How to use essential oils

Essential oils can be used in many ways. Incorporating multiple methods throughout the day are most effective for healing. Here are a few methods.


Essential oils are powerful, so in most cases a few drops are all that's needed (more is not better!).

How: add a few drops to a bowl of hot or warm water. Bend over the bowl, placing a towel or other cloth over your head, creating a tent. Breathe slowly and deeply to inhale the vapors. 

How: essential oils can be diffused in several ways. There are many types of diffusers on the market, however, the ones that do not involve heat are best as heat can destroy the oils properties. My favorite is an electronic diffuser. 


When using an oil for the first time, always test on a small patch of skin for reaction. Oils can be diluted with a good quality carrier oil (like fractionated coconut), if desired.

How: rub one or two drops on the desired area. The soles of the feet often produce great results for children.


Only some essential oils can be taken internally. Many cannot. Be sure to know how the oils you have can be used.

How: place a few drops in a glass, add water, and drink. Or place a 1, 2, or 3 drops under your tongue.

*For healing, be sure to use pure essential oils. As always, experiment slowly and do what works best for you.

Did you know?

Essential oils are powerful and as such only small amounts are needed in an application. Anyone using an oil for the first time, should do sensitivity testing a small patch of skin prior to general use. Additionally, a carrier oil may be necessary and beneficial to dilute the oil if it not tolerated well. For more information, consult a certified aromatherapist (CA) or naturopathic doctor (ND).

[Full Disclosure: Aqiylah Collins is a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate]