentrated. So less is more!

If you really want to baby-step into this try experimenting. Take a toothpick, dip it in an essential oil of your choice and then stir it into sauces, teas, smoothies, or whatever tickles your fancy! You can always add more later!  Something to keep in mind is, plastic and oils are a big no-no, the oils can eat away the plastic after time. Make sure to use a stainless or a glass bottle.

Essential oils to use internally

  • Lemon essential oil is my trusty companion when taking oils internally. Add 1 or 2 drops of lemon essential oil to 4-8 ounces of water. Sipping this throughout the day not only helps in keeping me hydrated, but it cleanses the body and aids in digestion.
  • Cardamom can also help with indigestion.
  • Ginger is great for an upset stomach and can also aid in bloating. I do appreciate it on those days when my belly is so big I’m not ruling pregnancy out.

Fun fact for you

It takes about 75 lemons to make 1 15ml bottle of essential oil, so you can imagine how potent it is!

Well, there we have it guys! If you’ve not got the basics of how to use essential oils by the end of this, I’m afraid there’s no hope for you. I’m only joking, essential oils are a world in itself and need a ‘practice makes perfect attitude.’ Just keep re-reading sections you’re struggling with and you’ll get the hang of them in no time.

The most common ways to use essential oils are by inhaling, but huge benefits also come from topical and internal use.

Concluding Thoughts: Embracing the Power and Possibilities of Essential Oils

And there you have it, dear readers! If you’ve made it through this aromatic odyssey of essential oils, you’re now armed with the knowledge to conquer stress, soothe your senses, and elevate your well-being. From diffusers to steamy indulgences, we’ve covered it all – and trust me, even that Vicks vapor rub ritual from childhood now has a fragrant upgrade.

Picture yourself crafting a symphony of scents with the finesse of a maestro, whether through the artistry of aromatherapy, the touch of topical application, or the daring dance of internal use. It’s as if you’ve unlocked the secret alchemy of nature’s finest essences and woven them into your daily routine.

So, here’s to becoming the maestro of your own well-being, the architect of your mood, and the connoisseur of calming concoctions. As you embrace the power of these little bottled wonders, may your days be scented with serenity, your nights be perfumed with peace, and your journey be illuminated by the radiant glow of holistic healing.

Cheers to a fragrant and fabulous future – you’ve got this, essential oil master!


  • Keep an eye out for reactions
  • Avoid your eyes, ears, and any broken skin
  • Seek guidance from a doctor before exposing essential oils to children younger than 12
  • Seek guidance from a doctor before exposing essential oils to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Seek guidance from a vet before exposing essential oils to pets
  • Check with a doctor if you take medication
  • Speak with a certified aromatherapist if you would like more information about an individual treatment plan


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