How to use essential oils

Essential oils are incredibly versatile. Not only can they be used to amplify our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing, they can also be used in many different ways in our life. Always use top quality essential oils, as the synthetic constituents and adulterants in cheaper brands of essential oil are harmful to the body.

1. Use neat on the skin (ie. undiluted)
  • Apply a drop or two of your favourite oil to your wrists, neck, temples or shoulders to aromagize your day!
  • Tired muscles? Overdid it in the garden, or at the gym? Apply a few drops of essential oil directly to your muscles and joints.
2. Dilute in massage
  • Dilute 2 to 10 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of Young Living’s V6 or other carrier oil, and use in a full body massage.
  • Dilute 1 drop of essential oil into a teaspoon of carrier oil (like Jojoba oil) and use in a facial massage
  • Don’t feel like making your own? Indulge yourself with Young Living’s range of exotic Massage oils
3. Add to the Bathtub
  • Because essential oils don’t mix with water, firstly mix them with salts or baking soda to assist them in dispersing. If you don’t do this, and just add them to the hot bath water, the hot water will open your skin pores and you will find yourself sinking into a pool of neat essential oils, which can potentially irritate sensitive skin.
  • I add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil into a mix of 1 tablespoon of finely ground Himalayan Sea Salts (or Epsom Salts), and 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda (Bicarb of Soda)
  • Alternatively, add them into Young Living’s bath gel base, or use one of Young Living’s bath and shower gels.
4. Inhale
  • Fill your home with nature, rather than fake smells – this benefits everyone, human or animal, who steps into your home.
  • The problem with electric and candle oil burners is that they heat the oil in order to disperse it, and this destroys some of the fragile constituents present in the essential oil. It’s a shame to use such a beautiful quality essential oil, and to render it useless with an oil burner. That’s why you are much better to use an essential oil diffuser. This mists the oil into the atmosphere, without using heat. Young Living has an extensive range of ultrasonic and nebulizing diffusers, so choose the style that best suits your needs.
  • The most popular type of diffusers are the ones based on ultrasonic technology. They have a plate inside that vibrates at ultrasonic speeds (approximately 1.7 million times a second!), changing the water tension so that liquid becomes vapour. So you simply put water into the well, add 10 to 20 drops of your favourite essential oil, and press the “on” button.
  • As for which oils to diffuse, here’s a chart to get you started:

     5. As food and beverage flavouring
  • Many essential oils come from our food plants, such as Peppermint, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Marjoram, Orange and Ginger. Instead of using the fresh herb in the recipe, the essential oil can be used instead to flavor food and beverages.
  • Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, so for example 1 drop of Peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of Peppermint tea….so start with 1 drop, and build up to taste.
     6. In supplements
  • Essential oils can also be incorporated into supplements. In fact, Young Living was the first company in Australia to have their essential oil supplements listed with the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration). These supplements are a safe way of consuming essential oils, in order to optimize health and wellbeing.

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