Essential oils have many uses for both your health and home, from headache relief to relaxation and even cleaning power. Whether you’re looking for new ways to use your existing oils or you’re starting a collection from scratch, we have some simple tips to help you incorporate essential oils into your daily routine.
6 Simple Ways to Incorporate Essential Oils into Your Everyday Life
1. Inhale or Diffuse
One of the simplest and easiest ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life is to inhale or diffuse them. Depending on the oils you choose, you can use them to feel:
- More relaxed
Some oils can even help with headaches, pain, inflammation and more. Experts believe that aromatherapy activates cell receptors in the nose. These receptors send signals to your nervous system and brain. Some oils may activate certain parts of the brain, like those associated with emotions. Others may trigger the release of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical.
The simplest way to inhale an essential oil is to open a bottle and inhale deeply. Make sure that you’re using a high-quality essential oil. Be careful not to let the oil touch your skin undiluted.
Another option is to use a diffuser to disperse the oil into the air. If you have pets or children in your home, choose your oils wisely and limit the duration of your aromatherapy sessions. Some oils are toxic for pets, so be mindful of their presence when using diffusers.
Here are some essential oil blends to try in your diffuser:
- Fresh and clean: Lime, rosemary, lavender and lemon
- Fresh air: Lavender, lemon and peppermint
- Spring: Lemon, bergamot, lavender and lime
- Relax: Lavender, vetiver and chamomile
- Energize: Rosemary, lemon and grapefruit
- Floral: Ylang ylang, vanilla and rose
Feel free to experiment with different oils to create unique scents or create different effects.
2. Use Balms to Stay Calm and Focused
Looking for a quick and easy way to stay calm and focused at work or home? Try essential oil balms, like the ones we offer here at Aculief.
Applying essential oils to your skin is a quick and simple way to enjoy its aromatic benefits. But all essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil first to prevent irritation or other unwanted side effects. That makes things a little complicated. How much is enough? How much is too much? Which oils should you use?
Our essential oil balms take the guesswork out of using essential oils because they’re already mixed with carrier oils, like:
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Cocoa seed butter
Just apply to your wrist, temple or neck and inhale.
- Our Calm balm uses a blend of lavender, silver fir, orange, peppermint and ravintsara to help you feel more relaxed. Use it in the morning to start your day off right or while relaxing at home to really recharge after a stressful day.
- Our Focus balm uses a mix of juniper, orange, frankincense, lavender and German chamomile to help sharpen your focus and concentration. Use it at work or while working on an important project to help you stay on task.
3. Use Shower Steamers to Turn Your Shower into a Spa
Steam is another excellent way to disperse essential oils into the air. With shower steamers, you can turn your hot shower into a home spa to relax, unwind and recharge.
Shower steamers are infused with relaxing essential oils, like lavender or tea tree. They dissolve as you shower, and steam disperses the oil into the air. Just inhale and relax while you get ready for the day or wind down for the night.
We love the lavender shower steamers from Dew Well. They’re individually wrapped for maximum freshness, and they're designed to last longer in the shower.
4. Add to Homemade Cleaners to Boost Its Cleaning Power
Adding essential oils to simple homemade cleaners can help boost their cleaning power and give your home a fresh scent.
Many essential oils have antibacterial properties, including:
- Tea tree
There are a few ways to add essential oils to your homemade cleaners.
- For lightly soiled surfaces, apply a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a clean cloth and wipe it clean.
- Add a few drops of essential oils to a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray surfaces and wipe clean with a cloth or paper towel.
You can use any essential oil you like. The ones listed above have antibacterial properties to help boost cleaning power, but you can also choose oils purely for their scents. Citrus oils and lavender are popular choices.
5. Add a Few Drops of Essential Oil to Potpourri
If you want to keep your home smelling fresh without using harmful air fresheners, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to potpourri. Keep your potpourri in bowls throughout the house to keep your rooms smelling wonderful each time you walk into them.
Here are a few ideas for essential oils blends:
- Uplifting: Grapefruit, bergamot, sweet orange and cinnamon bark
- Exotic: Jasmine, grapefruit, vetiver and sandalwood
- Festive: Juniper, fir needle, cedarwood and cinnamon bark
The potpourri itself can be made from dried lemon or orange slices, cinnamon sticks, dried ginger, or dried plant parts.
6. Add to Your Laundry for a Scent Boost
Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cleaned laundry? For an extra scent boost, use natural essential oils. It’s a quick and easy way to make your clothes smell amazing.
- Just add 20-30 drops of essential oils to your washing machine or unscented laundry detergent.
Use just a single essential oil, like lavender, or create a blend of your favorite scents. Play around with different oil combinations to find one that you like. Here are some ideas:
- Lavender, rose and juniper
- Orange, bergamot and lemon
- Basil, mint and lemon
- Lavender, patchouli and chamomile
Incorporating essential oils into your daily life doesn’t have to be complicated. Use the tips above to get more use out of the oils in your stash or find an excuse to expand your collection.