How to Use Essential Oils – An Easy Guide

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Milkweed Botanicals. However, all opinions are my own and I personally use essential oils every day.

I confess. I’m sort of an essential oil junkie. In fact, my husband thinks I’m a little bit of an oil hoarder. Doesn’t everyone have a container that looks like this??

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All my oils end to end:

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Whether you’re just starting your essential oil journey or have been using them for a while, here are some great tips for some easy ways to incorporate essential oils into your life.

Starter Tips on How to Use Essential Oils:

1. Choose your oils wisely. I highly recommend the doTERRA Introductory Kit. It contains 5 mL each of the three most popular essential oils: Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint. If you’re new to oils, this is all you need to get started. There are many good brands of essential oils, but I have experience with doTERRA and have always been really pleased with the quality.

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2. Start slow. One of the easiest way to start using oils is to make a DIY Room Freshener Spray. Simply mix water with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle and spray around the house to make everything fresh.

3. Know your oils. For example, the doTERRA Introductory kit includes Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint. Each oil has a different benefit. 

  • Lavender: calming, relaxing.
  • Lemon: energizing, reduces odors
  • Peppermint: mental alertness, awareness

4.  You CAN take reputable oils (like doTERRA) internally or topically on the skin. I often add a drop of peppermint oil to my tea to aid in digestion after a meal. Lavender oil is perfect for reducing inflammation on a bug bite or  bee sting. I’ve also had success with using lavender on my temples to soothe a migraine. Lemon oil can be added to hot water and honey to soothe a sore throat.


More of my favorite ways to use essential oils:


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  1. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Rosemary but it changes every now and then.

  2. Holly Thomas says:

    I love to use Lavender Oil.

  3. Michelle R. says:

    I’m so glad that you sent this email out. I have been reading a lot about essential oils and have wondered who is the best company to get them from and which scents to try first. Thanks so much for this blog post!

  4. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i love lavender oil

  5. Lavender is my favorite. So relaxing and wonderful scent.

  6. Anne Perry says:

    Lavender and lemon are my favorite.

  7. So far Lavender is my favorite. I use it for everything! !

  8. jojoba or almond oil that i use on my scalp and hair

  9. I don’t have enough experience with essential oils yet to have a favorite

  10. Alison James says:

    Lemon is so fresh!

  11. Heidi M says:


  12. I don’t really know although I have been using wintergreen on my knee. i would like to try more…great giveaway, I hope my name wins… :)

  13. I would have to say Lavendar is my favorite oil. I just love the smell and it calms me.

  14. I love lemon

  15. Kim Pinch says:

    My favorite is Vetiver.

  16. Heidi L says:

    I would have to say Tea Tree. It has many uses!

  17. Letty C. says:

    I love Peppermint :)

  18. I love lemon….

  19. i’m new to oils, but so far i love lavender!

  20. Vicki Andrew says:

    I like a drop of lavender on my pillow to help me sleep at night

  21. I don’t use oils routinely but I love lavender. Very relaxing at the end of a long day.

  22. Crystal says:

    Right now it is probably tea tree oil because it has so many uses but I can’t wait to get more into essential oils and learn more!

  23. Valencia says:

    The only oil I have ever tried is tea tree but I would really be interested in trying the DigestZen oil.

  24. tanya bright says:

    I make soap using essential oils and lavender is my favorite.

  25. I love lavender oil! I use it when I can’t sleep. My son doesn’t like how it smells, but will use it when he can’t sleep also.

  26. Would love to give these a try!

  27. Kimberlie says:

    Currently tea tree, but waiting on lavender and peppermint.

  28. I love grapefruit essential oil!

  29. So far tea tree, but I’m anxious to try more!!!

  30. Amy Lumley says:

    I haven’t tried any yet, but am anxious to try lavender and peppermint!

  31. charityk says:

    clove oil

  32. AlexisB says:

    I love lemon oil!

  33. Jane Thomas says:

    I love using lavender.

  34. I’ve never used essential oils before but I’d love to try! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I love peppermint. I use it in chocolate peppermint sugar scrubs. It smells divine!

  36. Lauren S. says:

    Lavender or Lemon

  37. BobbiJO Pentney says:

    I would love to use something that would put me in a good mood when I am feeling down.

  38. I didn’t think I would love lemon as much as I do, but oh man I love it.

  39. I love lavender because of the scent but I would love to try lemongrass for my lactose intolerance!

  40. Shelley says:

    I love lavender oil :)

  41. Danielle Porter says:

    I don’t use any but I think I would like the peppermint to help with headaches!

  42. Laura Kathleen says:

    Argan oil in my air and lavender essential oil for stress relief!

  43. Maddy Morgan says:

    My favourite oils to use are peppermint and lavendar!

  44. Jessica W says:

    my favorite oil is lavender! I feel like I use it more than any other one. (I do also love breathe though!)

  45. Kelly Hughes says:


  46. Natalie Brown says:

    Hello! I sometimes suffer with nausea, so I like to use peppermint. I really does help! Thank-you!!

  47. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I love lavender oil to use

  48. bethany lemaster says:

    tea tree oil

  49. Sara Sullivan says:

    I use lavender oil in my homemade fabric softener!

  50. Ilka W. J. says:

    So far, I’m mostly using lavender. Just starting out! :-)

  51. Lily Ivey says:

    I’ve only tried peppermint oil, but it worked great on my daughter’s fever.

  52. shaunie says:

    Peppermint Oil is my favorite oil to use

  53. Ashley C says:

    Lavender is probably the oil I use the most


  54. Christine says:

    I’ve been using peppermint oil lately for headaches and found it to be really effective, plus I use lavender oil to help my husband sleep better when he’s under a lot of stress. I’d love to give lemon oil a try, too!

  55. Crystal M says:

    I have never used oils, but I would absolutely love to try them – especially the lavender!

  56. Peppermint oil

  57. joe gersch says:

    i like tea tree oil

  58. My favorite is probably lavender. I also like peppermint and tea tree!

  59. Janelle says:

    I’m a huge fan of lemongrass!

  60. I haven’t used essential oils yet, so this would be a great start!

  61. Tanya Calvert says:

    Lavender for sure! Love how it smells.

  62. I don’t have a favorite yet… But I love Peppermint so that would be a great smell to have around!

  63. I love lavender and orange oils

  64. I love the Eucalyptus oil

  65. I do adore essential oils, but had no idea you could do all those things with them! How exciting!

  66. I have never tried essential oils, but would LOVE to!

  67. Rebecca says:

    Probably lavender, but I also really like tea tree.

  68. Laurie Emerson says:

    I like using Lavender Oil as it really helps to relieve stress and is so relaxing.

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