I know for me, when I was starting my essential oils collection, it felt very overwhelming to know which oils to buy. I wanted to get the ones that would give me the most benefit while I tried out this whole essential oil thing! Even posts about “must-have” essential oils were overwhelming, because I didn’t feel like I could go and get 17 different oils all at once! I’ve built my collection slowly.
I thought it might be helpful for you to know the top three oils I recommend getting first! These oils mentioned in this post have tons of uses and are very diverse. Many of them are safe to use with kids, so they’ll be helpful for your whole family.
You may want to read my previous post on which essential oil company I recommend and why.
One quick thing – all of the essential oils I mention in this post will last 10 years when stored in a cool, dark place! No need to worry about them going bad before you can use them! Also, each of these are available in two sizes, 5ml and 15ml. The 15ml is a better deal, but when you’re trying to save money, the 5ml is a great option.
Top Three Essential Oils – Singles
I’ve been using lavender oil for years and years, but more recently I’ve discovered more uses for it! I love putting a drop or two on my pillow at night to help me fall asleep. I often diffuse lavender in our bedroom while I read before bed. The girls love it when I rub it on their backs before bed too! Lavender is great for burns and I have personal experience using it on both a small burn on my finger and on sunburn. Lavender also provides relief from insect stings and bites. I got stung by a bee or wasp (I didn’t see it closely) and using lavender oil on it helped relieve the sting right away! I also like rubbing lavender on my temples or the back of my neck for headache relief. There are many oils you can use for this, but lavender works well for me. You can read more about lavender’s uses here.
This oil is extremely diverse in its uses! Melaleuca is anti-bacterial, so it’s great for infections, as well as cleaning up anything “icky”! I use melaleuca for treating acne or other facial blemishes (it even works on the “boil” type acne). I also clean with melaleuca all the time (it’s in my “for anything nasty” homemade cleaner), especially when dealing with mold, bacteria, or spilled bodily fluids (hey, I have kids, so it’s pretty common!). Since I don’t use bleach, melaleuca is my go-to “chemical” for disinfecting! Another use is for cleaning the seal of a front loading washing machine, which can get a little stinky. Melaleuca cleans it right up! When I feel like I’m coming down with a cold and my lymph nodes on my neck start to feel sore, I massage melaleuca onto my neck to fight off the infection. I also used melaleuca to fight off mastitis. I massaged it into the affected breast and placed a warm, moist compress on it also. I didn’t have to go on antibiotics! Melaleuca has a very strong, medicinal scent, so it takes a little getting used to. But it’s one of my top three EOs because it can be used in so many different ways! Find out some more ways to use melaleuca here.
I have been a little cautious about peppermint oil because it is not generally regarded as safe to use with children under 13 (based on the studies I have read, but feel free to do your own research), and when used in large quantities while breastfeeding it can deplete the milk supply. (I have used peppermint in small amounts while breastfeeding without any problems, but proceed with caution if you’ve had milk supply issues.) But I do think this is a great oil to have in your stash! Rubbing peppermint on your temples can relieve headaches. It’s lovely when added to a number of homemade products, such as lip balm or foot scrubs. I like to inhale peppermint (out of the bottle) to eliminate queasy feelings related to motion sickness or anything else. You can put a bit of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place it in a room that needs a fresh scent! Peppermint is very invigorating, so you can use it when you’re feeling droopy in the afternoon. I’ve added it to coffee before and it’s really tasty (one drop for a whole pot is plenty!). When you’re congested, you can inhale peppermint out of the bottle to open up your passageways. Learn more about peppermint here.
Bonus: If you can get just one more, choose Frankincense.
Frankincense is a wonderful oil and is so great for your skin. When diluted it will last a long time, so it’s a great investment. I use frankincense every night on my face (it’s great for dry spots, acne, scars, wrinkles, and many other things!). I have had acne scarring on my face since I was 17, but after using frankincense on my face this year, it has faded considerably! I love how frankincense smells and how calming it is! I like to use it when I need to calm down and refocus. I also use this one on my lymph nodes when sick or starting to feel sick. See how else to use Frankincense here.
Many essential oils come already blended together with other oils, allowing the oils to work better together! Here are my three favorite blends from RMO/NAN.
Top Three Essential Oils – Blends
This oil blend is fantastic, and if you have kids, you should definitely get it! We use it all the time for scrapes, cuts, and minor injuries. The clove bud oil in this blend acts as a topical anesthetic to relieve pain almost instantly. I’ve even used this on painful insect bites when I didn’t have lavender with me. The helichrysum italicum in this blend heals the wound quickly. I used First Aid on a toe injury (the toenail fell off) and it healed more quickly than I expected. We use this oil a lot!
This oil blend is amazing too, and I carry it with me everywhere. Because we eat so healthy at home, when I eat out I often feel a little “off” digestively. I just apply a little bit of this oil to my stomach, and I have relief from queasiness, bloating, or gas. I have used it (heavily diluted) for the kids too when they’ve had tummy issues. I think it smells great, so just inhaling it can help me feel less queasy too.
I do not personally use this blend with children since it contains eucalyptus oil (feel free to research this yourself), but my husband and I have used it for head congestion and colds. If you’re familiar with “steam treatments” (where you fill the sink with steaming hot water, close the plug, put your head down, and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam), you can add a drop of this blend to the water to help open up your nasal passages. (Don’t open your eyes, though, as it could sting.) You can also put a drop on the floor of your shower while you take a hot shower. This blend will help relieve lots of different respiratory conditions! A great alternative that’s a little more kid-friendly is Deep Breathe.
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If you’re new to essential oils, what questions do you have? I’ll do my best to find an answer for you!
If you’re familiar with essential oils already, what are your top three favorites?
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