Essential oils are starting to become a staple for health and wellness in many homes these days. They are a great natural alternative for overall wellness and they have so many useful purposes, even cooking and cleaning! Essential oils are great but getting started can be tricky as there are so many different oils to choose from. To help you make sense of it all, I have compiled a list of 7 essential oils you need in your home (in my opinion). I believe every family should have these oils, and in this post I will share with you some ways they can be used.
It should be noted that these are only a few ways that each oil can be used, to name all the potential uses would take hours and hours! I have included examples that I believe families would use most frequently.
7 Essential Oils You Need In Your Home
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is a fantastic oil to use for cleaning- learn more about cleaning with essential oils! The reason why lemon is so great is because it helps to cleanse and purify the air and surfaces too! I love making this diy cleaner using lemon and melaleuca for cleaning my bathroom!
You will notice that the smell of lemon really helps to support a positive mood! For a double whammy, diffuser lemon in the diffuser to help cleanse the air and also to uplift or help you to maintain a positive mood! You will love the smell in the diffuser, it makes your home smell so clean and fresh!
Lemon is great for helping to naturally cleanse your body and I find this is especially true for skin blemishes and pimples! I apply lemon to spots on my face at night and in the morning I notice a significant difference! Safety precaution: be sure not to apply lemon to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight- learn more about photosensitive essential oils!
Peppermint Essential Oil
Keep peppermint on hand this fall and winter as it helps to promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. Try applying peppermint to your chest or feet or diffuse in the air.
Peppermint also helps to support digestive health. You can apply peppermint on your stomach or ingest it. Safety note: If you choose to ingest peppermint be sure that the bottle says ‘for dietary use’ or ‘supplement facts’ as not all oils are made equally and the company may not promote ingesting. Check out more information on whether or not to ingest essential oils. When ingesting peppermint I often put it in a veggie capsule as I find it to be quite strong in drinks!
Feeling hot? Use peppermint to help you cool down! You can add a few drops to a glass spray bottle with water and spritz yourself on hot days! I find that applying peppermint to the back of my neck helps me to cool off quickly!
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil can be quite strongly scented for some people, myself included! That being said, this is an oil I turn to often!
In the summer I used Lavender frequently to help soothe skin irritations from bug bites. I found it worked really quickly and I would just put a dab on each spot.
Lavender is an excellent oil to use to help promote a peaceful sleep. Some enjoy applying a drop to their pillow case or diffusing it in the air. Since I do not particularly LOVE the smell, I opt to apply it to the back of my neck or to the bottoms of my feet instead.
One of the reasons why lavender is so helpful with sleep is because it is great for helping to reduce tension and to promote relaxation. If experiencing tension, apply the lavender directly to the area of concern such as the back of your neck or across your forehead.
Melaleuca/Tea Tree Essential Oil
Depending on the brand, this oil will either be called Melaleuca or Tea Trea oil. This oil is great for cleansing the skin! My sister in law has created a 2-in-1 makeup remover recipe with melaleuca which she absolutely loves!
Melaleuca is a great oil in helping to protect against environmental and seasonal threats! Try diffusing this in the air or apply 1-2 drops to your hands and inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. In addition to helping with seasonal threats, it also promotes healthy immune function! If you prefer topical methods then add 1-2 drops to the bottoms of your feet to help with this!
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is known in the essential oil world as the ‘King of Oils’. It is often said that if you aren’t sure which oil to use, then use Frankincense. This is also the most expensive out of every oil on this list.
Frankincense is known to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. This is often true of scars, burns, dark spots etc. Simply apply topically to the area of concern. If you are wanting to apply it to a large area of skin, use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil to help spread further.
One of the reasons why Frankincense is so fantastic is because it helps to promote cellular function which is definitely something we can all benefit from! Try applying 1-2 drops of Frank to the bottoms of your feet! Some people have said they feel this helps to give them a little extra energy throughout the day as well!
This is another great oil for promoting relaxation! Try it in your diffuser or apply topically to your temples and throat!
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano is definitely a must have oil in every home as it is great in supporting a healthy immune system! I take oregano in a veggie capsule as I hate the taste of it, especially because it is so strong! Safety note: If you choose to ingest oregano be sure that the bottle says ‘for dieatry use’ or ‘supplement facts’ as not all oils are made equally and the company may not promote ingesting. Check out more information on whether or not to ingest essential oils.
In addition to supporting your immune system, oregano is also a great source of antioxidants. If you do not want to ingest, try applying it to the bottoms of your feet to avoid the overpowering smell. Important safety note: Oregano is a HOT oil meaning it can cause skin irriations/burns if not diluted so always dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Read more about essential oil safety!
Oregano is great in supporting respiratory function. You can either apply it diluted to your chest or bottoms of your feet or you can add a few drops to your diffuser!
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This is an oil you definitely want to have in your home this fall and winter as Eucalyptus is great in helping to promote clear breathing! I especially love using it in this DIY Vapor Rub. Another great way to use Eucalyptus for clear breathing is by boiling water and adding 1-2 drops of Eucalyptus to the water and then inhaling the steam through your nose- just be careful that you don’t get your face too close to the hot water and make sure your eyes are closed!
Eucalyptus is also great for promoting relaxation which is why you often hear of it being used in spas! Diffuse eucalyptus in your diffuser to help induce a relaxed state in your home!
Those are my recommendations for 7 essential oils you need in your home and for use with your family!
Do you have these essential oils in your home? Which ones do you use most often?