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My 7 Favorite (Single) Essential Oils

Updated on April 20, 2019
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Melody has been using and selling Young Living essential oils for 10 years.

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I have used many oils over the past 10 years. Read about My First Experience with Essential Oils. It was in 2009 and has had a major impact on my health and that of my families. These 7 oils are on my primary go-to list and head up my top choice oils.

My Favorite 7 - Geranium, Lavender Clove, Lemon, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Peppermint
My Favorite 7 - Geranium, Lavender Clove, Lemon, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Peppermint

1. Peppermint

What can I say? Peppermint is my all-time favorite oil!

I turn to peppermint many times for many things.

  • As an anti-inflammatory oil, it helps to reduce swelling. Therefore, it is good on tension headaches, sprains and sore muscles by direct application.
  • It has amazing properties to clear the head from a stuffy nose (inhalation).
  • My daughter has used it many times to reduce the effects of her allergies, both by direct application and inhalation.
  • I drink a drop with 4-6 oz. of water to get rid of indigestion.
  • Several drops on a cotton ball placed in your car vents can help alertness on a long drive. (This is not recommended as a wake to stay awake for long periods. It doesn't work that way. But it helps to keep the mind alert during long drives, especially when driving alone.)
  • I have recommended it to friends who say it helps with anxiety.
  • My favorite use: Peppermint ice cream!!! Add a drop to a bowl of vanilla ice cream. AMAZING!!! You may want to add one drop to a large amount that you will serve to several people. My daughter is overwhelmed by 1 drop in a bowl. Me, on the other hand... I sometimes use 2 drops and have been known to use 3 drops in my bowl.

There are many more uses, but these are the ones within my experience. It does come up frequently when searching for an oil for specific uses.

Cautions

Peppermint is a strong oil. It can feel so icy cold that it feels like it is burning. It doesn't, however, cause any irritation. This makes it a poor choice for children unless it is diluted with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or sweet almond oil. (Two of my favorites). Test it on yourself before using it on a child. When drinking it with water, stir thoroughly and drink it quickly. Once it's on your hands, avoid contact with your eyes and never put essential oils in your ears.

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Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil

2. Lavender

OK... second favorite because of it's versatility and MANY applications.

My favorite use for Lavender is for burns... all burns. It's properties not only soothe but increase the rate at which burns improve (OK I'm being very cautious with wording because the FDA does not allow certain words to be used in regards to the use of essential oils. Bear with me. :)

  • Lavender placed directly on a burn will relieve the "discomfort" and reduce the damage. I have burned myself several times, and when I apply lavender it reduced the blistering and sped the recovery process. I like putting 10-15 drops in a carrier oil in a small container and dipping a thumb or finger in the oils if that's where the burn is.
  • LavaDerm Mist is a special blend of lavender in a misting bottle. It's the perfect way to apply to a sunburn. My daughter is very fair skinned and needs an SPF100 sunscreen to avoid bad sunburns. With Lavaderm, she sprays it on the affected area and feels relief almost immediately.
  • This oil works very well for allegies, too. It relieves the itching and rashes that can appear from many allergic reactions. LavaDerm, again, can be wonderful as an easy way to apply to some areas.
  • As a sleeping aid, lavender is very helpful. A few drops on a pillow helps to relax and calm our minds, making it easier to sleep.
  • I've used lavender also to reduce a fever. It can easily be applied to the forehead or the bottoms of the feet. Another way is to add about 10 drops to a warm bath. It eliminated my daughter's high fever when she had swine flu. We had been struggling for over a day, but 15 minutes in a lavender bath broke her fever.

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Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

3. Geranium

By far my husband's favorite oil and high on my daughter's list.

They use Geranium essential oil for cramps and charlie horses. One drop placed on the cramping muscles provides almost instantaneous relief for both of them. I have had the same result using geranium also.

The trick here is to have the oil close to you so you can get to it. Trying to walk to your oils when you have a cramp in your is nearly impossible.

So ask yourself where and when you typically experience cramps. Sitting inyour chair? Sleeping at night? Driving long distances? Running or exercising? Keep a bottle handy in the place or places where you frequently gets cramps. Or carry one in your pocket.

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Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil

4. Frankincense

Frankincense (this link is for a 5 ml bottle) is an amazing go-to oil. When I'm in doubt of an oil that will help something, I try frankincense and many times it has helped

I've used this oil for:

  • Attention help. In a diffuser, it has calmed those with ADD and ADHD.
  • Bruises. It is a natural anti-inflammatory oil. It can be used for sprains and sore muscles also.
  • Skin care. It can be used as a facial cleanser to reduce acne.
  • I've used it to alleviate stomach issues. Rub a drop on your tummy for some relief.
  • This is another oil we've used with allergies. A drop placed under the nose or rubbed in your hands so you can breath it in has helped.

As I said, when I'm in doubt, I'll apply a drop to an area or rub several drops on the bottoms of my feet. It's generally a saltier oil, but one that I try to keep on hand whenever possible. One nice thing about the oils is that it takes such a small amount usually so a bottle can last quite a long time making it a great investment

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Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil

5. Lemon

Lemon oil has amazing powers to boost your immune system.

As a result, here are some of the ways I or my family has used it:

  • To help boost me immune system, I drink several drops in water. It's the healthiest lemon water you can get. The essential oils have far greater properties than real lemon juice.
  • To ward off a cold or virus that I feel coming on, I will make what has been called Thieves tea and drink it several times a day. Thieves tea is nothing more than several drops each of Thieves essential oil and lemon essential oil in hot water with honey to sweeten it.
  • My mom is a diabetic and periodically has trouble with gout in her feet, especially her toes. Applying lemon oil several times a day over a few days can eliminate the gout. If she catches it quick enough, she can stave it off before it gets a hold on her.


Cautions

Lemon is a citrus oil and is sensitive to sunlight. Citrus oils should not be applied to the skin when going out into direct sunlight. It can affect the color of the skin and some places that I've read indicate that it may create a permanent stain. I have not had this reaction, but then, I have endeavored not to tempt fate.

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Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil

6. Clove

I try to keep Clove essential oil on hand especially during summer months. My favorite use is as an insect repellent. I rubbed a few drops in my hands, then run my hands through my hair. It keeps the gnats and bugs away from my face when I'm outside. Another few drops rubbed around my ankles, down my arms and over my legs keeps the bugs away.

Another oil I am just starting to use for insects is Citronella essential oil. I finally got a bottle recently and used it as I described using the Clove oil and had GREAT results on a nature walk this past weekend.

Clove is also my favorite choice for use with a tooth ache. At one time I was told it is the main ingredient in novocaine, but, in truth, it is the substance that dentists would use to swab your gums before giving you an injection. It has a numbing quality that is helpful with toothaches. The taste is not so great, but if you have a hard time with the taste, you can always apply it to the jawline where the toothache is and the oils will still help. As a numbing agent, it can be used for other things as well.

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My VERY used bottle of Clove Essential Oil
My VERY used bottle of Clove Essential Oil
My VERY used bottle of Clove Essential Oil

7. Tea Tree

Tea Tree is one of the varieties of melaleuca - melaleuca alternifolia to be exact. I know people use melaleuca for many things and they get confused on the fact that there are actually several different varieties.

Tea Tree oil is one I would recommend for anyone in the education field. Specifically because it is so disliked by lice. Until I worked in education, I had not had any exposure to lice. Lice, however, do not like tea tree oil. You can find it in many hair products for this very reason, as well as many others, I'm sure. I apply like I do the Clove oil. A few drops is the palm of my hand, rub hands together, then run my hands through my hair. I keep a bottle of tea tree oil in my desk drawer at work so I have it when the need arises.

Tea Tree oil is also good as a sleep aid. A few drops on your forehead or pillow can help immensely.

Caution

Tea Tree oil is toxic to cats. Their systems cannot process the oil, so direct contact and exposure to the smell can be toxic to them. They will typically avoid being around it, but you need to avoid touching your cats if you've used it on your hands. Don't diffuse it in a house that has cats and don't expose them to the smell over a long period of time if you've been using it on yourself.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil

My Experiences and Reminders

These essential oils are my favorite go-to oils. I try to keep them in my house all the time and I frequently carry several of them with me. I have taken to buying samples of some of the oils, too, because they are easy to carry and can be shared with a friend.

The suggested uses are all ways that I have used these oils and had wonderful results. I know there are many more uses for these oils. The lists of ways to use them just goes on and on. As I come up with new ways that I have tried them, I will share. I prefer sharing things that I have experienced myself rather than making a list of things I've read or heard.

Three things you should keep in mind when using essential oils:

  • Drink lots of water when you use them. The water in your system helps them to travel throughout your body. If you are dehydrated or are drinking lots of other things, it will limit the effectiveness of the oils.
  • Not all oils work the same or to the same degree with all individuals. There can be any number of reasons for this, but most oils have many uses. If one doesn't work well for you, another one might work better.
  • Quality of essential oils DOES matter. There are several brands on the market that are very good. They are pure oils that are not cut with other chemicals. I use Young Living oils, but I acknowledge that they are not the only oils that are a high quality. Just be certain that you do your research. If the price is too good to be true, maybe it is. Many times the sensitivity that people feel about an oil is a reaction to the additional chemicals, NOT the essential oil itself. Just educate yourself before you buy...

Enjoy using essential oils.

Leave me a comment on the oils you love and how and why you use them. I'd love to add a post about your uses and successes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Melody Dunithan

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    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      Awesome! Let me know if you're looking for an oil for anything specific.

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      Debra Roberts 

      11 months ago from Ohio

      I have been wanting to try Young Living oils for some time. This is a nice breakdown of some really good ones. I'll definitely be ordering these (through this post of course!)

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      I think we have come so far in our use of medicines and chemicals that people are hesitant to believe that plants can give you the same if not better results many times. We seem to forget, that many cultures used plants very effectively before we created the medicines that we use today. But the use and belief in essentials oils is growing quickly. People just need to try them to see their benefits. Thank you for raising that observation. :)

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      That is the first oil recommended as a sleep aid. And has such a refreshing, gentle aroma.

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      Blair villanueva 

      11 months ago

      Lavender is my favorite essential oil, helps me to gave a good sleep.

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      Mary 

      11 months ago

      I have not yet looked into what all the controversy is about with essential oils...They seem to be derived from natural ingredients so I can't imagine they are any worse for people than some of the other crap we ingest. Thank you for this information

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      Great for a fever reducer, too. I do LOVE my peppermint!

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      That's awesome!

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      Erica (The Prepping Wife) 

      11 months ago

      I’ve used peppermint oil for headaches since high school. It is number one in my book! It’s great when I’m sick too, because just like you said, it’ll clear the sinuses.

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      Elease 

      11 months ago

      My son uses peppermint oil on the collar of his shirt each more for attention! His teacher recommended it a few years back and even into his high school years he swears by it.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      It has so MANY applications and uses! I am right there with you.

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      Elizabeth tired mom supermom 

      11 months ago

      I can't live without peppermint oil! It is my go to oil for pretty much anything that ails me.

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      Joyce Osiango 

      11 months ago

      I use essential oil a lot and I agree with you it can improve a lot in our health

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      Glad you liked it.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      They have so many uses, it's amazing!

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      We love it, for sure.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      For sure. We need to be completely aware of how good they are, but also if there are any cautions.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      Awesome! Let me know if you have any questions.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      It is, indeed. I think that is one factor that explains why some people don't have the expected result.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      You won't regret it!

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      It's remarkable, isn't it. My first experience was because of chronic headaches, too. Love peppermint! See my introduction to oils here: https://hubpages.com/health/My-First-Experience-wi...

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      Awesome! Leave me a comment on what you which oils you decide to start with. I'd be interested.

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      They are truly remarkable!

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      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      True story. Lemon is one of the best scents for smelling clean. And it boosts the immune system. WIN-WIN!

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      I truly believe that once a person uses oils for something, they will become hooked on them. I love my diffuser also.

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      Subhashish Roy 

      11 months ago

      It was great learning about the benefits of many essential oil and the precautions we must take to avoid any ill effects. Thank you.

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      Snehal 

      11 months ago

      Lavender and tea tree oil are my faves too! I am yet to use other essential pils mentioned here. :)

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      Joanna K. 

      11 months ago

      Hello Melody. Even though I don’t have experience with essential oils, I find this to be a useful post. I like the scent of lavender, in general. So, it is nice to learn that it can help with allergies and sleep issues.

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      Ashley 

      11 months ago

      Great summary of essential oils! I have a kind of pillow spray that has lavender in it which is nice at night. Thanks for the tip about tea tree oil being toxic to cats - I have a big fluffy kitty and I definitely wouldn't want anything to happen to her!

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      Tessa 

      11 months ago

      This is a great lineup of essential oils. I have used peppermint in my mixture of hair oils (gives an amazing scalp massage mixed with olive or grapeseed oil). I've definitely used clove for toothaches, and tea tree oils work wonders when I add a few drops to my hair products (for natural kinky hair) or when I DIY lotions.There are some applications I just learned here and will be researching them some more. I've seen the Young Living brand around quite a bit. I'll look into it.

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      Nicole L Anderson 

      11 months ago

      I found this post to be so interesting and packed with background info on each essential oil. It was easy to see why these would be your favorite 7 and some of these I would take with me when I go hiking in the great outdoors. Love the tip about making sure you stay hydrated. That is always so important.

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      Trish Veltman 

      11 months ago

      I love the scents of peppermint, lemon and teatree - might have to invest in some oils.

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      Lindsay Brown 

      11 months ago

      I have fallen out of the habit of using my oils lately but reading your post has reminded me how much I love oils! A few years ago I was undergoing a lot of stress and getting crippling headaches in that time of my life. Peppermint oil totally saved my life. I had a roll on bottle which I would put on my neck and shoulders and it would relieve my headache symptoms almost immediately!

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      Nahashon Kyalo 

      11 months ago

      It's like you read my mind. I was contemplating on getting an essential oil and I'll use your content as a starting point.

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      Tracy @ Cleland Clan 

      11 months ago

      I had no idea that you could use lavender oil on burns. It’s amazing how many different uses essential oils have.

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      Helen G 

      11 months ago

      I've not seen essential oils listed like this in an article before. Thank you so much for your amazing tips!

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      Luna S 

      11 months ago

      I like the scent of lemon, to me it smells clean so I like that not only is it beneficial but it can make you happy smelling a clean house as well if you use it in a diffuser.

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      Scott DeNicola 

      11 months ago

      My wife attended an essential oil party years ago and she has become hooked ever since. I have a diffuser in my office and agree that peppermint is my favorite by far followed closely by Lavender, Lemon, and Eucalyptus. I've only used them in the diffuser but have used peppermint on my forehead for headaches. I'll have to give these other recommendations a try. I'm diffusing peppermint and lemon as I type this. :)

    • Melody Dunithan profile imageAUTHOR

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      I'm so happy I could help add to your stock. It totally amazes me on how many uses they each have.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      This is a really interesting article Melody and I also find using essential oils of great benefit for so many things. I particularly love Lavender Oil and use it to aid sleeping. Now that I am aware of the uses of Frankincense I will add this to my stock, along with Geranium. Thank you for sharing.

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