20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils

The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days.  This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.

While it is easy to recommend using essential oils for whatever ails you, the question of which essential oil to use for a specific ailment can be elusive.  Let’s face it.  Sometimes you have a little problem that you want to solve right now, without resorting to a ton of research.

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils

I am going to make it easy for you.  With the assistance of contributing author Rebecca Schiffhauer, I have compiled a go-to list of 20 great ways to use essential oils to solve every day ailments not only for you but your pets and children as well.

20 Great Ways to Use Essential Oils

1.  Hiccups

Dab some Peppermint on the back of your neck, a little on each side of the spinal cord.

2.  Runny nose

Swipe a drop of Lemon down each side of the nose to dry it up.  Stay out of the sun afterwards to avoid sunburn.

3.  Drowsiness

Combine Peppermint and Wild Orange, apply to the back of the neck, next inhale the oil left on your hands.  Or add 4 drops of each to your diffuser.

4.  Itchy, irritated eyes

Dab Lavender with a bit of carrier oil on the facial bones surrounding your eyes (careful to keep oil away from eyes).  If applying to children, make sure they don’t rub their eyes until oil is absorbed.

5.  Allergies

Mix up equal parts of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint ~ nature’s antibiotic!  Apply to bottom of your feet morning and night.  Diffuse if possible.  Spark Naturals sells a convenient blend called called L.L.P. – short for Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint!

6.  Ear Ache/Infection

Combine 2 drops Basil or Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree) with a little carrier oil and rub around the rim of the ear, behind the ear and just inside.  Apply several times a day.  Note:  never drop essential oils directly into the ear.

7.  Troubled breathing

Have a bit of chest congestion or asthma?  Apply Respire blend on the chest, then cup your hands over your face and breath in the residual Respire blend on it ~ creating a natural “inhaler”.

8.  Bad breath

A drop of Peppermint on your tongue and you’re kissable fresh again.

9.  Athlete’s foot

Melaleuca works wonders!  Apply neat (meaning undiluted) to affected areas twice a day.

10.  Toe fungus

Melaleuca to the rescue again.  Dab the affected toenail with a saturated q-tip morning and night.

11.  Unsightly warts or skin tags

Use a Q-tip to dab one drop of Oregano oil on the affected area morning and night.  Oregano is a hot oil so you won’t want to spread it around.  Skin tags should fall off in two or three of weeks.  Warts will take a bit longer but eventually will disappear.

For kids: Lemon works wonderfully too.  Apply morning and night and don’t cover with a Band-Aid; it’s important to let the area breathe.  Also, it’s convenient to put the EO in a roll-on bottle so kids can apply themselves…they like taking charge   Be careful of too much sun after the application of lemon oil.

12.  Cellulite

Pour a bottle of Grapefruit into a 4 oz. bottle of fractionated coconut oil and rub into problem areas after shower or bath.  You’ll smell divine and your skin will be so soft.

13.  Diaper Rash

Mix up some Diaper Spray: 18 oz. water, 1 tsp. organic body wash, 4 drops Melaleuca, 4 drops Lavender.  This is a great diaper rash preventative too!  DIY Healing Salve is a wonder for this as well.

14.  Fleas on Your Dog

Drip a couple drops of Melaleuca on back of your dog’s  collar.  Or, tie a bandanna with a few drops of Melaleuca around your dogs neck and watch fleas flee!

15.  Dog’s Ear Infection

Place 1 of drop of Melaleuca and carrier oil on a cotton ball, wipe inside of ear several times a day.

16.  Dog with Sunburned Nose

Dab a little Lavender with carrier oil on his nose for relief.  This works for people too!

17.  Muscle Aches

Mix 1 part Amend blend with 1 part fractionated coconut oil as a penetrating, pain relieving massage oil.  Add a drop of Birch or Wintergreen for extra strength.  Or, try Lemongrass mixed with some DIY Healing Salve.

18.  Fever

A few drops of Peppermint mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the torso can drop body temperature by 3 degrees in minutes.

19.  Burns

A drop of Lavender will immediately stop the pain and mitigate tissue damage.

20.  Heartburn

A couple drops of Peppermint in a small glass of milk will knock out heartburn.  Or, try rubbing a few drops of Digest blend over your chest.  It really works!

The Final Word

My love affair with essential oils continues.  These days I have moved beyond the basics of Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Melaleuca (tea tree) and rely on a variety of oils to do various things.  They are used for first aid, personal grooming, stress relief, and general health and wellness.

To be honest, three years ago, if someone told me I was going to dump, literally, all of my over-the-counter remedies in favor of essential oils I would have thought “no way”.  Clearly, that is exactly what has happened.  I now have a large collection of oils that should serve me well for a long time as long and I continue my pursuit of knowledge about these amazing substances.

I know I am not alone.  Whenever I write an article extolling the virtues of essential oils, I receive a flurry of emails that reflect a pent up interest in learning more about essential oils and how they can be used to enhance our long term well-being and survival.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Spotlight On Essential Oils

After a ton of research, for wellness purposes I am now using essential oils from Spark Naturals.  There are a lot reasons the most important being their commitment to both quality and value.  I am satisfied that the raw materials used in Spark Naturals products are tested and authenticated to be of pharmaceutical grade purity.

Plus, unlike other companies, Spark Naturals is open and honest about the fact that there is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade.

You can purchase essential oils, witch hazel, fractionated coconut oil (FCO) roller balls and more from Spark Naturals.  In addition, you can take advantage of a 10% discount when you use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” at checkout.


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Bargain Bin: Here are some things to get you started with using essential oil plus the items you need to make your own scrubs, salves, lotions and potions including Miracle Healing Salve and Plain Ole Salve.

NOW Foods Essential Oils :  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.    Here are a few to get you started:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, Now Foods Lavender Oil and Now Foods Lemon Oil.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  These are what you need for the Miracle Salve: Lavender essential oil,  Rosemary essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil.  For my DIY Peppermint Scrub, you can use just the Peppermint or any combination of E.O.s that are pleasing to you.

Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil:  Once you start using coconut oil, you will be hooked.  This is the fractionated coconut oil I used in my scrub (mixed with a bit of olive oil).

White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag):  I chose to use these small ointment jars rather than Mason jars for my salve.  I also have similar jars in the 1-ounce size and 1/4 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and e.o. concoctions).

Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz:  I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better.  That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them.  When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead of glass droppers.  Learn from my mistake.  The price is the same so get the glass ones.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil:  This is my preferred coconut oil.  I love it so much I purchased a 5-gallon tub.  Really, I did!  I find it very silky to work with love the taste when used in cooking.  Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.

Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:  I am also pleased with the Nutiva Coconut Oil.  It is pure-white, USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping.

ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser:  This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down. Low energy use. The really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self.  Very soothing and I love it!

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23 Responses to “20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils”

  1. I have added tea tree oil to my dogs shampoo and it seems to help keep the fleas away. Not much, just a couple of drops in the full bottle. You can also buy dog shampoo with tea tree oil in it at Amazon.

  2. Thanks so much for this list! I have just started using EOs, and after trying a few combinations, I have finally found a great mix that helps me fall asleep. Its so great no longer having to take any sleeping pills, that I cant wait to find other OTC meds I can replace 🙂
    Question: I have heard of putting the Peppermint oil on the top of the spine for a fever but not on the torso. Do you just rub it on the chest and back, or a specific area of the torso?

    • Heather – What is the combination you are using to fall asleep? I am sure that others might be interested. Falling asleep is not my problem luckily.

      I usually mix a bit of additional peppermint into my salve and rub it all over the chest area. I think the advantage of having it on the front of your body is that you also get the benefit of inhaling the residual oil as it wafts upward. The other thing is that you can get to it easily and do not need to enlist a second set of hands to slather it on yourself.

    • Thanks for the tip 🙂
      To get to sleep I use; 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Clary Sage, 5 drops Bergamont, and 25 drops Roman Chamomile in a roller bottle filled the rest of the way with a carrier oil. I just rub some on my wrists when I get in bed, works great.

  3. Essential oils should always be diluted to prevent burns and sensitization. If you become sensitized you may never be able to use that oil again. There is a safety warning for both peppermint and eucalyptus for children. In SOME children it can cause respiration to slow or stop. Not ALL kids but some and how would you know?

  4. many people swear by diatomaceous earth as a flea-killer; rub a little into pet’s fur. i used it to kill furniture beetles. it’s supposed to kill anything with an exoskeleton, and i suspect that’s true.

    • DE is also great for chickens and other birds. It kills mites that many people use expensive poisons for. It does not hurt the birds if they eat the DE, in fact you can also benefit from eating it – just be sure it is food grade! What I have at present is DE and bentonite clay powder, but I’ve used it on the dogs, the chickens, and taken it myself with no harm. The bentonite is supposed to help rid your body of radioactive contamination (according to some sites I’ve read). I sometimes mix a spoonful in my coffee, but it also works well in things like chocolate ensure. Some people are not bothered by the clay like taste of DE in water, I prefer to change the taste! 🙂

  5. Gaye – Thank you for tweeting about the EO book on Amazon! I downloaded mine and have it for the next power fail. 🙂
    (Unless I decide to read it sooner!)

  6. I enjoy all the tips and articles but I noticed again today you mention ingestion essential oils which is not safe at all. Neither is using them neat. The article is
    A couple drops of Peppermint in a small glass of milk will knock out heartburn essential oils do not blend in water or milk. I suggesting using the herb in your milk.
    Use a Q-tip to dab one drop of Oregano oil on the affected area morning and night This can burn your skin terribly. Are you aware of the ways to use essential oils safely? Thanks for all the great info but ingesting oils or using them NEAT are not the ways to use eo’s.

    • I asked my friend Rebecca who is an essential oils guru. Here was here response:

      “My sister (not a blogger) has successfully used Coriander, Zen and Shield morning and night on her feet to bring down blood sugar levels along with diet changes and exercise too of course!”

      This would make a good starting point and would be worth a try.

  7. OK, Ms Levy … you got me. I joined Sparks and got a discount and a gift! I did that to keep me from buying too many EOs that I won’t use. I can learn about each one each month as they send it. I also made a salve using a carrier with Four Thieves and Melaluca for my back pain. Wow! It works. Thanks again for all your hard work and research! Sure saves me time & money and I enjoy the process of working with Remedies.

    • My son has had back pain since he was 15 years old, He is now 35. Years of therapy and meds. I hate that he takes all of these chemicals. Would you mind posting the recipe? I am new to essential oils thanks to Gaye but not good enough yet to come up with something like this. Thank you.

  8. Gaye, I know you have nothing better to do with your time, so I could use your help in stopping the itch from chiggers. I just keep getting more and more bites. I have tried tree tea oil, but I still itch.

    • First I have to ask if you have removed the chiggers from under your skin? Try a dab of peppermint oil to get those buggers out. For itch relief, I use Miracle Healing Salve or plain lavender. Those work for me. If that isn’t working, let me know and I will check my big fat book for other solutions.

    • Thanks Gaye. I researched more and found that lavender was the best oil to use. I did this, but it only gave me temporary relief from the itching. The dumbest sounding thing I found was to rub banana peals on the bite. This gave me the longest lasting relief.
      Thanks Gaye for all you do for all your readers.

    • You can use sulpher powder to prevent the bites. Use a powder puff, and pat it all over. If you already have the bites, mix medicinal turpentine half and half with baby oil, and apply. It sting a little at first, but then you are free from the itch for about 3 hours. I learned this from an old timer when I lived in Missouri. I know it’s not EO, but t works.

  9. Does anyone have a combo of oils that can be used for severe restless leg syndrome? My son suffers from this and cannot get a full nights sleep. thank you for any recipe you may have.

    • I do not have personal experience with restless leg syndrome but the Essential Oils Desk Reference suggests using (in order of preference) Valerian, Lavender, Basil, Marjoram, Cypress, and/or Roman Chamomile.

      If you have any of these on hand, try mixing with some carrier oil or simple salve then rubbing on his legs before bedtime.

    • put several bars of soap under the bottom sheet in the calf area.
      it stopped my legs jumping.
      after a year or so i removed the soap but the leg jumping has not returned.
      this was recommended by a doctor, but he didn’t know why it worked, just that patients were getting relief.

  10. I have TERRIBLE chronic RLS and the ONLY relief I have ever found – and it gets rid of it! – is Helichrysum oil and I sometimes use Copaiba too because Copaiba makes other oils work better and intensifies them. I have used them neat and with CO’s. These are 2 oils I keep near my person 24/7. Hope you found some relief too!

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