March 27, 2023

Essential Oils Guide – Which Oil is Good for What?

Cinnamon Leaf Oil. Musky, spicy aroma. Potent – typically only a few drops are needed. Germicidal, disinfectant properties. Antifungal. Repels insects. Blood purifier. Mood lifter, energizing. Do not ingest cinnamon leaf oil – this is not the same as the cinnamon in our spice cabinet. Cinnamon Leaf Oil is also not the same as its more expensive and exotic cousin, cinnamon bark oil – typically used in making perfumes.

Clove Oil. Comforting, earthy, spicy. Stimulating, fatigue fighter, aphrodisiac. Potent. Relieves depression and anxiety. Antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. Purifies the blood, boosts the immune system and increases bloodflow. Alleviates headaches and earaches. Known to relieve dental problems when used in a mouthwash. Repels insects, such as bedbugs. This article details some excellent homeopathic uses for clove oil.

Eucalyptus Oil. Stimulates with a tingling sensation. Well known as an expectorant, stimulates immunity and promotes healing. Dilates the blood vessels, is antimicrobial, antiseptic and analgesic (relieves pain). Useful in a diffuser or vaporizer for overnight aid in breathing and healing. Also effective in the bath, or when inhaled as steam.

Geranium Oil. Pleasant, floral scent – like a combo of rose and citrus. Astringent, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, deodorant, diuretic. Known to balance hormones and mood. Add a few drops to a base of jojoba oil for massage or as an after-bath skin treatment. Cures depression and anxiety, reduces irritation and inflammation. Used to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, fights dementia and Alzheimer’s. Tightens the skin and tones the muscles. Speeds healing of the skin by increasing bloodflow, yet also effective as a styptic which slows down bleeding.

Lavender Oil. A soothing, mild aroma. Sedative in nature. Is frequently used to promote a sense of calm and well being. Anti-depressive as well as anti-anxiety – balances. Diffuse throughout the home to promote relaxation. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial – highly effective when applied topically for skin infection and nail fungus. Used to detoxify cells. A highly informative article on lavender oil can be found here.

Lemon Oil. Fresh, invigorating. Balances the mood by being both stimulating yet calming. Antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, detoxifying. Perfect for cleaning and stain removal applications. Promotes clear thinking and increases concentration. Soothes the stomach, reduces heartburn, reduces stomach cramps. Detoxifies the liver, kidneys and digestive system. Fights infection by stimulating white blood cells and improving circulation. Combats stress and fatigue, reduces nervous tension.

Orange Oil. Sweet, citrus aroma. Promotes cellular regeneration. Eases stress, promotes relaxation yet also invigorates the mind. Aids digestion. Anti-depression, anti-anxiety. Diuretic and detoxifying. Increases blood circulation to the skin when used topically. Repels insects. Ideal for a room mist, and mixed in soaps, lotions and shampoos. Orange oil that comes from the peel of the orange should be distinguished from oil of the orange flower, which is known as neroli.

Oregano Oil. Pungent odor. Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic. Heals the digestive system. Eases sore throat and the common cold. Controls yeast overgrowth. Stimulates bile production which helps the body fight intestinal parasites. Alleviates allergies and sinus conditions. Eases arthritis. Aids healing of skin conditions such as rashes, psoriasis, scabies, dandruff, canker sores and ringworm. Used as an insect repellent. Rub on bottoms of feet to bolster immunity and improve overall health.

Rosemary Oil. Powerful, pungent aroma. Stimulating, boosts immunity. Improves concentration and combats depression and fatigue. Disinfectant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory. Speeds overall healing of the body. Aids in digestion of meats in particular. Relieves flatulence, constipation, cramps and bloating. Detoxifies the liver by increasing bile production. Stimulates scalp follicles for new hair growth. Proven to decrease cortisol in the saliva. May reverse dementia. A treatment for rheumatism and arthritis. More info can be found at

Patchouli Oil. Earthy and grounding. Anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, wards off the common cold. Is said to relieve anxiety and promote relaxation. Treats dermatitis, acne, dandruff and other skin conditions. Effective as a deodorant, and a diuretic that purges impurities from the body. Commonly used as an insecticide. Works to kill the influenza virus. Regulates hormones. For more information check out this article from Dr. Mercola.

Peppermint Oil. A fresh, invigorating aroma. Cooling – makes the skin tingle on contact. Promotes calm, increases mental clarity while invigorating the senses. Anti-nausea. Aids in digestion. Anti-microbial, antiseptic, analgesic. Improves dental health and freshens breath. Relieves muscle pain such as that which occurs from fibromyalgia. Expectorant. Useful in treating colds to promote clear lungs. May benefit students with ADD. Repels bugs, mice and lice. Effective for joint therapy, clearing sinuses, alleviating itch and allergies, treating a headache. Balances hormones.

Pine Oil. Pungent, pleasant. Stimulating. Antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal. Eases muscle stiffness. Diuretic – helps to cleans the body of toxins via the kidneys. Antioxidant and analgesic. Effective as a topical skin treatment, and to help cure the common cold and flu. Some people are sensitive to pine oil, and so a spot test should be administered and care taken to choose only the purest of essential oil products.

Thyme Oil. Pungent and spicy. Stimulant. Anti-carcinogenic – currently being tested for use in anti-cancer drugs. Antibacterial – kills bacteria on contact, thus useful as a household cleaner and as a treatment for bacterial illness. Diuretic – helps remove toxins from the body by way of the kidneys. Normalizes blood pressure – treating both high and low conditions. Beneficial to the heart and arteries. Relieves gastrointestinal distress and kills candida (yeast) in the body. Promotes fertility, delays menopause, effectively treats PMS and premenopause symptoms. Antispasmodic. Bolsters metabolism, increases hormone production. Used as an insecticide. Read more.

Interested in purchasing Organic Essential Oils in Warren County or North Hunterdon County, NJ? Elizabeth North works as an independent rep for DoTerra Organic Essential Oils. Contact her at 517.899 9427 or email for more information about purchasing DoTerra oils today.

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