Natural living is a journey, not a destination. On my journey towards a natural medicine cabinet and natural home, I discovered essential oils. For over a year now, essential oils have been a part of my daily routine. I use them in some aspect every day. Essential oils play a role in my family’s health care, skin care, and the care of our home. Today I’m sharing the top 5 oils that I use nearly everyday. If you are thinking about using essential oils, these 5 oils are the perfect place to start.
Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. Here are the different ways we use this oil:
- For calming at bedtime. If the kids are extra wound up, I will rub some lavender on their feet to help them get calm and ready for sleep. Tim and I also use it at times when we have trouble falling asleep or feel stressed at bedtime.
- For burns. I burn myself a lot in the kitchen (I’m such a klutz) and I always turn to lavender first.
- For bug bites. Lavender oil helps ease the itch associated with bug bites. Tim got stung by a bee last week, and lavender+peppermint essential oils eliminated the redness immediately.
- Random skin issues. Lavender is great for skin conditions such as eczema, dry skin, or any skin sensitivities.
- Seasonal allergies. A mixture of lavender+lemon+peppermint works great when we are experiencing seasonal allergies.
If I had to pick a favorite essential oil, I’d probably pick lemon. I love its fresh, invigorating scent, and use it in so many ways. Here’s how we use lemon essential oil at our house:
- I put a few drops in my water every day. It is said that this helps boost your mood, increase energy, boost your metabolism, detox your body, balance your body’s pH levels, and give your immune system a boost.
- For cleaning. Lemon essential oil is one of the best natural cleaners out there. It is great for cleaning walls (takes scuff marks out!), wooden furniture (I use it to clean my white counter stools), and markers and crayons off of places they shouldn’t be. It’s also great for cleaning sinks, counter tops, and floors. It’s perfect for de-greasing, cleaning gooey messes, and also is a great natural leather cleaner.
- For colds and coughs. I have used lemon essential oil as a part of a natural cough syrup and use it with other oils whenever our household has the sniffles.
- Diffuse it. I diffuse lemon essential oil anytime I need an energy boost. The scent is really invigorating.
- Cooking. If I don’t have fresh lemons and want lemon flavor, I turn to my lemon essential oil that I always have on hand.
Peppermint is a powerful essential oil that has many uses. Here are some of the ways we use it in our home:
- Headache relief. A few drops of peppermint on the temples helps ease headaches.
- Seasonal allergies. (see above)
- Bug bites. It helps take the redness out of insect stings and bites.
- Sun burn. We rarely get sunburned, but the one time I did peppermint essential oil was amazing. I mixed it with lavender in a water bottle and sprayed it on myself every 10 minutes for an hour. It took the redness completely out and the burn looked like a tan when I was done. I wish I’d taken before and afters as it was remarkable.
- Freshen breath. No need for mints! Just put a drop of peppermint essential oil on your tongue and you naturally freshen your breath in seconds. This is also energizing.
- Fever reducer/cool down. Peppermint is a natural fever reducer and is also great for general cooling. I put some in a spray bottle with water and have it ready to spray me or the kids in the summer time when we’re playing outside and get overheated. This would be great for older kids who play sports.
- Cooking. I love peppermint flavor and it’s great to add a few drops to a smoothie for a minty blast.
Melaleuca essential oil is commonly known as tea tree oil. Here’s how we use this awesome oil:
- For skin blemishes. I get two kinds of breakouts: hormonal and sweat-induced. Around my menstrual cycle I tend to get a few blemishes and if I don’t shower immediately after working out, I inevitably get a blemish or two somewhere. I put melaleuca directly on skin blemishes and they clear quickly, usually within 1-2 days.
- For an immune boost. I use this oil a lot during the cold and flu season. We use it on our feet anytime we are feeling the slightest of sickness and it helps keep the sickness away.
- Infections. This is a great oil for infections of all kinds. When Meghan was sick this fall, a trip to the doctor revealed she had a slight ear infection. I rubbed some melaleuca around her ear and it healed on its own without the need for antibiotics.
Frankincense is one of the most treasured essential oils. An ancient oil, it was one of the three gifts brought to Jesus from the wise men! You know it has to be good, right? It’s one of the most expensive oils, but that is because it is a truly effective oil. I’ve read about it being a cancer fighter, an antidepressant, and how it is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other brain diseases/disorders. Here’s how we use frankincense in our home:
- As an anti-inflammatory. When Tim was stung by a bee last week, we used frankincense to treat the swelling.
- To reduce scarring. You know all those burns I get in the kitchen? I also get cuts. I use frankincense for both to reduce scarring.
- Headaches. Along with peppermint on my temples, I put a drop of frankincense on the roof of my mouth when I feel a headache coming on. For most headaches, it works well.
- For sickness. Whenever someone is sick, we turn to frankincense. It has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, so it is a great oil to fight colds, flus, and other sicknesses.
- Anxiety. I don’t suffer from major anxiety, but I do get overwhelmed and anxious when I’m stressed with too many things to do. Simply breathing in the scent of frankincense is very helpful and has a calming effect.
What brand essential oils do you use?
I know I will get this question, so I’m answering it before it comes. 🙂 Brand is important when it comes to essential oils. As you can see from the pictures, I use the DoTERRA brand of essential oils. I have also heard great things about Young Living oils, but have not tried them so I can’t personally attest to how well they work. I do know you have to be careful with what oils you buy as oils are not regulated and you can get some that are not 100% pure. My best advice is to research the brand you are considering and make sure you know their extraction methods and how their oils are tested.
I signed up as an independent product consultant so I could receive the wholesale price of DoTERRA oils and take advantage of their Loyalty Rewards Program. I get points each month that I purchase oils and am able to use those points to get free oils. You can also purchase DoTERRA oils on Amazon. I have heard some people who sell DoTERRA oils advise against getting your oils from Amazon for fear that they may be tampered with, but from what I can tell they are authentic. DoTERRA allows their consultants to sell their oils on Amazon, so I see no reason not to purchase that way if you don’t want to take advantage of their Loyalty Reward Program or sell the oils yourself. I don’t actively sell the oils, but I could since I am an IPC, so this is coming from an unbiased place. I do have some oils in my Amazon Store, but if I was looking to make money from selling oils, it would be much more advantageous for me to do so directly through DoTERRA, so that doesn’t affect my opinion on this.
While I have a lot more than 5 essential oils in my home, these oils are the top 5 I turn to more than any others. These 5 essential oils are a great place to get started with essential oils on your journey to a more natural home.