Our Clients Top Questions & Concerns

How do I use essential oils?

Suggestions and Practical Uses

  • Pour a small amount of carrier or massage oil in to the palm of your hand; add 1-4 drops of essential oil and apply to the area of concern or use to massage feet or body. Then cup your hands over your mouth and nose.  Inhale deeply.
  • If using more than one oil, layer them on – one after the other.
  • Add oil to distilled water to wash wounds, grazes, and cuts.
  • Make a compress
  • Add oil to a full bath or a foot bath
  • Add a few drops of oil to shampoo or conditioner
  • Use as a gargle
  • Use on a toothbrush
  • Add oil to the washer, dryer (fabric sheet), dishwasher
  • Diffuse using a commercial diffuser
  • Place on a cotton ball and clip to a fan or vent
  • Take a whiff directly out of the bottle
  • Place a few drops on your pillow at night (some oils will stain)
  • Place drops of oil in a bowl of hot water and inhale.
  • Place oil in a glass jar of water placed on a candle warmer.
  • Mist a room to eliminate odors
What cautions should I be aware of?
  1. Quality essential oils are powerful substances and should be treated with respect.  They are highly concentrated plant extracts; 1 drop is equivalent to at least one ounce of plant material.
  2. When working with babies, small children, pregnant women, someone with a history of drug abuse or who is taking a potent prescription medication, pay close attention to the cautions listed in the oil description.  ALWAYS dilute the oils well using a carrier oil or distilled water.
  3. Begin slowly and with small amounts, building up to the amounts that are best for your personal use.
  4. Do not take essential oils internally.  There is really no need to do so.  They quickly absorb into the body and into the blood stream through the skin and the airways. They are strong enough to cause potential irritation to the digestive system.
  5. Some essential oils may trigger a ‘cleanse’ in the body; treat as you would any other situation of this type.
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3 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Cheryl Eagleston says:

    I just purchased Clove EO and also empty some capsules to put it in. I was wondering how many drop I should put in the capsule for cataracts to take internally. Also, can I mix it with some olive oil and put it right into my eye?
    Thanks,
    Cheryl Eagleston

  2. Jeanne Krueger says:

    I am new to essential oils by being introduced to Young Living Oils. My question is why can you ingest Young Living and not Butterfly Oils? Also, why is it recommended to use a carrier oil at all times and not with Young Living oils? Since you have a comparable list I am hoping to get an honest answer.

    Thank You! 🙂

    • Meg says:

      I can’t say it any better then LaRee, so here is a quote of LaRee Westover from her book Butterfly Miracles with Essential Oils. These oils can be ingested because they are pure and therapeutic grade; however we do not wish to recommend it because of what she teaches. (Take a peak inside the book on this page.)

      “I do not recommend the taking of essential oils internally. The proponents of internal ingestion will tell you that when serious overdoses (meaning death) have occurred it was either deliberate on the part of the person or was an accident with a child…Essential oils are very concentrated, enough of an overdose to cause illness and harm to a child with internal use would be very easy to accomplish. Even with an adult, a great deal of caution and thought should be taken.”

      Butterfly Express essential oils are potent and are best used with a carrier oil, though not NEEDED for most oils. LaRee has an entire chapter explaining carrier oils. I would recommend thoroughly reading her book. It teaches us so much about the reason behind these oils, and each one’s medicinal and therapeutic use.

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