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Guide to Using Essential Oils

By March 18, 2017January 25th, 2018Essential Oils
Guide to Using Essential Oils

So I have Essential Oils, now what do I do with them? I know many of you have asked yourself that question when you first began to explore Aromatherapy. There is so much to learn! This is why I put together this simple guide to help get you started. But first, read these 2 blog post:

1. What is Aromatherapy?
2. Essential Oils 101

These blog post will help answer some of the most common questions and will set the foundation for the following guidelines below.

Suggested Uses
These are general guidelines. Every essential oil may not be suitable for some uses. Diluting essential oils is crucial when you apply essential oils to your skin. Do not take essential oils internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical aromatherapy. Read more here. Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place, in dark amber or cobalt blue Glass bottles.

  1. Diffuser: Add up to 6 drops (depending on the size of the room) of essential oil blend to the well of your aroma lamp, be sure to add enough water. Follow the directions that came with the packaging of your diffuser.
  2. Therapeutic Bath Salts: Add 10-15 drops to 1 C. Epsom salt or sea salt and mix. Add 1 tbsp. castile or unscented soap + 1 tbsp carrier oil. Dissolve in bath water before getting in. Soak for 20 mins.**
  3. Milk Bath: Mix ½ cup powdered milk, ½ cup Epsom salts, ½ cup baking soda. Add 10 drops Essential Oils to mix. Dissolve in warm bath water. Or you may use 1 cup whole milk and blend with your Essential Oils.**
  4. Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub: Blend in 4 oz plastic jar: ½ cup turbinado sugar, ¼ cup Carrier Oil, 10-12 drops Essential Oil. Do not use on face. May be used 1-2x/week.
  5. Roller Bottle: 5-8 drops Essential Oil, dilute with carrier Oil.
  6. Massage /Body Oil: In a dark glass bottle mix 10-15 drops to 1 ounce carrier oil of your choice. See dilution chart here
  7. Spritzers: Mix half purified water/half witch hazel or vodka. Use distilled water. To make a facial mist use 8-10 drops of essential oils per 4 oz., for a  body spray 30-40 drops per 4 oz. and for a room spray 80-100 drops per 4 oz. Add EO’s first to a 4oz aluminum bottle with atomizer. Then add witch hazel or vodka. Mix. Then add water.

**Do not use these oils in the bath: include but are not limited to basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, lemongrass, peppermint and bay (Pimenta and Laurus).**

Which Essential Oils may help with….

State of Mind
Calming/ Relaxing: Lavender, Lemon, Amyris,  Marjoram, chamomile, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Orange, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.
Anxiety/Depression or the Blues:
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
Cedar wood, Geranium, Cypress, Lavender, Bergamot, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Lemongrass.
Eucalyptus, Juniper, Grapefruit, Cypress, Lime, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Spruce, Fir.

Mental Clarity:
Rosemary, Peppermint, Lime, Eucalyptus, Basil, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Juniper, Basil, Rosewood.
Fatigue/Wiped Out:
Bergamot, Lavender, Geranium, Basil, Lime, Mandarin, Lemongrass, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Peppermint, Rosemary, Frankincense, Eucalyptus.
Cedar wood, Juniper, Bergamot, Amyris, Patchouli, Clove, Lemongrass, Frankincense.

Well Being
Muscle/Joint Pain:
Rosemary, Juniper, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Frankincense, Ginger, Clove, anise, black pepper, balsam fir, spruce, Helichrysum, Orange.
Clary Sage, cedar, Lavender, Mandarin, Bergamot, Orange, marjoram, vetiver, Melissa, ylang ylang.
Ginger, Juniper, Geranium, Anise, Lavender,  Rosemary, Frankincense, Orange.
Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Clove, Juniper, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lime, lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint.
Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Cedar Wood, Spruce, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ginger, Frankincense, Ravensara.
Bacteria Busters:
Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lime, lemon, cinnamon, clove, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Cajeput, Ravensara.

PMS: Geranium, Clary Sage, Jasmine, mandarin, marjoram, Bergamot, Cedar wood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Juniper, Orange.
Hot Flashes: Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender.
Balancing/Harmonizing: Geranium, Lavender, Jasmine, Amyris, Bergamot, Cedar wood.

Oils that are the most strongly favored by men include: Amyris, Patchouli, Basil, Cinnamon, Spruce, Star Anise, Scotch Pine, Marjoram, Juniper, Frankincense, Bay, Cypress, Ginger, Black Pepper, Vanilla, Vetiver, Sandalwood, and the citrus oils.

List of Kid Friendly™ Essential Oils over 2 years old.
Use 1% dilution for children under 12.
See dilution chart here:

Recommended Book: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Revised and Expanded Over 800 Natural Nontoxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health Beauty and Safe Home and Work Environments

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Onecia Selph says:

    Does Barefut have a blended oil to equal Young Living “Deep Relief” for pain?

  • Joyce Pearson says:

    I’ve noticed that on some of your essential oils bottles some of them have the words “Eternity Blend” and some are just regular essential oils. What are the differences between the eternity blends vs pure essential oil vs blends I can make at home? I am so confused. Which are better to buy, use and diffuse? Please help me understand the differences! Thank you.
    BTW, I love your oils and your prices and the size of your products! I am a lifetime customer! May God continue to bless your company and you personally and your families. May ALL continue to thrive and grow!

    • barefūt says:

      We use the term “Eternity Blend” to denote they are not pre-blended with a carrier oil as some companies do with their blends, causing them to expire after a few months. You could make similar blends on your own using 100% pure essential oils.

  • snowwhite1159 says:

    What would I use the frankincense ready to go balm for? Thank you.

  • CHRISTY says:

    Why do you not ANSWER CUSTOMER QUESTIONS? My #1 pet peeve. Why have a comment section if you are not going to maintain it?

    • barefūt says:

      Hi Christy – We do our best to answer all questions, but sometimes miss them because of all the different platforms and means of communications coming in. Is there a question in particular you have?

  • I just wanted to thank you for this interesting read about essential oils. I’m glad that you explained when some oils would be good to use for certain situations, like how frankincense could be good for muscle or joint pain. Knowing these different situations and when oil can help seems important to knowing what you should get, especially for a problem you get frequently.

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