10 Practical Uses for Essential Oils

July 31, 2021 5 min read

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Even though it may seem like essential oils are just another "ooh, shiny!" they have actually been around for thousands of years. In fact, they've been documented as early as 4500 BC in cosmetics and ointments by the Ancient Egyptians. Essential oils are simply concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their origin. We know that many herbs and flowers are beneficial in many ways; EOs (essential oils) are very concentrated amounts of what makes those herbs and flowers helpful. I’m excited to share with you my favorite 10 practical uses for essential oils!

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Safety First

Before we dive into my top 10 practical uses for essential oils, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention a couple safety aspects in regards to your essential oil combinations.

Essential Oil to Carrier Oil Ratios

Because essential oils are so potent and concentrated, a carrier oil is used to dilute them and slow the absorption through your skin. A carrier oil is a fatty oil, like coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Briefly, here are some dilution suggestions.  

  • For daily or long-term use and whole-body application, a max 1% dilution should be used. 
  • For short-term use, a max of 5% dilution can be used. 
  • For acute situations and spot treatment for small areas, a max 10% dilution can be used.

It is suggested to start “low and slow”. EOs are concentrated and powerful. You can always add more drops if needed, up to the max dilution percentage.

This essential oil dilution chart makes it super easy to figure out exactly how little essential oil you need in your DIY recipes. 

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A company worthy of your business

Much like you take care to choose where your food comes from or that your car is repaired by a trusted mechanic with quality parts, you should also source your essential oils from a reputable company. Sorry Walmart, I won't be getting my EOs from you. Nope, not even my ‘fragrance’ oils.

I personally love and use Plant Therapy for all of my aromatherapy needs. Plus, you can earn cashback on your purchases through Rakuten. However, there are many other great aromatherapy companies out there.

Here are some questions I ask when determining what is a reputable company to buy my essential oils from.

  • What’s on the label? Can I find the botanical, or Latin, name of the plant of origin?
  • Will the company tell me how the plants were grown or where they were sourced from?
  • When was this bottled distilled? Does this oil have an expiration date?
  • What are the company’s ethics and sustainability practices?

I take a similar approach to other companies I support as well! 

Love essential oils but hate having no place to keep and organize all the recipes you have discovered? This beautiful Ultimate Essential Oil Recipe Binder is digitally hand-crafted & perfect for organizing your favorite aromatherapy recipes. Packed with over 95 different recipes for diffusers, roller bottles, and more!

10 Practical Uses for Essential Oils

1. Staying Alert

My favorite use for rosemary essential oil is to diffuse with a couple of drops of lime. Rosemary’s crispness is perfect for those early mornings or late nights when you need to stay alert and focused. (Night owl over here!) It’s also been shown to improve brain function.

2. Ease Anxiety

Most people probably jump to lavender when it comes to easing nerves. But vetiver is an underrated hero when it comes to grounding your anxiety. It’s got a very earthy scent and honestly reminds me of the bedding I used for my pet gerbils as a kid. I LOVE IT. I like to apply diluted to my inner wrists.

3. Healthy Hair

For healthy, shiny, and luxurious hair, I love a simple mix of geranium and rosemary essential oils mixed with argan oil and water. I put this in a spray bottle and after a shower with damp hair, I swirl the bottle to mix the oils and water a bit, then spritz some in and then brush!

4. Reduce Nausea

Ginger essential oil you can diffuse to help ease nausea. Although personally, I can't stand the smell 😆 I much prefer a quick inhale over the peppermint essential oil bottle. Spearmint is another essential oil you can diffuse to help ease nausea.

5. Sunburn Relief

For sunburn relief, my go to is a whipped balm made with shae butter and coconut oil, vitamin E oil, lavender, frankincense, and just a tiny amount of peppermint essential oil. The peppermint could be omitted, I like it because a small amount gives a cooling effect.

6. Repel Bugs

Just like there are many types of herbs you might like to plant in your garden to help repel bugs, there are many essential oils you can use as well.

For a personal bug deterrent, try these EOs:

  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Citronella

For a pest deterrent around your garden, try these EOs:

  • Citronella
  • Lime
  • Cedarwood
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender

7. Stop Itching

One way to use essential oils to soothe annoying itching (like from a bug bite), it to make an itch-stick. Or rather, anti-itch stick. To make mine, I use beeswax pellets, shae butter, and coconut oil for the carrier oils. The essential oils I like to use are lavender, tea tree, frankincense, and peppermint. Who knew you could get bug bite relief from an essential oil?!

8. Ease a Sniffly Nose

There are three essential oils that are your best friend when it comes to an annoying sniffly and runny nose. 

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint

Drop these bad boys into your diffuser for seasonal allergy relief.

9. Fall Asleep Faster

I bet this is a combination you haven't heard of. But for lights out, we diffuse Cedarwood and Orange. That woodsy smell with a light citrus undertone... 😴😴😴

10. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are great DIY exfoliators that make excellent gifts or at home spa treats. I make my sugar scrubs with coconut oil, jojoba oil, sugar, and choice of essential oils. 

Try these essential oil combinations for decadent sugar scrubs:

  • Lime & Vanilla
  • Bergamot & Sandalwood
  • Orange & Peppermint
  • Lavender & Lemon


To find complete recipes for these uses and many others, be sure to check out the printable Ultimate Essential Oil Recipe Binder. It's PACKED with over 95 different recipes for diffusers, roller bottles, and more + it's perfect for organizing your favorite aromatherapy recipes in one place. 

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Journals To Freedom
Journals To Freedom

September 10, 2021

so glad you enjoyed the information, Windy!


September 10, 2021

Don’t you just love essential oils? So versatile and they smell great (well most of them anyways). I loved you ideas you shared in this post. I’ll defiantly be trying the cedar wood and orange diffuser blend! Www.windyannshome.com.

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