Essential oils are becoming widely accepted and loved by many households. We have used essential oils in our home for many years. I purchased my first membership kit when I was pregnant with my sixth child to help support my immune system and my emotions. I had no idea the path it would lead us on, but I am so thankful I said yes!
Essential oils, when used correctly, can be a wonderful addition to your home. They are a natural tool you can pull out when needed and feel safe about using them. My kids even know which roller bottle to pull out when we have a “boo boo” or “tummy troubles.”
An important thing is to educate yourself on how to use essential oils safely and effectively.
This post is for those of you who may be just pulling out their Starter Kits and are feeling excited, but overwhelmed. Or maybe you were gifted some essential oils and are trying to figure it all out. Regardless of where you are at, I am excited for you and hope this post will help you feel comfortable in starting your oily journey! As always, please reach out to me with any questions! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook or send me an email!
Best Ways To Use Essential Oils With Your Family:
Typically, people use essential oils in three main ways:
1. How to use essential oils: Aromatically
The aromatic use of essential oils may be the most familiar. You can walk into a spa and notice the use of aromatherapy almost immediately. There is a powerful connection between scent and emotions. We all have those moments where a certain smell will come back to us and remind us of a wonderful memory during childhood!
Aromatherapy can actually invoke a physical and emotional response almost immediately. When we smell something, we first process it in our olfactory bulb, which is connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, the parts of our brain associated with emotion and memory.
The easiest and most common way to get the benefits of essential oils is my diffusing them in the air. This is simply done by using a diffuser in your home.
- If you don’t know how to use a diffuser properly, you can find out here. Pay attention to your diffuser’s instructions, as you may need more or less drops of essential oil.
- A great blend to try right before bed to promote rest and relaxation is:
- 4 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Cedarwood
- alternatively, you can use 4-5 drops of Serenity, a nightime blend
- If you don’t have a diffuser yet, you can still enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils by putting a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and placing it where you want the scent dispersed. Think gym bag, smelly sneakers, laundry room, etc. Citrus oils and Air-X work wonders for this!
- Another great way to use essential oils aromatically is simply to add a few drops into the palm of your hands. Cup your hands around your mouth and breath deeply. If you have Adaptiv, do this now and thank me later! This is a daily one for my busy mama life!
2. How to use essential oils: Topically
Using essential oils topically is another popular way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils. I use essential oils topically on myself multiple times a day, even while pregnant.
When essential oils are applied topically, it takes about 20 minutes for an oil to affect every cell in the body. The oil is then metabolized within a few hours. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
When you get the hang of using essential oils topically, it will easily become one of your favorite ways to use them.
As always, please become familiar with proper dilution rates. Some “hot” oils should not be used without a carrier oil on anyone and others can be. Children need less essential oil and more carrier oil than adults. Diluting essential oils also helps them spread over a larger surface and helps to stretch the use of your bottle.
Properly diluting essential oils
Please do your own research so you are comfortable, but a general rule of thumb is:
- Add 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for adult
- Add 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil for children over 2 years of age.
What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is an oil that is used to dilute the essential oil to make it safe for topical use. Oils like coconut, olive, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba and rose hip are great carrier oils to use. You can use them directly on your skin with the essential oils or premix them in a roller bottle to make topical application even easier.
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- Some common places to apply essential oils topically are:
- Your head! Apply to the crown of your head, behind your ears, to your neck or temples. Play around with these areas to find what is most effective for you. I know I love to wind down by applying my favorite essential oils to the back of my neck and my temples.
- The inside of your wrists is also a great place. Think of where you used to apply perfume and apply your “natural perfume” there.
- Essential oils are great for massage! For a calming massage, Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils can be added to a carrier oil. For rejuvenating muscles after a long workout, experience the cooling effect of Peppermint Or PanAway in a sports massage .
- The soles of your feet are a great place to apply essential oils. The skin here is thicker and the essential oil has the ability to travel throughout your whole body with this avenue. This works well with children as well.
- Essential oils can also be used to improve the appearance of healthy skin! Another great use for Tea Tree essential oil is reducing the appearance of blemishes. You can use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly to the affected area. Adding one of my favorite oils, Bergamot, to your nighttime routine for smoother looking skin. A few drops of Lavendar to your bath can also be a great treat!
3. How to use essential oils: Internally
Please do not use essential oils internally without educating yourself first! I only use Doterra essential oils, as they are approved for internal use by the FDA. You will see a nutrition label on the bottle if you can take it internally. I also do not use essential oils internally for my children. Some people may choose to do differently, but this is what I have chosen for my family.
- Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated. One drop goes a long way to flavoring your food! It just takes a few drops added to a family recipe so the concentration of oils to food is extremely low.
- I like to add a drop or two of a citrus oil to my water to flavor it and add some other benefits. I have also made homemade ice cream and added some to plain yogurt. Adding some basil or oregano oil to pasta dishes is a great way to kick up the flavor! There are so many possibilities with this dietary line!
- I do also use veggie capsules to take essential oils internally for immune support as well as daily wellness or emotional support.
Essential oils are very potent, so you have to be cautious when you use them. Remember, a little goes a long way!
- I will only use Doterra oils as I trust their quality, I know where and how they are sourced, and I know how effective they are when used properly. You can get started for less than you may think! And remember, I will send you a huge Reference Guide so you have all the knowledge you need at your fingertips!
- Less is more! You can always add another drop, so start slow, whether you’re using your oils topically, aromatically, or internally.
- Due to potency, some oils may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply a carrier oil to the affected area to dilute.
- Always read label directions for each individual oil before use.
- Do not put essential oils in eyes, ears, nose, or other areas with sensitive skin.
What is your favorite way to use essential oils?