How To Use Essential Oils

How To Use Essential Oils

Understanding How Essential Oils Work

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts derived from plants. They capture the aromatic compounds found in different parts of plants, such as flowers, leaves, bark, and roots. These compounds, which include terpenes, phenols, and esters, contribute to the distinctive scents and therapeutic properties of essential oils.

How Do They Work?

There are three main ways in which we can access the benefits of essential oils:


When we breathe in essential oils, either via a diffuser, candle, or directly from the bottle, the scent of essential oils travels through our olfactory system, stimulating the olfactory receptors in our nose. This triggers signals to our limbic system, which is the part of our brain associated with emotions, memories, and mood regulation. Inhalation of essential oils can help promote relaxation, reduce stress, and uplift the mood - among other things.


When essential oils are applied to the skin, they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The active compounds in the oils can then interact with various bodily systems, including our nervous system. For example, when essential oils are used in massage, the combination of touch and aroma creates a synergistic effect that enhances relaxation and overall well-being.

Topical Effects

Some essential oils possess specific properties that can benefit the skin, muscles, or joints when applied topically. For example, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, while peppermint oil provides a cooling sensation and can help relieve muscle tension. These topical applications can provide localized relief and support overall physical comfort.

We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils. This is something that should only be done under the strict guidance and supervision of a qualified aromatherapist.

What's The Catch?

It's important to note that essential oils are not a cure-all solution, and their effects can vary from person to person. While they can support our emotional well-being, provide temporary relief and positively affect our mood and energy levels, they should not replace professional medical advice or treatment for severe anxiety or mental health conditions.

When using essential oils, it's important to follow these guidelines

Quality Matters

Choose high-quality, pure essential oils from reputable brands to ensure their potency and safety. Look for oils that are labeled as "100% pure" and have undergone testing to ensure their quality and condition.


Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to the skin when used undiluted. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond oil, before applying them topically.

Patch Test

Before using a new essential oil topically, perform a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any adverse reactions or sensitivities, such as redness, irritation, etc. Discontinue topical use if you experience anything like this, OR try at a lower dilution if you were using a high essential-to-carrier oil ratio. You can find our free dilution guideline PDF here.

Individual Sensitivities

Everyone's body chemistry is unique, so it's essential to pay attention to how you personally respond to different essential oils. Start with a small amount and observe any reactions or sensitivities.

Incorporating essential oils into your self-care routine can be a delightful and aromatic way to support emotional well-being. Remember to use them mindfully, respect their potency, and enjoy the journey of discovering which oils resonate best with you.

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