A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils

Improve your emotional well-being

Aromatherapy uses natural essences from plants to promote mental, physical and spiritual health. Simply inhaling these therapeutic scents can give us a sense of peace, joy, relaxation or energy.

Purify your home

Essential oils can be used to cleanse the air in your home or create natural cleaning products capable of killing viruses and bacteria. Utilizing essential oils in your everyday routine can help cut down on your family’s exposure to toxins in the home.

Enhance your routine

Natural beauty products are gentle on the skin and can provide advanced solutions for skin and hair care. You can use essential oils to grow and strengthen hair, relieve an itchy scalp, achieve a clearer complexion and soften signs of aging.

The 5 Essential Oils You need in your kit

With so many scents to choose from, getting started with essential oils can be overwhelming. 
Start with these five basic oils for a wide variety of benefits and blending options.


Wild Orange

  • Cleans and purifies
  • Protects against seasonal threats
  • Encourages creativity
  • Gives a sense of energy
  • Lifts mood


  • Relieves pain
  • Cools sunburn
  • Clears sinuses
  • Relieves headache
  • Improves concentration
  • Repels spiders


  • Aids digestion
  • Encourages healthy hair
  • Supports immune system
  • Kills germs
  • Soothes sore throat
  • Controls appetite


  • Relieves stress/anxiety
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Enhances sleep
  • Relieves pain
  • Treats acne
  • Encourages hair growth
Tea Tree

Tea Tree

  • Removes mold
  • Disinfects
  • Treats fungal infections
  • Disinfects cuts
  • Relieves itching/inflammation
  • Natural deodorant

Ways to use essential oils

Essential oils are typically used in three ways: smelling, absorbing through the skin and ingesting (consult a health care professional before ingesting essential oils). Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they must always be mixed with another fluid like water or almond oil before use. Here are some easy ways to get started using your essential oil kit.


You can use a diffuser and your essential oils to disperse therapeutic scents throughout the home. Depending on your tolerance level, you may use anywhere from 3–12 drops in the typical 100 mL of water a diffuser holds. Your specific diffuser’s instructions may provide recommendations for how many drops to use.

Massage Oil

You can make your own therapeutic massage oil at home using your essential oils. Simply mix 10 drops of your favorite oil(s) with 1 oz of a carrier oil like sweet almond oil.

Bath Blend

For a relaxing bath, create a bath blend of your favorite scents by mixing 20 drops of essential oils with 2 oz of almond oil. Use ¼ ounce of the mixture per bath.

Air Freshener

Many common household air fresheners contain harsh chemicals that can disrupt hormone function and cause respiratory damage over time. For a safer alternative, create your own air freshener by blending 30 drops of essential oil with 1.5 ounces of water and 1.5 ounces of high-proof vodka (vodka helps the smell linger). Store in a clean 4 oz. bottle with a mist setting.

Household Cleaner

Decrease exposure to toxins in your home by making your own natural disinfecting cleaner. Tea tree and lemon essential oils are tough on bacteria, viruses, and mold—plus, they smell amazing. Make your own cleaner by mixing ½ cup white vinegar, 3 cups water, 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lemon oil. Store in a 1-quart spray bottle.

Making your own blends at home

Support Blends

When mixed together, these oils support your overall physical and mental wellness.

Energize & Focus

  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 5 drops wild orange

Immune Boost

  • 3 drops lemon
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lavender

Fresh and clean

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops lemon

Relief Blends

Blend these oils together for natural relief from common ailments.


  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 1 drop lemon

Stress & Headache

  • 3 drops lemon
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lavender


  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops peppermint

Body Blends

Create your own homemade natural beauty products with these recipes.

Cooling facial cleanser

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 drop tea tree
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops peppermint

Long, Shiny Hair

  • Unscented shampoo
  • 2 drops lavender (per oz.)
  • 1 drop peppermint (per oz.)

Clear skin wash

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 10 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops lavender



Classes & Events

Learn more about essential oils and how to use them by attending one of our classes. See all upcoming essential oils classes from AdventHealth.

Naturopathic Care

The use of essential oils is just one type of naturopathic care, which uses natural therapies to treat the whole person and encourage self-healing. Naturopathic doctors often work alongside your conventional medical team to uncover underlying causes of your ailments. You can gain access to naturopathic care through the AdventHealth Whole Health Institute. For an appointment, call 913-632-3550.

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