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10 Essential Oils that Every Home Needs!

If you are looking for a natural way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, you have found your answer!

If you are looking for a natural way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, you have found your answer!

What are essential oils:

The simplest way of explaining what essential oils are is scented liquids taken from certain plants using steam or pressure. The oils contain the natural chemicals that give the plant its "essence," a specific odour and flavour. The ways of using essential oils can be:

· medicine,

· perfume,

· aromatherapy,

· food flavouring.

A more technical definition would be that essential oils are extracted from volatile, aromatic. Compounds are found in the flowers, bark, leaves, resin, stems, roots, and plants seeds or piths of citrus fruits and are a treasure for their enhancement of beauty, flavour, and health.

Why use essential oils:

The reason essential oils are so beneficial to have in every home is they are powerful promoters of physical, mental, and emotional health; they are backed by growing scientific validation, and this rediscovery of holistic self-care with oils is very popular.

Some benefits are listed below:

  • Rejuvenating the skin and overall health.
  • It could improve moods.
  • Supporting a feeling of calmness.
  • It could improve the quality of sleep.
  • Cleaning your home naturally.
  • Adding flavours to cooking.
  • Massaging on sore muscles of the body.

10 Essential oils that every home needs are the following:

  • Lemon
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Ice Blue
  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Siberian Fir
  • Peppermint

Please note in this blog; I will mention carrier oil; this can be any oil that can be used with the essential oil- to apply on the skin, I normally use fractionated coconut oil; however, you can use any oil that you have. I like this one as it is not greasy, and I can use it on my face and body, and it feels lovely. Also, when applying oils on skin, the absorption is better with a carrier oil.

1.Lemon Oil (also known as the oil of focus)

Lemon oil is part of the citrus family, where the citrus trees grow juicy fruit with a pulpy rind in warm climates. This oil is cold-pressed or steam distilled from the rind. Lemon oil is a must for all households and one of the cheapest oils. This oil restores energy, mental flexibility, and the drive to complete a project.

The top properties of Lemon essential oil are:

  • Uplifting
  • Energising
  • Calming
  • Detoxing

Disclaimer: Please be mindful that when you put this oil and other citrus oils on your body, you should avoid exposure to the sun. This is a side effect of an increase in photosensitivity. In addition, your skin could become irritated when exposed to the sun.

How you can use Lemon oil in your life today:

  • Diffusing with this oil in the morning will make you energise and ready for your new day; if you do have other citrus oils like Lime, Litsea and Wild Orange, you can do a blend in your diffuser as soon as you wake up, and this will give everyone in your household a great start to their day.
  • If you would like to put this one in your warm water in the morning first thing instead of actual lemons, this is great. Just make sure you read the ingredients of the oils to see they are 100% oil and there are no fillers if you are planning to ingest them.
  • Do you usually need something at 3 pm, a pick me up? Instead of reaching for your chocolate or something else sweet, grab your lemon oils, drop one to two drops in your hand, and inhale and exhale deeply. This will fight off your exhaustion and your 3 pm sugar craving.
  • Have a glass spray bottle and will it with water and drop 10-15 drops of lemon oil in there and shake well, and you can use this for your kitchen to smell amazing. Also, have this as your bathroom spray, and you can play with the oils here, depending on which one you have on hand.
  • Toxin-free mopping put a few drops of lemon oil into your mopping bucket with boiling water.
  • Topically you can apply this oil with a carrier oil to your wrist and temples.
  • This oil can support mental fatigue. (For more information on this topic, you can check out my previous blog):
Mental Fatigue
10 ways to combat Mental Fatigue!
  • Lemon is an excellent aid for children struggling with school; whether you diffuse it while they are learning, put a drop of this on your wrist and temples before they go to school. You can also do this for yourself when you work or study at home.

2. Frankincense (also known as the oil of truth)

This oil is also called the King of all oils. This oil invites individuals to let go of lower vibration, creating a new perspective based on light and the truth. This oil supports restoring and strengthening.

Frankincense oil is my favourite, and I cannot live without this oil, my kids also love this one too. Using this gives you positive energy, enlightens you, feeling loved and protected, and your sense of wisdom is heightened.

Have you heard of the Blood-Brain Barrier?

This is a network of blood vessels and tissue made of closed space cells that help keep harmful substances from reaching the brain. However, the BBB lets substances such as water, oxygen, carbon dioxide and cereal anaesthetics pass into the brain.

The blood-brain barrier is to combat the toxins/pathogens that are circulating that could cause brain infection, which at the same time allow the vital nutrient to reach the brain. This oil contains certain sesquiterpene constituents which can directly cross the blood brain barrier which is amazing.

The top properties of Frankincense essential oil are:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Restorative
  • Antidepressant
  • Antimagnetic

How you can use Frankincense oil in your life today:

  • This oil is fantastic for bedtime in your diffuser; mixing it with some Lavender or Lavender Peace is also great, especially if you have kids who find it difficult to fall asleep. I recommend putting your diffuser on 2 hours before your kids go to bed, and this will support them and your whole family in a restful night's sleep.
  • A feeling of grounding is excellent to apply if you do meditation; apply this oil with a carrier oil and use this on your third eye (the area between your eyebrows).
  • A drop in your mouth on its own (an oil that has no filler, please read the labels) can support immunity and health (please check with your Dr. if you have any health conditions).
  • Do you suffer from headaches or migraines, try this: Have clean hands, put one drop of Frankincense on your thumb and press your thumb on the roof of your mouth for 30-60 seconds; repeat this every hour, which should support your discomfort.
  • Put the ingredients in a warm bath, see picture below.

Epsom salt is excellent for magnesium to absorb into sore muscles. Mix some oils to the Epsom salt in a small bowl.

Rose Water can support anti-inflammatory and is excellent for your largest organ- your skin!


Lavender or Lavender Peace is excellent for relaxing and unwinding. Great before bed.

Frankincense will support in reducing inflamed muscle.

Marjoram is excellent for supporting muscles and reducing soreness.

You could also add the following if interested.

-candle near the bathroom.

-put a face mask and hair mask on.

For those who do not like baths:

You can have a similar experience by dropping a few drops of your favourite oil down the drain when you are about to have a shower!

What is the largest organ? Your skin is the largest organ in your body; it absorbs whatever you put on it, good or not so good!

How long does it take for things to enter your bloodstream through your skin? This is 30 minutes, so we are mindful of what you apply to your skin and your loved ones.

How to make an aromatic dressing – instead of using cream?

You know that creams are made up of water, an emulsifier of some sort, and wax.

Essential oils on their own can’t penetrate through the skin and into the cells and blood by themselves, so if you mix it with carrier oil, this will nurture your body and keep your skin smoother for longer.

  • Aromatic Dressing. This beautiful ritual could incorporate into your day, morning, or evening. It only takes a few minutes; however, you feel fantastic for doing this self-care for yourself. Best to do this after a shower or bath! Below is a recipe card examples of oils; however, you can make what is best for you daily. We do not feel the same each day, so it helps support our body and mind with what we need.

In the past couple of years, I have not paid for the above oil, as Doterra has a special with this oil being FREE in December and January most years, if you spend a certain amount with your order!

3. Lavender (also known as the oil of communication and calm).

This oil is classified as a herb that comes from the distillation of flower spikes of certain species. This oil aids verbal expression and calms the mind. It also encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speaks their innermost thoughts and desires.

The top properties of Lavender essential oil are:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Anxiolytic

How you can use Lavender oil in your life today:

  • Who is interested in a non-toxic make-spray? Check out the below:

· No toxic and so affordable make-up setting spray, you need the below, with the oils, you can use both or just one, up to you.

Fill your clean spray bottle with Rosewater, then put ten drops of the oil into the bottle.

Then close and shake.

Spray on your face directly or spray on your hand and pat on your face after you have done your make-up or apply on your face on a hot day to allow you to feel cooler.

This can be interchanged as a toner, too, if you like.

How to support your face from wrinkles and age spots?

  • Each morning and evening, when your skin is clean, use your toner (if you do so), then apply your moisture; I invite you to use the above if available and interested.

Use a couple of drops of carrier oil, then one drop of Frankincense oil and one drop of Lavender oil and apply over the face after your moisturiser ; then makeup in the morning (if you use makeup).

The benefits of using Frankincense are that it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Plus reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes. Lavender oil does the above as Frankincense plus can reduce redness and smooth and calm skin. Welcome to even more beautiful skin!

  • Environment, add ten drops in a glass spray bottle and mist around your home, especially in the evening and around bedtime.
  • This oil is also great to diffuse in your bedroom and your family; 2 hours before bedtime as some kids and adults have trouble switching off to go to bed and fall asleep.

4. Lemongrass (also known as the oil of cleansing)

This oil is an aromatic tropical grass; this oil is a powerful cleanser of energy.

These oils assist individuals in entering a healing mode or cleansing state. It allows individual to move forward without hesitation.

The top properties of Lemongrass essential oil are:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory.

How you can use Lemongrass oil in your life today:

  • Great for diffusing and is a powerful tool in cleansing the energy within a house, room, or office space.
  • Topical dilute 1-2 drops with carrier oil and apply on the bottom of feet.
  • Environment, add ten drops in a glass spray bottle and mist around your home.
  • For those who use a dryer on wet days, give this a go; use a dryer ball if you have them or tissues if you don't, plus some essential oils. Here are some suggestions for oils below! Put a couple of drops of one oil into the dryer ball or tissue, and put your wet clothes there to dry. I find Lemongrass works well for the dryer; the scent of the clothes is excellent. I have also used Lemon in the dryer. However, the smell doesn't last on the clothes like the Lemongrass.

These oils are great for dryer ball for the dryer!

Who would be interested in using a low-toxin product when removing nail polish?

When you open a bottle of nail polish remover, you can smell the toxins from the bottle! The answer is simple: Lemongrass oil!

You will need a cotton ball and this oil!

Here are a couple of tips:

It takes a little longer to remove the polish than the nail polish remover; however, all worth it better for your nail's health and the environment!

Please do not touch your face while doing this; this oil is a little hot. Once you have completed, wash your hand well!

5. Rosemary (also known as the oil of knowledge and transition)

This oil is from the leaf family and is refreshing and soothing.

Leaves are an outgrowth of the plant stem that manufacture plant nutrients by photosynthesis. This oil is steam distilled from the leaves.

The oil gives you positive energy and a feeling of accepting, receiving, progressing, enlightened and relieved.

Rosemary assists in the development of true knowledge and true intellect. Great for individuals in receiving new information and new experiences. This oil makes you invigorating and soothing.

The top properties of Rosemary essential oil are:

  • Antiseptic
  • Invigorating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Antimicrobial

How you can use Rosemary oil in your life today:

· Handy hair hack; see picture below:

You need the two products below, plus ten minutes before jumping into the shower on the day you plan to wash your hair.

Use the coconut oil (or another oil) and a few drops of rosemary oil and massage your hair and scalp; rub it well! If you can do this for your partner and they can do it for you, that would be lovely! This will nourish your hair, take some deep breaths, and take in the scent of rosemary.

Did you know that rosemary can significantly enhance memory quality and increase mental alertness?

Once ten minutes have passed, wash your hair as per usual. You will have beautiful shiny hair once completed, plus better mental alertness!

· Diffuse this oil while studying and or working.

· Tropical 1-3 drops on the neck, forehead and behind the ears.

· It can be added to a relaxing bath or a shower.

6. Ice Blue (also known as the Athletic blend)

This oil is a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Chamomile and Blue Tansy. It is the perfect oil for a cooling and comforting massage after a long day or intense workout. This oil can promote a warming and cooling sensation and is a must for tired and sore muscles. This is great for chronic inflammatory pain. There is also an ice blue cream that can be used, that works together with the oil, oil first and cream second.

The top properties of ice blue essential oil are:

· Anti-inflammatory

Disclaimer: please wash your hands straight after using this, and do not touch your eye. Also, do not have a shower or bath straight after using this oil or the cream version.

How you can use Ice Blue oil in your life today:

  • I like to layer my massage for myself and my family. I suffer from a sore shoulder, neck, and tight jaw; you will need to massage well in the areas of pain:

· 1st, you use Frankincense oil and carrier oil as this is anti-inflammatory.

· 2nd, you use the Lemongrass and the carrier oil; this will release sore muscles and aches.

· 3rd, use Ice blue and carrier oil, and this will also release sore muscles and give you a warming and cooling sensation.

Only if you have this available 4th Ice blue cream will it also be great to apply after this, as this will seal it all together, if not available, you can skip this step.

Take out 10 minutes minimum to give yourself a massage in the area where you feel discomfort. If you have oils, use them; if not, that is fine. Apply the pressure you require to remove the knots in those areas; it may feel tender at first. However, that area should feel better afterwards.

Could you start giving yourself a ten-minute massage daily or weekly?

7. Bergamot (also known as the oil of self-acceptance)

This oil is also a part of the citrus family, which is uplifting and detoxifying.

The top properties of Bergamot essential oil are:

  • Stimulating
  • Antioxidant
  • Antimicrobial

Bergamot relieves feelings of despair, self-judgment, and low self-esteem. It supports individuals in need of self-acceptance and self-love.

This oil invites individuals to see life with more optimism.

It awakens the soul to hope and offers courage to share the inner self.

How you can use Bergamot oil in your life today:

  • Applying the bottom of your feet twice a day with Bergamot and Coriander will increase the production of beneficial gastric juices while soothing and balancing the digestive tract. This will encourage the absorption of vitamins and minerals. A spoon can be used on your feet before applying the oils; this will give you a sense of calmness.
  • Topical dilute 1-3 drops with carrier oil and apply over the heart, solar plexus (upper stomach), or on the forehead.
  • This oil can be used as an aromatic dressing; in a bowl, some carrier oil and ten drops of this oil and use this as a lotion for your body and massage well; this would be one for the evening, as you do not want to go out in the sun with this oil.
  • This oil can be used to reduce the bacteria on your skin by fighting against skin inflammation and breakouts with its antimicrobial benefits. All you need to do is apply a drop of this with your morning and evening moisture. Also, it can support with less wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone.
  • Would you like to reduce your appetite, a drop in your water, and this could assist. (Please note the oil needs to be 100% if you ingest, no fillers).
  • Diffuse with this oil and you feel a sense of uplifting and calming.

8. Cedarwood (also known as the oil of community)

This oil is part of the wood family, and it is for grounding and renewing. Woods typically grow high off the ground and are characterised by a single truck. The oils are distilled from the leaves, twigs, branches, needles, berries, bark, and wood.

Cedarwood brings people together to experience the strength and value of community. This oil supports individuals in seeing they are not alone; life is a shared experience.

Cedarwood also assists in opening the awareness of individuals to see the support system that is already available to them.

The top properties of Cedarwood essential oil are:

  • Anticatarrhal
  • Grounding
  • Astringent

How you can use Cedarwood oil in your life today:

  • Topical: dilute 3-4 drops with a carrier oil and apply on arms, legs, or bottom of feet.
  • This oil is amazing to diffuse with for bedtime and invites you to sleep.
  • Could put a drop on your pillow to aid with your sleep as well.
  • One drop of this oil on your hand, then cup and then inhale in.
  • This drop can be added to your bath; a good tip, have a cup of Epsom salt, add a few drops of Cedarwood with this, and then mix and add this mixture to your bath; this oil will be evenly distribute in your bath.
  • Can apply this oil to your scalp with a carrier oil and massage well; this can also promote hair growth as well. Or if you prefer to add a drop to your shampoo and wash your hair.
  • Put a drop or two with a carrier oil and massage well on your big toe before going to bed, for a rest night of slumber.

9. Siberian Fir (also known as the oil of aging and perspective)

Siberian fir’s family is like the Cedarwood; this is part of the wood group.

Siberian fir encourages an honest and gentle approach to assessing one’s life choices, influence, and legacy. Upon reflection, all people will find moments of regret and moments they cherish. Also reminds us that forgiveness- both needing to forgive and needing to be forgiven -is integral to development.

If you like to learn more about forgiveness, I have written a previous blog you may like to check out:

Forgiveness Leads To Happiness!!!
How spending 180 seconds a day on forgiveness can lead to happiness!

The best gift that can be given to the next generation is sharing a heart at peace.

The top properties of Siberian Fir essential oil are:

  • Regenerative
  • Steroidal
  • Analgesic

How you can use Siberian Fir oil in your life today:

  • For a diffuser, 2 drops of this oil, Lemongrass and Tea Tree, this smell is amazing.
  • This oil can be added to your moisturiser daily; it is very soothing to your skin.
  • Topically applying on the skin soothes miner skin irritations.
  • Topically apply 1-3 drops over the heart, on the wrists and bottom of the feet to allow the feeling of calmness.
  • Drop this oil in your hand and rub with a carrier oil and inhale.

10.Peppermint (also known as the oil of an optimistic heart)

  • Herbs are seed-bearing, flowering plants that do not have woody tissues stem. Oils are distilled from the green leafy part of these low-growing plants.
  • This oil invigorates the body, mind and spirit and reminds individuals that life can be happy. They don’t have to be controlled by fear. When individuals use Peppermint, they feel as though they are gliding through life. This oil can assist individuals in regaining the strength needed to face their emotional reality. Peppermint oil is a cooling oil that can support your tummy and tension.

The top properties of Peppermint essential oil are:

  • · Immunostimulant
  • · Antifungal
  • · Antibacterial
  • · Anti-parasitic

How you can use Peppermint oil in your life today:

  • Apply when you have a headache on your forehead with a carrier oil
  • Diffusing with this oil
  • Aromatic: Inhale by having a drop of the oil on the hand and rub.
  • Topical: dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply over the chest, on shoulders, or neck.
  • When feeling very warm, this oil will cool you down.
  • Can add it to boiling water and put a drop of this to have peppermint tea. (Only if the oil is 100%, and you are safe to ingest).
  • Great as a mouth freshen, only if safe to ingest.


Which oil do you find interesting?

What health concerns are you currently having?

What is one thing you have learned and could share?

What is one thing you could start doing today to assist you or a loved one?

To Conclude:

Our sense of smell is an incredibly powerful thing and can produce strong emotional and mental responses depending on how the various aromas react with our brain. Essential oils interact with the olfactory sensors in our brain. In addition, the olfactory system is connected to our limbic system, where our memories and emotions are stored.

When we use essential oils are used automatically, they are inhaled, absorbed through the lungs, and circulates through the blood system. Breathing in essential oil triggers reactions based on our unique experiences, memories, emotions, and behaviours. This is why using oil automatically is a significant component of managing our moods and emotions! Nothing is more memorable than a smell.

This blog contains a lot of information about essential oils; please do not feel overwhelmed. However, the best way to approach this is to choose one oil you like, try it, and see how you can use them, start doing this as a regular thing.

When we feel overwhelmed, we do nothing, do something instead of nothing. Can you think of any area in your life that could use support from one of the oils we discussed?

I have a Doterra wholesaler account, and we can chat over a 30-minute complimentary call, check the link below; there is no obligation to buy anything unless you choose to:

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Here is a quick summary of the oils:

Lemon oil is the best for cleaning your home and detoxing your body and mind!

Frankincense oil is best for restoring your skin, immunity, and mood.

Lavender oil is excellent for calming your skin, sleep, or mood!

Lemongrass oil is great for massaging your body for sore massage and diffusing.

Rosemary oil is the best for boosting your immune system and improving blood circulation.

Ice blue is the best oil for comforting your muscle and joints from discomfort.

Bergamot oil triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, supporting the hormones that regulate your mood.

Cedarwood oil is your best friend when it comes to sleep and allows a feeling of calmness.

Siberian Fir oil promotes relaxation and eases the symptoms of stress.

Peppermint is excellent for digestive issues, common colds, headaches, and joint pain.

These two books were great resources for some of the material I have shared in this blog. Also, I am an ongoing learner. I pick up this and that from different forums.

Disclaimer: If you have a medical condition, please seek your doctor's advice before taking any oils internally.

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