Where to Apply Essential Oils

With so many ways to apply essential oils, it can be difficult to know what methods to use! We want to share a few tips for applying essential oils topically so that you can reap the greatest benefits from your oils.

More often than not, we just opt for applying the oils directly to the location of pain. Yes, this can be effective, but there are other methods that can potentially be more effective.

Applying essential oils to the body’s reflex points is one of these methods. Modern Essentials tells us, “Reflex therapy is a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands. A series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils either help remove any blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ.”

We sell the following charts so that you can reference the different reflex points at any time. The charts also include recommended oils for each organ.

There are several essential locations on the head for different types of headaches and helping with sleep. By applying the oils to specific locations around the head and face, you can experience faster relief and better absorption, maximizing the health benefits of your essential oils.

Here are a few specific locations to help with headaches, stress, and sleep problems:

Tension headache: Behind the earlobes, base of the skull at the neck, top of the shoulders where the neck meets.
Sinus headache: Bridge of the nose, inside edge of the eyebrows, outer edge of the nostrils.
Stress: Across the forehead, on temples, inside edge of the eyebrows, between the eyebrows.
Sleep: Crown of the head, on temples, between the eyebrows, behind the earlobes.

This is only the beginning of learning proper application of essential oils. As you begin to dive further into using essential oils, you can find more information about specific application methods, when each method is most effective, and specific oils that help with a variety of health conditions in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Let us know if you have any questions!

Source: Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 16–33.

Coconut Oil Face Masks

Sometimes all we need is a relaxing face mask to clear our pores, hydrate our skin, and clear up any acne we have. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, as well as an excellent moisturizer. We’ve created these 3 different masks for you to try out depending on your specific needs. Be careful to keep them out of your eyes, as the essential oils may cause some irritation. Try them all out and pick a favorite!

Acne Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 drop melaleuca essential oil
  • 1 drop juniper berry essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine coconut oil, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Clean the makeup off your face, and drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent getting the mask on your clothes.
  4. Apply the mask to your face and neck, and allow it to sit for 15–20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Cleansing & Brightening Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) baking soda
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop melaleuca essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine coconut oil and baking soda in a small bowl, forming a thick paste.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent the mask from getting on your clothes.
  4. Gently apply the mask to your face and neck.
  5. Leave the mask on for 15–20 minutes for the best results, and rinse with warm water.

Hydrating Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Using a food processor or a fork, mash the banana until smooth.
  2. Add the coconut oil and essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Wash any makeup off your face, and pat dry with a towel.
  4. Drape a towel over your shoulders to prevent the mask from getting on your clothes.
  5. Apply the mask to your face and neck, and allow the mask to sit for 10–15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Introducing the NEW SpringLock™ Roller Ball Fitments

We are so excited to release this brand-new product! We have worked really hard to bring you these SpringLock™ roller bottle fitments because they truly are amazing. Ready to revolutionize the way you apply your essential oils? We are!

The special SpringLock™ design includes a stainless steel roller ball for a more durable dispensing option. The roller ball is placed on a spring inside the fitment. The spring pushes the ball up into a locked position in which the oil can’t leak out around the ball. When you want to apply the oil, all you have to do is apply a little pressure and roll the oils on as usual. You can now control the amount of oil that comes out of your roll-on bottle by changing the amount of pressure applied. If you want more oil, push harder; less, push lighter. You can also apply just a drop of oil by quickly pushing the roller ball against your skin briefly.

These spring-loaded roller balls are truly amazing, and you’ll never be able to go back! Click here to claim yours now!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

These Quinoa Artichoke Bites make a tasty snack or side dish. With the addition of essential oils, they pack even more flavor and health benefits. They go perfectly with our Essential Oil Marinara Sauce (recipe below), or you can mix up your own favorite dipping sauce. Give them a shot; you’re sure to love them!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. (13 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz. (115 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Drain and chop the artichoke hearts, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Squeeze the spinach with paper towels or a kitchen towel until completely dry.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a mini muffin tin, divide the mixture into 24 cups, and press down to pack the mixture in firmly.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let the bites cool for a few minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce (recipe below).

Cheeses that work great for this recipe are monterey jack, mozzarella, and cheddar. Try one, or a combination of all three!

Essential Oil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles or with our Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites (recipe above).

Keep Spring Allergies under Control with Essential Oils

Despite the excitement we feel for the approaching spring, there’s a little thing that tends to get in the way: allergies. Nobody likes sneezing, itchy eyes, or a scratchy throat, especially when we want to be outside enjoying the greenery and flowers blooming around us. Although spring allergies may not affect you, chances are they affect someone you know, and that’s no fun to be around. Incredibly, some of the essential oils that best aid allergies are also some of our favorites. Lemon, lavender, and peppermint have incredible properties that will help you with all your allergy symptoms. It’s time for you to start smelling the roses—comfortably!

For a simple allergy remedy, take 2 drops of each lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a capsule twice a day, or as symptoms arise.

Diffuser blends are a great way to relieve allergies. The aroma of essential oils quickly penetrates the blood-brain barrier and enters the bloodstream through your lungs. If you have any of the following symptoms, just diffuse these blends, and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Itchy Eyes & Throat
2 drops lemon
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
Scratchy Throat
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops cedarwood
2 drops melaleuca
Watery Eyes
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop rosemary
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop peppermint

If you’re looking for a topical application method, try combining 20 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 10 drops peppermint in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice. Roll this blend onto the back of your neck and ears whenever you feel allergy symptoms coming on.

Now you can officially enjoy the spring and all that it brings without the sneezing and itchy, swollen eyes! You can read more about essential oils and seasonal allergies in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 220–21.

Decongestant Shower Vapor Disks

Spring rain can bring with it a lot of congestion; whether it’s from seasonal allergies or catching a cold, we all tend to get a little stuffed up this time of year. A common method of relieving congestion is taking a hot, steamy shower—so why not double the benefits by combining your hot shower with these eucalyptus vapor disks? These vapor disks can do wonders to break up congestion and clear your airways. Just place one on the floor of the shower, and breathe in the aroma with the steam. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Decongestant Shower Vapor Disks

  • Servings: Yield=8 disks
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) baking soda
  • 1/3–1/2 cup (75–125 ml) water
  • 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Muffin liners or silicone mold

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add water to the baking soda until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  2. Add essential oils, and stir.
  3. If desired, mix in 1–2 drops food coloring.
  4. Line a muffin tin with the muffin liners, or use a silicone mold.
  5. Spoon the paste into the liners until it’s about 1/2″ (1 cm) thick.
  6. Allow the disks to solidify for 24 hours before removing from the liners.
  7. While taking a hot shower, place the disk on the ground by your feet, and breathe in the aroma with the steam to clear your airways.

If the disks feel too wet, allow them to dry longer before using.

You can also bake the disks at 350°F (175°C) for 15–20 minutes to harden them faster.

It can be hard to get the ratio of water and baking soda perfect, but don’t worry—even if the disks crumble, they will still do their job. Just scatter the crumbles on the floor of the shower, and breathe in deep!

“Tax Day Headache Relief” Diffuser Blend

Hopefully, you haven’t been too busy to file your taxes already . . . but if you’ve procrastinated the inevitable, here’s a nice diffuser blend to cure the stress headaches! If you did get your taxes done early, diffuse this blend anyway—and take a deep sigh of relief. This diffuser blend is great for any stressful day of the year, not just tax day. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the different diffusers that we carry, and let us know if you have any questions! You can also consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best?” post to learn more about the different diffuser features.

Pet Care with Essential Oils

We all know that essential oils have incredible effects on humans, but we can’t overlook the benefits they bring to our animals. In many cases, pets are our best friends, so they deserve to be taken care of in the same way we take care of ourselves. We’ve done some research so that you can know how to appropriately use oils on your pets without putting them in danger.

Guidelines of Essential Oil Pet Care:

  • Animals absorb essential oils much faster than humans, so you should never use more than 1–2 drops of oil at a time.
  • Dilute your essential oils heavily with a carrier oil. Typically a 1:4 dilution (1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil) is a safe option while you are learning more about appropriate and safe use.
  • Never use melaleuca on cats, and consult a veterinarian before using this oil on dogs.
  • Keep oils away from your animal’s eyes, mouth, nose, or other sensitive areas, unless specifically directed.
  • Use all oils in moderation and with extreme caution, and observe how the animal responds before continuing. If your pet gets uncomfortable, stop immediately.
  • Do not use citrus oils on cats.
  • Avoid using essential oils on puppies, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian.
  • Pay attention to how your pet reacts when you diffuse essential oils. Even though you are not directly applying the oils to your pets, the very aroma of oils could be too much for your pet. Consider diffusing smaller amounts of oils when your pets are around.
  • Don’t use essential oils too often on your pets. Continual use of essential oils on or around pets can cause toxicity, so it’s important to free your home of essential oils for a couple days at a time to give your pets a break.

The information listed here is just scratching the surface. There is a whole world of information out there for using essential oils safely on your pets. Lucky for you, we have gathered a wide range of materials to help you learn more about proper animal care and essential oils! We carry tear pads, books, recipes, and reference cards that contain more specific research on different animals. Click here to view these materials so that you can research for yourself and find out what works best for your pets.

Every animal is different, so it really is up to you as the owner to make educated decisions about how to use oils with your pets—after all, you know them better than anyone else. A general rule of thumb is to be very careful when applying oils. Start with small doses and an extremely high dilution, and work from there.

Here at AromaTools, we like to take care of you and your pets. Have you seen our cute dog collar and diffuser pendant? This lavender-colored, nylon dog collar sports a running motif of paws, bones, and essential oil vials—a fun way to share your love of oils through your pet! The collar is available in adjustable small, medium, and large sizes. A loop on the collar makes it easy to attach our matching dog leash and diffuser pendant. Using aromatherapy with your pet has never been easier! The durable pendant ventilates through its paw-print cutout, providing continual therapeutic benefits. The locket comes with 6 colorful, reusable scent pads—you can change aromas and the background color of the design.

We have also come up with a few other blog posts to help you and your furry friends! Give our Essential Oil Pet Shampoo a try; there’s nothing like cleaning your pet without harsh chemicals. Or you can try out this recipe to make a Homemade Flea Collar using essential oils. Give these recipes a click and try them out!

Diffuser blends can be a great way to expose your pets to essential oils, but remember to follow the guidelines stated above. Here are a few pet-friendly diffuser blends that we have made to help your pets relax. Diffuse these blends in a well-ventilated space with a way for your pets to leave the room if their senses get overwhelmed. Let us know what you think after you try these blends out!

We have written multiple blog posts on this topic that you may be interested in reading. Click on some of the following posts to learn more specifically about what you can do to further enhance your use of essential oils with pets.

We are still learning about using oils with our pets, just like you are, so we’d love to hear about your experiences and what you’ve learned! Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. See Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information about using essential oils on animals.

Tuscan Pasta Salad with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a fun new spring dish, this is the one for you! This pasta salad is super simple but delicious and filling. It makes a lot, so you can eat it as the main dish, take it as a side salad to parties, or save the leftovers for lunch the next day. And the best part? It uses essential oils! Now you can enjoy the flavor of basil and oregano in this tasty salad while enjoying the health benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Salad:

  • Two 19 oz. packages cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) artichoke pieces
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) mini pepperoni or salami
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) chopped red peppers (roasted or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup (25 g) diced tomatoes (sundried or fresh)
  • 1 cup (20 g) arugula or spinach

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. (50 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Following the instructions on the packaging, cook the pasta, drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. While the pasta is cooling, combine all the dressing ingredients in a shaker bottle or glass jar, and shake well to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, pour the dressing on, and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste), and serve!

Essential Oil Spotlight: Marjoram

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the plant. This oil has antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antisexual, antispasmodic, arterial vasodilating, digestive stimulating, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic health properties. Marjoram is known for its herbaceous and spicy aroma.

Historically, marjoram was used to combat poisoning, fluid retention, muscle spasms, stiff joints, bruises, and respiratory congestion. Today, some of the primary uses of marjoram essential oil include arthritis, bone spurs, carpal tunnel syndrome, colic, constipation, croup, expectorant, neuralgia, muscle aches and fatigue, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s disease, physical stress, sprains, stiffness, and tendinitis.

Marjoram essential oil can also help anxiety, boils, bruises, burns, celibacy, colds, cuts, fungal and viral infections, hysteria, menstrual problems, ringworm, shingles, shock, sores, and sunburns.

Application of Marjoram Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply directly to the area of concern and to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of marjoram essential oil promotes peace and sleep.
Internal Application: Marjoram is generally recognized as safe by the FDA for human consumption and can be used as a flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Not to be used internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. Should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Marjoram Essential Oil:

1. Tendinitis
Tendinitis can be extremely painful. Try applying a drop of marjoram on location, then cover with a cool pack for 15 minutes. Repeat whenever necessary.

2. Diffusion
Diffuser blends are a simple way to use your favorite essential oils. Here are a few blends that we created for you to try out so you can enjoy the aroma of marjoram essential oil.

3. Roll-on Blends
Roll-on blends are a great way to maximize the use of multiple essential oils, and they’re so easy to apply. Here are some simple blends to help you start using marjoram essential oil topically. Each of these blends should be combined with 2 tsp. (10 ml) of carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, then applied directly to the area of concern.

Muscle Recovery
5 drops marjoram
5 drops white fir
6 drops cypress
6 drops peppermint
Arthritis
3 drops frankincense
4 drops peppermint
2 drops marjoram
Carpal Tunnel
3 drops basil
3 drops marjoram
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops cypress
Nerve Pain Relief
8 drops marjoram
8 drops eucalyptus

4. Cooking
Marjoram is a commonly used herb in many recipes, and you can easily use the essential oil as a replacement. Here are a few recipes we have that include marjoram essential oil for you to try out.

5. Massage Oil
Using marjoram essential oil in a massage oil has many benefits. Marjoram essential oil is great for muscle spasms, can serve as a sedative to your nerves, and promotes relaxation. Combine any of these blends with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of your favorite carrier oil to reap the benefits!

Nervous Tension
6 drops marjoram
3 drops rose
2 drops lavender
Muscle Relief
7 drops marjoram
3 drops rosemary
2 drops lemongrass
Emotional Balance
4 drops marjoram
2 drops frankincense
2 drops rose
Aches & Pains
5 drops peppermint
5 drops marjoram
3 drops lavender

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 90–91.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson