Ways To Use Essential Oils
There are many ways to use essential oils, so if you think inhaling it is the only way, think again because here are a few other options.
If you have muscle aches or pains, you can get a massage using one or two essential oils. You don’t even need a full body massage to feel its profound effect because you can apply it yourself especially when you have a terrible headache or have some pain in the arms or legs.
You can even bathe yourself in aromatherapy oils. All you have to do is fill the bathtub and add in 6 to 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice. If you don’t have any oils, try bath salts that are designed to dissolve once this is mixed with water.
For those who don’t like to apply this directly to their skin, they can also add aromatherapy oil to a hot or cold compress. To do that, you have to get a bowl and fill it with water. Once this is filled, pour in some essential oils and then soak a tea towel for several minutes. After wringing out the excess water, you wrap this in another towel or a plastic wrap and then apply this over the affected area.
Some stains are hard to remove and when nothing else seems to work, perhaps some essential oil will do the trick. To do that, you simply mix the essential oil with the laundry, floor rinses, wash buckets or water misters. The result is a clean shirt and household.
Aside from keeping your clothes and house clean, aromatherapy oils can also help remove a stench even when it is coming from your shoes. To do that, you put a few drops of the oil in a pan if the smell happens to come from the kitchen and let it simmer for a few minutes. As for your shoes, you just put a few drops into the shoe.
You can even mix aromatherapy oils with some of your cosmetics. Some examples of these include body lotion, cold creams, hair rinses, perfumes and shampoo. When you do this, make sure it is 1 part essential oil to 9 or 10 parts of the base material.
Do you have a bad breath or a sore throat? An essential oil like clove or tea tree can help after gargling it for a few seconds. If you don’t like the taste, try mixing this with plain water.
Aromatherapy oils are also great for burns, minor cuts, scrapes and scratches. To use it, you mix a few drops of the oil with some warm water. You then soak a clean cloth or a cotton pad then apply this over the affected area before putting a bandage.
There are many ways to maximize aromatherapy and how it can be used depends on the type of oil that you have. While some will make you feel calm and relaxed others will make you experience a different sensation. The nice thing about using such oils is that it is safe for you to use.
It will surely make the house clean and smelling good while at the same time make you feel good since there are no side effects unlike certain medication.
Ways to Use Essential Oils
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.
For a humidifier or vaporizer, place 10 drops of essential oil undiluted into the unit.
Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to your hot tub or Jacuzzi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While showering, add a drop or two of essential oil to a washcloth and rub on body.
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 heat.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Fill a saucepan with water and add six drops of oil to pan. Set stove setting on warm. Check periodically to make sure water has not evaporated.
Add 3 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of water to use as a mouthwash.
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.
Method Carrier/Amount Essential Oils Drops
- Vaporizer – Full – 5 to 10
- Humidifier – Full – 5 to 10
- Steam Inhalation – Full Bowl – 2 to 3
- Diffuser/Nebulizer – 10 to 25
- Stove Top – Full Pan – 6 to 12
- Light Ring – 1 to 2
- Tea Lights/Burner – 4 to 6
- Vacuum Cleaner – Bag/Filter – 3 to 5
- Room Spray – 4 Ounces – 80 to 100
- Household Cleaner – 8 Ounces – 80 to 100
- Body Lotion – 4 Ounces – 25
- Body Oil – 4 Ounces – 50
- Massage Oil – 1 Tablespoon – 7 to 10
- Shampoo – 1 Ounce – 10
- Conditioner – 1 Ounce – 10
- Chest Rub – 1 Ounce – 15 to 25
- Compress – 8 to 10
- Tissue – 1 to 2
- Mouthwash – 1 Teaspoon – 2 to 3
- Foot Bath/Spa – Small Tub – 5
- Bath – Full Tub – 8 to 10
- Shower – Washcloth – 1 to 2
- Sauna – 1 Cup Water – 1 to 2
- Hot Tub/Jacuzzi Full – 10 to 15
Even More Ways to Use Essential Oils
- To freshen laundry, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Add 5 drops of essential oil to 1/4 cup fabric softener or water and place in the washer.
- Revive potpourri that has lost its scent by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Create your own natural air freshener by adding a few drops of essential oil to water in a spray bottle.
- For holiday cheer, add a few drops of Cassia or Cinnamon essential oil to a pan of water and simmer on stove or in a potpourri pot before guests arrive.
- Create a romantic mood by placing a drop or two of Cassia oil into the hot melted wax of a candle as it bums.
- To dispel household cooking odors, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a simmering pan of water.
- Rub a drop of Frankincense oil on the back of the neck to ease headache pain.
- Create your own blend of massage oil by adding 3-5 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce Sweet almond or other skin-nourishing vegetable oil.
- Freshen carpet by adding 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil to a box of cornstarch or baking soda. Mix well, then let set for a day or two. Sprinkle over the carpet in your home, let set for an hour, then vacuum.
- To make a natural flea collar for your pet, saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Cedarwood oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal’s neck.
- Freshen shoes by placing a few drops of essential oils directly into the shoes, or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with essential oil into the shoes.
- Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Cypress and Cedarwood work great.
- To keep rodents and roaches away, place a scented cotton ball with Cedarwood or Cypress in an inconspicuous corner of a kitchen cabinet. This also works great for adding a fresh fragrance to the kitchen and bathroom drawers.
- To keep bathrooms fresh, sprinkle favorite essential oils directly on silk or dried flower arrangements. (You can also hide scented cotton balls in inconspicuous corners.)
- Try making homemade soaps that offer therapeutic properties scented with essential oils. These will make wonderful gifts for friends and family!
- Freshen up flower and herb sachets by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Fill your room with a wonderful fragrance by adding a couple of drops of your essential oil to a light bulb ring. (Make sure not to get oil inside the light socket.)
- For your favorite hand washables, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the final rinse.
- Create your own exotic perfume with biblical essential oils. Add 25 drops of your favorite fragrance to 1 ounce of perfume alcohol, and then allow two days to age before use.
- For uninvited guests to picnics such as mosquitoes, drop a few drops of Cedarwood oil on the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.
- Apply 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil directly to a wart as an effective means of elimination. Apply the essential oil daily until the wart is gone.
- Cedarwood essential oil promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips, while reading and/or studying.
- Home for sale? Fragrance matters! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of spices such as Cinnamon and Cassia. Simmer a few drops of the essential oils. Rose of Sharon oil sprinkled throughout the home on dried flower arrangements or on a door wreath creates a warm, cheerful and inviting mood. Add Cassia and Cinnamon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood.
- Add essential oils to paper products, such as napkins and hand towels.
- Infuse stationery and bookmarks with your favorite essential oil. Place drops of your biblical oil on paper and put them in a plastic bag. Seal it and leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news in perfumed letters.
- Padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of biblical essential oils on them. Be sure to pray for the recipient before giving them the gift.
- Cedarwood oil helps to soothe away the effects of overindulges.
- Make your own blend with your essential oils for a soothing bath. Add 6-8 drops of your blend in a bath.
- All of the essential oils, including Cypress, Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Myrrh make wonderful firewood oil. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or a blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before adding the log on the fire.
- Sprinkle Cedarwood oil on the outside of your window frames to deter flies and moths from entering.
- For a restful sleep, place 1 or 2 drops of Sandalwood or Spikenard on your pillow before retiring.
- When moving into a new place, use a water spray bottle containing Hyssop to spiritually cleanse the atmosphere as you pray and plead the Blood of the Lamb over your home.
- An ideal scent for the bedroom is Cassia oil.
- Add 1 drop of your favorite essential oil to the final rinse water when cleaning out the fridge, freezer, or oven.
- Use 1 drop of Myrtle or Myrrh oil on a washcloth-wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.
- Add 1 drop of Spikenard or Rose of Sharon oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
- Place 1 or 2 drops of Cassia oil on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.
- Add a few drops of Cinnamon or Cassia oil to your diffuser when the flu is going around.
- Don’t be afraid to bring your essential oils to work with you. Many of your oils can create a calm working environment, and others will stimulate the senses and help give you mental clarity.
- To help relieve tension, dilute 1 drop of Cypress oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, then rub on the back of the neck.