Essential Oil Usage Guide
This is a brief summary of each oil we carry, what it can do, and how to best utilize it. It is not intended to be an in-depth addressing of various oils and blends. Search this site for individual posts on various herbs and oils and their uses. Or visit these websites, which we often use: DrEricZ.com and AromaWeb. They have some very thorough info on Essential Oils and their uses.
Some questions we’re asked frequently about our Essential Oils:
Do we recommend purchasing a diffuser?
Yes, if you can afford one. They can be wonderful for cleansing the air and effecting your moods and health. Be sure to follow their recommendations for the amount of oils to use. More isn’t always best.
Is a diffuser necessary?
Over the years, we’ve found a simple tissue or swatch of fabric tucked into your clothing near your face to be just as effective.
Do you really only need a few drops?
Well, your temptation will be to use more than you need. (Even after years of using oils, I still catch myself forgetting and using more than is needed). Less is truly more when it comes to Essential Oils. Using more is a waste of your investment. You should force yourself into the “Less is More” habit. Start with a drop or two. Keep in mind that your nose gets “nose blind” after a while and no longer picks up the aroma. That doesn’t mean it’s not still there and working. How do you know? If you bring the tissue or necklace or whatever you’re using to diffuse the oil up to your nose and you can’t smell it at all, then the oil has evaporated and you should apply more. If applying topically, using a carrier oil as per the chart above actually helps the EOs to not evaporate as quickly and to penetrate your skin better. We do this ourselves, and recommend it.
Are these pure oils or cut with a carrier oil or other additive?
We have not added anything to our oils, and we are careful to source our oils from companies that we feel have a high integrity and professionalism. We ourselves have used each of the oils we sell and can testify to their therapeutic qualities from an organoleptic (experienced by the senses) perspective. We do openly confess that we ourselves have not had the oils tested (which is a very expensive thing to do and being a small company is quite impossible for us financially). We can provide you with the testing results that we have received from the companies from which we obtain our oils. Yes, purity is important, and there are unscrupulous people and suppliers out there, but short of testing each oil for $200-$300, it’s impossible to say with 100% accuracy who truly has pure oils. But– we make ourselves the guinea pigs, and do as much sensory testing as can be done at home. We trust and feel comfortable that our suppliers are honest and have a true product that we can pass on to our customers.
With that said, in a few of our blends, we’ve added an oil which is plainly disclosed on the label and has a purpose in the blend. For instance, we use Castor Oil at times because it is relaxing to the muscles and enhances the work of the oils.
Do we recommend Young Living or DoTerra Essential Oils?
Absolutely. Both companies have wonderful oils and we recommend them if you can afford them. However, we do feel our oils are comparable in effectiveness and are much more affordable. We have addressed this question more in depth in this article.
Jordan’s Crossing Essential Oils:
We are able to order just about any oil, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Allergy Blend: This is a proven and popular blend for combating allergies. Mix 2 drops with 2 teaspoons of coconut or olive oil and massage a small (tiny) amount over your nose & sinus area, being very careful to avoid eyes. You can also massage into the bottoms of your feet, or apply to the bone directly behind your ears. Alternatively, you can place 2-3 drops in a tsp of honey in a glass, fill with water, mix well and drink. Can also use in a diffuser at night near your bed, or on a tissue near your face. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Angry Bird Blend: Sometimes you just need a little help controlling the emotions. Sweet Orange essential oil is calming and balancing. Patchouli is an oil that calms the nervous system. Apply a couple drops in a tsp of carrier oil (olive or coconut) to the feet, may also put a few drops in a diffuser or on a tissue near your face. Safe for children over 8, but use moderately. This oil will NOT cure an anger problem, but can help calm you down in the moment.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil: Best known as helpful to diabetics, cinnamon leaf oil also decreases inflammation, increases circulation, fights viruses and free radicals, and helps to relieve depression. It’s stimulating to the immune system and the libido. And it just makes you feel happy. Put 2 drops in a tsp of carrier oil. Apply to your abdomen or add a few drops to your diffuser. It’s also an excellent cleanser. Use it in your kitchen to disinfect cutting boards, clean counters, or in the bathroom to clean the toilet.
Coughs and Colds Blend: Mix 2 drops with a tsp of coconut or olive oil and massage over your chest area. May also apply to the base of your neck and the back of ears and neck at first signs of coughs or colds. Apply regularly every 1 1/2- 2 hours and you may lessen the symptoms. You may also use in diffuser necklace, tissue, or cotton ball. Even if you’re not sick, use when going out in public during cold and flu season for preventative measures. Be cautious with this blend around young children. Safe for children over 12, but use moderately; children 6 and older may use a 1% dilution (see the chart above).
Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus helps to strengthen the immune system, and is a potential curative for colds and flu. Helpful to clear sinuses and allergies, increases dental health and relieves pain! It’s a great wound-healer and increases mental clarity. Add 3-5 drops to a diffuser, or use in a diffuser necklace, or place on a tissue or cottonball near your face. May apply to bottoms of your feet or the behind your ears if mixed in carrier oil. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Grapefruit Oil: is a natural remedy for depression, anxiety, and moodiness. A tonic and restorative oil which can also help stimulate the gall bladder and lymphatic system as well as reduce water retention and aid digestion. Helps control appetite. Use in a diffuser or diffuser necklace, or simply apply to a tissue kept near your face.
Grave Robber’s Blend: Immunity Blend. Mix 3 drops with a tsp of coconut or olive oil and massage over your abdomen and chest area. Be very careful to avoid eyes with your hands afterwards. May also massage into bottoms of your feet, or apply to the bone behind your ears and back of neck. Use at the first sign of an illness, and then every 2-3 hours after and you can often head the illness off at the pass, or at the very least, shorten it. Use in a diffuser at night near your bed, or on a tissue near your face. Be aware this oil is hot and is accumulative; meaning the more you use it in the same spot the hotter it will get. Best on your feet where you won’t feel the ‘hot’, especially for children (6-12 at 1% dilution, see chart above), and to rotate any other areas where you apply it.
Headache Blend: Shake Well. Apply 1 drop to temple vein and across forehead to the other temple at first signs of headache. Apply every 20 minutes until pain subsides. Good for stuffy noses too. Do not get in eyes. Be very cautious with this blend around young children.
Hormone-Anxiety Blend: Calming during anxious feelings and the tenseness of stressed situations. Helps to balance hormones and frayed emotions. Add 3-5 drops to a diffuser, or use in a diffuser necklace, or place on a tissue or cottonball near your face. Mix 3 drops with a tsp of coconut or olive oil and massage into your abdomen, thyroid and adrenals (above your kidneys). May also apply to the bottoms of your feet or to the bone behind your ear.
Lavender Essential Oil: is the most used EO in the world today. It can reduce anxiety and emotional stress, heals burns and wounds, improve sleep. It can restore skin complexion and reduce acne. It helps slow aging with powerful antioxidants, and can improve eczema and psoriasis. Helpful for headaches, itchy bug bites, as well as many other uses. Diffuse in a diffuser, diffuser necklace, or on a tissue near your face. For skin issues, Mix 2-3 drops with a tsp of coconut or olive oil and apply topically.
Lemon Essential Oil: has so many uses! Our favorite use is as a dishwasher rinse agent. Just add 3-4 drops to each dishwasher load and dishes come out sparkling. (Put drops on door NOT in the rinse reservoir). Lemon oil also removes stickers and labels like a champ. Great for cleaning kitchen counters and cutting boards or cleaning in the bathroom. A good detox and energizer drink: stir 2 drops lemon oil into a tsp of honey in a cup and fill with water. Mix well.
Moody-Blues Blend: This is awesome if you suffer from a sense of low spirits, melancholy, or depression. Helps to lift and balance out your moods and promote a sense of happiness and security. Mix 2 drops Moody Blend to a tsp of carrier oil and apply a small amount to abdomen or behind your ears and neck, or use in a diffuser or in a diffuser necklace. Or apply 1-2 drops to a tissue, or cotton ball to keep near the face.
Pain and Tension Relief Blend: Shake well. Perfect for muscular aches and pains, joint pain, headaches, backaches, and much more. This is a hot oil, so be careful to not to touch your eyes after using. Apply it directly to the painful area, but avoid any broken skin. This blend already contains castor oil, a muscle relaxing oil, as a carrier. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Peace & Serenity Blend: Just what it says! Promotes a contented sense of tranquility and well-being. Add 3-5 drops to a diffuser, or use in a diffuser necklace, or place on a tissue or cottonball near your face. Smells a bit like Chai Tea! You can mix it in a tsp of carrier oil and apply it to the bottoms of your feet and to the bone behind your ears as well.
Peppermint Oil: is so useful for so many things! Digestive upset and gas relief, pain relief, breath freshener, stuffy nose relief, pest repellent, headache relief just to name a few. Apply to the bottoms of your feet or add a few drops to your diffuser. For digestion issues, add 5 drops to a tsp of carrier oil. Put ONE drop on your finger and, being careful to NOT TOUCH YOUR LIPS, apply to your tongue. Reapply as needed. You may rub one drop of oil and carrier onto your abdomen as well. Do be careful not to touch your eyes after applying. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Rosemary Oil: Increases clarity, concentration and focus. It’s an excellent mental stimulator and great for dispelling bouts of brain fog. Add 3-10 drops to a diffuser, or use in a diffuser necklace, or place on a tissue or cottonball near your face to create an energizing climate. You may add 2 drops to a tsp of carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of your feet or the bone behind your ear as well or even your sinus area, being careful to avoid your eyes. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
ShooBug Blend: Apply to pad in a diffuser necklace and wear when you’re outside. Alternatively,to make your own natural bug spray, you can put into a spray bottle filled with distilled or bottled water. Use approximately 20-30 drops per 2 ounce bottle. Great if adding 3-4 drops to a tsp of carrier oil and apply it to exposed skin while out doors.
Siberian Fir Oil: Some of the health benefits of fir needle essential oil include its ability to reduce pain, prevent infections, improve respiratory function, increase the metabolism, detoxify the body, and reduce body odor. Especially helpful for opening congested nasal passages. Mix 2 drops to a tsp of carrier and apply to the bottoms of your feet or add a few drops to your diffuser. Great in a diffuser necklace or on a tissue near your face. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Sleep Blend: All oils proven to help you get a good night’s rest. Place several drops in a diffuser by your bed. Or place several drops on a tissue or piece of cotton material and keep on your pillow near your face. Mix 5 drops to a tsp of carrier oil and massage your feet and shoulder with it before bed. Fractionated coconut oil is non-greasy for this kind of application.
Stress Relief Blend: Just what it says! Helps to calm and relieve stress. A favorite blend to wear to the dentist! Best in a diffuser or in a diffuser necklace, or on a tissue or cotton ball to keep near the face. Orange and Lemon Oils can cause skin sensitivity. Best not to go out in the sunlight with these oils applied topically. So please use only as directed.
Sweet Orange Oil: Great for so many things! Will calm your nerves, help you to sleep, and is an excellent oil for cleaning. Try adding it to your dishwater or place a few drops on the filter of your vacuum. Excellent for de-germing countertops and cutting boards. Add 3-10 drops to a diffuser (follow manufacturers directions), or use in a diffuser necklace, or place on a tissue or cottonball near your face.
Tea Tree Oil: is well known for its healing properties. If you have skin issues this would be a good oil for you. Great for acne sufferers. With it’s germ-fighting qualities, it’s useful for so many things from cleaning the house to healing wounds. Great for cleaning. Mix 3 drops to a tsp of carrier oil. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Ticked Off! Blend: Shake Well. Formulated for Tick season. Carrier oil already included. People: Apply 1 drop to each ankle, the back of each knee, each wrist, and on the neck behind each ear. Pets: Apply several drops to a cloth bandana or dog bow, or apply 1 drop to each shoulder blade, to the back by the tail, and to the collar under the chin. Reapply every two hours when outdoors. NOT FOR USE ON CATS.
Toots and Windys Blend: Both Peppermint and Orange oils are powerful gas inhibitors. Add 2 drops to a tsp of carrier oil. Put ONE drop on your finger and, being careful to NOT TOUCH YOUR LIPS, apply to your tongue. Reapply as needed. You may rub one drop of oil and carrier onto your abdomen as well. Do be careful not to touch your eyes after applying. You can also apply a couple drops to the stomach area. Safe for children over 4, but use moderately. A very good fever-reducing formula as well. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Un-Stuffed-Up Blend: Helps with nasal passage swelling as well as congestion. Best used in an EO nasal inhaler. Or you can mix 2 drops in a tsp of carrier oil and place 2 drops on fingertip and massage over your nose & sinus area, being careful to avoid eyes. You can apply to the bone behind your ears. Safe to apply every couple hours. Use in a diffuser at night near your bed, or on a tissue near your face. Be cautious with this blend around young children.
Wake-Up Call Blend: Have trouble waking up? Need an afternoon pick me up that doesn’t entail caffeine? Cinnamon, Pine, and Lemon Essential oils can be as effective as coffee! Mix 2 drops in a tsp of carrier oil and use on the bottoms of your feet, a drop behind your ears. Most excellent in a diffuser necklace, nasal inhaler, or a few drops on a tissue near your face is effective too.
Essential oils are powerful medicines and there are responsible ways to use them. People have been known to have reactions. Test on small area of your skin first to make sure you are not sensitive. If using topically, mixing 2 drops of eo into a tsp of olive or coconut oil is recommended for greater protection from the risk of allergic reaction. We do not recommend applying EO’s to your skin without dilution. If you experience itching, rash, hives or burning, discontinue use.
Disclaimer: The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or if you have a medical condition consult a physician prior to use.