The Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils

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There are many great ways to use essential oils. You can add a few drops into your favorite unscented lotions or use it dabbed on your pulse points in lieu of perfume. You can inhale them, diffuse them in a room diffuser or even add them to a bath or create a spray with them. There are some other great ways that you can benefit from essential oils in and around your home and help keep you and your family healthy.

In this Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils, we’re going to show you some great ways that you can use essential oils in and around your home and on your body.

We’ve broken everything down to make things much easier to design your very own signature fragrances and household cleaners and products. Some oils will require carrier oils before you apply them to your skin. Also, you’ll learn which oils aren’t safe for children and which oils aren’t safe to ingest.

Note: Always do your research when choosing your essential oils. There are many different brands and some have already been blended for you. Read the fine print and ask the proprietor questions to ensure that you understand exactly how to properly use the essential oil that you’re considering.

If you’ve ever walked into a shop that smelled wonderful, chances are you’ve already experienced the benefits of essential oils. From lavender, which is relaxing, to citrus which is invigorating, you’ve likely already smelled some great blends and they’ve encouraged you to linger in a shop that you may not have otherwise stayed in for any length of time.

You can duplicate this in areas of your home. You can turn your home into a relaxing spa all by which essential oils you’re using. Aromatherapy is a wonderful and unique tool that you can use for health benefits as well as wellness.

Items Should Have On Hand

Before you begin your journey into essential oils, you may wish to have the following items on hand to make it a bit easier to blend and use your essential oils.

Room Diffuser: You’ll place your essential oil into a receptacle of your room diffuser and plug it in. The scent will slowly begin to waft about the room and create the ambiance (relaxation, energy, serenity) that you’re seeking.

Spray Bottle: You can use this to create your own cleaners and room sprays. You’ll be mixing your essential oils with carrier oils and cleaners (such as white vinegar or olive oil) and using this to design your own room sprays and cleaners for your home.

Carrier Oils: There are a variety of carrier oils that you can readily find in your local grocery store. Choose a light olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, sunflower oil or any other light scented oil. You can also blend the essential oils with your favorite carrier oil to design and create your own personalized unique perfumes.

Vinegar: Many people use vinegar to clean with. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (your choice) mixed with water and some essential oil to create some great easy to use cleaners for in and around your home.

Personal Uses

There are many great personal uses for essential oils. Not only can essential oils change your mood, they can also help you when you’re having a stressful day and simply need to keep yourself in check.

Add some lavender essential oil to a bath for a relaxing effect. You can also add in some calendula oil and soothe and relax your senses. Just mix some of the above-mentioned oils into a Tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and then gently add them into your bath water while it’s running. The whipping cream will help to disperse the oils evenly into the water so that they’re not burning your skin and it will also do wonders for your complexion.

Other great oils for relaxation and a pick-me-up are jasmine, lemon, chamomile, tangerine, ylang-ylang, rose, and bergamot,

Follow this up with some essential oils added into your favorite unscented lotion. You can use lotion later on in the day if you need to de-stress and take a break.

Create your own unique makeup remover with some coconut oil and your favorite essential oil blended together. Go light on the scent and you’ll have the perfect makeup remover and skin moisturizer at your disposal.

Cleaning Products

Many people don’t like all of the chemicals that are in the commercial versions of cleaning products. To combat this within their homes, they create their own versions. Here are a few examples:

The following list works well for disinfecting:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange

Combine 30 drops total of any of the above mentioned essential oils with 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups water and pour into a spray bottle and you’ll have an ideal disinfectant spray cleaner.

Window Cleaner

If you’re cleaning windows or mirrors, try this recipe:

  • 3 Cups of distilled water
  • ¼ cup of vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops of peppermint oil

Combine these in your spray bottle and shake well before using.

Soft Cleanser

Combine ½ cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of dish soap. Add in ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Slowly blend in up to ¾ cup of water until it forms a soft paste-like consistency. Keep this in a jar with a lid and use in place of soft cleansers that you can buy commercially.

Shower Cleaner

Combine these in a spray bottle and spray the shower walls, stall, door etc. daily to keep it fresh and clean smelling.

  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dish soap
  • ½ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil
  • 15 drops of lime oil

Shake well before each use and spray the walls, doors etc. of the shower to keep it smelling clean and fresh and to prevent mold growth.

Carpet Freshener

Blend 1 cup of baking soda with 30 drops of your favorite scented essential oil. Sprinkle onto the carpet and allow to sit for about 30 minutes prior to vacuuming it up.

Room Freshener Spray

Combine ¼ cup of distilled water, 3 to 4 Tablespoons of vodka or witch hazel with 20 drops of lavender oil and 15 drops of frankincense oil. Shake well and spray the room, clothing or car for a linen fresh scent. Adjust the scent to your liking, some people like to add lemon oil to this as well.

Vanilla Lavender Air Freshener

¾ cup of distilled water, 2 Tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 2 Tablespoons of vodka, 5 drops of chamomile essential oil, 10 drops of lavender oil.

Custom Essential Oil Blending


If you’re suffering from insomnia, you may wish to consider blending some of the following oils until you find a scent that you really like. Be sure that you write down how many drops of each oil you use when you find a scent that you really like so that you can duplicate it when you run out. The following essential oils work well for insomnia:

  • Marjoram
  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Sweet Orange
  • Vetiver

Most people find that by combining a few drops of each of the above they can deal with an unsettled mind, relaxation, and reducing the stress of the day so that they can sleep. Don’t forget to use a good quality carrier oil.

This blend can then be either applied lightly to pulse points, or turned into a room spray and sprayed in the room. Remember, room sprays don’t require carrier oils, just purified water and oil blended. Shake well and lightly spray a pillow or the room.

Rough Time In Life

Perhaps you’re in the middle of a rough time. You’ve lost your job, bills are due, a divorce or death. This blend should help give you some creative spirit and to feel better about life in general. Again, make sure that you keep track of how many drops of each oil you combine so that you can duplicate this when you run out.

  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Jasmine
  • Basil
  • Bergamot

Combining these oils should help you to feel more creative energy and strength. If you’re feeling challenged or lacking confidence, go a bit heavier on the bergamot. Jasmine is soothing and uplifting.


Feeling down? Want to feel happier? Try combining these oils. Keep track of how many drops of each oil you use.

  • Orange
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Chamomile
  • Cedarwood
  • Lavender
  • Neroli

These oils work well together to restore the balance and help you to feel more uplifted. Again, combine with a carrier oil or some purified water and use as a room spray. You can even add them into a diffuser to permeate the entire room.


If you’re feeling slightly off center due to a move or some upheaval in your life, you can combine these essential oils for a great centering effect.

  • Clove
  • Orange
  • Geranium

The orange will bring about a rich feeling and the geranium is for friendship and loyalty. Cloves make you feel as if you’re a part of a community and will work to help you come together and feel more a part of something.


There are times where you’re simply exhausted and need a pick me up. These will help with that. Blend them as mentioned above.

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Fennel
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Sage
  • Lemon

The combination of the above will work well to help you find the energy to keep going when you’re exhausted.


If you’re finding it hard to get into the mood, try this combination.

  • Vanilla
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine

Use this combination in your room diffuser or as a room spray. You can also dab a bit on your pulse points.


There’s nothing worse than pain and when you’re feeling pain, you can reach for your own special blend of essential oils that will help relieve your pain. Combine several drops of each of the following.

  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove Oil
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

The combination of the above oils works well to combat pain including headaches, cramps and sore muscles.


There are many great oils to help combat allergies.

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Chamomile

You can swish these around in your mouth as a mouth rinse, or you can use them in a diffuser or as a room spray. They work well to relieve congestion as well as sneezing and coughing. You can also put these on your pulse points and smell them throughout the day to help relieve symptoms.


If you’re trying to stop a bacterial infection, the following essential oils may be very beneficial to your health.

  • Oregano Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Citronella
  • Clove
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Tea Tree Oil

Long touted as anti-bacterial, the above essential oils work very well against bacterial infections. You can use them orally (except the citronella) or topically. Use in minute doses when using orally until you know how they affect you. Never exceed recommended dosages. Always use a carrier oil when you’re applying them topically.

Rashes And Itching

If you’re struggling with rashes and itching, you may benefit from a spritz of the following oils. You can either blend them with a carrier oil, or you can add them to some purified water and spritz them on your skin.

  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Yarrow
  • Manuka
  • Peppermint
  • Bay Leaf

Blend these with a carrier oil and massage gently on rashes or areas where itching is a problem. Always ensure that there is no allergic reaction by carefully testing on a small area before using this on a larger area. This recipe can also be combined with a unscented lotion and massaged gently into the skin.


There’s nothing worse than a fever to ruin the day. These oils will help to reduce fever and get you on the road to healing.

  • Black Peppermint chamomile
  • Juniper
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Spikenard

Gently blend the above and mix with a carrier oil or purified water for a great fever reducer. Can also be used in a room diffuser.

Critter Repellent

If you’re struggling to get rid of mice, bugs or other creatures that you’d rather have outside of your home, here are a few great ways to deal with them on their level. Mice, insects and other small animals hate strong scents and will do whatever they can to avoid them. This means that they’ll leave your house, car or any area that you’re having issues with them in if you use some of these remedies to get rid of them.

Mice hate the smell of peppermint, so use peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and leave strategically around the house. Be sure to leave somewhere they sneak in at. The scent is too strong for their liking.

If a cricket has snuck into your home and is chirping away at night and keeping you awake, make up a batch of pepper essential oil. Use the oils with strong scents such as eucalyptus, black pepper and the like and put this into a spray bottle full strength.

Spray in cracks and areas where they may be hiding such as behind counters, under cupboards etc. They’ll leave post haste. Patchouli, tea tree oil, as well as citronella, are also great for insecticides.

Select Only High-Quality Essential Oils

When selecting your essential oils, always make sure that you’re selecting only the highest quality essential oils to use for personal use and in and around your home. The quality can vary widely. It’s often challenging to assess the quality of your essential oils. You’ll want to learn how to differentiate between high-quality essential oils and other oils that may be marketed as higher quality.

Start by only purchasing your essential oils from a reputable dealer. There are many online sites and brick and mortar stores that sell essential oils. Be sure that you can ask questions, read labels and find out where the oil originates from before you buy.

There are many ways to check the quality of the oils and the quality can be compromised by the growing conditions. Ensure that plants in and around the plants used in the essential oil are free of pesticides and any other chemicals.

Here are some questions that you should consider when seeking only the purest essential oils.

  1. Is the Latin name of the plant given on the label?

Make sure that the Latin name is listed to ensure that you’re getting a quality product.

  1. Does the label list the country of origin?

You want only essential oils that originate from certain countries. Some oils are not pure or quality and the country of origin can help to determine this. Do your research.

  1. Is there a purity statement?

Quality oils have a purity statement on the bottle.

  1. Does it compare in cost to other brands of the same scent?

If the oil is comparable to other brands in price and scent? If not, you may not be dealing with a quality oil.

  1. Does the label specify any information about it being grown organically or list it as wildcrafting?

You want only organically grown and wild crafted essential oils.

As quality standards may vary widely from one company to the next, it’s widely suggested that you find a reliable source and stick to that source for all of your essential oil purchases.

Proper Storage

Once opened your essential oils can quickly degrade. You’ll want to understand how to properly store your essential oils to ensure their longevity. These tips should help you to properly store your essential oils and preserve them for as long as possible.

Your essential oils should always be kept stored in tightly closed glass bottles that are dark. Keep these in a cool dry place. It’s also recommended that you write the date that you open the bottle on the bottle itself with an indelible marker.

Keep in mind that oxidation will vary, however, most essential oils are good for one to two years after being opened. Always smell your essential oils before using them. If they smell off you may wish to replace that particular bottle in lieu of using an oil that has begun to degrade.

Ideal storage for your essential oils is in a dark cupboard or an area that isn’t often exposed to light. Avoid storing your essential oils in the bathroom where they may be subjected to moisture.

Important Precautions

Always keep essential oils out of reach of children.

Avoid any exposure to the eyes or mucous membranes and always wash your hands thoroughly to ensure that you’re not accidentally transferring any essential oils to your eyes or mucous membranes.

Avoid using essential oils on infants or children unless very diluted.

Avoid use in pregnancy unless you’ve first checked with your doctor regarding the safety of the essential oil and the unborn child.

Avoid using essential oils on the elderly or anyone who has serious health issues unless you’ve checked first with a medical doctor.

Avoid prolonged exposure without proper ventilation.

Keep in mind that skin reactions will be dependent on the specific oil used. For this reason, always use a carrier oil and dilute the oils. The older the oil, the more likely a skin reaction will occur.

Fatty carrier oils should always be kept under refrigeration to avoid rancidity. Many essential oils will become better with age. These include sandalwood, vetiver, and Patchouli.

Citrus oils are far more prone to degradation.

Always check with a doctor prior to using essential oils if you’re on any type of medication. Some oils don’t mix well with some medications and may cause serious issues including being over medicated or under medicated.

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Hi, I'm Linda. I'm a wife, mom, grandmother, homesteader. I love simple living and enjoy my life on a homestead where I garden, raise a variety of animals and strive for a life more like my grandparents lived. My goal is to enrich life by living it as simply as possible and focusing on the way my grandparents did things. Life is so much more fun when it's lived simply.


  1. Apologies for the pessimism, but i don’t feel like an essential oil will help you feel better when your heart feels crushed after someone you love deeply has passed in tragic manner. Not even time fixes that.

  2. Thank you for the abundance of information. Definelty feeling more comfortable about essential oils and can wait to try these different combinations.

    • Glad you enjoyed the article Tina. I use essential oils in home remedies on a weekly basis for either myself or loved ones. This morning I made a chest salve that works like Vicks, for my elderly mother in law that I used successfully last week on two toddler grandchildren. I mix about 1/2 cup of coconut oil with four drops each of eucalyptus and peppermint oil. Mix them well. We rub on our chests and in between the shoulder blades to help relieve congestion.

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