I got into essential oils as a byproduct of making my own skincare products a few years ago. I ended up collecting a pretty large number of those tiny glass bottles without much regard for their properties aside from their scent.

But then, my doctor (who is also a naturopath, and is the best) recommended that I start using them more seriously to help manage my stress. Okay, I thought, that seems easy. I already had a bunch on hand. But what the heck would I do with all these oils?

After a lot of research and trial and error, I’ve come up with a lot of ways to work essential oils into my daily routines. Every single thing listed below is something I’ve actually done myself!

If you’re just starting out, then the three oils that I would recommend starting with are lavender, tea tree, and sweet orange. Luckily, they’re easily available in most stores. I’m including some affiliate links in this post to make it easy for you to see an example of what I’m talking about – but you can probably find a natural store near you and shop local!

Notes on Buying Essential Oils

If you’re going to use an essential oil on your body (for skincare, massage, etc.) make sure that what you’re using is OK for this purpose. Scent oils or products meant for air fresheners might contain additional ingredients that irritate the skin, so read labels thoroughly.

While essential oils don’t always come with an ‘expiry date’ per se, certain oils (like tea tree) can change after about 6 months and using them after this point can make your skin¬†photosensitive – meaning the sensitive to the sun. It doesn’t mean they aren’t still good for other purposes, but just something to keep in mind.

Be aware that some brands of oil are diluted, or pre-mixed with carrier oils. This makes them safe to apply directly on the skin (as all oils should be diluted before skin use with a neutral oil like coconut or apricot), but means that they aren’t totally pure. Depending on the use, you might want 100% pure essential oil, so again, read labels.

Finally, certain scents are too cost prohibitive to actually sell – for example, jasmine oil. The tiny jasmine flowers are so difficult to distill oil out of that it’s ridiculously expensive to produce. If you buy anything labelled as “jasmine essential oil”, it’s probably a lovely smelling product made up of various other oils that should only be used for scent purposes, not for the skin.

With all that being said, let’s get into some project ideas!

15 Ways to use Essential Oils at Home

DIY Projects

For Household Chores

For Self Care

To Pick Up an Environment

If you have other ways that you incorporate essential oils into your life, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. It’s a relatively low cost and low risk thing to try, so don’t be afraid to give it a go if you’ve been thinking about it!

*An additional note: keep essential oils away from pets, without advice from a veterinarian. This includes using diffusers around them, which could impact them negatively. Keep your fur babies safe!!!

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