A day in the life of essential oils. What I use and how I use them from the POV of someone who isn't a fanatic. // dreams-etc.com

Essential Oils // A Day in the Life

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I know some of you probably cringed at the title. I’ve found that essential oils can be a touchy subject and a lot of people fall into one of two camps: 1) can’t stop raving; or 2) don’t want anything to do with them. For a long time, I thought essential oils were a little cray, and people went a little overboard with them. And I say that as someone who thought that way while I used one blend (a breathe blend) for a few years. Over the last year or so I’ve incorporated them into my life more and more, and my list of oils to buy is growing. I still wouldn’t call myself a fanatic, but I do love the ones I use, so I thought I’d share a “day in the life” using essential oils. But first, a few disclaimers:

1 // If you’re not comfortable using essential oils, that’s totally fine. I get it. I don’t want to shove oils down anyone’s throat and that’s why I wanted to add my voice into this mix. I wanted to share how I use essential oils from the POV of someone who has always been a little skeptical, but has come to appreciate them.

2 // If you’re interested in using essential oils, research them before your incorporate them into your lifestyle. It’s so important to know how to use them. Are they safe to ingest? Do you need a carrier oil when you apply them to your skin? Should you be mindful of sun exposure after applying an oil? Is there any reason why you personally shouldn’t use a certain oil or you shouldn’t use an oil in a certain way? There are some good resources out there, including this book. I actually don’t have a copy of this one; mine is quite a bit smaller. But a friend of mine has the massive essential oil tome and I’ve spent quite a bit of time sitting at her counter with the book looking through all the oils.

3 // If you decide to try out essential oils, make sure you’re using high quality oils, especially if you use them some of the ways I do. I have used DoTerra and I like them. I still have a few DoTerra oils. I currently use Young Living and love them too. If you’re interested in trying out oils from Young Living and you’d like to say I referred to, you can use my member ID: 12102166 (I’ll make a small commission), but don’t feel like you have to. Just make sure you’re using high quality oils; that’s the key. These are the two brands I’d recommend. (I actually recently found a video on my phone from a writing retreat I attended and a woman who attended the retreat also uses oils. She put some in her water and she made the same disclaimer. Use high quality oils. Yes, they can get a little pricey sometimes, but a little goes a long way and it’s worth it to know you’re using a quality product.)

So, without further ado, let’s get into the oils.


Peppermint oil. I start my day with a glass of ice cold water mixed with a drop of peppermint oil. Yep, I put a drop of oil in my water and drink it. I know what you’re thinking: is it actually safe? And I totally get where you’re coming from. The first time I ever mixed an essential oil into my water and took a sip I totally expected to have my throat close up and suffocate. True story! But I also knew the person who put the oil in my water wouldn’t tell me to consume something that would kill me. Like I said above, before you start to use oils, make sure you do your research to see how you can use them. I have a handful of oils that I put in my water, but you need to make sure they’re safe to ingest.

A day in the life of essential oils. What I use and how I use them from the POV of someone who isn't a fanatic. // dreams-etc.com

(It’s worth noting that if you’re ingesting oils, Young Living has a Vitality line. I have Peppermint Vitality, but didn’t have it on hand when I took these photos.)

I like to start my day with peppermint oil for two reasons. 1) If I’m a little stuffed up and sniffly in the morning, a glass of water with peppermint oil clears it up. I’m not sure how or why, but I’ve only taken allergy medication a handful of times this summer and in the past I’ve taken one every day. (And I know my allergies have been a problem; my eyes have been so itchy!) 2) It’s refreshing and invigorating to start the day with a glass of cold water and peppermint oil! The only thing better is a drop of spearmint, but I don’t have any yet so I only drink it when visiting a friend.

Just remember, you don’t need to go overboard when mixing peppermint in your water. I mix one drop into 16 ounces of water. (And yes, this is my peppermint oil water bottle. Thanks for asking!) Any more than that and you’ll turn into a dragon that spews minty fresh ice whenever you open your mouth. Been there, done that.

Another perk of drinking peppermint oil: it helps with stomach issues, so if you have a stomach ache peppermint oil can help, whether you put it in your water or rub it on your belly. I also have a peppermint roller ball that I carry with me in case I get a headache. I rub it on my temples, and sometimes on my neck and shoulders when I know the headache is tension-related. I went through half a roller ball of peppermint in a month and a half, but I haven’t touched it since I left my job at the beginning of June. Imagine that.

Late Morning/Afternoon

A day in the life of essential oils. What I use and how I use them from the POV of someone who isn't a fanatic. // dreams-etc.com

(This is Lemon Vitality, so this is what the vitality bottles look like.)

Citrus oils. Tangerine, orange, lemon, and lime. I have ’em all and I love ’em all. They all do great things, but I’ll be honest: I use them because I like the scent and taste. When I diffuse them, they uplift my mood and give me an extra pep in my step. I also add all these oils to my water, so it gives flavor and encourages me to drink more. They can also be used when cooking. My friend and I were just talking about using lime oil to make tequila lime chicken.

If you’re not one for ingesting essential oils (again, that’s totally fine and I completely understand being hesitant to do so), but you’re interested in diffusing some of these, one of my fave combos is lime and tangerine. I also diffused wintergreen and orange, and wintergreen and lemon the other day and absolutely LOVED them! Also energizing combos.

A day in the life of essential oils. What I use and how I use them from the POV of someone who isn't a fanatic. // dreams-etc.com


Eucalyptus oil. I used to take showers in the evening all the time and now I tend to vary morning or evening based on what’s happening that day. One thing I always do: add a few drops of eucalyptus to the shower floor. The steam wafts the eucalyptus up and helps open up airways. I tried this one day in early summer when I felt slightly congested and I LOVED it!

A day in the life of essential oils. What I use and how I use them from the POV of someone who isn't a fanatic. // dreams-etc.com


Lavender, tea tree & frankincense oils. These oils are fantastic for your skin. Lavender calms redness, tea tree helps with blemishes, and frankincense helps with blemishes/wrinkles… all sorts of things, really. I bought a moisturizer from the drugstore (currently using this one from Aveeno) and mixed these oils into it. Within a week I saw a noticeable difference in my skin. I also diffuse lavender at night when I have trouble sleeping and I tend to fall asleep pretty quickly.

RC. This is a blend from Young Living that I rub on my chest and throat every night. I have a deviated septum, so I get congested a lot and I use this to help open up congested airways at night. A friend of mine prefers Raven, another YL blend. I already had this at home, so this what I’m using right now, but I would definitely try out Raven as well.

Thieves. If I feel like I might be coming down with something and I remember to use it, I’ll rub Thieves on my chest and the bottom of my feet before I go to bed. It also makes you smell like fall, because it has cinnamon and cloves. Who doesn’t want to smell like fall? One thing to keep in mind: this is a hot oil, which means it can feel hot on the skin when you apply it. If it’s something that will bother you, it’s important to mix those oils with a carrier oil. Again, when using essential oils you need to do your research so that you can use them safely and effectively.

Essential Oil Tools

Diffuser. This is the diffuser I use and I love it! It’s cute and doesn’t take up a lot of space. You can set it to diffuse for 1 hour, 3 hours or 6 hours. And you can set the light on a certain color, set it to rotate through colors or have no light at all.

Travel Case. I used to carry my oils in a little pouch, but I have since outgrown that. This travel case is adorable and has individual slots for your oils. It holds up to ten oils and fits rollerballs, as well as 15 ml and 5 ml bottles. I take this with me a lot and it’s filled with the oils I put in my water, as well as my rollerballs. This fit all the oils I needed to take with me for two weeks in Colorado. (PS – if you follow me on Insta and Snapchat, you probably already know that I’m wrapping up a two week trip to Colorado.) It’s perfect! If you have a lot of oils, you can also buy bigger cases to store them/carry them with you if you’re on the go. If I get to the point where I have more oils to store, I absolutely love this one.

Car Diffuser. I picked this up for our car ride to Colorado. The diffuser attaches to a vent in your car, you put the oil on a felt pad and the air blows through the diffuser and diffuses the scent into the air. It didn’t diffuse a constant stream of scent into the air as a traditional diffuser would, but it was nice to the scent of lemongrass floating around the car… especially since Miss Sophie went for a dip in the lake right before we left. When you’ve used all the pads, you can wash them and they’re ready for a new scent. I’ve only used one pad, so I haven’t washed them yet and I’m not sure how they hold up.

So, tell me! Are you an oily girl? Are you interested in essential oils or do you think they’re a bunch of hocus pocus! I’d love to know what your thoughts are, so let me know in the comments below!

A day in the life of essential oils. What I use and how I use them from the POV of someone who isn't a fanatic. // dreams-etc.com


  1. Cole Nemeth

    August 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I love this! I pinned it for future reference! As of right now I just have a diffuser in my office that I use, but I love all of these things that you do and I’m totally curious to try them!

  2. Mia Sutton

    August 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for sharing this – I’ve always wondered about oils. I always see people talking about them, so it was great to hear your perspective about why you like them and what you use them for.

  3. Chelsea

    August 11, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Okay this post was soooo awesome and informative!!! I’ve always wanted to try essential oils. I know tons of people swear by them for health impairments, etc. Interesting that peppermint can help a stomach ache!!

  4. Nellwyn

    August 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I tend to get sniffly in the morning due to allergies as well so I’ll have to try peppermint oil. I also like the idea of adding eucalyptus oil to a shower, will have to try that one too!

  5. Andrea

    August 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I’m an oily girl!!! Lol! I tried Doterra but I now use Young Living and LOVE THEM! I was introduced to Young Living essential oils when I was a teenager and loved the whole essential oil thing. I use the peppermint one the most…I rub it on my forehead, back of neck and behind my ears when I get migraines. I also use orange, blue cypress, grapefruit, lavender and add it to my body lotion. I do need to research more about essential oils for acid reflux disease cuz I want to stop taking meds and go for a more natural alternative. Thanks for sharing this! Loved your post! 🙂

  6. shootingstarsmag

    August 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve never tried essential oils but I REALLY want to – well, I guess I have, but in library classes mixed with candles and hte like. I didn’t realize you could ingest some of them, but the peppermint sounds great.


  7. Beth_Daily_Dog_Tag

    August 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I use essential oils sparingly in my house, but I want to learn more about them. I am particularly interested in trying something to help with my sinus headaches.

  8. Jenny

    August 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I have some oils and like to infuse them from time to time. I’ve never tried ingesting them though.

  9. Steph Croft

    August 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    This is a great post! I’m so glad I found it, you’ve inspired me to dig out my oils and start using them again! I love using peppermint for headaches but never thought to put it in my water! I have a blend from Doterra I use in my water. (On a side note, I’m not sure your diffuser link is working, I clicked it but went to a blank page!)

  10. Anna Hubbard

    August 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    This is very helpful as I have been interested in the benefits of using essential oils! Great post!

  11. Erica @ Coming up Roses

    August 14, 2017 at 5:45 am

    SO HELPFUL, Crystal! I remember when we were Skyping and you were drinking water with oil – I had the exact same question! Ha! I’m just gonna keep this on hand until you become a rep and I can order from ya. 😉

    Coming Up Roses

  12. Ira

    August 14, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Great post! Thank you for sharing:)


  13. alyxsheerheart

    August 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Currently using frankincense on my temples in the morning. I always have lavender and peppermint on hand as well!

  14. Cristina Mejia

    August 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Love the peppermint idea! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Allison @ adlibmom.com

    August 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I love essential oils. Thanks for sharing how you use them throughout the day. I love the citrus oils too, they are so uplifting! I mainly use essential oils keep my family well.

  16. Kate

    August 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I really need to get into this. I think it would be cheaper in the long run to use these in my Scentsy warmer rather than paying for those wax melt containers.

  17. Lauren Kunin

    August 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    What a great blog post. I’m very into essential oils. I never thought to put eucalyptus in the shower. Thanks for the tip! And omg I swear by thieves oil

  18. Marie Ndiaye

    August 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I’m new to the EO world, but have fallen deep and fast. I use them daily — from diffusing blends in the morning and night and roller balls I’ve made to tame my todder’s tantrums. They’ve honestly changed my life. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Jessica Fontaine Swift

    August 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Since I am totally obsessed with peppermint everything (seriously, why is there a universal agreement that its only ok to have it during winter – strictly before Christmas?!), I’m totally going to try your morning routine. Love.

  20. slynch223

    August 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I love my essential oils, and we use them for my boys as well. My 4 year old now tells me “mommy, I need some calming oils tonight” to ask for lavender at bedtime. And I diffuse peppermint in our home office (husband and I both work from home) as a pick-me-up and to clear any headaches. I have the same diffuser you have, too, and love it!

  21. Heather Hamilton

    August 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Love this post! I have been dabbling with essential oils for a couple of months now and I have really liked them. I love the idea of a car diffuser!!

  22. Rachel Ritlop

    August 14, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I really am considering using some new essential oils!

  23. Ashley Garza

    August 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I love my essential oils!! Lavender is my all time favorite!

  24. Charlotte

    August 15, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I don’t use any except for tea tree oil on occasion, but I’d love to get started at some point. I think it must be lovely to start the morning with mint (and yes! It’s great for tummy troubles). I remember someone telling me that there was one that was great to rub on your feet before bedtime for anxiety (or, in my case, running thoughts, lol). I’d love to try that sometime.


  25. Ira

    August 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing:)


  26. Lauren

    August 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to incorporate more essential oils in my daily routine!



  27. Lauren

    August 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    That’s really interesting how you use your oils. I just got into oils from Saje. I love using the stress release at night. I even got my husband to use it as well!


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