Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils

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Many Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils

For all of those who love the idea of using nature’s gifts, essential oils are the ticket. Not only are they little miracles, but they come in handy so often, I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Here is a little primer first, for those who want to know more about them.

Essential oils come from the various elements of plants – the seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruit. The essential oils can be distilled from the plant material or extracted. The majority are distilled. It takes tons of plant material to create tiny amounts of essential oils. (And you wondered why they were so expensive!)

Be aware that essential oils can be harmful if not used correctly, especially for pregnant women, children, the elderly, and/or pets. Be sure to dilute properly before use

< IMPORTANT INFO> ———> Read before using any essential oils, because they can harm you if not used correctly:

Essential oils do have incredibly powerful therapeutic properties, and there are plenty of medical studies to back that up. But, just because they’re derived from plants doesn’t mean they’re totally safe.


1. Skin discoloration, burning and sores

Some essential oils can cause you to burn in the sunlight. Before you head out to the beach or to a tanning booth, make sure you don’t have a photosensitizing oil on your skin. Reactions can range from discoloration to oozing burns.

2. Danger to babies and pregnant women

3. Skin irritation and itching

4. Danger to small pets

5. Dangerous interactions with preexisting conditions

6. Illness or death when swallowed

Don’t be afraid to use essential oils, but use them wisely. Always keep oils out of the reach of children.

Treat them as you would any type of medicine.

Research any essential oils and blends before you use them — as with drugs, oils have different chemical makeups and different potential side effects.

If you’re nervous, start simply with a diffuser. You can enjoy many of the benefits of essential oils without having to use them directly on your body.(READ full article here—> at


Therapeutic grade essential oils; a loaded phrase

There are so many conceptions about the meaning of therapeutic grade, or even if there is such a thing. In the end, I’m just trying to offer helpful information, and as long as you do your own research, and make your own decisions; take control of your health and be responsible with your choices, you’ll be fine.

Read about my findings here:

 Therapeutic grade essential oils

and also HOW to choose the best essential oils:

The best way to go about sampling, is by first checking to make sure they are a reputable company, have the Latin names on every bottle, and make sure they analyze all their oils by gas chromatography and are certified organic as possible. Read more here about therapeutic grade and how to choose them.


Antidepressant/ mood regulator:

Rose, orange, bergamot, geranium, mandarin, lemon and especially Neroli (orange blossom)

Antifungals (natural):

Bergamot, fennel, geranium, lavender, lemon, Manuka, marjoram, Melissa, rosemary, vetiver, Kanuka, and Tea Tree

Antivirals (natural):

Bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, Manuka, Melissa, rose, rosemary, sage, and tea tree.


Patchouli, clove, cinnamon, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, neroli

Athlete’s foot:

Tea tree, eucalyptus, myrrh, and lavender, also patchouli


Lavender, geranium, rose, mandarin, lemon, bergamot, vetiver and Neroli


Bergamot, Lavender, Sandalwood, Neroli (orange blossom)

Black eye:

Geranium, lavender (place 2 drops of each in a bowl of ice-cold water;soak a cotton ball in the liquid and place it over closed eye and surrounding affected area). may add neroli for extra skin benefits


Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus (apply any of the three directly onblemishes,) may also add neroli


Geranium, lavender.

Caffeine substitutes:

Peppermint, basil, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, lemon, orange, and rosemary.


Geranium, Cinnamon, or Cassia, Clove,


Eucalyptus, Fir, Tea Tree, Lavender, Kanuka, Manuka,

Cold sores/ canker sores:

Tea tree (swab directly onto infected area three to four times daily). Also lavender on canker sores Or Melissa on outbreaks.


Peppermint, thyme (never apply pure thyme essential oil directly to skin, never swallow it, use only diluted)


Peppermint, massaged on to abdomen and ankles, may mix with wintergreen, rose, geranium and neroli flower


Ginger, lavender, chamomile, peppermint,

Dry, flaky skin:

Geranium, lavender, Melissa, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Neroli


Tea tree, lavender, also R. Chamomile), place a few drops of selected oil in 1 tsp. Warm olive oil; soak small piece of cotton in this mixture and place just inside the ear.


Peppermint, rosemary, juniper, lemon, grapefruit, orange and any citrus or mint


Peppermint, geranium, black pepper.


Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender (use with a compress).

Fluid retention:

Grapefruit, lemon, juniper, rosemary, cypress,

Gum Infection:

Tea Tree (mix 3 drops with 2 drops of Myrrh w/one tsp of oil on swab and rub gently over affected area); peppermint, lavender (two drops of each in glass of water for a mouthwash).

Hay Fever:

Chamomile, eucalyptus. (both types of chamomile: German (blue) chamomile and Roman Chamomile)

Head lice:

Tea tree, rosemary and lavender

Heat exposure:

Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, mix with aloe vera gel and soothe into muscles, back and neck


Patchouli, myrrh, cypress (make blend with five drops myrrh, two drops cypress, and one drop patchouli; place two drops on washcloth soaked in warm water;; apply to affected area for a few minutes twice daily).


Tea tree, bergamot, geranium. and Melissa officinale (muse be therapeutic grade essential oils)

Indigestion/ Heartburn:

Peppermint, ginger, (blend of the two mixed with olive oil and massage into abdomen, also diffuse or ingest if properly therapeutic grade oils are used and only use 1 drop mixed with milk or water)


Lavender, tea tree, chamomile, thyme.


Eucalyptus, peppermint

Jet lag:

Lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, grapefruit.

Meditation/ relaxation:

Sandalwood, vetiver, cedar wood, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, Rose, neroli, jasmine


Basil, peppermint, rosemary

Mental Stimulation

Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary,

Muscle aches stiffness/ soreness:

Peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, (sweet birch, peppermint).

PMS:Premenstrual syndrome:

Clary sage, sweet fennel, geranium, chamomile, lavender, (clary sage, sweet fennel)

Prickly heat:

Geranium, chamomile, eucalyptus.


Lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus.


Ylang ylang, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, Night Fire Massage Oil, Love blend. 

RSI: Repetitive stress injury:

Lavender, rosemary, marjoram.


Juniper, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils each have Significant ability to rejuvenate the body. Rosemary addresses the Cardiovascular and muscular systems. Sweet birch and peppermint are good for relieving joint aches and pains. Peppermint, highly regarded for settling the digestive tract, is equally effective for cleaning the respiratory system and combating headaches. Eucalyptus is good for reducing muscle stiffness.

Shaving cuts:

Lavender (apply directly to razor to avoid nicks).

Sleep problems/ insomnia:

Lavender, chamomile, (lavender, marjoram; place four drops on your pillowcase).Lavender works best mixed with Mandarin and Roman Chamomile

Sore throat:

Tea tree, sandalwood (dilute three drops each in 1/4 cup water for gargle; add a couple of pinches of salt), thyme, clove


Ginger, lavender, chamomile.


Lavender (one drop on cotton ball, rub on cheekbone under the sty, keeping eye closed); tea tree (four drops in bowl of purified water; soak cotton ball in this mixture and place over closed eyelid three times daily) Do not place essential oil directly into the eye.

OR 1 drop lavender mixed with 1 oz green myrtle hydrosol (organic) spray into affected eye first with eye closed, if non irritating may be used directly into open eye from safe distance.


Lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile mixed with aloe vera gel and soothed into burn


Eucalyptus, lavender.

Tooth ache:

Tea tree, clove (mix four drops total with one tsp. of vegetable oil for swabbing on gums or place two drops on swab and rub gently over affected tooth).

Travel sickness:

Ginger, peppermint,


Peppermint, ginger, lavender.


Tea tree, Lemon, (mix twelve drops in one ounce of caster oil, or other suitable carrier oil and apply several times daily with sterile dropper or applicator).


Lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile.

Yeast Infection:

Tea Tree followed by acidophilus, and make sure to drink lots of cranberry juice too 🙂



The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). Products or ideas mentioned are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or health care provider. The information provided by this website or this company is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a health care provider, and should not be construed as individual medical advice.


Sources & more reading:


google scholar. Click here to see google schoar search for “therapeutic grade essential oils” sorted by metrics.

Learn more about essential oils; Symptoms List & Essential Oil Profiles

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