How Highly Sensitive People Can Use Essential Oils: Start Your Own ‘Go Natural’ Journey

I embarked a mission more than a year ago to ‘go natural’ in my home. It’s a journey I’m still on, learning something every day, but most importantly I’m more conscious of which products come into my home and into contact with my highly sensitive children.

How Highly Sensitive People Can Use Essential Oils: Start Your Own 'Go Natural' Journey

Essential Oils and Highly Sensitives

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) can be overwhelmed by strong smells and have an adverse reaction to chemicals. Read The Impact of Strong Smells on Highly Sensitive People for more details on the impact those strong smelling chemicals have on your highly sensitive family.

It’s the reason I made the switch to essential oils in my home, for my highly sensitive family.

Essential oils support my family with our anxiety and overwhelm, calms us when sleep eludes us, when racing thoughts take over and when we need grounding after a busy day.

I also use essential oils for household and beauty products – see the list below for a complete list of how I use oils in my home.

Note that some highly sensitive people find even the scent of essential oils too strong. There are ‘gentle’ oils which may be more suitable in these cases. Using tiny amounts of oil in these cases is also a possible solution.

Why Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils can be, to name but a few properties:

  • antibacterial
  • antimicrobial
  • awakening
  • calming
  • focusing
  • healing
  • refreshing
  • uplifting
  • soothing
  • grounding
  • relaxing
  • antiviral

Most importantly, essential oils are natural and making products for your family with them means you reduce the chemicals and toxins in your home.

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What Can You Use Essential Oils For?

How long is a piece of string? You can use essential oils for so many things ranging from therapeutic use through to beauty and cleaning products.

Products I now make myself are:

  • shower gel
  • shampoo
  • fabric softener
  • hand soap
  • all purpose household cleaner
  • glass and mirror cleaner
  • spritzers
  • insect repellent
  • bite and sting spray
  • inhalers for flu and colds
  • roller blend for headaches and pre-menstrual symptoms
  • after sun care
  • mould spray for the bathroom
  • air fresheners

Read: 5 Awesome Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home

All of these products I make replace the store bought chemical products that once came into my home. This is just the start of my ‘go natural’ journey and that list above will grow.

If you use Pinterest follow my Essential Oils board for useful tips, safety advice and recipes.

How to Get Started on Your Own ‘Go Natural’ Journey

Essential oils need to be used safely. I cannot reiterate this enough.

You need to build your knowledge to start using essential oils safely in your home. But the good news is that it’s easy when you know how. I enrolled on an online course, I started reading everything I could on the topic, and I started slowly and cautiously.

Using Essential Oils in Your Home

Feel free to drop me a line if you want to know more about how I use essential oils or want some tips.


About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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6 Responses to How Highly Sensitive People Can Use Essential Oils: Start Your Own ‘Go Natural’ Journey

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  5. Adelyn Koh says:

    Hi Amanda – what oils do you use? I’ve been using oils for the flu for my son but didn’t raise they benefit hsp.


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    • Essential oils can help alleviate the symptoms of flu but won’t cure it (nothing will!). With flu you just need to sick it out. I make an antiseptic hand soap with Tea Tree oil which helps stops germs spreading. Tea Tree can also help boost a child’s immune system. It’s really important to use essential oils safely with children – some oils are just not suitable for young kids. Many flu blends include eucalyptus or peppermint and these should be used with care in young children. Lavender is one of my favourites – and is child safe. I use citric blends for mood lifting (lemon and orange oils) and use a blend that helps with allergies.

      There are a number of products within the Herbs and Essential Oils Ultimate bundle which deal specifically with dealing with the symptoms of flu and colds with natural remedies (oils and herbs), as well as preparing for the flu season. The products also deal comprehensively with using oils safely with children.


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