Eight Essential Oils for Health and Wellness

Editor’s Note: This is a revised and updated resource for 2018.

When it comes to treating minor ailments, nothing seems to beat the effectiveness of essential oils.  I say this not as a healthcare professional for surely I am not, but as someone who recently dumped two drawers filled with over-the-counter remedies in favor of essential oils.  To say I am pleased would be in understatement and while a bit of experimentation has been involved, each day my confidence in these miracle-worker oils grows.

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In the past, I have written about the amazing uses for Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Clove oils.  If you have followed closely, you will have seen patterns where the solution to some ailment may be positively treated by more than one essential oil, either singly or in combination.

The reason for this is that many essential oils have common properties, such as Antiseptic, Anesthetic, Antibiotic, Anti-Bacterial, Antiviral, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Fungal, and Anti-Depressant.  Most essential oils will have at least two or three of these properties and sometimes more.

The goal today is not to confuse you with the various oils or combinations of oils that are out there to help with first aid and other minor health concerns.  Instead, I want to boil it down and give you a nice chart that you can keep with your medical supplies so you can easily jump to the right solution to what ails you.

But first, how do essential oils work?

How Do Essential Oils Work

The actual science behind the effectiveness of essential oils is best described by Debra Fulghum Bruce Ph.D. as follows:

Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bark, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind (in the case of citrus fruits). The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant.

Scientists agree that essential oils may perform more than one function in living plants. In some cases they seem to be a part of the plant’s immune system. In other cases they may simply be end products of metabolism. Essential oils are said to be healing because they contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins, and other natural elements that work on many levels. For example, essential oils can be sedative or stimulating. Some are antispasmodic, and most are antibacterial.  Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs.

When you think about it in terms of gardening, this makes sense.  You plant a seed, it germinates, a plant grows, and more seeds are created.  Each plant has its own circle of life.  So, from a non-scientific and non-technical perspective, to transfer the essence of a plant to the cells of a human body means we are taking advantage of this essence for a mostly if not completely positive outcome.

Okay, enough science.  Here is the chart I have put together for you.  This is my go-to chart when I don’t have time to look something up in my essential oil bible (The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy) or online.  And don’t worry, I have created a download link for you so you can easily print out a copy for reference purposes.

How to Apply Essential Oils for Health and Wellness

Although I have been writing about essential oils for quite some time now, I still get emails asking how to get started, or, more specifically, how to use them.  For me it was easy.  I became interested in aromatherapy in the early 90s and studied everything I could get my hands on to learn about the therapeutic values of essential oils.

Taking things one step further, it is a simple recipe from Valerie Worwood’s book that really clinched the deal.  I was having some serious issues with my wrist and thinking it was tendonitis, I used her healing formula that included lavender, rosemary, and peppermint oils to relieve my pain and suffering.

How to Apply Essential Oils BDS

Those three essential oils should sound familiar since they are the basis for my own blend of Miracle Healing Salve.

But I digress.  The question at hand is how to apply essential oils for health and wellness purposes. or, put another way, Essential Oils 101.

Today I call upon Contributing Author Rebecca Schiffhauer to help explain how to apply essential oils to derive health and wellness benefits for those that are just getting started on the EO journey.

How to Apply Essential Oils 101

EOs are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications.  A single oil can be used or a complex blend, depending on the user’s experience and the desired benefit.

Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

Topically

Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they’re easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes “neat” (undiluted).

Once they’re applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and beauty therapy.

EOs are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

TOPICAL Placements

1.  Sub-occipital Triangle:  (pictured below) is a great place to apply an EO topically, it sits at the base of the brain stem and close to the blood supply to the brain.

Where to apply essential oils 1

Gaye’s note:  When Shelly and I “salve-up” at bedtime, we call this “salving the brain”.  I use my Sleepy Dreamy salve blend for this.

2.  Feet: the bottoms of our feet host the largest pores on our body and allow quick absorption.

3.  Over the heart:  I nice place for a topical application, I find it very soothing and calming.

4.  Localized:  When aches and pains are involved, apply EOs directly to the area of discomfort and massage the oils in with carrier oil.

Aromatically

Our sense of smell influences lots of physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli.

Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens.

Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended because they don’t change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. EOs can also be used as cleaning and purifying laundry and surfaces in the home.

Application Internally

Therapeutic grade essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some EOs have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support a healthy inflammatory response in cells.

Many EOs are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Please don’t use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

Gaye’s note:  My best experience taking essential oils internally has been placing a drop or two in a glass of water and drinking it.  Adding essential oils to a capsule did not work for me at all (severe heartburn).  A drop of lemon oil in a glass of water is surprisingly refreshing (see 33 Awesome Uses of Lemon Essential Oil for some tips for using lemon essential oil) and nothing beats the woes of eating too much or too spicy than a drop of a digestive blend in water.

Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing all at once. Working with someone who has used essential oils before can help first-time users have a good experience and boost their confidence. There’s a wealth of information available for those wanting to increase their knowledge of essential oil applications.

I highly recommend Valerie Worwood’s books, and lots of time spent Google-ing EOs and their uses!  As always, hands on use will add to your confidence and open up lots of learning opportunities to broaden your healing skills.

I hope this post helps simplify some of the basics of EO use. While it all seems overwhelming at first, very soon it becomes second nature, I promise.  Just keep EOs within reach and use them everyday!

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

When it comes to essential oils, keep in mind that everyone’s physiology is different.  Not only that, it has been my experience that something that is working great for months may suddenly become less effective.

I equate this growing tomatoes.  You may have grown a particular variety of tomatoes in you garden patch for years when suddenly, boom, they do not do well at all.  By switching to another type of seed – similar but different – all is well again.  I just wish I understood the science behind this better but for now let’s just say that this is Mother Nature’s way of doing things.

The good news is that many essential oils have similar qualities (Antiseptic, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, etc.) so it is easy to switch around.  Another thing to keep in mind that many are quite inexpensive, starting at $5.99 for a 5ml bottle at online retailers like Spark Naturals, making it easy to build up a reasonable collection of basics at very little cost.

Final Word on Application

Late last year I dumped two drawers full of over-counter-remedies into a box and the box has not seen daylight since. My feeling is that by using essential oils exclusively, I will learn what works and what does not work.  Besides, playing with my oils brings out the inner chemist is me and is fun.

There additional things you need to know.  A little goes a long way.  Also, when stored in a cool dark area, most essential oils will have an infinite shelf life.  Now I don’t know about you, but I would much prefer to use 100% pure and natural essential oils than a concoction whipped up in a corporate lab somewhere.

For more articles on essential oils, see Interested in Learning About Essential Oils?  Start Here.  And of course, if you have questions, leave them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them in a future article.

8 Best Essential Oils for Your Health and Wellness Kit

Here they are, the 8 essential oils you need to cover a wide range of maladies,  Except for Frankincense, all are very inexpensive ($5 to $8 max) and will serve you well for a variety of conditions. NOTE: Feel free to navigate with the hyperlinked items below for more in depth information on the respective Essential Oil / Treatment covered by BDS. 

Lavender

Acne
Allergies
Anxiety
Asthma
Athlete’s Foot
Colic
Depression
Headache
Insect Bites
Sunburn
Earaches
Sleep

Rosemary

Muscle Aches
Arthritis
Dandruff
Dry Scalp
Circulation Problems
Rheumatism
Dry Skin
Strengthen Hair
Stress and Anxiety
Joint Pains and Arthritis
Cold and Flu Symptoms
Bad Breath
Mental Clarity

Peppermint

Asthma
Colic
Exhaustion
Fever
Headache
Nausea
Scabies
Vertigo
Sinusitis
Digestion Problems
Decongestant

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Respiratory Ailments and Bronchitis
Fungal, Bacterial or Viral Infections
Acne
Chicken Pox
Cold Sores
Cold and Flu
Corns and Warts
Minor Cuts and Scrapes
Insect Bites
Ring Worm
Athlete’s Foot
Head Lice
Dandruff
Dry Scalp

Lemon

Athlete’s Foot
Colds and Flu
Corns
Cold Sores
Psoriasis
Warts and Skin Tags
Minor Cuts and Wounds
Dull Skin
Oily Skin
Varicose Veins
Warts
Mood Enhancement
Hard Water Stains
General Cleaning Solutions
Remove Sticky Labels

Oregano

Burns
Insect Stings/Bites
Headaches
Acne
Skin Irritations
Diaper Rash
Gum Soreness and Infections
Digestion Problems
Menstrual Issues
Lice
Cold and Flu Symptoms
Gas and Bloating
Mild Fevers
Allergies
General Cleaning Solutions

Frankincense

Anxiety
Asthma
Respiratory Issues
Bronchitis
Scars
Arthritis
Stress Relief
Stretch Marks
Dry Skin
Menstrual Issues
Emotional Issues
Cold and Flu

Clove Bud

Toothache
Sore Gums and Throat
Insect Repellent
Indigestion
Tension Headache
Stress Relief
Burns
Pain Relief
Acne

A Note About Quality

There are many companies that make and sell essential oils. It is beyond the scope of this article to evaluate the effectiveness of one brand over another, however, I do have my favorites.  First let me say this: there is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade. That is bogus and if any website claims their essential oil is “FDA” or otherwise approved, run for the hills since it is marketing hype and not fact.

On the other hand, a company may legitimately indicate that their oils are of a “therapeutic grade” (without reference to certification) which will likely mean it is manufactured according to strict standards of purity.  That may also mean that under certain conditions, the essential oils may be taken internally (not something I have tried).

So here is the scoop.  For wellness purposes, I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  There are a lot of 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.

For cleaning solutions and DIY household products, I sometimes use essential oils from NOW Foods (available at Amazon).  They are inexpensive to the point of being downright cheap and they work just fine when added to cleaning products.  I use and recommend both brands.

Note: If you do decide to make a purchase from Spark Naturals, you will receive a 10% discount by using the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.  I do earn a small commission on your purchases.

Please keep in mind that I am not a health care or medical professional and when in doubt, consult with your own physician regarding the use of essential oils for a particular ailment.

The Final Word

Once you start using essential oils, it is easy to get downright evangelistic about them even to the point of becoming preachy.  That said, they really do work and can play a vital role in a potential survival situation where over the counter remedies are in short supply or non-existent.  The beauty of essential oils is that they take up little room, store well, and perhaps best of all, a little bit goes a long way.

A printable chart showing the 8 essential oils for health and wellness can be downloaded here.

 

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to the materials I used to make DIY  Healing Lotion Bars.  If you have not tried “lotion in a bar” you are in for a treat.  I am also including a link to a must-have book on essential oils.

Freshware 6-Cavity Daisy Flower Silicone Mold and Baking Pan:  I simply love my daisy mold!  Made of silicone, it can be used for forming lotion bars, soaps, cakes, anything.    My lotion bars simply popped out cleanly leaving no mess.  So inexpensive, too, that I also purchased the oval version.  Up next?  Hand crafted soap!

100% Pure Unrefined Raw Shea Butter:  This is the Shea butter I used and am happy that it was not gritty.  I don’t have experience with other brands so I don’t know if my success was due to technique or the Shea butter itself.

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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded:  This is a newly updated version of Valerie Worwood’s classic and when I say new, I mean it is hot off the presses.  When my copy arrived in early November, I stayed up until the wee hours reading, learning, and enjoying the insights from the seasoned aromatherapist. The original has been my EO bible for years, and now it is even better.

Coconut Oil:  Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions 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 and 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.  The Nutiva brand from Amazon or Costco works well too.

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NOW Foods Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price plus they can be purchased at Amazon.com.  Here are a few to get you started:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, and Now Foods Lavender Oil.

Stakich Pure BEESWAX Pellets:  This is my second order of beeswax pellets (also called pastilles) from this company.  They melt quickly and I am happy with them.

Deodorant Containers, New & Empty; Pack of 5:  These are 2.5 ounces each.  I prefer these mini-tubes purchased from Spark Naturals for just 95 cents each.

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  1. Do you know of an eo that would be good to put in a room humidifier? Since the humidifier works by evaporation I would think the eo would need to evaporate at about the same rate and not leave any residue. I usually wake with a sinus headache when the humidity is low and thought an eo in addition to the humidifier would possibly help even more.

    1. Jim – I use EOs in a diffuser and they do leave a bit of an oily residue. I would check with the manufacturer before using them in a humidifier. On the other hand, a diffuser puts out a good amount of steam and you could use it on your nightstand. They really work well and are intended to be used with essential oils so there is little likelihood of damage. You just need to wipe our the inside with a rag periodically.

    2. I put the oil on a cotton ball and just stick the ball in the slits. Just enough to hold the ball in. I don’t use a humidifier but have done this with swamp coolers, ACs, and an air purifier. Hope this helps.

        1. Jim – I have read that Eucalyptus is good for a sinus headache although I have not used it for that purpose myself. The old standby E.O.s for headaches are lavender and peppermint. All three are inexpensive allowing you to experiment to see what works best for you.

  2. Thank you Gaye for getting deeper into issues we are looking for. An old friend came by yesterday and when 2 old people get together, we talk of health problems. She said her doc had taken her off her arthritis meds as it was killing her. She had been off for some time but the alternative meds were not doing the job, so she told her doc she didn’t care about the side effects, she needed relief and put her back on the meds that killed the pain.
    You list Rosemary as a help for arthritis. How do you use it? Just make the salve with EVOO, coconut oil, and bees wax and rub on the effected area? With her it would be a body rub.

    1. I use the salve for everything! Sometimes, instead of making up a new salve (plain ole salve – I still nee to write about it) I simply add extra drops of the desired oil to the Miracle Healing Salve. So in the case of your friend, I would probably add 10 more drops of the Rosemary to the basic salve and see how that worked.

      For awhile I was using Spark Naturals Amend on Shelly’s arthritis (hands). It is expensive (the Amend). He said the Miracle Salve worked just the same so I went back to that. Sometimes I use Eucalyptus and Marjoram – I tend to switch things around but a variation on the basic salve seems to be the best.

      BTW, I purchased some of those 1/2 oz jars at Amazon (10 for about $5) so I make up special blends (Miracle Healing Salve + extra drops of this or that).

      For a whole body massage, you could also add the oils to fractionated coconut oil. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory so that might help as well.

      Shelly tells me that the benefit of the E.O.s is cumulative but I have not researched that point. He also wants to start taking oregano oil internally. That is a topic for some other time.

    1. I am far from an expert on them, but I think they are mostly used for aromatherapy or as a body rub, to be applied topically, more than a drink or food additive. There are some that can be taken internally, but use caution and make sure they will not cause more harm. Gaye has several posts about using eo’s and recommends some reading for more information.

  3. Hello,
    I love the whole essential oil suggestion and appreciate your guide listing the proposed ailments/indications and which oils or combos might be used to treat it.
    Now, can we take it even further and imagine ourselves really in a survival situation (one where there is no mail order oils to send for) where all we have is the dried leaves or plants. Shouldn’t we look into the idea of how we can extract the essential oils from the dried form of whatever we have or whatever we know is abundant in our area, like Rosemary or Eucalyptis, so we might be able to create our own? Or at least get close. For example, if we wish to make it consumable maybe we could use some kind of liquor as a solvent to pull the oils from the rosemary and soak, strain and use as directed.
    Maybe for topical applications we could use isopropyl rubbing alcohol as our solvent for those things that are soluble, or perhaps even water if applicable.
    Thanks for any information you might add and for all that you’ve provided thus far.
    Later!

  4. I was so pumped about making your Miracle Salve in an attempt to help heal my eczema which has suddenly re-erupted about being primarily dormant for 25 years. I made it as directed and even had my son using it on his heals after a lot of running (he’s 9 said it helped some) and my husband to help with inflammation on his bone spur (he said it was ok–but I’ll bet it helped with those dry feet). Unfortunately, me not so much. My eczema actually got worse and is dry and cracking and pretty painful. I stopped using the Miracle Salve but respect the healing components of it’s ingredients. Long story to get to my question and here it is: I have noticed over the years that when I use anything with an “oil” base, I have problems–typically big problems. I have never been able to use Vaseline or anything with lanolin. So, is there a “recipe” that creates a cream/lotion versus the coconut/olive oil based salve? I really want to get this healed but nothing seems to work. Can I mix the essential oils in with my lotions? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks–love your site and have shared it with many.

    1. I was just reading about EOs and the best ones for eczema.. Your right that you shouldn’t be using any oil base. Use aloe versa gel.. for dry eczema use two parts geranium and spike lavenderwith one part calophyllum inophyllum into an aloe gel at 2%. For weeping eczema use rock rose, rosemary verbenone and one part calophyllum worked into the gel at 2% for eczema with pustules use .Eucalyptus corridors,lentiscus pistachius,thyme thuyanol,and laurus nobilis two parts the oil blend with the one part calophyllum in the aloe gel so that it is 2% blend into the aloe

  5. No no no…. you don’t want to ingest essential oils. Here is why:

    Legally, if an oil is to be sold for internal use as flavoring it must be redistilled. Therapeutic grade oils are never redistilled, period. Any vendor advertising that his oils should be ingested is selling food grade (redistilled) oils, or is in violation of the FDA. You can not have it both ways, claiming that your oils are “therapeutic grade” and also legally claiming that they are suited for internal use. If they are redistilled, they are not truly therapeutic grade.
    (from this article: //www.naturesgift.com/therapeutic-grade.htm)

    And also read this article about why you should not ingest essential oils:
    //www.granolaliving.com/2012/07/why-we-dont-offer-doterra-young-living-or-other-multi-marketing-brands-of-essential-oils/

    Honestly, essential oils are so potent that one drop of peppermint oil equals up to 75 cups of peppermint tea. I hear people say “oh, just take 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in water, for your tummy ache” and I am horrified — that is like saying “drink 200 cups of peppermint tea” which no sane person would do.

    I love your posts, I really do, but there is an essential oil craze going on and people don’t understand how powerful these oils are. They can harm you as well. And any joe blow off the street can sell them and make claims, and unsuspecting innocents believe them! (sure, everyone should do their due diligence). But really, unless you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist, you should not listen to anyone who tells you to take essential oils internally.

    I have an essential oil group on Facebook anyone is welcome to join: //www.facebook.com/groups/541553372623202/

    I do not sell any, nor do I recommend any from my blog or my company. I do have a preferred brand but my goal is to educate people, so they don’t harm themselves 🙂 Thanks!

    p.s. I have my diffuser going as I type this!

  6. A great article and you have finally convinced me to get a diffuser. My question is, and I know sometime I am a pain in the patoot, but you know I grow with aquaponics in my greenhouse. I have an aquarium in my living room to breed the tilapia. Is essential oils toxic to fish? I would have the diffuser on the table beside my chair and the fish tank is on the other side of the table, so the fish would get as much “mist” as I would.

    1. John – That is a great question and to be honest, I don’t know the answer so I have reached out to some experts to get their opinion. I do know that essential oils should not be added to the water of a fish tank but the mist is so fine, I doubt it would be an issue.

      What about diffusing at night in your bedroom? Anyway, I will try to find a more definitive answer for you.

      PS – You are not a bother.

    2. John – Here is what Spark Naturals said “I would probably try to put the diffuser across the room from the fish tank, but I’ve never dealt with that before!”

      Here is what I found on my own:

      Fish cannot tolerate oils or floral waters. The oils, not being water-soluble, would end up sticking to the fish, causing a host of problems, up to and many times, including death. Hydrosols each have their own pH levels, and have the possibility of wreaking havoc on the pH levels within the tank, also causing harm to the fish.
      //www.naturalnews.com/022909_pet_health_essential_oils.html

      I still believe in diffusers but in your case, I would use it in the bedroom, away from the fish tank.

    3. If this helps, consider an oil spill. No matter how it got there, oil on the surface of the water can cause problems for fish. I’ve never grown tilapia but have had aquariums. I agree with Gaye, do the diffuser in another room. Remember at some point, that mist evaporates and those droplets of oil must go where gravity takes it.

  7. I have had great luck using a pain releiver salve made with 8 oz. of either grapeseed oil or coconut oil, 1-1.5 oz. of natural beeswax and about 12 drops each of Camphor, Eucalyptus, pepermint and 10 drops of lavender. This seams to work on neuralgia, muscle cramps and arthritic or chronic type pain. It does not seem to have much of an effect on bruises or sprains.
    I think it is important to remember on Essential oils is they are very concentrated and often less is more as far as effectiveness. There is a big differnce in potency between a distilled essential oil or crushing a few mint leaves for a tea.

  8. Gaye, I have received my book by Valerie Ann Worwood and I do not find the use of fractionated coconut oil and that is what I bought for my roll on treatment for my hands.I am using a blend recipe for arthritis from the ebook The Aromatherapy Handbook, Marian Johnson. So I am going to use 3 parts geranium and 2 parts lemongrass and 3 parts birch, but how much frac. coconut oil do I use?

    1. FCO (fractionated coconut oil) is used in the same proportion as any other carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, olive, etc.). It is quite common for one carrier oil to be substituted for another. If starting from scratch, I would use about 1/2 TBL carrier oil for every 7 or 8 drops of essential oil. That will give you a nice 5% dilution.

      Hope this helps.

  9. What would you suggest for migraines? Mine seem to have come back with a vengeance and my meds don’t seem to be working any more. Tnx

    1. Oh my gosh – years ago I suffered from migraines and used some heavy duty meds. Nasty stuff. Without knowing what you have tried, essential-oil wise, I would start with a blend of lavender and peppermint rubbed on your temples and forehead. You can mix the two in a roller bottle with a bit of coconut oil (or other carrier oil) to lessen the chance of your eyes watering. I would also rub the same mixture on the balls of your feet.

      (Note that I am not a medical professional and am only passing on what I do when I get a bad headache.)

      1. hmm..strangely enough, that’s on the line of what i was thinking, just wasn’t quite sure…i’ve worked with herbs for a while, just not with eo’s…i just want to get away from stabbing myself in the stomach (’cause it’s easier to reach than the back of my arm) with sumatriptan when i have a migraine, and not having it work *anyway*…that crap *burns* when it goes in!..i’ve a teensy bottle of pepperment eo, but no lavender, only lavender flowers…thanks for the info…may try the headache relief blend, too..or birch, that’s interesting..

        1. Imitrex. I remember it well. I used to call those shots mainlining.

          Here is an article that discusses using birch for migraines. (I trust Rebecca when she says something works.)
          //campwander.com/2013/09/wash-away-migraine-with-birch/

    2. Also, I have not tried it myself but Spark Naturals has a Headache Relief Blend. I have also heard that Birch knocks a migraine out as well. I hope these ideas help and that relief is on its way!

      Here is a link to the Headache Relief Blend if you want to try it: //sparknaturals.com/index.php/eo-blends/relief-headache-blend.html?id=377

  10. Love your blog and the great ‘prepping’ information you provide for us all! I can’t think of any other ‘prepper’ blog that I’ve read that includes the use of essential oils as important health preparation for emergency AND every day use! Quality is so important! I’ve mostly used, and love, Spark Naturals EOs. Though I’m sure I will still use theirs for things I can’t find elsewhere, I have found a new line of EOs that is launching on Sept 25th and will be the only “Clinical Grade” EOs available with proven, patented technology from a Harvard PhD who developed the science behind the oils and will finally be able to SHOW proof of how the oils interact with our body and cells. I’m excited to get my hands on more than just the samples of Améo EOs I have now. Thanks again for all of your great Prepping Resources!

  11. Just wondering, in how large of a room can I use the above-named diffuser? I would like do use one in my living room as well as in my bedroom, both of which are very large.

    1. The diffuser in my bedroom is about eight feet away from my bed. What I find is that depending on what oil or oils are used, sometimes I can barely smell them. My nose may be becoming immune; hard to tell. In my research, I have read that physical proximity to the diffuser is not critical since the oils are dispersed into the air throughout the room. Still, if I am going to spend the money on good oils, I want to smell them in addition to reaping their healing benefits.

      One thing I have noticed is that stronger oils carry further. I can “smell” Shield from ten feet away but lavender not so much.

      For that reason (becoming immune to the smell), I tend to mix things up using one oil one day (or night) and another the next. In my office, a diffuser sits on my desk perhaps three feet from where I sit. I am positive that I am getting maximum benefit with the diffuser being that close. I tend to mostly using the ZEN blend while working and when I am super stressed, I become calm, relaxed and focused. I also use a combination of Rosemary and Peppermint for the same reason.

      My advice is to do some trial and error to see what works best. I have 3 diffusers and plan on getting a 4th this week while they are on sale.

  12. I have read some post about essential oils and one of the popular types is lavender. It smells comfortably. I think the knowledge about many types of essential oils to cover and mix them to use for particular favorite is very important. 8 essential oils that need to cover a wide range of maladies is very helpful.

    1. I do not have any personal experience with this but this information came from my friend Rebecca who I trust implicitly.

      “Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ears but it can be several different sounds like clicking, whistling or buzzing. Tinnitus isn’t a disease but a symptom of something underlying and most often related to getting older somehow. The symptoms can be very mild or intense with or without dizziness.

      2 drops of Helichrysum on half of a cotton ball.

      Insert gently into affected ears and leave in over night to let the vapor of the oil penetrate into the ear. Helichrysum can be used during the day as needed by adding a drop to a cotton ball and wiping inside the ear.”

      Note: Helichrysum is pretty expensive (worth it if it works) but you might try Geranium, Peppermint, or Lavender first.

      It goes without saying that for something health-related, use quality oils.

      Good luck and let us know if this works.

  13. Gaye,
    Wondering what you think about the book “Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th ed”?
    It is costly so was wondering it is essential for the EO home library.
    Thanks,
    Jacqueline

    1. I own the book and refer to it at least once a week. If you can afford it, definitely get it. I ignore some of the advice about ingesting oils but when it comes to finding a solution to an ailment, I love the way it will list a number of oils – all of which will work. That way if I have the #2 item on the list and not the #1, I have an alternative to try.

      Like you, initially I hesitated due to the cost but now I can’t imagine not having this reference in my library.

  14. There’s nothing more comforting or invigorating than a home scented with essential oils. I am a huge fan of lavender essential oil. Thanks for 8 essential oil chart. btw, thanks for sharing your food book too Gaye:)

  15. Hi Gaye, would like your input on a very timely topic – mosquitoes. I live along the Gulf Coast and I seem to be one of those folks that attracts mosquitoes when others don’t, and the bites turn into big whelps. Anyway, someone told to use geranium or lavendar essential oil to ward off mosquitoes – dab it just as tho it were perfume. What do you think?

    Sue

  16. For a while i am suffering for my back pain. Most of the day i spend my time with laptop in my bed. I know this is the main fact because of this back pain. Can essential oil help me?

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