How to: Essential Oils

I absolutely love essential oils and have been using them for a couple of years now.  To some, these little bottles of magic may seem like a hoax, but I can tell you first hand that they make a difference in your everyday life!  These oils truly are a lifestyle choice — one that I believe everyone should make!  If you are new to the world of essential oils and want to try them or just simply want to know what the hype is all about, I’m here to let you in on some of my favorite uses for the Doterra essential oils. 

First, I’m going to be starting off with my diffuser. This is a game changer.  Imagine falling asleep with the smell of lavender making its way into every corner of your room and helping you drift off into a sweet, dreamy state after a long day…Sounds incredible right?  Well, it is!  The best part about this thing, however, is that you can diffuse ANY oil you want!  If you are looking into buying oils, I strongly recommend buying a diffuser as well.  It is my favorite part of using the oils, and it makes them so much more worth while. I also love candles, and since we can’t have them at my college next year, this will fill that void wonderfully! My grandmother gave me my diffuser for Christmas a couple years ago, and it’s from this company

Another “extra” I really enjoy using is Doterra Spa Hand and Body Lotion.  You can addany oil into this unscented lotion depending on what your needs are at the moment!  I’ll normally add a couple drops of oil to the lotion and put it all over my body before bed, but it can be used anytime throughout the day.

Lastly, Doterra sells this miniature pack of eight oils for on-the-go use.  All throughout high school, I had this on my backpack, and would use various oils if I was feeling stressed, tired, etc.  This is also amazing for travel.  It ensures that you don’t have to go a day without your favorite oils!

Alright, now onto my favorite oils and how I like to use them…

Lavender: This is the oil I use the most.  In my opinion, it is the best thing to diffuse when you’re trying to sleep!  I will often add a couple drops of Serenity oil to accompany it, but it shines alone as well.  Whenever I get a sunburn, I will also take some Lavender and Peppermint oils and mix it in to my face moisturizer and body lotion to soothe the pain and fight redness. 

Melaluca: Although the name is deceiving, this is just tea tree oil.  I use this as a spot treatment for pimples.  In between my face wash and moisturizer, I will take a Q tip with some of this oil on it and apply it to any open zits or any oncoming.  This works like a dream

On Guard:  Whenever we were feeling sick when we were younger, my mom would always put On Guard oil on me and my siblings feet and then put socks on us to ensure the oil is soaked up.  To this day, I still do this when I’m feeling under the weather.  Now, I will often use the Doterra Spa lotion with this oil and then apply it to my feet to add some extra moisture.  I don’t exactly know what the intended outcomes are of it, but in my experience, this oil really helps me breathe and often helps coughing.  I will also diffuse this with Lavender to help me sleep when I’m sick. 

Peppermint: This oil is good for when you’re tired.  I will apply this to each of my wrists, rub them together, and put my wrists up to my nose to breathe it in.  Throughout the day, you can keep repeating this motion to help you stay awake and focused.  This is really helpful before taking tests or exams or if you just need a kickstart to your morning. 

Citrus Bliss: This oil doesn’t have any particular outcomes that I’ve noticed, nor do I think it’s intended to have any.  HOWEVER, it is a really nice scent to diffuse throughout the day.  It’s fruity but not overwhelming. 

There you have it! My guide to essential oils.  Hope you enjoy, and let me know in the comments your favorite uses for essential oils! You can also find this post on Hannah Kerr’s wonderful blog Kerrageously Made.  Go check her out!




  1. Mindy Sontag
    July 18, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    It makes me so happy to hear how much you love doTERRA essential oils and how you use them. You grandmother and I chatted several times when she was trying to decide which oils and what diffuser to get you. Some additional uses for peppermint oil that might come in handy at college: headaches, apply a couple of drops far back on the temples and across your forehead. Upset stomach: rub a couple of drops directly on your stomach. You can also diffuse peppermint oil to keep you awake and alert when you are up late studying. Keep on oiling! ~Mindy

    • Meredith Welborn
      July 18, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you Mrs. Mindy!! I really do love them. I can’t wait to try out those in college! Xo

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