Are you new to essential oils and finding yourself quickly overwhelmed by all the choices? Maybe like some of us, you know the basics like lavender but are a little nervous about branching it into more exotic sounding oils like bergamot or ylang ylang. Perhaps you have been using essential oils for a long time and are just looking for some new inspiration.
There are literally hundreds of ways to use essential oils ranging from the everyday basics to more creative and unique applications. Wherever you are at in your essential oils journey, there is an idea out there just waiting to grab ahold of you and become part of your everyday life.
To give you a bit of inspiration, here are 96 suggestions for ways to use essential oils for your skin & beauty routine, for hair care, for aromatherapy, for stress & anxiety, in your home, and even for your kids.
Ways To Use Essential Oils For Skin & Beauty
You may have noticed that lots of commercial skin and beauty care products list essential oils and other natural ingredients…after and alongside a list of unpronounceable chemicals.
The inclusion of natural products is a start, and we are taking it one step further with these 29 recipes which use only natural ingredients. They are fun, easy, smell amazing, and above all – they are healthy for you!
1. Facial Cleanser
Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, and 4 drops of essential oils. Grind up oatmeal using a blender or food processor. Remove from blender and stir in remaining ingredients.
Apply mixture to face using clean fingers (be sure to avoid eye area) and let sit for up to 20 minutes. Rinse face with cool water and pat dry.
Use different oils depending on your skin:
- Acne: jojoba carrier oil and carrot seed essential oil
- Combination: jojoba carrier oil and lavender essential oil
- Dry: jojoba carrier oil and geranium essential oil
- Mature: camellia carrier oil and frankincense essential oil
Mix 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of carrier oil, and 6 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal exfoliator.
Suggested carrier oils:
- For face: jojoba or camellia
- For body: coconut, jojoba, or olive
- For lips: coconut
Suggested essential oils:
- For face: bergamot, carrot seed, lavender
- For body: carrot seed, lavender, cedarwood atlas, cypress
- For lips: peppermint
3. Facial Toner
Mix 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of distilled water, and 6 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal toner.
Suggested oils by skin type:
- Acne: clary sage and juniper berry
- Combination or Normal: carrot seed and lavender
- Dry or Mature: chamomile matricaria and geranium
4. Facial Moisturizer
Mix 2 ounces of unscented lotion base with 24 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal facial moisturizer.
Suggested oils by skin type:
- Acne or Combination: 4 drops bergamot, 10 drops lavender, and 10 drops frankincense
- Dry or Mature: 6 drops ylang ylang, 8 drops geranium, and 10 drops frankincense
5. Facial Serum
Mix ½ ounce of carrier oil with 6 drops of essential oils and use as you would a normal serum.
Suggested oils by skin type:
- Acne or Combination: jojoba carrier oil with equal parts lavender and tea tree essential oils
- Dry or Mature: peach kernel carrier oil with 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops geranium, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop sandalwood essential oils
6. Spot Treatment
Mix ½ teaspoon of carrier oil with 2 drops of essential oils. Apply to desired area as you would a normal spot treatment.
Suggested oils by skin condition:
- Acne: grapeseed carrier oil with tea tree essential oil
- Age spots: peach kernel carrier oil with frankincense essential oil
7. Face Mask
Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 3-6 drops of essential oils and gently spread mixture onto face avoiding eyes. Relax and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and gently pat dry.
8. Foot Bath
Fill a basin with warm water and add 5 drops of essential oils. Soak feet for 20 minutes.
- Athlete’s foot: tea tree
- Sore feet: peppermint essential oil and 1 tbsp. Epsom salt
- Swollen feet: Roman chamomile
9. Pre-Shave Oil
Mix 2 ounces of castor oil, 1 ounce of extra virgin olive oil, and 15 drops of essential oils. Apply to area to be shaved and let sit for 1 minute prior to shaving.
- For Men: sandalwood, patchouli
- For Women: geranium, lavender
10. Shaving Cream
In a double boiler, melt together ¼ cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of shea butter, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Remove from heat and cool before adding 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 20 drops of essential oils. Whip using a hand mixer until the cream is fluffy. Use as you would a normal shaving cream.
- For Men: equal parts cedarwood atlas and bergamot
- For Women: 7 drops bergamot and 13 drops lavender
Tip: This cream will stick to razor more than a commercial cream. To clean razor, soak it in a cup with hot water and dish soap.
11. Shaving Gel
Mix 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil, ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, and 6 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal shaving gel.
- For Men: equal parts cedarwood atlas and juniper
- For Women: equal parts lavender and bergamot
Mix 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of distilled water, 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, and 6 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal aftershave.
- Equal parts juniper and lavender
Melt 3 tablespoons of fractionated coconut carrier oil, 3 tablespoons of shea butter, and 1 tablespoon of beeswax together using a double boiler technique. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup of arrowroot powder, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 20 drops of essential oils.
Pour into container of your choice and allow to cool and set. Use as you would a normal deodorant.
Tip: The beeswax will help keep the deodorant from re-liquefying, however if you are in a particularly hot climate, you may also store the deodorant in the refrigerator to ensure it stays solid.
- For Men: cedarwood atlas and juniper
- For Women: tea tree and lavender
- For Men & Women: bergamot and lime
14. Hand Sanitizer Gel
Mix 8 ounces of aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of witch hazel. Add 36 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a regular hand sanitizer.
- 18 drops tea tree, 10 drops lavender, and 8 drops bergamot
15. Hand Sanitizer Spray
Mix 3.5 ounces of witch hazel, 2 teaspoons of vodka, and 18 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a regular hand sanitizer spray.
- 9 drops tea tree, 6 drops lavender, and 3 drops juniper
16. Spray Cologne/Perfume
Mix 4 ounces of vodka with 6 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal cologne. Choose your favorite scent or blend of scents.
- For Men: 3 drops cedarwood atlas, 2 drops bergamot, and 1 drop sandalwood
- For Women: 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops sweet orange, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop lavender
- For Men & Women: 3 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon, and 1 drop rosemary
17. Solid Cologne/Perfume
In a double boiler, melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax into 1 ½ tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Remove from heat and add 10 drops of essential oils. Mix well and pour into containers. Allow to cool until solid. Use as you would a normal solid perfume.
- For Men: 2 drops juniper, 2 drops sandalwood, 2 drops sweet orange, 1 drop cedarwood atlas, 1 drop patchouli, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop tea tree
- For Women: 2 drops lavender, 2 drops sandalwood, 2 drops sweet orange, 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop patchouli, and 1 drop tea tree essential oils plus 1 drop jasmine absolute.
18. Body Wash
Mix 1/3 cup mild, unscented castile soap with 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup carrier oil, and 20-30 drops essential oils. Use as you would a normal body wash.
Suggested carrier oils by skin type:
- Acne or combination: jojoba
- Normal: argan
- Dry: jojoba
- Mature: peach kernel
Suggested essential oils:
- For Men: 9 drops lemon, 7 drops bergamot, and 4 drops cedarwood atlas
- For Women: 9 drops lavender, 7 drops lemon, and 4 drops peppermint
- For Men & Women: 10 drops tea tree, 5 drops peppermint, 5 eucalyptus, 2 drops rosemary, 2 drops thyme, 2 drops chamomile matricaria, 2 drops clary sage, and 2 drops lavender
19. Skin Soother Ointment
Mix 1 tablespoon carrier with up to 6 drops of essential oil. Apply to affected area.
Do not apply to broken skin.
- For sunburn: aloe vera gel carrier with 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of Roman chamomile essential oils
- For bug bites: coconut carrier oil with 2 drops tea tree, 2 drops lavender, and 2 drops chamomile matricaria essential oils
- For blisters: coconut carrier oil with 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- For cracked heels: coconut carrier oil with 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- For cuticles: Vitamin E carrier oil, 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops myrrh, and 2 drops of lemon essential oils
- For dry, itchy patches: shea butter carrier with 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- For scaly, round patches: coconut oil carrier with 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Poison Ivy/Oak: olive oil carrier with 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
20. Scalp Moisturizer
Mix 4 ounces fractionated coconut carrier oil, 1 teaspoon honey, and 24 drops essential oils. Massage into scalp daily prior to shampooing and leave on for 15-20 minutes if possible. Rinse out, then shampoo and condition hair normally using natural products.
- 9 drops tea tree, 9 drops cedarwood atlas, and 6 drops lemongrass
21. Bug Repellent Spray For Adults
Mix 2 ounces distilled water, 6 ounces witch hazel, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, and 30 drops of essential oils in a glass spray bottle. Apply as needed avoiding eyes and mucus membranes.
- 15 drops tea tree and 15 drops eucalyptus
22. Facial Steam
Add 3 drops of essential oils to a large bowl of boiling distilled water. Lean over the bowl so your face is about 6-8 inches from the water (don’t go closer). Drape a towel over your head and the bowl to trap the steam. Breathe deeply and slowly. Continue the steam for up to 10 minutes.
- Clear skin: 2 drops carrot seed and 1 drop lavender
23. Intensive Moisturizing Salve
In a double boiler, mix ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, and 1 tablespoon beeswax until the mix is fully melted. Remove from heat and add 3 drops vitamin E oil along with 24 drops of essential oils. Pour into a small jar and use as you would an intensive moisturizer.
- 10 drops of lavender, 8 of lemon, and 6 drops of tea tree
Soften calluses, moisturize rough hands, feet, elbows, and knees or soothe chapped skin or lips
24. Skin Smoothing Balm
Mix 4 tablespoons of coconut oil with 15 drops of essential oils. Gently massage into affected area.
Suggested oils by use:
- Stretch Marks: frankincense, myrrh (do not use during pregnancy), and grapefruit seed
- Cellulite: cypress, grapefruit, and juniper
25. Lip Balm
In a double boiler, melt 1.5 tablespoons of shea butter with 1.5 teaspoons of beeswax. Remove from heat. Add a pinch of hibiscus powder for color (if desired) along with 7 drops of essential oils. Pour into lip gloss tubes and allow to set. Use as you would a normal lip balm.
- 4 drops of bergamot and 3 drops of lime
- 4 drops of peppermint and 3 drops of eucalyptus
- 4 drops of lavender and 3 drops of lemon
- 3 drops of sweet orange, 2 drops of bergamot, and 2 drops of grapefruit
26. Body Butter
In a double boiler, melt together 3 tablespoons of shea butter, 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon of beeswax. Remove from heat and add 15 drops of essential oils. Allow mixture to re-solidify. Whip until light and fluffy. Use as you would a normal body butter.
- Peppermint and tea tree
- Lavender and peppermint
- Bergamot and sweet orange
- Sandalwood and rose
- Ylang ylang and rosewood
- Clary sage and patchouli
27. Teeth Whitener
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 mashed fresh strawberry and 1 drop of essential oil.
28. Hand Soap
Pour ¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap into a glass bowl. Mix in ½ teaspoon shea butter, 5 drops of vitamin E oil, and 48 drops of essential oils. Add 2/3 cup of water. Place ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum into a separate small bowl. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin stirring constantly. Gradually add the xanthan gum/vegetable glycerin mixture to the soap blend, again stirring constantly. Transfer mix into a 10 ounce glass soap dispenser.
- Lemon + lavender + tea tree
- Jasmine + chamomile
- Eucalyptus + peppermint
29. Neat Application
For certain infrequent circumstances, specific essential oils may be applied “neat” or undiluted. This should not be done on a frequent basis due to the increased potential for skin sensitization.
Suggested oils by use:
- Cold sore: tea tree
- Wart: tea tree
Ways To Use Essential Oils For Hair
Straight, wavy, curly, thin, thick, fine, coarse – there are so many different types of hair and I at least am always looking for a product that gives my hair that perfect texture and shine.
No matter what your hair type, essential oils can be a great addition to your existing routine. Add them to products you have on hand or (more fun) create new products of your own.
Here are some sample recipes to help you get started.
Mix 2 ounces of aloe vera gel, 2 ounces of canned or homemade coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil, ½ tablespoon of vitamin E oil, and 40 drops of essential oils. Keep shampoo in a cool location and shake before each use. Use as you would a normal shampoo keeping in mind that this shampoo will not foam.
- For Men: 16 drops cedarwood atlas, 14 drops cypress, and 10 drops bergamot
- For Women: 16 drops lavender, 14 drops lemon, and 10 drops lime
- For Men & Women: 16 drops tea tree, 16 drops peppermint, 8 drops rosemary
31. Conditioner Improvement
Give your existing conditioner a little extra oomph by adding up to 6 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of conditioner.
- To encourage growth: bay
- For silkiness & shine: lime, rosemary
- For healthy scalp: cedarwood atlas, rosemary
- To reduce oiliness: cypress
32. Deep Conditioner
Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. Add 6 drops of essential oils. Massage through hair and scalp. Allow conditioner to sit on hair for 20 minutes prior to washing out.
- 2 drops lime, 2 drops rosemary, and 2 drops lavender
33. Hair Mask
Mash half an avocado into a bowl with 1 egg, 1/8 cup of coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Add 14 drops of essential oil. Apply as you would a normal hair mask and leave on for at least 20 minutes.
Suggested oils by hair goal:
- Thicken: 7 drops of rosemary and 7 drops of bay
34. Hair Serum
Combine 4 tablespoons of carrier oils with 18 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal hair serum.
Suggested carrier oils by hair goal:
- Curl health: jojoba oil
- Frizz Reduction: 2 tablespoons each of castor oil and coconut oil
- Growth: jojoba oil
- Oil Reduction: jojoba oil
- Shine: 1 tablespoon each of argan oil, avocado oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil
- Straighten: 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Strengthen: 2 tablespoons each of coconut oil and grapeseed oil
- Thicken: grapeseed oil
Suggested essential oils by hair goal:
- Curl health: 18 drops lavender
- Frizz Reduction: 9 drops each of Roman chamomile and lavender
- Growth: 12 drops cedarwood atlas and 6 drops of rosemary
- Oil Reduction: 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of tea tree, 4 drops of clary sage, and 4 drops of peppermint
- Shine: 15 drops of Roman chamomile and 3 drops of lime
- Straighten: 18 drops of lavender
- Strengthen: 6 drops of cedarwood atlas, 6 drops of Roman chamomile, 3 drops of lemongrass, and 3 drops of rosemary
- Thicken: 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of peppermint, 4 drops of cedarwood atlas, 3 drops of clary sage, and 3 drops of rosemary
35. Hair Lightening Rinse
Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of distilled water. Add 24 drops of essential oil and shake to mix. Apply to hair using a spray bottle. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. Rinse out.
Suggested essential oil:
- 12 drops of Roman chamomile and 12 drops of lemon
36. Head Lice Eliminator
Mix 1 cup of fractionated coconut oil with 96 drops of essential oil. Apply to head, massaging into scalp. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse out. Repeat process daily for 1 week. Comb out dead lice and nits, confirming that no live lice remain.
Suggested essential oil:
- Tea tree
9 Ways To Use Essential Oils For Your Body
Since ancient times, humans have recognized the power of essential oils and have been harnessing it to improve quality of life and ease suffering. Today, we are blessed to have access to a wealth of historical knowledge regarding uses of each oil. Here are 9 ways you can use essential oils for your body.
37. Steam Treatment
Add 3-4 drops of essential oils to a large bowl of boiling distilled water. Lean over the bowl so your face is about 6-8 inches from the water (don’t go closer). Drape a towel over your head and the bowl to trap the steam. Breathe deeply and slowly. Continue the steam for up to 10 minutes.
- Sinus clearing: 1 drop each of tea tree, eucalyptus, and silver fir
- Respiratory support: 1 drop each of eucalyptus, myrrh, bergamot, and tea tree
38. Body Benefit Bath Oil
Run a nice warm bath and add a blend of 2 tablespoons of jojoba or olive carrier oil and 3-10 drops of essential oils. Relax in the tub for at least 20 minutes.
- Circulation support: 8-10 drops of grapefruit
- Cleansing: 3 drops of lavender + 1/8 cup Epsom salts + 1/8 cup sea salt
- Immune support: 3 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of lavender
- Joint pain: 4 drops each of lavender and juniper
- Renal system support: 3 drops each of bergamot, lavender, and tea tree
- Hangover relief: 2 drops each of cedarwood atlas, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, and rosemary
Combine 1 cup of water with 4 teaspoons baking soda, and 12 drops of essential oils. Shake before each use. Use as you would a normal mouthwash.
- 7 drops peppermint and 5 drops tea tree
- 6 drops lavender and 6 drops peppermint
- 7 drops peppermint and 5 drops clove bud
Mix 2 drops of essential oils into 1 pint of water. Use as you would a normal gargle blend.
- Sore Throat: 1 drop each of lavender and tea tree + 1 crushed aspirin
Add 1-3 drops of essential oils to a small cotton cloth or gauze pad. Hold it under your nose and slowly inhale. Continue/repeat as desired.
- Allergies: 1 drop each of frankincense and lavender
- Curbing food cravings: 1 drop each of peppermint and cinnamon
- Headache: 1 drop each of lavender, chamomile, and peppermint
- Morning sickness (after first 16 weeks): 1 drop each of ginger, sweet orange, and lemon
- Motion sickness: 1 drop each of ginger, lavender, and peppermint
- Nausea: 1 drop of peppermint
- Pain: 3 drops of eucalyptus
42. Topical Rub
Mix carrier oils with essential oils and gently rub blend into affected areas.
- Joint Pain: ½ ounce tamanu and ½ ounce grapeseed oils + 6 drops lavender, 4 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops white birch, 3 drops rosemary, and 2 drops peppermint essential oils
- Post-Workout Soreness: 1 tablespoon coconut oil + 42 drops Plai essential oil
- Strained Muscle: 1 tablespoon apricot kernel oil + 2 drops each of black pepper, geranium Egypt, juniper, and lavender essential oils
- Generalized Body Pain: 2 tablespoons Arnica infused sweet almond oil + 6 drops each of chamomile matricaria, rosemary, spikenard, and yarrow essential oils
- Respiratory Support: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup carrier oil, 2 tablespoons beeswax, 15 drops each eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, and 10 drops cinnamon essential oil (run onto chest)
- Back/Neck Pain: ½ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup beeswax, 1 teaspoon cayenne powder, 16 drops each of ginger, lavender, and peppermint essential oils
- Teeth grinding/jaw clenching: 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil + 3 drops lavender essential oil (rub behind ears and on soles of feet at bedtime)
- Immune Support: 1 tablespoon olive oil + 3 drops oregano and 3 drops tea tree essential oils (rub into soles of feet)
- Finger/Toe Warming: 1 tablespoon coconut oil + 2 drops black pepper essential oil
- Speed Bone Repair: 2 tablespoons coconut oil + 3 drops each of cypress, silver fir, and helichrysum essential oils
43. Neat Application
For specific situations and for limited periods of time, a neat (undiluted) application of essential oils can be warranted. Dip a cotton swab into essential oil and apply to affected area. Avoid extended neat use as it may lead to sensitization.
- Toothache: clove bud
Mix 4 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed up until it liquefies), 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon sea salt, ½ tablespoon xylitol powder, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, and 36 drops of essential oils. Use as you would normal toothpaste.
- 16 drops peppermint, 10 drops cinnamon, and 10 drops clove
- 26 drops peppermint and 10 drops tea tree
- 10 drops lemon, 7 drops cinnamon, 7 drops clove bud, 7 drops rosemary, and 5 drops eucalyptus
Fill a bowl with water and add 6 drops of essential oils. Dip a cloth or sponge in the water, wring out the excess, and place on the affected area. Refresh compress as needed.
- Headache: sweet basil in cold water
- Abdominal cramps: 2 drops each basil, rosemary, and sage in warm water
- Fever: 2 drops each of eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint in cool water
Ways To Use Essential Oils For Aromatherapy
Scent is one of our most primal senses; it affects not just our body, but also our mind and emotions. With aromatherapy, we utilize the gift of scent to gently shift our mental and emotional state in the direction we wish for it to go. We can use essential oils to help ourselves relax, increase our focus, and bring cheer to a gloomy winter day. Choosing a way to get those scents into the air is part of the fun and we have 12 ideas for you to try along with a bunch of suggestions for oil blends to go with them.
46. Water Based Diffuser
Plug in your diffuser and pour in distilled water up to the fill line. Add 10 drops of essential oils. Turn on the diffuser and of course the fun light show if your diffuser has that feature. Many diffusers also have timer and stream options so you can decide how long you want the diffuser to run and if you want a constant stream or little puffs of scent.
47. Reed Diffuser
You can buy a reed diffuser set or make your own using a narrow mouth glass vase or bottle and reeds. Mix ¼ cup grapeseed oil with 2 tablespoons of vodka and 20 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal reed diffuser blend.
48. Water Bead Diffuser
Add 1 teaspoon of dehydrated water beads to 2 cups of distilled water and let the beads soak until they are fully hydrated (about 24 hours). Remove excess water and pour the hydrated beads into a sealable glass container. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils. Keep the lid on when not using the diffuser to reduce evaporation. Add additional water and oils as needed.
49. Bath Oils
Add 24 drops of essential oils to 4 ounces of grapeseed oil. Use as you would a normal bath oil.
50. Oil Warmer
Oil warmers suspend a blend of essential oils and carrier oil above a heat source which can be either electric or as simple as a tea light or votive candle. To make a blend for your oil warmer, add 6 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of grapeseed or other carrier oil.
51. Clothes Pin Diffuser
Add 5 drops of essential oils to a clothes pin for a quick and easy diffuser that you can clip up near your desk. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can decorate the clothespin, just be sure to leave the rough wood surface for the oils to soak into.
52. Bath Bombs
In a glass bowl mix 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup citric acid, ½ cup Epsom salt, and ¾ cup cornstarch. In a separate bowl mix 2 tablespoons of grapeseed or argan oil, 1 tablespoon witch hazel, 40 drops of essential oils, and natural coloring agents like beetroot or hibiscus powder (if desired).
Slowly add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly until the mix is able to stick together without crumbling when you press it into a ball with your hands. If necessary, add additional witch hazel to achieve correct consistency.
Firmly pack mixture into molds of your choice (silicone trays, muffin tins, specialty metal molds, etc.) or shape your bath bombs by hand. Allow to dry for 48 hours until hard. Store in an airtight jar and use as you would normal bath bombs.
53. Wax Melts
Add 20 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of melted soy or bee wax. Pour the blend into silicone ice cube or mini muffin trays. Allow to cool until hardened. Store in a sealed glass jar. Use as you would regular wax melts.
54. Candle Improvement
We don’t always have to start from scratch. To add a little extra pizzazz to your existing jar candles, light the candle and let it burn until the pool of liquid wax forms at the top. Add 3-5 drops of essential oils and burn the candle as you normally would.
Add 4 drops of essential oil to 4 cups of distilled water. Shake and add to sauna rocks as you would normally add water.
56. Bath Salts
Combine 1 cup of Epsom salt, ½ cup of sea salt, ½ cup of rock salt, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add 16 drops of essential oils and mix thoroughly. Use as you would normal bath salt.
57. Diffuser Jewelry
Try a specialty diffuser necklace, bracelet, or ring. These jewelry pieces hinge open to reveal a lava stone or other porous/absorbent surface which you can saturate with essential oils. Add a few drops, then close the hinge.
Suggested oils for aromatherapy:
- bergamot + frankincense + myrrh
- lavender + sandalwood
- eucalyptus + lemongrass + rosemary + spearmint
- black pepper + lemon + rosemary
- peppermint + orange
- spearmint + eucalyptus
- peppermint + rosemary + cinnamon
- lime + peppermint
- sweet orange + grapefruit + bergamot + mandarin
- bergamot + frankincense + lavender
- lavender + chamomile + peppermint
- bergamot + cardamom + lemon
- cedarwood + vetiver + lavender
- Roman chamomile + lavender
- frankincense + lavender
- sandalwood + frankincense
- marjoram + lavender
- lemon + orange
- grapefruit + orange + lemon + bergamot
- tangerine + spearmint + lemongrass
- lemon + lavender + grapefruit
- geranium + lavender + lime
- Lemon + clove + orange
- Mandarin + bergamot + grapefruit
- Rose + sandalwood + ylang ylang
- Jasmine + geranium + rose
- Bergamot + rose + jasmine
- Peppermint + tangerine + eucalyptus
- Cedarwood + vetiver
- Bergamot + peppermint + grapefruit
- Lemon + eucalyptus + tea tree + peppermint
Ways To Use Essential Oils In Your Home
How do you feel when you stand in the cleaning products aisle at the store? Am I the only one gagging from the onslaught of artificial scents as I scan the labels in search of a natural cleaning product that doesn’t cost over twice as much as the chemical laden version?
If you’re as frustrated with overpriced toxic products as I am, I know you will love reading all about how to make your own natural cleaning, odor eliminating, and home fragrance products. We can get rid of many chemical products for good and make our own natural alternatives that are actually *gasp* less expensive than the store bought versions.
Here you go – 31 ways that you can use essential oils in your home.
58. Yoga Mat Cleaner
In a glass spray bottle, mix ½ cup water and ¼ cup witch hazel. Add 36 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal yoga mat cleaning spray.
- 16 drops of lavender and 20 drops of tea tree
59. Bathtub Scrub
Mix ½ cup baking soda with ½ cup vinegar and add 24 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal bathtub scrub.
- 12 drops each of bergamot and lime
- 12 drops each of tea tree and lavender
60. Shower Scum Loosener
Mix 1 cup of warm water with 12 drops of essential oils. Spray onto scum and allow to sit for 10 minutes before removing.
- 6 drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree
61. Toilet Cleaner
Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar. Add 1 cup of borax and stir until the borax dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool, then add 24 drops of essential oil. Pour the mix into the toilet and allow to sit overnight (if possible). Scrub the bowl as you normally would.
- 12 drops each of lemon and tea tree
62. Toothbrush Cleaner
Pour ½ cup of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into a glass. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 8 drops of essential oils. Put your toothbrush in the glass, swish it around, and leave it there overnight. In the morning, rinse it out with fresh water and use.
- 4 drops tea tree and 4 drops peppermint
63. Mold And Mildew Spray
In a glass spray bottle, add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar. Spray onto mold or mildew and let sit for half an hour. Wipe up with damp cloth.
- 8 drops of tea tree and 2 drops of bergamot
- 10 drops of tea tree
64. Microwave Cleaner
In a spray bottle combine ¼ cup of water with 6 drops of essential oils. Spray the mixture all over the inside of the microwave. Place a wet sponge in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 minutes. As soon as the sponge cools enough to safely touch, use it to wipe up the inside of the microwave.
- 3 drops lemon, 2 drop bergamot, 1 drop lime
- 6 drops lemon
65. De-greasing Spray
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water. Add a teaspoon of liquid castile soap and 10 drops of essential oil. Use as you would a regular degreasing spray.
- 4 drops lemon, 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops lime, 2 drops grapefruit
66. Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1 cup water, ½ white vinegar, and 20 drops of essential oils in a glass spray bottle. Shake before each use. Use as you would a normal multi-purpose cleaner.
- 10 drops tea tree, 6 drops bergamot, and 4 drops cedarwood atlas
67. Carpet Cleaner
Add 2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 24 drops of essential oils to a glass spray bottle. Shake and spray on carpet. Allow carpet to dry then vacuum up.
68. Oil & Water Blend
Sometimes simply adding essential oils to water goes a long way. Here are a few quick and easy suggestions:
- Add 3 drops of essential oils to warm water for cleaning your refrigerator
- Wash produce in a large bowl of water with 3 drops of essential oil
- To remove the dreaded burnt food remnants from the bottom of a pan, add water and 3 drops of essential oils then bring to a boil
- Help your glasses get sparkling clean by adding 2 drops of essential oils to the dishwasher fluid
- Get rid of the stubborn stains on your cutting board with a blend of ¼ cup water and 7 drops of citrus essential oil. Use a sponge to work the water/oil mixture into the stains, then leave the board out in direct sunlight until the stains disappear.
- Get the stench out of sports gear by adding 4 drops of essential oil to 1 quart of warm water and rinsing.
- Lemon, grapefruit, orange, bergamot, lime, tea tree, mandarin
69. Toilet Bombs
In a glass bowl, combine 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup citric acid. In a spray bottle, combine 1 teaspoon of water and 40 drops of essential oils. Spray the water/oil mix into the dry ingredients until the mixture clumps together when you squeeze it in your hand. If needed, add more water to obtain the correct consistency.
Firmly pack mixture into silicone molds/muffin tins or shape bombs by hand. Allow to dry for 48 hours until they are hardened. To use, simply drop the bomb into the toilet.
- 10 drops lemon, 10 drops sweet orange, 10 drops bergamot, 10 drops lavender
- 15 drops peppermint, 15 drops lavender, 10 drops tea tree
70. Soft Surface Freshening Powder
Add 12 drops of essential oils to ¼ cup of baking soda. Sprinkle on surface and allow to sit for 30 minutes to absorb odors. Vacuum up.
- Couch upholstery
- Fabric vehicle seats
- 6 drops lavender + 6 drops lemon
- 8 drops lavender + 4 drops peppermint
71. Odor Absorbing Powder
Add 10 drops of essential oils to ¾ cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons corn starch. Use as you would a normal odor absorbing powder.
- Trash cans
- Gym bags
- 5 drops tea tree + 5 drops peppermint
- 5 drops lemon + 5 drops lavender
72. Disposable Diffuser
Use a disposable product you already have on hand, add 3 drops of essential oils and you have a quick odor-quashing diffuser.
- Cotton ball behind the toilet
- Cotton ball in the bathroom trash can
- Toilet paper tube of current roll
- Lime, lemon, peppermint, tea tree
73. Restroom Courtesy Spray
Mix 2 ounces of water, 2 teaspoons of vodka, 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and 20 drops of essential oil in a glass spray bottle. Add several sprays to toilet water prior to use to reduce smell.
- 10 drops cinnamon + 10 drops clove
- 10 drops peppermint + 10 drops lavender
- 5 drops lemon + 5 drops lime + 5 drops bergamot + 5 drops grapefruit
- 10 drops grapefruit + 10 drops lemon
74. Smoke Smell Eliminator
Add 16 drops of essential oil to a glass spray bottle with 4 ounces of vodka. Spray in smoky air to reduce the smell.
- 4 drops each of eucalyptus, rosemary, and tea tree
75. Car Air Freshener
We do not need to buy those chemical car freshener trees anymore! We can make our own just by cutting out colored foam and felt in fun shapes! Punch a hole and run string through both the foam and felt shapes for hanging. Add essential oils to the felt piece and enjoy a toxin free fresh car experience.
- Bergamot, peppermint, orange, grapefruit, spearmint
76. Air & Fabric Freshener Spray
In a glass spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled water with 1 tablespoon baking soda and 20 drops of essential oils. Use as you would a normal air & fabric spray.
- Eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary, basil
- Lemon, lime, bergamot, orange
- Jasmine, rose, geranium
77. Powdered Laundry Detergent
Combine 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of Borax, 2 cups of soap flakes, and 40 drops of essential oils. Use approximately 2 tablespoons per normal sized load of laundry.
- Lavender & lemon
78. Laundry Detergent Enhancer
If you are using an unscented laundry detergent or you just want to add a little extra note to the existing scent, go ahead and put 15 drops of essential oils directly into the detergent prior to pouring it into the machine. Now you don’t have to commit to just one scent. Your towels can be washed with a completely different scent than your clothes.
- 8 drops lavender + 7 drops lemon
- 6 drops cedarwood + 5 drops silver fir + 4 drops pine
79. Dish Soap
Use your unscented castile soap as dish soap. Just add 15 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of castile soap.
- 8 drops of bergamot and 7 drops of mandarin
- 15 drops of lemon
- 8 drops of lemon and 7 drops of lime
- 8 drops of lime & 7 drops of peppermint
80. Unexpected Scents
Add 16 drops essential oils to ½ cup of vodka and spray the mix onto normally unscented items to give them a pleasantly unexpected aroma.
Suggested uses & oils:
- Artificial flowers: Make artificial flowers smell like the real deal.
- jasmine, rose, geranium, lavender, or violet leaf.
- Letters: You have heard of putting lipstick kisses on your stationery, but have you ever added a spritz or two of essential oils? Create your own unforgettable signature scent.
- bergamot, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine
- Photo Frame: Add a little felt pad to the back of the photo frame on your desk and put a few drops of essential oils on it to make it even more special. Match the oils to the emotion you want to feel when you look at the photo.
- Photo of you and your spouse?
- Ylang ylang + jasmine + rose + sweet orange
- Family camping trip?
- Juniper + pine + fir
- Girls’ spa day?
- Lavender + chamomile matricaria
- Birthday party?
- Bergamot + sweet orange + grapefruit
- Photo of you and your spouse?
- Bookmark: How do you want to feel when you’re reading your book? Help set the mood with a leather or felt bookmark sprayed with essential oils.
- frankincense for spiritual or meditative texts
- cedarwood for academic texts requiring concentration
- bergamot for breezy fiction reads
- ylang ylang or jasmine for romance
- Fire log: Enhance your fire log burning experience by adding 4 drops of essential oils to the log prior to lighting it.
- cedarwood, pine, sandalwood, fir, juniper
81. Dryer Sheets
Dampen a washcloth with water and add 12 drops of essential oils. Place in dryer with laundry for a scent boost.
- 4 drops grapefruit + 4 drops lavender + 4 drops lemon
82. Linen Spray
In a glass spray bottle, combine 1 cup of distilled water with 1 tablespoon vodka and 30 drops of essential oils. Spray on your sheets at bedtime and on your guests’ beds prior to their arrival.
- 15 drops each of Lavender and chamomile matricaria
- 30 drops of lavender
83. Bug Killer
Mix 1 cup of vodka and 1 teaspoon of essential oils in a glass spray bottle. Spray directly on bugs to kill them.
- ½ teaspoon orange + ½ teaspoon clove bud
84. Fruit Fly Deterrent
Soak cotton balls in essential oils and place them around the kitchen and any other areas where you have seen fruit flies.
- Bergamot, peppermint, tea tree
85. Flea Repellent For Dogs
Blend 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 8 drops of essential oils. Rub into your dog’s fur.
Essential oils should not be used with cats or other pets. Use this blend only for dogs.
- 2 drops each citronella, geranium, patchouli, and sandalwood
86. Plug-In Air Freshener Refills
Unplug the air freshener and remove the wick. Fill the glass base just under ½ full with essential oils. Fill it another ¼ of the way with vodka and add a little water leaving enough room to reinsert the wick. Plug back in and use as you would a normal plug-in air freshener.
- sweet basil + rosemary + lavender
- bergamot + mandarin + sweet orange
- peppermint + lavender
- lavender + lemon
Add dried flowers and essential oils to a glass jar. Be sure to add enough oil to scent all the flowers. Seal the jar and leave for 2 weeks so the flowers absorb the scent. Remove from jar and add to an open decorative container along with crystals, stones, or other decorative elements.
- Match the oil scent to the dried flower being used (i.e. – rose oil on dried roses, lavender on lavender)
- For seasonal blends, match the scents to the season (i.e. – clove and cinnamon for fall)
88. Coffee Filter Sachets
Place 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the center of a coffee filter and scent with 6 drops of essential oils. Add other aromatic ingredients like cinnamon sticks and dried herbs if desired. Pull the edges of the filter together, twist, and tie with decorative ribbon or twine. Use as you would a normal sachet or give as a gift.
- cinnamon + clove
- lavender + lemon
- Peppermint + lavender
- Rosemary + lavender
- Clove + peppermint + cinnamon
Once your home is a clean, neutral palette, it is ready to be infused with whatever scent you are craving at the moment. You can even use it to set the mood for a particular season.
Use a diffuser (or several if you have a large house) to waft the aroma throughout. Add water to the fill line along with about 10 drops of essential oils. Plug the diffuser in and turn it on to the desired time and mist setting.
- Spring: Sweet orange + grapefruit + mandarin + bergamot
- Summer: lavender + lemon + eucalyptus
- Fall: cinnamon + clove + orange
- Winter: peppermint or cypress + fir + sandalwood
- Cassia + clove + ginger
- Clove + rosemary + orange
- Sweet basil + rosemary + oregano
- Rosemary + lavender
- Lemon + rosemary
Ways To Use Essential Oils For Your Kids
Many of our essential oils recipes can be used for kids as well, but sometimes they need their own slightly gentler products. Tiny humans also present a slew of unique situations – stinky diaper pails and diaper rash, anyone?
Try these 7 child friendly recipes you can start using right away.
90. Diaper Pail Deodorizer Disks
Add 20 drops of essential oils to ½ cup of water. Slowly pour water/oil mixture into a bowl containing 2 cups of baking soda. Mix well. Continue adding water (up to 2 cups total) until you the consistency is that of a thick paste.
Press mixture into molds or paper lined muffin tins and allow to sit for 24-48 hours until hardened.
Place in diaper pail to absorb odors for approximately 1 month.
- 10 drops tea tree and 10 drops peppermint
- 10 drops lavender and 10 drops tea tree
- 10 drops lemon and 10 drops bergamot
In a double boiler, melt 1/8 cup beeswax into ½ cup of calendula oil. Remove from heat and stir in 4 drops of essential oils. Pour into tubs and allow to cool until set. Use for rashes and other skin irritations.
- 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of chamomile maroc
Add 2 drops of essential oil to the outside of a leather bracelet and have your child wear it as a diffuser. If you’re feeling really ambitious, get some leather cord and try one of the paracord bracelet tutorials to make your own.
- For concentration: 1 drop each of cedarwood and vetiver
- For relaxation: 1 drop each of lavender and Roman chamomile
- For repelling bugs: 1 drop each of lavender and peppermint
93. Bug Repellent Spray
Pour 4 ounces witch hazel and 4 ounces distilled water into a 10 ounce spray bottle. Add 12 drops of essential oils. Shake and use as you would a normal bug spray, avoiding contact with eyes and mucus membranes.
- 6 drops each of lavender and peppermint
94. Massage Oil
Add 2 drops of essential oil to 8 teaspoons of carrier oil. Use as you would a normal massage oil.
- For nap time or bedtime: Roman chamomile
- For calming: lavender
95. Crafty Air Fresheners
Let your kids play with some terracotta clay until it’s pliable. Use a rolling pin to roll the clay out until it is about 1/8”-1/4” thick. Give the kids cookie cutters to cut out their air fresheners. You can also create your own designs with a knife.
Once you have the basic shapes, add some grooves or indents to give the essential oils more surface area to absorb into. Also be sure to cut out a hole at the top for string if you want to hang your air freshener.
Place on a foil covered baking sheet and bake in your oven according to the clay package directions. Allow to cool before coating in essential oils.
- Bergamot, lavender, lemon, grapefruit
96. Play Dough
Have your kids choose their favorite color and use food coloring to dye 2 cups of water that color. In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine the colored water, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar.
Stir the mixture until it comes together to form a ball, being sure not to overcook and dry the dough out. Remove from heat and cool. Add 6 drops of essential oil and knead until oils are fully incorporated. Store in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life of the dough.
- Sweet orange, bergamot, lavender, Roman chamomile, peppermint, ylang ylang