Welcome to this essential oil usage guide! You may be a bit overwhelmed with all of the many essential oils out there. I sure was.
The many varieties of essential oils offer a vast amount of choices depending on what you may have a desire to use essential oils for.
Since there are so many essential oils to choose from, I thought to offer a guide featuring essential oils you should have in your collection, would be helpful.
This essential oils usage guide will provide you with a list of some of the oils that I started my journey off with. As well as some oils that I feel are well-rounded oils for many uses.
If you are completely new to essential oils, check out my blog post Essential oils for beginners: 7 helpful tips for using essential oils to learn how to use essential oils properly and other important information.
I must preface this post by saying that none of these uses or claims have been evaluated by the FDA and are purely my opinion on these oils from my own personal use and experience. I also reference doTerra, which is the main brand of oils that I use and promote.
All right enough talking; Let’s get oily!
- Wild Orange
- Tea Tree/ Mellaluca
- Chamomile (Roman)
1. Wild Orange
This oil is one of my favorites. It has a sweet citrus scent that helps uplift my mood.
Wild orange can be used as a purifier so I like to use it in my diffuser when cleaning. Many times I diffuse the oil alone without adding another oil to it because the scent holds up well on it’s on.
When cleaning with this oil, I like to use it in a DIY natural all-purpose cleaner.
The scent makes my rooms feel and smell crisp and clean.
When using this oil topically on the skin, use a oil like fractioned coconut oil or jojoba oil to minimize skin sensitivity. This oil (doTERRA) can also be added to your water for an energizing refreshing taste!
2. Lemon Oil
Who doesn’t love the clean and citrus scent of lemon?! This oil has cleansing and purifying properties. It also helps to uplift your mood much like wild orange and according to doTERRA can help in the digestion process and supports respiratory health when taken internally.
Lemon oil can also be used to clean by using it as a furniture polish and used to protect leather products. I use this oil mainly in my diffuser and as a DIY natural air-freshener, to purify the air and add an uplifting scent.
3. Lavender Oil
I LOVE lavender essential oil!
An interesting fact about me is that any synthetic lavender scent instantly gives me a headache when I smell it. But, pure lavender essential oil does the complete opposite, providing me with a relaxed, and calm mood.
Lavender oil has a herbaceous floral scent, that’s not too overwhelming. This is a great oil to use during your nighttime routine by putting it on the bottoms of your feet to promote restful sleep.
I also like to use a DIY Lavender linen spray that I use on all my linens for the calming benefits. This oil can also be diluted with carrier oil used topically to soothe skin irritations.
4. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is probably my most favorite oil.
When it comes to a headache, or if I feel congested or sluggish, I inhale peppermint oil.
One day I made an 8-hour drive from Indiana to Georgia by myself, and anytime I started to feel drowsy, I used peppermint oil to give me a boost in energy.
Peppermint oil has a minty and fresh scent. It’s great to use
in this DIY natural toothpaste and mouth rinses for a minty clean feel.
Peppermint can also be used to alleviate occasional stomach upset according to doTERRA.
5. Frankincense Oil
Referred to as the king of all oils, frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness.
This oil has a long history being used by the ancient Egyptians and was mentioned in the new testament of the Holy Bible.
This oil is very expensive but worth it for its many uses.
I describe this oil as woodsy, spicy, and warm. For me, it promotes a grounding feeling when inhaled through a diffuser. Historically this oil has been used in beauty routines to help improve the look of skin.
6. Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil
Tea Tree oil is a great oil to use in your beauty routine and diluted on the skin to promote a rejuvenated look to the skin.
It is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is a plant native to Australia and has been used by the aboriginals for many years.
Tea Tree has a tangy herbal medicinal scent.
This oil has cleansing properties and is also thought to promote healthy immune function. I have used this oil to help relieve itchiness from mosquito bites.
Tea tree oil is claimed to have natural antiseptic properties and is great to use in this DIY natural deodorant.
7. Oregano Oil
This is a great oil to cook with, especially if you like to use spices that have a strong herbal taste.
Oregano oil has great cleansing and purifying properties.
The scent is sharp and herbaceous.
This oil is thought to have antiseptic properties so adding a few drops to your cleaning products could help with deep cleaning efforts. I like to add a few drops in my laundry to kill bacteria! A little bit of this oil goes a long way.
8. Clove Oil
Anytime I have sensitive gums or a toothache, I reach for clove oil.
This oil always does the trick for me when it comes to my oral hygiene and health.
Clove oil has a spicy, cinnamon, warm scent and anytime I use it on my skin, I have to dilute it with a carrier oil.
When I use it on an aching tooth or gums, I pour one drop on a cotton swab and rub in on the area in pain. Within minutes, I have experienced relief from pain and an overall satisfying feeling.
Clove is also thought to contain antioxidants that support cardiovascular health. One drop of this oil is all you need!
9. Chamomile (Roman) Oil
Chamomile has a sweet floral scent and is great for calming and soothing the body.
This oil is often used in teas to help promote restful sleep but there are many other uses for the oil. It has been used to reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms through aromatherapy.
Also, chamomile is claimed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can relieve skin irritations. I like to diffuse chamomile at night and rub in on the bottoms of my feet to promote relaxation.
The nutty, earthy, and woodsy smell of cedarwood helps to make you feel grounded.
It’s is also a great oil to add to a massage oil or a facial moisturizer due to its clarifying properties. It can be used to help repel insects outside by rubbing a couple drops on your skin.
This oil can also be used as a dry scalp remedy by stimulating the scalp and increasing circulation. Dilute cedarwood with a carrier oil when putting directly on the skin.
Let’s Wrap It Up Freinds
Essential Oils are products that you have to play around with to find oils that work best for your needs. I recommend testing oils by themselves first and also combining oils together to come up with different blends. Oils are powerful on their own and can be even more beneficial when combined together.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a good index of essential oils and their uses, check out this one by Essential Oil Exchange.
I hope this guide was helpful!
Catch you later friends,
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