Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential oils have been used for centuries and have some amazing health benefits. But they can be intimidating until you know what to do with them. Let’s take a look at essential oils for beginners.

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I was living in China a few years ago when essential oils got really popular. I think because of that I was a little late coming to the game. But a friend came to China to visit us, and she brought us some oils and two diffusers. I was so excited because I had read about them and heard about them, but I had never seen them. Feeling excited to get started right away, I didn’t know what to do with essential oils.

Since that time, I have become a big fan of essential oils. They have helped my family and me with many different health issues. For example, I use helichrysum to relieve knee and back pain. We use dōTERRA’s On Guard as the main ingredient to build our immunity in the winter. I use lavender to help me sleep. I use peppermint and orange essential oils for energy in the morning. We use melaleuca oil in our shampoo to help keep our family from getting lice. I use lemon and melaleuca essential oil for cleaning the house. And the list goes on and on. We have essential oils everywhere and use them for SO many things.

There is lots to learn about oils, and this post is really for beginners. But don’t be overwhelmed! It’s really fun to learn about oils, so let’s get started!

Find a Healthy Essential Oil

As you probably know, essential oils (EO for short) have become all the rage. There are some really good brands for sale and some not so good brands. As a general rule, EO that you find in Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, or a home improvement store are going to be loaded with chemicals and things that make it very unhealthy. And if you try the Amazon route as lots of people have trying to save money, you will find that many of the oils sold on there have either been watered down or are from China. So they are not what you think they will be and can cause problems. There is a reason why they are inexpensive. So if you want essential oils because you are choosing to be healthy, then choose wisely. I recommend doTerra since they are therapeutic quality and can be taken orally.

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Open the Bottle

Once you’ve chosen a healthy oil, the first thing you can do is open the bottle. This can help you overcome the fear of not knowing what to do with it. I love getting a new bottle of oil and just smelling it! They smell so wonderful! And just smelling it can help you breathe better if you’re congested, it can help relieve a head tension, and it can contribute to a sense of calm or energy. Because the molecules are so small, essential oils can actually cross the blood brain barrier which is one reason why they can be so effective.

Ways to Use Essential Oils

Use Essential Oils Topically

Most oils can be placed on your skin with a carrier oil. Essential oils on their own can be very potent and can burn or irritate your skin. So a carrier oil is a way to dilute the EO and make it possible to apply. Some carrier oils include jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and grape seed oil. This chart from gives you a good idea of safe dilution.

Dilution ratios for diluting essential oils

Use Essential Oils by Diffusing

A diffuser is kind of like a small vaporizer. You put water in it, along with a few drops of oil. You can put between 4-6 drops depending on how strong you want the aroma to be. This puts the oil into the air into tiny droplets so you can breathe it in. You can also put a couple of drops of oil in your shower. The hot water will help it diffuse into the air. This is especially helpful if you have a runny nose or cough and use something like eucalyptus EO.

Use Essential Oils by Ingesting

This one is super important to use a good quality EO that you know where it came from! Do not ingest oils from the internet or a store! But if you feel comfortable and have an organic one or one you bought from a trusted person like a doTerra representative, then ingesting oils can be a great way to add them to your routine. This is especially true during the winter months. But listen to your body. If if does not like oils ingested, then don’t do it.

But if you would like to put a drop of peppermint or lemon essential oil in your water, is a nice way to flavor it and give you natural energy. Just make sure you don’t put oils in plastic as the plastic will begin to be eaten away by the oils. But a glass or a good water bottle like this works great.

Or using 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in brownies or in a smoothie is also fun. Lots of people like to bake bread with a drop of rosemary. There are lots of ways to ingest them if you are interested in that.

Another really important point is that once you know the oil brand is safe to ingest, also consider which specific oil you are able to ingest. Some oils, no matter the company, are just not made for human consumption.

Look for oils that are GRAS, which is the FDA-approved list of oils that are Generally Recognized As Safe for internal use. A complete list can be found here:

Essential Oils Found on the GRAS List:

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) 
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
  • Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Tangerine (Citrus reticulate)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Wild Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

If you have questions about essential oils or are interested in purchasing, please message me at or visit my dōTERRA store here. And please click the big blue-green box at the top of this article for your FREE guide to 50 essential oils and their uses.

You may also find these articles helpful: Best Essential Oils for Calming Anxious Feelings and Essential Oils for Pets.

And if you want to learn in-depth about essential oils, I recommend this book called The Essential Life Book. It is amazing and has every oil, use, and condition in there. I reference it a lot!

I hope you have found this essential oils for beginners helpful. Please comment below with your favorite oils, and don’t forget to share with a friend.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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