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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Essential Oils

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Essential oils can be a wonderful way to make natural products, scent your home, and boost your mood, but there is so much to learn about using them.

I started using essential oils over a year ago, but I’m still learning new things every day.

Learn about essential oil safety

As a beginner, one of the things that scared me the most was the potency of essential oils. Granted, there are many FDA-approved medications that are much more potent, but fear of the unknown scared me.

One of the first things I did was purchase an Essential Oils Reference Guide (I love the pocket reference guide because it contains a ton of information about everything from the history of essential oils to uses for various oils and blends). I also read as much about essential oil safety as I could.

I love using essential oils, but safety is so important.

Especially because of my children’s health concerns (food allergies, seasonal allergies, and asthma), I was overly cautious. While I joined some essential oil Facebook groups, listened to webinars, and read books on essential oils, I was still nervous. I researched which oils were safe to use around children and started diffusing “safe” oils that I felt comfortable using. I also tended to err on the side of caution when reading conflicting information (like the fact that some experts claim that peppermint is unsafe for children under two while others claim it’s unsafe for children under six).

Over time, I began to expand my oil collection and experimenting with oils.

Purchase a starter pack and try using some essential oil favorites

One of the easiest ways to get started with essential oils is to purchase a starter pack. This will give you a variety of different oils to try as you learn more about the oils’ purposes and how to use them. You can also buy individual oils, like lavender, cedarwood, lemon, and even some blends, like Thieves and Purification to start or add to your own set.

This list of essential oils (and some of their common uses) from the Young Living essential oil starter kit will help get you started.

Purchasing a starter pack of oils is a great way to try new oils.

Lavender Essential Oil

Arabs and Romans used lavender for perfumes, burial rituals, bath houses, salves, balms, and cosmetics. It is rooted in the Latin word “lavare”, meaning “to wash.”

Usage Suggestions:

  • Apply to cuts, scrapes, burns/sunburns, cold sores, insect bites, rashes, or acne to soothe and cleanse.
  • Use in a capsule, a teaspoon of honey, or swipe directly around the nose or on the inside of the cheek to help support healthy lung, sinus, and immune function.
  • Diffuse, use in an Epson salt bath, or apply topically to promote relaxation and restful sleep.
  • Massage into the abdomen for help with menstrual discomfort.

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Diffuse for 15-20 minutes to kill airborne bacteria.
  • Apply to the bottom of the feet or on the thymus gland daily to aid a healthy immune system.
  • Use at the first sign of upset stomach to hasten recovery.
  • Mix with a Tablespoon of water, gargle, and swallow for occasional throat discomfort.
  • Apply to gums and teeth for relief from discomfort and to support dental health.
  • Add one drop to warm apple juice for an immune supporting and comforting cider.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Romans and Greeks used peppermint to flavor food and wines. Icelandic medicinal books (pharmacopeias) reference it back to AD1240.

Usage Suggestions:

  • To ease tension, uplift, and energize, apply diluted as instructed to temples, back of the neck or forehead, or press a drop on the roof of the mouth.
  • Use in a capsule with a carrier oil to help support normal digestion and appetite suppression.
  • Dilute as instructed and apply to trunk area and back of the neck for cooling and refreshing relief.
  • Improve concentration and focus by placing 1-2 drops on the tongue, diffusing for 20 minutes, or inhaling slowly from the bottle.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil has been used for centuries to lower acidity in the body. In the 1790s it was given to sailors in the Royal Navy to eliminate vitamin deficiencies and scurvy.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Add to drinking water to assist with water retention and appetite suppression.
  • Supports digestive function, especially of the gallbladder.
  • Use in an Epsom salt bath to accelerate detoxing and to refresh the body and mind.
  • Diffuse during testing or homework to improve mental accuracy and concentration
  • Use directly to easily remove residue or add to a natural household cleaner to help remove stains.

PanAway Essential Oil Blend

PanAway is a blend of Helichrysum, Wintergreen, Clove, and Peppermint.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Apply topically or use in an Epsom salt bath to reduce discomfort from everyday aches and pains.
  • Create a cream with whipped coconut oil body butter by adding PanAway to help support cartilage and joint function and healthy bone structure.
  • To help relax muscles, Helichrysum essential oil can be added to enhance the effect of PanAway.
  • Add Wintergreen essential oil to enhance PanAway’s effects on healthy bone structure.
  • For occasional aches caused by tension, apply diluted to temples, back of neck, or forehead.

Frankincense Essential Oil

As one of the three gifts of the wise men to Jesus Christ at his birth, frankincense was considered as valuable as gold in ancient times. Egyptian tradition states “Frankincense is good for everything from gout to a broken head” or in other words “good from head to toe.”

Usage Suggestions:

  • Diffuse or inhale directly to lift mood and inspire balanced emotions.
  • Use 5 drops of Frankincense in a capsule with 5 drops each of Idaho Balsam Fir and Copaiba to help relax muscles and ease tension
  • Support skin health by applying directly to moles, skin tags, scars, wrinkles, and age spots.
  • Add to daily capsules to support a healthy immune system

Purification Essential Oil Blend

Purification is a blend of Lemongrass, Citronella, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Myrtle.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Add 2 drops to a wet cloth and put in the clothes dryer to refresh soiled, wet laundry.
  • Apply topically to cleanse and soothe cuts and scrapes
  • Apply directly to bee stings or bites from insects to help relieve discomfort.
  • Create a natural and chemical-free bug repellent.
  • Add to a cotton ball and place in the bottom of trash receptacles or diaper pails to neutralize odors.
  • Diffuse with lemon to create a fresh and inviting scent while purifying the air.

Purification essential oil has so many uses, including freshening your home.

Stress Away

Stress Away is a blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, Lavender, and coconut oil. Stress Away can help to bring feelings of peace and tranquility to both children and adults and helps to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Add a couple of drops to a glass of water to lighten up your mood at work.
  • Use topically to help combat the normal stresses that creep into everyday life.
  • Diffuse daily to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca alternifolia is commonly known at Tea Tree Oil. It is highly regarded for its wide range of uses. It helps to support the immune system and has been shown to be extremely beneficial for the skin.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Use topically to help promote healthy skin and nails.
  • Massage into the chest and throat to promote healthy lung function.
  • Use topically to cleanse and ease the discomfort of cuts and scrapes.
  • Add to shampoo to promote a healthy scalp and prevent head lice.

Joy Essential Oil Blend

Joy is a blend of Rose, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Roman Chamomile, and Rosewood.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Apply over the heart, thymus, temples, and wrists to bring happiness to the heart and inspire romance.
  • Diffuse Joy with Lemon for an uplifting and invigorating scent.
  • Put 2 drops on a wet cloth and put in the clothes dryer to refresh laundry.
  • Apply diluted on children to lift occasional moodiness.
  • Provides a fresh and happy scent when added to organic liquid castle soap to make an all-natural body wash.

Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Citrus Fresh is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Spearmint essential oils.

 Citrus Fresh is rich in the antioxidant d-limonene.

Usage Suggestions:

  • Diffuse daily to help promote mental alertness and accuracy.
  • Take internally to help support the immune system and overall health.
  • Inhale regularly to help relieve normal feelings of anxiety.



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Begin to make your own products and mixtures

Once you feel more comfortable using essential oils, try playing around with them. I started by making a makeup remover, disinfectant spray, and natural bug repellant. There are so many different essential oil recipes that you could try depending on your needs and personal preferences.
Check out some of my favorite concoctions on my Essential Oils Pinterest Board. Play around, and don’t be afraid to add your own touch to the recipes.



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