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Top Ten Oils

& How to Use Them!

· Essential Oils

When you first start to explore the VAST world of Essential Oils - it can be pretty overwhelming!

The variety of essential oils and their uses can be a roadblock to start using them, so I wanted to share the top oils and how I use them to give you some ideas and make things a little more approachable!


Everyone knows Lavender is popular for its relaxation properties. But did you know it is a wonderful tension easier? Aside from the peaceful feelings it promotes, this oil is a go-to for skin irritations like burns, scrapes, rashes or even bug bites!

My favorite uses:
Lavender is a staple in the kids' bedroom diffusers, and if they're feeling more restless than usual I’ll massage a drop into the bottoms of their feet or place a drop on their pillow. I like to add lavender with Frankincense for burns and cuts... seems to boost the healing power of the body and get that skin happy and clear again!


Probably the most popular citrus oil, lemon naturally cleanses the air and solid surfaces, even cleansing the body (especially the kidneys & bladder) and supporting healthy digestion. It’s light yet invigorating scent promotes a positive mood. As most citrus oils, take caution when using lemon topically and avoid direct sunlight or UV rays on area of application.

How I use it:
To clean! I add lemon to my mildew spray shower cleaner which contains 24 ounce spray bottle of water, then mix 15 drops lemon, 10 drops melaleuca/tea tree, and 10 drops peppermint into a 1/4 cup witch hazel or rubbing alcohol (to emulsify the oils -- oil and water don't mix - so this addition is to make sure they don't separate). Shake before each use!


Ingesting peppermint promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing! So wonderful, year round - but especially in the spring when the flowers and trees are blooming! When taken internally, peppermint healthy digestion and its minty scent is an invigorating pick-me-up.

My favorite uses:
Peppermint is another oil I will never walk out of the house with! I love to simply diffuse it for a wake-me-up booster, but mixing it with coconut oil in a rollerball and applying the nape of my neck and chest before a serious focus-session at work gives me a mental boost, keeps my body nice and cool in the heat of the summer, and helps me breathe deeper..... which brings me to

dōTERRA Breathe – Respiratory Blend:

Combining oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara, this blend helps you maintain easy breathing and a feeling of clear airways. Applying topically or diffusing helps you get a restful sleep while reducing the effects of seasonal threats.

My favorite uses:
I like to diffuse Breathe along with OnGuard when I’m feeling the slightest bit congested or that tell-tale tickle in my ear, or applying with a little coconut oil directly over my chest at night or throughout the day. Taking a deep breath never felt so good!

Tea Tree

I see Tea Tree, or Melaleuca as some call it (same oil!!) as one of those jack-of-all-trades oils. Top properties include cleansing effects on the skin, promoting healthy immune function, and protection against environmental and seasonal threats.

My favorite uses:

Most frequently I use melaleuca to clean cuts and scrapes for the boys. Aren't boys always scraping a knee or elbow? No? Just mine? UGH! Anyway -- I already mentioned the mildew spray, but it’s a big part of my countertop spray along with On Guard and lemon. Secondly I add it to coconut oil and lavender for bruises.


Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful oils and you will want to make sure you use just one drop at a time and dilute it heavily, when using topically. It’s cleansing and purifying and when taken internally both supports a healthy immune system, digestion, and respiratory function. It offers many powerful antioxidants when ingested.

My favorite uses:
Oregano has so many benefits when taken internally because it’s really fun and easy to cook with! If you like to make pasta sauce from scratch - start with just a toothpick dipped into the bottle and stirred into your sauce, thoroughly mix and taste to see if you need more! Seriously - it's that strong! But a flavor you'll never need to buy dried oregano again!

dōTERRA OnGuard – Protective Blend:

OnGuard is so popular and useful there is a whole line of toothpaste and mouthwash, soaps, soft gels, hand sprays, and more! Created to provide a natural and effective way to boost your immunity, this blend includes the oils Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower. This powerhouse blend supports your body’s natural antioxidant defenses helping to protect you against environmental threats while supporting a healthy circulation & respiratory health.

My favorite uses:
I use OnGuard literally every day since it’s in my toothpaste, mouthwash and hand soap. I also love to make a spray cleaner to help disinfect surfaces throughout my house in a natural way. At the very first sign of anyone around me – husband, kiddos, patients, friends, etc. – looking like their immune system has been compromised, I diffuse this blend and put it in a capsule to to take internally for several days. (ask me about a "PLOOFT" roller or capsule for a big immune system boost!!)

DigestZen – Digestive Blend:

This unique blend was created to help support healthy digestion and soothe the occasional upset stomach. When taken orally it helps smooth out the digestive tract thanks to oils including Anise Seed, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Rhizome/Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed.

My favorite uses:
Thank goodness I have pretty happy digestion, most of the time. If I overeat - I like to keep it close, but seldom really need. I keep it with me all the time, because - with 5 children - someone is feeling a little 'flip-floppy' on long car rides (always with their noses in books, while riding in the car....) and it’s a great one to diffuse in the car or let them smell right out of the bottle! When they really need to calm their bubbling tummies, we let them put a drop on the skin over their belly buttons and rub in circles around the navel. We notice it eases the discomfort in seconds, every time.

Deep Blue – Soothing Blend

There are times when everyone will need Deep Blue, but athletes - new and professional - listen up! 

This mix of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus, provides relief to sore muscles and has a cooling effect, much like OTC pain creams/salves, but without all the synthetic ingredients! It’s great to use along with coconut oil for a relaxing massage or to apply to aching hands and wrists after a long work day at the computer.

My favorite uses:
When I’m lucky enough to receive a foot massage you can bet Deep Blue is in the mix, but I honestly use the Deep Blue Rub most often. I use it on my kiddos after a tough wrestling match or my shoulders after a long day!


Known as the “King of Oils”, Frankincense aromatically (inhaled from the bottle, hands or a diffuser) promotes feelings of overall wellness and relaxation. When used topically or internally has countless health benefits (I dare you to go to pubmed[dot]gov and search for 'boswellia' and any ailment - you'll be amazed!) . "Frank's" Top properties are reducing the appearance of skin imperfections, supporting healthy cellular function, and encouraging a healthy immune, nervous, and digestive systems.

My favorite uses:
When I’m feeling low or need a little boost in my mood - I put a drop of Frankincense under my tongue. Yes - it tastes like I licked a tree for a few minutes, but the lighter mood is TOTALLY worth it! I also use it on cuts and burns with lavender: diluting it with fractionated coconut oil (or coconut MCTs) in a roller ball and applying to the affected area. First Aid kit 101, here!!

This kit is the perfect 'starter kit' for any newbie to pure essential oils!

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