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Guide to getting started with essential oils - Ecotherapeutics

Maybe you just got some essential oils (or maybe you’re about to) and you’re wondering, “How do I use these?”

Getting started with essential oils can be a little overwhelming, which is why we’re going to walk you through getting started in this guide. We’ll show you some very easy tips and tricks as well as general usage guidelines. 

This article is meant to give you a brief introduction into using essential oils. If you'd like even more ideas, you can download our free ebook: 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils here.

There are 3 generally accepted main uses for essential oils. They are

1. Aromatic

2. Topical

3. Household

We've covered each of these uses below, as well as included some safety information and quick usages tips for some popular essential oils. 


This is any time you will smell or breathe in the essential oils. You can use a diffuser to diffuse the oils throughout the air in a room or particular area, put them in a spray bottle, or simply open the lid and smell the oils straight from the bottle.

This is often the most preferred method of using essential oils, especially for beginners, as it's very easy to do. Once you have a couple go-to oils with scents you love and that help with something you need, it's very easy to fill up a diffuser with water and add in a few drops of oil.


Topical use means you apply the oils to your body. This includes massage therapy, and simply applying oils to the skin to enjoy their therapeutic benefits.

It’s important to remember that you should dilute essential oils when using this method. To dilute an essential oil you will use a carrier oil, which will “carry” the essential oil to the skin for absorption. Some commonly used carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil. Butter, margarine, shortening, and petroleum products (like mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should not be used as carrier oils, as these can prevent the skin’s absorption of essential oils.

Below is a chart to reference when deciding how much you should dilute your essential oils for topical use. This is a great resource to keep on hand.

Essential oils dilution rate chart


Oils from plants are actually already used in many common household products.  Essential oils are highly concentrated and many have antimicrobial and other properties that make them ideal for cleaning around the house.  Along with their ability to clean, the amazing scents of essential oils add to their usefulness in cleaning by freshening your home. 

Using essential oils for household cleaning is a really great way to take advantage of their natural benefits. Not only will your house smell amazing, but you can feel good knowing that you are using safe, natural products to keep your house clean and fresh. 

There are several easy essential oil recipes for use around the house in our free ebook. 

Download essential oils ebook


Essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful, and should be used with great care. Though some people are comfortable ingesting essential oils, and the FDA lists several essential oils as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe), we do not recommend the internal use of essential oils. Using essential oils aromatically and topically is safer and more effective than using them internally.

As you begin your journey into essential oils remember health and safety is a top priority, and we recommend consulting with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

It is also important to keep in mind that essential oils are not a cure-all to be used in every situation, but rather have specific, unique therapeutic properties, and should be used responsibly. 

Popular essential oils

Essential oils can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Along with their unique and wonderful scents, each essential oil has its own therapeutic properties as well. Some oils are antimicrobial, others support healthy cellular function. Some have calming properties while others have energizing and invigorating properties. 

Learning the unique properties of each essential oil, along with their amazing scents, will help you learn how to use them effectively.  We’ve included a short list of a few commonly used essential oils to get you started.  This list is just the beginning.  As you learn about the unique properties of essential oils and listen to your body and the advice of professionals, you can begin to use essential oils in countless situations. 

Lavender - calming and relaxing properties, promotes peaceful sleep, and useful for relieving tension

Quick use tip: Diffuse to promote relaxation and relieve tension.

Lemon - energizing, uplifting, and invigorating properties, also useful for cleaning

Quick use tip: Use a few drops of Lemon oil to remove sticky residue from surfaces.

Peppermint - energizing and refreshing properties, also promotes healthy respiratory function

Quick use tip: Diffuse for a quick pick-me-up and promote energy.

Frankincense - calming and relaxing properties, promotes healthy cellular function, and reduces appearance of skin imperfections

Quick use tip: To rejuvenate skin, wash face, then add 2 - 3 drops to 1 oz. of almond carrier oil and gently massage onto face.

Melaleuca (Tea tree) - purifying, cleansing, and rejuvenating properties, also promotes healthy immune system function

Quick use tip: Help support clean facial pores with Melaleuca oil diluted in coconut oil.

Eucalyptus - calming and relaxing properties, promotes feelings of clear breathing

Quick use tip: To promote healthy respiratory function, dilute several drops with your favorite carrier oil and rub on chest.

Grapefruit - invigorating and energizing properties, supports healthy metabolism

Quick use tip: Diffuse Grapefruit oil to promote energy and clarity.

If you're looking for more uses for your essential oils, download our free ebook below! We've put together 101 ways you can use essential oils and enjoy their natural, therapeutic benefits! 

Essential oils ebook download

Try it out!

We hope you have found this introduction to getting started with essential oils to be helpful! There's a lot more to learn about how you can use essential oils, but this should give you a good start and some good ideas to try. Connect with us on social media or contact us with any questions you have about using essential oils! 

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