Essential Oil Common Uses

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Acid Reflux: Take 3 drops of lemon oil in a capsule or glass of water. Apply frankincense to the throat or chest.

Anxiety: Diffuse Roman Chamomile, orange, or lavender. Add oils to a warm bath to sooth tension.

Allergies: Take 1 drop each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint internally. Repeat as often as every 20 minutes. Apply lavender to cheekbones for itchy eyes.

Athlete’s Foot: Place feet in sunlight to help kill the fungus then afterwards apply a diluted lavender, thyme, and tea tree oil in trouble areas. Be sure to wash hands afterwards to not spread the fungus.

Bladder Infection: Use lemongrass internally, as well as on abdomen and feet.

Breastfeeding: To increase supply: fennel, basil, or clary sage. To descrease supply: peppermint. Take oils internally or apply to breasts. For thrush, apply heavily diluted oregano to nipples. For cracking, apply diluted lavender, helichrysum, or myrrh.

Bronchitis: Eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, lime, tea tree, myrrh, or white fir. Diffuse and apply to the chest and back.

Bruises: Apply helichrysum followed by a cool compress.

Burns: Apply lavender or helichrysum followed by a cool compress. Add frankincense for blisters.

Candida Overgrowth: Fill capsules with 3 drops each of lemon, oregano, and melaluca (tea tree).

Cellulite: Massage with diluted grapefruit, rosemary, or cypress squeezing toward the heart.

Cold Sore: Apply mellissa at the very first tingle, repeat hourly. Others have expirienced good results from melaluca as well.

Congestion: Apply lime, peppermint, myrrh, or rosemary under nose, on chest, or bottoms of feet. Diffuse or use in a steam tent. Try a drop of fennel in honey.

Cuts/Scrapes: Apply lavender or helichrysum. If infection is a concern, add melaluca. Geranium will help stop bleeding.

Depression: Diffuse, add to bath or massage, and apply to feet: frankincense, bergamot, melissa, or any of the citrus oils.

Diaper Rash: Mix 1 tablespoon carrier oil and 1 drop each melaleuca, lavender, and Roman chamomile in a spray bottle. Mist onto bottom.

Earache/Infection: Apply melaleuca, basil, and lavender behind ears and to bottoms of feet. Reapply every 30 to 60 minutes.

Fatigue: Diffuse or ihale citrus oils and peppermint. Combine frankincense and peppermint in the palms, and inhale deeply, then rub on neck.

Fever: Apply eucalyptus, peppermint, or lemongrass topically to forhead, chest, or feet.

Gout: Prevent attacks by drinking lemon in water throughout the day. Apply frankincense and basil to painful areas, apply a hot compress. Also try lemongrass, peppermint, or wintergreen on painful areas.

Headache: Apply peppermint to the back of the neck and temples and inhale. Basil is also helpful for migraines, wintergreen for tention.

Hemorrhoids: Apply cypress or basil to affected area. A shallow bath with geranium can also be soothing.

Hot Flash: Apply clary sage on the anckles daily. Ease the onset with peppermint on the neck.

Hyperactivity/ADD: Use vetiver, patchouli, or lavender on the bottoms of feet, behind knees, or on the crown of the head.

Insect Bites: Apply basil. For itching, use lavender.

Joint Pain/Carpal Tunnel/Arthritus: Apply marjoram, peppermint, lemongrass, or wintergreen to affected area.

Menstrual Cycles: Apply clary sage to abdomen, ankles, and lower back.

Muscle Pain: Apply marjoram, wintergreen, or peppermint onto painful areas.

Nausea/Upset Stomach/Colic/Constipation: Use peppermint, or ginger. Apply to stomach, add to drinking water, or take in a capsule. Lavender eases motion sickness. For colic, dilute peppermint and apply to baby’s feet.

Parasites: Intestinal: drink lemon, lemongrass, or oregano with water several times a day. Worm: use peppermint and lemon in drinking water.

RSV: Apply diluted eucalyptus, rosemary, basil, or frankincense to chest or feet.

Runny Nose: Apply lemon oil under nose, to chest, or bottoms of feet.

Sore Throat: Gargle melaleuca, oregano, clove, or lemon with water. Apply eucalyptus to the throat. Put 2 drops of lemon oil on a spoonful of honey to eat, or add to warm water to drink.

Skin Issues: (blisters, boils, psoriasis, acne, rash, ringworm, athlete’s foot). Apply melaleuca and lavender. For chapped skin, add myrrh.

Strep Throat: Gargle 1 drop oregano and 2 drop lemon in 2 ounces of water. Repeat hourly.

Sun Burn: Dilute lavender and cover the burn. Add peppermint for a cooling effect. Use a spray bottle to mist diluted oils onto skin that are to sensitive to touch. Add frankincense for blisters.

Toothache/Teething Pain: Apply clove to numb pain, lavender to sooth. Gargle to treat entire mouth, or spot treat with a cotton swab. For teething, lightly dip finger in clove, wipe off excess oil – then touch finger to sensitive area.

Warts: Apply oregano (dilute), frankincense, or lemongrass to a bandage and cover wart. Repeat daily until removed.

Yeast Infection: Mix 2 oz. melted cocoa butter, 1 oz. clay powder, 4 drops melaleuca, 5 drops of lavender. When mixture is cool and pliable, roll into boluses (about the size and shape of the little finger). Refrigerate until firm. Insert vaginally at bedtime. Use nightly until symptoms clear.