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Essential Oils at Home: A Quick Guide

Essential Oils at Home: A Quick Guide

Amber glass bottles filled with different essential oils

There are several different ways to use essential oils based on your preference and the benefit you want from the oil. We’ve compiled a list of several common methods and their instructions and recommendations below.

Baths

Essential oils can turn an ordinary bath into a luxurious one with only a few drops. Of course, you may be wondering, “Water and oil? How does that work?” To help the oil properly disperse in the water, you should add it to an emulsifier. You can use your favorite natural bubble bath, milk, or even another gentle oil for this purpose.

For a bath that relaxes you AND leaves you with soft skin, you can mix the oil with Epsom or sea salt or even baking soda that you add right to the water.

Be sparing with the oil, as too much can cause irritation, and choose an appropriate oil. Lavender, rose, eucalyptus, and sandalwood oils are all great options.

Facial Steam

If you're looking for a facial that smells and feels great, a facial steam is a good option. Add a few drops of oil to hot water in a sink or pot then drape a towel over your head in the sink or pot, to help trap in the steam.

This is a great option for opening and cleansing pores, clearing out sinuses and helping with a headache, and your skin will thank you. No trip to the spa required!

Diffusing

Diffusing is the perfect option to send the scent of your favorite essential oil throughout your home. You’ll need a bit of special tools, however. Diffusers work by helping the essential oils carry into the air around you via heating the oil.

There are several different kinds of diffusers, each with their own benefits.

Candle diffusers are some of the cheapest options; all you need is a candle and whatever appropriate vessel you have lying around.

You should put the oil into a vessel that can suspend carefully and safely above the candle to just barely heat the vessel and the oil. This option is particularly enjoyable as it comes with a warm glow!

Other diffuser options include atomizers and diffuser fans.

Atomizers are special devices that turn the essential oil into a vapor that the diffuser then releases into the air. These are a more expensive option, but many come with the added bonus of an air purifier as well.

For a cheaper option that can also cool you down on a hot day, you might consider a diffuser fan. Most versions of this type of diffuser have an essential oil pad you place in front of a fan that then blows cool air. The oils then release into the air.

Essential oils are a safe and effective way to bring a little luxury and calm into your life, with a host of other benefits. There are many ways to enjoy them. If you find one that you particularly enjoy or an oil that you think makes your home smell great, let us know in the comments. We love to hear your experiences!

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