These are my top 4 Essential Oils that I always have fully stocked in my little medicine cabinet… and why!
I feel this list changes from person to person, but for me these 4 are always used to the point where I am on autoship every month for 1-2 of these oils. If you are new to essential oils, I’d recommend getting these 4 oils to begin with, or even the “holy trilogy” which is: Lavender, Peppermint & Lemon.
I’ve talked about Lavender on here before, it has been a game changer in my skin care regime. Lavender is great for helping with skin conditions such as rashes, hives, itchy skin, or even wounds. It’s extremely healing! It doesn’t hurt that it smells divine as well…. Along with its healing abilities, Lavender aids in promoting restful sleep and more perks below:
WHAT LAVENDER OIL CAN HELP WITH:
Helps relieve stress
Improves quality of sleep
Improves skin complexion
Helps to alleviate headaches
HOW I USE LAVENDER OIL:
Apply 1 drop directly to moisturizer day and night
Apply 1 drop of Lavender with a carrier oil and rub on rash, hives, or any other skin condition. I find coconut oil really helps to relieve itching when paired with lavender.
Place 2-3 drops of Lavender in a diffuser before bed (optional to add Arborvitae, Eucalyptus, or Vetiver to the diffuser as well)
Use doTERRA Lavender Touch (pre-diluted with fractioned coconut oil) on temples, back of neck and across forehead when experiencing a headache. If you don’t have doTERRA Lavender Touch, put 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil and mix with carrier oil and rub on the same areas.
Lemon is my favourite citrus! It has SO many health benefits and detoxifying properties, that I can’t ever get enough. To quote the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce Grandma “I put that sh*t on everything”…. and I really do. I add Lemon essential oil to my water throughout the day, I put a drop in my face wash, I add to cooking/ baking, and I use when washing produce. It’s amazing!
WHAT LEMON OIL CAN HELP WITH:
Helps with weight loss
Helps to calm the stomach (relieves nausea)
Decreases the appearance of scars (including acne scars)
HOW I USE LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL:
Add 1 drop to face wash (keep away from eyes.
Add 8-10 drops to 1 cup white vinegar and place in sink with warm water and all your produce for the week for a deep cleaning.
Add 1 drop to 500ml of water, drink 4-6 glasses per day.
Diffuse 2 drops Lemon + 2 drops Wild Orange for a Citrus Boost when cleaning.
Use in baking or cooking when Lemon is required. Use 4-8 drops depending on how strong the lemon flavour should be. I typically use 8 for Lemon Blueberry Muffins.
Ok, I know you’ve heard the hype around Peppermint EO and let me tell you the hype IS REAL! Peppermint is one of the essential oils, I’d cry if I ran out. It not only wakes me up every morning, but its cooling/heating sensation really helps fight muscle pain, headaches, and tension. Each morning, I put 1 drop of peppermint + 1 drop Wild Orange (or Citrus Bliss) in the palm of my hands, rub them together and cup my hands over my mouth – breathe in deeply. I do that 2-3 times, then rub my hands on the back of my neck and feet. Instant wake up! Peppermint has saved my life on days where I feel super exhausted and begin to develop a tension headache, I put a couple drops of peppermint on a Q-tip and rub on my temples, back of neck, and across my forehead.
WHAT PEPPERMINT OIL CAN HELP WITH:
Relieves headaches, pain and tension
Freshens bad breath
Relieves stomach aches
Improves mental focus
Helps with allergies when diffusing
Natural Bug repellent (ticks, spiders, mosquitoes, mice & lice)
HOW I USE PEPPERMINT OIL:
Add 1 drop to coconut oil for morning oil pulling
Add 1 drop to water and gargle for natural mouth wash
Put 1 drop in hot water and sip when battling a stomach upset
Place peppermint essential oil bottle under your nose and take a deep breath in for mental focus
Place 1 drop on palm of hand and rub together, cup your hands over your mouth and take a deep breath in (boosts energy and helps with mental focus, can also add Wild Orange or Citrus Bliss)
Put directly on sore muscles or if you skin is sensitive to peppermint oil because it is a “hot” oil, add some carrier oil to your peppermint and rub on your sore muscles.
Diffuse 3 drops peppermint + 2 drops Eucalyptus + 1 drop White Fir to help with seasonal allergies and to boost energy.
Can also get doTERRA Peppermint Touch to use so you don’t have to dilute yourself.
Also add 2-4 drops of Peppermint EO to brownies when making chocolate peppermint brownies. 😀
TEA TREE (MELALUCA):
Tea Tree oil is a super powerful antiseptic hence why this needs to be in your medicine cabinet. If you suffer from acne, or the odd breakout, Tea Tree oil fights acne causing bacteria and de-clogs build up in your pores to prevent future breakouts. It’s also great to use on insect bites such as mosquito bites, it helps to prevent the itch, but also helps to heal it faster then it would naturally.
WHAT TEA TREE OIL HELPS WITH:
Helps cure Acne
Congestion & Respiratory tract infections
Heals insect bites
Helps heal chickenpox
Helps to fight fungal infections (candida, athletes foot, toenail fungus)
Removes foot oder
HOW I USE TEA TREE OIL:
Add 1 drop to face wash to clean skin
Add 1 drop to moisturizer at night
Apply directly to breakout with a Q-tip
Place directly to insect bite or add 1 drop to a carrier oil such as coconut oil and apply to insect bite.
Put 1-2 drops on your natural deodorant stick and rub under arms. Alternatively, put 1 -2 drops in the palm of your hand and rub together and apply under arms (if you are not sensitive to Tea Tree directly on skin).
Rub 1-2 drops on to feet with a carrier oil and place clean cotton socks over to amp up absorption for clean odourless feet.
If you are interested in using these oils on your skin but have some sensitives, try using one of the carrier oils I mentioned in my last post – HERE.