Essential Oil Basics

This list of basic essential oils will help get you started. Might I add that most of these come in your starter kit if you sign up to receive and/or distribute Young Living essential oils and products… just a tidbit of info for you, now let’s begin!

Lavender Essential Oil.

First up is Lavender Essential Oil. The list is extensive for what lavender oil can be used for. Lavender Essential oil is by far my favorite! I use it every morning and every evening… check out the blog posts in the home page for a more extensive look into this wonderful oil!

Lavender herb
Lavender herb

applied topically lavender essential oil can help relieve joint pain, muscle pain, pain associated with sprains, strains and even rheumatoid arthritis.

Inhaled it can calm your nerves, literally. There are studies that support the calming effects of lavender oil.

If you have a cough or cold, it can also be inhaled to reduce the symptoms

Some people use it when they have digestive discomfort, they will rub a couple of drops on their belly. If you’re new with oils though I do suggest using a carrier oil like coconut oil or even a bit of olive oil to dilute the strength of the lavender oil.

Inhaling the oil can also reduce headaches. I do this often when I experience a bit of rain fog or feel a headache coming on. I simply put one drop of lavender oil and rub it into my hands and then cup my hands over my mouth and inhale the wonderful aroma.

Diffused into the air with essential oils diffusers is also a lovely way to incorporate this wonderful oil into your day. Add 5 or 6 drops to your diffuser and enjoy. Adding a couple drops to your aromatherapy jewelry is a great way to wear this heavenly scent.

Peppermint Essential Oil.

Secondly we have to talk about peppermint essential oil. I have used peppermint for years! I now know the difference between good peppermint and the ‘other’ oils though… This stuff is strong, so keep it away from the eyes and cut it with a carrier oil when first starting with this one! Peppermint essential oil has some of the same attributes of Lavender, this is why the two make a great pair!


You can apply peppermint essential oil topically to help relieve pain associated with muscles, join, sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis.

Inhaled it can calm the nerves just like Lavender. But be careful, it is strong and will sting the eyes!

Peppermint is great to relieve cough and cold symptoms when inhaled. Again, watch the eyes.

You can apply it to the belly when experiencing digestive issues. But please use it sensibly, peppermint can feel like it is burning the skin, when really it isn’t, the peppermint oil from Young Living is just that good and strong!

Apply it gently to the temples of to relieve a headache. Use sparingly and away from the eyes. When massaged into the third eye it can be uplifting as well.

Mix lavender and peppermint together in a diffuser and enjoy the calming aroma!


Lemon Essential Oil.

Next up, Lemon essential oil. This oil has so many wonderful attributes! Not only does it smell like a real fresh cut lemon, it tastes like it too! That’s right, this one you can ingest. Please do so with caution though just in case of being alergic or sensitive to these oils.


Diffuse a few drops in your Dew Drop Diffuser for a lemony scent in the whole room. This will replenish your mind, body and spirit.

Place a drop in your hands, rub your hands together and cup over the mount (at a distance) for s citrus boost.

Lemon has natural disinfectant and cleaning properties. Combine 2 -3 drops with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.

Use 1 – 2 drops to remove gum, grease spots, glue and crayon from most surfaces (try on an inconspicuous spot first).

Place a few drops on  a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or garbage can to eliminate odors.

Orange Essential Oil.

This is a powerful essential oil with powerful healing properties. Orange essential oil has been said to lift moods acting as a anti depressant, boosts the immunity and is also an antiseptic. Every home should have a bottle of orange essential oil, it is personally one of my favorites. the citrus scent alone gives you a boost!


Add a few drops with lemon in your diffuser for a heavenly citrus scent.

Add a drop or two to your essential oil carrying necklace for a tropical smell at your nose all day long.

Add 10 drops of orange essential oil to some natural spring water for a wonderful surface cleaning solution.

Control acne. Orange essential oil can have grease cutting effects on the skin and can also help reduce acne. Add 2 or 3 drops to a cup of water and wash your face with it before heading to bed.

Other staples can include;

Grapefruit Essential Oil.

Rosemary Essential Oil.

Tea Tree Essential Oil.

All the above mentioned essential oils are what are in our household. These are the basics and the most used oils. Good for anything and everything!