Essential Oils 101 Refresher

Have you had your oils for a while and still aren’t sure what to do with them? Maybe you haven’t even purchased oils yet because you fear you’ll be clueless or maybe you’ve been using oils for a while now but could use a refresher. Regardless of where you’re at in your journey, we want to make sure you know exactly how to use each of the most commonly purchased oils from Young Living. And what better way to do that than to teach a little essential oils refresher course right here on our blog! Let’s take a closer look at our most popular oils and how you can use them in your day-to-day life, shall we?



We use Thieves essential oil in our homes morning, noon, and night all year long. With essential oils, it’s important to use them early + often, not just when a need arises! Here is one of our favorite ways to use Thieves:


Take a 10ml roller bottle, fill it with 30 drops of Thieves essential oil  (add in 10 drops of Lemon for an extra detoxing boost), and then top off with a carrier oil of your choice. Roll on the bottoms of your feet and down your spine each morning and night to help you stay well all year round!


NOTE: This dilution is for adults. For children, use only 15 drops of Thieves and for toddlers + babies, use only 5 drops.


You can also make yourself Thieves tea by adding 1-2 drops Thieves Vitality essential oil into a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey. Stir it into hot water and it’s the perfect solution to soothe a sore throat or nasty cough! But the best, easiest way to use your Thieves oil? Well diffuse it, of course! Put 5-8 drops in your diffuser, add water, and fill your home with the fresh scent of cinnamon while you help cleanse the air!



Frank is the holy grail for aging, bites, scraps, bruises, coughs, tension, warts, wounds, anxious feelings and sooo much more. Do yourself a favor and Google the benefits of Frankincense essential oil because we’re pretty sure you’ll be amazed!


For fine lines, wrinkles, age marks, and sunspots we like to add a drop of Frankincense to a pea-size amount of jojoba oil. We suggest massaging on your face or desired area twice a day. Frankincense Vitality is also safe to digest for added health benefits. Take 1 drop in 1 tsp. of honey to let Frank do it’s job from the inside out!


Oh yeah – we also love to diffuse Frankincense or apply 1 drop over our hearts to help with feelings of nervousness and anxiety!



Wow, this sure is the perfect oil for improving digestive function! We suggest adding 30 drops of DiGize and 10 drops of Peppermint to a 10ml roller bottle. Fill the remainder with a carrier oil of your choice. Then roll on your stomach throughout the day or as needed to help relieve digestive systems.


NOTE: Dilutions above are for adults. For children, cut the essential oils in half and for toddler + babies, cut it in half again!



Think all things detox when you think of Lemon essential oil. We love to add a few drops of Lemon Vitality in our water for a splash of flavor while helping to flush those toxins out of our bodies!


Lemon is also a heavy hitter in the seasonal sniffles trio. Grab your Lavender + Peppermint + Lemon, put 10 drops of each in a 10ml roller bottle, and fill with a carrier oil of your choice. Apply to the back of your neck or along your sinuses for some much-needed relief. You can even throw 3 drops of each oil in the diffuser to help clear the air and support the whole when dealing with those seasonal annoyances!


NOTE: Again, this seasonal roller dilution is for adults. As above, cut the amount of essential oils in half for children, in half again for toddlers, and in half again for babies.


As if those uses weren’t good enough, you can also use Lemon essential oil as a natural Goo-Gone! Apply a few drops to any sticky substance residue, let sit for a few seconds, and wipe clean. The results are truly amazing and we swear it works better than any chemical alternative out there without the yuck! You can even do the same when trying to remove pen, crayon, or marker from almost any surface. Pretty neat!


NOTE: We do suggest testing a small area first and also using caution when applying to plastic surfaces as citrus oils may damage the plastic.


Peppermint Vitality 

We. Love. Peppermint! We literally use it for all the things. From upset stomachs to getting rid of ants + spiders, we never want to be without it. Simply inhale the sweet scent straight from the bottle to help combat feelings of nausea. Apply a single drop to the back of your neck to cool you down on a hot day. This also works great when you’re not feeling well or for those ‘seasoned’ gals who are combating hot flashes. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to dilute before applying though!


We also suggest throwing 5-8 drops in the diffuser to help wake the whole family up. Your house will smell super sweet too! But the most delicious option is to stir a few drops in a batch of brownies to make the most delicious peppermint brownies you’ve ever tasted!!



Annnnnnd we saved the best for last. VALOR! This oil is our courage booster, anxious feeling tamer, and magic sleep potion all wrapped into one heavenly smelling oil. If you haven’t purchased this oil yet, run – do not walk – to go grab it ASAP! You can thank us later.


One of our favorite uses for this awesome oil is to add 20 drops of Valor and 20 drops Stress Away to a 10ml roller bottle. Fill with a carrier oil of your choice and apply to your wrists, back of neck, and over your heart. We promise it will smell delicious and will help calm any nervousness you may be feeling!


Have a snorer in the house? Apply one drop of Valor to the bottom of their feet each night to help them breathe easier and sleep quietly. And of course, throw this bad boy in the diffuser morning, noon, and night to help you rest easy and sleep soundly!


With hundreds of essential oil singles and blends to choose from, we totally understand how overwhelming it can be to get started. We suggest simply filling your cart with these most-loved favorites to help tackle whatever life throws your way. Your collection doesn’t have to include 1,000 oils to be a successful oiler. Start with a few to learn the ropes and watch your obsession and your collection grow! 


We’d love to hear what your favorite essential oil is. Tag us on Instagram @theoilerycollective so we can see how you’re using your Young Living favs!


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