100 + Uses for Essential Oils

For those who already have the Home Essential Kit or is thinking about getting the kit, below are over 100 uses for each oil that comes in the kit.  Also check out the “Recipe tab” on the top menu for diffuser blends. I hope you enjoy – happy oiling!

OnGuard Uses 

  • Seasonal Relief – diffuse OnGuard (Protective blend) during flu season.
  • Boost your Immune System – some people amp up their Zinc or Vitamin C intake, try adding a few drops of OnGuard to your juice for added protection.
  • Dentist Visit – try swishing OnGuard with a bit of water after dental work. You can also apply On Guard directly to your teeth and gums (or add a drop to your toothpaste) to soothe irritated gums.  For a clean toothbrush, store it overnight in a small glass of water with 3-5 drops of the On Guard.
  • Gym – spray On Guard and water to wipe down sweaty vinyl seats at the gym.
  • Protection on the go – mix 5 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel, 4 Tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil and 8-10 drops of On Guard in a small squeeze bottle.
  • For the Home – a few drops of OnGuard in spray bottle with water works wonders on grimy doorknobs, hand railings and counter-tops.
  • Rinse Cycle – add OnGuard to your wash, during the rinse cycle for all of the benefits of Protective Blend in your laundry! It will leave your laundry extra clean and smelling great.
  • Clean Carpets – add 15 drops of OnGuard to a cup of corn starch or baking soda. Mix, sprinkle and rake on carpet then allow it to sit for up to an hour. Then, vacuum it clean!
  • Tub Cleaning – mix 5-6 drops with a half cup of baking soda to clean your bath tub and skip all of the harsh, bleaching chemicals.
  • Air Filters – diffusing is awesome, but you can also put a few drops of OnGuard on your car’s cabin air filter or home air filters to obliterate dank, stale filtered air, right from the duct!
  • Garbage Bin – when you take out the garbage, spray down your cabinet with On Guard and water. On Guard Cleaner Concentrate is also excellent for this purpose.

 Oregano Uses

  • Less Is More – Oregano is one of the most potent essential oils—one drop is usually all you need.  When used improperly, be sure to have Fractionated Coconut Oil on hand to dilute its potency if needed.
  • Savor The Flavor – put a drop of Oregano essential oil in your spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, on a roast, or any other entrée for delicious flavor. Since Oregano is so strong, start with one drop lightly.
  • Dip – put a drop of Oregano and a drop of Basil in your veggie dip or mix them both with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a savory bread dip!
  • Cuticles – apply one drop of Oregano to 6 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil to soften cuticles and rough spots.
  • Immune Booster – make your own wellness blend by combining 2 drops Oregano, 5 drops Protective Blend, 4 drops Melaleuca and 4 drops Lemon into a Veggie Capsule. By putting the properties of these oils to work, you will feel better naturally!
  • Elimination – when your body’s waste liquid elimination systems are unhappy and uncomfortable.  Cranberry juice is great, but Oregano in your system can work to clear this out, clean it up and help you be well.
  • Skin Imperfections – anyone’s skin can have imperfections, bumps or feel irritated. The same properties that make oregano great for internal use are also effective as a topical ointment. Use sparingly! Oregano is potent.  Dilute 1 drop to 4 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Frankincense Uses

  • Calming ­­– inhale with Lavender and Peppermint and apply to neck to help calm stress and relieve tension.
  • Relax – Frankincense can be applied to the bottoms of feet to relax and calm mood swings minor to major.  In fact, it has been used to calm expectant mothers during pregnancy and labor. Diffuse in the room or massage a drop onto the chest or back of the neck.
  • Skin Nourishing – use a drop of Frankincense with 3 drops of carrier oil or in unscented lotion for beautiful, radiant looking skin.
  • Uplifting – Frankincense smells wonderful and uplifts the mood. Wear it as a perfume to lift your mood and feelings of alertness.
  • Promote Inflammatory Responses – rub Frankincense oil on your hands after a long day of working to promote normal inflammatory responses.
  • Healthy Nails – apply a drop of Frankincense oil to strengthen weak fingernails.
  • Focus – apply 1-2 drops to your temples and the back of your neck to help improve your concentration.
  • Maintain healthy – dilute a drop of Frankincense oil in 1 teaspoon of honey or in a small herbal tea and take daily.
  • Relieve Nerves – use Frankincense oil to help relieve anxious feelings and create a positive mood! Try combining Frankincense, Peppermint and Wild Orange essential oil in your hand, rub hands together, and inhale deeply. This mix will also help with the most severe need for a three o’ clock pick-me-up!
  • Relax And Revitalize – soak in a warm Frankincense bath to calm the nerves or diffuse Frankincense in the bathroom while you relax in the tub.
  • Muscle Relief – use Frankincense with a cold compress after working out or on a hot day to cool down and relax or use with a hot compress to soothe tired muscles or occasional cramps.

Lavender Uses

  • Lavender Bath – drop a bit of lavender essential oil along with Epsom salts to your bath water for an ultra-relaxing experience.
  • Restful – after working out or a long day on your feet, rub Lavender along with Lemongrass on your legs and feet.
  • Cleaning with Vinegar – add 4-5 drops of Lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for a more bearable scent.
  • Skin irritation – mix three parts Fractionated Coconut Oil with one part Lavender essential oil in a small spray bottle or use a roll-on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing.
  • Sleep – rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
  • A few drops of Lavender placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Clean Mattress – sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops of lavender essential oil over your mattress. Allow the mixture to sit for at least one hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up. You can combine with drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary as well.
  • Skin Burns – apply Lavender essential oil to the affected area to soothe skin irritation, reduce redness and ease swelling.
  • Aftershave – use after shaving to soothe and soften skin and to lessen the redness and burning caused by razor burn.
  • Clarity – apply Lavender to the temples and back of neck to ease anxious feelings and stress and promote mental clarity.
  • Itchy – rub Lavender essential oil onto an itchy spots.

 Lemon Uses

  • Respiratory – take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
  • Destroy odors – diffuse Lemon essential oil to neutralize odors.
  • Sticky Stuff – lemon essential oil is excellent for removing sticky tree sap, sticker residue, and permanent marker gets gum out of hair.
  • Water – add lemon oil to your water, you’ll love the flavor!
  • Uplifting – first diffuse lemon essential oil to brighten and energize your mood. Then, pamper yourself by mixing a few drops with Melaleuca and fractionated coconut oil and apply on tired, dry, cracked feet.
  • For Energy – when you lack motivation or energy, try rubbing a drop of Lemon on your hands, the back of your neck or even through your hair.
  • Flavor Boost – add a drop of Lemon oil anytime you are cooking with lemon juice to give it a deeper, richer flavor.
  • Dishwasher Safe – add a couple drops of Lemon oil to your dishwater. Adding Lemon will make it a better experience for you while taking advantage of the cleaning qualities in Lemon essential oil!  Your glassware will be crystal clean.
  • Stay Awake – diffuse with Peppermint in the classroom or during homework time to help the kids stay awake and focused.
  • All-Purpose Cleaner – mix 5-6 drops Lemon essential oil with water and vinegar in a spray bottle to cleanse and purify surfaces. Use to clean kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances. For stainless steel, mix Lemon essential oil with olive oil for best results.
  • Preserve Fruits – use Lemon essential oil in a spray to keep your cut fruit fresh until serving.
  • Refresh Washcloths – when your kitchen washcloths smell foul and could use a boost, add Lemon essential oil to your detergent, soak overnight, wash, dry and your kitchen will smell so much better!
  • Nourish Leathers & Furniture – preserve and prevent leather from splitting with a Lemon soaked cloth. A few drops of Lemon essential oil combined with a few drops to olive oil makes a great furniture polish.

 Peppermint Uses

  • Healthy Breathing – dilute a drop of Peppermint essential oil combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil and place under your nose to support open airways and help you breathe easily.
  • Hot Feet – add Peppermint essential oil to a cold compress and cool down your overworked feet.
  • Summer Heat – keep a spray bottle of water with a few drops of Peppermint essential oil nearby, especially when you REALLY need to cool down!
  • Mouth Rinse – use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Take A Deep Breath – inhale deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness.
  • Stressed – apply peppermint oil to your neck and forehead with Lavender to relieve tension and pressure.
  • A Joint Effort – peppermint is a great way to cool joints – it helps to soothe occasional muscle and joint discomfort.
  • Tummy Calmer – rub on the stomach or take internally for occasional digestive discomfort.
  • Shake It Up – add a drop of Peppermint to your chocolate Trim Shake for a yummy twist.
  • Control appetite – most people eat until they feel full. Diffusing Peppermint will help reign in the urge to snack on junk food.  It’s a good way to control appetite and to feel full faster.
  • Open Road – don’t fall asleep at the wheel! Inhale Peppermint from a handkerchief or straight from the bottle to perk up on long drives.
  • Awaken Your Senses – before your next work out, apply a bit of Peppermint to your chest or just take a deep breathe straight from the open bottle.
  • Scalp Health – after your workout add Peppermint oil to your shampoo to stimulate your senses and help with scalp health.
  • Improve Concentration – Peppermint oil can support blood circulation and leave you feeling rejuvenated to keep those creative juices flowing. Simply spritz peppermint on child’s shirt before study time for improved concentration and alertness.

Melaleuca Uses

  • Razor Burn – apply after shaving to prevent any skin irritation. You can also mix Melaleuca oil with a bottle of fractionated coconut oil for a great facial moisturizer. Consider also mixing with Lavender or Frankincense for added benefit.
  • Add To Your Lotion – help soothe your skin by placing 1 drop of Melaleuca essential oil in your moisturizer during your morning and night skin routine. You can also apply to skin blemishes as part of a daily cleansing program.
  • Bathroom Cleaner – combine 10 drops of Melaleuca oil with ½ cup baking soda and ¼ cup vinegar to clean the toilet.
  • Refresh Your Wash add a couple drops of Melaleuca oil to laundry detergent to get rid of any musty smells caused by poor ventilation.
  • Baby Bottom Remedy – mix with Fractionated Coconut Oil, Lavender, and Frankincense to make a diaper paste for baby’s irritated skin.
  • Sleep Feeling Clean – spray Melaleuca oil on your mattress pad when you change the sheets.
  • Handy For Hikers – take Melaleuca oil in your pack next time to take the off beaten trail. Melaleuc­­­­­a essential oil is a great cleansing agent for occasional scrapes and other skin irritations.
  • Boost Your Immune Function – diffuse Melaleuca oil or rub it on the bottom of your feet. Combine with the Protective blend for even more immune support.
  • Chemical-Free Cleaning – dilute 8-10 drops with water in a spray bottle to clean around the house. It is great to use in damp places and in the bathroom!
  • For the Athlete – apply directly to the feet and toenails after practice each night and especially if you are also showering, swimming or exercising in public, high traffic areas.
  • Healthy, Happy You – massage onto the bottoms of feet and the chest area to promote overall health, especially during the winter.  For occasional skin irritations, apply Melaleuca oil directly to the skin or dilute with a drop of fractionated coconut oil.

Deep Blue Uses

  • Enhance Your Work Out – rub on muscles before and after exercise to reduce discomfort.
  • Desk Job – after long hours on the computer, try rubbing Deep Blue essential oil blend on the shoulders and neck to recover and ease muscle tension.
  • For Fast Fingers – deep Blue is great for those who spend long hours typing on a computer. Just massage into the hands, fingers and wrists when needed.
  • Growth Spurts – massage Deep Blue with a few drops of carrier oil onto the growing kids’ legs before bedtime to help with occasional aches associated with growth spurts.
  • Back Muscles – if you’ve been doing some heavy lifting at work or during a move, Deep Blue will support those strained lower back muscles.
  • Massage – your better half will thank you after you treat them to a massage using the Deep Blue. Use several drops with carrier oil for a therapeutic deep-tissue massage.
  • Joint & Bone – deep Blue contains blue tansy and Helichrysum which when used regularly, can help promote long term muscle, joint and bone health.
  • Deep Blue provides a cooling and warming sensation that cools joints yet warms muscles and soothes occasional joint or bone pain.
  • Inflammation – use Deep Blue to promote and maintain normal inflammatory response in cells.
  • Muscle Miracle – occasionally, muscles will cramp if they have been worked hard or are lacking the vitamins they need. For these muscle cramps, try massaging Deep Blue into the area.
  • Runner’s Knee – application after a long run will help soothe the joint and promote strong, healthy muscles.
  • Healthy Blood Flow – if you’ve over-exerted yourself playing sports, apply Deep Blue followed by a warm compress to support healthy blood flow and promote a healthy inflammatory response.

Breathe Uses

  • Restful Sleep – for a restful sleep during seasonal respiratory discomfort, diffuse Breathe blend at bedtime or keep in a roll-on bottle by the bedside, in the car or your purse. Roll it on the chest or bottom of feet.
  • Clear Up – put a drop of the Breathe blend and a drop of Wintergreen essential oil in a sink of hot water. Then, place a damp towel over your head and inhale deeply.
  • Working Out – forced heating, cooling and sweaty can be a bad combo. Apply Breathe blend before exercising to invigorate and enhance breathing during your workout.
  • Confined Spaces – can sometimes have stagnant air, which can be claustrophobic. While in these spaces, free yourself mentally and emotionally by applying Breathe blend.
  • Improve Concentration – it’s easy and convenient to just place a drop of Breathe in your palm, rub the palms together and take a deep breath from your cupped hands.
  • Boost Brain Power – breathe contains Eucalyptus essential oil which is known to help stimulate mental activity and wake up your mind.  The powerfully beneficial oils of Peppermint, Lemon, and Melaleuca are all included in the Respiratory blend and are perfect if you are feeling under the weather.
  • Habit Breaking – overcoming nagging habits are tricky and occasionally lingering side effects affect breathing. Breathe will help you kick bad habits by promoting easier breathing while maintaining lung and throat health.
  • No Diffuser at Hand– diffusing is great, but when you don’t have a diffuser handy, simply add a drop of both Breathe and Frankincense into the palm off your hand.  Then, make a fist with a small opening over the oils and breathe in through your fist. This simple technique does wonders!

DigestZen Uses

  • Tame a Tummy – rub on your child’s or an adult’s tummy for the occasional tummy ache.
  • Baby’s Tummy – dilute 1 drop of the Digestive blend with fractionated coconut oil and massage onto baby’s tummy when upset.
  • Too Much Dairy – try taking a Veggie Capsule filled with the Digestive blend when you have too much dairy in the belly.
  • Long Road Trips – don’t let those long rides ruin the experience! Try diffusing the Digestive blend in the car from time to time to keep everyone’s stomachs calm.
  • Flying – turbulence is often a problem for the stomach – when traveling by plane, make sure the Digestive blend goes with you.
  • Kick Tension & Pressure – the Digestive blend certainly helps calm an upset stomach but can also be applied to the temples to help relieve tension and sinus pressure.
  • Greasy Foods – some foods are usually packed with grease that can cause discomfort. Be preventative by taking a Veggie Capsule full of several drops of the Digestive blend before you set foot in a cafeteria.
  • Kids – to get things moving, put a drop of the Digestive blend in your child’s bath water and support healthy digestion.
  • Regularity – the next time you feel stomach churn or feelings of indigestion help yourself stay comfortable and regular by adding a drop to your water or rice or soy milk daily.
  • Neutralizer – use 1-2 drops in 4-6 ounces of water as a mouth rinse with water at night if you’ve eaten a meal with strong smells, like garlic, onion, curries and more. If you like the taste of black licorice, you will love the taste of the Digestive blend because it contains Fennel essential oil.

 

Allergies

I’ve had allergies since about my mid-twenties and my allergies hit me hard during my pregnancy 9 years ago.  At the time, Zyrtec was prescribed to me (it wasn’t even available over the counter then).  Lately I’ve had a severe dry mouth and I’m not going to lie, I thought it was the oils I’ve been taking internally since the oils are new to me.  However I gave it a test and I didn’t take the oils internally for 2 weeks and the dry mouth would not go away.  I recently had a some blood work done due to my high cholesterol which runs in my family and I’m healthy.  I told my doctor about my dry mouth and he said it could be Zyrtec but “I’ve been taking Zyrtec for years” I said, that can’t be it.  I even mentioned it to my dentist and she said the same. I was told, even though I’ve been taking it for years, the side effects can hit me now. So I went home and googled it and ran into this site Consumer Affairs and to my surprise there are over 200 complaints about Zyrtec including the crazy itchiness I get.  It’s crazy!!! All this time, I thought the itchiness I felt in my hands and feet were due to allergies from environmental conditions (i.e. pollen, dust mites, etc.) but hundreds of people are saying it’s withdrawals from Zyrtec.  I couldn’t believe this but so many stories I read, were also my experience.  So I ran back to my oils (all natural products) and took Triease* and applied Lavender (along with my carrier lotion) to my itchy spots, mostly my hands & feet and it’s been working 🙂  I diffuse Lavender at night too, not only does it help with the itchiness but it helps me sleep. Only one time, so far in the past two months that in the middle of the night, I’ve been itching like crazy and I have taken half a pill of Zyrtec (which I received the advise from one of the post I read in Consumer Affairs) to slowly come off it… it’s been working!  On top of that, I haven’t had that dry mouth sensation which felt so uncomfortable through out my day (it’s gone). So… if you’re reading this and you’re experience the same thing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any questions about dōTERRA oils.  I know we all have different body chemistry and what worked for me might not work for you but it doesn’t hurt to try and bring natural products to your life style 🙂 20160412_154514_resized

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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