There are 3 main ways to use essential oils in your daily routine.

  1.  Aromatically
    • Place oils in a diffuser
    • Place oil sin cupped hands and inhale
    • Smell oils from the bottle
  2. Topically
    • Apply oils on desired areas
    • Layer oils, using one on top of another
    • Create lotions or other topical creams using oils
  3. Internally
    • Use oils labeled as dietary supplements
    • Add to a glass of water
    • Add to a vegetable capsule
    • Use for cooking



Have you ever caught a whiff of a scent and it immediately brought back memories of something in the past?   Emotions are strongly connected to scents, and essential oils are super helpful for influencing the limbic system, which is the seat of emotions, when using aromatically.

Christmas trees, fresh cut grass, the ocean, lilacs, a certain perfume… these are all common scents we associate with specific emotions.  But it’s not just random memories or reminders. Aromatherapy can provide the same physical and emotional responses practically on cue.  When inhaling, it only takes 22 seconds for an oil to reach and affect the brain.

There are a number of studies supporting essential oil use for physical and emotional benefits. When we smell something, we first process the input via the olfactory bulb, which is at the base of our brain and connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, the parts of our brain associated with emotion and memory.

“Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas. This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.” (source)

Aromatherapy is essentially inhaling essential oils. The easiest way to do so is by using a diffuser.

Because of their molecular structure, essential oils are rapidly absorbed by the skin.   When applied topically, it takes about 20 minutes for an oil to affect every cell in the body. The oil is then metabolized within a few hours.

The feet are an excellent place to apply essential oils since they contain thick, less sensitive skin and are far away from mucous membranes, which can be irritated by strong oils like oregano. Also, if you believe in Reflexology, you can target various health issues by applying to certain points along the foot.

Furthermore, the feet act as a mirror of the rest of the body. Nerves run all through your body and a lot of them end in your feet. On the vita flex chart, you see the spot on your foot for lungs. The nerves that end in that spot on the foot run right through the lungs. So, when you put the oils on that spot, the oils will go to the lungs very quickly because the nerves go directly to that organ. If someone is having asthma issues, for example, you want to massage the oil in to that spot for lungs on the foot because it will get to the lungs very rapidly and help with the asthma.

The key to using essential oils is to dilute them properly. Most EOs are too strong to be used directly on the skin without being diluted. Aside from that, diluting essential oils help them spread over a larger surface area of the skin, which helps the oil penetrate your body better, and it’s more cost effective.

What is a carrier oil?

carrier oil is an oil that is used to dilute the essential oil to make it safe for topical use. Generally any cold-pressed vegetable/fruit oil will do like coconut, olive, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba and rose hip among many others. These are doubly great because the carrier oils usually contain therapeutic qualities like antioxidants or vitamins.


Properly diluting essential oils

While diluting ratios can vary depending on the health conditions and sensitivity of person, a general rule of thumb is:

  • Add 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for adult
  • Add 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil for children over 2 years of age. (Always do your research before applying oils on kids as they are more sensitive than adults. Don’t use “hot” oils like cinnamon bark, oregano, wintergreen and even peppermint with children.)

Young Living’s Vitality line was developed to provide a clear distinction between oils for internal use and those for topical and aromatic use.   All are the same pure, authentic essential oils, but the Vitality line is labeled differently so there is no confusion as to what oils are safe to ingest.

There are many ways to use essential oils internally.   Essential oils can be included in cooking and baking, added to food and drinks, or put in a vegetable capsule.

Always be mindful to use glass or stainless steel when drinking essential oils in water.  Citrus oils are known for being able to digest petrochemicals, so they will eat through plastic.