How I use essential oils

Essential oilsI only recently came to the world of essential oils through my exploration of alternative health supports. I have been in the western medicine field for over 30 years and have been looking for complementary therapies to create a more holistic treatment modality for a variety of ailments.

This article is how I use essential oils. As we are all different, so I can only say what works for me. You can look up other suggestions and guides but this is just my findings.

We all have something that can irritate or annoy us. Is there an oil for that? I’m learning there usually is. But do they work? I’m finding they do for me.

I have issues with quality sleep being a shift worker. I create all sorts of stress for myself with family, work and general life commitments. I can spiral off into an unfocused cascade of information overload and therefore not be effective. I can also find myself in unhelpful moods by allowing negative thought patterns rule my day. I need motivation to go from my “have to’s” to my “should do’s.” I go to work and perform all day but the motivation at home is lacking at times.

I started with a home essential kit from Doterra because of the local support and training that comes with it. I must admit it took me over a year to decide to give it a go (negative thought patterns anyone?) but in the last 6 months I’m up and running with it. I Absolutely love them and can’t imagine life without them. The learning process is easy and there is so much support out there its incredible.

You can google any problem and usually find someone who has found success using oils to support them through that. There are many books published to give you ideas on what oils may help what situation. They do not claim to cure disease in any way but can be used to support symptom relief with certain things. You may find your intuition helping you find the right oil that you need just now.

Of course, it may all be placebo effect but who cares. There are plenty of research articles published if that is your thing. Have a look at pubmed if you like the science reviews. (…) The oils smell awesome and if the deep breaths you take to enjoy them is the only thing you do differently – that’s still going to help you right? Here’s what I have found in the last 6 months when using oils….

Sleep support

Sleep support

I have tried the usual medications to help me find a better quality sleep without benefit – other than learning what drugs do not agree with me. Having a regular bedtime and sleep pattern has been impossible for me because of my shift work. I love supporting women and newborns as a midwife and cannot do the job without doing all shifts, all hours. Women do not give birth in reasonable hours so midwives must be available 24/7.

So my latest trick to support what sleeping hours I get was to use essential oils. Now, not everybody reacts the same way to drugs as with oils. You have to experiment with what has worked for others and find the one or combination that works for you. The obvious one such as lavender works well for me so I’m lucky, but there are others (Vetiver, chamomile, Ylang Ylang, bergamot etc) that can help depending on the reason for your lack of quality sleep I believe.

It may be racing thoughts, lack of physical activity during the day, poor diet, use of other medication or drugs (yes, even caffeine was my downfall). Poor mood and belief you will sleep poorly as usual will absolutely affect your sleep quality.

It may be a case of applying the oils to your feet or hands before bed, or diffusing them in a diffuser in your bedroom. Some oils can be ingested but not all – so make sure you check how your choice of oils is best used.

Mood support

Sad puppyAlong with poor sleep can go negative moods. These can ruin a perfectly good day if you let them. But why would you want that when you can work on improving your mood and therefore your day. When I catch myself in a bad mood I try to think about what thoughts I’m living with – are they in a useless loop of gloom or is something actually processing, (Usually not).

If I can’t step out of the negative thought process, I use oils to elevate my mood. It’s hard to stay cranky when smelling the gorgeous scents of orange, citrus bliss, or whatever fragrance floats your boat. My favorite has been litsea – very citrisy – I just love it.

I put a drop into my hands, rub them together and inhale into my cupped hands. Beautiful. I also make up a blend in some coconut oil with balance, orange and Frankincense to put on the soles of my feet morning and night. I can tell when I have forgotten this practice – my day is not as productive.

There are many other essential oils to be discussed here when thinking about mood enhancement and I am slowly building up my supply of oils to try. It’s all part of the fun and achievement.

Immunity support

I’m not one for getting sick very often – I usually have all of the sick leave unused every time I finish a contract. But I have children and family who can often be complaining of some ailment or other to try my oils on. I made up a spray for my parents who’s’ skin is like tissue paper – tearing at the least insult. My spray contains a blend “on guard”, lavender, purify, Helichrysum (for bleeding issues) and Frankensence. It has already been worth its weight in gold in preventing the need for antibiotics and prolonged hospital stay for wound management.

For my own immunity I didn’t take regular vitamins and my diet is haphazard to say the least. The main reason I don’t tend to take vitamins is that they never made me feel any different – status quo with the expense and extra chore of taking a medication every day. Routine medications never really worked out for me (just ask my husband about conceiving 2 kids while on the pill) but I did want to try the Doterra lifelong vitality pack which has multivitamins, minerals and essential oils including omega threes. This is the first time I actually feel the difference when taking a medication daily. I notice when I don’t take them – both my mood and focus are depleted.

But its not just the capsules that improve immunity. Using infusers with the blend “on guard” or rubbing your throat and chest with the blend “easy air”. Other oils have been used for thousands of years such as frankincense, lavender and clove oil but there are too many to go into here. Sufficient to say – if you have a problem – there is probably an oil to support that.

Most oils need a carrier oil such as coconut to dilute them for better absorption and dilution of the hotter oils so make sure you check before using on your skin.

Gut support

tummyThe digestive blend contains oils such as ginger and peppermint (amongst others) which have a long traditional history of use for gut and digestion issues. I have found my gut function to be as diverse as my sleep pattern and food intake – so any support here is welcome. Some of Doterra’s best-selling products are not in bottles of pure essential oils but through capsules for ingestion or even tablets for indigestion. I am still in the process of working what works for me. There are many years of abuse to be reversed – I’m not expecting a result overnight but simply supporting the vital work the gut does every day. One benefit of a healthier gut is the increased energy and focus I notice now that I’m not full of sludge.

There are many essential oil advocates who are willing and able to answer your questions about how these can help you. What works for me may not work for you but there are many choices to try that will work. There are plenty of online resources to assist you in choosing which oils to try if the obvious are not right for you. Some people find themselves over sensitive to the scents while others thrive. Your journey is as unique as you are. I urge you to give it a go and see what helps your situation.


Essential oils are not all created equal. I find the Doterra oils company to have good quality oils that last and work. Some oils are only for topical use – usually added to a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rubbed into the skin. Some oils are ingestible and work through the alimentary system. Others can be diffused for the gorgeous fragrances they emit and mood altering states they support. I dare you to diffuse some lavender or calming blends and not settle down from an over excitable mood. Spray some on your pillow or rub into your skin and feel the mood changing. Let the kids (and therefor you) benefit from your experimentation.

Try some life altering essential oils today. They are easy to source at markets or online. You probably know someone in your contacts who sell oils. If not please feel free to contact me and I can help set you up with your own wholesale member account with Doterra. You won’t believe the change you can achieve in supporting your individual health needs. What would you like to support in your life today?

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2 thoughts on “How I use essential oils

  1. Preeti

    Thank you for this beautiful article 🙂

    I am a big user of these essential oils .I have only used it for my skin but its good to know that it has so many other uses & benefits also. I want essential oil for sleep support so which essential oil i should use with a pleasant smell?

    • admin

      Hi Preeti, thanks for your comment.  Sorry I haven’t answered before now – I’ve been on a retreat!  All refreshed now and keen to get back into it.  

      I personally love the lavender oil for sleep (drops on my pillow or rubbed into my feet blended with others before bed) but others include cedarwood, chamomile or vetiver – especially if disturbing thoughts are keeping you awake or dominating your dreams.  If these oils are an unpleasant fragrance for you – try adding another more pleasant  oil such as your favorite citrus or floral oil such as geranium.  

      You will be pleasantly surprised how gorgeous your blend can be once you start experimenting.  Try a blend for a few nights to see if its working before trying another.  You may find some blends work differently for you than others as we are all different.  Let me know what works best for you when you find it.  


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