4 ways to use essential oils every day
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4 ways to use essential oils every day

Last Updated: 06/11/2024

We believe essential oils hold the key to reaching optimum wellness. When used effectively, they’re proven to heal the body — inside and out — naturally. There are two ways to best access the health benefits of essential oils: breathing them in and applying them directly to your skin. Here’s how to get the most from your essential oils.


Before we get into how to use them, let’s talk about what an essential oil is. Essential oils are the life force of nature: concentrated plant energy found in the roots, stems, leaves and bark of plants. These powerful compounds allow the plant to stay strong and healthy — so it makes sense that essential oils can help us reach peak wellness, too.

People have been using essential oils to treat wellness concerns for literally thousands of years. Every essential oil harnesses a plant’s own special power, meaning almost everything in your medicine cabinet can be replaced with an essential oil-based alternative. From pain and stress management to aiding sleep and soothing allergies, essential oils can provide wholistic treatments for ailments from head to toe.

A Saje essential oil diffuser blend on a counter with sprigs of mint around it


Your sense of smell taps into one of the most ancient parts of the brain: the amygdala. Before we can even process language, our amygdala can identify thousands of aromas, allowing us to use our sense of smell to understand our world. Located in the limbic system, it’s known as the brain’s emotional centre. It aids in emotional regulation and is largely responsible for the creation of new memories. That’s why smell is linked to memory more than any other sense.

Here’s what happens when you inhale essential oils: aroma molecules travel through your nose to the olfactory bulb, a structure in the front part of our brain that helps us process smell. Once the molecules reach the olfactory bulb, they are sent to the centre of the brain, the limbic system, via your bloodstream. The limbic system, specifically the amygdala, then processes the aroma and releases neurochemicals that are relaxing or stimulating, depending on the essential oil inhaled. This is efficiently connects your mind and body to the healing power of plants. 


When you apply an essential oil blend to your skin, essential oils enter your bloodstream directly through your hair follicles and the tissue in between your cells. Once in the bloodstream, the essential oil molecules move to your body’s specific area of need. To get the most benefit possible, apply essential oils to areas where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface, such as wrists, temples, chest and neck. This technique allows for quicker absorption, helping essential oils get to work faster.

When adding essential oils to your routine, we recommend only applying blends in a carrier oil to your skin, never single notes. Most essential oils are very potent and, depending on your environment and your skin type, they can be too harsh if applied straight to the skin. We blend our essential oil remedies with pure, neutral and skin-friendly carrier oils for safe, topical application. This way, you’ll know you’re getting all the benefits of essential oils without any risk.

Our favourite way to achieve the greatest levels of wellness is to layer up our essential oil routine, combining both inhalation and application methods. Here are our tried-and-true layering techniques:

  1. DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS: Make essential oils a seamless part of your day by using an ultrasonic diffuser. These small-but-mighty devices produce negative ions, which help to purify the air. Negative ions bind to dust particles, making them heavier and dropping them to the ground where you can then vacuum them up. Diffusing essential oils also releases naturally therapeutic vapour into the air, improving your indoor air quality even more. There’s a diffuser for any space or place: your home, your office and even your car.
  2. SAJE BREATH: You can have wellness in the palm of your hand. Created by Saje Co-Founder Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, the Saje Breath can shift your mind and body into a greater state of wellness whenever you need it, wherever you find yourself. Here’s how to do it:
    • Pick your favourite remedy and roll onto the palm of your hand
    • Rub both hands together briskly
    • Cup your hands over nose and mouth and breathe deeply
    • Hold your breath for a count of three, then release slowly and calmly
    • Feel the positive effects of a full hormonal shift
    • Repeat as often as you like
3, REMEDY ROLL-ONS: Our remedial roll-ons allow you to target areas of pain and discomfort directly on the skin. A convenient way to get wellness on the go, our essential oil remedies soothe and comfort many ailments with just the touch of a roller ball. Roll oil blends on areas that need just a little extra love.
Tapping into the power of essential oils can be as easy as it is beneficial. No matter when or where you need them, there’s a method that’s right for you. Make wellness accessible every day, all day — however you choose to find it.
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