Essential oils can be powerful little potions. Here are a few easy ways to get started using them. 

  1. Try the aroma of rose to help alleviate symptoms of depression. Whether it is used in a bath or inhaled, it may provide a mood boost during times of stress and fatigue. 
  2. Put five drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag. Try peppermint, spearmint, cassia or pine. Geranium can dissipate doggy odors. 
  3. To help ease a tension headache, massage a drop or two of lavender onto the neck or temples. 
  4. To make bath salts, mix one cup each of Epson salt and baking soda and 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (try lavender or ylang ylang). Use ¼ cup per bath. Put salts in a glass jar and give as a gift. 
  5. Bring lavender and chamomile with you on airplanes to help calm anxiety. Place on your wrists or a tissue and inhale. 
  6. To increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and add five drops of lemon essential oil. Drop washed fruit into the water and stir. Remove fruit from the water and lightly pat or air dry before refrigerating. 
  7. Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the furnace filter and turn on the furnace fan to fill your home with a wonderful aroma.  
  8. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil to 16 ounces of purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener. Try lemon or lavender. Shake well before each use. 
  9. Some essential oils can promote alertness. Inhale grapefruit or peppermint occasionally while driving, reading or studying. Basil and bergamot are thought to help with concentration. 
  10. Use 1-2 drops of lemon oil to remove grease spots, gum, oil, glue, adhesive or crayon from most surfaces. 
  11. Smelly footwear? Place a few drops of geranium or lemon oil onto a cotton ball and slip into shoes to freshen them up. 
  12. Rub 2-4 drops of citrus, lavender or patchouli oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant. 
  13. Freshen a mattress with several drops of essential oil added to a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle the scented powder onto the mattress, let sit for an hour and then vacuum up. Lavender is a good choice because of its calm-inducing scent. 
  14. For acne: add a drop of tea tree oil to your normal cleansing routine or dab a very small amount onto a breakout. 
  15. Create a mouthwash with purified water, a drop of peppermint oil and a drop of tea tree oil.  
  16. To help repel fleas, place a few drops of tea tree or cedar onto your dog’s collar.  
  17. A couple drops of essential oil added to the hot wax of a tea light makes an easy scented candle.  
  18. Going outdoors? These herbs will repel mosquitoes: cedarwood, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, thyme, rosemary, geranium, lemongrass, peppermint, basic, cinnamon. Combine 7-10 drops of one—or a combination—of the essential oils listed with two tablespoons vegetable oil. Dab on the skin or clothing.