What are the 3 ways you can use essential oils?

What are the 3 ways you can use essential oils?
Kyla Phillips
Kyla Phillips

Aromatically, Topically, and Internally.

Did you know that not ALL oils and oil blends can be used internally?
dōTERRA makes it easy to determine how you can safely use a specific essential oil or oil blend.

  • 1. It's on the bottle. If an oil or blend is safe for internal use, the bottle is labeled in 2 ways so we know. It will be labeled "Essential Oil Supplement" and list supplement facts; AND in the use instructions located at the bottom of the bottle label it will list "for internal use". If the bottle says only "for aromatic and topical use," it is NOT safe to use internally!

  • 2. It's in the Product Guide that comes with your enrollment kit.

  • 3. It's on the dōTERRA.com site when you look up each oil.

Internal usage:

NEVER put your oils in a plastic container, it will break down plastic.


Why dilute: Topical use of essential oils may induce a sensitivity response, especially on young or sensitive skin. To decrease the likelihood of developing a sensitivity, it is advisable to use a carrier oil to dilute the more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically 1 drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. A diluted mixture can be prepared in advance by mixing the oils in an empty glass bottle or for a single dose by mixing the oils directly in the hands.

There are 3 main classifications of oils for topical use: Neat, Dilute, and Sensitive.

  • Neat. Essential oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution on most people. These oils are considered mild and generally do not induce skin sensitivity. Examples of “neat” essential oils are frankincense, lavender, melaleuca, melissa, and sandalwood.

  • Dilute. If categorized as “dilute,” essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. Oils that fall into this category are those with a high proportion of constituents that are especially potent, such a phenols. Examples of essential oils that require dilution are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.

  • Sensitive. “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Examples of “sensitive” oils are peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and black pepper.

ADULTS- 20 drops of each essential oil in a 10ml rollerball topped off with MCT FCO
(Fractionated coconut oil). Recommended up to 50% Essential Oils in 10ml roller at max. It's ok to start with less and add more later if necessary.

CHILDREN & BABIES- use the same # of drops as their age. So a baby roller would be 1-5 drops of each essential oil and top off with FCO. A 5 year old would use 5-10 drops of each essential oil and top off with FCO.