How to Use Essential Oils

How to use essential oils
How to use essential oils

Did you know that essential oils have a lot of health benefits for your body?

But, in order to get the benefits of essential oils, you’ve first got to know how to use essential oils.

And that can be a little complicated—especially if you’re trying essential oils for the first time!

There are a lot of ways in which you can use essential oils and you should try the one that best fits your needs.

In today’s blog, I’ll tell you how to use essential oils.

Let’s get started.

The Different Ways You Can Use Essential Oils

Since time immemorial, essential oils have been used in many different ways across various cultures throughout the world.

And, there are quite a few ways in which you can use essential oils.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to enhance one’s psychological as well as physical well being. The idea behind aromatherapy is that the essential oils get into your bloodstream through the air and provide you with several benefits.

I’ll be talking about the benefits later in this article.

Diffusing essential oils

Diffusing essential oils is probably one of the most popular methods used in aromatherapy.

But, how does diffusing essential oils really work?

Well, the essential oil particles are diffused into the air and they enter our nervous system through the air we breathe.

Diffusing essential oils is mainly for your nose

There are a lot of different types of diffusers which you can use:

All you need to do is to add 6-10 drops of essential oil to your diffuser and you’re good to go!

Spraying

Spraying an essential oil is also a great way to get some aromatherapy in.

In this case, the essential oil molecules are released into the air by a spritz and just like with the diffuser, the essential oil particles are released into the air and enter our system through our noses.

Spraying an essential oil is ideal for places such as your office, home, or even car!

All you have to do is add water to a 90 ml spray bottle and mix 6 drops of an essential oil of your choice to it!

Easy, right?

Moving on…

Topically with carrier oils

Essential oils can also be applied directly to your skin.

You can topically apply essential oils by mixing them with a good quality carrier oil of your choice.

Topical application is ideal for:

  • Enjoying benefits of an essential oil in a local body part
  • Faster onset of benefits

Beauty services such as massages and facials take the use of topical essential oil treatments.

On to the next one…

Skin care

Some essential oils such as rose are amazing for your skin.

And, you can add some essential oils to your beauty routine by following some of my tips.

Facial steaming

All you have to do is to add 3-4 drops of essential oil to a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam for 10 to 15 minutes.

The essential oil will get absorbed by your skin and will also enter your body through your respiratory system.

Compress

A hot compress has been a part of the lives of millions of women across the globe.

You can add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of water and soak your towel in it and apply it to your face for a few minutes!

This’ll help make your skin glow.

Foot Bath

You can add some essential oil to your pedicure as well.

All you have to do is to add a few drops of your preferred choice of oil and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes.

Hair care

As you may have figured out by now, essential oils can be added to any of your body care routines.

And, your hair isn’t an exception.

Essential oils work as leave-in conditioners or your hair.

Your job is to add 4-6 drops of essential oils to a spray bottle and mix them with some water and spray it on your hair after a rinse and leave it!

And, that is it!

Health Problems You Can Treat by Using Essential Oils

Essential oils aren’t just for your sense of smell.

They also contribute a lot towards your health and well being. Most essential oils are known to have several health benefits.

Let’s walk through them, shall we?

Headaches and Migraines

Did you know that certain essential oils can help relieve and treat headaches and migraines?

Well, that’s true.

Following are the essential oils that will help you:

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus

You can diffuse them or apply these directly to your head or forehead with the help of a good carrier oil.

Moving on…

Stress and Relaxation

Too much stress in life?

Essential oils can help with that as well.

Following are the essential oils that you can use to relax your mind:

  • Ylang ylang
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Vetiver

I feel that diffusing these essential oils would be the best way to go about it.

Insomnia

Sleepless nights make you moody and irritable.

In the current scenario, many people find themselves unable to sleep all night and the cases of insomnia have been on the rise.

Following are some essential oils that’ll help you sleep well:

  • Roman chamomile
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lavender
  • Cedar wood
  • Frankincense

You can apply them topically for the best results.

Acne

Yes, you read that right!

Using essential oils can also help you a lot with your facial as well as body acne and pimples.

Following are the essential oils that I recommend:

  • Clary sage
  • Tea tree
  • Jojoba
  • Lavender
  • Juniper berry

There are many ways that these essential oils can be used. But, I prefer steaming or compress.

Dry skin

Acne is one extreme while dry skin is on the other. And, essential oils can help with that as well!

Following are the essential oils that you can use:

  • Argan oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Palmrose oil
  • Patchouli oil

There are many ways that these essential oils can be used. But, I prefer steaming or compress.

Allergies

Do you suffer from hayfever and allergies?

Well, the good news is that essential oils can help you with that as well! Here are a few oils that’ll help relieve your allergies right away!

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Following are the essential oils that I recommend:

  • Clary sage
  • Tea tree
  • Jojoba
  • Lavender
  • Juniper berry

There are many ways that these essential oils can be used. But, I prefer steaming or compress.

Blending Essential Oils: Two Is Better Than One!

Blending two or more essential oils together is basically about seeing what makes your nose happy.

Blending essential oils won’t not only help you get the benefits of two or more essential oils that have the same property, but it can also be a fun a therapeutic activity wherein you also get to make a signature scent for yourself!

And, blending essential oils don’t do anything bad for you at all!

I feel that it is one of the best ways get some aromatherapy.

But, how can mixing two essential oils help you?

I’ll tell you.

  • Mixing a few essential oils that have the same (or similar) properties can help you in achieving their benefits rather quickly
  • The right mix can help you relax, unwind, and enjoy your time!
  • Blends can also help increase your level of concentration as well as focus on work

That’s amazing, right?

Following are a few essential oil blends that you should try:

Energizing

This essential oil blend energizes you and makes you feel happier and ready for just about anything!

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops peppermint

Sleepy Time

This essential oil blend helps you fall asleep peacefully at night.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops juniper berry
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile

Stress Buster

This essential oil combination helps combat stresses that can creep into the modern day to day life.

For this you’ll need:

  • 1 drop marjoram
  • 2 drops ylang-ylang
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 4 drops lavender

There are a lot more of these essential oil recipes that I’ve talked about before. You can click here to see them all.

 Summing Up

I really hope that this article helped you get the hang of using essential oils.

Using essential oils is very easy. You just need to keep in mind the following things:

  1. Your preferred method of using essential oils
  2. You core area of concern (and essential oils suited to address these issues)

Other than that…

Keep in mind that you can use more than one essential oils as a time as well! You can blend the essential oils and reap their benefits!

Isn’t that amazing!?

How do you like to use your essential oils? Please do let me know in the comments section!

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Essential oils are volatile and naturally-occurring compounds that are found in fruits, roots, seeds, stems, etc. and they give each plant a distinct fragrance.

You can diffuse one essential oil at a time, or blend a few together to enjoy the benefits.

In today’s blog post I’ll be going through the process of blending essential oils and the top 25 essential oil blends that I enjoy the most.

Let’s get started!

Why Should You Use Essential Oil Blends?

Blending essential oils is all about making your sense of smell happy.

Did you know that the human nose can identify 1 trillion scents?

Blending essential oils and having fun with them can help you create your own scent which can be therapeutic for you.

Blending essential oils can be an activity that gives you sheer pleasure!

Here are the advantages of blending essential oils:

  • Mixing 2-3 essential oils with the same properties can help achieve their benefits quickly
  • The right blends can help you relax and unwind
  • Blends are also known to increase one’s concentration and focus on work

You get the idea, right?

How to Blend Essential Oils

In this section, I’ll teach you how to blend essential oils the right way.

Let’s begin!

What Scents and Aromas do You Like?

We all have unique preferences.

And when you’re creating an essential oil blend for yourself, you should keep in mind your unique preferences.

And, don’t be shy to test new things out!

Here are a few scents you can pick from:

Best essential oil blends and fragrances
The Best Essential Oil Blends can be made from these six fragrance groups

I personally love the spicy fragrances.

Let me know in the comments section which is your favorite!

Moving on…

It’s All About That (Top, Middle, and) Base!

I’m not talking about music here.

So, there are three ‘notes’ in a blend:

  • The top note
  • The middle note
  • The base note

These notes are determined by the amount of time they take to evaporate.

This means…

The ‘top note’ is the quickest to evaporate while the middle and the base notes take a longer amount of time.

So, here’s the deal:

  • Top notes take an hour (or two hours) to evaporate
    Popular top notes include basil, spearmint, lemongrass, orange, etc.
  • Middle notes take between two to four hours to evaporate
    Popular base notes are tea tree, nutmeg, chamomile, jasmine, etc.
  • The base may take a few days to evaporate!
    These include cedarwood, balsam, oakmoss, etc.

Test The Blend!

In this step that you can ‘test’ your notes out and see whether or not they work together.

All you’ll need for this are:

  • Some cotton swabs!
  • Your essential oils
  • An eye dropper

Put one drop from each of your three essential oils onto a cotton swab and hold the swab (away from your nose!) and swirl it in the air.

So you like what you smell?

If not, then make changes until you find the perfect fit!

Let’s Do the Mix!

After you essential oil recipe has passed the sniff test, it’s time to start mixing!

You’ll need the following things in this step:

  • An eye dropper
  • A clean mixing bowl
  • A glass vial

There are two guidelines you can follow for the mix:

  1. The 123 Rule
    This one says that for each drop of your base note, you should add 2 drops of your middle note and three drops of the top note.

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  1. The 30-50-20 Rule
    This rule suggests that your mixture should be:

    1. 30% top note
    2. 50% middle note
    3. 20% base note

All you’ve got to do is to add the essential oils to the mixing bowl using an eye dropper and then transfer the mixture to a glass vial!

Storage!

Essential oils are highly volatile compounds.

After making your blend, make sure to let it sit for a few days and store it in a glass bottle.

That’s because essential oils can react with other materials.

How to Use Your Essential Oil Blend: The Things You’ll Need

Before you try out your new blend, there are a few things that you’ll need.

Let’s take a look.

I feel that you should diffuse 8-10 drops of your essential oil combinations to get the best effect.

But…

Keep in mind that each and every blend is unique.

So, it is always better to add a small amount first to test out the fragrance and then make changes accordingly.

 Top 25 Best Essential Oil Blends

In this section, I’ll be sharing 25 of the best essential oil combinations.

Please do keep in mind and each and every human is unique. A fragrance that I like may be one that you hate!

So, let’s take a look at the essential oil recipes, shall we?

Smart

This essential oil recipe helps you concentrate on the task at hand.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops cinnamon
  • 4 drops peppermint

Focus on Me

This essential oil blend increases your focus and helps you study for the finals!

For this, you’ll need 3 drops each of:

  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense

Stressbuster

This essential oil combination helps combat stresses that can creep into the modern day to day life.

For this you’ll need:

  • 1 drop marjoram
  • 2 drops ylang-ylang
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 4 drops lavender

Return of the Stress Buster

This essential oil blend helps you concentrate on the task at hand.

For this you’ll need:

  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drop rosemary

Stress Buster: Reincarnated

This essential oil recipe helps you fight and defeat stress.

For this you’ll need:

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops wild orange
  • 1 drop ylang-ylang

Calm

Breath this essential oil blend in and get relaxed. Maybe even take a bubble bath.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops Roman chamomile
  • 2 drops ylang-ylang
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops geranium
  • 3 drops lavender

Up

This essential oil combination helps you let go of all of your stress and find peace and calm.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops mandarin
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops lime

Energizing

This essential oil blend energizes you and makes you feel happier and ready for just about anything!

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops peppermint

Heatbeat

This essential oil recipe helps feel happiness throughout your body and fill you up with energy.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops wild orange
  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops cinnamon

Good morning

This essential oil recipe helps you wake up in the morning and have an amazing (and energy-filled) day!

For this you’ll need:

  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops wild orange

Because I’m Happy

This essential oil blend helps put you in a good mood.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops geranium

Bye, bye Disease!

This essential oil combination helps fight diseases.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drop eucalyptus
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops cinnamon

Immune Boost

This essential oil combination helps you boost your immunity.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop lime
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop clove

Sleepy head

This essential oil blend helps you fall asleep peacefully at night.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops juniper berry
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile

Zzz

This essential oil blend helps you fall and stay asleep throughout the night.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops vetiver

Sneeze

This essential oil recipe helps you fight the common cold.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops lemon
  • 3 drops cypress
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops rosemary

Deep Breaths

This essential oil recipe helps you with your breathing.

For this you’ll need:

  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops eucalyptus

Repel

This essential oil recipe helps repel unwanted insects.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drop thyme
  • 2 drop eucalyptus
  • 2 drop lemongrass
  • 2 drop basil

Headache

This essential oil combination helps you overcome your migraine.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 6 drops peppermint

Winter

Cold air, snowfall, Christmas lights…

This essential oil recipe is perfect for wintertime.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops wild orange
  • 3 drops white fir
  • 2 drop wintergreen

Christmas

This essential oil combination is perfect for Christmas time.

For this you’ll need:

  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 2 drops clove
  • 3 drops orange
  • 4 drops patchouli
  • 4 drops cinnamon

Spring

It’s always spring when you diffuse this essential oil blend.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drop geranium
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile
  • 3 drops lavender

Summer

This essential oil recipe that reminds you of summer.

For this you’ll need:

  • 2 drops spearmint
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops grapefruit

Tea

A hot cup of spiced India tea.

For this you’ll need:

  • 1 drop ginger
  • 2 drops cassia
  • 2 drops clove
  • 3 drops cardamom

Fall

Autumn.

For this you’ll need:

  • 3 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops ginger
  • 4 drops wild orange

Final Words

I hope this article helped you figure out how to blend essential oils.

Always keep in mind that essential oil blends can be a hit or a miss. So, keep trying until you find the best blend that defines you!

Other than that…

Let me know if you tried any of the 25 essential oil blends I wrote about in this blog!

Leave comments and let me know which one you liked the best!