If you’re interested in aromatherapy or have ever asked yourself how to use essential oils then I hope this post will be a help to you! Essential oils are so much more than just having a nice aroma; there are so many unexpected and beneficial uses for them. Take a look at the 9 delightful ways that teach you how to use essential oils and put your bottle of patchouli to work!
1. Choose before You Use
Before we embark on the journey of how to use essential oils, we should pick out the oil we want to use. You’ll want to use certain oils for certain uses such as peppermint to improve digestion, so think about what you want to use your oils for. Also, keep in mind that most essential oils need to be diluted before using topically, so be sure to pay attention to the directions on the bottle.
2. Add Fragrance to Homemade Beauty Products
Here on AWS there are lots of homemade beauty product recipes showcased. An easy way to add a personal touch is to add essential oils to add a nice fragrance. So, this way to use essential oils is pretty easy, you can simply pick out a fragrance that you like and add it to your DIY lip balms, scrubs or body butters!
3. Room Spray
A great way to use essential oil is to use it as a safer air freshener or use it to lightly scent your linens. If you want to help make your room or bed linens a more relaxing place to be, grab a spray bottle and some lavender essential oil. Fill up the spray bottle to about 4 ounces and add about 20-30 drops of the oil, or simply add it until you’re satisfied with the scent.
You’ve probably heard of the wonders of tea tree oil in the past and one way to use essential oils is as a topical acne remedy. Tea tree oil can be a bit strong so you should always dilute a drop of tea tree oil to 5 drops (or even more) of water before you test it out on your forearm. Experiment with water and see if you need a stronger or weaker solution before you apply it to your face. Once you find the perfect blend, apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball and leave it on overnight for clearer skin!
5. Menstral Cramps
Did you ever think you’d be using essential oils to help alleviate menstrual cramps?! Hey, I’m willing to try anything so I think this is definitely worth a shot! Try dragon time, ginger, lavender, geranium, clary sage or peppermint as a topical treatment for cramps and other PMS symptoms. Mix a few drops of one of the oils mentioned above with an ounce of carrier oil (grapeseed, jojoba or sweet almond oil) and apply liberally to your low back, hips and tummy.
A great tip on using essential oils at home and work is to use a few drops to relieve a headache. Peppermint oil is a really versatile oil and you can use it to relieve not just headaches but nausea, motion sickness, colds and sprains. Mix peppermint oil with some carrier oil and keep the blend at your desk and at home to rub on your temples, forehead and neck for a nicely scented and refreshing break!
Another way to use essential oil is to use it through inhalation or topically to help with insomnia. Roman chamomile and lavender are two great essential oils that you can use through inhalation or topically. Try adding a few drops of either oil in your bath water, soaked in a cotton ball and left by your bedside or mix it with a carrier oil and massage yourself!
If you find yourself feeling sluggish and in need of a boost during the day, using essential oils to help wake you up is much safer than downing an energy drink! No need to worry about a sugar or caffeine crash with essential oils, you can create a scent spray to liven up your senses without any negative side effects! Some great oils for energy are peppermint, citrus fragrances, rosemary and frankincense.
9. Bladder Infections
You’re going to think I’m crazy for suggesting this next way to use essential oils, but it has worked for some! Try using oils in your bath for symptom relief of bladder infections. Add 5 drops each of rosemary and lavender oil to hot bath water for 5-10 minutes. Then switch to a cold bath and sit for at least one minute and do this around 2-5 more times at least 2 times a week. It’s a commitment but this method is also known to prevent bladder infections as well.
Now you know how to use essential oils for more than just a fragrance! There are plenty more ways to use essential oils so your bottle of oil will last you quite a while. Essential oils are good for so many things! Have you ever used essential oils? If so, what’s your favorite?