How to Use Essential OIls

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils

3 ways to use essential oilsThere are 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils:


  • Aromatic

  • Topical and

  • Internal

Before explaining these 3 ways to use essential oils I’d like to make 2 important points.

  • To receive the benefits of essential oils, the oils need to enter your bloodstream. Think about it like you’re ‘feeding’ your body with highly concentrated food (essential oils). If you keep this in mind then how you achieve that is your personal preference. How to do that is the focus of this blog.

A quick general safety guide for using essential oils is included in my post Essential Oil Safety Guidelines here.

Let’s begin with one personal example of how I use essential oils:

I personally now use my favourite essential oil for the day as a perfume instead of commercial, chemical perfumes. Frankincense is a frequent favourite for me. I put 1 or 2 drops on my hands rub together to smell; then rub onto my neck and upper chest area; and put a peppermint beadlet (drop of oil) inside my mouth to start the day. This morning routine for me includes all 3 ways to use essential oils.

Frankincense oil on hands (aromatic)

Frankincense oil on my neck and chest area (topical) and

Peppermint beadlet (internal)


Please note, it is not necessary to do all 3 all at once. If you’re new to using essential oils. Start one step at a time. I have been using essential oils all my adult life however I do remember the very first time using them and I began with one step at a time too.


Inhale or to smell essential oils. You can do this by:

  • Smelling straight from the essential oil bottle or a drop or 2 in the palm of your hand and inhale the smell
  • Diffusing diluted by water
  • Mixing in a spray bottle diluted with water and spray the air
  • Adding to a hot bath to enjoy inhaling the scent of your favourite oils


Apply to skin. This can be done for adults as I explained above ‘neat’ or diluted if that is preferred. Always dilute for children, babies and elderly skin types. Your skin is an organ of the body and therefore absorbs what goes onto the skin very quickly. In other words entering your blood stream rapidly. Common methods for our household are:

  • Apply to soles of our feet (particularly when fighting on a cold or sinus symptoms)
  • Rub into hands to smell
  • Rub into neck or behind ears to smell throughout your day
  • Add drops to a carrier oil for a massage


To consume essential oils. This can be done like taking one drop as I did using the peppermint oil beadlet or cook with oils. For example:

  • Peppermint oil or Orange oil in Cacao chip (chocolate chip) cookies
  • Oregano oil in your favourite Italian, tomato sauce

This method completely ‘freaked out’ my mother when my son and I first demonstrated and explained the oils to her. Now she uses oils every day and while she doesn’t use the beadlets as I do her husband adds them to their meals regularly in his cooking adventures. This point leads to my summary:

In summary

Essential oils can be confusing and overwhelming in the beginning. Therefore regardless of your experience level. Take your essential oil journey one step at a time. Begin with the top 3 health and wellness needs in your home and start there.

You are welcome to comment and leave your top 3 health and wellness needs and we can make suggestions of where to start:

7 thoughts on “3 Ways to Use Essential Oils

  1. Thank you for writing this lovely article. I really enjoyed it. I have a natural attraction to essential oils, but I have never really taken the time to incorporate them into my life. I really liked your daily routine. It sounds very simple and manageable for anyone to achieve. I also really liked the idea of adding oregano oil to cooking. That is also very achievable and easy to do.
    My question to you though is, do any of the oils have any beneficial volatile nutrients/chemicals which would be lost if heated? Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your comment. It is common for many to think using essential oils is complicated or difficult. It simply requires adding into your life one step at a time.

      In answer to your question. Heating essential oils can affect their chemical make-up therefore it is recommended to keep them and them below 80 degrees Farenheit. Refer to the following article link that addresses this in more detail:

  2. Hi Fleur,

    Thank you for your systematic treatment of the subject. My wife Shannon lov
    es the essential oils and on any given day there’d be 3-4 dozen bottles of
    different oils on the shelf. I’ve benefited from them myself, and have a d
    iffuser in my home office. We got married in April and went on a 5 month ho
    neymoon tour all over the US by car, visiting friends as we went, the essen
    tial oils often one of the topics of conversation and even demonstration. S
    hannon has a traveling hard carrying case for the oils, and this leads to m
    y question. The case is often kept in the trunk of the car over long distan
    ces for hours at a time, and the temperature could exceed 80F in the trunk.
    We brought the case into friends’ houses as often as could, but the oils I
    ‘m sure were exposed to some heat off and on. I hope they are still good, a
    nd Shannon doesn’t seem to think that they are not. Have you experienced oi
    ls that have gone bad due to mild heat? Would be terrible if the frankincen
    se has gone bad, at $75/bottle. Keep up the good work!


    1. Hi Anthony,

      Thank you for your comment and my apologies my site wouldn’t let you leave a comment, very strange, I will check that out.

      Regarding the life of your oils, exposure to heat has been known to affect the quality of oils however if your wife is happy with them then trust they are ok. Yes definitely take them indoors with you as much as you can.

      Thanks again and as you can now see I’ve fixed the leaving comments issue. Thanks for stopping by!

      Warm regards,


  3. What a great guide for beginners in essential oils. It can be a confusing rabbit hole if you don’t know what to look for and you also need to find what works best for you.

    My favourites oils are:
    Coconut for skin
    Peppermint for calm and concentration
    Frankincense for health ailments

    I would love to learn more about essential oils. Do you have any recommended books?

    Thanks for sharing.

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