OK, so if you’ve been following me for a little while, you’re going to be thinking this is a little bit late.

I really should have started with the old – how do I use these things right back at the beginning.

But, because I’d been using them for well over a year before I started sharing my story I just kinda forgot…

So, I’m super sorry for that & will aim to do better.

Because, heck that’s all we can do isn’t it?

Aim to be better?

Anyhow back to the question –

How do you use essential oils…

You can use essential oils in 3 different ways* – Aromatically (A), Topically (T) or through Ingestion (I).

Aromatic use:

There are two ways to use essential oils aromatically, you can either smell the oil ‘neat’ e.g., straight from the bottle or you can ‘diffuse’.

When smelling straight from the bottle you need to be careful about how long you have the lid off because they will naturally start to deteriorate over time (depending on the quality depends on the time but don’t panic 5-10 minutes shouldn’t destroy your oils).

Diffusing an essential oil enables your whole family (pets included) to get the benefits of the chosen essential oil.

Do not use oil burners with essential oils intended for therapeutic use, the heat will change the constituent properties of the oil and render them useless (plus because they’re 100% they won’t contain any synthetic products to stabilise the compound and will disappear/evaporate within minutes which is a waste!)

In a diffuser you can use as many drops as you need depending on your age, weight, issue… so can be a great way to support your body to through a multitude of health and wellbeing difficulties in one go without overloading your system.

Topical use:

This is when you place the essential oil directly onto your skin. This can be achieved in two different ways, either buy placing the oil on your skin followed by the carrier oil (layering) or by mixing the oil and carrier in a container and then placing on your skin (blending).

So, for example, if you’re using lavender to soothe a minor burn you would use the layering method and place 1-2 drops on the affected area followed by the correct ratio of carrier oil. Or, if you were supporting yourself through a regular health complaint you could create your own specialist blend in a roller ball/spray bottle in advance and apply whenever you need it.

It’s recommended that adults use no more than 3-6 drops every couple of hours (and no more than 12-36 drops in a 24 hour period).

Internal use:

You can use essential oils internally in two different ways, either by placing the essential oil directly into your system e.g., a drop under the tongue or by placing the essential oil into a vegetable capsule and swallowing.

Because the essential oil is going straight into your blood stream it’s a good idea to use no more than 1-3 drops in any two hour period.

Quick Usage FAQ’s

Why 2 hour periods?

Essential oils usually get to work within our cells after a few seconds, affect every cell n the body within 20 minutes and then naturally dissipate after 2 hours so in order to keep yourself topped up you wan’t to reapply every 2 hours.

However, over the past few years I have noticed that most people do not need to use the oils that frequently & I usually recommend by starting out using them first thing in the morning and last thing at night as part of your routine and then whenever you feel you need to during the day – being mindful of the recommended doses.

How much to use chart (infographic)

Grab your FREE easy dosage chart below to help you:

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Hope this helps you better use the wonderful essential oils you have in your cupboards at home!

If you’re open to using essential oils to maintain your wellbeing then click the link below to have a little read and find out more –


Loads of love – Katie x


Aroma Tools (2016) Modern Essentials. 7th Edition. Pleasant Grove, UT.

doTERRA (2017). Recommended Ideal Amounts. doTERRA blog. Retrieved on 30/06/2017 from: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-safety-physiology-recommended-ideal-amounts


  1. It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
  2. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  3. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  4. Essential Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
  5. Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).

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