Essential Oil Uses

Essential oils have a wide range of uses from balancing emotions and easing tension, to cleansing skin and healing topical imperfections.

Plants have been used in homeopathic remedies and person care for centuries. Although the natural way has somewhat gotten lost in our development of the Western Way, there is a new era arising of an integrative lifestyle. 

For those of us who have become aware of the toxic overload of chemicals in food, personal care, and cleaning products; essential oils have become a perfect natural alternative.

Whether it be combatting anxiety, cleaning your skin and hair, or scrubbing your toilets there is an essential oil up to the task.

Some oils are currently in trials for natural cancer treatments, supporting cellular regeneration, skin regrowth, and preventing heart disease.

There are many, many uses in daily life for essential oils. Here, we will cover some basics about what to use and how to use them. 

It’s important to remember that not all essential oils can be ingested, and some of them need to be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.) before they can touch your skin. 

doTERRA essential oils are very concentrated, so in their pure form, some of them will burn your skin if you do not dilute them. All doTERRA oils will specify on the bottle if they can be taken internally, and if they need to be diluted for topical use.

The only oils I ever recommend using are doTERRA's because their oils are the purest on Earth. Each batch of doTERRA oils come with a link, where you can look up the third-party lab results of your specific oil, to view the purity. doTERRA believes in absolute transparency, and purity of the oil is more important to them than anything else.

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Topical Uses

Essential oils have a great number of topical uses, and although it would be very difficult to cover every single topical use for essential oils, we will go over many. I've divided this into the following categories, for ease of skim reading. 

However, there are far more uses for essential oils in each of these categories than we have even covered here. If you are wondering about something specific that we didn't cover here, feel free to contact me, and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.


Many essential oils are very effective for topical healing. You can use essential oils to super charge a poultice, or heal wounds faster. Some essential oils can also be used on their own as well.

  • Melaleuca(tea-tree):  melaleuca can be used in a poultice or on it's own for healing sores, cuts, or abrasions. Melaleuca is very fast acting at helping your skin regenerate. Melaleuca on it's own is a very effective natural treatment for cold-sores or herpes simplex 1 and 2 sores. It is an all purposed healing agent for any broken skin. Melaleuca is very strong, and has a burning sensation if used undiluted. When using for healing, you can dilute it with fractionated coconut oil. This will slow down the absorption of the oil, and give it more time to sit on the effected area.
  • Yarrow Pom: Yarrow has been shown to be a more effective anti-oxidant that either vitamin e or c. Because of it's antioxidant properties, it is a very effective additive when you're trying to heal skin. This is a good poultice ingredient, or oil treatment ingredient. 
  • Turmeric: Turmeric is very cleansing for the skin, and can also dry out skin sores. Turmeric and melaleuca together make a very effective treatment for boils, or other pussy skin sores.
  • Frankincense: Frankincense is an extremely powerful healing tool. Frankincense can be used topically on skin growths, or tumors to help shrink them. 
  • Sandalwood: Sandalwood was shown to help reduce skin tumors in mice. Although there have not been human trials yet, sandalwood is believed to be a good co-worker of frankincense in reducing tumors and skin growths.
  • Lavender: Lavender is very soothing to the skin and can treat a number of irritations. This is a good all purpose additive for skin treatments.
  • Helichrysum: Helichrysum helps the regrowth of top skin. Its very effective as an additive to skin treatments.
  • Deep Blue: this is doTerra's equivalent to an icy-hot. Deep blue heals sore muscles, treatment for sprains, bruises, etc.. This is a very good one to have on hand in any house-hold, especially if you have kids or athletes.
  • Oregano: Oregano is an antibiotic, and is very good for cleaning a wound. Oregano MUST be diluted, it is very powerful, and can burn your skin if used undiluted. 
  • Fractioned coconut oil is an ideal carrier oil for treatment purposes, as it helps the oil remain on the effected site for longer. Castor oil is another very good carrier oil remedies. Castor oil has healing properties of it's own, and is a good additive to poultices or skin treatments.

Skin Care

Essential oils can greatly improve your skin care routine. Not only do they smell great, but they have incredible properties that benefit your skin. 

Melaleuca (tea-tree) oil, is one of the most important to mention for skin care. Melaleuca heals skin sores, tightens pours, and cleans skin very quickly. Melaleuca touch alone, works as an excellent skin toner, and blemish treatment. You can apply a small amount directly to the imperfection a couple times a day, and it'll heal it very quickly.

Skin Blemishes

These are a list of oils that help improve blemished skin. Include a couple drops into your skin care routine, or you can make a roller blend, and apply the oils to your face last. 

Knowing what each oil is specifically targeting, helps with choosing the ones that are best for your specific goals. Personally, I like to make a blend of whichever of the following oil I have on hand in a roller bottle, and use it through out the day.

The best carrier oil for blemished skin is Castor Oil. Castor oil is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and disinfecting agent. It is very cleansing for the skin, and helps heal imperfections quickly.

  • Spikenard: Purifies the skin
  • Turmeric: Cleansing, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antibacterial 
  • Melaleuca (Tee Tree): Cleansing, healing, disinfectant
  • Basil: Cleansing to the skin
  • Petitgrain: Topical antioxidant
  • Patchouli: Reduces wrinkles, imperfections, blemishes, discoloration. Tightens pours, promoting a smooth complexion
  • Frankincense: Reduces skin imperfections. Helps shrink growths, moles, and dark spots
  • Cedarwood: Promotes healthy looking skin
  • Helichrysum: Improves the overall appearance of skin
  • Lavender: Soothing to skin, helps heal irritations
  • Lemongrass: Purifying and toning for the skin
  • Juniper Berry: Cleansing, detoxifying, natural toner
  • Grapefruit: Helps heal blemishes quickly, cleansing to the skin

Melaleuca and Turmeric combined in a roller bottle with castor oil is an incredibly fast acting acne treatment, with the added benefit of acting as a skin toner. Add Juniper Berry to this blend and use at the end of your skin care routine to prevent and combat acne. You will be pleasantly surprised at your clear, glowing complexion. 

Oily Skin

All of the oils listed below are very cleansing to the skin, and help balance the oils produced by your skin. You can mix and match based on what you have, or which scent your enjoy. These are all good oils to include in a face scrub or cleanser as well.

However, you can always make a roller blend of your oils of choice and apply it directly to your to skin at the end of your skin care routine. 

I would recommend diluting these with a carrier oil, as many of these may have a burning sensation if you apply them without a carrier oil.

The best carrier oil for oily skin is Jojoba oil. It has a very similar chemical makeup as the your natural skin oil, so your body it able to absorb it very quickly with little to no residue. 

Dry Skin

For dry skin, you'll want oils that hydrate your skin as well as moisturize. Also, if your skin is dry, it is very important to ensure that you are hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and to help your body retain the hydration from your water, you can mix in citrus oils. Citrus oils are also very cleansing for your insides as well as your outsides. We will be talking more about citruses in the internal uses section.

Suggested carrier oils for dry skin are fractionated coconut oil (slow absorption into skin), jojoba oil (helps hydrate skin), and castor oil (helps skin to retain moisture).

All of these oils help balance the tone of your skin, as well as moisturizing. 

Combat Aging

One of the best things to combat aging skin is ensuring that you are always well hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Other liquids do not replace water. Well hydrated skin ages much better than skin that isn't.

Hair Care

There are two clear winners when it comes to essential oil haircare. Those are Melaleuca and Clary Sage.

Melaleuca is a natural hair and scalp cleanser. It promotes healthy looking hair, and a clean scalp. Melaleuca also drives away parasites, including lice. It completely smothers the living lice, and burns up the eggs. If you look at lice shampoos, they will have Tea-Tree oil as the active ingredient for killing lice. 

Melaleuca is also very drawing, so when applied directly to the scalp is can promote hair growth. It's also very effective at balancing the oil hair. 

Clary Sage helps repair split ends, and increase the overall shine of the hair. Clary Sage also balances the oil level of hair. It helps promote strong hairs and prevents flyaways and breakage.

When I make shampoo and conditioner at home, I always use both of these. I also use Clary Sage directly on my hair to improve over-all appearance, and because it smells really good.

Sleep Aid

We will cover essential oils for sleep in topical, aromatic, and internal uses. Essential oils are incredibly effective in helping your body relax, release melatonin, and sleep deeply. 

Before we talk about essential oils though, I want to talk about magnesium oil. When using essential oils for sleep, it's best to use magnesium oil as the carrier oil. Most people have a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is something that is difficult to get in your diet, and even most magnesium supplements have other harmful chemicals in them, which reduce the efficacy. 

Pure magnesium oil can be absorbed through your skin, and your body can process it more quickly. Magnesium is very effective at helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. Pure magnesium oil in a spritzer bottle mixed with essential oils, can provide you with everything you need to help you sleep. Although essential oils are effective on their own, magnesium oil acts as a train to carry them deep inside.

Essential oils to promote sleep:

  • Lavender: Lavender has incredible restful properties, and is one of the most effective essential oils for sleep. Lavender helps your brain release melatonin naturally, which helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Clary Sage: clary sage is very good for promoting sleep, because it is effective at calming the mind, and promoting calming emotions.
  • Cedarwood: promotes feelings of calmness
  • Ylang Ylang: In women Ylang Ylang is very calming and can help promote sleep, however in men Ylang Ylang is also an aphrodisiac, which can interfere with good rest.

Sweet Dreams Recipe:

In a spritzer bottle add:

  • 20 drops of Lavender
  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • (for women) 10 drop Ylang Ylang
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with pure magnesium oil

Shake well, and spritz on your feet before bed. The largest pours in the human body are on the feet, so spraying on the feet ensures the quickest absorption, and that fasted effect.

Additional aid: put a few drops of lavender and clary sage on your pillow and at the base of your neck. Massage a small amount of lavender into your temples to help melt away the stress of the day, and prepare your body for sleep.

Household Cleaning

doTERRA offers a blend called On Guard, which is very effective for combating negative germs and preventing illness. In their On Guard Collection, there is a cleaner concentrate that you can use, and they also have a laundry detergent.

However, if you are a fan of making your own, you can use these oils to make your own and cut costs.

  • Lemon: excellent natural cleansing agent
  • Grapefruit: another excellent natural cleansing agent
  • Purify: this is for getting rid of smells. Purify help eliminate odors on a molecular level. You can mix purify with water and use as a spritzer to get smells out around your home

DIY All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 c distilled water
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops grapefruit

DIY Fabric Cleaner:

  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 1/2 c Hot water
  • 10 drops Purify
  • Thoroughly dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add purify, shake well, and spritz on fabric furniture. Use a damp rag to rub on spots, you'd like to get out. Allow to dry completely, and vacuum with hose to get off any remaining baking soda residue.
  • Also effective for carpet cleaner, or for fabric clothing that doesn't require dry cleaning. 

Internal Uses

Not just any essential oils can be taken internally. If you plan to take your oils internally, it is important that you use doTERRA essential oils. If you take an oil that isn't completely pure, it can be harmful instead of beneficial. doTERRA has the highest testing standards in the world, and as such, all of their oils are of the upmost purity.

Internal Support

There are a lot of oils that are very good for supporting internal functions, so here will mention some of the super stars.

Lifelong Vitality Pack

Everyone should be taking the Lifelong Vitality Pack. The Lifelong Vitality Pack is exactly what is sounds like. A supplement to support lifelong vitality, long lasting youth, and increase the longterm quality of life. The lifelong vitality supplement is good for almost all of these sections, so I am mentioning it here instead of adding it to every section below.

Lifelong Vitality Pack benefits:

  • General wellness and vitality
  • Antioxidant and DNA protection
  • Energy metabolism
  • Bone health
  • Immune function
  • Stress management
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Eye, brain, nervous system
  • Liver function and digestive health
  • Lung and respiratory health

Immune Function Support

doTERRA has an immune support kit that has most of the oils that are great for immune system support. However, I've listed each of the products in that kit here as well. 

The Immune Support Kit comes with a little guide on how to use each product to boost your immune system. This is especially important in the winter, when people are in school, and there is illness traveling around. 

On Guard is an important blend to talk about. On Guard in a blend developed specifically for cleansing the systems, and boosting the immune system. On Guard comes in a hand sanitizing mist, soft gels for internal use, beadlets for internal use, a roller touch for topical use, natural tooth paste, natural mouth wash, throat drops, laundry soap, cleaner concentrate, and hand soap. On Guard products smell really great, and they encourage a healthy immune system. The On Guard essential oil can be diffused or you can drink it in tea or water. It has a pleasant flavor as well as a pleasant aroma. All of the products are really great at protecting your body from illness.

Copiaba soothes anxiety and also helps support cardio vascular health as well as a strong immune system. Copiaba also comes in soft gels.

PB Assist + is a pre-biotic as well as a probiotic, it is extremely useful for building a strong immune system.

Oregano is an antioxidant, and is a powerful cleansing agent. When taken internally, oregano supports healthy immune function, respiratory function, and is a powerful digestion aid.

Cellular Regeneration 

Pink Pepper and DDR Prime

Pink Pepper is one of the Best Oils to take internally. The medical professionals recommend taking it in combination with DDR Prime, which is the cellular support complex. DDR Prime is meant to "support cellular health, function and renewal."

Pink Pepper supports:

  • Cellular Function
  • Kidney Function
  • Liver Function
  • Cardio Vascular System
  • Vascular System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Respiratory System
  • Relaxes Nervous System

Internal Cleansing

Here I'm going to just say all of the Citrus Oil. All of the citrus oil have very similar properties, with slight difference. Citruses are very cleaning for your internal systems, and they help flush out toxins. The main health property in citrus is limonene.

Limonene is used by medical professionals for:

  • Treat Cancer
  • Prevent Cancer
  • Promote Healthy Weight-loss
  • Treat Bronchitis 

Citrus Oils All Containing Limonene:

Limited Time / Promotional:

  • Kumquat 
  • Red Mandarin
  • Clementine 

Others worth mentioning that are internally cleansing:

  • Zendocrine
  • Melaleuca - Incredible cleansing properties, topically, internally, and aromatically. Supports healthy cellular function
  • Oregano  - Supports healthy Immune system

Energy and Dietary Support

I chose to put Energy and Dietary Support together, because a lot of the same oils that give you energy increase your metabolic function, a decrease hunger cravings. These two frequently go hand in hand. 

Exercise is made much easier when you add essential oils to you water. You'll be surprised at how much easier it is to exercise harder. Hugh Jackman uses essential oils in his exercise, skincare, and sleep regimen. 


Peppermint is really the super star for energy boosting. Topically, internally, and aromatically peppermint boost energetic feeling. Drinking peppermint in your water while you exercise or throughout the day, will give you more energy, and promote positive feelings throughout the day. 

Tip: Put two drops of peppermint and 2 drops of citrus oil (I recommend Wild Orange) on your palms, rub them together, cup them over your nose and breath deeply. The energetic effect is almost instantaneous. 

Mito2Max is doTERRA's energy support blend. Mito2Max supports healthy brain function, energy throughout the day, and helps your body use oxygen efficiently. 

Healthy Weight-loss:

  • Slim & Sassy Blend
  • Citrus Oils (All of them support healthy weight-loss and promote energetic feelings)

Slim and Sassy is doTERRA's weight - loss blend. Slim and Sassy contains Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Ginger. This blend works by reducing hunger cravings, while increasing your metabolic function. 

I personally lost 15lb in a month using slim and sassy. I just added a few drops to my water all day, and drank a lot of water throughout the day. I did this for a month, and I found my hunger cravings greatly reduced, and the weight seemed to fall off. Friends of mine have lost even more weight with continued use over several months. If you combine this with exercise, I'm sure it would be even more effective.

Tip: Because of these great ingredients, Slim and Sassy is actually very good for a sore throat as well. Drink a few drops in tea of water to sooth a sore throat and help increase healing process.

Digestion Support

Digestion is a key part of weight-loss, long term health, and detoxification. The whole process of digestion is the elimination of waste. Improper digestion can prevent you from absorbing micro and macro-nutrients, as well as keep waste inside your body longer than is healthy. This can lead to bloating, gas pain, unhealthy looking skin and hair, as well as numerous other health problems. Suffice it to say, it is important to support healthy digestion. 

Digestion Blends:

Digest Zen is doTERRA's blend for digestion. This comes in a number of forms for your preference. The pure oil you can add to tea or water for drinking. This helps your body more easily process heavy foods, and rid your body toxicity build up.

Digest Zen also come in a touch (roll on bottle), so you can apply it topically directly on your stomach or an area where there is trapped gas, to relieve it quickly.

Digest Zen also comes in tablets and soft gels.

Terra Zyme is a tablet blend that contains enzymes to help promote gut health and digestion. Balancing gut health is extremely important to lasting long term health.

Additional essential oils for digestion:


There are a lot of thing throughout the day that you can do to increase the quality of your sleep. Exercise is very important for better sleep, as well as decreasing toxic intake (foods chemicals, excessive sugar, etc). However, these are some oils that can help.

Aromatic Uses

Aromatic treatment is one of the most under-utilized therapies in the modern world. What you breathe has a huge effect on your mood, energy level, the health of your internal systems. Every household, office, and school should have a diffuser running all the time. 

Breathing pure essential oils throughout the day can both lift you up, and prepare your body for sleep. Your respiratory system is a huge decider of your daily and long term health. Feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or tired all deteriorate your health. These thing cause you to physically age more quickly, and contribute to mental decline. 

Breath is one of the greatest parts of life, and it is so neglected in our modern world.

Respiratory Support

All of these oils are very good for supporting a healthy respiratory system. Diffusing these oils throughout the day promote healthy breathing, which will increase the quality of your daily life, as well as giving you more energy.

For a quick "pick me up," you can put a couple drops on your palm, cup your mouth and nose, and breathe deeply a few times.

Sleep Aid

Lavender is very calming to the mind, body, and the soul. Lavender can be drank in tea, applied topically (most effective that the bottom of the feet, massaged into temples, and where the spine meets the base of the skull.), and diffused to promote relaxation before bed.

Serenity can be diffused or applied topically. 

It is very difficult to sleep if you are not breathing properly. Breathe helps promote a healthy, high functioning respiratory system, which in tern helps your body fall asleep and stay asleep.

I personally diffuse Serenity and Breathe together, starting an hour before bedtime, and running throughout the night. I put pure lavender on my feet, neck, temples, and sprinkle it on my pillow every night. I used to suffer from terrible insomnia, and I've been completely cured for a year and a half now, which it when I started this routine.

Mood Stabilizers 

Here I am just going to talk about the Emotional Therapy Kit. This comes in a roller touch kit, and an aromatic kit

This kit contains 6 blends:

These oils have changed my life. They are for exactly what the name implies. 

Depression is a growing epidemic in the modern world. Feelings of depression of destroying thousands of lives throughout the entire world. Depression is not a joke. Its a terrible, crushing burden, that feels impossible to escape. For depression, there is Cheer essential oil. Breathe it, and apply it to your pulse points.

Inevitably in all of our lives there will be times of great grief. This is a difficult emotion to process, it's necessary to feel those feelings of loss, but they are so very painful. Grief is an incredibly person emotion, it's difficult to share with anyone else, which just makes it an even heavier burden. Some of us carry grief with us our entire lives, and never really let it go. For grief there is Console to help ease that burden. 

Anger is another emotion that many carry all the time. Anger festers, and greatly decreases the quality of life. Anger is a really tough thing to let go, but nothing good is ever born out of anger. For Anger there is Forgive. It's important to forgive others, but it's also important to remember to forgive ourselves. Carrying feelings that you may have fallen short, or being angry at yourself for past regrets, is never helpful. It's important to learn from your mistakes, but let those feelings go.

Motivate is a very straight forward oil. All of us sometimes feel like we just don't want to do anything. Maybe due to tiredness, perhaps the weather, or maybe it's just the way you feel that day. Motive promotes feeling of energy, and excitement toward life. I use motivate every day.

Sometimes life just feels like it's lost all meaning. Perhaps it hasn't been the best day, week, or month, perhaps you just aren't feeling excited about life anymore. Well, that's what Passion is for. Passion brings back the joy of just living. One of my favorite songs is Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp. There is a line that says "Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone." This has been true for me many times, but Passion helps bring back the joy.

Peace is for exactly that. It calms the mind, and helps the body relax. Peace promotes feelings of peace, and it's a great bed time blend. When you lay awake at night, and your mind won't stop running, peace helps it relax.

Energy Boost

For energy the Motivate blend is really great to diffuse as well. However these others all promote energetic feelings as well. If you are exercising at home or doing yoga to wake up, try diffusing some of these.

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