While I’m no expert on essential oils, I’ve developed a serious love for them after using them for about a year now. So, I wanted to share a really basic “getting started” post about how I use them.
If you’re not familiar with essential oils, they’re really concentrated liquids extracted from plants. Each one has a unique scent and a different set of health and wellness benefits. Some of the most common oils are lavender, cinnamon, lemon, peppermint, jasmine, and basil, but there are lots of others, too. There are tons of ways to benefit from the oils, but I’ll mostly talk about the two ways that I use them.
The first way I use essential oils is through the essential oil diffuser in my dorm room. I love my diffuser because I want my room to have a nice scent but I’d rather not use a wall plug-in with lots of chemicals.The diffuser is so easy to use and it takes about 10 seconds to start each time, which is wonderful because if it took much longer, I’d probably never actually use it.
Just pop off the lid and fill the top compartment with water (while admiring how perfectly your nails match the diffuser)…and add a few drops of an essential oil.Return the lid, turn the diffuser on, and let it run. My particular diffuser runs for about 4 hours before the water is gone and it shuts itself off.
I typically start my diffuser when I get back to my room at night or right before I go to bed and it diffuses a few feet away from me while I sleep. My diffuser is this one on Amazon, which I like it because it’s compact, relatively inexpensive, and the glowing colored light can be turned off while I sleep. I was happy with a plain white one for my dorm room, but you can also buy cool ones that match your home’s decor, like this one.
Some people buy big sets of essential oils and have fun creating a bunch of combinations for different scents and wellness benefits. Buying a bunch of bottles can get a little pricy, though, and I wanted to stick with the basics so I just have three oils: organic rosemary, lavender, and cinnamon.
Rosemary essential oil is useful for staying focused and alert and it also acts as a decongestant. Lavender has sedative properties, so it helps calm stress and anxiety and promotes sleep. Cinnamon helps maintain a healthy immune system and aids digestion (Source). They all smell great, but lavender is my favorite and the one I always use at nighttime.
Since you only use a couple of drops at a time, one tiny bottle lasts for a longggg time. I’ll probably add more as I go, but for now, three works just fine.
If you’re skeptical of basically everything like I am, you’re probably wondering if the oils actually do anything. I can attest to the fact that the lavender does make me sleepy and the rosemary has definitely helped clear up my allergy congestion in the past. I’m a believer!
Applying To Your Skin
You can also apply essential oils to your skin, but it’s important to dilute them first for safety reasons (safety info here). They act as a natural perfume and you also get all of the particular oil’s great health benefits. You can create your own combination of diluted essential oils or you can also buy a roll-on bottle, like this one. You can apply them to your wrists or the base of your neck to relieve stress, stay alert, etc. I have two of these really convenient roll-on bottles and this particular one is a blend of coconut oil, sage, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, and lavender. I keep it in my backpack and it’s like a natural roll-on perfume and something to breathe in that helps relieve stress, all in one.
There are tons of other ways to use essential oils like adding a couple of drops to a bath or using them when making your own natural cleaning products (which this college girl does not do. Maybe some day…) If you’re interested in other ways to use essential oils, this article gives 150 ways to use them! Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my very simple use of essential oils!
So tell me…
Do you use essential oils? If so, how do you use them? What’s your favorite oil or blend of oils?
Do you use any other natural wellness products?
What’s one of your favorite scents?