Use Oils Safely

Three ways to use oils, Aromatic, Topical, Food additive

Dilution Rates

Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as a food additive. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:


Inhale the Good Stuff – Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behaviour, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect through an aromatic experience …

  • simply open the bottle and inhale from the lid
  • put one drop in the palm of your hand and cup over nose to inhale deeply
  • add desired amount of drops to a steam diffuser so the whole home smells amazing and all the family gain the benefits
  • there is no right or wrong blend or amount of oils to use, it’s personal preference. A small room probably only needs 2 -6 drops
  • add 1 or 2 drops to the bottom of the shower recess for a steam inhalation
  • apply to a tissue and place in the vent of your car or vacuum


Wear the Goodness Essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, so they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localised benefit. Reapplyy every 4-6 hours if needed – avoid sensitive areas, never to ears, eyes or nose.

  • refer to safety details to determine if safe for neat application or if an oil needs diluting, general rule is 1 drop oil to 3 drops of carrier oil
  • popular places to apply your oils are back of neck, behind ears, down spine, pulse points like wrists and elbows, feet – where it aligns with your reflexology points and also where the skin is a little tougher
  • add oil to a non-fragranced moisturiser and apply to skin
  • add a couple of drops to a handful of magnesium salts and add to your bath

Food Additive

Savour the Goodness – When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, essential oils are metabolised by the liver and other organs.

  • refer to safety details to determine if each oil is safe for ingesting. Some should not be!
  • add a drop or two to enhance your meal, remember the potency – oils are 50-70 times stronger than the source from which they came, so use a toothpick if you need less
  • add a drop to your water or to flavour a juice (or champagne)
  • melt chocolate and add your favourite flavour to make it even better chocolate
  • add oils to an empty vege capsule, great for immune boosting and pain management

Concentrated Goodness

dōTERRA oils are highly concentrated pure goodness and must be treated with respect. In most cases you only need 1-2 drops. Each 15ml bottle has approx 250 drops. A 5ml bottle has approx 85 drops. To give you an inkling of the concentration rate, just one drop of Peppermint oil = 28 cups of peppermint tea. You can even use a toothpick if you need less than one drop

Safety First

When learning about your oils please take special note of all safety considerations. Some oils we refer to as “hot” which means they must be diluted, some oil should not be taken internally, and others may cause irritations if not diluted adequately. If you ever have an irritation or sensitivity on your skin, we suggest use a plain carrier oil to dilute further, water won’t do the trick.

Dilution Guidelines

If you follow the safety guidelines first, there is then no real right or wrong to blending your oils, and personal preference often prevails. Every person is different and so everyone will like/dislike or react differently. We do pay added attention to kids, elderly and sensitive skins when it comes to diluting. See the dilution chart here, or if you ever need to clarify a blend recipe, please message us.

Carrier oils, or base oils, can be any light perfume-free oil. We choose Fractionated Coconut Oil because it is silky smooth and non-greasy. Fractionated means it has had the fatty-chain acids removed so it stays at a liquid state, doesn’t set solid like most coconut oils. Other popular carrier oils are jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, rice bran oil, macadamia oil, grapeseed oil or any other. Also, be aware of the colouring in a base oil with regards to staining.