Essential Oils: How To Use Them

So you have your oils, and your shiny new diffuser, but beyond diffusing them and making your house smell delicious, you don’t use them for anything else. Ringing a bell anyone? That’s the jam I was in after I got my oils. I had no clue where to start using them first or more importantly, how to use them. Here are the 4 ways you can use your Young Living essential oils. Remember we are talking about therapeutic grade oils only, and I stand behind Young Living exclusively.essential oils around the home (3)essential oils (1)

There are 4 different ways to use your oils, and depending on what you want to use them for, you can determine which way you’d like you use them.

1. Diffuse: Every oil from Young Living can be used in your diffuser. Be weary of gooey-er oils like Valor, and Peace and Calming as they may leave a residue on your diffuser afterwards. But your diffuser will come with a handy dandy little sponge, perfect for wiping out the goo. Curious as to how the diffuser works? I know I was. The diffuser suspends oils into the air which helps to reduce fungi, bacteria, and mold, as well as neutralizes toxins in the air. When you diffuse your oils, your house will smell amazing because you are using these pure oils, in a clean fresh way. So you can go ahead and ditch all of those harmful, synthetic home air fresheners because they aren’t doing you any good. It is important to use a diffuser that does not use heat, as heat lessens the benefits of the oil. Young Living has a variety of diffusers but my favorite is the home diffuser that you get in your starter kit. That diffuser covers up to 1100 square feet! One thing I use my diffuser for every single day is running a calming, purifying, blend when the kids get home from school. For that I use orange, thieves, and lavender. Perfect witching hour combo.

2. Internal Consumption: Most oils can be ingested in either a vegetable capsule (you can order capsules from Young Living for cheap, or Amazon), by adding them to your drinking water, or dropped right onto the tongue. To be sure the oil you want to ingest is safe to do so, you can check the label on the back of your oil to find out. Here is an example: I had mastitis after Lucy was born and took vegetable capsules with 3 drops of oregano oil, and 3 drops of jojoba oil in them, 3 times a day, for 5 days straight. I have had mastitis a number of times and always end up having to go on an antibiotic and it takes days to feel better. The oregano oil had me feeling better within hours, which if you know how miserable it is to have mastitis, you know what a miracle that is. All of the praise for oregano oil.

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3. Direct Application: Every oil from Young Living can be applied topically, although some oils may need what is called a carrier oil. I know all you skeptics out there are thinking the idea of rubbing an oil on your skin for some type of health benefit seems far-fetch, but remember, your skin is your largest organ. You rub these lovelies on your skin and you will reap wonderful benefits.

A carrier oil just helps to dilute the essential oil just in case your skin may be sensitive to it, it does not lessen the effect of the oil. In fact sometimes I will add a carrier oil just because it makes the essential oil easier and smoother to rub on. To dilute the oils you can use V-6 oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Again, the label on the back of your oil will help you with the exact way to dilute. I haven’t had a problem applying any oils directly on to my skin but I almost always dilute them for the kids, especially if it is the first time using an oil on them.

Essential oils can also be added directly to bath water mixed with epsom salt, or massaged on topically. If an oil does cause irritation on your skin, be sure to soothe it with a carrier oil and not water. Oils do not like water. A great place to put your oils is on your feet because the pores on your feet are the largest on your entire body, and the oil will get in your system the fastest. A fun way to test this out  is to rub a piece of garlic on your foot and I kid you not, minutes later you will taste garlic in your mouth! God sure was thinking when he created our miraculous bodies!

4. Direct Inhalation: You can simply put a drop of essential oil into the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, cup them around your nose, and breathe deeply to inhale your oils. You can also just open up the bottle and let it sit on your desk or on the counter and be assured that the oils are getting into the air and into your body.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion about oils for everyone! I know it can be a bit overwhelming when you are just getting started. As always, I am here to help. Contact me anytime with any questions you may have. Really. I mean it. I love talking about oils, and I love getting e-mails. Have an oily day. Too far, I know.

If you need help ordering oils you can refer back to this post here.