All across the globe, people suffer from ailments such as headaches, anxiety, insomnia, nail fungus, minor cuts and more. Relief usually comes in the form of pharmaceuticals or, alternatively, essential oils. Derived from Mother Earth, essential oilscan provide reliefvery quickly, often creating a desired response within minutes.
If you’re new to essential oils, start small. Less is more. Try picking one or two oils, or address one or two ailments. Below you’ll find three different use methods as well as four essential essential oils.
Depending on the desired outcome, quality of the oil and personal preference, essential oils can be used in the three following ways:
There are a variety of ways to apply essential oils to the skin. People with sensitive skin and children should be more careful with this method. Using a carrier oil such as olive, grapeseed, sweet almond or coconut oil is a helpful way to dilute the essential oils before applying them topically. Do not use butter, margarine or petroleum-derived products as carrier oils.
Essential oils are commonly applied to the feet, because they absorb well into the body this way. Massaging the feet first helps increase circulation and therefore the effectiveness of the oil. They are also sometimes applied to the ears, neck, forehead, chest or other affected areas of the body. Do not put essential oils in the eyes.
The smell of essential oils creates a response in the brain, and inhaling them is a very common method of use. Image Credit: Image Point Fr / Shutterstock
The smell of essential oils creates a response in the brain, and inhaling them is a very common method of use. A couple drops of essential oil can be added to a spray bottle with water and sprayed. Oils can be smelled directly from the bottle, or added to a hot compress and applied to a certain part of the body. A drop or two can be applied to a handkerchief, put on a pillow, added in a bath, used in a diffuser or added to a bowl of hot water. Depending on the type of oil used, it can help deodorize, reduce stress, boost the immune system or induce sleep.
Some people take certain oils internally, although some specific oils are not intended for internal use. Only internal-grade oils should be ingested, so read the bottle first. When these conditions are met, a couple drops of essential oils can be added to a glass of water, applied directly to the tongue or even used to add flavor to food. When ingesting oils, it is best to put them in glass or metal containers, as plastic containers can be broken down by the oils, causing people in ingest impurities.
This oil has a calming effect, so it is a great way to help induce sleep and reduce anxiety. It can be added to a spray bottle with water and sprayed on the pillow or sheets, added to a diffuser before bedtime, or rubbed into the skin on the ears or feet.
Lavender oil is an effective and natural insect repellent. It also helps promote healing the skin from cuts, burns and acne and is helpful in removing splinters.
Lemon essential oils are energizing, rejuvenating, detoxifying and disinfecting. Image credit: Antonova Anna / Shutterstock
This is a highly versatile oil that has a long list of uses. Lemon is energizing, rejuvenating, detoxifying, and disinfecting. It is commonly used to boost energy and improve mental clarity, so apply it to the skin, inhale it, or add a couple drops of internal-grade oil in a glass of water when your energy level dips. It is also used to treat anxiety, either alone or in combination with lavender.
Another common use for lemon oil is in homemade cleaning products. Lemon oil is widely praised for its disinfecting, degreasing and deodorizing properties.
It has a great natural scent, unlike the synthetic fragrances that are used in many common household products.
This popular essential oil can treat a variety of conditions and has an energizing and clarifying effect. Peppermint oil helps treat headaches, freshen breath, soothe digestive issues and relieve sore muscles. It is an antimicrobial, so it gets to the root cause of bad breath and doesn’t merely mask it. Beware that the oil can create skin irritation in some people, so it is recommended to use a carrier oil when applying it.
This essential oil has a long list of properties, including being antibiotic, antifungal, and antiseptic. Tea tree oil is great for naturally minimizing an acne outbreak, and treating athlete’s foot, yeast infections, warts, bad breath, dandruff, nail fungus, head lice, ring worm, and cuts. Note that this oil should not be ingested internally and should not be used by pregnant women, babies under 6 months, or breastfeeding women. Because the oil has strong properties, it may cause skin irritation when applied in its concentrated form, so consider using a carrier oil or test a small patch of skin to see if you have a reaction.