101 Simple Ways to Use Essential Oils Everyday
If you're just getting started with Essential Oils, or if you're a little bit stuck & aren't quite sure how to add new Essential Oils into your aromatherapy practice, we've got LOTS of ideas for you.
Here are 101 Great Ideas for using Essential Oils in your everyday life.
Essential Oils 101
101 Ways to Use Essential Oils
1 - Put a few drops of your favourite Essential Oil onto a cotton ball & place it inside a vacuum bag. As you vacuum, the scent will fill your home & leave it smelling fresh.
2 - To kill germs in the kitchen, soak your dishcloth in warm water with 5-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil or any other citrus oil. Citrus Essential Oils are naturally antibacterial & have a lovely fresh scent than is perfect for the kitchen.
3 - You can make your own all natural sink scrub by combining 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/8 cup vinegar & 10-15 drops of your favourite citrus Essential Oils. Mix all three ingredients in your sink & scrub then rinse the mixture away with warm water.
4 - For areas of your home with a particularly pungent odour, place 3-5 drops of Essential Oil on a cotton ball & place them at the bottom of a waste bin, behind a cat litter box, in the back of a cupboard, or wherever there is a nasty & persistent odour.
5 - Lemon Essential Oil can help increase the shelf life of fruit. Fill a bowl with cool water, & add 5-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. Put your fruit into the water, stir it around, & then let it air dry. You will find that your fruits stay fresh for days longer than they ordinarily would.
6 - For stinky, gunky, messes, trying putting 1-5 drops of Lemon or Eucalyptus Essential Oil on gum, oil, glue, or difficult to remove adhesives.
7 - To deodorise carpets, add 10-15 drops of your favourite Essential Oil to a box of baking soda. Mix the two ingredients together & let the mixture sit for 24 hours. Once the mixture has set, sprinkle the baking soda over your carpet. Let the baking soda sit for up to an hour, & then vacuum.
8 - If you don't have an Ultrasonic Diffuser & you want to get rid of strong cooking odours, add a few drops of your favourite Essential Oils to a pot of water, & leave it to simmer until the odours have dissipated.
9 - Using citrus oils in the bathroom can be a great way to dispel nasty odours. Saturate a few cotton balls with a citrus Essential Oil & place the cotton balls around your bathroom.
10 - To get your fridge squeaky clean & smelling fresh, add 5-10 drops of a citrus Essential Oil to a small amount of water & use the mixture as a final rinse when cleaning. Bergamot, Lemon, or Grapefruit Essential Oils will work well.
11 - You can make your own all natural surface cleaner by mixing 1 cup vinegar with 2 cups water & 20-30 drops each of Lime & Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
12 - Keep most vermin away with Peppermint Essential Oil. Saturate a cotton ball with Essential Oil & place it near the area where mice, spiders, or ants enter your home. This is a humane way to deter unwelcome visitors from entering your home.
13 - You can dispel fruit flies by mixing 20-30 drops each of Peppermint & Lavender Essential oil to 500ml of water in a large pray bottle. Spray this mixture around your kitchen, & down the drains of your kitchen sink. Be sure to shake the mixture before each use.
14 - To treat cold sores & blisters, mix 1-3 drops of Thieves Blend with 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil & apply to the affected area 3 times daily.
15 - For symptoms of nausea, mix 1-3 drops of Peppermint, Ginger, or Nutmeg Essential Oil into 1/2 tea spoon of Carrier Oil & massage into the around around you navel up to three times hourly until symptoms dissipate.
16 - For sore, achy feet, add 10 drops each of Vetiver, Patchouli, & Peppermint Essential Oil to 1 table spoon of Epson salt. Add the mixture to hot water & pour into a basin large enough to soak your feet.
17 - If you're a teeth grinder, massage a few drops of Lavender & Valerian Root into the bottom of your feet each night before bed.
18 - To help boost your immune system, & fight off cold & flu symptoms, massage a few drops of Tea Tree & Thyme Essential Oil into the bottom of your feet each might before bed.
19 - For yogis, you can make your very own Yoga mat cleaner by mixing 12 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil with 6 drops of Tea Tree, & 6 drops of Lavender into 100ml of water. To use, simply shake the bottle to mix & spritz over your mat & wipe clean with a dry towel.
20 - You can relieve symptoms of PMS by combining 2 drops each of Clary Sage, Basil, & Rosemary with 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil. Massage the mixture over your lower abdomen. You can also apply a warm water bottle, or heating pad after applying the mixture.
21 - For headaches, & migraine pain, mix two drops of Peppermint & Lavender Essential Oil with 1 teaspoon of Carrier Oil. Massage the mixture into your temples, & the back of our neck.
22 - To create an all-natural & lovely smelling vapour rub, mix 10 drops of Fir Needle & Spruce Essential Oil with 1 teaspoon of Carrier Oil. Apply the mixture to your chest at night, or whenever you are feeling congested.
23 - For neck pain, massage 1-3 drops of Sweet Birch, or Peppermint, Essential Oil into the back of your neck with your finger tips. After applying the Essential Oils, be sure to wash your hands.
24 - To improve circulation, add 10-15 drops of Neroli Essential Oil to your bath water. For a more indulgent experience, add some Epson salt to your water as well.
25 - To disinfect, apply Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil directly to cuts, scrapes, or burns. For a first-aid remedy, mix 20-30 drops of Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil into 100ml of purified water in a spray bottle. This spray can be applied directly to wounds to disinfect & promote healing.
26 - During the warm summer months, you can cool yourself down by adding 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Sweet Birch Essential Oil to your bath water. All of these oils have a cooling affect on your skin, & are useful during the winter months as well, as they calm skin inflammation caused by dry weather.
27 - Inhaling Peppermint Essential Oil will help to curb you appetite & will prevent you from over-eating. Rub a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil into the palms of your hands then cup your hands around your nose & mouth & inhale deeply. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
28 - Cure a hangover by blending equal parts Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary & Lemon Essential Oil. Add 10-15 drops of this blend to a warm bath & relax.
29 - If you're being kept awake at night by someone's snoring, try mixing 3 drops of Thyme Essential Oil into 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil & then apply to the bottoms of their feet before bed.
30 - For jaw tension, add 1-2 drops each of Peppermint & Lavender Essential Oil to 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil. Massage this mixture into the soft area of skin just beneath your earlobes.
31 - Inhaling Peppermint before a workout will stave off fatigue, & to boost your mood. If you're working out at home, try diffusing Peppermint Essential Oil while you workout.
32 - For winter colds, add 2-4 drops each of Lavender, Rosemary, & Eucalyptus Essential Oil to 1 cup milk, or cream. Pour the mixture into a warm bath & soak yourself in the warm water.
33 - For fevers, add 1-3 drops each of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, & Lavender Essential Oils to cool water. Use a sponge to apply the mixture to your body.
34 - As a little pick-me-up during the day, rub a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil between your palms & inhale deeply. This will also work with Grapefruit, or a combination of the two, to boost your energy levels.
35 - To ease a tension headache, massage a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil into the back of your neck & your temples. Be careful to avoid getting any Essential Oils in your eyes.
36 - For the times when you've over-done it at the gym, mix 1-3 drops each of Eucalyptus, Ginger, & Sage Essential Oils with 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil & massage it into sore & achy muscles or joints.
37 - If you've got trouble getting to sleep, or if you're prone to restless nights, dab a few drops of Roman Chamomile & Lavender Essential Oil onto your pillow before bedtime. If you have an Ultrasonic Diffuser at home, try diffusing 3-5 drops of these two oils while you sleep.
38 - For Arthritis pain, mix 2-4 drops each of Wintergreen, Cypress, & Ginger Essential Oil into 2 tablespoons of Carrier Oil. Massage into swollen & achy joints.
39 - To get rid of ringworm, make a massage oil by adding 3 drops each of Tea Tree & Spearmint Essential Oil to 1 tablespoon Carrier Oil. For a stronger mixture, add 1 drop each of Peppermint & Rosemary Essential Oils.
40 - For head lice, combine 3-5 drops each of Thyme, Lavender, & Geranium Essential Oil with 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp, & then leave on for 1/2 hour. Be sure to shampoo & rinse well.
41 - To sooth blisters & help them heal faster, add 2-5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon of Carrier Oil. Massage the blister with the oil throughout the day as needed.
42 - For bruises, apply a mixture of 1 drop Clove Essential Oil & 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil directly onto the bruise & massage gently. Apply up to 4 times daily until the bruise is no longer visible.
43 - For relief of mild sunburns, blend 2 drops each of Lavender, Rose, & Roman Chamomile Essential Oils then add this blend to 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil. Apply your mixture to a cotton ball & massage into dry, sunburnt skin.
44 - You can ease the pain from an injury or sprain by adding 2-4 drops each of Basil, Pine, & Wintergreen Essential Oil into 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil. Apply this mixture to your injury up to 5 times each day.
45 - Treat the skin inflammation associated with Poison Oak, or Poison Ivy by mixing 3 drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil into 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil & then apply the mixture to the affected skin.
46 - Create an all-natural insect repellent by mixing 5-10 drops Peppermint, 5-10 drops Tea Tree, & 10-15 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil together. Add this blend to 1-2 tablespoons of Carrier Oil, & massage into skin.
47 - For children, try diffusing Lavender Essential Oil in your home in the evening to prepare your kids for bedtime. If you don't have a diffuser, dilute Lavender Essential Oil into a Carrier Oil, & massage it into your child's feet before bed.
48 - To heal bee stings or insect bites, apply 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the bite.
49 - Before Meditating rub a few drops of Frankincense Essential Oil into the palms of your hands. Cup your hands around your nose & mouth, & inhale deeply. Frankincense is an oil deeply rooted in spirituality & it helps clear your mind to achieve emotional calm.
50 - As described in Christian literature, for religious ceremonies, apply Frankincense & Myrrh Essential Oil.
51 - For a deeply spiritual experience, mix Myrrh Essential Oil into a Carrier Oil & use as a full body massage oil.
52 - During meditation, apply Spikenard Essential Oil to the bottoms of your feet for a very grounding experience.
53 - While practicing Yoga, diffuse Lavender, Geranium, & Roman Chamomile Essential Oils.
54 - When traveling, mix Thieves Blend with water in a spray bottle, & spritz around your hotel room to kill germs.
55 - If you're a nervous flyer, bring a small bottle of equal parts Lavender & Roman Chamomile whenever you travel. Dab this blend to the insides of your wrists & put a few drops on your temples to calm your nerves.
56 - To boost your immune system during cold & flu season, rub a few drops of Oregano Essential Oil into the bottoms of your feet each night before bed.
57 - If you're prone to motion sickness, rub a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil into your palms, cup your face, & inhale deeply until your symptoms are alleviated.
58 - To get rid of stale cigarette odour, blend 4-6 drops each of Rosemary, Tea Tree, & Eucalyptus Essential Oil, add this blend to 100ml of water in a spray bottle & spritz around your room & directly onto smelly fabrics.
59 - During the holiday season, blend equal parts Vanilla, Pine, & Cypress Essential Oils. Use this blend in a diffuser, or in a spray bottle with water & use as a room spray.
60 - When painting a room in your home, mix 10ml of Peppermint Essential Oil into a gallon can of paint for a nicer scent. The low concentration of Peppermint oil will not compromise your paint at all.
61 - To create an air freshener for your car, mix 5-10 drops of Lime Essential Oil into 250ml of water & spray onto the fabric of your car's interior.
62 - Add 5-10 drops of any Essential Oil to an oil burner to scent your home.
63 - For an all-natural room spray, add 20-30 drops of your favourite Essential Oil to 100ml of water in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake well before each use.
64 - If you've got a fireplace, put 5-10 drops of Pine, or Frankincense Essential Oil onto a log before burning. Give the oil a few minutes to absorb into the wood before lighting the log. Please do not attempt to add Essential Oils to a fire that is already lit.
65 - For shoes with a particularly pungent odour, put a few drops of Geranium Essential Oil onto a cotton ball & place in the toe of each shoe.
66 - Add a scent to your Christmas cards this year by placing a drop of Cassia, Cinnamon, or Fir Needle Essential Oil onto your card's envelope. Leave the envelope in a sandwich bag overnight to infuse the aroma.
67 - To help freshen your laundry, drip 20-30 drops of your favourite Essential Oil onto a piece of terry cloth or a tea towel & put it in the dryer with your laundry.
68 - To stay focused while working or studying, diffuse a blend of Grapefruit, Peppermint, & Rosemary Essential Oils in the area you are working. If you are working in a public place, add this blend to a bit of Carrier Oil, massage into your hands, & inhale.
69 - To scent an unscented candle, light the candle & let it burn for a while. Once some of the wax has melted, blow the candle out & then add the Essential Oil of your choosing & re-light the candle. A really lovely blend to try in your candles is 3 drops of Orange Essential Oil, & 5 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil.
70 - If you work in a stressful environment, keep a blend of Lavender & Grapefruit Essential Oils on hand. When you need to relax, diffuse this blend in your office, or massage a few drops into your temples.
71 - If you have dry, brittle nails, mix 10 drops each of Frankincense, Myrrh, & Lemon Essential Oil into 2 tablespoons of Vitamin E Oil. Store this mixture in an amber bottle, away from direct sunlight & massage into cuticles twice each week.
72 - Make your own anti-ageing serum by blending 5 drops Sandalwood, 4 drops Geranium, 3 drops Lavender, & 6 drops Frankincense Essential Oil into 50ml of Carrier Oil. Apply this serum to your face each night.
73 - To unclog pores, blend 2-4 drops each of Lemon, Tea Tree, & Orange Essential Oil. Apply to your face using a cotton ball. Avoid contact with your eyes, & avoid direct sunlight after application.
74 - To create your own all-natural, dandruff treatment, blend 5 drops Lemon, 2 drops Lavender, 1 drop Rosemary, & 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oils into 2 tablespoons Carrier Oil. Massage this oil into your scalp & leave on for 10 minutes before shampooing hair as usual.
75 - Prevent & reduce stretch marks by blending 5 drops each of Frankincense, Myrrh, & Lavender Essential Oils into 2 tablespoons of Carrier Oil. Apply this mixture twice daily.
76 - For a nighttime facial moisturiser, blend 20-30 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil into 100ml of Carrier Oil and apply to your face after cleansing and toning your skin at night.
77 - Make your own all-natural facial exfoliant by mixing 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup cornmeal, & 5 drops each of Patchouli, Grapefruit & Lavender Essential Oil. Store this mixture in your fridge. Use this mixture within 10 days.
78 - To create your own soothing facial toner, add 2-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to 100ml of purified water.
79 - To promote hair growth, put 2-3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil on your hair brush before using.
80 - To create your own perfume, add 25-40 drops of your favourite Essential Oils to 20-30ml of plain vodka. Let your mixture sit for two weeks before using.
81 - De-stress with your own all-natural bath oil. Mix two drops each of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, German Chamomile, & Bergamot Essential Oil to 5 teaspoon of Carrier Oil. Add this oil to your bath water or use it as a massage oil.
82 - For dry hair, make an ultra-nourishing conditioner by blending 15 drops of Ho Wood, 5 drops of Sandalwood, 5 drops of Geranium, & 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oils into 4 tablespoons of Carrier Oil. Warm this mixture in a hot cup of water for 1 minute before applying to your hair. Once applied, wrap your hair in a towel for 20 minutes & then wash your hair as normal.
83 - To prevent hair loss, blend 3 drops each of Rosemary, Cedarwood, & Lavender Essential Oil into 50ml of Jojoba Carrie Oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp for five minutes & leave in your hair for one hour before washing out as normal. Use this 1-2 time per week.
84 - For a bit of added sun protection, mix 5 drops each of Myrrh & Carrot Seed Essential Oils with 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil & apply. This mixture is not as potent as traditional SPF & is not suitable for prolonged sun exposure.
85 - To correct oily hair, mix 8-10 drops each of Ylang Ylang, Lime, & Rosemary Essential Oils into 2 tablespoons of Carrier Oil. Massage into your scalp & wash your hair as normal. Use this treatment 2-3 times per week.
86 - You can add a natural scent to an unscented lotion with Essential Oils. For a lovely scent that is also great for your skin, blend 10 drops of Myrrh, 15 drops of Geranium, & 5 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oils into 100ml of unscented lotion. This is just one combination that smells great, try a few different blends to see which one you like best.
87 - Essential Oils provide a way to naturally calm anxiety & reduce stress. A great blend for reducing stress & anxiety is 3 drops of Jasmine mixed with 3 drops of Sweet Marjoram. You can diffuse this blend, or mix it into 1/2 teaspoon of Carrier Oil & massage it into the nape of your neck & your temples.
88 - To help treat seasonal affective disorder, try diffusing a blend of equal parts Grapefruit & Peppermint. If you don't have a diffuser, you can add this blend to a small amount of Carrier Oil & wear as an all-natural perfume, or rub a few drops of the blend into the palms of your hands & inhale.
89 - To lessen feelings of depression, try running yourself a nice warm bath & adding 3-5 drops of Rose Otto to your water. This lovely oil has been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression & it's great for you skin too!
90 - Essential Oils can be made into great gifts for any occasion. For a Bridal shower, why not make the bride-to-be her very own all-natural & alluring perfume? In 30ml of Carrier Oil, add a blend of 2 drops Jasmine Absolute, 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Sandalwood, & 1 drop Ylang Ylang Essential Oils. This blend works as a soft & romantic aphrodisiac as well.
91 - To make an indulgent gift for a loved one for Valentine's day, blend 40 drops of Cocoa Absolute & 10 drops Vanilla Essential Oil. Mix the blend into 75ml of Carrier Oil. This mixture can be used as a romantic massage oil or as a sweet smelling moisturiser.
92 - For a baby shower, make baby his or her very own air freshener. Mix 20-30 drops of French Lavender Essential Oil into 100ml of distilled water in a spray bottle. Lavender Essential Oil is great for calming baby & it smells lovely as well.
93 - For an expectant mother, make her a 100% natural morning sickness aid. Blend equal parts Sweet Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, & Ginger. Dilute this blend into a Carrier Oil for a nice tummy massage oil. The mother-to-be can use this massage oil as often as needed throughout the day.
94 - To create all-natural bath salts, mix 1 cup each Epson salt & baking soda. Add 20-30 drops of your favourite Essential Oils. Popular oils include Lavender, Ylang Ylang, & Ginger.
95 - If you've noticed that your Potpourri has lost its scent, add a few drops of your favourite Essential Oil to re-invigorate the scent.
96 - For those who have trouble sleeping, put a drop or two of Lavender Essential Oil on the bulb of your reading lamp & inhale as you read at night.
97 - To leave your hair smelling lovely, after you condition, put 5-10 drops of your favourite Essential Oil into the palm of you hand & then massage into your scalp. Lavender is a great option for this & it is great for you hair & won't irritate your scalp.
98 - Tea Tree can be used to get rid of mould. Mix 45-60 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil with 100ml of distilled water, & spray the affected area. Leave the mould to dry & repeat as necessary.
99 - Make your own furniture polish by combining 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Essential Oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, & 1 3/4 cup of filtered water. Mix these ingredients into a spray bottle & start cleaning!
100 - For a natural flea collar, drip 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil onto a handkerchief & tie it loosely around your pet's neck.
101 - To create your own homemade sachets, place some plain, uncooked rice onto a piece of fabric. Add any combination of Essential Oils to the rice, then gather the fabric around the rice & tie it securely. These lovely smelling sachets can be tucked into drawers, closets, & linen closets to keep your fabrics smelling lovely.
These are just a few of the many ways your can use your Essential Oils. For more tips & tricks, stay tuned to The Essential Life.
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