How to use Essential Oils

1 03/08/2018 - All Posts, Essential Oils
  • Aromatically
  • Topically
  • Internally (our Plus line of essential oil food supplements)

Maybe you’re unpacking your Premium Starter Kit, you were gifted a bunch of essential oils—you lucky thing—or, like some of us, you dove head-first into essential oils because you knew there was something special about them. Now you’re overwhelmed by how to use oils!

Well you’re definitely not alone. We’ve all been intimidated by how to use essential oils, asked our friends for a chart on essential oils uses, and scoured Pinterest for guides on essential oil uses. With a little practice and this simple guide, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. In fact, you’ll be the friend who gets all the “How do I use this essential oil?” texts!

To master your use of Young Living oils, you’ll need to understand a few essential oil basics. Typically, oils are used in one of three ways. Get to know the basics with our essential oil usage list—guaranteed to help you answer some of the most-asked beginner questions.

How to use essential oils aromatically?

If you don’t know how to use an essential oil diffuser, check the instructions specific to your product for water and oil ratios. For instance, if you’re using the Young Living Aria™ diffuser, you’ll add 15–25 drops of oil to the water, but if you are using Young Living’s Dewdrop Diffuser, use only 8–10 drops. There’s always a bit of mathematics involved but you’ll soon perfect your own DIY diffuser blend!Aria Ultrasonic Essential Oil DiffuserThe aromatic use of essential oils may be the most familiar. Perhaps you’ve wandered into a spa and been delighted by the aroma of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils or maybe felt the soothing calm of Lavender’s scent in one of  your favourite at-home products. Now you can learn how to get the benefits of essential oils by diffusing their aroma!

Try this combination in your diffuser before bedtime to promote rest and relaxation:

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Frankincense

lavender oil bottle

cedarwood oil bottle

Frankincense Essential Oil BottleEven without a diffuser, you can enjoy many of the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Add drops of your favourite essential oils to a cotton ball and place it in areas where you want to disperse the scent. You’ll be amazed by how well this simple solution works!

Freshen a smelly space in minutes by adding a few drops of your favourite citrus oils on a cotton ball, then place it in a gym bag, bin or anywhere else that needs a scent upgrade.

The easiest way to get the aromatic benefits of an essential oil is by simply taking a few drops from the bottle into the palm of your hands. Cup your hands around your mouth and nose and inhale, breathing deeply for as long as needed—but, you know, take it easy so you don’t hyperventilate or anything.

How to use essential oils topically?

The topical use of essential oils is one of the most popular. Once you get the hang of this application, it will quickly become one of your favourites! Usually, finding out how to use essential oils on the skin is what turns most people from casual oil users to devotees.

Use your head, literally! Essential oils can be applied to the crown of your head, behind the ears, to your neck and to your temples.

If the aroma of an oil is too strong or your skin is sensitive, you can dilute it with a carrier oil. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex lets you adjust the strength of the oil according to your preference. You can apply essential oils to most parts of your body, but you want to be cautious of your most sensitive skin, as well as taking care to avoid your eyes. To get the most benefit from your essential oils, you’ll find that certain applications are more effective than others.

Essential oils are great for massage! For a calming massage, Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils can be added to a carrier oil. For rejuvenating muscles after a long workout, experience the cooling effect of Peppermint essential oil’s menthol in a sports massage.

essential oils for massageIn aroma care, many people choose to apply essential oils to the tops and soles of the feet. For cosmetic use, one common application is using Tea Tree essential oil as part of spa and beauty treatments—especially to help fight foot odour pre-pedicure. Just 10–15 drops in a bath of lukewarm water ought to do the trick.

Some essential oils can help improve the appearance of healthy skin! With these tricks in your arsenal, you’ll know how to use essential oils on skin to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and to give yourself a healthy glow!

Tea Tree essential oil is also a great skincare oil—use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly to areas of congestion to help improve the appearance of your skin.

For a refreshing boost, try adding Bergamot essential oil to your night-time routine. Keep in mind that Bergamot and other citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, so you should avoid sun exposure after application.

For an aromatic treat that can also help give your whole body smoother-looking skin, add Lavender essential oil to your next bath.

How to use Young Living Plus oils internally?

Did you know that you can get the benefits of some essential oils by ingesting them? Add Young Living’s Plus line of essential oil food supplements to your day for a boost of natural flavour!

Adding a drop or two of your your favourite Plus oil to water throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated. Oils like Lemon+, Tangerine+ and Orange+ provide a hint of flavour in a calorie-free replacement for carbonated drinks or juice. Other flavours like Peppermint+ and Thieves+ provide a spicy kick throughout your day.

Adding essential oils to recipes is a great way to get potent and unique flavours into your favourite foods.

Love homemade ice cream? Add a sophisticated twist with Lavender+ and fresh blueberry ice cream.

To give your pasta sauces authentic Italia flair, just a single drop of both Oregano+ and Rosemary+ oil will give your meals powerful flavour.

If you love Thai food, try adding Lemongrass+ and Ginger+ oils to soups and marinades.

Essential Oil Safety

Less is more! You can always add another drop, so start slow, whether you’re using your oils topically or aromatically, or Young Living Plus oils internally. Essential oils are very potent, so you have to be cautious when you use them. Remember, a little goes a long way!

Due to potency, some oils may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or pure vegetable oil to the affected area to dilute.

Always read label directions for each individual oil before use.

Do not put essential oils in eyes, ears, nose or other areas with sensitive skin.

From your first bottle of Lavender essential oil to a seven-oil DIY diffuser blend, learning how to use essential oils is a process. We’re happy to help you every step of the way! This essential oil uses guide is only the beginning—let us know in the comments below if you have more questions!

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  • Vanessa Stock 10/02/2020 - 3:47 AM Reply

    I am very interested in becoming a member and finding out more about essential oils .
    Do you have a Canadian site?
    How much is it to join?

    • Admin 19/03/2020 - 4:50 PM Reply

      Hello Vanessa,

      Please contact our member services, all information can be found at

    • Admin 07/04/2020 - 10:21 AM Reply

      Hi Vanessa, we are happy to hear that you are interested in becoming a member! 🙂 We do have a Canadian website and you can sign up through the following link: . In case you have any further questions, you can contact the Canadian customer service via e-mail to:

  • Tanja 17/05/2020 - 12:26 PM Reply

    Hi! One of my YL team members has family in Argentina and would love to expand in that area. Do we already have a market in Argentina? And if so, how would that process of sponsoring have to happen? Thank you for letting me know.
    Tanja Caliñgo

    • Admin 09/06/2020 - 10:24 AM Reply

      Hi Tanja, if a person would like to become a member in Argentina, they can create an account through the US website. If you have further inquiries in regards to the process, we would kindly advise you to contact our colleagues in the US via e-mail to 🙂

  • Lisa Stodart 19/05/2020 - 10:26 AM Reply

    Hi, I would like to know more about how oils can help restore health for both humans and animals. Is there a book you can recommend or is there a link via your site which gives advice on this? I’m just starting out and need a lot of guidance on how to get the best use of the oils.

    • Admin 09/06/2020 - 10:18 AM Reply

      Hi Lisa, good question! 🙂 Our oils are supposed to be used for aromatic and cosmetic purposes only. If you have any further questions or concerns, we would advise you to contact a health professional.

  • Sophie Usé 03/09/2020 - 9:22 AM Reply


    What are the conditions to become a member ?
    Does it cost something ?


    • Admin 06/09/2020 - 9:32 AM Reply

      Hi Sophie, you can easily become a member by visiting our website and can choose between becoming a distributor or a customer.

      To be able to create an account with Young Living, it doesn’t cost you anything. 🙂

  • Nora 09/09/2020 - 7:31 PM Reply

    hello..just want to ask where can we see in the bottle when (date) essential oil has been manufactured / sealed in the bottle..also if there’s no really expiration, then would it mean we can still use the ones manufactured years ago?

    • Admin 17/09/2020 - 7:55 AM Reply

      Hi Nora, there is no specific manufacturing date on the oil label. If an oil is open and stored properly in a dark, cool place it can still be used.

  • Deana Burgess 16/09/2020 - 3:14 PM Reply

    Hi how do I buy your kit? Just want to purchase your kit. If I become a member do I have to pay every month?

    • Admin 17/09/2020 - 7:59 AM Reply

      Hi there! 😊 We are happy to hear that you are interested in our products. You can buy a Starter Kit through the following website: by registering as a distributor. You can place one time orders and don’t have to order every month.

  • Grace Charewa 27/10/2020 - 7:46 AM Reply

    Hello there. I’m currently in Zim and I learnt about oils whilst in Botswana. I joined but couldn’t place any order due to the pandemic. My question is what happens if you try and get them through someone who is in South Africa or Botswana in terms of points and benefits. I’m aware that Zim is not yet legalized to do business but I came across some of our products not knowing if they are genuine or those fake ones. Thank you.

  • Heiðdís Gunnarsdóttir 15/01/2021 - 5:48 PM Reply

    Are your essential oils bird safe ?

    • cehrecke 13/05/2021 - 8:10 AM Reply

      Hi Heiðdís, we would advise you before using essential oils around your birds, to use only a few drops and to contact a vet beforehand.

  • Andzelika 18/02/2021 - 8:25 AM Reply

    Hi, can your essential oils be used in candle making?

    • cehrecke 13/05/2021 - 8:13 AM Reply

      Hi Andzelika, our oils could potentially be used in making candles if wanted.

  • Katrine 15/03/2021 - 10:22 PM Reply

    I would like to get in contact who can give advice on how to use oils with a personal body problem. Do you know who to contact. I wish for a Gary Young junior:)!

    Best wishes

    • cehrecke 13/05/2021 - 8:21 AM Reply

      Hi there Katrine. Please be advise that our oils are supposed to be used for aromatic and cosmetic purposes only. If you have any further questions or concerns, we would advise you to contact a health professional.

  • Neha Jethwani 25/04/2021 - 1:40 PM Reply

    Hi, If I want to enroll as a Distributor, do I need to buy stuff worth 50 PV every month? Even if I haven’t managed to get anyone to buy the starter kit yet?

    • cehrecke 13/05/2021 - 8:29 AM Reply

      Hi Neha, as a distributor you don’t need to order for 50 PV each month. Only when you are enrolling yourself into the Essential Rewards program, you would need to order for a minimum of 50 PV each month.

  • Catini Gianni 04/07/2021 - 8:42 AM Reply

    please tell me the difference betwin thieves and thieves+
    and how to use thecev*

    thank you

    • cehrecke 22/07/2021 - 8:18 AM Reply

      Hi Catini,
      We can inform you that our Thieves+ can be used internally only, whilst our regular Thieves oil can be used aromatically as well topically. 🙂

  • Gabriela 26/08/2021 - 7:58 PM Reply

    Hi, could they be use by pregnant ladies? What are the controindications?

    • cehrecke 30/08/2021 - 1:16 PM Reply

      Hi Gabriela, we advise to contact a healthcare professional before using our essential oils whilst being pregnant.

  • Maria Albidore Shafer 28/08/2021 - 3:09 PM Reply

    Hallo everybody, can I ask you if somebody knows how many drops of Oil is there in a 5ml bottle and in a 15ml bottle? I know I can count myself but if you know it would be easier for me, thanks a lot!!!

    • cehrecke 30/08/2021 - 1:20 PM Reply

      Hi Maria, we advise you to contact our product support via e-mail to as they will be able to provide you with further information.

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