Essential oils can add up so which ones should you start with? What are the absolutely essential essential oils to have? I will walk you through the ones I consider the most essential.
Get 100% Pure Oils
First a word on where you should buy oils. The #1 thing you have to worry about is purity. There have been some really bad fakers out there lately. Since essential oils (or EOs) are not regulated by the government, not all are what they pretend to be. I have tried Young Living and DoTerra MLM companies and NOW, JadeBloom,and Eden’s Garden brands of consumer available EOs. I can honestly say Jade Bloom is my favorite for their prices, purity, and customer service. Their prices are lower than popular MLM companies and from my experience work just as well. They also provide great education about each oil they sell. All oils I talk about can be purchased from Jade Bloom directly. I promise I won’t hold it against you if you purchase them somewhere else though 😉
My Most Essential Oils
#1: Lemon: Lemon is great for preventing illness by boosting the immune system. It also helps alleviate stress and improves focus. I use lemon in cleaning regimens as well as diffuser blends. I even add a few drops to my water but be cautious of ingesting essential oils without the direction of a licensed aromatherapist/holistic healer.
#2: Oregano oil: This has wonderful antibacterial as well as antiviral properties and immune boosters. I use it frequently when we have colds and viruses circulating. It is super powerful though and should be rotated out frequently so your body doesn’t get used to it.
#3: Tea Tree: This oil is also known as Melaleuca and is probably the best oil for broad range antiviral and antifungal use. It is perfect for putting on wounds to help them heal. It is also good used in topical or diffuser blends to disinfect areas or improve your airways. You can even mix it with salt and squirt it up your nose to clear your nasal passages.
#4: Lavender (or Lavendin): Lavender is a wonderful relaxer. It can help you fall asleep after a long day or simply stay more cheerful throughout the day. Its basically a natural antidepressant. Its sister oil lavendin has many of the same properties for a little smaller price tag in case you are interested.
#5: Peppermint: If you are having difficulty breathing this is your best oil to use. It is also used in blends like Breathe from DoTerra and Jade Bloom’s Relief. Peppermint is great for use in a diffuser and breaks up congestion really well. This oil is also really good at alleviating tension headaches with topical forehead application.
#6: Patchouli: This is my go-to for nausea. I have gastroparesis so nausea is a constant battle of mine and these are the best for combating it but it is great for anything that causes nausea. It is also supposedly great for hair loss although I haven’t tried that feature. It is also really good for skin.
#7: Frankincense: I will be honest and it took me a while to start using this but once I did, I love it. It is great for skin care lotions, creams, balms, etc. and is a strong anti-inflammatory. It is also a good antiseptic making it great for wound care.
#8: Myrrh: There is a reason the Christ child was given Frankincense and Myrrh. They are both so great. Myrrh is a good pain reliever especially for arthritic joints. It is also great for the skin and is very calming.
#9: Bergamot: I love this for anxiety and depression. It is also good at healing acne and is a natural deoderant. I use it in the deoderant I make for my family and rub it on wrists or the back of my kids’ necks to reduce tension most often.
#10: Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus works as a fever reducer without the nasty side effects of OTC medicines. It also is good for insect repellent and has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. It has lots of applications. I love it in my diffuser but have also used it in repellents and in topical blends.
It was hard to say which oils are most essential especially because I often use blends of multiple but I hope this was helpful. I know when I first started using essential oils I really wanted someone to tell me which ones were most important. I figured if I could have used a guide like this I likely wasn’t the only one. Have fun stocking your new medicine cabinet!
Disclaimer: Please note that none of my suggestions have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose or treat any illness. They are not intended to be a substitution for a certified medical provider. This post may contain affiliate links. Products purchased after clicking on these links may provide me with a small commission at no additional cost to you.