How to Use Essential Oils


There are a plethora of ways to use essential oils (EOs), and I am going to give you the nitty gritty right now!

The over-arching 3 ways to use essential oils are:

1. Diffuse / Inhalation4f2313c390b76c31f302f96867225fad

This method if quite obvious… you can put a few drops of EO in your hands and cup your hands around your nose, inhaling (don’t get it in your eyes!). You can also put 8-12 drops of your favorite EO in a Young Living (YL) diffuser and get hours of a lovely, calming experience.

Check out what YL has to say about its amazing Home Diffuser. Blurb: “Its ultrasonic technology breaks any mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, disperses them into the air, and activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils.”

2. Topical

Unless told otherwise, most essential oils will still need to be diluted before being applied to the skin directly. This is because they are so highly concentrated. Some popular carrier oils are coconut oil, almond oil, witch hazel, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, and more. Before applying an oil topically, I would read about it on Young Living’s website to know what the dilution ratio should be. Always try an oil or oil mixture on a patch of skin before applying to a larger area.

3. Ingest 

This method of using essential oils is simply by ingesting it into your body. There are several ways to do this. You could put a drop or 2 (less is more!) of lemon and/or peppermint EO to your water in the morning to help flush toxins and manage weight and appetite. You could also put a few drops in a vegetable capsule and take as a pill.

Find out where to buy essential oils for 24% off! 

Now, let’s talk about different ways you can use essential oils from the above methods…

Please keep in mind that you can use any of the essential oils I state below in the examples… for instance, if I say you can make a perfume using Joy EO, you can substitute out the Joy for another favorite EO. These are simply examples. Again, I must caution, however, to research your EO to make sure you can ingest it or apply it topically without dilution. I still recommend diluting the oils with a carrier oil when applying topically.

1. Add a few drops to a dry rag and add it to your dryer load to make your clothes smell great. You can use any oil, so I like to add my favorites, such as Joy, Awaken, Release, and/or Lavender for my sensitive skin. You can do this with the washer as well. Adding a few drops to a wash cycle is another way to make your clothes smell naturally wonderful. Other scents I enjoy using with clothes are purification for stinky clothes and lemon to brighten whites.

3. Put 1-2 drops of Lemon, Peppermint, Citrus Fresh, and/or Ginger in your cold or warm water (warm is better, but it’s still difficult for me) and drink throughout the day. Shake before drinking. This will aid as a weight management tool and appetite suppressant while detoxifying and cleansing your body.

4. Cook with the oils!! There are several essential oils that are great for cooking, such as Sage, Oregano, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, and so many more! Find out more about which oils would be stellar to cook with here!

5. Cleaning! Oh my, EOs are SO great for cleaning! I don’t even know where to begin… wait, yes I do! Thieves!! More on that later because I already know that will be its own post.

6. Diffuse Thieves to fight infection and sickness while cleansing and purifying the air.

7. Put a few drops on a cotton ball… you might want a few cotton balls, because these little guys can go many places! I like to throw one in my vacuum before cleaning… it makes the whole home smell amazing! Put one in your air vent in your car (try Joy or Stress Away). Toss a cotton ball in your drawers to give your clothes a great smell!

8. Mix water with several drops of EO in a glass squirt bottle. Use as air freshener.

9. amber_roll_on_bottle_10ml_s_4Mix 15-20 drops of EO with a base of witch hazel in a glass roller-ball bottle. Use as a perfume. Try Joy, Awaken, and/or Lavender.

10. Do another mix as we did with the perfume, but add PanAway with the witch hazel. Use as a pain-easing muscle rub. See this article for one pain relief recipe. 

11. Put a few drops of calming EO, such as Lavender or Peace and Calming in your hands and rub together. Cup your face and inhale. Take your hands and rub them over both sides of your pillow. These measures will help give you a peaceful night’s sleep! Another great EO to try for sleep is Valerian.

12. Detox Bath

13. Diffuse to ease headaches and/or migraines. Try Lavender, MGrain, and/or Peppermint.

14. Add Baking Soda and your chosen EO to a mason jar and add it to your fridge to help with odors and to freshen the air quality. 

15. I love drying flowers… if you do as well, save those dried flowers and use them as art. I have displayed my dried pieces in wine bottles and vase. Then I realized that these not only were a beautiful piece of art, but that they could be used as potpourri. Tilt the EO bottle over the dried art and let a few drops fall onto it, preferably in a location where it will drip down, into the mass. Check out a really great article on dried flower potpourri here!

16. Nightmares suck… and mine are awful. I diffused Lavender two nights ago to help me sleep, and I didn’t have a single nightmare! If I did, I don’t remember, which is a good thing, trust me. Those dreams take an emotional toll on me. So last night, I really needed my beloved Joy, so I diffused that while I slept… Again, no nightmares and a good, cleansing sleep. At this very moment, I am diffusing Release, which is now a fav!! It’s said to be the most emotionally-stimulating and healing essential oil.

17. I definitely recommend the YL diffuser because it gives the best use of your oils.. more bang for the buck I guess would be the appropriate saying. However, you can also use regular oil burners, but it will not give the experience the home diffuser gives.

18. Holy gifting heaven!! There are so many ways to make homemade, DIY gifts with these oils!!

Try a detox bath kit including epsom salts, baking soda, sea salt, ginger, your favorite essential oil(s), and one of my all-time favorite things… a mason jar. Try Lavender, Peace and Calming, Stress Away, and/or Release for a relaxing and calming bath. Another option is Eucalyptus and Rosemary for a detoxifying bath that will aid in relieving symptoms of a cold such as congestion and swollen nasal passages.

Gift a perfume like #9 and 10 above. Try out your favorite essential oils and even mix if you so desire.

When gifting anything that has multiple ingredients not listed on the jar or bottle, I normally include some information about the ingredients. Any of my blog posts can be used as information inserts with your gifts to explain the healing and detoxifying properties of all the ingredients combined!

Sew sachets of dried flowers and essential oil to be placed in drawers, shoes, gym bag… the idea is really you can place them anywhere.

Most of the ideas we are discussing here could be used in some DIY projects, so the possibilities are endless.

19. f816038713bc5f2fb1516e851f4f6e52Sew a rice bag that can be heated and placed over back, shoulders, neck… anywhere you have muscle pain. It is also very relaxing when you head to bed. It is much better than a heating pad because this will naturally get cooler so you do not have to worry about 8 hours of a possible fire hazard in your bed. Simply mix the several drops of EO into the rice before putting the oil in the bag. Get detailed instructions from this awesome article here!

This is just the start to an ongoing list on how to use essential oils, so stay posted for more! Comment below with your ideas, recipes, and common practices with essential oils!

Get more information on essential oils here!

Other Great Articles:


“110 Uses for the Everyday Oils Kit” by an Independent Young Living Distributor

“Essential Oils Pocket Reference” by Life Science Publishing


How to Cleanse and Charge Stones



To Cleanse & Charge a Stone

It depends on the stone as to what method should be used. Some stones cannot be put in sunlight or submerged in water, so make sure you know what the stone prefers before attempting to cleanse it.


Cleansing Methods:

  • Under running natural water, such as ocean, stream, river, or creekPoint the stone downward with the flow of water so the negative energy flows out and away.
  • Full moonlight
  • Full sunlight
  • Buried in Earth/soilWill absorb negative energy
    • Deep cleansing
  • Smudge
    • Sage
    • Cedar
  • Amethyst clusters
  • Herb “Baths”
    • Submerging in loose herbs
    • Rose Petals
    • Sage
    • Mint
  • Sea Salt “Bath”
    • Can be used with other magical tools as well
    • Submerge in dry sea salt or salt-water bath
    • Deep cleansing

Before you use your gems and stones for magic, you should charge them to match you intent.

Charging Spell

Bless the stone with the 4 elements. Place the stone on your Third Eye Chakra and say:

In the name of the Divine,

I conjure thee,

O stone of earth, to assist me in my magical working.

By the moon and the stars,

You may be blessed and empowered to (name intent).

So mote it be.

You don’t always have to empower them with certain properties or jobs. One saying I use frequently is “I cleanse this stone of all negative energy and prepare it for my personal use.”

Release the Past

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Hydrogen Peroxide


Yes, this bad boy has his own Blog post!! He is another super star in my detox baths!

It is advised to use 1-4 cups in a detox bath.

Properties of peroxide:

  • Oxygen detox bath
  • Helps body get ride of toxins
  • Antibacterial and antiviral; great to use in detox bath if you’ve been around a large group of people, traveled, or were around anyone sick
  • Can pretty much heal any infection, fungus, cut, etc.
  • Ease tooth pain
  • Whiten teeth; toothpaste (mix with coconut oil)
  • Kills salmonella and other bacteria: spray peroxide, then vinegar on a cutting board or work area
  • Bathroom cleaner

*When used in excess, this can have a lightening effect on your hair, so make sure to wrap your hair up when taking a bath with this ingredient, unless you want to lighten your hair, I suppose.


Ginger can be added to a detox bath to aid in detoxification, or it could be used in an array of other ways, such as to bake delicious snickerdoodle cookies. This superwoman has extreme healing powers that can be utilized in a plethora of ways.

Properties of Ginger:

  1. Eases headaches; migraines
  2. Eases tummy troubles; colon health; digestive tract
  3. Anti-inflammatory
  4. Eases cold symptoms such as sore throat, cough

Ingest/Take Internally

  1. Juice and mix with smoothies or juices for a powerful immune-boosting kick!
  2. Use dried ginger in recipes such as pumpkin pie or snickerdoodle cookies. Add some to your coffee for a different taste!
  3. Add to tea to ease cold or flu symptoms.
  4. Slice up fresh ginger and add to detox water.

Detox Bath

You can choose to put fresh ginger in the tub as well if you would like. Ginger helps you to sweat, so be prepared to. The more ginger you add, the more you will sweat and the hot water helps in flushing those toxins out. Sounds fun, huh? It is actually very relaxing, sitting back in the tub with your water beside you (preferably the amazing detox water you could make with a few items you probably already have on hand). I also sometimes will have wine as well, but tend to still gravitate towards the water because my body is sweating so much. Back to the ginger! It will get sweaty, but that’s what this ingredient does. Think of it like a sauna, but you can choose how much to add. Fresh ginger is obviously stronger than dried.

It is advised to put 1 t to 1 T of dried ginger and/or anywhere from ½ cup to 2 cups of fresh ginger, grated.

Article on how to peel/grate ginger.


Sea Salt

Sea salt is another necessity in my detox baths. Sea salt is salt produced by the evaporation of seawater. When combined with hot water, sea salt helps to open up pores, hence the need for baking soda, to help neutralize any toxins being expunged. The baking soda also helps to cleanse your pores, opening them up to accept the nutrients from the great ingredients in the detox bath.

It is encouraged to put 1-2 cups in a detox bath.

Properties of sea salt include:

  • Improves circulatory system
  • Reduces heart disease and heart attacks by regulating blood pressure and minimizing irregular heartbeats
  • Antihistamine; clears sinus passageways; cleanses lungs of mucous
  • Improves muscle strength and tone
  • Eases muscle tension
  • Strengthens the immune system while increasing your energy output

Baking Soda

When you think of baking soda, you probably think of that tiny box sitting in your fridge, keeping odors at bay. That is just one of the many versatile properties of baking soda!

This is one of my key ingredients in my detox bath mixtures. When 1/4-1 cup of baking soda is dissolved in a detox bath, it helps your body in a variety of ways, including helping to neutralize the toxins you are releasing into the water so your body doesn’t reabsorb them.

Properties of baking soda include:

  • Neutralizes the chemicals, acids, and toxins your body is releasing through sweating and your pores opening up. Baking soda washes away oils and perspiration from our skin. Baking soda also neutralizes a main ingredient in our bath water, chlorine, while also increasing mineral absorption.
  • Facial scrub, body exfoliant, natural deodorant
  • Hair cleanser: the baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind
  • Relieves insect bites and itchy skin
  • Antifungal properties; cleansing
  • Leaves soft skin

Epsom Salts

Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a key element in detoxifying your body. Mix with essential oil to aid in even more healing properties!

It is encouraged to use 1-2 cups in a detox bath.

Properties of Epsom salt include:

  • Flushes toxins and heavy metals from cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances
  • Helps prevent or ease migraines and headaches
  • Eases stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps and soreness by reducing inflammation
  • Improves oxygen use
  • Replenishes the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension
  • Exfoliates dead skin, face cleanser, dislodges blackheads, removes foot odor

Epsom Salt PIc

Dry Brushing


Dry brush your entire body before taking a detox bath to get rid of dead skin cells. It is also beneficial because it helps with the circulation of blood and lymph. Lymph is basically your body’s garbage system and if you get it circulating before the detox bath, it is very beneficial in helping get rid of additional toxins that may not be sweated out!

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a wonderful ingredient to have in your arsenal.

What to do with it:

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Topic Application:

Apply coconut oil directly, or you may also dilute with other oils that have added benefits. Coconut oil is great as just one ingredient to many wonderful recipes for your body and soul. With all of the below ideas, add essential oils for even more benefits.

  1. Toss a small chunk in with your detox bath for added moisture. I love how this makes my skin feel after a bath! It is especially useful since the salts can dry your skin out.
  2. Use as a skin moisturizer/lotion.
  3. Apply a small bit to your hair for moisture… very small bit because it can make your hair oily if you use too much… also helpful to apply only to the tips if you are worried about oiliness.
  4. Lip balm
  5. Apply to face to prevent and/or fight acne.
  6. Shaving cream
  7. Cuticle cream
  8. Boost eyelash growth, hair growth
  9. Makeup remover
  10. Apply directly to scrapes, tattoos, or other surface skin wounds to speed healing and disinfect
  11. Eases the pain from canker sores, cold sore, and ulcers, and speeds up healing
  12. Itchy skin, sunburn
  13. Hair conditioner
  14. Bruising
  15. Massage oil
  16. Relieves itching and pain from bug bites, poison ivy, chicken pox
  17. Stretch marks, age spots, skin discoloration, varicose veins, celulite, psoriasis, eczema
  18. Apply under and over eyes before bed to help fight under-eye bags and wrinkles, eases you to sleep (when rubbed over tops of lids), and increases eyelash growth.
  19. Toothpaste
  20. Exfoliating scrub
  21. Perfume
  22. Carrier oil when using essential oils

Ingest/Take Internally:

  1. Immune booster
  2. Colon health
  3. Detox/cleanse
  4. Weight loss
  5. Energy booster
  6. Can replace your butter/oil

References and Other Great Sites:

  1. 200 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil
  2. 107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil

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