How To Use Essential Oils

Aromatic Uses:

This is the easiest way to use your dōTERRA essential oils. Here are a few ways to use your oils aromatically:

  • You can use an essential oil diffuser. With your diffuser, fill it with water, add in 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil and turn it on. All dōTERRA diffusers have an auto turn off,  which means it will turn off when the water is low or when the time is up, depending on which happens first.
  • You can put a drop or two of essential oil in your palms, rub your hands together and cup them over your face, inhaling deeply a few times.
  • You can put a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball or clothes pin and place it in your air conditioner vent. This is extremely helpful if you get motion sickness!

I love diffusing because it is quite possibly the simplest way to get the aromatherapy benefits of your oils. This is a perfect way to relax/stimulate your mood, support your airways, cleanse the air, or support a restful night’s sleep naturally.

Topical Uses:

There are so many benefits to using your oils topically. Due to the molecular composition of essential oils, they are easily absorbed by the skin and can enter the bloodstream in less than a minute. Since essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to and dissolve in fatty substances, it is recommended to use a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) to help spread the oil further and drive the oils deeper. Using a carrier oil also helps with any skin sensitivity, which is especially important when applying oils to little ones or sensitive skin, it also prolong the life of your oils.

One of the most common places to apply your oils is on the bottoms of the feet. Our feet have the largest pores and the thickest skin, which makes it an ideal place to apply oils. If you are familiar with a reflexology chart, you know that the bottoms of our feet correlate to different spots in our body, so when in doubt, this is a great place to apply your oils. For our little ones, the feet are an extremely convenient place to apply your oils. After applying oils to their feet, make sure to put socks on them so they don’t grab their feet and rub their eyes.

You can also apply your oils to any specific place on your body that is needing concentrated support (i.e. temples and neck for head tension, joints or muscles for extra support, or over the heart and down the neck and spine for emotional support.)

Please note: you do not want to drip oils into the eyes, up the nose or into the ear canal. Also, if you ever get an oil somewhere that is uncomfortable, use a carrier oil to dilute it out. Pour the carrier oil on, wipe it off and continue until skin sensitivity stops. Do not use water and soap as water actually will drive the oil deeper.

Internal Uses:

Now, this is a BIG reason why I use and trust dōTERRA.  Any of our bottles that have a “supplement” label on it can be taken internally while bottles that just say “ingredients” should only be used topically or aromatically. Essential oils can be used as a daily dietary supplement to support a healthy functioning body. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties, while others help to support a healthy inflammatory response to support your cells.

I personally love to put one or two drops of Lemon essential oil in my water daily for the gentle detox benefits. When drinking your oils, please make sure that you are using a glass or stainless steel water bottle. Do not use plastic water bottles with essential oils. You can also purchase little pill pockets called veggie caps from dōTERRA and take your oils internally like a pill. This method is necessary when taking warmer oils, like Oregano.

Disclaimer: I only recommend  the ingestion of dōTERRA oils  as each bottle is 100% pure essential oil. Please do not transfer this information to any other brand as the quality of essential oil is unknown.

Lastly, do what you are comfortable with.

As you are getting started on your essential oil journey, I want you to be 100% comfortable with HOW you are using your oils. If topical or internal use is not in your comfort zone right away, that’s okay! As you can see, there are numerous ways to get the benefits of your oils, so stick to what works best for your family.

I am often asked where the best placement of oils is. Honestly, the bottoms of your feet are golden. It seems strange given we walk on our feet all day. But every nerve in the entire body passes through the foot. Thus, it is an amazing area to put essential oils.