5 Essential Oils I Use Daily

Five Essential Oils I use Daily

I get more questions about essential oils than almost any other topic, probably because they’ve gained such immense popularity lately. Our family uses essential oils daily in our personal care products, homemade cleaners, and as natural remedies.

The five essential oils I use most often for my family are:

1. Lemon Essential Oil

We use lemon and other citrus essential oils aromatically by diffusing them in to the air. I also add 10-15 drops of lemon or orange essential oil to all of my homemade cleaning products for a fresh and clean smell without the chemicals.

Lemon has natural antibacterial, antiviral and antihistamine properties and it is great for dabbing on insect bites or in salves used on wounds. I also often add lemon or sweet orange essential oil to our homemade shampoo since the scent is energizing and there is some evidence that lemon can stimulate hair growth. I add lemon and orange to either my honey face wash or my oil cleansing blend for use at night.

We don’t use citrus essential oils for any homemade products that we will use on our skin during sun exposure as citrus can increase sun sensitivity.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils to diffuse as it is said to help increase mental clarity and is invigorating. I use it in my homemade remineralizing toothpaste and in homemade lotion recipes. It is also an ingredient in my homemade vapor rub.

When I’m not pregnant, I use it on my feet for nausea or upset stomach and on my neck for headaches. It is an ingredient in our homemade bug spray and I also add peppermint and lavender to a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to help cool sunburns (though we don’t usually get those anymore since adjusting our diet).

3. Lavender Essential Oil

I absolutely love the scent of lavender essential oil and diffuse it as an air freshener. It is said to help digestion, support skin health, stimulate hair growth, help mitigate the effects of stress and more.

I sometimes add a drop of lavender and lemon to bug bites or burns to cool the sting and use it with peppermint to calm a headache or sunburn. Lavender essential oils is also an ingredient in many of my homemade beauty products.

4. Oregano

I love that the smell of oregano reminds me of Italian food. I also love the natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties of Oregano. It is important to note that Oregano is very potent and should always be diluted for topical use. In times of bad illness, I diffuse oregano in to the air. I don’t do this often since it isn’t the most pleasant scent but it definitely works!

Oregano is anti-parasitic and a recent stool test I did (more details on that later) showed I have no intestinal parasites! The majority of the population does have parasites, but I credit my external use of oregano essential oil and a diet high in probiotic-rich fermented foods to my lack of intestinal invaders.

I’ve used (or had a family member who has used) Oregano effectively for:

  • Getting rid of athletes foot (diluted with coconut oil)
  • Massaged on feet to help deal with intestinal parasites
  • Diluted topically for killing ringworm
  • Diluted to help remove warts
  • Diluted on sore muscles to speed muscle recovery

5. Disinfectant Blend

The specific blend I use is called OnGuard and it is one of the reasons I chose this particular brand of essential oils. It contains a mix of sweet orange essential oil, rosemary, clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus. It smells divine and is naturally disinfectant. I use it in everything from homemade cleaning spray to avoiding illness but my favorite uses are:

  • On the soles of the feet to support the immune system
  • In homemade mouth wash to support a healthy mouth
  • When mopping floors (disinfects and smells great)
  • Diffused for an air freshener

Note: Essential oils can be dangerous if used incorrectly. This post discusses some of the risks and other considerations when using them.

Do you use essential oils? Which ones do you use? Tell me below!

These essential oils are a daily staple in our house for natural cleaning, homemade beauty products, for natural remedies and freshening the air.

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  1. Why did you say “When I’m not pregnant, I use it on my feet for nausea or upset stomach and on my neck for headaches. “?

    Because, I AM pregnant.


    • Congrats on your pregnancy 🙂 Check with a doctor or midwife before using any essential oils in pregnancy but peppermint is typically avoided until full term since it can cause contractions.

      • Hi Katie,

        Thank you for your informative blog! Your work is greatly appreciated 🙂

        Could you explain (or tell me the related blog post title of) the comment you made implying that you and your family do not suffer from sunburns since changing your diet? As a redhead (and GF and V), I am very curious!

        Thank you!

      • also, this wonderful oil is not recommended for nursing mothers, however, it is an aid when one is no longer nursing as it helps dry up the source.

      • Katie,
        I am currently pregnant as well and was wondering are there any essential oils that are consider safe during pregnancy? I am wanting to make my own lotion and tooth paste but wasn’t sure what is safe to add.

        • As per Heathers question: there are two books you can use for oils regarded as safe to use during pregnancy. I was able to find both gently used via amazon.com (but I believe you can go to aromatools.com for them also). The first book is “Essential Oils For Maternity”-this is one found on aromatools.com. The second book is “Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies” by Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM

          As always, ensure you research independent studies of essential oils and decide for yourself regarding the brand you will use. Not all companies oils are created equal-so do your research! 🙂


      • Peppermint is also to be avoided while breastfeeding.

    • I notice you say when you are not pregnant, have you also considered letting people know that peppermint, wintergreen and eucalyptus should not be used around infants and children under 2 due to their ability to depress the respiratory system?

      • I have read the same thing, only i read that it’s age 6 for some, and 10 for Eucalyptus. I’m curious to know how Katie will respond! 🙂

        • I am curious as well. Recently I’ve had occasion to read a number of studies involving the effects of menthol on children under 2 (most of the medical studies I’ve read use either ‘age 2′ or ’30 months’, including why items like Vicks VapORub are not to be used on children under two.

  2. Hi! Do you mind telling me more about oregano for wart use. How do you dilute it? Would it work to mix it with coconut oil or just water? How often do you apply it? Thanks!

    • I mix with equal parts of coconut oil and apply to the wart with a bandaid on it.

    • One of my kids has struggled with warts all over his hands for years. We tried every over the counter treatment there is plus a couple homeopathic remedies. Nothing worked until oregano oil! I put equal parts oregano oil and coconut oil in a glass roller bottle. Every night at bedtime he applies it to areas of concern (like where it looks like one is popping up) then sleeps with socks on his hands. He is completely wart free after only a few months.

  3. Which diffuser do you like? There are hundreds on amazon and I’m not sure which one is best.

    • I’m working on a post reviewing many of them side by side but I’ve found that the $30 ones on Amazon work as well as the more expensive ones, with the exception of one water-free one on Amazon

    • Check out Puritan’s Pride – they have a GreenAir SpaVapor for $24.99 with free shipping. That’s what I use and it’s quite a workhorse! It doesn’t have a timer like some of the more expensive diffusers (15 seconds on, 3 minutes off, etc), but we love it!

  4. My favorite oils are Onguard, Melaluca and Breathe.

  5. Hi Katie,
    I am very interested in essential oils, but I have a few questions before purchasing them. Can you tell me if you have any experience with doTerra or Young Living essential oils? I purchased an entire kit this past year from Young Living, but after using them for about a month, I realized I was having an allergic reaction to them after visiting my natural path who identified the connection between the oils and an inflammatory response that my body was having. I have since learned that Young Living oils started using synthetics in their processing of the oils. How is doTerra processed? Do you know any significant differences between the two companies? What made you choose doTerra? Thanks so much!!! I really want to use essential oils, and I have heard that people who have responded negatively to Young Living oils do not necessarily have the same response to doTerra oils. Please get back to me as soon as you are able. 🙂 Thanks again!

    • After a lot of research, I found that both seemed very high quality. I know some people who do well with both doTERRA and Young Living, but I’m sorry you had a reaction! Certainly, any essential oils should be used carefully as they are really strong, so even with other brands of oils, I’d test carefully. From my research, I found that doTERRA is naturally processed with complete distillation (combines first, second and third distillations) and without synthetics.

      • Why do you use doterra and not mountain rose herbs oils for your fAmily i know mountain rose says not to use on kids that was my main question. I want to use them but not sure who to buy from. Mountaon rose is cheaper but i want to use them on my kid’s???

      • My question is sort of related to this- I’ve been using doTerra oils for a while now and like them, but I noticed some of your affiliate links are to mountain rose for essential oils. I shopped around on there and some of the oils are significantly more affordable than doTerras( ie. Frankincense)-how do you decide which to order from? Do you feel like both are the same high quality and just choose the best price?

    • YL does not use synthetics in their oils, can you back up your claim? All of YL oils are first distillation which is the most powerful distillation rendering the most chemical components of the plant. In other words:higher quality. You do not get better oils with 2nd and 3rd distillation.

      • Thank you for correcting an ill informed post. Young Living certainly does not use synthetics. I’ve been to the farms myself and watched the whole process. Which is why they are the world leader in essential oils…complete transparency. Anyone can visit one of the many farms they own, which is unlike any other essential oil company. They have been around for 20+ years because of their high quality. This is why we choose Young Living.

        • I was just coming to say the same thing. I suspect that, LeNay’s comment was made 18 months ago, she is no longer following this thread. But I would love to know what she based her claim on when saying that YL uses synthetics.

          I would be inclined to think that any allergic reaction was the result of an allergy to that plant and had nothing to do with synthetics.

          I have used both doTerra and YL products. Both are good, but I can feel the difference. YL oils have been a miracle in my life. YL products are highly concentrated and 100% pure.

    • How do they have synthetics? How do you back that claim up? Do they freeze in the freezer? Oils don’t freeze but fillers do….. Do your own test and don’t just go on what you hear! Call all EO company’s and see what they personally have to say how there oils are farmed and distilled… That’s where you will be truly surprised also.

    • Check out Rocky Mountain Oils. All organic with no synthetics at a very reasonable cost.

  6. I do use essential oils, sparingly and respectfully. Usually I get them from Mountain Rose.

    • Hi Katie! I would like to begin by saying how much I enjoy your blog; I have learned so much from you. I am glad to see your comments regarding essential oils as I have grown to love them and all that they can do.
      Thanks for all that you do! Sincerely, Janice

      • I truly think it would be nice if we just used the generic recommendations of oils and their applications and stopped co opting this blog to advertise everyone’s preferences for brands. This is Wellness Mamas blog and she has mentioned the oils she prefers but has also been kind enough to mention the different oils and amounts and how she dilutes them to obtain her results.. if you want to use a different company’s oils and hope to get the same results great. PEACE.

  7. Hi Katie. I love love your blog. I have gained so much from your knowledge. Thank you so much for being so AMAZING.
    I wanted to share some of what I know with you, if your interested.

    DoTerra is very popular but I have chosen to stay clear of DoTerra for several reasons. For one, They are not organic. So not only are you getting the wonderful compounded essential oils from the plant but also the toxins. Just the nature of how essential oils work make this very important to make sure you have organic wild crafted oils. Essential oils are a fat, just like our cells. So unlike an antibiotic that kills all of the good and bad bacteria around the cell, it can’t actually penetrate the cell itself. An essential oil however, can. So when you are using non organic or wild crafted oils, you are allowing for toxins to travel directly into your cell.
    Another reason I don’t use DoTerra is simply because they aren’t as strong as other oils I have found. I used to use DoTerra and when I take my old DoTerra oils and smell them next to my new oils, its amazing how diluted the Do Terra oils.
    When I look for a good oil, I always make sure it says Organic. Wild crafted is also something I love to see.
    The oils I use now are from Purify Skin Therapy. (They also have an amazing skin care line thats all natural and FANTASTIC)
    I hope I didn’t just come across as one of those know it all’s 🙂 I just love your blog and you have helped me so much and I would love to give that back in anyway I can.

    Thanks for all you do Katie
    Carlie 🙂

    • Wow, great website. I am just getting into oils and find this website fascinating. Thank you for all of the information and help!

  8. Thanks for sharing, this is a great list! Lavender is definitely a very popular one in our home too. Are there any you recommend in place of perfume/body spray? I’ve been searching for one or a combination that isn’t too expensive. Thanks!!

  9. OnGuard has wild Orange, not sweet Orange

    • OnGuard also has synthetics, 2-hexen-1-ol and linalool

  10. I started using essential oils in September and LOVE THEM. My husband has post-combat issues and I’ve been researching protocols, and will soon start trying them with him. I love diffusing peppermint and Wild Orange (I use the Aroma Lite diffuser) – invigorating and mood lifting. 🙂

  11. I am currently defusing breath EO in the babies room and put a less than a drop in his clothes helped clear up his allergy symptoms in just a few minutes. Seriously the oils are amazing.

  12. Awesome!! My husband and I got into oils recently, but I haven’t yet sprung for a more top quality brand. I will begin using them more moving forward.

  13. Just an FYI from Susun Weed’s website – what do you think?


    I make and use many infused herbal oils. I use little or no essential oils. Why?

    Infused herbal oils use a small amount of plant material; essential oils require tons of plant material. Infused herbal oils are safe to use internally or externally; essential oils are poisonous internally and problematic externally. Infused herbal oils are good for the skin; essential oils can cause rashes, burns, and other skin reactions. Infused oils are used full strength; essential oils are diluted before use. Infused herbal oils have subtle scents; essential oils have powerful scents.

    The scent of an essential oil can kill gut flora just like antibiotics do, according to Paul Bergner, director of the clinical studies program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. He told me that breathing the oils puts them into the blood stream very quickly and can be a major disturber of intestinal health and contributor to poor immune functioning.

    Massage therapists are embracing Natural Scent Therapies such as growing live aromatic plants in their treatment rooms and using pillows of dried aromatic herbs instead of essential oils. Their skin and their immune systems are thanking them for the switch.

    • Thanks for posting this. I find there’s a lot of careless eo use and worry about the industry.

    • I have found that essential oils have greatly helped me deal with colitis. I’ve never experienced stomach problems from using them! It’s true that oregano can kill gut flora (even the good kind), so that’s why it’s important to not use it more than 10 days in a row and to use it simultaneously with a good probiotic. But there are many other essential oils that can be used on a regular basis that will not kill good gut flora. Also, there are studies out there showing the safety of using essential oils internally (as well as topically and aromatically).

      • I have UC as well, how do you use EOs to help with it? I’m very intrigued! Thanks

  14. I am also interested in what kind of diffuser you use. Most diffusers out there (even deTerra) are made of plastic & noisy. I have not been able to find a good glass or ceramic diffuser that operators efficiently.

  15. Love my young living oils, use them for everything and find new uses for them daily! Love that oils have taken off in popularity as a hopeful solution for so many.

  16. i use doTERRA oils. I really like clove, grapefruit, and frankincense oils.

  17. What do you think about Rose of Sharon? I read that they can be used for medicinal properties, I have a bunch growing on a few trees in front of my house ( I am pretty sure it’s rose of sharon, it looks exactly like the pictures). I was planning on making a basic essential oil for making laundry detergent and thought this flower might be nice to use for the scent. I saw on a website that they are used for medicinal purposes but i didn’t get much more than that.

  18. Do you dilute the oregano oil for the soles of your feet? Is it effective for intestinal parasites even if you don’t take it orally?

      • Is it safe to use oregano oil on feet daily? I feel like I read somewhere it was hard on the liver and to take breaks, but I am not sure if I am correct about that.

        • When in doubt always err on the side of caution. Oregano is certainly a very powerful essential oil.

  19. just for the record I am another doTerra user and fan. my acupuncturist recommended some essential oils for some of my challenges and recommended doTerra for its purity. how happy we have been with the results.

  20. Hi, Katie! I’m so glad I found your blog, I’m loving it! Curious about your recommendations for diffusing EOs. What do you use?

  21. My oils from doTERRA: Currently I am REALLY enjoying a peppermint/Balance combo. I like to combine them and put them on my feet and then also cup my hands and breathe them in, it’s a great way to start the day. Citrus Bliss I wish I could jump in the bottle, I diffuse that in the mornings. I sometimes am found carrying more oils throughout the day than I should be because of how I have to commute. I sometimes diffuse peppermint and orange in my classroom to help students stay alert (lectures are boring you know). I also diffuse OnGuard at night during the rainy season here to help combat mold and such. I also use Melaleuca and Frankincense (sometimes with Lavender) daily for my skin.

    My Young living Oils: I really enjoy the blends of Stress Away and Theives. Stress Away I love to diffuse, and Thieves I use the same way I do On Guard, but because they are slightly different I find Thieves a good oil blend to still have around.

    Rocky Mountain Oils: I have enjoyed their single oils of Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon.

    I think that the staples of Peppermint, Lavender and Lemon are “essential” daily use to anyone who uses Essential Oils. Find a company that you trust and USE them. I found 3 companies that I trust, I am sure there are a few others out there that would work for me. I am a BIG d?TERRA fan these days, but what I love more is that quality essential oils are more available now than they were 20 years ago when I first started using them.

    Thank you Wellness Mama for sharing with us how you personally use them and encouraging others to do the same ^^ Happy Healthy Living everyone 🙂

    • Great post. Katie I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge on Essential Oils and their uses. Here is my favorite DIY mix for concentrating and studying. 3 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of basil, 2 drops of rosemary. I’m not big on the MLM brands and use mostly organic oils.

  22. I am a huge fan of BREATHE and ON GUARD blends! 🙂

  23. I love your blog and appreciate all of the time and effort you put forth to help us all lead a healthier life. 🙂
    I am new to EO and would really like to know your thoughts and opinions about taking EO internally and using them as a preventive measure? I’ve read so many reasons on how you should not take them internally due to it burning your mucous membranes. I have 3 little boys so on guard was a big reason why I wanted to start using EOs to help our family avoid so many illnesses but with them being so young (5, 2 and 9 mos ) is it a good idea to use the on guard daily? Also I do diffuse regularly and I love it but that post earlier about it not being good concerns me. Thanks for your time! Thanks for your site and all you do and thanks everyone for all your helpful posts!!! 🙂 appreciate it so much!

  24. Organic apple cider vinegar – dip cotton bud into ACV put the wet bud on wart and cover with duck tape. Cleared my warts – all over my feet, could only wear sneakers – in 3 months. I was taking Vit D3 as well think that may have assisted. I used to do this every night and wear a pair of socks to sleep in. The warts go black and eventually fall off. The DID NOT return, that was 5 years ago.

  25. There are so many other good companies out there too choose from! I use Neal’s Yard Remedies because of their honest, open approach to All their products, process, testing, and ingredients. They are the mist ethical company I have found. I really enjoyed your site and wish you the best of luck.

    • I’m curious if anyone has tried Simply Aroma? They are a new essential oil company as of January 2014.

    • I LOVE the Wellness Mama blog and have completely changed the eating habits of my husband and myself along with many other aspects of our lifestyle just from reading Katie’s many informative articles!

      While the MLM’s do sell high quality oils, I find that they are extremely overpriced. But even much more upsetting is the “advice” and “education” (or lack thereof) that they are providing to their representatives. I am currently taking some Aromatherapy courses right now and there is SO much misinformation out there today about EO’s and a good bit of it is coming from these MLMs and the people who sell them. Now, I certainly understand that not all reps are the same and some certainly take the time to do the research and share with others on how to use them safely – as Katie does in this article. But unfortunately, those reps seem to be in the minority. I have personally been to several MLM EO “parties” and I’m always shocked and amazed by the misinformation being doled out. Also, DoTerra’s “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” label is shady too (there is no “regulating agency” in the EO world, so there is no one who can “certify” anything; that is just a term that DoTerra trademarked for marketing purposes). Before I knew a whole lot about EO’s, I too purchased some DoTerra blends but have since decided that going forward, I will not support a company whose practices seem to be more aligned with making money than with educating people about the proper and safe use of EO’s.

      For anyone looking for additional info about EO’s, I would suggest the “Learning About EO’s” website or Facebook group – an amazing resource full of info!! For further info about the different EO companies – check out the seven part series on Whole New Mom’s blog about her dealings with some of the major EO companies. While I disagree with the one she ending up labeling as “The Best”, I found her dealings with some of the other companies to be very interesting.

      • You have been gravely misinformed regarding doTERRA’s CPTG. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is simply their trademarked, 5-test quality process they use to ensure purity and potency. doTERRA does not claim to be an oversight agency for anyone but themselves using third-party laboratories. Any solid company does QUALITY testing ~ when I worked a Fortune 500 software company, we spent a huge portion of our budget on the QA process.
        And I take offense to the charge that they are all about making money. I am one of their Wellness Advocates and, while making money {to support ourselves and families} is part of life on this planet, our greater mission is to educate others about the many benefits of essential oils to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. And yes, it is true that there are people making money with doTERRA ~ you will find the key to their success is in their ability to teach and educate others.

  26. Katie,
    I am interested in knowing more about your use of Oregano for parasites. I have Ulcerative Colitis and my Wholistic doctor told me I have a bacteria overgrowth in my gut, specifically candida. Do you think Oregano could be helpful? Or do you have any other suggestions?
    Thanks so much,

  27. My name is Donica. I love your articles and pod casts. I also love your recipes. I’m making them as I can.

    I recently started using doterra essential oils. I’m thrilled with the oils so far. We recently visited my brother and sister in law in New Mexico. When my husband and I visit them the guys always smoke cigars. Just the smell of my husbands clothes afterwards would send me into a full on asthma attack. Before they went outside for their cigar ritual my sister-in-law had me bite down one of the Peppermint Beadlets and inhale through my mouth deeply. I didn’t have any kind of reaction for the smoke. It was a first for me.

  28. Hi Katie,

    I’m just wondering about how you use the oregano oil for intestinal parasites. Do you take it internally, and if so, how? I normally take a few drops under the tongue, but only if I’m feeling sick. I saw that another commenter asked if it’s effective externally on the feet – just wondering if you just do externally, internally or both and how often. Thanks.

    • I do it externally (diluted) often and only internally with caution if I’m not pregnant or nursing.

  29. I’m having trouble finding a lot of the Essential oils here in Queensland, Australia.
    could you recommend any one to me?
    Thank you

    • Kathy – Young Living is huge in Australia. Check it out!

      • do terra is in Australia also if you go do terra.com you should be able to find it

  30. I would love to know what you think about Native American Naturals essential oils as well. Have you researched them at all? Their prices are much more reasonable that Young Living and doTerra.

    • I’m going to do a post on this soon, but after a lot of research, it isn’t something that worried me.

  31. Hi Katie!
    I love your blog and all the awesome information you provide. I’m trying to learn more about essential oils and keep reading that there’s really no such thing as “therapeutic grade” EOs and it is just a marketing term. However, the oils I am currently using from our Natural Grocers store irritate our eyes if we diffuse them. They say 100% pure so I don’t know what the difference is. Thanks so much for your hard work!

    • I love Mountain Rose Herbs oils but get a lot of questions about other companies oils. I don’t like the YL/DT fight, but when I tried both, I preferred doTerra’s blends to Young Living’s. I think that both companies use their “therapeutic grade” as a marketing message even though it doesn’t really mean anything, and I hate that both brands seem to be so polarizing.

      • Thanks for a great post! I am taking an aromatherapy course and have to decide for myself the conflicting info I get, but I “feel” the art and science of aromatherapy is about to explode and the world needs to know about them and who better than from satisfied users.

  32. Do you recommend mixing a small batch of coconut oil with maybe frankincense or a combination of a couple different essential oils for a face cream and if so what would the ratios be?

  33. Hi Katie, I chose Young Living after extensive research. I love that they own farms, distill many of their own oils. The quality is unsurpassed. I love that they only use first distillations, because 2nd, 3rd distillations do not “balance the profile” it is simply a less expensive way to distill. Would you use the same coffee grounds several times and then mix all the batches together to drink? No – the first one is the best!

  34. I love your blog!!!! it is awesome I am new to eo but I have used YL, MRH, and native American or Rocky Mountain EO. I personally like NA eo the best. They are not a market selling company so the prices r reasonable. u might want to check them out. My thing with EOs is if it is doing what it should then it is good.

  35. Have you checked out Native American Nutritionals? I was doing some research and I believe this company to be one of the best right now. I had seriously considered doTerra until I read about this company.

    • Sherry, I read that same series on the comparison of the essential oil brands from whole new mom. I have started looking into Native American Nutritionals as well and wondered if you have tried them yet and what you thought of them if you had? Or any other commenters that have experienced NAN?

  36. Whole New Mom did a series on essential oils. Very informative as she was a rep for doTerra and YL as well. Check it out.

  37. Can anyone recommend a good oil diffuser?

    • Yes! I love my aroma diffuser from Young Living. Takes tap water, covers large area and is not loud at all. And it’s beautiful:)

    • Puritan’s Pride GreenAir SpaVapor. $24.99 with free shipping. Awesome little diffuser. Ours is going all the time.

  38. I have flat warts that have spread all over my legs from shaving and I also have them on my chest and face. Do you think I could dilute and put oregano on the bottoms of my feet sice spot treating them all would be a huge job?

    • Brooke-

      I had a recent friend with a wart problem. I suggested she used Oregano diluted with organic coconut oils and apply directly to the wart..


  39. Hi Katie! My daughter and I have recently started using EOs. However, we noticed that the Zendocrine has carrageenan in it. My daughter has leaky gut syndrome. She decided to try it, anyway. It doesn’t seem to be having any ill effects and my N.D. wants me to start taking as part of my protocol to help me detox. Will you please address this, as I value your opinion. BTW – we LOVE the oils!

  40. What do you know of Now Foods? I got that brand of peppermint oil on amazon for my toothpaste. What do you know about their company?

    • Yes, I like this question!
      Has anyone done any research on the NOW brand of oils that can be purchased from Amazon?
      I think the price is a definite benefit but don’t know if we are missing out by not buying the more expensive brands?


      • NOW brand is okay. From my research their oils are standardized, which means they mix them so that their chemical make-up is exactly the same from batch to batch. They aren’t the only company that does this. They are decent oils for decent prices. However, I would not buy them on Amazon unless they are shipped directly from the NOW company. There are too make fake supplements and essential oils being sold on Amazon.

  41. I like essential oils too and I believe that they have healing properties. One thing only I learned from an esthetician that is not good to use essential oils or any other fragrances on your face because they can be drying and irritating. A dry skin is the start of all problems so better avoid using essential oils, parfums, alcohol and dyes on your face.

    • Hmmm….I use melaleuca, lavender, and frankincense on my face regularly and have experienced many benefits! Melaleuca is excellent for acne, lavender is very soothing for itchy skin, and frankincense is good also for acne and for healing scars/sun spots. I use them “neat” and also in homemade lotion. It probably just depends on your skin type and also the quality of essential oils. If they’re EO’s that have artificial fillers and have been extracted using chemicals, then I can see how THOSE would be drying or irritating. But doTERRA’s don’t have any of that. Theirs are the only essential oils that I use now.

    • As to using EO on face…I acquired an eye disease last year after going in for an eye exam. There is no remedy or cure for it, have heard Doctors will give an Rx which doesn’t always work. I have used just about everything to ease the itching and dry flakes on my sensitive eyelids to no avail. For weeks I tried just Olive Oil and or Coconut oils, which were not effective. The only thing I have found which helps is 1] Bag Balm -which i use only when the lids have cracks. I’ve tried several EO Y.L. blends to no avail. What does work is a mixture of coconut oil with drops of Lavender. The majority of all my EO are from Natural Grocers/Seasons which carry the NOW brand. In all of my blends, they have been fine for my use. I even made a sleep blend which i use on the bottom of my feet at night. I also use two sprays on my pillow case with a mix of Lavender and Eucalypus EO.

  42. I loved the discussion. Also loved the debate. It is always good to hear each other on the essential oils. How boring if we all had the same thoughts. We are blessed to voice our opinions so freely. Isn’t it great.

  43. I don’t have any essential oils in my house right now, but I like to use them for homemade perfume!

    My aunt has an obsession with essential oils, and I think once she used lavender oil to speed the healing of a nasty dog bite she had on her calf.

  44. I have a couple warts on a foot and one on my hand. We are trying to get pregnant. Do you have a removal suggestion? The link to order page said oregano should be avoided.

    • I’ve heard that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on it will get rid of it, but I’ve never tried it myself.

  45. Hi Katie! Love your blog! I’m a breastfeeding momma and having trouble with producing enough milk for my second baby now. I heard a drop of fennel oil on each top of breast would help my production? Any advice or tips?

  46. We love your posts, “Wellness mama recommends…” is an all too familiar sentence starter in our home. We have tried many of your recipes and have maintained as best as we can a natural and chemical-free home thanks to your work. Thank you for introducing EO to my family. Continue the wonderful work!!! : )

  47. Can oregano oil be diluted in magnesium oil?
    I’d like to test it on my feet at night, I intuit that it could be great for my digestive system. It works great when I ingest it but it’s really not pleasant 🙂

    Love your blog and your podcast. I’ve learned a lot and you’ve made my life beautifully better.


  48. Hi Katie,
    I’m relatively new to your site and find it very informative. As I approach retirement age I’m looking to take steps towards the simpler and earthy life being able to escape the 9 to 5 grind stone. I notice that in several articles I have read that you refer to the “Essential Oils” and their many uses. Can you tell me / us where on line are the best places to obtain those oils and some of the other things you mention such as the bottles, roll on tubes and the like you use. Do you have a recommended brand for the essential oils?

    Thanks much for your time,

  49. Hi Kaitie-Love your blog! What do you think of the safety of essential oil use in personal products, such as lip balm? Do you dilute, use extract, etc? Thank you

  50. Thanks for the advice and a fun blog. When it comes to what oil company to chose I believe to educate yourself and to each their own;) I like a variation of company’s;) DoTerra YL mountain herb ect…. but im really curious about essential oil exchange? I love the information on their site and I have read that the quality and price is good. What do you think? I would appreciate your opinion if you have the time;) peace and love a Kelly….

  51. Hello Katie,
    I was curious on your post- you mentioned rubbing oil on the soles of the feet. I was confused by the comment because to me (And I’m just getting into all of this myself and by no means any type of expert) it just didn’t make sense, recently after looking around found that reflexology and aromatherapy seem to debate this issue quite heavily. Turns out rubbing the feet with essential oils espcially on children or the elderly can be exceptionally dangerous. Just wondering if you have ever looked into this?

    This is a good explaination from a reflexologist and aromatherapist that I found.

    Love you blog, thanks for the great info!


  52. Hi! I love reading your blogs and was also curious, as well as many others, about which diffuser you personally use. I am going back and forth and was just looking for some opinions! Thanks!

  53. I’m a Young Living user, in a very doTerra saturated town. I’d rather my friends use doTerra than some poison off the pharmacy shelf! I may not agree with how the other business was formed, and I may prefer personally that I can visit the farms where Young Living grows their plants….but seriously, I’d rather my friends use doTerra than poison!

    • Isn’t it wonderful to have choices and to be able to choose products based on our own criteria, wants, needs and opinions? Whether you use Young Living, doTerra, Native American Naturals, or some other brand of essential oil… we are all after the same goal: to live healthier lives using plant-based remedies and trying to avoid the use of synthetic drugs with their long list of side effects! (But even there, sometimes modern medicine is necessary and even life-saving. So, isn’t it nice that we have choices?)

  54. Hi Katie, I have on previous occasions asked for advice, and always had amazing answers. I live in South Africa and am in my seventies, and only started this natural living 6 months ago.
    I can still only say this must be one of the best sites I have ever visited, and say a huge thank you again.

    Be thankful you have so many choices, we certainly don’t have that here. Its incredibly difficult to even find similar products especially for these amazing recipes, we just don’t have it!!!!

    Thank you Kate you are an amazing woman.

  55. I just started into oils this past summer and decided to use Native American Nutritionals (and Rocky Mountain Oils … joint companies). Excellent products, high quality, 1st distills, no additives.
    Cost was a primary reaon as well. I specifically did NOT want to pay into a multi level marketing chain that has to support a multi-rung ladder of promotions, perks, and conventions. I just wanted to buy great oil for my self and my family!

  56. Hi Kate, may I pls ask for some advice?
    5 months after my beloved of 50 yrs passed away, I adopted a little Daschund. We nick name them sausage dogs, he is absolutely adorable.
    Now I was wondering if the eo I use in my diffuser, will they not be too strong for his sensitive nose? Sure don’t want to harm my new baby in any way.
    I use diff combinations, a. TTree and Lavender, Peppermint and Lavender, and Eucalyptus when the asthma is bothersome,
    Thanks for any advice
    greetings L

    • Lorraine-

      I have a puppy (Border Collie) and we diffuse essential oils daily. She doesn’t seemed to be bothered at all by it all. She loves the oranges and usually is very calm with the lavender! Puppy..calm…yeah, it is awesome!


  57. Hi Katie! I love how you make everything seem so easy! I would love to make a collection of my essential oil right away, however, I don’t know which are the necessary ones. I know the basic ones like lavender, lemon, etc. but I don’t know the other ones that are not popular that I might need. I would really love it if you make a list of all of your essential oils! Do you have more than 20? I would definitely go and buy what’s in your list! Thank you so much!

    • Jamie-

      I just purchased my first set of oils and of course I wanted most of all the basics…I found the perfect kit called the “Family Physician Kit” which includes 5 ml bottles of each Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen®, and On Guard.

      I hope this helps!


  58. Hi, is this a silly question. Im pregant and purchased a natural cleaning solution for toilet. It has pine, lemon and eucalyptus oil, as the last ingredients. Im assuming they are in miunte amounts, and safe.

    Whats the standard for cleaning products in pregnancy. Any thoughts?

  59. Hello Katie,

    My 72 year old father has Stage 4 Melanoma and I am researching alternative treatments to compliment the traditional treatment path he is on. I have read that Frankincense and Idaho balsam fir may be beneficial. Do you know anything about essential oils to prevent tumor growth?


    PS My husband and I used Oil of Oregano, based on one of your posts, when we thought we were getting sick and we felt fine by the next day! What is the safe amount to use orally?

  60. Hi Katie – (or any other readers)

    What books or resources do you recommend for learning about Essential Oils and using them safely. I would like to incorporate using them more, but I feel very strongly about treating them like any other “medicine” from a safety standpoint. I am trying to find a couple books to keep on hand to help me learn the benefits and precautions to take when using these with my family. Thanks!

    • Maci-

      You can find a lot of information on the Doterra website with some pretty awesome videos of how the oils are made. 🙂

      You can also order the book from Amazon “Modern Essential Oils” for close to $20 (includes shipping) which tells you what oils to use for certain conditions (this book is my baby).

      Hope this helps!

  61. You mention that you use OnGuard when mopping floors. Can you tell me your recipe for that? I love OnGuard and would love to clean my floors with it. Thanks!!

  62. Hello Katie, Really very nice blog! I would like to use “lemon essential oil” and “oregano”. Thanks for sharing such a great info with us.

  63. Are there any oils that you recommend that I could buy from Whole Foods? Do you only buy oils online? Also, did you ever finish the post about the diffusers? Thanks again! I love your blog! I made the toothpaste with my daughter and we loved it.

  64. I have recently discovered essential oils. I have been doing some research because it is something I definitely want to invest in. Any recommendations for a beginner like me on brands or which oils to purchase first??

    I am not looking to spend a ton of money, as some can get pricey. I need a direction! Help!

  65. Hi Katie!
    You mention oils like rosemary and eucalyptus. I have read that both of those should not be used with babies and young children. However I am not sure what is meant by “used”. I would only diffuse a small amount of oils in the most open area of the house and maybe put a few drops in cleaning solutions. I was not planning on using them topically or anything. Do you think that can be harmful to children? Of course I would not use them at all around babies under 6 months of age – not even for diffusing. I know you have young children, so I was curious about your opinion.
    Thanks in advance!

  66. Hi Katie,
    Can I apply lavender and onguard together on the bottom of my 15 month olds feet? Wasn’t sure if the two could be used together.

  67. Love your stuff, Katie! How young would you say is safe to use Oregano Oil on a little one? Internally and/or topically? Nasty tummy bug going through our house, and I’ve read that it’s such a powerful antiviral!

  68. What kind of test did you have to show that you were clean of parasites? I had 3 test and they all came back negative and yet I saw for myself and still am feeling and fighting them. From what I understand, it’s hard to test for parasites because they often don’t show up on conventional and even the naturopathic’s Genova tests. They hide where a doctor can’t see them. Parasites are not limited to the digestive track. I know because I have them with their die off infections in every opening in my body, literally! Anyway, if you are feeling well and have good appetites, not overeating, not undereating, no rashes or allergies, nor infections, then you are probably ok! Because they are saying now that most of North America is no different than the 3rd world, up to 95% of people have them to some degree. I started a parasite cleanse, that’s how I found out! I unearthed them! Of course I wasn’t feeling well and had urinary tract infections for the 1st time in my life. Anyway… we can’t be too sure by a regular stool test. Blessings to you and yours.

  69. When you add peppermint to toothpaste do you dilute in a carrier oil first or add the pure oil straight into the recipe? I am new to oils and just want to make sure I am understanding it right. I added it straight in.

    • My toothpaste recipes contain oil so I just mix it in (it will dilute in the mixture) but you could dilute first if you wanted to.

  70. I am a Lavender loyalist though I also love eucalyptus, teat tree and lemon oils.

  71. I have been using Edens Garden for years. Does anyone else use them ? I like their mission statement. Reasonably priced too.

  72. Would diffusing DoTerra OnGuard or Breathe not be safe for my 14 month old and 3 year old? Was thinking about buying them but not sure anymore.

    • They’re not safe for children under age 10. They contain oils that can suppress breathing. I love Plant Therapy’s Kid Safe line. Safe for ages 2 and up. Plant Therapy has safe usage information which a lot of companies don’t. They also provide test reports for their oils so that you know what you’re getting is pure.

  73. Just wondering if there is a recommended shelf life for essential oils. A kind friend gave me 6 bottles of essential oils that she used in her work at a nursing home for crafts. Only problem is that I know they are over 6 years old. I wouldn’t use them in personal products because of their age but curious if they could still be used safely in cleaning product recipes or a diffuser? They smell fine and I have kept them in a cool dark place.

    • If they still have labels, I would look up the manufacturer and see if they have expiration dates or shelf life recommendations.

    • Every oil is different. Citrus oils have a short shelf life so I definitely wouldn’t use those. There are charts that show the shelf life of various oils, but 6 years is too long for most oils.

  74. I have never heard of any of the company’s but I could contact one of the companies of the newer oils I have in my collection. Thanks for the idea.

  75. Have you tried Purify Skin Therapy essential oils and if so what are your thoughts on them?

    • I’ve been wanting to try those too! They just don’t have enough positive reviews to trust it. My naturopath recommends doTerra. I guess for now that’ll do, until I grain enough trust to try PST.

  76. I have been slowly trying to switch my family over to using more EO’s in our home and for our health and this article has been very helpful! I recently started using a blend of lavender and lime with some unscented lotion at night to help me sleep and it has been wonderful. The lavender is so calming and the lime helps keep my nose from getting stuffy, the two together have been magic for me. Especially since I have not been a huge fan of the scent of lavender in the past. I have used several different brands but the one I use exclusively now is Better Essentials (www.betteressentials.com) because they have very high quality oils but not the high price or a MLM. (Doesn’t hurt that they have a great first order promo code, WELCOME, that will save you an extra 40% off!) Thanks again for your great article, now I am going to go put some Oregano in my husbands’ shoes!

  77. I would like to thank Wellness Mama for all the hard work and dedication she has done on various topics for all of us to learn, and greatly benefit from her work. I personally feel that her site is a very trusted source, and when I want to learn something I usually go to her page. As a mother of 4, I admire her for being so dedicated to her work and her young family.
    With that being said I am in great need of recommendations for a diffuser. I have a very large house so I could actually use several diffusers. I have looked at the diffusers that cost $100 each and wondered if it’s worth it with me needing several. I have been wanting to get some for several months but have kept putting it off because I don’t know what to get. I would greatly appreciate any recommendations anyone might have.

  78. Would like to know more about what oils would help me with my emphysema to help me breathe better

  79. Hey
    Thnaks for the post.

    Which brand do you use in Oregano oil ?

    Best regards

      • I love this webite very good tips and things I have never heard of such as the remineralization of toothpaste. I use Young Living Essential Oils, I have been using them exclusively since 2007.FUnnything I clicked on the link on where you buy your essential oils and it took me to my place i buy my herbal teas from – Mountain Rose. Ive been using Young Living EO’s for the sole reason of the dedication,stringent guidelines and uncompromising stance Mr Young Takes. It may cost me a little more than most, but im good with that as long as the quality is there. Thanks for this great post!

  80. Living Libations is another high quality EO company that is not a MLM. I love their lavender and frankincense as I’ve tried both from other companies and definately prefer LL’s

  81. I noticed in another one of you posts, you mentioned that cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus oils are not good for young children. However DoTerra OnGuard and Young Living Thieves oil, contain both of these oils and you said you use OnGuard in a diffuser and in cleaning products? Why are these oils okay in the preblended oils? Are they diluted to a safe amount?

  82. Hello Katie. I undetstand citrus oils should not be diffused because citrus can eat plastic. Is it ok to diffuse Thieves Oil (a mock version of it)? I ask because it has lemon in it. Thank you.

  83. I as searching for the OnGuard Essential Oil and could not find it on the Mountain Rose Herbs. Where do you purchase the OnGuard Essential Oil?

    Thanks for your help!