How to Safely Use Essential Oils at Home

Did you know that the essential oils market size and share are expected to reach $14.1 billion by 2026? With those numbers, it’s no surprise that essential oils are becoming more and more popular. It’s important to know how to safely use essential oils at home for a number of reasons. Some essential oils can be harmful to pets and children, it is very important that you know how to use the essential oils properly.

If you are new to essential oils, you can check with your doctor to find out which oils to avoid around kids. Also, you can talk with your veterinarian to find out about essential oils that could harm your furbabies.

Know Which Oils Can Be Toxic to Kids and Pets

There are certain essential oils that should not be used on or diffused around kids or pets and it is worth speaking with your doctor to find out more information if you’re planning on using essential oils around children. Some common oils to keep away from children and pets environments include the following:

Possibly Harmful for Children (Check with your doctor as different ages can tolerate different oils)

how to use essential oils for kids

  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Wintergreen

Harmful to Cats

how to use essential oils with cats

  • Citrus
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pine
  • Tea tree
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Sweet birch
  • Wintergreen

Harmful to Dogs

 oils with dogs

  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Thyme
  • Juniper
  • Yarrow
  • Wintergreen
  • Pennyroyal

If you are afraid that your child has ingested or been exposed to a dangerous essential oil, you need to contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or your child’s doctor.

For pets who may have ingested or been exposed to dangerous essential oils, you can contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-800-213-6680.

Use or Diffuse

When it comes to essential oils, there are many oils that you can mix with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, and apply on the skin. You can also diffuse many types of essential oils.

Here are some great essential oils diffuser recipes:


  • 3 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender Oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil


  • 3 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 drop Lemon Oil

Stress Relief

  • 3 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense Oil
  • 3 drops Stress Away Oil

Sweet Dreams

  • 3 drops Lavender Oil
  • 1 drop Stress Away Oil

Clean and Fresh

  • 3 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 3 drops Lemon Oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree Oil

When diffusing and applying essential oils, there are so many options and varieties that you can work with. You can also try out different essential oils to diffuse yourself and see what scents you come up with.

Here are some ways to enjoy essential oils topically:

  • Apply to your skin with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Test a small area of skin first to make sure that you aren’t allergic or have an odd reaction to the oil(s).
  • Mix a couple of drops of essential oil into your favorite lotion and enjoy a relaxing rubdown.
  • Add a drop or two of essential oil into your bath. Lavender is a great oil for this and I also like to add Epsom salt to make the bath extra relaxing.
  • You can purchase necklaces, rings, etcetera that allow you to switch out your favorite essential oils. It’s easier than ever to take your favorite scents with you.

Essential Oils and Cleaning

essential oils cleaning recipes

If you want to do away with toxic cleaning chemicals at home, essential oils are a great solution.

Here are some cleaning recipes for using essential oils safely at home:

All-Purpose Cleaner Spray

  •  16 oz spray bottle
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 25 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • Put ingredients into the spray bottle and shake to combine. Shake before each use.

Laundry Scent Booster

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 20-30 drops Essential Oil (Lavender and Lemon work great)
  • Mix ingredients in a bowl until well combined
  • Store in an airtight container
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the booster over your laundry before starting the load. As this is a scent booster, you will still use your normal laundry soap as well.

Dusting Spray

  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fractioned coconut oil
  • 30 drops of your chosen Essential Oil (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint are great options)
  • Combine ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake frequently during use.

Cleaning Wipes

  • Jar
  • Re-usable wipes, cut in half
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 tbs Castille soap
  • 20 drops Thieves Essential Oil
  • Add half the water, Castille soap, and essential oil to the jar and close the lid and shake it. Add the remaining water and then shake again and your cleaning wipes will be ready to tackle your messes.

When it comes to how to safely use essential oils at home, it’s important that you always take care and do your research and spot testing before using. Many people want to know are essential oils safe to take internally, I would highly recommend you speak to your doctor before deciding to ingest any of the essential oils.

Essential oils have been used in folk medicine throughout history. Ancient Egyptians used essential oils in cosmetics and ointments dating back to 4500 BC. This tells us that essential oils have been around for a long time and have proven to be quite useful. For natural, medicinal, and even beauty, essential oils are wonder workers.

What are your go-to essential oils? I absolutely love Young Living’s Stress Away, Lavender, and Lemon. Thieves is also an amazingly clean and fresh scent that I enjoy. If you’re looking for household items for beauty, check this article out. 

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