How to Use Essential Oils

When learning how to use essential oils, there are 3 general methods. Essential oils can be used topically, internally, and aromatically by inhalation or diffusing into the air.

Each bottle of Young Living Essential Oil has a label instructing you which methods are recommended with that particular oil.

For example: Young Living’s Thieves label lists how to use this essential oil as a dietary supplement (internally), topically, and aromatically (diffused or direct inhalation). Where as Young Livings Valor Label lists only topically and aromatically, and it is not to be taken as a dietary supplement. Now you see why I say how to use essential oils depends on the essential oil. The part of the puzzle that depends on you is which application suites your needs

Success Tips for Using Essential Oils

  • Use common sense
  • Use Reference Guide for Essential Oils
  •  Use caution with sensitive skin, and keep out of eyes and ears   ( Oils won't damage the eyes but it can sting)
  • For sensitivity, dilute with V-6 not water

How to Dispense an Essential Oil

To dispense: Hold the bottle of oil 1 to 4 inches above the palm of the hand. Tip it over and wait for the oil to drip out. Some oils such as Lemon or Cypress are very thin oils and will drip out fast and other oils such as Valor are thick and will drip out more slowly.

Neat or Diluted

How to Use Essential Oils Neat

To apply the oils "neat" means to apply the oils undiluted or straight from the bottle. There are times when essential oils are best applied undiluted or neat, such as when fast action or intensive treatment is required.

Multiple oils can be applied, one at a time, using a technique called layering. When layering oils that are new to you, allow 5 – 10 minutes, between each oil to give the body a chance to respond before applying second oil. For example, if marjoram is used on a sore muscle; it is massaged into the tissue until the area is dry. Then the next oil is applied - perhaps basil, until the oil is absorbed. Then the third oil, possibly peppermint, until the oil is absorbed. To reduce evaporation and enhance penetration, it helps to layer Rose Ointment or a carrier oil on top of the essential oils.

Always have V-6, vegetable oil or carrier oil close by when applying essential oils neat. Warming or burning sensations may be experienced as the oil penetrates. If burning becomes uncomfortable, apply Young Living’s V-6  Massage Oil Base, or any pure vegetable oil. Some suggested carrier oils are:

  • Almond
  • Grapeseed (cold-pressed)
  • Jojoba
  • Olive
  • Sesame
  • Wheat germ
  • Coconut

When applying essential oils to children, always use a carrier oil. Lavender oil does not require dilution as long as it is not lavandin.

How to Use Essential Oils Diluted

“Dilute” means to mix the essential oil with carrier oil before using. Essential oils are usually diluted in vegetable oil or with Young Living’s V-6. This is generally the preferred method for applying essential oils on the body. Their potency is retained but dilution allows for slower absorption into the skin, as essential oils can evaporate quickly, and safer application. The longer essential oil stays in contact with the skin the more likely they are to be absorbed. Here is the general dilution method we use.


  • Mix 3-4 drops of essential oil to ½ tsp. of carrier oil or
  • 6-8 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. carrier oil or
  • 30-40 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of carrier oil

Basic dilution recipe for babies and children (usually ½ to 1/3 adult)

  • 1-2 drops of essential oil to ½ tsp. of carrier oil or
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. of carrier oil or
  • 15 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of carrier oil

How to Use Essential Oils Topically

There are many ways to use essential oils topically this is just the basic application. The basic topical application means to apply the oils directly to the skin. Topically is one of the easiest ways to use essential oils. It is also a highly effective method since essential oils can easily pass through the lipid membranes of cell walls. They are able to penetrate cells and disperse throughout the body within minutes.

The bottom of the feet is a good place to apply oils directly because many nerve endings are found there and the pores of the skin are large in that area. Topical application includes using essential oils in massages such as Gary Young's Rain Drop Technique and Vita-Flex.

How to Use Essential Oils Internally or as a Dietary Supplement

There are many ways to use essential oils internally. The easiest way is to drop directly on the tongue and swallow. Other ways would be to put a few drops in a vegetable capsule, in coconut milk, a spoon full of honey the list truly never ends. Transform your boring meals into tasty gourmet meal with essential oils. Young Living offers a cook book chocked full of tasty essential oil recipes. Young Living also offers many essential oil infused supplements and an amazing antioxidant packed juice, Ningxia Red.

How to Use Essential Oils by Diffusing

Essential oil diffusers are a perfect way to improve your home, work, or living environment. Diffusing can purify the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke or other odors as well as provide immune system support. When essential oils are diffused, the molecules are broken up into micro-fine mist particles. These mist particles stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. These micro-mist particles benefit those who inhale them. Diffused oils don't just mask odors; they actually alter the structure of the molecules that create odors rendering them harmless! They also increase the available oxygen in the room and produce negative ions.

Essential Oil Diffusers

How to Use Essential Oils by Inhalation

Inhalation is one of the best ways to get acquainted with essential oils. When inhaling, essential oil molecules directly enter the blood stream through the lungs and affect the brain through the olfactory nerves in the nasal cavity which effects our moods and emotions. This is a great method to support the sinus.

Those are the basic methods of how to use essential oils for the body. There are many other ways to use essential oils in the home and on the go. Essential oils can be used in

  • Baby or Surface Wipes
  • For Mold / Mildew
  • All Purpose Cleaners
  • Chap sticks
  • Shampoo / Conditioners
  • Cooking
  • Air fresheners
  • Perfumes

And many more!! Young Living offers many essential oil infused products ranging from an all purpose cleaner to weight management programs to Skin care items all without harmful chemicals. How to use essential oils is half knowledge on basic application and half imagination since there are endless possibilities. It doesn't matter whether you use essential oils to infuse your favorite dishes with flavor, or clean your home without harmful chemicals. They will safely and naturally enhance your experience and deliver aromatherapy benefits to your life. 

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