How to Use Essential Oils

We can use aromatherapy to help us cope as stress occurs or we can choose to arm ourselves first, through daily, consistent use of essential oils.

Individual Uses include: 
  • body wash or shampoo, 
  • diffusing or 
  • misting essential oils in the car or at work

Remember, less is always best with aromatherapy.
  • Gently Inhale directly from the bottle limitless times as long as you continue to enjoy the scent. 
  • Do not sniff deeply or snort.
  •  A few drops of essential oils can be placed on tissues or cotton balls and carried with you in ziplock bags. 
  • Add to air conditioner filters, hot air vents, air purifier cartridges, potpourri pots, bowls or pots of warm water or sprinkled on you pillow case. 
  • These inexpensive ways do not involve equipment. 

Make an aromatherapy angel. 
  • Take a rectangular piece of soft cloth. 
  •  Put a cotton ball in the center; 
  • Tie a ribbon around the ball and it becomes the head of the angel the bow becomes the wings.
  • ​Attach Velcro. It can easily be worn and drops of Sweet Orange or Lavender can adorn the angel head and help to cheer up or calm the wearer. Making it can be fun too!  

Use a Diffuser Box 
  • gently scent your desk, night stand closet, drawers and more. 
  • Fold a half of paper towel tightly into the shape of a rectangle the size of the box, 
  • place inside the box, 
  • place 2-3 drops of your favorite Essential Oil on the paper towel. 

Use a Mysty
  • inhale directly from the bottle or 
  • use the fine mist atomizer to spray above your head to experience the moist air. 
  • The mist increases the surface area from which you can inhale the essential oil molecules. 
  • As the mist slowly falls to the ground it brings with it dust particles and thus temporarily removes them from the air.  

Terracotta clay that's not glazed will absorb scent. 
  • There are numerous figures available such as Angels, which will passively diffuse the Essential Oils into the air over a small area. 
  • Put a few drops of oil directly on the clay figures and place them in drawers, hang them up or put them on a desk, night stand or bedside table.

Lamp Rings 
  • Either terra cotta, metal, or glazed ceramic sit on top of a light bulb. 
  • You fill the channel with a little of water and then you add a few drops of essential oil.  
  • Basic common sense for light bulb rings is necessary. 
  • Don't take it off a hot light bulb, fill it with water and then place a drippy, wet ring back on the hot light bulb.  
  • You want to put it on a cool light bulb not higher than 60 watts. 
  • Terra cotta clay rings will absorb the scent, and not permit changing the scent.  
  • The glazed ceramic style you can wash off the oil and change scents. 
  •  The metal light rings get very hot, so you need to be extra careful with those. 

Aromatherapy Necklaces
  •  Make it easy to carry your favorite essential oil with you anywhere! 
  • Most styles have a glass vial with a stem cap, that fits into a lovely decorative vial holder allowing you to open and inhale easily at a whim. 

Candle Diffusers 
  • Are available in hundreds of beautiful styles. 
  • They all have the same principle though; a bowl of water to which you add 3 to 15 drops of oil and a tea candle heat source to warm the water and cause the scent to evaporate into the air. 
  • Many of the styles are lovely and add ambiance into any room.
  •  Follow normal candle safety; do not leave these devices completely unattended or forgotten. 
  • In the case of a very dry home, the water in the bowl may evaporate before the tea candle finishes burning. 
  • When adding more water to the bowl, you must add HOT water to avoid cracking. 
  • Although quite beautiful, these diffuser bowls are not pyrex and need proper care. 

Diffusers that use a light bulb as the heat source 
  • use anywhere from a 15 watt to 40 watt bulb. 
  • These will be a little slower initially heating up. 
  •  It helps to use warm water so you don't have to wait for the water to heat up. 
  •  This style doubles as an ambient night light and can work nicely for use in any room.

Institutional Quality Diffusers 
  • Must be easy to use, have low maintenance, be capable of diffusing essential oils in a wide range of room sizes and fit specific budgets. 
  • A glass nebulizer style is often mentioned by authors as effective in dispersing EO molecules, but can be difficult to clean, and replacement of the glass if broken is costly.

AKO Diffusers are presently being used in numerous settings. 
  • The water chamber is filled two thirds, and drops of essential oils are added. 
  • The amount determined by the oil's potency, the amount of scent desired, and the logistics of the room. 
  •  Drops can range from 5 to 100.
  • This particular diffuser utilizes cool evaporation and a quiet fan to disperse the molecules. 
  • There is no heat to further dry the air; water provides some moisture for our dry mucous membranes. 
  • Two settings allow for continuous use, or 2 minutes on every 25 minutes. 
  • This is Diane's favorite and the one she considers The Best Diffuser.

How many drops do I use?  
  • Well, there is no magic answer. Factors that influence number of drops added to any lamp ring or diffuser depend on how strong you desire the scent, the potency of the particular oil, the size of the room, height of the ceilings, the temperature and humidity.  
  • You will need more sweet orange than Lavender, Eucalyptus or Patchouli.  
  • Also, it depends on where you're putting this lamp ring or diffuser. Is the room drafty, L-shaped, do you expect it to go down a windy hallway? (It won't). 
  •  There is always an initial period of trial and error to determine how many drops whether you use a lamp ring or a diffuser. 

Storing your Essential Oils 
  • Essential oils must be kept away from heat, but do not have to be refrigerated. 
  • Extremes of heat and cold are harder on them than common temperature. 
  • If your building is between 68 and 75 degrees, you can have them just about anywhere, provided that they are not in direct sunlight or directly on a heat source such as a shelf on top of a radiator. 
  • They should be stored in either cobalt blue or pharmaceutical amber because that prolongs the shelf life.