How to use Essential Oils

by FabulousFrannie

Over the years, Iʼve discovered that there are so many different ways to incorporate essential oils into my life. It seems like when Iʼve exhausted all options, I still find new uses for them! Below is a list of some of the great ways to use essential oils in your own life.

Diffusers/Vaporizers: Most people use these to purify the air around them or create a more therapeutic atmosphere within a home, office or spa environment.

Aromatic Baths: These can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. If you have a muscular condition, respiratory problems or dermatitis, these can be particularly beneficial.

Body and Hair Care Products: Certain essential oils can be added to fragrance-free lotions, creams, shampoos or conditioners to increase their benefits. This is a great way to treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or dandruff.

Compresses: Compresses can help with pain, swelling and inflammation. They can be either hot or cold, depending on the condition youʼre hoping to treat. I recommend using hot compresses for most “aches” and cold compresses for sprains, fevers, inflammations and headaches.

Massage: These aid circulation, detoxification and relaxation. Massages can be used in either a professional or personal capacity.

Inhalation: Best for respiratory and sinus problems, headaches and cold/flu season.
Inhalation lingo 101: Direct refers to inhaling an oil directly from a bottle. Direct palm refers to sniffing or inhaling an oil directly from the palms of your hands. Handkerchief/Cotton Ball refers to placing 2-4 drops of an oil on the tissue or cloth and holding it in the palms of your hand and inhaling.

Know of another great way of incorporating essential oils into your life? Iʼd be happy to hear about it in the comments section below.


*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Sherry June 5, 2015 - 9:48 am

Hello ☺ I desperately need help!!!!!!
My husband just came down w/ cold flu & sore throat. I have the 100% essential oil blend (thank you) but not sure how to apply it & dilute it if necessary… Also do I give him any other oil with it? And should I use any from my sample set?????????? (I dont want to get sick….)

FabulousFrannie June 9, 2015 - 10:33 am

Hi Sherry! I’m sorry to hear your husband isn’t feeling well. Since you have the pure blend, you’ll need to dilute it prior to application. There are many different ways you can do this, but for cold and flus I recommend mixing about 6-12 drops with 2 Tbsp. of carrier oil (any one will do, but I particularly like Grapeseed and Apricot) in a small bowl, then gently rubbing the mixture into your chest.
Another option is using a few drops in a diffuser to release the properties throughout the room (electric diffusers make this particularly easy). A third option is applying up to 15 drops to the cotton wick of an essential oil inhaler and using as needed.
Some other great oils to use for combating cold & flu germs are: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Thyme and Protect Blend. I would recommend using these apart from Cold & Flu Blend (it’s always nice to mix it up a little!). They can be applied the same way as Cold & Flu blend.
Hope this helps and let me know if you have any further questions!

Kristie May 25, 2018 - 8:56 am

Hello , my daughter bought me a assortment of blended oils and dont know how to use them. Could you please tell me how i use and mix these. Focusing on the bug away. Can i just put some drops in a spray bottle of water. How many drops to water? Thank you Kristie

Fabulous Frannie June 7, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Hello Krisite,

There are literally hundreds of different ways you can use essential oils. If you are applying the oils topically (to your skin) you will want to dilute them with a carrier oil first, such as Coconut or Grapeseed. Normal dilution for a healthy adult is 2% essential oil to 98% carrier oil. This is approx. 10-12 drops of essential oil to 1oz of carrier oil. If you are using a diffuser for the aromatherapy benefits there is no need to dilute with carrier oil, you simply add the desired drops into the water of your diffuser and push start. If you would like to make a Bug away mist you can add 10-12 drops of the essential oil blend to 1oz of distilled water, witch hazel or Vodka to keep bugs at bay. I hope this helps to get you started on your aromatherapy journey.

Fabulous Frannie


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