TOP 10 ESSENTIAL OILS
It begins with just one drop. A magical awakening of all your senses that can be felt throughout the body. It takes less than a minute from the beginning of that oil interaction for our body to have an emotional and/or physiological response.
And it's real... LOVE AT FIRST DROP.
When I decided I wanted to have oils come into my life, I got my first dōTERRA shipment and literally felt like a kid again opening up a Christmas present. My first action (after I smelled every single one of course) was to plug in my new diffuser and throw a few drops of oils in there. It was pure bliss! And I repeated this action day in and day out. I loved my oils and I loved the way they made my apartment smell. I would Pinterest diffuser oil recipes and diffuse away for days at time that turned into weeks, that turned into months. But I wish I really knew how versatile oils where right when I got them. Now, don't get me wrong, diffusing is amazing and I still do it day in and day out without skipping a beat. But had someone tapped me on the shoulder and said "this is another use for lavender..." or "another use for lemon...", I would have been in heaven!
That's why I've created this post. Let this be my little tap on your shoulder to tell you about the multiple ways you can use the most common oils.
Whether you are thinking of finally trying out essential oils but not sure which oils to choose, or you have oils but aren't really sure of how to use them, , especially oil newbies, like I once myself was too. this guide will help you understand the most versatile oils and their most common uses; applicable to anyone.
Oils are listed in no particular best-to-worst order, they are just the top 10. And keep in mind that this only applies to dōTERRA essential oils, which I can confidently list as safe to use in all the ways mentioned. This could not be the case for any other essential oil brand, especially taking internally! I also mention FCO (fractionated coconut oil) throughout this post to dilute certain oils (always dilute with babies and kids, ALWAYS). Just as an FYI- FCO is essentially the same thing as cooking coconut oil, but it is 1 fatty-acid chain short of regular coconut oil which makes it liquid at room temperature. This makes it have a fast absorption rate on our skin which helps drive the oils through our skin and avoid flash off (evaporation of oil before absorption).
dōTERRA'sIt's relaxing and soothing not just to our mind and mood, but soothing to our skin tissues as well. When we’re stressed out lavender can come in to kick's some stress booty. It's amazing at easing feelings of stress or anxiety. And when our skin is breaking out in a rash, hives, or any skin irritation for that matter, we can apply lavender right onto it to soothe it. Lavender lavender is sourced from France and Bulgaria, and it is royalty... this is like the Queen of oils. has chemical constituents that make it a natural anti-histamine and it is also rich in antibacterial and analgesic properties, so lavender is fabulous for cuts and wounds as well. It’s great for sunburns combined with a little fractionated coconut oil and peppermint to cool it off.
Let's talk about our chakras, or energy centers, for a second... specifically our throat chakra, because it has a lot to do with self-expression and communication. When lavender is applied directly on our throat energy center it can enhance feelings of communication and allow us to express ourselves more efficiently. You better believe I put on lavender on my throat prior to teaching oil classes, before any big presentation, or even when I have important conversations with anyone- from work to my better half. It allows me speak my mind so much clearer.
This one is such a versatile oil, and it's probably the most used oil in my household. I use it from smoothies and brownies to upper respiratory support. Let's start by saying, peppermint is super energizing. A good whiff of peppermint will WAKE YOU UP! When smelling it it has such an effect in our respiratory system, it really opens up those airways. When applied topically (just always avoid eyes) peppermint feels cooling to the skin. The reason for this is because it contains menthol, which binds to specific receptors on the skin, sending a chemical message to our brain that says “I’m cold!”. It can actually change the blood flow to that specific region on the skin and effectively regulate body temperature. So when it’s hot outside, or you are working out, or get a sunburn or a hot flash or even a fever, peppermint is really effective at helping the body cool off.
It’s also amazing for digestion because it’s very soothing to our intestinal tract because it has that similar regulating effect that it has on our skin. You may have heard peppermint tea is great for stomach aches. Well 1 drop of peppermint is equivalent to 28 bags of peppermint tea. This not only shows how potent 1 single drop can be, but think of the cost effectiveness per drop when you take that into consideration.
Peppermint can also soothe muscle tension and help ease tension headaches. A drop on your temples and the nape of your neck can work wonders. It's also a great natural breath freshener, just apply 1 drop directly on your tongue and enjoy the cool breath.
Lemon is an amazing cleansing and purifying oil. It's fabulous to cleanse the air and surfaces, but it’s also great for cleansing the body and support it's natural detox process. The dōTERRA Lemon essential oil is extracted from the lemon rind, not the pulp, so contrary to what most people would think that lemon eo is acidic, it's actually alkalizing. If you aren't aware, harmful bacteria to the body thrives in acidic environments, so keeping our bodies alkalized can inhibit any unwanted bacteria growth. It works as a natural boost to our immune system by default. I personally like to start and end my day with a glass of water with lemon eo. It's a nice refreshing twist (1-2 drops in an 8-12 oz glass) with the added health benefits. Double whammy.
It works as a natural goo-gone for removing sticker residue as well, or anything sticky or gunky off counters, sinks, tubs, etc. Combined with vinegar, it can be magical. You can also add a few drops in your mop water to clean the floor.
Lemon is a nice mood uplifter; diffuse to promote a positive mood. During seasonal allergies, combining lemon (cleansing), peppermint (respiratory support) and lavender (natural antihistamine) in a diffuser (3 drops each) or in a veggie capsule (2 drops each) can help reduce allergy symptoms.
Keep in mind though, lemon is one of the phototoxic essential oils which means you want to avoid sunlight or UV rays after topical application in a particular area as it can burn or irritate the tissue if exposed.
4. Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil)
Melaleuca has over 92 different compounds therefore it offers limitless applications. When diffusing it can freshen and purify the air and protect against environmental and seasonal threats. It’s another AMAZING oil for skin- especially face blemishes; it really promotes a healthy complexion.
It’s a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral… So needless to say it’s amazing on cuts and wounds, skin irritations, and mouth sores. Additionally, use topically or take internally in a capsule (2-3 drops) for supporting the immune system when feeling under the weather or like your immune system may be compromised.
It’s a natural after-shave for the guys. Can use in shoes to freshen up funky smells. Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use as a natural surface cleaner.
Melaleuca also supports healthy joints and muscles, and when feeling sore or after a good workout, apply topically to relieve and sooth muscle soreness. It has a cooling and tingly sensation which is an added plus. Feels oh-so-good!!
Frankincense is royalty... straight up, take a second to bow down to the King of Oils. ;)
Really though... Frankincense is typically involved in every oil protocol I use because a really neat thing about frankincense is that it enhances the properties that any other oil has. Frankincense for starters promotes a healthy inflammatory response in our body. If you didn’t know this, any disease... any disease always starts with inflammation. So keeping inflammation down is monumemntal for our bodies. We can support this by applying 1-2 drops topically in the nape of our neck.
Frankincense is also amazing in beauty routines, it’s beyond amazing on your skin. It promotes a healthy and smooth complexion, so it’s great for wrinkles, sun spots, scars, stretch marks due to it’s amazing restorative properties.
It is also great for head tensions, like the really bad ones that cause you to see auras and spots, and give you light and sound sensitivity. My favorite protocol for this is to put a drop of frankincense with a drop of peppermint on the center of my left palm, then press down on it with my right thumb for about 3 seconds, followed by pressing the same right thumb with the oil residue directly on the roof of my mouth for another 3 seconds. Don't worry the taste isn't bad, and that roof area is a quick shortcut to your brain. Let those oil particles work their way up to instant relief. Frankincense is also one of the only substances that can break the blood-brain barrier. I encourage you to do some research on the latest science findings on this oil and the brain. It will blow your mind (pun kind-of intended).
This oil I don’t use often but it’s an oil that’s good to have for when you need it, it’s what I like to call THE BIG GUNS.
It’s a powerful anti-bacterial, antifungal, and antiviral and is a potent immuno-stimulant. It is a powerhouse to support your immune system. Whether you feel under the weather, or there's anything in the air you feel could be compromising your immune system diffuse 4-5 drops of oregano to kill pathogens in the air. I like to make my own “immune bomb rollers” and I always put oregano as a part of any immune support protocol. It's also great to take it internally in a veggie capsules to support healthy immune function (2-3 drops). Diffuse with lemon, peppermint and melaleuca (2 drops each) when congested. You can thank me later!
However, please note OREGANO IS A HOT OIL. I always recommend diluting it to avoid skin irritation or burning. Everyone’s skin is different and I’m not saying this to scare you from buying this oil, because I do believe it's a must to have around. Just to be aware that direct contact can burn the skin, so have some fractionated coconut oil around when pulling this big gun out and you'll be good!
This is one of dōTERRA'S pre-mixed blend. It contains orange peel, clove, cinnamon leaf and bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This smells very warm and woody with a hint of spice. I like diffusing this during the fall months, not only because it smells like fall, but because that's usually when people drop like flies and I want none of those germs around my house. Diffuse this to kill any pathogens in the air and if you're to the next step and actually feel like your immune system is compromised, OnGuard to the rescue! Take a few drops in a veggie cap or apply topically on the bottoms of your feet, especially after a hot shower. Your feet pores will be the most open then and ready to absorb some immune support!
dōTERRA has a whole OnGuard line of cleaning products- from hand soap, toothpaste, lozenges, laundry detergent, sanitizing mist, and more. And I love all their products because OnGuard is a powerhouse combination of oils. What they've done is they've applied this oil blend to common household items that have to do with bacteria/pathogen control.
A few months ago I got to sit in on an amazing presentation by a microbiologist that studied the effects of OnGuard on bacteria. Needless to say, the findings were breathtaking. OnGuard not only serves as a natural anti-bacterial agent, but it also inhibits bacteria’s growth and it affects bacteria’s ability to communicate. Talk about super powers...
Anyone with digestive issues needs to give this a shot. It's an essential oil blend contains Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, Coriander, Tarragon, and Fennel. Not only does this assist in the digestion process, but it can help reduce bloating, gas, indigestion, and heart burn. When overeating, take 1-2 drops internally following the meal, or rub 1-2 drops directly over the abdomen.
This is safe for pregnant women to use*, so if dealing with morning sickness, this can help ease those feelings of queasiness and help soothe the stomach. It can be taken internally in a veggie capsule.
If you tend to get car sick, or have little ones that get motion sickness, add a few drops to water on a veggie capsule and take before getting on the road.
Another use is, believe it or not, is to relive sinus pressure. Apply topically right over the bridge of the nose and over the sinus cavities (forehead and on the sides of the nose) to ease up that sinus tension.
*Always consult with your physician prior to taking anything, especially while pregnant!
So, speaking of clearing sinuses, this amazing blend will do just that... it will help you breathe! This blend has laurel leaf, eucalyptus, peppermint, melaleuca, lemon, cardamom, and ravintsara.
Add a few drops to your hands, rub together and cup around your nose. Now take a big breath. This is just amazing to open up the airways! Diffuse at night to keep your pathways open while sleeping. I personally like to combine with a few drops of lavender (about 3 and 3 drops each), and it helps promote a restful night sleep. Breathe also helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats, so apply topically to the chest, back, and bottoms of the feet when feeling allergens in the air.
I personally like to use topically right over my lungs during Yoga practice, or when I do intense cardio workouts (HIIT) as it helps support my lungs and open up my airways during these activities.
10. Deep Blue
This one is another magical tool to have. It soothes sore muscles, and achey joints, while supporting healthy circulation.
If you work out, hello relief! to your sore muscles. Dilute with FCO and massage directly over the soreness. Sore, or not, use topically and diluted when getting a massage because any excuse is good for a getting a massage! Trade Deep Blue massages with your loved one. They may be doubtful at first, but trust me, a Deep Blue massage is kind of the secret way to anyone's heart... and the heart is a muscle after all, right? It will revolutionize massages for you. Trust me on this one.
Use prior to working out directly on muscles to minimize risk of injury. For all my ladies out there, during that time of the month rub it over the abdomen to ease abdominal tightness.
If you slept on the wrong side of the pillow and got a kink in your neck, if stress is stiffing away your neck and shoulder muscles, if your back aches, or have anything at all that involves muscles and joints, Deep Blue will be your best friend.
And that, ladies and gentleman, that’s a wrap!
These are the top 10 oils, and their most common uses. Now you have some cool new uses for your oils, other than just diffusing!
If you are new to oils and after reading the versatile uses of them and would like to get these 10 oils, dōTERRA does have a kit that includes all of these oils, plus a diffuser! It's a super sweet deal and I'm happy to get you set up with it. Contact me and we'll get these oils in your home A-S-A-P!
Until next time,
All the love and light...