Top 10 Best Essential Oils & How To Use Them [Free Printable]

My good friend Lauren wrote this awesome blog and I had to share. If you live in Cleveland you really should check out the Healthy Mom Project facebook group, she is such a wealth of knowledge and her group is really helping families live a healthier life in the great Cleveland area (proud of you Lauren).

I’ve edited this blog a tad and added my thought in italics since we have a few different favorites.

Guest Blog by: Healthy Mom Project

Essential oils! I have been wanting to write this blog for years, and I’m finally doing it :)

I received my first essential oil starter kit about 8 years ago. I was SO excited to buy it & start using them. But when it came in the mail, I opened it up and had no idea what to do with them. I put them in my medicine cabinet where it sat for months, until I read something that said “the best way to use your essential oils is just start using them”. That sentence should have also said “and make sure you use them correctly according to a certified aromatherapist”. I started slinging oils for myself and kids and had no idea what I was doing! I was ingesting oils (even hot ones like oregano and peppermint-don’t do this unless your working with an aromatherapist!), and just using them incorrectly which is what has brought me to writing this blog ~

 
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Essential oils are very powerful, and that means we should be cautious in using them, and that means with our kids and pets too. Years ago, I stumbled upon one of Wellness Mama’s first podcast interviewing a certified aromatherapist which is the reason I started to educate myself on essential oils & use them correctly. I am so grateful for listening to that podcast! A few things I learned was; the United States does not regulate essential oils; all about the benefits of aromatherapy (it really does more than just smell nice!); why the term “natural” or “pure” doesn’t always mean “safe”; and common mistakes people make with essential oils and how to avoid them. In turn, I have found a company I like most, Neal’s Yard Remedies, and also use them correctly now :)

I am not an aromatherapist. However, as I mentioned above, I sought out information from aromatherapist. If you want more expert advice, we have a local aromatherapist in the Cleveland area.

“Seek information from experts. Experts on essential oils are Aromatherapist!”

Here are my top 10 essential oils I can’t live without!


LAVENDER

Lavender essential oil should be a household staple! It has many uses and benefits and is generally safe for kids and pets too. It has an immediate calming effect on the nervous system- which means it’s also helpful for getting a good nights sleep! It is a wonderful choice to help with seasonal allergies in combination with peppermint EO & lemon EO. Lavender may provide relief for head tension, and can comfort minor aches and pains. Lavender has a lovely aroma that can freshen up your home. We use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets to avoid the chemicals in dryer sheets. You may be surprised to find out that dryer sheets are just loaded with chemicals. This is a simple swap you can do to make your house more green :) Just add about 15 drops of lavender EO on a dryer ball and place it in with your laundry to dry.

You can buy lavender EO in organic & non-organic forms. If you really enjoy the lavender scent, try the lavender bath salts, lavender shampoo, lavender conditioner, lavender soap, lavender & aloe nontoxic deodorant, or the lavender collection from a company who has been around for 40 years, organic and made in Europe!

How to Use:

  • Baths: blend 5-8 drops in a two teaspoons of carrier oil, add to bath (for adults, 3 drops or less for children)

  • Massages: add 2-3 drops of essential oils to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil

  • Vaporization: add 2-4 drops of essential oils to a burner or vaporizer

  • Always dilute before applying to the skin. We use coconut oil or olive oil most of the time as a carrier oil.

LEMON

Lemon is also another household staple. It has a fresh, uplifting scent bringing the sunshine indoors! Use it to clean with or energize yourself by inhaling or diffusing it. We diffuse lemon essential oil when my older kids have a fever. This is the organic lemon essential oil we use.

How To Use:

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  • Baths: blend 5-8 drops in a two teaspoons of carrier oil or full fat milk, add to bath(for adults, 3 drops or less for children)

  • Massages: add 2-3 drops of essential oils to 3 tablespoonfuls of carrier oil

  • Vaporization: add 2-4 drops of essential oils to a burner or vaporizer


ORGANIC DEFENSE

Having an essential oil blend that will cleanse and protect our immune system is vital. This blend of essential oil has Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil

How to Use: 

Vaporization: add 2-4 drops to a diffuser to deodorize and purify the air.

Inhalation: add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes.

Cleansing: apply 2-3 drops to a damp cloth to cleanse kitchen or work surfaces; or add to laundry liquids and household cleansers.

I love this blend, It also comes in a Hand Purifier version, which is a great alternative to hand sanitizer.

NIGHT TIME BLEND

If you’re like me, you have 300 tabs open in your brain just like your phone at all times. It’s hard to clear your mind when your head hits the pillow!! Depending on how much time I have, I’ll either diffuse this Night Time Blend or use the Night Time Remedies to Roll that already has a carrier oil in it. You can use the roller on your pressure points. The roller is a blend of sunflower oil, lavender, neroli, chamomile, rose & tocopherol. The Night Time Blend contains lavender, copaiba, vetiver, rose, and bergamot.

How to Use:

  • Inhalation: Help clear the head and nose with 4-6 drops of essential oil added to a bowl of steaming water. Now place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl - creating a tent effect to trap the steam - and inhale the vapor for a few minutes.

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  • Vaporization: Essential oils make fantastic natural air fresheners, fragrance a room as well as setting a mood. Simply add a few drops of your chosen essential oils to a vaporizer or burner - follow the instructions on the burner.

  • Directions: Do not use on the skin. Avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Flammable.


THYME

Thyme is known for being a powerful disinfectant. Many botanical oils from herbs, including thymol, have been used for thousands of years in Roman, Greek, and Indian medicine as antiseptic agents. Seventh Generations full line of disinfecting products feature thyme as their main ingredient.

Thyme essential oil is very powerful, and should not be used around kids 2 & under. Use thyme essential oil to help ease breathing and/or cleanse & purify the skin.

How to use:

  • Bath & Shower
    The essential oil is inhaled through the aromatic steam, as well as being absorbed by the skin. For adults, add up to 5 drops in 2 tbsp bath oil, shower gel, or carrier oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, reduce the amount to up to 2 drops per 2 tbsp. Not suitable for children under 2 years old.

  • Inhalation
    This technique helps to clear your head and nose. For adults, add 4–6 drops to a bowl of steaming water, pace a towel over your head and breathe. Children over 2 years old, adults with sensitive skin and asthmatics should not inhale directly. Instead, place the bowl of hot water with added oils in the room nearby. Not suitable for children under 2 years old.

  • Massages
    Cleanses your body and mind while helping to soothe aching muscles. For adults, use up to 15 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, use up to 6 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil. Not suitable for children under 2 years old.

  • Diffusers & burners 
    A natural air freshener, this technique creates a cleansing ambiance and mood. For adults, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser or burner. For children over 2 years old, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser. Not suitable for children under 2 years old.

  • Warning: 
    Do not use undiluted on the skin. For external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of the reach of children. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are pregnant. Use within 12 months of opening. Contains components that may cause sensitisation in some people. Recommended use is less than 1% dilution.

FRANKINCENSE

Long live the benefits of frankincense!! Frankincense has received a lot of great press lately and for good reason. It can help relieve anxiety and deepen breathing. It’s excellent at rejuvenating the skin which is why there is a whole skin care series with frankincense in it. My absolute favorite eye cream contains frankincense (along with gardenia stem cells & caffeine) as well.

How to Use:

  • Baths: blend 5-8 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil or whole milk, add to bath

  • Massages: add 2-3 drops of essential oils to 3 tablespoonfuls of carrier oil

  • Vaporization: add 2-4 drops of essential oils to a burner or vaporizer

  • Always dilute before applying to the skin.


EUCALYPTUS

It’s bound to happen so why not be a little prepared for congestion that comes along with a cold. This is a great oil to have on hand before kids start back to school & bring home all the germs. Eucalyptus is great for decongesting the head & sinuses. This essential oil should not be used for ages 6 & under.

How to Use:

  • Baths: blend 5-8 drops in a two teaspoons of carrier oil or whole milk, add to bath (for adults, 3 drops or less for children)

  • Massages: add 2-3 drops of essential oils to 3 tablespoonfuls of carrier oil

  • Vaporization: add 2-4 drops of essential oils to a burner or vaporizer

  • Always dilute before applying to the skin.

ROSE

Either you like the smell of rose or you don’t. I love the smell of rose. Rose essential oil is great for emotional or tense times. And I know we all have those from time to time!

How To Use:

  • Baths: blend up to 5 drops in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil or full fat milk, add to bath

  • Massages: add 2-3 drops of essential oils to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil

  • Vaporisation: add 1-3 drops of essential oils to a burner or vaporiser


BERGAMOT

Bergamot smells so good!! Bergamot essential oil is for relaxation. It helps with anxiety & balancing the skin.

How to Use:

  • Baths: blend 5-8 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil or whole milk, add to bath

  • Massages: add 2-3 drops of essential oils to 3 tablespoonfuls of carrier oil

  • Vaporization: add 2-4 drops of essential oils to a burner or vaporizer

  • Always dilute before applying to the skin.

FOCUS

I absolutely love this blend of essential oils, called Focus. It smells SO refreshing! It can help you tackle difficult tasks, like parenting littles :)

How to Use:

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  • Inhalation: Help clear the head and nose with 4-6 drops of essential oil added to a bowl of steaming water. Now place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl - creating a tent effect to trap the steam - and inhale the vapor for a few minutes.

  • Vaporization: Add a few drops of your chosen essential oils to a vaporizer.



These are just some of the many essential oils that are great to have in your medicine cabinet.

Essential oils make great air fresheners. Ditch the toxic wallflowers and use essential oils :) Nontoxic candles are great air fresheners as well. These candles are made with wax that is a 100% organic blend of beeswax and botanical wax, which means no petroleum-based paraffin wax and no sooty smoke and harmful toxins. They smell so wonderful!!

Other brands I have used and trust are Plant Therapy, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Scentsable Health.

Some of these links are affiliate links which means I’ll make a small profit from your purchase. I only recommend products I absolutely love & use for my family. Thank you for your support :)

 
 

My personal favorite blend is Women’s Balance!
Its’s a balancing blend of relaxing patchouli, uplifting geranium, nurturing rose and rejuvenating frankincense. The blend works together to relax, calm and restore balance to your body and mind. The rose and geranium help take the edge off emotions to support inner clarity and poise.

It come in the bottle form for diffusing or roller for which is perfect for on the go.

Don’t know how to use a roller? It’s simple.

Roll on to pulse points and breathe in the aromatherapeutic fragrance. 

Using essential oils on your pulse points enables the therapeutic properties of the oils to work better with your body. Roll Women's Balance onto your innerwrist and side of your neck and inhale the aroma to help restore harmony to your day.