Methods and Benefits of Inhaling Essential Oils

Different methods of inhalation

Why inhale Essential Oils?

Direct inhalation refers to the technique of sniffing or inhaling an essential oil directly from a bottle, a handkerchief, a cotton-ball or a Inhaler tube. The direct inhalation method is commonly done to relieve emotional distress and as a supportive therapy to relieve of respiratory congestion or other respiratory symptoms. Direct inhalations are also used for their effect on the nervous system.

For all the methods you can use a single oil or create a synergy, a blend of undiluted essential oils. A synergy can be blend of 3-5 different essential oils.

Direct from bottle

  • Combine your oil or synergy in a small bottle.
  • Waft the bottle under your nose while taking a few deep inhalations.
  • This can be done 3-4x a day or as needed.

Smelling salts

  • Place a total of 20-30 drops in a 10ml (1/3 ounce) bottle (your synergy or single oils)
  • Once the synergy/oil is in the bottle, fill the remainder of the bottle with either fine or coarse sea salts.
  • Waft bottle under nose while taking deep inhalations.
  • This can be done 3-4x a day or as needed.


  • Place 2-4 drops of essential oil or synergy on the tissue or cloth.
  • Hold the cloth in your hands and take 2-3 deep inhalations through the nose.
  • If using a cotton ball, gently waft the cotton ball under your nose.
  • This technique can be used 2-3x a day or as needed.

Inhaler tubes
Inhaler tubes are designed using 100% essential oil/s saturated on a cotton pad.

  • Choose 2-3 essential oils to work with based upon a specific purpose.
  • Decide how many drops of each essential oil so it adds up to 15 to 25 drops.
  • Place drops of each essential oil in a small glass bowl/cup then place pad from inhaler into the bowl to absorb the essential oils.
  • Use tweezers to move pad around a bit and then remove pad with tweezers and place in inhaler tube.
  • Close inhaler tub and it is ready for use.

**NOTE: Depending on how health conscious you are you might consider replace the cotton pad that comes in these tubes with a certified organic cotton pads. You can purchase these at a local health food store and cut the desired size to fit tube. Unfortunately cotton is considered a ‘dirty’ crop, meaning it is heavily sprayed with pesticides.

Best Essential Oils to use for your blends and mixtures ~ Synergy

Essential Oils that uplift, inspire and promote wakefulness.

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Orange
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Cypress
  • Palma rosa

Essential Oils that calm, soothe and relax.

  • Chamomile
  • Clove
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Coriander
  • Rosemary
  • Clary-sage

Thank you for taking the time to read my article and I hope you will give any or all of my sharings a try.

Blessing and Gratitude
Jennifer <3