Important Notice: The blog post has been updated again, June 2018. It also now includes eight charts!
I love essential oils! LOVE them! I discovered their power firsthand when I used them during my 44-hour labor and delivery, and ever since then, I have been pretty obsessed. Many people know this, so one of the most frequently asked questions I get from friends and blog readers alike is, “How do I use essential oils?” It always seems as if people start off with one or two oils (usually peppermint and lavender). They diffuse them around their homes, but after that, they become stuck and don’t know what else to use essential oils for. Well, the below charts will change all of that. Save them and reference them often, and before you know it, you will become an essential oil expert.
But before we get to it, here are some related posts:
Essential Oil Common Uses
Here is a long list of essential oils, and along with each is an explanation of what it is good for. Need emotional balance? Use myrrh. Want clear, healthy skin? Use geranium. You get the idea! From Best Essential Oils.
What is a Carrier Oil?
Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. But others should only be applied if they are first suspended in a carrier oil. But there are so many carrier oils to choose from, and its hard to know which oil is best for what! This chart changes all of that. Plus, it clearly lists those oils that you absolutely want to use a carrier with. Or, you can just be super paranoid like me and always use a carrier oil. From Best Essential Oils.
Safe Essential Oils for Children
While most essential oils are safe for adults (there are exceptions if you are pregnant), not all oils are safe for kids. That’s what makes this chart super handy. From Essential Oil Blogging.
How to Dilute Essential Oils
Okay, so now that you know all about essential oils and carrier oils, what about their dilutions? In other words, how do you know the right ratio between an essential oil and the carrier? This chart spells it out. From Stephanie Blue.
Essential Oil Dilution Ratio for Kids
Just as the list of oils kids can use differs from adults, so do the dilution amounts. If you are making rollerballs for your children to use, refer to this chart so that the get the ratios correct. From Kids Activities Blog.
Essential Oil Blends
Okay, so we’ve talked about essential oils and carrier oils. Now, let’s talk about essential oil blends. Two of the most popular essential oil companies out there are doTerra and Young Living. Both offer essential oil blends and many of them are surprisingly similar to each other. Do you own doTerra’s Serenity and wonder if you should also buy Young Living’s Peace and Calming? This chart compares all of the blends between the two companies and Eden’s Garden. NOTE: This chart was updated June 2018!
How to Use Essential Oils Topically
Now that you have your rollerballs all set, where do you apply your essential oils? This chart has eighteen different suggestions for you. From Hello Glow.
Essential Oil Safety
Here is even more safety information for you to review as you begin to use essential oils. The bottom line is to always proceed with caution. This is not because essential oils are “dangerous.” Rather, it’s because they are so effective that you must be cautious. Anytime you are using a new oil, always dilute it first. Try a small patch test of skin before rolling it all over your body or whipping it up into a body wash. Make sense? From Oil Powered Mom. Last but not least, these charts mainly dealt with how to apply essential oils to your skin. You can also use them in millions of different products from personal care items to cleaning products to fragrances. Make sure you check out all of the DIY posts on the blog for even more ideas on how to use your essential oils. You can see a list of links down below. So there you go! All the charts you need to become an essential oil expert! Are you looking for high-quality essential oils? I am here to help.
A Word About Curated Posts
The above is a curated post. Some people call them round-ups, but I like the phrase “curated post” a lot better because I have spent hours putting each of these lists together. I have been a Pinterest junkie for years, and I am always looking for the newest or best or most interesting DIY project out there. Finding these items, testing them, and then using them on a daily basis is so much fun AND, I have discovered, helps save me money. So if you enjoyed this post, here are some others that you might like (Hint: most of them require essential oils):
All-Natural Beauty DIYs
All Natural Personal Care DIYs
Healthy Living DIYs
And now, I want to hear from you. What is your favorite thing about essential oils? How do you like to use them?
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