Lesson 3: Ways to Use Essential Oils

ways to use essential oils

Inhalation

Inhalation is the easiest way to use essential oils; however a direct inhalation of essential oils is not appropriate for young children. The goal of inhaling essential oils is to get the active compounds of the oil into your throat, lungs, and bloodstream. To use the inhalation method, put one drop of essential oil on a tissue, and gently inhale 1-3 times. 

Diffuser

Diffusing essential oils is a convenient way to incorporate them into your family's wellness routine. Diffusing oils is especially beneficial during cold and flu season. When diffusing oils around young children, always conduct a short test run first and make sure the scent does not aggravate your child’s breathing. Never diffuse strong oils such as peppermint or oregano around babies and young children under seven, as the smell can overpower them. 

Massage

Before applying essential oils to a child’s skin, they should be diluted. An appropriate ratio is one drop of essential oil to 1.5 tablespoons of carrier oil. For safety, always do a patch test by applying a small amount to your child’s inner arm and wait 20 minutes to assure there is no reaction before massaging your child. 

Apply to souls of feet

Applying essential oils to the soles of the feet is one way I like to use essential oils with my kids. With essential oils, less is more. One drop is plenty for both feet. 

warm bath

Blend essential oils with a carrier oil, Epsom salts, or glycerin before incorporating them in a bath. Essential oils should not be used undiluted in water. Since essential oils do not disperse well in water, use only 1-2 drops.