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Does using essential oils in your home or on your body seem confusing? Are you wondering where to begin? Essential oils are unique, organic compounds extracted from plants and plant parts like leaves, herbs, and flowers. The use of essential oils for their healing benefits is called aromatherapy, and it’s been practiced for thousands of years around the world.
Because essential oils are so readily available at health, bath, and body stores, chances are you or someone you know has already dabbled with them. But if they’re used incorrectly, you might not see any benefit — or worse, they may be harmful.
Essential oils are meant to be inhaled through a diffuser or you can place a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale. If applying to the skin, essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil. Do not swallow essential oils. Some are toxic.
If you’re searching for ways to use them correctly, we’ve rounded up our favorite videos to show you how essential oils can help freshen up your home, enliven your beauty routine, or be a complementary therapy for certain health conditions.
The Top 10 Essential Oils and Their Uses
POPSUGAR Beauty’s, Kirbie Johnson, delivers this video tutorial on how to mix the most popular essential oils with your current beauty products to get the greatest benefits. Johnson discusses the use of essential oils like frankincense for acne and stretch marks, rosemary for thin or brittle hair, and lavender for headaches or migraines. Before using the oil all over your skin or hair, Kirbie offers a word to the wise: Always try a test patch — either on the inside of the wrist or behind the ear — to make sure you have no adverse reactions.
How to Diffuse Essential Oils (And Why You'd Want To)
Brought to you by Mama Natural, this short video teaches you how to diffuse essential oils properly and why you may want to try it. Diffusing provides a natural way to freshen up a room or home without the toxic chemicals found in traditional aerosol air fresheners. Plus, it allows you to experience the benefits of aromatherapy. To get started, Mama Natural recommends beginning with two drops of your favorite oil and increasing it to four or five, depending on your desired potency.
Getting Started with Essential Oils: Tips, Tricks + Recipes
Are you interested in using essential oils from a wellness standpoint? In this video, Alyssa, “the quinoa-loving girl behind Simply Quinoa,” discusses how she began incorporating essential oils into her life and offers tips and tricks for anyone who might wish to give them a try as well. Her favorite method? Diffusing the oils. Watch the video as she gives insights into her favorite oil combinations!
3 Creative Ways to Use Aromatic Oils to Freshen Up Your Home
In this clip, Shoptopia’s Chelsea Matthews shows you how to use essential oils in a number of creative ways. You’ll learn how to create refreshing room aromatics including a scented room spray, how to diffuse oils with a ceramic diffuser, and even make a baking soda-based scented powder. These easy-to-make, DIY formulations will keep your home smelling both appealing and fabulous.
Essential Oils 101: Favorite Oils, Best Brands, Must-Haves and More!
Having studied aromatherapy in the UK, Sophie Uliano shares her wisdom as to which brands she prefers to use. Uliano goes a step further to debunk the idea that there are only one or two essential oil brands in the United States that are both “pure” and “therapeutic.” Plus, she educates viewers on how to distinguish which oils are used mainly for their scents, which oils have an actual, therapeutic effect on the body, and what to look for if you can’t find the oils she recommends. If you don’t know a thing about essential oils, this video is a must-watch.
Using My Top 4 Essential Oils
Brought to you by Jillee of One Good Thing, this video demonstrates 40 different uses for four of the most widely used essential oils — peppermint, lavender, lemon, and melaleuca. For example, Jillee suggests using lavender oil for sleep, putting a few drops of lemon oil in water to perk you up in the afternoon, placing a few drops of peppermint oil on your tongue to help with digestion, and adding melaleuca to your face wash to prevent or reduce acne breakouts. These are just a few can do so much more than you thought!
6 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Freshen Your Home
If you’re looking for unique ways to use essential oils to freshen up your home, this Thrive Market video featuring Jennifer Partridge, fits the bill. From disinfecting surfaces to waging war on insects, Partridge lays out six exciting ways to use these multi-talented items in ways you may not have tried yet.
How to Make a Reed Diffuser Using Essential Oils
Who doesn’t love the look and smell of a beautiful reed diffuser? But oil refills can be of cheap quality — and expensive, at that. Luckily, this video by Holistic Health Herbalist teaches you how to make a reed diffuser, which looks more like a decorative art piece than a traditional diffuser. They’re easy to make and keep your home or office smelling delightful — minus the harsh, synthetic chemicals that come in typical reed diffusers. All you need is a glass vessel, a carrier oil, your favorite essential oils, and some wooden meat skewers for the reeds. After an hour, the fragrant oils will begin to work themselves up the reeds, and you’ll experience a natural, enchanting aroma.
Essential Oils for Beginners with Kathi Keville - Part 1
In part one of the “Essential Oils for Beginners” series by Mountain Rose Herbs, aromatherapy author, Kathi Keville, answers the burning question: “What oils would be in my beginning kit?” For your starter kit, she recommends investing in oils like lavender, rosemary, geranium, and peppermint, which are inexpensive, easy to use, and blend well together. In addition to Keville’s basic kit guidelines, she offers a quick intro of the therapeutic properties some essential oils may have on your health and well-being.
Essential Oils as Medicine: Essential Oils Guide
In this high-energy video, Dr. Axe and Jordan Rubin (author of The Maker’s Diet), examine the medicinal use of essential oils. Although there are essential oils that support illnesses like depression, diabetes, various infections, and cancer, Axe and Rubin are careful to note that the use of essential oils is not a replacement for medical intervention. If you’re looking for adjunct strategies to complement medical treatments, this online guide will give you a wealth of ideas to discuss with your healthcare provider. Hopefully, you’ll soon be on the road to feeling better.