88 Ways To Use Essential Oils

For thousands of years, people and cultures all over the world have been using essential oils for natural medicinal purposes, to improve health, for aromatherapy, as household cleaning products, and for skin and beauty.

These plant oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, roots, bark, and resin through a steam distillation process, resulting in a pure essential oil. Ancient Egyptians used essential oils, which they extracted from a process of soaking the plants in oil, and filtering out the plant oil afterwards.




So, why do people today use essential oils? And why did the ancient Egyptians use essential oils? The answer is because they have numerous antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that naturally occur. They are effectively a natural medicine with zero side effects, and this is why these healing oils are growing so rapidly in popularity today. Below, we’ve listed 88 ways you can start using essential oils today!

Household And Cleaning Uses

  1. Multi-purpose cleaning agent: Simply add two or three drops of lemon oil along with two or three drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle along with a few ounces of warm water. This gives you a natural disinfectant you can spray around the house.
  2. Mosquito and bug repellent: Use one drop of each: lemongrass essential oil, citronella essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil. Mix with one teaspoon of coconut oil and rub this directly on your skin as a natural bug spray.
  3. Sports gear cleaner: This is really great if your kids play sports. With one quart of warm water, add two drops of tea tree oil and two drops of lemon essential oil. Next, add four tablespoons of baking soda and mix well. This works wonders on on sports gear like jerseys and cleats.
  4. Air cleaner: Simply use an essential oil diffuser with cinnamon essential oil. Cinnamon oil has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties.
  5. Washing machine helper: Just add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil into your washer load, providing a cleansing boost and natural scent.
  6. Vacuum cleaner scent: Negate the effect of dust and vacuum odors by adding 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
  7. Sunscreen: Mix a few drops of both lavender oil and helichrysum oil along with coconut oil, shea butter, and zinc oxide. Store in a squeeze bottle.
  8. Shower curtain cleaner: Add four drops of eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil (melaleuca) to a spray bottle with warm water. Spray this mixture onto your shower curtain to kill mold, mildew, and fungus.
  9. Burnt pan cleaner: Boil water in a burnt pot or pan, and add a few drops of lemon oil to help remove the burn and any food residue.
  10. Home aroma: Make your house smell amazing by diffusing clove, orange, and rosemary essential oils. Your family and friends will be amazed how wonderful your house smells.
  11. Carpet cleaner: Mix borax and tea tree oil for a homemade carpet cleaning powder. Let it sit on your carpet before vacuuming it up.
  12. Pest killer: Add several drops each of orange and clove essential oil to a spray bottle with water. Spray directly on insects and pests to kill them on contact.
  13. Mold killer: Diffusing tea tree essential oil will eliminate mold and other pathogens from the air in your house.
  14. Christmas aroma: Use a few drops of pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood oil on a standard fire log 30-60 minutes before using it in your fireplace for a nice christmas scent.
  15. Anxiety reducer: Lavender essential oil is known to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety. Diffuse it into the air or add it to a warm bath.
  16. Spiritual awareness: Use frankincense essential oil in a standard diffuser during prayer or meditation time. This will result in spiritual enlightenment.
  17. Bathtub cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Add 5 drops of either lime or bergamot oil and you can use this for scrubbing grime and mold in and around your bath tub.
  18. Trash can freshener: Freshen up a smelly garbage can by placing a few drops of either lemon essential oil or tea tree oil on a cotton ball and place it at the bottom of the garbage can.
  19. Produce cleanser: Add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water and use this to clean and scrub dirty produce like fruits and vegetables.
  20. Clean kitchen scent: Simmer a pan of water on the stove and add one drop each of clove oil, cinnamon oil, and lemon oil. This will easily replace cooking odors or other unwanted kitchen smells.
  21. Bathroom freshener: Add a couple drops of either lime essential oil or lemon essential oil to a cotton ball and place this behind the toilet for a fresh, natural smelling bathroom.
  22. Refrigerator freshener: To get rid of musty fridge and freezer smells, add a few drops of bergamot, lime, or grapefruit oil to the rinsing water.
  23. Smoke eliminator: To replace and remove the smell of cigarette smoke, fill a spray bottle with filtered water and add four drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, and rosemary oil. This is a great natural deodorizer.
  24. Air detoxifier: Add eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil to a gallon of paint in order to dispel the toxic fumes when painting.
  25. Shoe freshener: In order to get rid of smelly shoe odors, just add a drop of either tea tree oil or lemon oil inside the shoe.
  26. Gift for bridal shower: Create a fun and unique “love potion” gift by adding 10-15 drops of sandalwood essential oil, four drops of cocoa oil, and a few drops of rose oil and vanilla oil to an unscented lotion.
  27. Gift for baby shower: Buy an essential oil wall diffuser along with a small bottle of lavender oil. This is a great way to have a calm mom and baby.
  28. Dish cleaner: After loading up the dish washer, just place a few drops of lemon essential oil right on a plate or cup (doesn’t matter where). This will help naturally clean the entire load.
  29. Home medicine cabinet: Keep a small natural physician kit by storing tea tree, lemon, lavender, peppermint, oregano, and frankincense in a box.

Spa and Relaxation Uses of Essential Oils

  1. Improve your sleep: Place a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow at night to help alleviate insomnia and give you a more refreshing, restful sleep.
  2. Body butter lotion: Start with coconut oil as a base, then add shea butter, magnesium oil, and any of your favorite essential oils for a great, natural moisturizing body lotion that will make your skin feel amazing.
  3. Homemade lip balm: Again, start with coconut oil, but this time aadd beeswax and lavender oil. This will give you a great, all-natural lip balm that will both protect and heal chapped lips.
  4. Tension reliever: Place one drop of lavender oil in the palm of your hand, but your hands together, then cup your hand over your nose and let the aroma fill your body. This helps to relieve tension, stress, and anxiety and calm your body.
  5. Relaxation massage therapy: Start with an unscented lotion, and add a few drops of either cedarwood oil or lavender oil to enhance the effect of your relaxing massage.
  6. Instant relaxation: Using a small dish filled with coconut oil, add 1-2 drops each of peppermint, lavender, and chamomile essential oil. Rub this on your temples for and immediate and instant relaxation effect.
  7. Detoxifying bath: Add epsom salt and sea salt to a warm bath, then add several drops of your favorite essential oil for a cleansing, rejuvenating, relaxing bath.
  8. Sauna mist: Add 2-3 drops of either eucalyptus essential oil or tea tree oil to sauna rocks. Alternatively you can place these into a spray bottle with water, and spray these into the air.
  9. Steam room: Prepare a mixture of water and a few drops of either eucalyptus or tea tree oil like above, but this time spritz this into the air inside a steam room. This is great for your lungs and respiratory system.
  10. Calm an aggravated child: Lavender and chamomile oil are known for having calming and relaxing effects. Place a drop or two of these onto the child’s stuffed animal to calm an upset baby or toddler.
  11. Cleansing foot bath: Fill up a large bowl with warm water and add 1 drop each of lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil. This is not only soothing for your feet, but will help kill toenail bacteria.
  12. Natural antidepressant: If you’re feeling depressed, you can improve and balance your mood by using rose oil in a diffuser, warm bath, or personal steam inhaler.
  13. Pilates/Yoga: To enhance a yoga, pilates, or meditation session you can quickly inhale the aroma of lavender and sandalwood oil before, during, and after class. You can also use clove and lime oil as an all-natural yoga mat cleaner.

Using Essential Oils for Skin and Beauty

  1. Cellulite reduction: Mix together two teaspoons of coconut oil with 4-5 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Rub this mixture into dimpled areas every day and watch your cellulite disappear.
  2. All-natural perfume fragrance: For a unique and amazing perfume, just add a drop of jasmine oil to your wrist. Vanilla and lavender also make wonderful perfume scents. For a men’s scent, cypress and clove essential oil work really well as a natural cologne.
  3. Acne cleanser: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with raw honey (and mix them well). To use this as a spot treatment or facial cleanser, rub this on your face and rinse it off with warm water.
  4. Breath freshener: Place a single drop of peppermint oil in a small cup of warm water. Gargle this and spit it out for a minty, fresh breath.
  5. Natural homemade shampoo: The shampoo base will be made with aloe vera and coconut milk. Now add several drops of lavender oil, rosemary oil, and tea tree essential oil.
  6. Natural homemade deodorant: Mix beeswax and coconut oil for a base, then add a few drop of essential oil. Lavender and tea tree oil work well for women, while cedarwood and clove essential oil work well for men.
  7. Natural toothpaste: Mix coconut oil, baking soda, and sea salt with xylitol and a few drops of peppermint essential oil in order to make an all-natural homemade tooth paste.
  8. Fragrant body spray: Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of any essential oil. You can spray this onto your body or clothes for any desired aroma.
  9. Scalp itch: Start with your favorite shampoo you normally use, but add a few drops of lavender, cedarwood, or basil essential oil. Try to stir the shampoo if you can, and this should help get rid of and prevent an itchy scalp.
  10. Hair thickener: Rosemary essential oil will naturally thicken your hair and work as a natural volumizing agent. Just add this to your shampoo like above.
  11. Nail strength: To increase the strength and health of your nails, start off with two or three tablespoons vitamin E oil and add 5-10 drops of lemon, myrrh, and frankincense essential oil. Rub this directly on your cuticles and nails.
  12. Wrinkle reducer: Add several drops of sandalwood, rose geranium, frankincense, and lavender essential oil to an unscented lotion. Don’t put this in your eyes, but use on your face to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  13. Tooth whitener: For an all-natural way to whiten your teeth, mash up a fresh strawberry and add 1 drops each of lemon essential oil and lime essential oil. Rub this on your teeth and rise it off after a minute or two.
  14. Dandruff cure: Use three tablespoons of an unscented oil and add five drops of rosemary and five drops of lavender essential oil. After mixing it well, massage this into your scalp as best you can and then leave it there for 10 minutes. Shampoo your hair afterwards like normal.
  15. Remove stretch marks: You can greatly diminish the appearance of stretch marks by creating a mixture of coconut oil with several drops each of grapefruit, frankincense, and myrrh essential oil. Simply rub this over your stretch marks on a daily basis.
  16. Face scrub: You’ll be amazed how wonderful this works on your skin. Use 1/4 cup of greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of cornmeal, and 3-5 drops each of grapefruit, lavender, and patchouli essential oil. Use like you would a normal face wash.
  17. Skin tone enhancer: Add 2 drops of rose geranium, lavender, and frankincense to 8-10 oz. of water. Rub this into your skin to improve tone.
  18. Hair conditioner: Use an unscented oil base and add 5 drops of sandalwood, 5 drops of lavender, and 15 drops of rosewood. Scrub this into your hair and scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair afterwards with your normal shampoo.
  19. Remove skin spots: As long as you don’t have an adverse skin reaction to undiluted frankincense, apply directly to sun and aging spots up to three times per day.
  20. Hair oil reducer: Add 10 drops each of rosemary, ylang ylang, and lime essential oil to three ounces of an unscented oil. Massage this into your scalp and shampoo your hair afterwards.
  21. Foot moisturizer: Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with three drops of lavender essential oil and rub into your feet before you go to bed. Make sure to wear socks!

Natural Health and Medicinal Uses of Essential Oil

  1. Migraine relief: To get rid of a headache or migraine, combine peppermint and lavender essential oil and rub this gently on and around your temples.
  2. Cough suppressant: One of the best essential oils for respiratory and airway is eucalyptus oil. Simply use eucalyptus in a personal steam inhaler, diffuse it, add it to a steaming shower, or place a few drops in very hot water and inhale the steam that way.
  3. Bone support: If you have an area recovering from a bone break or fracture, or prone to bone injuries – gently rub diluted white fir, cypress, and helichrysum essential oil. Be careful to not disturb the injury though.
  4. Skin burns: A mixture of aloe vera and lavender essential oil creates a soothing ointment for any type of skin burn.
  5. Bug bites: Lavender essential oil is also great for soothing skin irritation cause by bug bites, or even stings.
  6. Bronchitis and asthma: Mix coconut oil, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil for an all-natural vapor rub you can apply directly to your chest and neck.
  7. Bruise healing: You can create a hot compress with essential oils by soaking a wash cloth in hot water and add several drops of both lavender and frankincense. Place this over a bruise to speed up healing.
  8. Increase concentration: A great natural remedy for increasing your focus on concentration is to simply inhale bergamot or grapefruit essential oil directly from the bottle.
  9. Stop teeth grinding: If you rub a few drops of lavender oil on the bottom of your feet and behind your ears before bed, you’ll sleep more relaxed and be less likely to grind your teeth together.
  10. PMS relief: Soak a wash cloth or hand towel in warm water and add 2 drops of basil, rosemary, and sage essential oil. Let this sit on your abdomen and you’ll be amazed.
  11. Treat eczema and psoriasis: Create a natural eczema and psoriasis treatment cream by combining shea butter with a few drops of lavender oil.
  12. Increase circulation: Taking a warm bath with 5-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil is a great natural way to improve and promote blood circulation throughout your entire body.
  13. Hangover relief: Take a warm bath, but this time with 5 drops of rosemary, lemon, cedarwood, grapefruit, and juniper berry essential oil. Don’t ask why…but this really works!
  14. Cure food cravings: A simple trick to get rid of junk food cravings is to inhale cinnamon and peppermint oil from the bottle. This helps to naturally balance your blood sugar and stabilize your appetite.
  15. Fever reducer: Soak a wash cloth or sponge in cool water and add a few drops of peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oil. These all have a natural cooling effect, so combined with the cool cloth it is very soothing.
  16. Motion sickness relief: Peppermint, ginger, and lavender essential oil work great for relieving motion sickness. Simply carry a small bottle of these oils and inhale the aroma if you find yourself feeling sick inside a car or on a boat.
  17. Ringworm treatment: The best natural way to get rid of a ringworm is to place 5 drops of tea tree oil in a small dish of coconut oil. Massage this mixture over the affected area 2-3 times per day.
  18. Head lice: Want to get rid of your child’s lice? Simply use 3-5 drops of eucalyptus, lavender, and thyme essential oil with an unscented oil and massage this into your child’s hair and scalp. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and then shampoo your hair like normal.
  19. Skin blister treatment: Boost your body’s ability to heal blisters by placing 1-2 drops of tea tree oil directly on the blister up to 3 times per day. First make sure your skin does not react adversely to tea tree oil.
  20. Poison ivy treatment: Peppermint oil is the best way to treat poison ivy. Place a few drops into a small dish of coconut oil and massage this over the skin rash area.
  21. Instant immune system boost: Before flying on a plane or putting yourself in a high germ area, place one drop of oregano essential oil in a small amount of coconut oil and rub on the bottoms of your feet shortly before your flight.
  22. Aching muscles: Mixing coconut oil with eucalyptus, wintergreen, and cypress essential oil works wonders on sore, achy muscles.
  23. Pregnancy morning sickness relief: Diffuse lemon, ginger, and orange essential oil throughout the night to help curb morning sickness.
  24. Allergy relief: Frankincense and lavender essential oil are great to get rid of seasonal or pet allergies. Diffuse these oils while you sleep, or inhale them from the bottle to reduce symptoms like dry or itchy eyes, or a sore scratchy throat.
  25. Common cold cure: Use eucalyptus oil in a personal steam inhaler and rub 1 drop of oregano essential oil on the bottoms of your feet each morning.

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