How to use essential oils

by Polly N on November 5, 2012

A few weeks ago I admitted to being completely clueless when it comes to essential oils. So I asked someone who knows all about them and uses them in her family to give us the lowdown. Here is Jenn’s first post on what essential oils are and in today’s post, we’re digging deeper and learning to how to use them.

Guest post by Jenn Rowland



How to use Essential Oils


As I start this post I need to clarify that what I am about to tell you applies specifically to doTERRA essential oils.  Remember my last post where we talked about CPTG?  I can’t vouch for the purity of any other brand of oils, and I cannot say enough about how important purity is when it comes to putting the oils on you or in you. 


There are three basic ways to use essential oils:


Oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle or a cloth or tissue. Simply put, the odor molecule is sensed by the olfactory cells which are connected to the limbic system of the brain. This is where emotions and memories are stored, and where hormones, blood pressure and attention are regulated. What this means is that just smelling an essential oil will cause a physical and/or emotional change to occur with in the body.

I like to diffuse the oils to purify the air, uplift mood, and just to make my house smell great!  Oils can be added to a humidifier or vaporizer (cool mist is best, since heat reduces some of the benefits) for respiratory benefits.



Most oils can be used topically without a carrier (remember doTERRA’s CPTG) when they are pure. Spicy oils such as oregano, thyme, cinnamon and clove should be diluted with a pure carrier oil. I use fractionated coconut oil because it’s light and absorbs quickly, but olive oil works too. With younger children and babies it’s a good idea to dilute any oil you are using at first, since their skin is often more sensitive. Never put an oil directly into the eyes or ears. If an oil does get into the eyes or is hot on the skin, just add a carrier oil to dilute it. Never use water as this will drive the oil deeper into the tissue. Topical use is indicated for cuts, burns, insect bites, sore muscles, headache, fever, digestive upset, earaches, and more…



What I’m about to tell you is probably different from everything you’ve read previously about essential oils. I’ve read myself that you should never take an oil internally. The thought here is that the oil you are using probably contains fillers- chemicals or other impurities- that could be harmful to you if taken internally.  Since doTERRA oils are CPTG, you can take most of them internally. Each bottle of oil that is recommended for internal use has a “supplement fact” box on the outside, showing that it has been approved for internal use.  If there’s no box, it’s recommended only for topical and aromatic use.  We use oils internally for infections, cold/flu, digestive issues, liver support, metabolism, immune support and more…  They can go right under the tongue, but for the spicier oils a capsule is a good idea.


When I started using oils it seemed a little overwhelming, but I quickly realized that it’s pretty difficult to do it “wrong” as long as the oils are pure.  I love that doTERRA makes it easy and that they offer so much education on how to use them most effectively.  If you’d like to browse my website and check out the oils for yourself, you can go to or send me an email and I can help you get started!



 Check out Jenns post “Essential Oils – what you need to know”


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Rachael November 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Great post Jenn. I’m fascinated by essential oils and their healing properties so this is great!


Rachael November 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

So sorry to hear about Tami x


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