Ways to Use Essential Oils

Ways to Use Essential Oils
Direct Inhalation
Apply 2-3 drops of essential oils into your hand and rub palms together. Cup hands over nose and mouth. Inhale vapors deeply several times.
Humidifier/Vaporizer
For a humidifier or vaporizer, place 10 drops of essential oil undiluted into the unit.
Hot Tubs/Jacuzzi
Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to your hot tub or Jacuzzi.
Linens/Blankets
Add your favorite essential oil to a spray bottle with water and spray to freshen bed sheets and blankets at bedtime and enhance deep sleep.
Household Cleaners
Use essential oils as disinfectants for natural, non-chemical cleaners. This will kill airborne virus and strengthen the immune system, and deodorize the area with wonderful eco-friendly fragrances.
Light Bulb Rings
When using a metal light bulb ring, use six drops of essential oil and just enough water to prevent burning. Add a little water first, then drop the essential oil on top to float on water. If you are using a porcelain light ring, you may not need to add any water. Take into consideration the size or wattage of the bulb, as some will get warmer. Place ring over light bulb when light is cool and be sure to not get essential oil directly on light bulb.
Pottery/Electric Burners
A wide variety of burners are available to use—some electric, some using tea light candles. Generally, tea light candles are not too hot for diffusing essential oils, but you may want to drop oils over glass stones or add water to the top section to help diffuse fragrance. Use caution around open fire, as essential oils are flammable. Six drops of oils is recommended for normal use; however, you may want to reduce the amount of oil used for rooms of elderly or children.
Nebulizing Diffuser/Cool Mist
Place 25 drops of essential oil undiluted inside and use as needed. Limit diffusion of new oils to 10 minutes each day, increasing the time until desired effects are reached. Adjust times for different-sized rooms and the strength of each fragrance. Unlike the cheap fragrant oils purchased at department stores that mask odors, diffusing pure essential oils actually alters the structure of the molecules that create odors – rendering them harmless. Essential oils increase the avail-able oxygen in the room and produce negative ions which kill microbes. Do not use thick essential oils in your diffuser, as this could possibly clog it.
Sitz Bath/Bath
To help treat problems in the pelvic or genital areas, try adding 5 drops of essential oil in just enough water to cover lower body. For a full bath, add 8-10 drops of essential oil while bath is running. Agitate water in a figure eight motion to make sure the oil is mixed well, preventing irritation to mucous membranes. Another method is to add essential oils after the bath has been drawn. Add essential oils with a palm full of liquid soap or shampoo and swishing around to dissolve in tub. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
Shower
While showering, add a drop or two of essential oil to a washcloth and rub on body.
Compress
Dilute 1 part essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil (olive oil works great) and apply 8-10 drops on affected area. Using a moist towel or washcloth, cover with a dry towel and leave on for 10 minutes. For inflammation, use a cold compress. If there is no inflammation, use a warm compress.
Facial Steam/Steam Inhalation
Place 2-3 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot water. Place towel over your head and inhale for 5 minutes. Be careful to use only safe oils, as some essential oils may irritate the eyes. This type of treatment is also beneficial if you are suffering from a cold or upper respiration ailment.
Lotions /Creams
Blending essential oils in an unscented, natural lotion/cream base allows you to benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil, giving you a non-oily way to apply essential oils. This is particularly beneficial for someone with a skin condition that doesn’t do well with oils. The dilution rate for using essential oils in a lotion base is no more than 2%. For adults, use 20 drops of essential oil to 50g of lotion. For children and elderly, use 10 drops of essential oil to 50g of lotion.
Massage Stones
Here’s an inexpensive spa treatment you can do at home. Select a flat smooth stone the size of your palm, and heat in the oven at a low temperature until warm. Rub a massage oil blend (10-15 drops of essential oil per one-ounce of carrier oil) over the heated rock to give your spouse a relaxing massage to penetrate muscles (Himalayan Salt Stones work great for this).
Body Oils 
Mix 30 drops of essential oil per one ounce of cold-pressed carrier oil such as olive oil. Choose an all-purpose oil that is great for the muscles, relieves pain, headache, and tension and smells lovely.
Sprays/Spritzers
Creating your own body sprays and facial mists is one of the easiest ways to use essential oils. For a facial mist, use 8-10 drops of essential oils in a four-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. For body sprays, add 30-40 drops of essential oil per four-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. For room sprays, use 80-100 drops of essential oil per four-ounce spray bottle with the remainder filled with distilled water. Be careful not to spray in the eyes.
Stovetop
Fill a saucepan with ¾ with water and add six drops of oil to pan. Set stove setting on “warm.” Check periodically to make sure water has not evaporated.
Gargle/Mouthwash
Add 3 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of water to use as a mouthwash.
Massage
A variety of techniques used in massage therapy can incorporate the use of essential oils. Refer to the list of therapeutic properties for which oils you will find most beneficial and add 7 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon to massage oil.