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The Top 6 Essential Oils You Should Always Have In your Medicine Cabinet

Posted on February 24 2016

One of the many benefits of adding essential oils to your life is having access to their potent healing and soothing properties.

While I firmly believe in the importance of consulting a qualified physician, and I do take pills and antibiotics when I absolutely have to, my family and I treat most of our minor health issues with the healing power of essential oils.

Today I’ll share what my 6 “must-have” oils for my medicine cabinet are, plus when and how to use them. I trust this will inspire you to try out a more natural approach to healing your mind and body!

tea tree oil to heal scars

  1. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil is recognized by even the most skeptic of doctors for its powerful antiseptic properties and its ability to treat wounds.

Personally, I use it to treat all kinds of skin conditions like acne, fungal infections (like Candida, athlete’s foot, jock itch, etc.), dry cuticles and even itchy insect bites and sunburns.

Some people can apply Tea Tree Essential Oil directly to the skin without the need of a carrier oil, but most should dilute it a little with a carrier oil first.  You may want to patch test on your skin before applying it directly, though, as not everyone reacts the same to this strong oil. 

Simply rub two or three drops on the affected area a few times a day (depending on how strong the pain/discomfort feels) and watch as this powerful oil soothes the pain and accelerates your skin’s healing.

peppermint essential oil for headaches

  1. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil has a pleasant, energizing minty aroma that can help you relieve both mental and physical fatigue. I make sure to always have it handy in my medicine cabinet because of its amazing ability to soothe muscle and joint pain, as well as to treat colds and congestion.

Because of its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, Peppermint Essential Oil can relieve pain and inflammation as well as calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.

Peppermint Essential Oil is more intense and concentrated than other essential oils though, so while its topical application is generally safe, applying it directly to sensitive or young skin can result in a burning sensation and even a mild rash. To avoid this, be sure to dilute it in a carrier oil.

If you or one of your loved ones is experiencing muscle or joint pain, massage the area gently with your favorite carrier oil and a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. You’ll be surprised at just how effective this will be!

You can use this same blend to treat colds and congestion by massaging it onto the chest, or you can use an oil diffuser to inhale its minty, refreshing aroma and experience an almost immediate relief.

Peppermint Essential Oil is also great for treating migraine and tension headaches. Massage gently into the temples and back of the neck to relieve pain and ease feelings of nausea and anxiety.

lavender essential oil to treat wounds

  1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is the most used essential oil in the world - and for good reasons! It is one of the most versatile oils and it’s floral, soft aroma is universally beloved.

It is incredibly potent for treating wounds, minor burns and bee stings/insect bites. Because of its antimicrobial properties, it is great for cleaning open wounds and cleaning bacteria, it helps stop bleeding and accelerate cicatrization. For burns and insect bites, it can quickly reduce redness, swelling and pain.  

Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most mild essential oils out there, so it is usually alright to apply directly into your skin.  Patch test it first, but you can simply rub 2-3 drops on the affected area, massage gently and feel the soothing effects as you enjoy it’s delicious floral aroma!

eucalyptus essential oil to help breathing

  1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a fresh and stimulating oil with a penetrating scent and strong antiseptic properties. It works exceptionally well as  an expectorant that helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick.

One of the most effective ways to utilize Eucalyptus Essential Oil is to help you fight the symptoms of colds & flu by dropping several drops of into your diffuser before going to sleep, so you can take advantage of the healing benefits all night long.

If the situation gets more acute, you can make a steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl, and then mix 10 drops of eucalyptus EO, place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for five–10 minutes.

clove essential oil for toothaches

  1. Clove Essential Oil

The health benefits of Clove Essential Oil include supporting the health of your liver, skin, hair and mouth. Because of its strength though, clove oil should always be mixed with a carrier oil for topical applications.

It can do wonders to soothe the pain of toothaches. The Journal of Dentistry, for instance, published a study in 2006 proving that clove essential oil had the same numbing effect as benzocaine, a topical agent commonly used before needle insertion.

You can use clove oil for teething with infants by mixing it with coconut oil in a 5:1 ratio, and rubbing it on the gums. If your molars are hurting, you’ll find the relief provided by Clove Essential Oil to be a blessing!

frankincense essential oil

  1. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil has been used for centuries and has a long tradition in spiritual ceremonies, the resin burnt on altars and in temples. By slowing down breathing and controlling tension, it helps to focus the mind and relax the body.

I like to keep it in my medicine cabinet for those days when anxiety and stress become overwhelming, as it almost immediately induces a feeling of peace, relaxation, and satisfaction. You can add a few drops to your favorite oil diffuser, or to a hot bath for an even better effect. 

There's also quite a lot of research happening on Frankincense Essential Oil and its effects on cancer cells.  Here's one recent bit of news on how it's being studied.

I hope this article has inspired you to go for the more natural remedies when dealing with skin conditions, headaches, colds & flu, nausea or minor wounds. The six essential oils I shared with you today have been incredibly effective for me and my family, give them a try and I know you’ll be sure to always have them at hand!

May your days be filled with PeLoHa (Peace. Love. Happiness.) :)


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  • Diane Stewart: April 07, 2016

    People need to chill a bit. Most people can use lavendar neat while some cant. It’s just like medicines. What works for some wont work for others. Of course if the oil you use doesnt help, always see your regular doctor. Just do your research on oils. All the information is out there at your fingertips that was once hidden from us before internet came along. If you can eliminate toxic substances by using what nature already provides, go for it. Also, if you have medical conditions of any kind, always google what oils can help you with rhat and what oils to avoid. Make no mistake, essential oils are POTENT AND POWERFUL.

  • Jen: March 30, 2016

    Hi LJD – thank you for your concerns and your note on the topical applications. We’ve updated the wording to more accurately reflect that certain oils, while often safe to use undiluted (such as lavender), should still be patch tested and most commonly used with a carrier oil.

  • LJD: March 29, 2016

    While I appreciate your dedication to the use of essential oils it is NEVER, EVER recommended that ANY oil be applied to the skin “neat”. Because of the potency of essential oils there is a very high risk associated with using them by themselves. In children, and those with thin skin, it can actually cause serious reactions that can result in permanent scarring, respiratory distress, and even hospitalization. Additionally, using eo’s without properly diluting with a carrier oil increases the likelihood of developing an adverse reaction to the oil. Once you have had such a reaction that oil is never considered safe for you to use again.
    Please, do not encourage unsafe practices. Plenty of people will not seek the advice of a physician or licensed aromatherapist before using eo’s because they mistakenly think “natural” means “safe”.

  • Jen: March 29, 2016

    Hi Chris!

    We actually don’t suggest using essential oils to treat or cure conditions without the express guidance of a doctor. Oils can be helpful in many ways, but for medical conditions, such as candida overgrowth or other concerns, you should really seek the advice of a doctor.

  • Laura B: March 26, 2016

    Frankincense is also very good for skin conditions. I mix it with my moisturizer and/or face primer and I can definitely tell the difference in the tone and texture of my skin.

  • chris: March 25, 2016

    How do I use tea tree oil for candida?

  • Brenda Kraus: March 12, 2016

    Thank you Im just starting to really use E.O. in mylife and really appreciate the info.Sure I can look it all up.but this short/complete list is ULTRA helpful. I use your oils and one other company. I love my Diffuser necklace and have purchased several for friends/family. Thank you Ashley for keeping these things affordable, Peace and GODs blessings to you

  • Heidi Peebles: March 07, 2016

    Great information. I especially love Lavender Oil in my diffuser at bedtime. Gives for the most restful,deep sleep ever.

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