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My Top 5 Favorite Essential Oils & How I Use Them

My Top 5 Favorite Essential Oils & How I Use Them

My Top 5 Favorite Essential Oils & My Main Uses For Them.

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Please Note: I make no claims to act as a professional in any way.  I am not a licensed physician.  I am also not licensed in essential oil use.  The contents of this post summarize what I myself use my essential oils for.  Please see my disclaimer at bottom for more information. 
My mom recently got interested in essential oils.  Before she decided to buy anything from a friend, she asked me to type up a short summary of the oils I had and what I used them for.  It occurred to me that summaries like this could be very beneficial to those that are just learning about the crazy world of essential oils.

Today I want to give you my top five favorite essential oils and the main way I use each of them.  This is meant to be a short introduction to the amazing power of essential oils and to help any new to the field decide what oils they may want to start out with.
picture of essential oil bottles

Essential oils (eos) are a super concentrated form of a specific plant extract.  When I say super concentrated, I mean it!  Essential oils are very, very, let me say that again, very concentrated!  It is this property that allows them to be both highly effective, but also dangerous if misused. 

When I use essential oils on myself, I make sure to follow the proper guidelines set out on how to dilute them with carrier oils. My number one recommendation for anyone looking into buying essential oils would be to read as much as you can about them, and try to read warnings about ones to never use, and also ones to use with caution.  There are some essential oils that should never be used or sold, and you should definitely know which ones those are to avoid harm.  Reading a ton is the biggest way you can protect yourself and your family from harm, while also getting the absolute most that these amazing essential oils can offer. 

Essential oils are amazing and I absolutely love them, but I say this from the viewpoint of having read a lot about them.  You cannot go wrong with having too much information about essential oils, and always using your eos properly.  And lastly, if you are pregnant, nursing, or have young children, please, please, please use caution and research the ones you want to use before you use them.  There are a few oils out there that are dangerous to use when pregnant and/or nursing, and also should be avoided on young children.  Educating yourself and using your oils carefully will help to ensure you have a wonderful experience with them!

Having said all that, I present to you my top 5 favorite essential oils and my primary uses for them:
1.  Lavender

Lavender essential oil works wonders on easing the pain of superficial burns.  It also makes allergic reaction rashes disappear lightning fast!  I put lavender on neat, (no carrier oils), for burns, but I dilute lavender essential oil with coconut oil for rashes.  Coconut oil is a very commonly used carrier oil.  Lavender oil is also a sedative, please see the #3 in my list for more information on how to use it as a sedative.  Note that I try to never use Lavender on my face because I have read new research coming out shows that it may be cytotoxic, meaning it can kill skin cells.  This is why I avoid putting lavender in my homemade eye and face serum.

2.  Oregano

I like to call oregano oil the "UTI killer"!  Oregano has a special ability to kill E Coli, which is responsible for most UTI infections.  Anytime I feel that I may have a bad UTI blooming in my bladder, I reach for my Oregano essential oil and mix a tiny bit of it with my food.  If I don't feel like eating the oil straight with food - it has a strong taste and can burn if not mixed with enough food - I take the capsule form.  Here is the type of capsules that I have taken for many years and highly recommend:  Oil of Oregano Liquid Phyto-Capsules.  I take them twice a day, and don't take oregano longer than 2 weeks at a time.  Reviews of these products say that it has has cured BV, candida, and even Lyme's Disease! 

If you currently feel like you may have a UTI, or frequently find yourself struggling with UTIs or cystitis, please first read my post How To Get Rid of a UTI Infection Fast Without Antibiotics to see the exact product I use to kill a UTI immediately before I use Oregano. 

The added plus is that Oregano oil does not have all the nasty side effects antibiotics can have. As with all essential oils, please make sure to read the dosage before use.  Ask your oil supplier to provide you the correct dosage information.  Books on essential oils are also a great source of information. One really popular one is Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

3.  Cedarwood

This amazing oil smells just like wood! My husband love the smell. More importantly, it is a powerful sedative.  Whenever my hubby is short on sleep, I fill up the diffuser with some water and a few drops of cedarwood and lavender essential oils and he always gets a good nights sleep when I do this.  

4.  Frankincense

I use this powerful oil in an oil mix I make for my under-eyes to help reduce and decrease the appearance of fine lines - see my post: Makeup Causes Wrinkles in 3 Ways, to read more.  I have not noticed that it erases fine lines completely, but I do think it helps to reduce them.  Frankincense can also attack moles, but I've noticed that it does better on smaller ones than large ones.  Frankincense oil has a rather strong smell, some love it, some hate it, just be aware that it is rather pronounced.

5.  Peppermint.

I absolutely love peppermint essential oil, maybe because it's the funnest one?  I mainly use peppermint oil in my homemade soaps, see my recipe to easy handmade soap here: Easy DIY Soap Recipe. I absolutely love the tingling feeling of the peppermint on my skin.  Peppermint is a powerful antibiotic and antifungal, so it makes a perfect addition to soap.  Peppermint is also great at clearing out a stuffed up nose, just take a whiff of it. 

I hope this article has helped wet your appetite for essential oils, and also made you thirsty for more.  Not all essential oils are created equal and many oils you will see in stores can be heavily diluted and will not have the medicinal properties I mentioned above.  In general I would recommend only using doTerra and Young Living.   I personally only use doTerra.  When you purchase your oils, ask your supplier to write down the correct dosing instructions for all the ways you desire to use them, it is their job to be knowledgeable about them.

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