Whether you’re working remotely or trying to keep your virtual-learning kids sane, most of us are feeling a bit out of our elements these days. Enter essential oils. These potent powerhouses may be the little moment of calm you need in your day. Get the lowdown on essential oils including how to fit them into your routine, whatever that may be right now.
Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.
Essential Oil Basics
Before trying essential oils, it’s important to keep a few pointers in mind. They can be applied topically or inhaled directly from the bottle or a diffuser (a device that disperses essential oils into the air). Follow these tips for success:
Don’t apply directly to your skin: Never (ever!) apply essential oils directly to your skin. They are concentrated plant essences and can cause irritation particularly for those with sensitive skin.
Mix first: If you’re using them topically, always mix essential oils with another unscented plant-based oil (known as a carrier oil), like olive oil or coconut — about three to five drops of essential oil per one tablespoon of the carrier oil should do it.
Test it out: It’s always worth testing your essential oil blend on a small area of skin first to see how you react to it.
Take a whiff: If you want to reap the aromatherapy benefits without applying anything to the skin, try taking a quick whiff directly from the bottle.
Our Favorite Essential Oils
Essential oils are associated with a wide variety of functions like soothing stress, elevating mood, increasing alertness and enhancing your general well-being and relaxation. Check out these all-stars, plus our top scenarios for using them.
The situation: When the post-chase-your-kid-around-the-house weariness sets in.
How to use: When used topically, this cooling oil may help with sore muscles, headaches and itchy skin. Try adding a few drops to a diffuser for an intense and refreshing scent.
The situation: For that inhale/exhale state of mind we could all use right now.
How to use: Sweet, floral and pleasing, this oil is known for its soothing properties. When diffused, its scent may help elevate your mood and bring out your happy face.
The situation: When you need to crush your Zoom call with confidence and glowing skin.
How to use: Ancient Egyptians prized this calming oil for its skin-soothing and antimicrobial properties. Diffuse for a slightly sweet and woody scent to help quiet racing thoughts.
The situation: When your Wi-Fi cuts out and you need a deep, invigorating breath.
How to use: Sharp, cooling and energizing, eucalyptus oil is known for its antimicrobial properties. Apply topically or diffuse for an uplifting scent.
The situation: When your TV streaming service just isn’t cutting it as self-care anymore.
How to use: Keep this energizing scent close for when you need to get out of a funk or add it to DIY household cleaners for a fresh, zesty scent.
The situation: When you’ve found a new love for the outdoors, but the bugs love you more.
How to use: Used to treat skin for centuries by Indigenous peoples in Australia, this crisp and earthy oil has typically been used topically for skin conditions like acne and bug bites.
The situation: When you want to replicate that salon treatment you’ve been missing for six months.
How to use: Strong, fresh and herby-scented, this restorative oil can be applied topically to help nourish and moisturize your hair.
The situation: When your house smells just a bit more “lived in” than usual.
How to use: Bright, uplifting and revitalizing, a whiff of this boldly scented oil may help perk you up. Add to DIY household cleaners to give them an extra fresh scent.
Check out our complete guide to essential oils opens in a new tab to learn more.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.