The Top 20 List of Essential Oils

Essential oils can promote health and cleanliness while working together to cover a great variety of everyday needs.
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Top 20 Essential Oils and What They Are Used For.

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  1. Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils. It can be used to help you sleep better, and give you fast relief when you have a sunburn.

  2. Tea tree oil is great to have on hand for adding to vinegar and using the mixture to clean your home. It is antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antibiotic.
  3. Chamomile oil is great for relaxation. Roman chamomile is more gentle than German chamomile, so it can be used for young babies, and is often used in homemade diaper spray solutions to soothe diaper rash.
  4. Eucalyptus oil helps support respiratory health. Those suffering from asthma, bronchitis and even the common cold can benefit from diffusing this or applying it topically in diluted form.
  5. Lemon oil is a great antibacterial and anti-fungal oil. If you are coming down with a cold, rub it in the palms of your hands and inhale. You can even add several drops to your load of laundry to help disinfect it.

  6. Frankincense oil is great for the skin and often used in homemade facial creams. It can be applied topically to swollen areas and used as an anti-inflammatory.
  7. Peppermint oil can soothe sore muscles and relieve bad breath. It can also be sprinkled around the doors in your home to deter ants from entering.
  8. Clove oil has antiseptic properties and can be used to relieve tooth pain while you are waiting for an emergency dentist appointment.
  9. Grapefruit oil is a detoxifier and can be diluted and applied to cellulite-laden areas of the body to help release toxins from fat cells.
  10. Ginger oil helps relieve nausea. It can also be diluted and applied to painful areas in order to experience relief.
  11. Ylang ylang oil has a beautiful smell and is often used as a natural perfume. It also benefits relaxation and healthy skin.
  12. Cedarwood oil can be used to clarify the skin and is a repellent for ticks, flies, and gnats.
  13. Citronella oil is a well-known mosquito repellent, but can also treat fevers and headaches.

  14. Lemongrass oil is a common insect repellent, and can also help with digestive issues.
  15. Geranium oil is great for the skin and also helps balance hormones.
  16. Orange oil helps circulation and can also be used when cleaning your home, as it is not harsh and damaging to surfaces.
  17. Lime oil is beneficial to diffuse when you need to stay alert. It can be added to shampoo to prevent scalp issues such as lice.
  18. Rosemary oil has become the go-to oil for hair growth, by adding it to a carrier oil and applying it to the scalp.
  19. Myrrh oil is great for skin health and also fights and protects against parasites when ingested.
  20. Thyme oil is used for respiratory health and is antibacterial, which makes it great for use when fighting illness or cleaning the kitchen.


If you are building your essential oil collection these would be the ones you should invest in.


Now it is your turn, please tell me your favorite uses for essential oils.

To Your Health,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

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24 thoughts on “The Top 20 List of Essential Oils”

  1. This is interesting bits of information to learn. I am a fan of tea tree oil. Lavender oil is vital when there are young kids in the home. It works well for both them and the adults needing extra help to relax.

  2. I am new to essential oils and have just started making my own cleaners. I am loving the scent and freshness of orange oil in my cleaning. It is easy and cheap!

  3. Great list of essential oils! I do use frankincense in my DIY face serum. And I’m glad to learn that peppermint keeps ants away. I’ll try that this summer.

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  4. I love using essential oils for everything! I use a blend in my diffuser during the day for energy and focus and at night for calm and sleep. I use them to make cleaning supplies and even to help my dog with anxiety during storms.

  5. Such a great starter list! I also use oregano a lot! Especially for anything viral. I hate the smell of lavender oil and only use it on burns. We use tea tree oil in our diaper rash cream and spray as well as any healing ointments. Each of these have so many amazing uses!

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.