5 Essential Oils I Use Daily

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I get more questions about essential oils than almost any other topic, probably because they’ve gained such immense popularity. 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.
Five Essential Oils I use Daily

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 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)
  • Diluted topically for killing ringworm
  • Massaged on feet to help deal with intestinal parasites
  • Diluted to help remove warts
  • Diluted on sore muscles to speed muscle recovery

5. Disinfectant Blend

The use a specific blend called Germ Destroyer from my go-to brand of oils. Best of all, it is designed to be kid-safe so I don’t have to worry about safety. It contains spruce hemlock, marjoram, lavender, rosalina, and lemon. It smells divine and is naturally disinfecting.

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
  • To freshen air and fabrics in the car (here’s how)

Where I Get My Essential Oils

I have been using Plant Therapy as my source for essential oils because they are backed by Robert Tisserand and have a ton of solid information about how to use essential oils on their blog. I especially love their Kid-Safe Blends which make buying oils for use around a family so much easier.

Another excellent source for essential oils is Vibrant Blue Oils. They have very high quality, targeted blends designed to help a wide range of conditions. You can find out more about their products on this Wellness Mama Podcast episode. Their oils are blends designed to be used for a specific purpose and are therapeutic dose.

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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


165 responses to “5 Essential Oils I Use Daily”

  1. Meghan Avatar

    Hello! How do you store your oils? Do you put them in the fridge or do you leave them at room temperature.

  2. Victoria Avatar

    I remember you used to recommend Mountain Rose Herbs also. Do you still recommend their oils?

  3. Johanna Scalzo Avatar
    Johanna Scalzo

    My husband is severely depressed and I want to try oils on him. I have a nebulizer and one with water. Which oils are the best?

  4. Nora Avatar

    What are your thoughts on Young Living oils? How did you change your diets to prevent sunburn?

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      While I have used many different brands of essential oils over the years, I’m not a fan of any of the network marketing companies, as their oils are over-priced and not as high quality as Plant Therapy or Eden’s Garden.

  5. Marie Grace Avatar
    Marie Grace

    I would like to know which brand of essential oils you use. I have done a lot of research and I am just curious to know which ones you use. Thank you.

  6. Niki Bowen Avatar
    Niki Bowen

    Hi Katie! I have a question about what brand of EO’s you use – I could have sworn you use Rocky Mountain Oils, but I see now it’s Plant Therapy. I use RMO myself but I’ve never tried Plant Therapy. Why the switch? Would love to know your thoughts!

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      I used Mountain Rose Herb oils for a long time (and still do) but their shipping prices are quite expensive and it takes a long time to get them in. I’ve been using Plant Therapy and Eden’s Garden primarily for about two years now though…

  7. lala Avatar

    Hi – I use many different oils and noticed the links to oils on this site are more budget friendly. Can you offer advice on how to determine the best source for oils?

  8. Katie Avatar

    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!

  9. Tami Matz Avatar
    Tami Matz

    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.

  10. Elizabeth Avatar

    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?

  11. Harmony Avatar

    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

  12. Sus Avatar

    Thnaks for the post.

    Which brand do you use in Oregano oil ?

    Best regards

      1. Jerry Perez Avatar
        Jerry Perez

        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!

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