Which Essential Oils are Essential?

Guest post by DJ Little

Wow! There are so many essential oils out there that it is overwhelming. When I was taking my Holistic Health Practitioner course, I had to learn about many different essential oils. It was a bit much, but fun!

After finishing my course on essential oils, I had a better understanding of how they were made, but still chose to just hang on to my favorites.  You can fill a cabinet with almost 100 different essential oils. Or you can simplify and pick a few that will cover all situations. This is what most people choose to do; it's cost effective and allows you to become very familiar with the ones you are using.

So which essential oils are essential? I keep 5 different essential oils in our home and am totally covered for any situation.

Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil...number 1 go-to oil! Love it! We use it for cleaning (mixed with water in a spray bottle), for treating mold, bug bites, scrapes, and any injury. We have a lot of ticks where we live and do regular tick checks in the summer. If someone has one on them, we pull it off and apply tea tree oil to the spot.

We live in the country and therefore come across all kinds of injuries - whatever it is, I treat it with tea tree oil. I even used it to treat a brown recluse bite on one of our daughters. She was bit when she was 18 months, right in the diaper area. It took 6 months to heal, but healed beautifully!!


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Frankincense...my number 1 ½ favorite! This is another one we just love! We use it for cleansing wounds in the same way we do tea tree oil. I also mix it with oil and use it on my face.

When our children are babies, we bathe them in a mixture of frankincense and lavender oil. Even though I make our soap, I don't like to use soap on infants. We just put several drops of each in their bath water. I will also put a drop or two in my drinking water for healing purposes.

Lavender Oil

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Lavender oil…probably the most popular oil on the market. As with tea tree and frankincense, lavender is used for treating wounds. It is also great for headaches and stomach aches; just rub a drop or two onto the spot that’s hurting.

I also like to use it on my skin in the same way I use the frankincense. It's delightful in the bathtub!

Lavender oil is also medicinal internally and tastes great in lemonade. I squeeze some lemon into my water, add a scoop of stevia and then a drop of lavender, and it's so wonderful! If you live where it gets hot, add a drop of peppermint oil as well and your tastebuds will be delighted!

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil...I adore peppermint oil! It is so refreshing. When we lived in south Texas, we would fill a huge pan with cold water and put a few drops of peppermint oil in it and soak our feet. Wow! It was heavenly! Here in the Northwest, I don't have that desire very often, but I put a drop of peppermint in my water with some stevia for indigestion or upset stomach or simply for pleasure.

Peppermint oil is great for women having hot flashes. Put some in a small spray bottle and when you have a flash, spray your neck and arms, and close your eyes and spray your face! I also put it in my cleaning bottle during the summer when I especially enjoy the smell of it.

Peppermint oil is also a good cleaner.

Citrus Oil

Citrus oils...sometimes I have lemon on hand and sometimes tangerine oil, because both are beautiful! I mainly use these two oils for cleaning and drinking. I put them in my spray bottle with water and wipe down cabinets, counter tops, doors, doorknobs, light switches, and just about everything else!!!

Essential Oils vs. Fragrances

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Essential oils are not the same as fragrances, so make sure to check your labels. If it says fragrance, that is synthetic and has no medicinal properties.

An essential oil is oil extracted from a natural product made by God. Let's take frankincense. It comes from the resin on a Boswellia tree. It is steamed to produce frankincense oil. Now lavender oil, on the other hand, is from the lavender plant. Another very popular oil is tea tree oil, which is produced from a tree in Australia know as the Melaleuca tree.

As you can see, there are different sources for oils. Some come from trees, resin, plants, flowers, roots, seeds, or basically any part of a flower or plant. Pick a few and learn how to use them. They are all very versatile!


D.J. Little is a Christian wife, homeschool mom, outdoor enthusiast, and Certified Nutritional Counselor and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She enjoys simplicity, is passionate about all things health and fitness, is crazy for free weights, and says she has to force herself to do cardio. She can be reached at healthylittlelife@gmail.com.