How To Use Your Essential Oils Everyday
Some of the most common essential oils for everyday use are: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Frankincense.
Diffuse: All of the oils may by diffused. Our diffusers have a special air pump that is custom designed to disperse the oils in a micro fiber vapor. This allows the oils to stay suspended in the air to reduce bacteria, fungi and mold. Diffusing also freshens the air with natural fragrances, eliminating the need for synthetic, harmful air fresheners. The diffuser disperses the oils without heat, which could render the essential oils less effective.
Direct Application: All of the oils can be applied to the feet, added to bath water mixed with a carrier oil or bath salts, applied topically or used ina body and foot massage.
LAVENDER: (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. Lavender has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing â€“ physically and emotionally.
1. Rubbing Lavender oil on the feet may cause a calming effect on the body.
2. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smoothed on your pillow may help you sleep.
3. Putting a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite may soothe itching.
4. Putting 2-3 drops of Lavender oil may soothe a minor burn.
5. Apply (drop from the bottle) the Lavender oil directly onto a cut or scrape to help soothe and calm.
6. Mixing several drops of Lavender oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and used topically may be
soothing to skin irritations.
7. Possible help in alleviating the symptoms of motion sickness is to place a drop of Lavender oil on the
end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
8. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose may help to unblock tear ducts.
9. Rubbing Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin may bring relief.
10. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips may help discomfort.
11. Possible help in reducing and/or minimizing the appearance of scar tissue may be to try massaging
Lavender oil on and around the area.
12. Rubbing 2 â€“ 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area may help act as a deodorant.
13. Rubbing a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhaling deeply may help in alleviating the
discomfort of air borne pollen and/or dust.
14. Rubbing several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp may help with flaking.
15. Placing a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and placing in your linen closet to scent the
linens and may help repel moths and insects.
16. Placing a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain may help to scent the air, help sanitize and
prolong the time between cleanings.
17. Placing a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throwing into the dryer, may help to
deodorize and freshen your laundry.
18. Diffusing Lavender oil may support the bodyâ€™s natural defenses against air borne sensitivities to the
skin and immune system.
19. Spritzing several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn may help soothe it.
20. Dropping Lavender oil on a cut may help clean the wound, sanitize and soothe it.
21. Applying 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash may help and soothe the skin.
LEMON: (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.
22. Using 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water
may help in the bathroom as an air freshener.
23. Using 1-2 drops of Lemon oil may remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
24. Using 1 drop of Lemon oil may help add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
25. For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two
cups of pure water. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
26. Rubbing a drop of Lemon oil on the appearance of a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings
may be soothing.
27. To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon
oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the
28. Adding 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spraying counter tops may help sanitize them.
29. Soaking your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil may sanitize it.
30. Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle may help in cleaning.
31. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom may help to disinfect.
32. Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil may help sanitize bathroom fixtures.
33. Putting a drop of Lemon oil on sore gums may be soothing.
34. Putting a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or skin blemishes may help balance (oil glands).
35. Rubbing several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite may improve circulation and help eliminate waste
from the cells.
36. Rubbing two drops of Lemon oil topically may help to clear athlete’s foot.
37. Rubbing several drops of Lemon oil on legs may improve circulation.
38. Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.
39. Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and
brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.
PEPPERMINT: is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in affecting impaired taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals. PEPPERMINT IS GROWN AND DISTILLED AT THE YOUNG LIVING FARMS.
40. Rubbing 4-6 drops in the palm and rubbing over stomach and around the navel may help relieve
occasional indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
41. Adding a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea may help aid digestion and heartburn.
42. Massaging several drops of Peppermint oil on an area of injury may help to reduce tenderness.
43. Applying Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area may be soothing.
44. Rubbing several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet may help lower high
45. Applying a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin may help to stop itching.
46. For poison ivy or poison oak, applying Peppermint oil on location may help with irritation and be
47. Inhaling Peppermint oil before and during a workout may help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
48. Massaging several drops of Peppermint oil on the abdomen may help relieve nausea.
49. Rubbing a drop of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (stay away from the
eyes) and on the back of the neck may help in soothing head pressures.
50. Applying a drop of Peppermint oil on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from
the large vertebra at the base of the neck) may be beneficial in helping to stop hiccups.
51. Placing two drops of Peppermint oil on the tongue and rubbing another drop under the nose may
help improve alertness and concentration.
52. Diffusing Peppermint oil in the room while studying may help to improve concentration and
accuracy. Inhaling Peppermint oil, when taking a test, may help in improving recall.
53. Rubbing 4 drops of Peppermint oil on chest and stomach may help to relieve travel sickness.
54. Placing a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses may help
55. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
56. To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, placing two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and
placing along the path or point of entry for these pest may help to send them elsewhere.
57. Mixing one 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint may dispel the fumes.
58. Place a couple of drops of Peppermint oil in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.
59. Adding 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4oz. of water and spray on plants may help get rid of aphids.
60. Drinking a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water may help to cool off on a hot day.
61. Rubbing Peppermint oil on joints may be soothing.
62. Placing a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue may help in stopping bad breath.
63. Inhaling the fragrance of Peppermint oil may help in curbing the appetite and lessen the impulse to
64. When pets have a tick embedded, application of a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the location may help with removal. Wait for the head to â€œunhedgeâ€ and then remove from your pet.
65. Mix Peppermint in a footbath to help relieve sore feet. Stir the water for maximum effect.
FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia carterii) One of the gifts of the wise men to our Savior, frankincense would have been rubbed all over the body of the baby. Egyptian tradition says that â€œFrankincense is good for everything from gout to a broken headâ€ or in other words â€œgood from head to toeâ€. If in doubt, use Frankincense. Other names for frankincense are â€œolibanumâ€ or â€œOil from Lebanonâ€.
66. Put a drop on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing.
67. Apply 1-2 drops of on temples and/or back of neck to help improve concentration.
68. Apply 1-3 drops on each foot to help strengthen the immune system.
69. Dilute 1 drop in 1tsp. honey or 4 oz. rice milk and ingest daily for health maintenance.
70. Dilute 50/50 with V-6 Mixing Oil and apply to a blistered area 3-5 times daily as needed.
71. Diffuse or inhale from the bottle to help with mood elevation.
72. Dilute 50/50 with V-6 Mixing Oil; massage 6-9 drops onto each foot at night to help with sore feet.
73. Apply 1-3 drops to shoulders stomach and bottoms of feet to help with low mood induced insomnia.
74. Apply 1-3 drops on nails and at base of nails 3x per week to help strengthen brittle or weak nails.
75. Rub a few drops on stretch marks twice a day.
76. Increases the activity of leukocytes to defend body against infection.
GUIDELINES FOR SAFE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS EVERY DAY
1. Always keep a bottle of vegetable Mixing Oil, Massage Oil Base or any pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.
2. Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.
3. Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.
4. Do not use essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.
5. Direct sunlight and essential oils. Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, White Angelica and other citrus oils may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays with 3 to 4 days of use.
6. Keep essential oils away from eye area and do not put into ears. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on fingers. Oils with high phenol content â€“ oregano, helichrysum, cinnamon, thyme, clove. Lemongrass, bergamot, Thieves and ImmuPower â€“ may damage contacts and irritate eyes.
7. Pregnant women should consult their health care professional before using essential oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity, such as clary sage, sage, Idaho tansy, juniper and fennel.
8. Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid using hyssop, fennel and Idaho tansy oils.
9. People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying the oil on other areas. The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.
10. Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil-soluble liquid like honey, oliveoil or soy milk.
11. Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Use Bath Gel Base as a dispersing agent for oils in the bath.
Obligatory Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician. THESE SUGGESTED USES APPLY ONLY TO
THE USE OF THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS.
References: Young, N.D., Gary D. An Introduction to Young Living Essential Oils. Eleventh Edition, 2001.
Essential Oils Desk Reference. Compiled by Essential Science Publishing, Second Edition, July 2001.