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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Love, Love, Love Essential Oils!

I am a huge fan of using essential oils. They have been used for centuries, not just for their beautiful natural scent, but for their antibacterial healing properties as well. I love using them for anything from headaches to stomachaches, from an air purifier to hand sanitizer. There is a lot to talk about when discussing essential oils, so I will do this in two segments. Today, I will discuss how to properly use them and some safety reminders.

How can you use essential oils?

1. Inhalation

Direct inhalation - simply smell them
Diffuse the oils into the air
Fill a humidifier with water. Put a small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the steam.
Pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly.

2. Topical Application

Apply them directly onto the skin where indicated.
Dilute with a pure vegetable oil before applying.

3. Internal Consumption - only pure essential oils, proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements, should be used internally.

Put several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water
Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or rice milk
Put 1-2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to meals when cooking.

A Few Reminders for Essential Oil Use:

-Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light.
-Keep essential oils well away from the eye area and never put them directly into ears.
-The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.
-Always skin test an essential oil before using it. Each person's body is different, so apply oils to a small area first.
-Keep essential oils away from open flames, sparks, or electricity.


  1. I love the Radox products for their soothing essential oils...nice in a bath...great at de~stressing...thanx for the post~!!

  2. Very helpful post! I have been wondering about essential oils for a while now, but wasn't quite sure how to use them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I use EOs all the time. I use peppermint in homemade toothpaste, tea tree in my face wash and laundry, thieve's blend in my cleaning spray, chamomile and lavender to soothe irritation and burns, and too many more to list. I love the way they smell!

    1. Awesome! I have yet to use them for laundry. Will have to try that out!


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