How To Choose And Diffuse An Essential Oil - Essential Oil Academy

How To Choose And Diffuse An Essential Oil

(This article is intended for complete essential oil newbies. The Essential Oil Practitioner certification course will go into great depth on this topic.)  Depending on your needs, you should carefully choose essential oils based on the results you are looking for. Do you want to create a relaxing mood, an energized environment or support your body physically? This post will address basics to choose and diffuse an essential oil.

Most mood enhancing essential oils are used by essential oil practitioners for mental fatigue, stress, and anxiety. If physical uses are the focus of your needs, then essential oil practitioners know which ones support various parts of your anatomy. It is important to use the proper essential oil or you may find yourself frustrated from ineffective results.

Before you choose an essential oil that is perfect for you, doing research and reading articles related to many different essential oils will help you decide. A good essential oils book that lists many oils is helpful so that you can learn not only which oil to use but how to use it safely.  In the certification course, we include a free essential oils "bible" as a research and suggest several others to complement your oils practice.

Some essential oils are better as mood enhancers than others. If you suffer from depression or lack of focus, certain essential oils will help lift your spirits and improve your mood so that you can be more active or focused during the day.

You can also ask a professional, certified essential oil practitioner to help you choose. A professional can help you select which essential oil will quickly support your area of concern with the best efficacy.

It's important to dilute the oils before using. Essential oils are potent, so using them on the skin without diluting can cause sensitivity issues such as a rash or burn. Dilute a drop in a few milliliters of olive, jojoba or coconut oil. Spread the essential oil blend on a small area of your skin and observe for twenty four hours. If your skin becomes irritated, then you may not want to use that specific oil.

After checking for sensitivities, it is time to use the essential oils. There are several different methods that you can use. Below is a list of ways to inhale or apply the essential oils for the different therapeutic effects. It is important to use them the way they are intended for the best benefits.


A diffuser will allow you to inhale the essential oils. Put a few drops of essential oils into the diffuser with water. Make sure to read the directions. A diffuser will evaporate the essential oils into the air, and most come with a timer so that they can be used while sleeping.

Dry Evaporation

Dry evaporation is a more simple way to inhale the essential oils. You can place a few drops on a cotton swab or tissue and allow it to evaporate into the air. You can inhale the fragrance directly from the cotton swab. For a less potent effect, allow the essential oils to evaporate on the tissue or cotton swap and leave it in the general vicinity of where you will be for about an hour.


Steam is a simple way to inhale the essential oil aroma. Place a few drops into a steaming bowl of water. The oils will quickly vaporize into the air. Place a towel over your head and place your head close to the steam and inhale. The fresh fragrance of the essential oils will penetrate your senses and help you feel refreshed.


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