How to Use Essential Oils

Body massages

One of the most popular ways of using essential oils is in an aromatherapy massage. There are two schools of thought as to how essential oils have beneficial effects on the body. The first school of thought says that essential oils enter the body by being absorbed through the skin as well as being inhaled and absorbed through the nasal passages. In the past, this has been the most popular belief. More recent studies, however, have led to the belief that essential oils are not absorbed into the skin but have their effect solely by inhalation. Whatever you think, massages with essential oils are a wonderful experience.

To make an adult massage blend a ratio of 2.5% essential oil to 97.5% carrier oil is used. For example, 100ml carrier oil to 50 drops essential oil. As a simple calculation, halve the number of millilitres of carrier oil to arrive at the total number of drops of essential oil to add. Any carrier oil that suits the skin type can be used.

Essential oils are not recommended for use on babies less that 12 months old, but a massage with a carrier oil like sweet almond is a good alternative. For children and the elderly use half the adult amount of essential oils in a carrier oil. If you use an essential oil that causes a reaction, use a base oil like sweet almond or olive to remove the essential oil.

Facial spritz

A facial spritz is a great way to keep cool and fresh during the warmer months. For a spritz for the face and arms, add 8 to 10 drops of essential oils to 100ml of distilled water. To ensure an even blend and avoid sensitivity, you can use an essential oil solubiliser to help disperse the oils in the water. 2ml in this blend would be perfect. Simply store the spritz in the refridgerator and spray on the face and arms whenever you need a quick lift. Just be careful not to use essential oils that react with sunlight.

Body baths

One way to enjoy essential oils in the bath is to add 4-6 drops of essential oil to a warm bath after it has been run. Swirl the oils in the water and get in and enjoy. Make sure the water isn't too hot or the oils will evaporate. You can also add the essential oils to a carrier oil, some milk or cream, or a spoonful of honey. These make a truly decadent bath time. Essential oils can also be added to epsom or sea salts and used in the bath also.


Compresses are great for treating pain that exists in a specific area. Pour a bowl of warm or cold water (depending on the application) and drip 4-7 drops of the appropriate essential oil. Once the essential oils have formed a film on the surface of the water, place a cloth over the surface, lift it out, fold it and apply to the effected area. Covering the compress with cling wrap can help reduce the evaporation of the essential oils and covering it with a dry towel can help keep the heat in. The compress should stay on for around two hours.

Oil burner

In an oil burner, put a small amount of water in the top dish. Add around 5 drops of essential oil or blend and light the candle underneath. Creates a wonderful, room-filling frangrance.

Facial massages

Use around 10 drops of essential oil or blend in around 30ml of a suitable carrier oil. Massage into the face, neck and bust in gentle upward strokes.

Steam inhalations

A great way to treat bronchial or sinus problems, pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl. Add around 10 drops of the appropriate essential oil and place a towel over your head that covers the bowl also. Lean your head over the bowl to inhale the steam. Inhale deeply until the water cools or you can't smell the oils anymore. You can repeat this every five or so hours.

Air fresheners

You can make great air fresheners by adding around 80-100 drops of essential oil or a blend to 100ml of water. Put in a spray bottle and always shake really well before spraying liberally around the room.

Mouth washes

You can create mouth washes and gargles by adding 6-7 drops of essential oils to a glass of water. Never swallow these mixtures. They can help relieve mouth and throat ulcers and other inflammations.

Perfumes & colognes

You can create a perfume that is uniquely you by blending essential oils. This perfume can be used on stationery, in our natural base products, or blended with alcohol to create your own perfume or cologne.

Facial masks

Face masks can be created using all sorts of household goods. You can add 3-5 drops of essential oils to enough honey, mashed avocado, egg white and so on to cover the face. You can also make a clay mask by taking 2 teaspoons of the appropriate clay for your skin type and mixing it with 2 teaspoons of distilled water or floral water. Mix these together until it forms a smooth paste and add 1-2 drops of essential oil or a blend and combine it well. Gently apply the mask to the face, being careful to avoid the eye area. Wait until the mask dries completely then gently wipe it off using a warm cloth in gentle upward strokes. Continue to wipe the face until the mask is removed completely. It is best to apply a face mask only 2 to 3 times a week.


A simple way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy is by placing 2-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale throughout the day.

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