How to Use Essential Oils: Basic Guide

| May 7, 2019 | 10 Comments

How to Use Essential Oils: Basic Guide

Have you been hearing about essential oils everywhere and hoping to get in on the action? Are you not sure where to start on using them for yourself? If you’ve been wondering how to use them, you’re in luck. We’re going to cover some of the basics now.

How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oil bottles

These are versatile oils that can be used in a variety of ways to improve everything from your mood to your health. You just need to learn how to use them correctly. If administered improperly, rash and other side effects may occur. Some of them can even be poisonous if absorbed directly through the skin. Certain oils, like grapefruit, lemon, and orange can cause major skin irritations  if applied before exposure to sun.

How to Use Essential Oils
Aromatherapy diffuser


A diffuser releases the scent of essential oils into the air you breathe. It’s better than any air freshener you can buy in the store and comes without harsh chemicals. Place different diffusers in different rooms to enhance your moods. Citrus oils are great for the kitchen, lavender in the bedroom and eucalyptus in your office.

Applied Topically

Whether you want to soothe tired muscles or simply absorb moisture and health into your skin topically applying essential oils will help your body and mind. Mix a few drops of your favorite oil into a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage into your skin. It is not recommended to use essential oils undiluted.

How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils in an carrier oil bottle

Soak It In

Adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath is not recommended unless you combine essential oils with a carrier oil first. Oil and water don’t mix, so you don’t want essential oils to sit on top of the water and have the undiluted oil directly on your skin which can cause irritation and burn.

Internal Use

There seems to be a debate on whether or not essential oils should be used internally. Some of them that are food grade quality can be orally ingested such as cacao, chamomile, carrot, ginger, grapefruit, orange, and vanilla. There are also some you absolutely should never ingest like
arborvitae, birch, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, white fir, and wintergreen.

How to Use Essential Oils
How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural oils that have a wide variety of uses and mood effects. Whether you want to unwind from a stressful day or need a pick me up to tackle a busy day they can help you get on the right page!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I’ve never thought about using them on my body. I could definitely use it for sore muscles.

  2. Erin N says:

    I just recently purchased an essential oil diffuser and some oils to use in it. I am loving it, and this is a great guide on the use of oils. I learned a lot! Thank you.

  3. JoKing says:

    I got into oils a few decades back but because of my pets I have gotten away from them. I wish I knew better what I still can use. The proper way without putting my pets health at risk.

  4. Deborah Dorrington says:

    Thanks so much for this guide to using Essential oils. I have used them in my bath and I feel heavenly after. I’m not sure I would ingest any though.

  5. Shirley says:

    I would like to try essential oils, thank you for the information

  6. Calvin says:

    Been a few years since I used essential oils, good info to start to pick it up again.

  7. Kristi says:

    These are good tips. I would like to get a diffuser and start using the essential oils.

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