ESSENTIAL OIL WELLNESS BASICS

Updated: May 20






So What Are Essential Oils?


How Do You Use Essential Oils?

You don’t need a degree in chemistry or extensive training to know how to use essential oils effectively. With a basic understanding of safety precautions and application methods, it is easy to start using essential oils.


Get Started With Essential Oils

As you get started with essential oils keep these things in mind:

  • Determine the uses and benefits of the oil you intend to apply.

  • Follow any label and packaging instructions.

  • If you have specific concerns, consult with a healthcare professional first.



How to Apply Essential Oils

There are three ways to use essential oils:


1. Through smell♨️. We call this “aromatic” use of essential oils. This includes any application method that helps you experience the aroma of the oil. You can use essential oils aromatically by:

  • Diffusing in an essential oil diffuser

  • Applying a drop to your hands and inhaling

  • Wearing as a personal fragrance


2. On your skin🖐. “Topical” application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin. Some ways to use essential oils on your skin are:

  • Massage

  • Apply to targeted areas and rub in

  • Add to lotions or moisturizers


3. Ingesting💧, or “internal” use of essential oils allows the oil to be transported throughout your body. Make sure the essential oil is safe for internal use first, and then try one of these methods: 

  • Add to a glass of water

  • Take in a veggie capsule

  • Put a drop under your tongue



What are the Best Essential Oils?

The best essential oils are pure and unadulterated. To see why doTERRA is committed to providing only the purest essential oils, click below:


Pure Essential Oils

Each oil is unique, making it easy to find a natural solution for your specific health concerns. Some of the most popular essential oils are those with multiple benefits and application methods. These oils tend to become household favorites.


Here are the 10 most popular Doterra essential oils:

  1. Frankincense oil

  2. Lavender oil

  3. Oregano

  4. Lemon oil

  5. Peppermint oil

  6. Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca)

  7. Deep Blue

  8. On Guard

  9. Digestzen

  10. Breathe

  11. Wild Orange oil (my honorable mention)


As you try different oils, you will learn which essential oils work best for you and your needs. For the best essential oil experience, it is important to use oils that are pure, potent, and safe.


Learn why doTERRA essential oils are some of the best on the market: Why doTERRA?


Essential Oil Safety

Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind when you are learning how to use essential oils: 


Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

  1. Avoid applying oils to sensitive areas like the nose, ears, eyes, or broken skin. Avoid using “hot oils” on the face.🔥

  2. Always read labels and package instructions before using an essential oil for the first time. 

  3. Use dilution to minimize skin sensitivity.

  4. Be aware of oils with sun sensitivity warnings.

  5. Practice safe storage—keep oils out of reach of children.

  6. Always supervise young children when applying essential oils.

  7. If you have specific health concerns, talk to a healthcare professional before trying essential oils.


🔥Hot oils or strong oils include Cassia oil, Cinnamon Bark oil, Clove oil, Geranium oil, Lemongrass oil, Oregano oil, and Thyme oil.


Learn more about best practices for essential oils here: Essential Oil Safety Guide


How to Use Essential Oils Aromatically♨️

Aromatic use of essential oils is especially powerful.


The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiological, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system, which is the part of your brain that stores memories and emotions. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming.


Diffusing is one of the simplest ways to use essential oils aromatically. You can use an essential oil diffuser if you’d like but using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices. You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cupping it around your nose, and breathing deeply.


Other Ways to Use Essential Oils Aromatically:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle

  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens

  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets

  • Use in household surface cleaners


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