This is my personal list of essential oils that I like to have on-hand at all times, including some of my favorite carrier oils. This is helpful for those who are starting a little collection of their own and beginning to experiment with the use of essential oils in their own natural and herbal remedies, or just to enjoy the healing properties through a scented oil diffuser, etc.

First, the carrier oils: (carrier oils are unscented, less expensive oils that you mix essential oils with. Many must be diluted to use directly on your skin/hair/body. You also need carrier oils in order to mix some home made body washes/face cleansers etc.)

  1. Jojoba Oil. I love this oil. It very closely resembles the natural sebum (oils) on human skin. It is gentle, moisturizing, unscented, golden colored, and lovely. Best for use on the face.
  2. Coconut Oil. This is what I use to make all of my body washes from. Coconut oil is thick, and solid at room temperature, but melts almost instantly when you touch it. It has a slight, bland odor, however when mixed with essential oils it holds scents beautifully. It is great for skin and hair, however I don’t use it on my face. Also, it is very inexpensive, and it is edible – you can use it in place of butter for cooking.
  3. Sweet Almond Oil – this oil is dark amber in color, has a slightly nutty, earthy smell, and it very moisturizing. Many Europeans use sweet almond oil on their faces to prevent wrinkles. I prefer to use it on my body. I always rub sweet almond oil, mixed with a dab of essential oil to give it a nice scent, on my legs after shaving.
  4. Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil. When in doubt, olive oil is the answer. It can be used for so many things. Personally, I don’t use it as much for hair/skin because I don’t like the smell. However it has great potential and is valuable to have on hand.

This list is in order of preference. If you can only afford to get one or two carrier oils, Jojoba and Coconut are my top picks.

Now for the essential oils (I actually get giddy when I am shopping for a new batch of essential oils. IT IS SO EXCITING!)
The brand of essential oils that I use is Divine Essence. http://www.union-nature.com/

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*image taken from their website

I find these oils to be very pure and have never had a problem with them yet. I buy them at my local community farm store, but they allow consumer orders from their website as well.

My Essential “essential oils”:

  1. Lemon. Lemon essential oil is great for many reasons. It is top of my list because it is so multipurpose. First off it smells great, the scent is crisp and clean and uplifting. It can be used for personal care, home cleaning, even for lightening your hair a little! I love mixing it with ylang-ylang flower essential oil to make the most delicious smelling body wash, and mixing it with vinegar and warm water to clean my whole house.
  2. Peppermint. I love this oil because it can also be used for cleaning, body care, diluted as a mouthwash or toothpaste, home cleaning spray, stomach remedy, energizing… the list goes on.
  3. Tea Tree Oil. This is a household staple. It is one of the only oils you can put directly on your skin undiluted and it will not harm you. (however, with this and all other essential oils, be careful not to get them into mucous membranes such as your eye, inside your nose, etc. THEY WILL BURN and you will not be happy) You can take a q-tip and dab some on a zit to make it disappear in about 36 hours. I mix a little with jojoba oil to cleanse my face. It can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces in the home, and be applied to the scalp to prevent/cure dandruff and/or fungus.
  4. Clove Oil. Aside from smelling delicious, like banana bread or Christmas, this oil has many uses. It can be rubbed directly onto a sore tooth to cure toothache, or diluted in a bit of carrier oil and rubbed onto the jaw in the area where the sore tooth is. In fact, diluted with a bit of carrier oil, it can be applied to any part of your body that is sore/painful, especially muscle pains. It has dozens of other uses, but this is what I use it most for.
  5. Ginger. It smells so good, it is unique, it can be used to help with nausea, upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhea, morning sickness, hangovers… just think of your mom giving you a ginger-ale when you had the flu as a kid. It’s like that, only WAY BETTER!
  6. Eucalyptus. As was mentioned in the comments, this is really an essential also – it is great for cold & flu season. Home made “Vick’s Vapo-rub” = a few tbsp of coconut oil mixed with 2 – 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. You can also pour boiling water into a large bowl, add a few drops of this oil, and put a towel over your head to inhale the vapors.
  7. Lavender. I am only adding lavender to this list because it is so popular. I personally do not like the scent of lavender whatsoever, but I cannot deny it has many purposes in the herbal world. It is relaxing, calming, soothes pain. It is useful. And many others really do enjoy the scent.

So there you have my very most basic list to get you started in the world of essential oils. The list I compiled is a matter of personal opinion. A few other essential oils that I absolutely love and try to keep on hand at all times are Clary Sage, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Neroli, lime, and cinnamon. Most are for their medicinal properties. Some are for the sheer joy that their scent brings me. Some are to enhance the properties/scents of other herbs and oils that I use. But they all have their place. And this list is by no means inclusive – there are literally hundreds of essential oils and herbs in the world, these are just my personal favorites.

Some combinations that I like to mix purely for the joy of the scent that they create include: mixing lemon,, ylang ylang, and vanilla absolute. It smells heavenly. Or mixing clove, cinnamon, and sweet orange – Christmas season in a bottle. Peppermint and lemon is a great summer scent, reminiscent of Jamaican Lemonade or mint juleps. Neroli oil with a bit of sweet orange makes a scent almost like those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. Jasmine and lime are an unexpected but delicious combination of a sweet, mysterious flower and a crisp, bright citrus. I highly encourage you to research the healing and medicinal properties or each oil that you decide to purchase, and take some time to really enjoy mixing and matching and finding combinations that you love. It is fun and rewarding!

What are some of you favorite essential oil combinations or remedies? Which oils do you plan to get next? Share in the comments πŸ™‚

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