Helpful Tips for Using Essential Oils
This page is perfect for learning more about essential oils and how to stay safe with them. The videos cover the basics when you start using your essential oils. These are some very important things to keep in mind as you get started.
Important Usage Tips
Watch me explain these important tips:
- Dilution: Diluting an essential oil is a good idea for young, old, or sensitive skin. Since we can all be sensitive to anything, it is a good idea to test a new oil on the inside of our arm to see if you might be sensitive to it. You will want to dilute in these cases.
Also if you need to spread the oil a bit further, for spreading 2 drops of deep blue on the back for example, then use a carrier oil to spread that 1 or 2 drops. Remember, that you don’t need a lot of oil! Less oil, more frequently is key.
- Use a CARRIER OIL. For young, old, or sensitive skin, a carrier oil like doTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil is a must. It slows the intake of the essential oils when using them topically. For hot oils like cassia, cinnamon, oregano, clove, and thyme dilute always. Do not use a substance that is petroleum based as it will prevent the absorption of the essential oils.
- If you get an oil in a place where it is uncomfortable, do not use water to get it off! Water will drive the oil in further and faster. Use a fat-based product like a fatty milk or a vegetable oil you have in your home to dilute it. It will slow the intake of the oil.
- Hot oils: There are a few oils that are considered “hot”. Cinnamon, thyme, cassia, oregano, clove always need to be diluted during use. Dilute them with doTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil or you can use another carrier oil like olive, grape seed, or jojoba.
- Citrus and UV light (photo-toxic/photosensitive): UV light absolutely loves citrus oils like lemon, lime, orange, bergamot, grapefruit, and ginger. Please be cautious when using these topically. It is not recommended to use a citrus oil and then go to the pool or beach. Please stay out of major sunlight if using citrus oils topically.
- Use GLASS instead of plastic especially when using citrus oils internally. A citrus oil’s job is to purify and cleanse. Since plastic is made out of petrol chemicals, it will definitely want to destroy that. Just know that if you use plastic, your water bottle will be leaky and you will wind up drinking plastic defeating the purpose.
- Drink PLENTY of WATER while using essential oils. Their job is to cleanse and purify so as they are cleansing, you need that water intake to help flush out the toxins being released from the body.
- Store oils in a cool, dark place if possible. Heat and sunlight destroys all the goodness within the oils. Yes, they will still smell good, but the healing benefits will be gone.
- Typical dosing is about 1-3 drops every 4-6 hours as needed. Less oil more often provides more benefit. You will receive more benefit by using them consistently. Take most products with food.
- During pregnancy, AVOID birch, cassia, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, wintergreen, and clary sage/clary calm.
Here is an excellent resource about how essential oils and pregnancy can go hand in hand: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/pregnancy-essential-oils-presentation
3 Ways to Use Essential Oils
In these videos, I explain the three ways to use essential oils:
Want to learn a bit more? Here is a good link full of information about topical usage Topical Use
Want to learn a bit more? Here is a quick blog entry from doTERRA Internal Use
Want to learn a bit more? Here is a link full of information about internal usage Internal Use