Essential Oils – How I Use Them

OK so I’ve been posting my essential oils collection for quite a while over on instagram and I’m getting LOADS of questions on how I use them. So I thought that I’d  a general overview of how I use my oils.

First up, I use doTERRA oils at the moment, mostly because I have an account with them (I don’t sell them!) and I like that they are pure and not full of synthetic ingredients. I am on the look out for cheaper alternatives, so if you know of a good essential oils company – let me know!

Anyway, how I use essential oils…

I diffuse them. I am SO obsessed with my diffuser. I bought one thinking that it wouldn’t be to different from burning my oils but it’s a game changer.With the diffuser you just add a couple of drops of your favourite oil (or oils) and it pushes them out in to the air.

You can create your own blends depending on your mood so if you want to relax then lavender, clary sage or geranium. If you’re wanting to get motivated and pumped then my favourite is to add lemon and peppermint. Or if you just want your house to smell fresh and clean – lemon – always lemon!

Amazon have some great diffusers – see here.

I use them as part of my beauty regime. OK so I should admit here, I don’t really have a beauty regime as such but my skin is super sensitive and can get dry so I have to be really picky about what I use on it. Since essential oils are easily absorbed in to the skin and are very powerful, I use a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil and add a few drops of frankincense to create a great moisturiser (Frankincense is also great for burns too which is handy as I’m forever burning myself on the oven, and it’s a great anti-wrinkle oil – also handy but say no more about that one!!).

After a great tip off from my friend Tanya, I now add a drop of Meluca oil to my conditioner and it adds extra shine and protects against heat damage. Meluca is also great for spots too, just dab a drop on and your breakout will be gone in no time.

I use them for medicinal purposesEucalyptus mostly. I suffer from blocked sinuses quite a bit so I pop some eucalyptus to the bottom of my shower and let the steam do its job. I also use it in my diffuser if I’m feeling coldy. Lavender on cuts and burns is also another top tip of mine – helps healing and to reduce scarring.

I clean with them. I find traditional cleaners really harsh on my skin and my chest. So use essential oils to do the job a chemical cleaner would normally do. Lemon mixed with apple cider vinegar, baking soda and water will do the job better than any shop bought bleach mix. I add a few drops of lemon or orange to my mop water when I clean the floors – smells amazing.

Do you use oils? How do you use yours?

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

18 thoughts on “Essential Oils – How I Use Them”

  1. This is such a great post. I started using essential oils last year and use them regularly now. I cannot go to sleep without lavender oil and I use a peppermint oil on my pulse points when I’m feeling stressed 🙂

  2. This is such a helpful post! I use essential oils in my difusser too too! I need to try lavender oil to help me sleep. I had a lavender rub on wrist cream last year but I should imagine the oil works just as well! xx

    1. Lavender is one of my faves, although I find I need a drop or two otherwise it’s too strong for me. Lavender is great to diffuse if you’ve got period pain too, don’t know why but it helps. x

  3. This is great! I am reading up a lot on essential oils and there was a lot on here I had not read before. I have not tried blending a combination to create a scent. Would love to read tips on blends that work from your experience. x

  4. Oh I have started using essential oils for example peppermint and its so good for my headaches and i love it! 🙂

  5. I have just started finding out about essential oils so I will definitely be reading this series! I adore the scent of lemon especially.

  6. This was a fab post and I adore essential oils and finding out what they are for and how to best use them x

  7. Great post and very informative, I use eo’s at home for various things to but mainly as a form of treatment.

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