Want to take advantage of the benefits of essential oils? Here are my top 10 must-have essential oils to keep on hand.
10 Must-Have Essential Oils for Your Medicine Cabinet
You’ve heard of essential oils, right? I’m betting that’s a resounding “Yes!” If not, you must be living under a rock… or be a super busy mom who doesn’t remember the last time she watched something that wasn’t animated. 😉 Essential oils are popping up everywhere, and I for one, am super excited about that. By the end of this article, I think you will be too!
I started on my oily journey because I had a few friends who were using essential oils and loved them, so I thought I better find out why they are excited about oils. So, I signed up for a Young Living starter kit right away and started using and selling them myself.
Side note: Selling Young Living essential oils can definitely help you achieve your family’s financial goals, but if you’re looking for even more options to bring in extra money, here are 37 ways stay at home moms can earn cash quick!
Watch this video and visit my Essential Oils 101 guide to learn more about essential oils, specifically Young Living!
Now, I still have a lot on my plate (who doesn’t?), so I’m not going to tell you I make everything my active family needs at home. However, I do whip up some easy essential oil recipes on a regular basis and there are 10 essential oils I make sure I always have on hand. Below is my list of 10 must-have essential oils.
Tip: If you’re also struggling with a double-booked (on a good day!) schedule, don’t worry. Young Living offers many pre-made products including beauty and cleaning supplies that I absolutely love!
1. Lavender Essential Oil
If you’re only going to purchase one essential oil, lavender is probably the most versatile. The benefits of lavender essential oil are numerous and you’ll find it in tons of recipes (especially bath and beauty recipes) as much for its soothing scent as for its benefits. Lavender has natural antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
You may be able to use lavender essential oil to:
- Help prevent free radical damage and reduce the signs of aging.
- Promote the healing of wounds (including burns).
- Treat (and potentially prevent) acne.
- Sooth inflammation and redness.
- Relieve pain.
- Treat headaches.
However, lavender essential oil isn’t just for physical aliments. Nope, this essential oil has powerful mental benefits as well. For example, lavender essential oil may:
- Help you fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep.
- Reduce anxiety and stress.
- Improve brain function.
A study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found that supplementing with 80 milligram capsules of lavender essential oil alleviates anxiety, sleep disturbance, and depression with no adverse side effects. Another study found that when 28 high-risk postpartum women diffused lavender in their homes, they had a significant reduction of postnatal depression and reduced anxiety. – Dr. Axe
I love taking advantage of the many therapeutic and health benefits of lavender essential oil. I use it in a lip balm (which my 5-year-old steals and applies before bed every night!), linen and room spray, and body scrub. Honestly, it’s great in just about anything, including a diffuser! 🙂
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
This essential oil has got to be my favorite scent… it’s so invigorating! (I do love peppermint gum, so I guess it’s no surprise that I love the smell of this essential oil.) As mentioned in the video above, peppermint essential oil was a big help in treating my ginormous cold sore, but the benefits of peppermint essential oil go way beyond that! Peppermint essential oil may be able to:
- Relieve headaches, especially those brought on by muscle tension.
- Increase focus and energy. It definitely provides me with a pick-me-up!
- Relax tight muscles. It can have a real Icy-Hot sensation.
- Clear clogged up sinuses related to colds, asthma, bronchitis, or allergies.
- Ward of bugs like ticks, ants, spiders, and mosquitoes.
- Promote hair growth.
This may be because the menthol in peppermint essential oil is a vasodilator, and vasodilators improve blood flow. In many instances (such as in female or male pattern baldness), hair loss occurs due to starved blood flow to hair follicles. Increasing circulation with a vasodilator like peppermint could potentially improve hair growth and prevent some hair loss. – healthline.com
Plus, peppermint essential oil has antimicrobial properties so (especially when combined with other essential oils like lavender), it may be able to help treat skin conditions.
Other than diffusing peppermint essential oil, one of my favorite ways to take advantage of it is in this homemade foot soak. It’s just the thing after a long day on your feet!
3. Tea Tree (a.k.a Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is probably best known for it’s powerful antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that tea tree essential oil is “a powerful disinfectant and is non-poisonous and gentle” to the body. Amazingly in 1923, Dr. A.R. Penfold found that tea tree oil was twelve times more effective at healing infections than the conventional antiseptic (carbolic acid) at that time. – Dr. Axe
This essential oil (also known as melaleuca) has been popular for a while; in fact, you may find it in some store-bought skin care products, especially those that treat acne. You can use melaleuca essential oil to combat your acne with this grapefruit face scrub.
Clearing up acne is just one of the many benefits of tea tree essential oil. It may also help with treating:
- Cold sores.
- Fungal infections.
- Insect bites. Psst check out this bug bite relief stick.
- Wounds including sunburn.