How do I use essential oils?

I often get asked “So, how do you use essential oils? And why do you use them?” I have been very committed to reducing my toxic load, changing my moods and uplifting my whole family. The approach to using the oils has been a gentle one and I have enjoyed introducing new smells in to the home. It mostly started to help me after a large life-changing surgery and a long battle with bowel disease. You can read that here.

How do you use the oils?? Below is a graphic which might help you decided what’s best.

→ Aromatic

The sense of smell can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is the simplest method for using essential oils aromatically.

→ Topical

Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localised benefit. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption. Apply topical recipes every 4-6 hours.

→ Internal

Essential oils contributes to health benefits as well as flavouring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form they can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. They enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

Why did I start using essential oils?

  • To sleep better
  • To regulate my moods
  • To calm down when I am having a rage
  • To reduce my toxic load
  • To help my teenage boys through their own mood changes
  • To get better skin

How often can you apply essential oils doTERRA?

The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed.


To safely check the use of each oil, search for it here and next to each bottle will be symbols which will indicate its use. A – Aromatically, T – Topically, I – Internally, S – Sensitivity.

Get to know the Top 10 essential oils better here.

Why I am using essential oils to better my health and wellbeing.

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♥ KC.

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