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How to use Essential Oils

How to use essential oils

The Easy Guide to Using Essential Oils

One of the most asked questions for beginners to Aromatherapy is “How do you use essential oils?”. This is the easy guide to show the basics of using essential oils for Aromatherapy.

The Main uses of Essential Oils

The 4 main ways to use essential oils are as follows:-

  1. In an oil burner or essential oil diffuser.
  2. On your skin in a carrier oil / massage.
  3. In a bath.
  4. Inhalation to help with congestion and respiration.

Essential Oils in a Diffuser

This is by far the most popular way to use essential oils at the moment and is quite confusing with the many different diffusers available. They all have different ways of working with the new ultrasonic diffusers working with vibration. Some diffusers work with a changeable pad which you drop the essential oils on and it’s blown by a fan and finally others work by evaporation. All of the diffusers disperse the essential oil particles and properties into the air for all to enjoy. In recent years electronic diffusers have become much more advanced and they often enhance the mood with lights and mist which all adds to the sensory experience as well as having timers.

Essential Oil Burner

The Essential oil burner is the another way to disperse the oils and requires no electricity. You add a tealight candle in the bottom of the burner, then add some water in the bowl above it and a few drops of essential oil to the water. This is gently heated by the candle (you can choose a 4hr or 8hr candle for a longer burn time) and the beautiful aroma fills the room.

These are very beneficial over artificial fragrances as you also have therapeutic properties as well as the lovely scent. For example, lavender essential oil can help you relax and calm your mind. Eucalyptus essential oil can help fight off germs in the air and help ease congestion.

Please make sure there is an open door if the diffuser is used at night and make sure that pets are not enclosed in rooms with them as they are very sensitive to the aromas. Always be careful not to leave a candle flame unattended.

Essential Oils on the Skin

This is the second most popular way of using essential oils. They have to be diluted a carrier oil or other product (like a floral water, cream base or lotion base) before being applied to the skin.

Massage is very popular, this can be for everyday aches and pains, stresses and strains or for relaxation. Baby massage has grown in popularity recently and you can often find a local baby massage class which can be good for Mum and/or Dad as well as baby.

A drop or two of essential oil can be added to a teaspoon of carrier oil and used to massage. The exact amounts depend on many factors, please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

Essential Oils in the Bath

A great way to relax and unwind is to use essential oils in the bath. Add a few drops of essential oil to a dispersible product (a teaspoon of milk is a great natural emulsifier and mixes the water with the oil) and then add to the bath. If the drops go straight into the water, they can sit on the top of the water and touch your skin at full strength. Mix well into warm running water. If the bath is too hot it can effect the oils. Relax and enjoy!

Steam Inhalation of Essential Oils

Essential oils can help alleviate congestion and help with respiration. One of the most effective ways to do this is to add a few drops of essential oil, like peppermint, into a bowl steaming hot water (be careful). Place a towel over your head and the bowl and breathe deeply for 3 minutes, keeping your eyes closed (the essential oils can sting your eyes).


I hope this has been useful to get you started in the world of essential oils and aromatherapy. We have a free “Guide to Aromatherapy” leaflet with every order if selected to help you further. Many symptoms can be helped by using the power of aromatherapy, so now’s a good time to start.


Different essential oils have different properties so it is best to check the benefits and contra-indications before use. If you are unsure, we always recommend speaking to a qualified aromatherapist first. Certain medical conditions, pregnancy, age and other factors can all change how an essential oil should be used. Please see our website for essential oil safety advice and the essential oil bottles for full details of ratios. Essential Oils Online can not be held responsible for any adverse effects which may occur from the use of any oil which the customer has not familiarised themselves with.

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