How to Use Essential Oils

The Four Golden Rules

Before you start using Essential Oils (‘EO’s’):

1) MAKE SURE YOU’RE USING PURE, NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS: Synthetic fragrances won’t give you any therapeutic benefits.


3) NEVER APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS TO THE SKIN unless you dilute them first.

4) ALWAYS USE LESS OILS AROUND CHILDREN: We strongly recommend you avoid using aromatherapy when dealing with premature babies, or babies less than three months old. We recommend that you do NOT apply oils in any way to a baby’s skin (massage, creams or baths) until they are slightly older: infants have very delicate skin, especially when younger than three months; they may also rub their eyes with their fists or suck their hands or fingers. Always use very diluted oils around children, and do not use them too regularly. A single drop of oil in a burner is more than adequate for a small child. See our AROMATHERAPY SAFETY page for more detailed information.

Using Your Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used for anything from treating an ailment by applying them diluted to the affected area, to creating a relaxing bath or dinner party atmosphere. You can use a single oil, or a blend of 3 or 4 oils which may work even better in synergy as they complement each other, or as a unique perfume blend. Pre-mixed blends are also available, which removes the guesswork for you.

All of the following suggestions are based on ADULT usage – always use less around children (see above).

Diffusing into a Room or Space

Diffusing Essential Oils generally requires a diffuser or burner – some have a source of heat to help the oils vaporise into the air, other ‘nebuliser types’ spray fine mists of pure oils, or ‘vaporiser’ types spray water-and-oil mists.

Unlike synthetic fragrances which can last for a long period or go ‘stale’ over time, essential oils naturally dissipate or fade away. ‘Top note’ oils like Eucalyptus or Lemon dissipate the fastest (some within an hour), where ‘base note’ oils like Patchouli or Jasmine may last for several days, and ‘mid note’ oils fit somewhere inbetween. When diffusing your oils, try using top – mid – base note blends to help make the top note oils last longer, and give you a more complex scent.

Candle Warmed Diffusers

Candle Warmed Diffusers use a candle to gently warm a saucer of water. Add up to 8-10 drops essential oils to the water – as the water heats, the warmth will diffuse the oils into the air. Keep the water topped up, and replenish the oils when needed.


Electric Diffusers

Electric Diffusers, Vaporisers and Nebulisers all work differently, so check the instructions for your specific model.

Room Sprays / Perfume Sprays

For an instant atmosphere, a water-based room spray can be made in any spray bottle for germs, cleaning, or even blends to help with sleep or stress; or smaller spray bottles can be used for natural perfume blends. Try adding SOLUBILISER to your spray, which will help your oils blend in with the water instead of sitting as a slick on top, otherwise you’ll need to shake it between each use.

Inhaler Sticks

Inhaler Sticks are an inexpensive and effective way to take your aromatherapy wherever you go – in a school bag, by the bed, or travelling. They use a blank (unscented) wick inside a sealed inhaler stick – just add up to 20 drops of an oil to the wick and seal it inside the casing. Keep the cap tight between uses, and top up the oils as the scent naturally fades over time.

Tissue Method

Add a drop or two of essential oil to a tissue and tuck into your shirt collar or pillow case. Avoid oils that may be sensitising on the skin, or coloured oils that may stain fabric. Do not use this method within reach of babies.

Applying Oils to the Skin

You can add essential oils to various products to apply them to skin – whether to scent your skincare cream or liquid soap, create a relaxing massage oil, or add oils to a balm or carrier oil to apply topically for therapeutic reasons.

Essential Oils must always be diluted before applying them to your skin, particularly on your face as the skin is more delicate. Always use less for children (see top), and always avoid the eye and mouth areas.

Avoid any known SENSITISING oils like Cinnamon Bark or Peppermint. Do a small patch test and if any irritation occurs cease use immediately – use extra carrier oil to further dilute the oil on your skin if you experience irritation.

Some oils cause photosensitisation – sensitivity to UV light – and should not be applied to skin before exposure to the sun, even diluted. See our AROMATHERAPY SAFETY page for more info.



Use the same ratio to add essential oils to an unscented carrier or massage oil (try sweet almond, grapeseed or a pre-made massage blend). Don’t make your massage oil too far in advance as essential oils begin to lose effectiveness once blended with other products.


Roll-On Bottles

Roll-on / rollerball bottles are another inexpensive way to take your blends with you, or have a blend ready for application to the skin as a perfume or for therapeutic use. Follow the 3% rule for use on the body, but use a weaker 1% dilution if intended for the facial area.

For a 3% blend, add 6 – 8 drops essential oils in a 10-15ml roll-on bottle, and top up the bottle with a natural carrier oil (Jojoba is best absorbed and not greasy). Insert the roller mechanism – use a BOTTLE TOOL for easy insertion or removal.


To prepare for sleep, to relax or reduce stress, or help sore muscles, oils can be added straight to a bath (avoid sensitising oils). Add no more than 8 – 10 drops in total, and splash them thoroughly into the water before stepping in to avoid a concentration of oils on your skin. Use much less for children (see top).


Steam Inhalation

To treat a cold or other respiratory illness, add 4 – 6 drops suitable essential oils to a bowl of boiling water. Lean over and place a towel over your head and shoulders to trap the steam, allowing you to breathe in the oils. Keep eyes closed to avoid getting oils into them, and take care of the boiling water.

Aromatherapy Jewellery & Car Diffusers

The ultimate take-anywhere personal diffuser, Aroma Jewellery can be used for natural perfumes or therapeutic blends. Car Diffusers work in a similar way and clip to your car’s air vent for blends to help concentration, fatigue or travel sickness.

Scent Pad pieces feature a metal pendant / locket with a solid back, which holds a changeable textile pad. Add a few drops of oil or perfume to the pad and the scent will diffuse through the open holes of the design.

Lava Stone pieces use a naturally porous lava stone bead, which partially absorbs your essential oils to gradually diffuse them as the beads are warmed against the skin. Add a couple of drops of oil to the bead and allow to soak in, then thoroughly wipe dry before use.


Do be sensitive to other people sharing your space. Aromatherapy is a personal thing – some scents don’t appeal, while others love them.

Always feel free to experiment with your own blends, but read up for any safety information that may affect you or those around you before using new oils – some are not suitable for pregnant women, or people with high blood pressure etc.

And always use less oils around children – see our AROMATHERAPY SAFETY page for more detailed information.


The advice within this page is general and not specific to individuals and particular circumstances. Before using essential oils or other natural treatments, check all cautions and restrictions. Aroma Queen cannot be held responsible for any injury, damage or otherwise resulting from the use of any treatments or products within this website. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or self-treatment for long periods or for serious problems, without first consulting a qualified medical practitioner.
Always seek professional medical advice if symptoms persist.

Always remember, Aromatherapy is intended to complement, not replace traditional medicine.

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* FRANKINCENSE: Smell the pure Frankincense resin in these sticks – perfect for meditation
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So what on earth is a CENSER?

The term sounds a little exotic, but it simply means `a container in which incense is burnt during a religious ceremony`.

Censers are typically used for burning incense resins like Frankincense, Myrrh or Copal over charcoal tablets, though depending on the shape or design, they can also be used as incense cone, dhoop or rope burners, or smudge pots for your smudge sticks.

While resins can be burned on charcoal tablets in a simple heat-proof bowl of sand or earth, adding a Censer to your ritual is a great way to personalise and enhance the experience by selecting a design the reflects your style.

Popular designs include `screen` censers which have a metal grid to place your charcoal in (or over - they can be inverted), or simple bowl types. Some also come with hanging chains or handles, to move around an area while burning your incense. They can be simple and practical or with decorative embellishments like mother of pearl, or intricate engravings.

The majority tend to be made of long-lasting brass or metal, but this does mean that they can heat up with a red-hot charcoal tablet inside them. A simple way to reduce this is to add a layer of sand or earth into the base, which will insulate the burner from the heat. Regardless of the design, always place censers on a heat proof surface or coaster, and ensure you keep little hands or paws out of reach during use!

If you`d like to learn more about burning resins over charcoal tablets, visit out AQ website`s DISCOVER pages for a step-by-step tutorial:

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When you’re looking to scent your space and don’t need any of the therapeutic benefits associated with aromatherapy, the natural version can be incredibly expensive and difficult to justify burning in a diffuser. ‘Fragrance oils’ like these are chemical copies that replicate a scent, without any therapeutic benefits, so are the perfect choice when burning just for fragrance.

Use in your oil burner or in a piece of aroma jewellery - not suitable for application to the skin.

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DHOOP INCENSE is similar to Agarbatti sticks except instead of compressing the ingredients around an inner stick, the ingredients are pressed into a stand-alone mould such as a cone, or rolled / extruded into a long cylinder resembling a thick piece of spaghetti.

Dhoop is often considered purer than Agarbatti as the scent of the burning bamboo core may adulterate the fragrance. However it`s a bit of a trade-off as without the inner stick for strength, dhoop sticks are also more delicate and can snap more easily.

While Agarbatti sticks extinguish when they hit the uncoated bamboo, dhoop burns right through to the base or end before going out, so they need to be burned on a heat-proof stand - many dhoop sticks or cones come with their own simple burning tile/plate, or can be burned in a specialised burner or on a burner box with horizontal metal slats for the incense to lie on while it burns (at a pinch try inserting a stick into a bowl of damp sand or earth, eg a plant pot).

To light a dhoop stick, just hold a flame to the tip in the same way you would with a traditional incense stick. Wait until it`s caught and is starting to glow red, then blow out the flame and allow the fragrant smoke to fill the air.

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Further to our earlier post on ROPE INCENSE, there are a number of gorgeous handcrafted specialised burners that suit Nepalese Rope - ranging from STANDS that hang the soft incense braids over a burning plate, to BOWLS and dishes on which the rope lies before it turns to ash after burning.

There are also multipurpose BURNER BOXES, which are a great idea if you enjoy different types of exotic incense - your rope, stick, dhoop or Japanese koh stick simply lies on the metal bars and the ash drops into the box below for a safe and easy clean-up afterwards.

Of course, like most types of incense, if you just want to try Nepalese Rope out, you don`t need to invest in a fancy burner - simply burn over a heatproof dish, or even on some sand or earth in a bowl.

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Cedarwood Atlas is native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria, and is a pyramid shaped evergreen tree.

Cedar was used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming, and the wood has long been prized for building purposes.

The scent of Cedarwood Oil is warming and soothing, and can help reduce stress and anxiety. It is a slightly masculine fragrance often used in cosmetics.

Cedar`s sedative effects are similar to Sandalwood, and its expectorant properties can help ease respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, coughs and catarrh.

Cedarwood Atlas makes an ideal remedy for bladder and kidney infections and cystitis. Its astringent and antiseptic qualities make it useful in skincare when treating oily conditions, and it also makes a good hair tonic suitable for treating dandruff.

If you enjoy woody scents, visit our WOODS page in our SHOP BY SCENT section, where all of our woody scented oils and incense are together in the one place:

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Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

NEPALESE ROPE is one of the most unique incense types you`re likely to come across, handmade using traditional methods.

Dried herbs and other naturally scented botanicals are finely powdered and wrapped in a thin strip of hand-prepared Nepali lokta paper, which is then braided to form a soft rope-like dhoop stick around 9 or 10cm in length.

To burn Rope Incense, just light the intertwined ends and once it`s alight, blow out the flame to allow the stick to smoulder just as you would with incense sticks or cones. Rest the lit stick in a heatproof dish of sand or ash, in a suitable censer, or over a purpose-made Burner Box that has horizontal metal bars for the rope to lie on as it burns (these also work for Japanese incense or dhoop sticks that don`t have an inner bamboo stick and so can`t be burned on standard incense stick burners).

As rope sticks only gently smoulder, we`ve found that each stick will burn up to 30 - 40 minutes depending on the breeze and burning conditions - as with all incense (or anything burning), the more breeze or wind, the quicker they will burn.

Rope incense is available in a number of different scents, from Buddhist or meditation blends, to classic scents like rose, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, nag champa, juniper, frankincense or lemongrass.

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WHITE SAGE has been traditionally used in Smudging to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, to cleanse the atmosphere and disperse negativity – sage is believed by many to be a masculine plant that can reduce or eliminate negative energy; some place sage at doorways for protection against evil. Today, it can be used to purify homes, offices or other spaces; the smell of sage will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life.

CRUSHED WHITE SAGE Leaves can be used as incense or even with natural pot pourri to scent a room.

Burn the leaves as incense over charcoal tablets or a candle warmed censer, just as you`d burn resin incense like Frankincense. As it heats, the beautiful, cleansing scent of desert sage will be released through the fragrant smoke – use sage leaves as an alternative to white sage smudge sticks.

Our white sage is Grown in California, cut straight from the bush and allowed to dry naturally.

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Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

JAPANESE `KOH` differs from Indian sticks in that it doesn`t have an inner bamboo skewer: picture a delicate spaghetti-like stick with no protruding wood. The result is a beautifully subtle, purer scent with less smoke than you`d find with most Indian `agarbatti` sticks. This makes them the perfect choice if you`d prefer a less smoky space, or want to use relaxing incense in a smaller room such as by the bath.

For a stronger scent you can burn a couple of sticks at a time, or even try burning a mix of different scents at once to create your own signature scent.

As koh doesn`t have the inner bamboo stick and burns all the way to the end, it generally can`t be used with ashcatchers or other burners that are designed to have the bamboo inserted into the holder. Instead, Japanese incense like Morning Star comes with its own ceramic burning tile - place the tile on a heatproof plate or bowl and lean the stick in the tile`s hole. There are also specialised burner boxes available, with a grid of metal slats to lie koh, dhoop or rope incense on while burning.

As koh is quite thin, most packs have 40 or 50 sticks which means plenty of burning time per pack.

Find our Japanese Incense range on our Australian website HERE:

More exotic incense types to come - keep watching our page to learn more, or DISCOVER MORE about Incense HERE:

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