Ever since our neighbor gave us essential oil from the lavender fields of France I have been OBSESSED. I know I use that word a lot, but honestly it’s been a constant obsession. Here are my favorite essential oils and their uses.

*contains affiliate links* There's so many other essential oils out there besides lavender. I rounded up my favorites and explained their multiple uses.
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My first and favorite essential oil. If you read this post you know that I always get headaches and dabbing lavender oil on my temples helps relieve the pain. It’s also good for relaxation, soothing bruises and reduces swelling on bug bites.  Oh and it smells pretty good too. If you only use one essential oil make it lavender. Click To Tweet

2. Peppermint

Peppermint oil is good for relaxing the body. I put a little on my temples, pressure points and on my upper lip under my nose so I breathe it in as I read and eventually sleep. I’ve also had a HORRIBLE dry cough and putting a bit on my sinuses helps a lot. Peppermint is also good for bad breathe, headaches and digestive issues.

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3. Frankincense

Okay, in all honesty I though Frankincense was a mythical and magical gift for the baby Jesus… so when I heard it was an essential oil I was stunned and intrigued. This oil is great for stress, body aches and pains,  your immune system and so much more. I’ve even heard that it can help with cancer.

4. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and is just all over beneficial. I mainly use it to treat wounds, help relieve itchy bug bites and as a fever reducer. Mix it with peppermint oil (cooling effect) and just a touch of water to reduce body temperature.  It’s also good for dental care and helps with diabetes management.

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5. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a lot more than a chicken seasoning. This essential oil can be used to kill bacteria, soothe sore muscles and ward of insects! Use it as a natural way to repel mosquitos, add it to your lotion, body was or just plain soap to help purify your skin and you can rub a bit on your scalp to strengthen hair follicles.

6. Orange

Have you ever peeled an orange and just loooooved the way it smelled? Well orange oil is so much more than a fragrant air purifier. This citrus oils has the ability to fight cancerous tumors, treat cold and flu symptoms and fights acne. Place it in a diffuser to boost your mood, rub a little on your face to for anti-aging properties and dilute it with water and coconut oil for an all natural kitchen/house cleaner.

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7. Tea Tree

Out of all my essential oils, this one doesn’t get as much use from me…This oil is also good for fighting acne-mix it with raw honey for a gentle acne face wash. It’s also good for hair treatment, cleansing, eczema, psoriasis, killing mold and fighting fungus. TTO is also a good topical treatment for dry cuticles, earaches, cold sores and chicken pox.

Don’t have a diffuser? Don’t panic you can always:

  • apply it directly
  • mix it with plain lotion
  • add a few drops to a hot bath
  • mix it with water and spray it
  • apply it to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car
  • make candles

What are your favorite essential oils and uses?





P.S. this Radha Beauty essential oil sampler is my favorite pack! Click the photo to shop.






Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • I can’t live without my Peppermint Essential Oil — I’m almost out, so I have to repurchase ASAP!

  • Nirmal Tiwari Payak

    I love essential oils specially lavender ❤️

  • I love lavender and all the citrusy ones I need to go break out my diffuser! 😛

  • I love my essential oils. I agree about Frankincense, I thought it was a magical gift for baby Jesus, too but with cold and flu season going on its one of my go to’s lately. I’ve been using spearmint and a concentration blend a lot lately, too and my husband and I are sleeping with our diffused going with Breathe, Spearmint, and Lavender in it.

    • Lol good to now I’m not the only one! I need to try spearmint oil.

  • Lottie Moor

    This is really good! I’ve just bought an oil diffuser so I can’t wait to try out all of these oils at home!

    Lottie x

    • I seriously loooove my diffuser! It’s an essential to my bed time routine lol.

  • I’ve heard great things about essential oils, they seem to be all the rage right now!


  • Tee Evans

    Everything you mentioned is pretty good. My personal favorite is Almond oil. I use it all over my body including my hair. It leaves my skin very hydrated and it adds extra shine to my hair. I love it.

    • Ohh that’s a new one for me! I’ll look into it.

  • I always keep lemongrass essential oil around – it’s seriously my favorite!

    • I’m using it more and more now!

  • Miss ALK

    I’m still pretty unfamiliar with the benefits of oils so this was really helpful! I love the smell of lavender and mint!

    xoxo A

    • Omg there’s so many! So nice for lots of different ailments.

  • I love using the lavender essential oil in my diffuser. It helps with sleeping.

  • I love peppermint oil! I use lavender oil in my hot tub.
    Once I added orange essential oil in my bath and my ankle’s skin got very itchy and irritated. Never going to use orange essential oil in my bath tub, I guess.

  • i use oils all the time! they are so great for relaxation and overall health!

  • Michele Renee

    I use peppermint oil often! It is super helpful for relaxing showers. I use a lavender oil spray on my pillows when I get super stressed out. It definitely helps me fall asleep easily.

  • Marlene

    My favorites at the moment at lemon and lavender! I love that I can do everything from wash my face to cook a delicious meal with the lemon and that lavender is so versatile! I have a few new ways to diffuse on my blog you should check out. Non of them require an ultrasonic diffuser and ALL of them are from nature! check it out shesahotmess.com/natural-diffusers

  • Larissa Joassaint

    I’ve been reading a lot about essential oils, and it’s truly astounding all the health benefits associated with these oils. Why isn’t this more common knowledge?! Thank you for spreading this important information. I’ll definitely have to share this post with my mom – I know she’ll love it. And thank you for sharing alternate ways to use it. We don’t have a diffuser, but I would have never thought to put it in my lotion!

    • I know! How didn’t I know this before?! I didn’t have a diffuser for a while so I just applied it directly.

  • I always put peppermint and lavender in my oil diffuser- it calms me so much at night!

    • I recently did that and it was amazing!

  • Amanda K

    I got a diffuser for Christmas and I love it! Lavendar is my favorite too! Going to have to try some of these!

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • I love essential oils! I actually don’t have many of the regular ones like lavender but want to add those to my collection soon.

    • The sampler pack really expanded my collection lol

  • I’ve always wanted to try essential oils! The health/beauty benefits are amazing!

  • Robin @ And Then We Tried

    I’ve been wanting to get a diffuser for the longest time. You may have just convinced me to go for it!

  • Great suggestions! I recently got a diffuser so I have been looking for oils to try

    • The sampler pack is the way to go!

  • Karoline J.

    I love using mint oil!
    Teatree is great for acne, though, I am not a big fan of the smell 🙂

    • Yeah the smell isn’t great, but the benefits are awesome!

  • Sophia Damasceno

    I have been wanting to get a diffuser for the last few months and I still haven’t made the move. This post helped a lot with pushing me. Thanks for an awesome post.

    • Amazon has some great ones that won’t break the bank! The one I linked is highly rated.

  • Lavender is my JAM. I need to buy frankinscence because I’m told it works on Planter’s Warts. Gross, I know. I definitely want to expand my EO collection!

    • I so did not know that! It has sooo many benefits lol.

  • Lavender, and Peppermint are my all time favorites! So relaxing, and refreshing. I need to try a few more.

  • My kitty has Cancer and was given 6 months to live, that was three years ago. He currently sits on my lap as happy as can be. One of the EO’s I used was Frankincense.

    • NO WAY! You just applied it topically?!

  • I love Frankincense and vitality oils for cooking and adding to water. Need to pick up rosemary soon!

    • I need to get some that I can ingest lol.

  • I’ve been using essential oils for several years now and I can’t imagine life without them! There are seriously so many uses, it’s a game changer! The ones you listed are all must haves!

    • I know! I don’t know how I lived without them before haha.

  • I’m just starting to get into essential oils. Lavender and orange are two of my favorites!

  • Amy

    I’ve been hearing so much about essential oils lately! I need to look into them more.

  • Holly Lasha

    Lovd this! So many fantastic oils:) I love Sage and Tea Tree!!

  • Ryan

    I love to use Lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil! I also get awful headaches, and I usually just put peppermint on my temples. I’ve never heard of using lavender for headaches–I’ll have to try it!

    Ryan | Ryality.com

    • They’re both great for headaches!

  • These are all great ones! Lavender is seriously one of the best – it works for everything!

  • I haven’t personally gotten into essential oils but I love when the masseuse uses them during my massages. I love the smell of orange and it is cool to learn about its properties!

  • Cathy Smith

    I use Tea Tree daily with a blend of coconut and jojoba oils for a nighttime face moisturizer to help with mild acne. And of course Lavender – all the time! It just smells so good! Peppermint is also really helpful for lightheadedness or malaise:)

  • Juliette | For the Sake of Goo

    Such great choices! Lavender is my usual go-to, but I’ve recently been using Copaiba more and more!

  • I’m not a big essential oil kind of girl but I had a friend give me peppermint and lavender and I really loved both. The lavender was very calming and the peppermint helped a lot with headaches and even nausea during my pregnancy.