Question How do I use essential oils?

  • Topically – Essential oils can be applied directly on your skin, either neat (without diluting) or diluted in a carrier oil.
  • Internally – Certain high quality essential oils are safe for internal use.
  • Aromatically – Diffusing essential oils in the air is a great way to get the benefits of essential oils

Question What is carrier oil?
AnswerCarrier oil is oil that is used as a base to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. Diluting essential oils is ideal when they’re being used on children, pregnant women or with particularly strong oils like oregano. We generally recommend olive/almond oil as carrier oils.
Question Can I consume essential oils?
AnswerGenerally, the answer is no. However, some high quality essential oil companies recommend using their oils internally. If you are using high-quality oils (as mentioned above) and they have usage instructions that include internal use, then it has been deemed safe.

However, if you’re not sure about the quality of your oils or their bottles don’t say anything about internal use, contact the company and ask what they recommend.

If your oils are safe for consumption, you can try taking them:

  • In a capsule – Empty capsules are available online or in your local health food store. Capsules are great for taking essential oils (that are safe for internal use) that will normally burn your mouth if you take them undiluted or in water.
  • Under the tongue – Some essential oils, like digestive essential oil blends, can be taken under the tongue. Start with one drop, see how you feel in a few minutes and do another drop if you feel you need it. You should experience relief pretty quickly.
  • In water – Some essential oils, like lemon, wild orange or peppermint, are great in water. The typical dilution is one drop per 4 oz. water.

Question How often should I use essential oils?
AnswerI know some recommend using several essential oils several times a day. However, we mostly recommend using them on an as-needed basis. Doing so prevents you from overdosing on essential oils and keeps your body from becoming accustomed to the oils thereby minimising the effect.
Question How do I use essential oils on children?
AnswerSome essential oils can be toxic to children if taken in large doses or small doses internally . That’s why it’s important to treat essential oils like medication and keep them out of reach of children and to teach them about the proper use of essentials oils. When used on kids, please do consider the following

  • Dilute – dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil or in the bath.
  • Apply to the bottoms of their feet – Most oils, I apply to the bottoms of their feet. The oils still enter the bloodstream quickly, but the tough skin on the bottoms of their feet isn’t as prone to irritation like other areas of the body may be.

Question Which essential oils are safe for pregnancy?
AnswerPregnancy is a special time that requires more caution with any remedy. Here are some extra precautions for essential oil use during pregnancy.

  • Take extra caution during the first trimester – The first three months, even the first three weeks, are a precious time of rapid development for your baby. Even herbs, foods and essential oils considered safe for pregnancy should be used with caution during this time.
  • Dilute – Rather than applying oil directly to your body, dilute it first in a carrier oil. You can then apply it to the problem area. Or, you can also apply oils to the bottoms of your feet.
  • Use aromatherapy – Diffusing oils aromatically is a safe way to use essential oils during pregnancy. Most concern is over the topical and internal use of essential oils.

According to Everything Essential, you should avoid the following oils:

  • Basil
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • White Fir

Question Can I use essential oils when breastfeeding?
AnswerYes! Using essential oils during breastfeeding can be done, just with some extra precautions. The following list, essential oils are considered safe to use while breastfeeding:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Patchouli
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

*Peppermint can decrease milk supply. It can be used sparingly.

Question What precautions should I take when using essential oils?
AnswerThough essential oils are a natural remedy, they are very potent. Use precaution:

  • Do a skin test before using essential oils topically.
  • In case of skin irritation, stop using the oil. If you’re using it neat, try diluting it before using it again.
  • Keep them out of your eyes.
  • Use only high quality oils that you know are pure.
  • If in doubt, dilute.
  • Listen to your body. If you don’t feel right after using an essential oil, stop using it, or if you feel like you need to use a certain one, try it. Your body is a great guide.

Question How much should I use?
AnswerA little bit goes a long way. I suggest starting with just five drops of essential oil with a carrier oil and working up from there unless you have a recipe or suggested protocol that recommends doing otherwise.
Question What all should I have on hand in order to use essential oils?
AnswerNo special equipment is needed to use essential oils, however the following can be helpful:

  • Diffuser – This is a special apparatus that allows you to diffuse essential oils in the air for aromatherapy.
  • Carrier oil – Good carrier oil, like coconut oil, is essential for diluting your oils.