The use of essential oils for medicinal and cosmetic purposes precede modern medicine by centuries. Our ancestors have been using them for a long time. But can we trust these popular remedies and how exactly should they be used? The uses and effectiveness of essential oils has been passed down through generations but until recently, there has been little research on their benefits. Studies across the world have been initiated by the food, cosmetic and tobacco industries.
Although researching essential oils presents some difficulties, these studies have demonstrated time and time again that essential oils can have a positive impact on a variety of health concerns. It would appear that our ancestors were right about the benefits of these sometimes-disregarded remedies as far as this may be concerned ever.Below is a comprehensive list of essential oil uses,benefits and properties, if you would like a brief essential oil uses chart the click here.
Well known fact that no remedy will work properly if not given in the correct manner and at the correct dosage. This article aims to take some of the mystery out of some essential oil dosages and give you the opportunity to safely trial a few of these natural therapies.
Before we start, allow us to explain some of the important terms:
Table of Contents
- 0.0.1 Bergamot Essential Oil
- 0.0.2 Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 0.0.3 Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 0.0.4 Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 0.0.5 Lavender Essential Oil
- 0.0.6 Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 0.0.7 Lemon Essential Oil
- 0.0.8 Lime Essential Oil
- 0.0.9 Patchouli Essential Oil
- 0.0.10 Peppermint Essential Oil
- 0.0.11 Rosemary Essential Oil
- 0.0.12 Spearmint Essential Oil
- 0.0.13 Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 0.0.14 Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 0.0.15 Lemongrass Essential Oils
- 0.0.16 Frankincense Essential Oils
- 0.0.17 Tangerine Essential Oil
- 0.0.18 Pine Tree Essential Oils
- 0.0.19 Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
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Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot is a versatile oil with a delicate perfume. The notes are citrus with hints of orange and lemon,it also has a floral edge to it. Bergamot is an excellent choice if you need to reset your spiritual balance.
Use – Bergamot is great if you need to relax, because of this it is well known to help situations where stress relief is needed. Bergamot can also be a useful insect repellent.
Method – Although bergamot makes an excellent and effective aromatherapy oil, its direct application to the skin is not recommended as it can cause sun sensitivity.Ingestion either in tea or on its own is also not recommended.
Contraindications–If you do want to use bergamot essential oil on your skin, you should make sure that you only use it at least 12 hours before you go out in the sun.
Dosage I– Bergamot is really effective in a warm bath, you should use a maximum of 8 drops.
Dosage II – Bergamot is also effective when you inhale it in a steam solution. For this, you need to add 2 to 3 drops to a bowl of hot but not boiling water.
Carrier – Hot water should be used for baths and steaming. Jojoba, sweet almond or avocado oils are recommended oil carriers.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage essential oil is a distinctive and unusual oil. Its musky properties are said to bring inner tranquility. This oil should be used when a sensual experience is required. Clary sage oil has a complex perfume with both nutty and floral influences. It is a little bit like the common usage that we use in cooking but is fresher and more pleasant.
Use –The sensual quality of clary sage means that it is known for having psychological and aphrodisiac effects. Clary sage can also be used to treat skin problems, relieve hair issues including dandruff, ease menstrual complaints, affect female hormone imbalance and reduce stomach complaints.
Method –Clary sages essential oil can be used for both aromatherapy and massage purposes.
Contraindications – If you are pregnant, you should avoid large doses of clary sage, particularly in the first trimester but there are no other significant issues.
Dosage I –Using clary sage in the bath will be a sensual and pleasurable experience. The recommended dosage for this purpose is 2 to 5 drops.
Dosage II– Clary sage also makes a sensory and sometimes erotic massage oil. It should be mixed in equal parts to its carrier oil. For example, 6 drops of Clary Sage would require 6 drops of carrier oil.
Carrier –Clary sage can be used in hot (but not boiling) water. It can also be used with a carrier oil, coconut or jojoba oils are recommended.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon essential oil is a spicy oil evocative of the earth. Cinnamon is always warming and is popular for winter use. This oil is intense and can invigorate your senses.
Use –Cinnamon oil can always be relied on to lift a low mood; it is the perfect oil to select if you are feeling down in the dumps, stressed or fearful. Cinnamon is also great as an aid to inspiring or rejuvenating creativity. As well as being an emotional lift, cinnamon has more practical uses. For example, it can relieve the pain of a wasp sting, ward off lice and is even effective on snakebites. Cinnamon can also be used to treat diarrhea and has been cited as being effective against type 2 diabetes.
Method –Cinnamon is usually taken orally (by mouth) and is particularly pleasant in a tea. Cinnamon is also effective when burnt.
Contraindications – Although cinnamon is a common essential oil, you should avoid using it if you are an alcoholic. You should also consult your doctor if you are suffering from prostate cancer or kidney and liver problems. Hemophiliacs or those taking anticoagulant drugs should not use cinnamon oil neither should those undergoing chemotherapy. Cinnamon essential oil is not recommended during pregnancy but the cinnamon spice is absolutely fine.
Dosage– Cinnamon is usually taken orally (by mouth) and the recommended dose is 1 to 4 drops.
Carrier – Cinnamon is one of the rare essential oils that can be taken on its own, i.e. without a carrier. Should you wish to use a carrier, coconut oil or honey work really well.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Where else could you find a natural substance that can cool you in the summer and protect and heal you in the winter? Eucalyptus is probably one of the best-known and most frequently used essential oils. Its camphor, lemony aroma stimulates your energy levels and can give you that energetic boost that you need to get a job done. The perfume of eucalyptus is so clear and fresh that it can wake you up from the deepest levels of sleepiness.
Use –Eucalyptus is so popular and has so many uses that it is difficult to list them all. If you are feeling like you have taken on too much or that your to-do list is too long, eucalyptus is the essential oil for you.It is a potent oil and can be effective in increasing concentration. Another great use of eucalyptus in as an antiseptic, antifungal or antiviral agent.Most of us perhaps know eucalyptus as an effective treatment for respiratory problems, particularly those related to the common cold or to influenza. On top of all of these great uses, Eucalyptus can also soothe aches and pains.
Method –For respiratory problems eucalyptus can be used in hot water as a steam inhalation. It can also be gargled, used as a mouth spray or added to your usual shampoo. Eucalyptus may be rubbed into the skin but try it on a small area first and remember that it can cause the skin to feel cold.
Contraindications – If you suffer from high blood pressure or epilepsy you should avoid using eucalyptus by any method. Oral methods should not be used if you are suffering from stomach or bowel problems. Although eucalyptus may be useful for the treatment of children, it should not be used on children under 2 years of age.
Dosage I – If you wish to take eucalyptus orally (by mouth) the recommended dose is 1 to 2 drops.
Dosage II – A more common use of eucalyptus is inhalation. In this case, 3 to 4 drops should be used in hot water.
Carrier – Eucalyptus is a very strong essential oil and may benefit from being mixed with other essential oils such as lavender, rosemary or thyme. Experiment with your own mixtures of these. If you want to inhale eucalyptus then hot (but not boiling) water is the best option.
Lavender Essential Oil
Another well-known and much-loved essential oil, lavender is probably the most versatile of all. We would suggest that lavender should be the first essential oil you try and that you should always keep some in your natural medicine cabinet. Lavender has a tangy aroma that reminds you of cleanliness and fresh air. Its perfume is floral but this is not an overwhelming or over-heady scent. Lavender is sweet and pleasing to most people.
Use –Lavender essential oil is well known for its calming properties. Even in the garden, the waft of lavender can soothe us. Because of this, lavender is the perfect choice for times of stress, depression or anxiety. Lavender is also most effective when treating insomnia. Like eucalyptus, it is an excellent antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic agent. Lesser known uses of lavender essential oil include the treatment of headaches, in cases of nausea, to combat cystitis and to relieve rheumatism. Lavender can also be used as a deodorizer or insect repellent.
Method –Lavender can be used with water as a spray for use in a room or on the body. It makes a tasty tea with other herbs and can be combined with a carrier oil for a relaxing massage experience. It can also be inhaled as steam.
Contraindications – Lavender is generally a safe and gentle essential oil, but it is not recommended in the early months of pregnancy.If used directly on the skin, itcan cause sun sensitivity or an allergic reaction.
Dosage I– Lavender is very relaxing if used in a bath where the recommended dose is 6 drops.
Dosage II – For a steam inhalation of lavender oil add 2 to 4 drops in 2 to 3 cups of boiling water.
Dosage III– To use lavender essential oil for massage add 1 to 4 drops to an oil-based carrier (see below).
Dosage IV– To take orally (by mouth) add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a cup of boiling water.
Carrier – The recommended carriers for lavender essential oil boiling water (for a tea), hot water (for a bath or steam inhalation) or a carrier oil such as wheat germ, jojoba or evening primrose (for massage).
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit oil is one of the most widely used essential oils because of its awesome health benefits. It is known as a wonder’ fruit that has several helpful uses.
Uses – Grapefruits have long been used to promote the reduction of fat cells in our bodies.Grapefruit in well known to be an excellent skin care product that cleanses and purifies but It is also used to care for your metabolism when taken internally.
Dosage I – Grapefruit essential oil can be used in a diffuser by adding three to four drops and it will lift your mood while reducing brain fog.
Dosage II- You add one or two drops to a glass of water to promote a healthier metabolism and many use this product within their weight loss routines.
Dosage – Simply dilute your grapefruit oil for internal use at a rate of one drop per 4 ounces of liquid, and enjoy the positive effects. You may not realize this, but using a drop or two of grapefruit oil will help you to have healthier looking clear skin.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is often seen added to cleaning products because of its excellent purification properties and pleasant scent. It also provides many benefits to our health as well.
Uses – Lemon has too many benefits to list but it promotes healthier living inside and out. Lemon oil can even be used to care for your leather products and to shine and protect wood around your home as well.Lemon is known to promote good healthy function internally while also improving our digestion processes. It is also used often as a flavorful addition to many foods and desserts, and lemon oil can be the basis for an excellent lemonade.
Dosage – For a nice citrus scent in your home, add three or four drops to your diffuser. It will promote feelings of increased mood, support healthy lung function, and simply make you feel more rejuvenated.
Carriers – Dilute lemon oil by putting one drop in 4 ounces of liquid to promote a healthier immune system. Apply it topically by adding one or two drops to coconut or massage oil to promote overall well-being.
Lime Essential Oil
Lime oil not only serves as an excellent additive to food and drink, it can also be used to clean surfaces around your home, and also the air when used in a diffuser.
Uses -Lime oil has the ability to raise your mood levels while improving air quality at the same time.
Carriers I- It can be added liquid soap products due to its skin cleansing properties and is often used in place of lemon because it is much milder.
Dosage I – Add some to your diffuser three to four drops at a time for an uplifting aroma and to energize any room.
Carriers II- Use one drop in 4 ounces of liquid to promote improved mood and to add a pleasurable flavor to food or beverages.
Dosage II- As a topical solution, it can be applied directly to the skin one or two drops at a time, or add it to coconut of massage oil in case of skin sensitivity.
Method – You can add a few drops of lime oil to your shampoo or facial cleaners to provide extra cleansing with a nice aroma. Lime oil can even help you clean up sticky messes and residue.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli oil comes from the mint family of herbs. It has a very distinct aroma and is often added to perfume and air freshening products.
Uses – Patchouli oil is primarily used for its aromatic purposes and skin healing properties. It promotes healthier smooth skin while erasing blemishes and lines.
Method – It can be applied to the bottoms of the feet to make your emotional state feel more balanced.
Dosage – Patchouli oil can be added to your diffuser three or four drops at a time for a pleasant musky scent, or apply one or two drops directly where wrinkles are forming.
Carriers – Add one or two drops to coconut or massage oil to reduces chances of skin irritation. It can also be used orally at a rate of one drop per 4 ounces of liquid to promote emotional well-being.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is quite powerful and widely used in mouth care products.
Uses – Peppermint oil is very versatile and can often be combined with other essential oils to produce positive effects..It is often used in toothpaste and chewing gums because it leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean. It can also be used when dealing with stomach aches and nausea.
Carriers – Add at a rate of one drop per 4 ounces of liquid to reduce abdominal distress and promote better digestion.
Dosage I – It can be added to your diffuser with three or four drops of oil for a delightfully clean aroma that also purifies the air you are breathing.
Method – When using peppermint oil topically, make sure you dilute it with coconut or massage oil to reduce skin irritations.
Dosage II – It can be applied directly to the skin with a drop or two at a time, but because of its high menthol content, it can produce a mild burn.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is stapled spice for most people who cook. It is a herb that has many other positive qualities.
Uses – Rosemary oil has a very distinct scent that is both soothing and regenerative at the same time. It is said to have qualities that improve cognitive focus.Its effects can also reduce nervous tension and feelings of fatigue, while also providing you with the antioxidant you need for good health.
Dosage I – Add rosemary oil to your diffuser with three or four drops at a time when you need to improve concentration or add one or two drops to coconut or massage oil for topical use.
Method – The greatest benefits of rosemary oil come with oral consumption.
Dosage II- Add one drop for each 4 ounces of liquid, or add a drop or two directly into the entrée you are cooking for flavor, and to promote better internal digestion and give your immune system a boost.
Spearmint Essential Oil
Spearmint is a favorite flavor used in candies and dental products because it is one of the mildest members of the mint family. Its mild aroma is also very uplifting while making the air feel cleaner at the same time.
Dosage – Spearmint oil can be used in your diffuser by adding three or four drops at a time to raise your mood and energize your spirit.
Method – As with all mints, better digestion comes with the consumption of this oil. Add one drop of spearmint oil to each 4 ounces of liquid for added flavor and a healthier stomach.
Carriers I – Spearmint oil can be applied directly to the skin one or two drops at a time to reduce muscle tension, but adding it to coconut or massage oil will reduce your risk of skin sensitivity issues.
Children – Spearmint oil is often used on children because it is not as hot or harsh as peppermint.
Carriers II – Add spearmint oil to any drink, salad dressing, or your favorite entrée to enhance flavor.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Orange oil is derived from the peel and has a multitude of positive uses. We all know how good orange oil smells and that is why it is so widely used in aromatherapy.
Uses – Its scent energizes you while promoting better moods. Being from the citrus family it has excellent cleaning and disinfectant qualities as well. It is high in vitamin C and is excellent for the immune system, especially during cold and flu season.
Dosage I – Orange oil can be added to your diffuser three or four drops at a time and will certainly uplift you while cleaning the air.
Carriers I – Use one drop per 4 ounces of liquid to grasp the internal healing properties of the orange oil.
Dosage II- It is not often used as a topical oil, but you can add a drop or two directly to your skin so you can carry around the wonderful aroma with you all day.
Carriers II – Orange oil tastes good and can be added to a glass of water throughout the day to intrigue your taste buds, and support a healthier immune system.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree oil or Melaleuca oil is well known for its disinfecting properties but is also well used as an inhalant.
Uses – Tea tree oil has been long used for purifying and cleansing skin. It has the ability to sanitize surfaces around your home and kills bacteria. This is also why it is used in many skins and personal care products.
Dosage I- It has a very strong aroma, but add three or four drops to your diffuser and it will purify the air around you and promote better breathing.
Carriers I- Add one or two drops to each 4 ounces of liquid to benefit from its immunity strengthening properties.
Dosage II- Apply a drop or two directly to your skin to reduce skin irritations and improve your complexion.
Carriers II- Tea tree has a cooling effect on the skin and can be added to coconut or massage oil to provide a relaxing rub down.
Lemongrass Essential Oils
Lemongrass is a herb that has the slight hint of citrus to its flavor. Lemongrass oil has numerous benefits for our internal self, and it promotes good digestion.
Uses – It is an excellent massage oil that promotes improved concentration and awareness. Lemongrass oil is often added to foods alongside other spices. It is also highly used in skin care products for its purification properties.
Dosage – Lemongrass oil can be added to your diffuser three or four drops at a time for its pleasant aroma and to repel insects from your home.
Carriers I- Add at a rate of one drop per 4 ounces of liquid to improve intestinal productivity.
Method – It can be applied directly to the skin one or two drops at a time, or added to coconut or massage oil to reduce irritations.
Carriers II – Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle and use it as a natural insect repellent when outdoors.
Frankincense Essential Oils
Frankincense oil has been used for many years for its skin healing properties. It has a pleasant aroma and is often used in perfumes.
Uses – The oil is known to support healthier cellular function in your body.Its aroma is known to bring feelings of relaxation and peacefulness. The oil has a warming effect on the skin and soothes sore muscles, while also healing blemishes and open sores.
Dosage – Frankincense oil can be added to your diffuser three or four drops at a time to promote increased mood and sense of overall wellness.
Carriers – Add at a rate of one drop per 4 ounces of liquid when taken internally.
Method – Frankincense oil is often applied directly to the skin one or two drops at a time to reduce tension and promote healing.
Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine oil is a powerful flavor additive that is also filled with antioxidants.
Uses – Tangerine is one of the most uplifting scents you will find and it will add an amazing aroma to your home.When taken internally it can help to remove feelings of anxiety and stress.It has a bright and lively aroma that will increase mood and promote a positive attitude. Tangerine oil is often used as a flavoring in desserts and beverages because of its sweet citrus taste.
Dosage I – Add a drop or two to each 4 ounces of water, tea or any other beverage it could improve, and enjoy the flavor boost.
Dosage II- Add it to your diffuser three or four drops at a time and promote positive feelings and better health for your lungs.
Method – Tangerine oil can be added directly to the skin one or two drops at a time and is quite mild. Rub a couple of drops into your hands and breath in the aroma to promote happiness and well-being.
Pine Tree Essential Oils
Pine oil smells like you are in a forest and has long been a popular scent used in air fresheners. Pine oil also has many other excellent properties.
Uses – Some of the benefits of topical application include reduced muscles aches, rheumatism, and arthritis relief and decreased sinusitis.It has been shown to work as an analgesic, antibiotic and anti-viral agent. As an inhalant, it has been used to help asthma, bronchitis, colds and coughs and is an excellent decongestant.
Dosage – It can be added to your diffuser three or four drops at a time to gain the benefits of this oil.
Method – Pine oil can be used topically by applying it directly to the skin.
Carriers – You may want to add it to some coconut or massage oil.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang-ylang oil is named after the tree flowers that it comes from. It is mostly used for its aromatic properties because of its sweet scent.
Uses – Ylang-ylang oil also contains many antioxidants and is very beneficial when used internally.
Method – The oil is added to perfumes and hair care products and has topical protective qualities for your skin.
Dosage I- This essential oil can be added to your diffuser three or four drops at a time to improve mood and create a relaxing environment.
Dosage II- Ylang-ylang oil is often applied directly to the skin as a perfume by using one or two drops, but it can also be added to your bath water to reduce muscle tension and stress.
Carriers – To take internally, add one drop to 4 ounces of liquid to benefit from the antioxidants.
Essential oils offer effective and sometimes ancient remedies for many different complaints. They can lift our spirits, have a positive impact on our psychological well-being, ward off unwanted insects and significantly improve our physical health. It should be remembered though that although these essential oils are 100% natural, they should still be regarded as medicines and be used carefully. If you are ever in doubt about whether or not an essential oil is right for you then you should consult your doctor.
In this essential oil uses chart, we have only touched on the properties and uses of a few important essential oils. There are many others to try. We recommend starting with a few and experimenting with different ways of using them. You might want to try different carrier oils, or see which you prefer in your bath. You also might want to experiment with the impact that different essential oils have on your mood. Whichever you decide to start with, we hope that you enjoy your experience and find out just how beneficial and effective these natural remedies are.
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