Essential oils became a part of my daily routine around mid year last year. I had tried oils here and there before and the ones I had tried proved effective enough that I was eager to try various other oils and see how they could supplement my life on the daily. Since then I have accumulated a perhaps embarrassing amount of essential oils, and while each one of them comes in handy at the right time, there are definitely a select few that get reached for more often than most. Below are my top 10 essential oils that I reach for most often. Most of these oils are multipurpose and are used in a variety of ways. Many of them I am on my second or third bottle because they do truly do find a way into my everyday routine in some form or another.
- Deep Blue: A blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, german chamomile, helichrysum, osmanthus. I use this one topically on any sore muscles and it works like an absolute dream. I love that it is warming as a opposed to cooling as well since I’m so easily cold. I keep a rollerball bottle of this on my night table and put it onto any tight, sore and achey muscles to help relive the pain and fall asleep. I think I am on my third bottle, it’s that great!
- Melaleuca: Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil. I add this oil to any liquid castile based hands soaps I make due to its natural antibacterical quality. If I am having more breakouts than normal, I will also dilute a drop of melalecua oil with a carrier and apply it to the irritated spots of my skin.
- Breathe: A blend of laurel leaf oil, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon and ravensara oils. This is the perfect oil for any type of congestion or sinus issue. There are several ways to reap the decongesting benefits of this oil as well. My favourite ways are: diluting it with a carrier oil for a chest massage, emulsifying it in epsom salts and adding it to a hot bath for an amazing steam, and diffusing it. In a quick pinch it’s easy to add a drop to the palm of your hand and inhale deeply to relieve your sinuses. Think of this one as a healthy vicks vaporub alternative!
- Serenity: A blend of lavender, marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla absolute. This is what I diffuse in the PM because of it’s relaxing and calming ingredients. I prefer it over plain lavender oil simply because I prefer the scent of the blend.
- OnGuard: A blend of wild orange, clove bud, eucalyptus, cinnamon and rosemary. When I reach for this oil it’s typically for cleaning. It’s easy to mix up a cleaning solution with either castile soap or vinegar for easy chemical free cleaning with naturally occurring antibacterial action. In particular, I have added this blend to DIY hand sanitizers, homemade cleaning wipes, hand soap and for a multipurpose cleaner. You can diffuse as well when you feel a bit of a bug coming on to help clean the air.
- Oregano: I primarily use this to combat any kind of cold or sickness I feel coming on. My easy solution to the burning and strong odour you can experience using this oil is to use empty capsules you can fill on your own with a drop or two whenever you feel a bit under the weather. I haven’t had any cold or flu symptoms progress into much more than symptoms. While it’s hard to pinpoint why exactly that is, I have used this oil each time I have felt any kind of start of something.
- Lemon: What doesn’t this oil do? This oil has a multitude of uses. Most commonly I do use it for cleaning because I like the fresh scent. Lemon is incredibly cleansing and for that reason I love diffusing it to help clear the air and freshen things up. In a pinch when I have run out of fresh lemons, I take 1/2 a tsp of raw honey (to help emulsify the oil) and a drop or two of lemon and add it to my water.
- Peppermint: There are a number of ways I use peppermint. It is one of the oils I like to have with me traveling because it’s so functional and can do so much. It instantly helps headaches, helps clear congestion, relieves itching with bug bites and when mixed with either a carrier oil or aloe vera, makes for amazing sunburn relief. I always add a drop of peppermint to my lip glosses to achieve that minty, cooling effect I love. A drop in my spoonful of oil for oil pulling goes a long way and gives me that minty fresh feeling while I’m busy swishing away. Whenever I am mixing up a batch of toothpaste (recipe here), peppermint is always added.
- Elevation: A blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, ylang ylang, lemon myrtle, osmanthus and sandalwood. I will admit that upon reading most of these ingredients, I don’t have too much of a clue as to what exactly they are. That said, this is my go to oil for diffusing in the morning and throughout the day as I’m puttering around the house. The name of this oil is pretty apt. I find the scent really uplifting and happy. Sometimes essential oils don’t smell overly amazing but hold amazing benefits that warrant their usage. This isn’t necessarily the case here. I love the smell of this one!
- PastTense: I sit in front of a computer for an embarrassing length of time every day. I also live in a city where the pressure is constantly changing with the weather and both of these factors contribute to headaches. One of my ways to combat the dull ache they bring is to place a bit of PastTense blend on the nape of my neck and temples. It is an immediate relief, and for someone who avoids any sort of headache pain reliever sometimes this oil is a Godsend.
Of course when it comes to essential oils, this is just the tip of the iceberg. They are an amazing resource for natural remedies and help with pretty much anything you can think of. If you’re curious about where you can find doTerra, the link to my online store is here: http://www.mydoterra.com/heartavenue/
Do you use essential oils? What ones do you find yourself reaching for most often? I would love to know!