Uses For Essential Oils

There are many wonderful uses for essential oils used for aromatherapy

Essential oils are extractions of blossoms, fruit, leaf, steam, bark, wood, flowers, and resins. The oil is very concentrated; therefore, only drops are used in a diffuser for Aromatherapy or in carrier oils for therapeutic uses.

Essential oils are mainly used externally because of their concentration; in a diffuser, perfumes, hair care, body care products, therapeutic oils and cleaning products.

Essential oils are 75-100 times more concentrated than dried herbs and flowers. They contain many of the same properties as dried herbs, such as anti-viral, anti-septic properties. 

Scents have an influence on the endocrine system (hormonal system), metabolism, insulin production, stress levels, sex drive, body temperature and appetite. Out of our senses, smell is directly transmitted to the hypothalamus which affects our mood, motivation and creativity. Smell also affects our emotions, feeling and memories.

Essential oils have volatile molecules which work through hormone-like chemicals to produce their sensations - uses for essential oils

Essential oils need to be extracted and the methods of extraction are:

  • Steam distillation is the most common method. The plants are placed in a vat and water beneath it is heated; the water and essence goes through a condenser where they cool and separate. The oil is collected and the water is used as hydrosol. The most common hydrosols or floral water on the market are lavender, rose and orange blossom.
  • Expression or cold press is used to extract fruit oils. The peel of the fruit is pressed between two pieces of wood, one which has a sponge. The sponge is then wrung to collect the oil.
  • Solvent extraction  is done by using a chemical solvent such as hexane or ether, immersing the plant into this solvent and heating it at a low temperature until the solvent evaporates, leaving the essential oil. 

Essential oils are not oils, but distilled condensations, formed by rushing steam through plants. The fluids are volatile, non-oily essences with molecules so small they can penetrate the skin.

uses for essential oils

When purchasing pure essential oils, note that price will vary depending on the plant.

Oils such as Jasmine, Rose, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile,True Melissa, Neroli and Sandalwood are considered precious oils and can cost anywhere from $20.00 - $70.00 for 2ml  of essential oil. 

  • Pure Jasmine flower oil is the most expensive essential oil you can buy.  It takes 8 million flowers hand-picked before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open, to make 1 kilo of oil.
  • Pure Rose oil is also very expensive. It takes 60,000 rose blossoms to produce one ounce of Rose oil.
  • Sandalwood oil should be used sparingly because it takes a 30-year old 30-foot sandalwood tree to be cut down for distillation of its oil. 

Other oils such as Lavender flowers are abundant and can easily grow and be harvested to make the essential oil. 100 kilograms of lavender flower makes 3 kilos of oil. A 15 ml bottle of  organic Lavender oil cost around $16.00

When choosing uses for essential oils to blend

When choosing uses for essential oils to blend 

  • I research the oils indicated for my needs; for example, a toner for my skin
  • I then choose the smells I am drawn to from that group of essential oils
  • I add one smell at a time to my first choice until I have a smell I like for my skin toner, deodorant, body and hair oils, perfume and room freshener  

In my calming spray I use a rose hydrosol and add essential oils of sandalwood, clary sage and Roman chamomile

If I am using oils for therapeutic purposes I blend within those needs.

For stress I would blend calming (calmative) essential oils which help me relax.

For pain I use oils which help with pain (anodynes), inflammation (anti-inflammatory) and tension (calmatives).

Uses for essential oils with carrier oils

Carrier oils also have medicinal properties and they vary in thickness. Look into the oil which would best suit you for the many uses of essential oils. 

  • Aloe vera gel or juice (aloe barbadenis)
  • Avocado oil (persea gratissima)
  • Borage oil (borago officinalis)
  • Castor oil (ricunus communis)
  • Coconut oil (cocos nucifera)
  • Evening Primrose oil (oenothera biennis)
  • Grapeseed oil (vitis vinifera)
  • Jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis)
  • Neem oil (Adirondack indica)
  • Rosehip oil (rosa mosqueta)
  • Seabuckthorne oil (hippophae rhamnoides)
  • Shea butter (butyrospermum parkii)
  • St. John's Wort (hypericum perforatum)
  • Sweet Almond oil (Prunus dulcus)
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Vitamin E Oil (tocopherol)
  • Wheat germ oil (tritcum vulgare)

Blending essential oils is easy and fun!

Essential oils are very powerful because of the concentration; their concentration; however, there are  two oils that can be used directly on the skin (also called using the oil 'neat'), Lavender and Tea Tree oil.

*If you want to try other essential oils neat, do a patch test. If you are extremely sensitive do a patch test. Place a small amount on the wrist and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction.

When making your own blends, ultimately it is up to you to choose the consistency and intensity of each blend. Here are guidelines.

Carrier oils

There are many to choose from, as you can see from the list above. Here are the percentages of how some of these oils are used.

  • 100%Sweet almond oils and Grape seed oil can be used
  • 10%  - Apricot kernel oil, Borage oil, Castor oil and Wheat germ oil 


  • 3-5%Vitamin E oil and grapefruit seed extract

Essential oils

  •  3-5%depending on the intensity


  • 1 tsp. = 5ml
  • 1 dessert spoon = 10ml
  • 1 TBSP = 15 ml

Essential Oil Measurements

  • 20 drops = 1 ml
  • 40 drops = 2 ml
  • 60 drops =3ml
  • and so on

General Guideline for Diluting Essential Oil in Carrier Oil

  • 0-1 drop
  • 2-5 drops
  • 4-10 drops
  • 6-15 drops
  • 8-20 drops
  • 10-25 drops
  • 12-30 drops
  • 1 ml of carrier oil
  • 5 ml of carrier oil
  • 10 ml of carrier oil
  • 15 ml of carrier oil
  • 20 ml of carrier oil
  • 25 ml of carrier oil
  • 30 ml of carrier oil

Uses for Essential Oils
Making your own Massage Oil
Massage Oils for Tight Muscles and Relaxation


  • 100 ml glass amber or cobalt blue bottle
  • Measuring cup
  • Wooden chopstick
  • Carrier oil or oils
  • 40 - 90 drops of essential oil
  • Grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E oil act as a natural preservative

In a glass measuring cup add:

Carrier oils

  • *10 ml apricot kernel oil 
  •   10 ml borage oil
  •   10 ml castor oil
  •   63 ml sweet almond oil

*10 ml = a dessert spoon size


  • 6ml  = 120 drops vitamin E oil
  • 1 ml = 20 drops  grapefruit seed extract

Essential Oils 

  • Lavender 30 drops
  • Roman Chamomile 20 drops
  • Peppermint 15 drops
  • Rosemary 15 drops
  • Camphor 10 drops 

         90 drops = 4ml

Stir with a wooden chopstick and pour into a 100 ml bottle. Shake and smell - if strong enough, apply some to your skin and see how it smells on you. If you are satisfied, you have just made your massage oil. 


Uses for Essential Oils
Making Your Own Hair Oil

Hair oil can be as simple as adding a few drops of essential oil of rosemary, lavender, carrot, geranium or sandalwood  to a small amount of shea butter or coconut oil.

To make an oil blend

In a 50 ml dropper bottle add

Carrier oils of

  • 37ml almond or sweet almond oil
  • 5ml jojoba oil
  • 5ml olive oil

Essential oils of

  • 15 drops of lavender
  • 15 drops of rosemary
  • 5 drops geranium
  • 20 drops of carrot seed

Uses for Essential Oils
Making Your Own Deodorant

Refreshing Deodorant

Antiperspirants stop us from sweating, which is toxic because we need to sweat in order to cleanse toxins from our body. These kinds of deodorants and antiperspirants are also full of harmful chemicals which may cause cancer.  

Remember the skin is part of our detoxification system 


  • Hydrosol
  • Measuring cup
  • 40 – 90 drops of essential oil or oils of your choice (see below)
  • Alcohol or polysorbate 20 (emulsifier)
  • 100 ml glass bottle with sprayer


  • In a Measuring Cup add
  • 75 ml rose, lavender or neroli hydrosol
  • Essential oil drops 36-90 drops 4 ml
  • 21ml vodka
  • Add blend to bottle
  • Shake, smell, if satisfied fill bottle with alcohol or hydrosol

Essential oils to use

Deodorant - cypress cupressus sempervirens , geranium pelargonium graveolens

Antibacterial  - clary sage salvia sclarea, eucalyptus eucalyptus globulus,

lavender lavendula angustifolium, lemon citrus limonum, lemon grass cymbopogon citratus, lime citrus aurantifolia, myrtle myrtus communis, neroli citrus aurantium, palmarosa cymbopogen martinii, rose absolute rosea centifolia, rose geranium pelargonium graveolens, sandalwood santalum spicatum tea tree melaleuca alternifolia  

Eliminates toxins - birch betula lenta, carrot seed daucus carota


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