Experimenting with the various scents in my collection of essential oils has been nothing but pleasant and rewarding! However, yes, it can be intimidating, with common challenges being “How many drops should I put?” “Which essential oils blend well together?” “Is it safe for me, for my child, for my pet?”
I started this process, transitioning to natural wellness, in the summer and have experimented with a number of blends (I use a simple candlelit burner) as well as incorporating them in my daily household cleaning and hygiene/cosmetic products.
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Which essential oils to use and when?
- Firstly, I go to my Herbs & Essential Oil resource pack for inspiration (read more about it below). Most of the time, I don’t have all the oils that are recommended for a blend or recipe.
- So, what can I do with the selection of oils I do have? I check which oils can be substituted with the oils I have in my collection. You want to learn what you can use with your selection as you will quickly start spending loads of money on oils that you may not use so often. If you haven’t already bought your oils, I suggest you do some research on what you want to start with. Is it for diffusing in the house? For any specific effects? Or would you like to make your own cosmetics and household cleaning products?
- I check their profiles. Do I want to blend according to scent? Or their effect?
- Research which oils burn fast and which take longer to burn. According to the recommended dilution rates, create your blend.
Depending on the mood I am in and the mood I want to create in the space I am relaxing or working in, I blend a few on my small burner. Try my favourite winter blends. Below are 10 essential oils I have in my collection that I am using either to create blends or to make my own natural cosmetics and cleaning products.
Reminder: I am not a professional or certified aromatherapist. I am simply sharing my experience with essential oils and what I have learned so far.
Essential Oil Profile Overview:
Cinnamon (Leaf) essential oil has a musky and spicy scent and numerous health benefits that have been used for centuries! Some of the most researched health benefits include inflammation decrease, blood sugar reduction, bad cholesterol reduction, fights infections and parasites. It also helps to stimulate the immune system and the libido. I like to diffuse cinnamon oil with orange blossom oil or calendula oil for a spicy fruity scent.
Eucalyptus essential oil is commonly used for its anti-microbial and anti-congestion properties. In fact, I often add some drops of eucalyptus to some DIY cleaning products. However, most often, I am adding drops in my burner to relieve me from sinus congestion and seasonal colds. This herbal scent is energizing.
Lavender essential oil is probably one of the most popular essential oils around, known for its calming effects. This flowery scent works great for moments of stress and anxiety thanks to its sedative effects and is relatively safe to use. Make a quick bed-linen spray for an easy night’s sleep or an essential oil blend with lavender with rose and ylang-ylang in your diffuser. If you’re into making your own products, I like to add it to soaps and scrubs. Check out these DIY cosmetics.
Lemon essential oil is a household must have for natural cleaning products. And it also has a place on your burner or diffuser. The citrus scent of lemon oil is energizing and adds a sense of cleanliness in the home. It also works great as an anti-bacterial and to relieve any respiratory congestion. Lemon oil can also play an essential role in alleviating digestion problems too. I hear people add a drop into hot water but I haven’t tried this yet. Still getting around the safety on ingesting oils.
Orange blossom oil is another citrus scent of which oil is extracted from the flowers of the orange tree. This oil is a great addition to create a calming blend for the home as it has anti-anxiety properties. It’s also known to be used as an aphrodisiac! This oil is new to me and I’m still discovering its potentiality.
Peppermint essential oil is another household fave of mine! I use it in most of my cleaning detergents. It particularly has a place on my burner to help me improve my immune system, clear any congestion and reduce any airborne germs. Peppermint can also be used in cosmetics, especially popular in DIY toothpaste!
Rosemary essential oil has so many benefits! I add it to my burner for its anti-microbial properties. It is also a good expectorant helping to release any mucus excess. Rosemary essential oil has many digestive benefits too, especially for bloating and indigestion. Rosemary often features in my DIY beauty products, especially in scrubs and cellulite busters!
Rose Essential Oil is a recent addition to my collection and has already found a prominent place in some DIY beauty recipes like this coffee face mask. I am interested in using it mostly in cosmetics for its astringent and healing properties. I started to blend it on my burner with Lavender and Ylang Ylang for its calming effects. Rose essential oil also helps to fight depression and boost self-esteem – for me, this is a major benefit, as I often feel “low” in the winter season. So for seasonal depression suffers, adding Rose oil to our daily routine may be super helpful!
Tea Tree essential oil was probably a teenage favourite for many when our skin was breaking out in acne and blemishes! It’s anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties work best for problematic skin conditions. However it also helps to eliminate airborne bacteria and germs, and assists in relieving congestion and respiratory problems.
Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sedative effect, perfect for creating calmness in your home. In fact, with Lavender, this works well in moments of depression, low sexual drive, irritability, stress and anxiety. I often combine the two with another oil such as calendula or rose essential oils.
- Always check the safety profile of the essential oils if you have any chronic diseases, have children and/or pets.
- Do not ingest or apply directly to the skin.
- Diffuse for short periods of time – 30 minutes to 1 hour is more than sufficient
- 8-12 drops are usually sufficient for an average sized room. Use half the amount for small rooms or rooms without much ventilation. I have kept the doses on the low side in the recommended blends above.
- Don’t diffuse around babies younger than six months old.
- Make sure pets have the ability to leave the room where the diffuser is located. Diffuse with care if you have asthma.
Where do you learn how to use what, when?
Do you believe in the power of natural remedies and want to start using them more intelligently?
There’s definitely a lot to learn!
And with so many conflicting opinions online, finding clear answers can be hard — not to mention time-consuming and frustrating. That’s why I purchased the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle. This is my go-to guide!
Created by Ultimate Bundles, the extensive resource pack helps you:
- Match the best remedies to your unique health needs
- Discover why and how the various remedies actually work (and the science behind it)
- Use essential oils and herbs in your home for cleaning, relaxation, beauty, skincare, energy, even cooking and more
- Feel confident with easy-to-follow guides whether you’re just starting out or ready for more advanced uses.