Complete Guide To Essential Oils (How to Use & Buy)

Can you imagine that a single drop of any essential oil has the power to improve your overall health condition, and help you deal with any ailment?

Skip your prescription medication, and go natural.

Essential oils are created to heal your body and mind. Their tiny molecular size helps them penetrate the skin easily, and their effect is almost instant. According to researchers, essential oils affect the central nervous system, reduce blood pressure, relax your mind, and boost your energy.

What’s the best way to use essential oils?

Add the oil to a hot compress, diffuser or facial steams. Each method requires about 10 drops, and helps in treating colds, sinusitis, headaches, and stress.

Aromatic baths can do wonders to your body. Combine 8 drops of your favorite essential oil and any soothing salt or carrier oil such as coconut or sesame oil, and ¾ cup works just fine. You need the “supporter” to provide a proper dispersion of the essential oil.

Baths work well in the treatment of sore muscles, skin problems, poor circulation, respiration issues, insomnia, and restlessness.

Use 2.5% concentration of essential oils when having a massage to relieve muscle tension and relax your body. Palm inhalation works well only if your skin can handle the oil. Rub two drops of your antimicrobial oil, and inhale to clear sinus passages and reduce stress.

How to buy the best oil?

Here are a few simple tricks to determine whether your oil is fake:

  1. The ring test

Put a drop of oil on a piece of paper. Check the paper once it’s completely dry. If you can see an oily ring, your oil is fake. Keep in mind that heavier and darker oils like sandalwood, vetiver, and patchouli leave spots behind.

  1. Label-check

The label has to contain the plant’s Latin name.

  1. Packaging matters

Don’t buy anything that’s packed in plastic. Always opt for dark/amber colored glass bottles.

  1. Organic oils

Check for any USDA organic seal or look for “wild-crafted” on the label.


It can do pretty much everything you can imagine. Lavender therapeutic-grade oil is often added to beauty products. It relaxes the body and mind before bedtime. A study showed that lavender oil had greater effect in patients who had gastric bypass surgery. The oil was applied postoperatively to the patients’ oxygen mask, and they needed less morphine unlike the control group of patients who were given non-scented baby oil.


It just makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Jasmine essential oil is one of the greatest aphrodisiacs. It’s used to boost sexuality or treat sexual disorders. Some say it fades scars and dark spots, while others love its antiseptic and disinfectant effect. It can be also used in the treatment of depression.

  1. Eucalyptus

Use eucalyptus essential oil to relieve stuffy nose. It’s a natural decongestant, which means you can use it to soothe respiratory issues. Add a few drops to your humidifier, and it will keep nasty germs away. You will breathe easier than usual. Some like to use it in their hot compresses in order to disinfect nasal passages and lungs.

  1. Tea tree oil

Use this oil instead of hydrogen peroxide. It’s an excellent antiviral and antibacterial agent. Combine it with carrier oil such as coconut oil or Aloe Vera gel to treat cuts, bug bites, warts, fungal infections and acne. Tea tree oil can be used when cleaning countertops, too.

  1. Peppermint

Combine it with carrier oils, and apply it on any area that needs “to be chilled.” It’s recommended to those dealing with stomach issues, nausea, and IBS symptoms like pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, etc. A simple whiff can fight your lightheadedness.

  1. Oregano

It’s an excellent antibacterial agent, and strong antioxidant. Use it to relieve sinus infections. Did you know it can be added to food?

  1. German chamomile

It’s not just a sleeping aid. Some use it to treat inflammation. German chamomile essential oil reduces chronic inflammation, and prevents pretty much every ailment ranging from joint pain to cancer. Rub a few drops of the oil onto your hand, and inhale.

This will help you deal with anxiety attacks.