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Quick Guide to the Top 10 "Must Have" Essential Oils


People ask me all the time "which oils are best to start with" and unless they are seeking specific or targeted personal wellness needs, I refer them to the Top 10 essential oils. Experts agree these are the best must-have essential oils to provide overall wellness supporting common ailments whilst complement products in your medicine cabinet.

So what are these top 10, and what can they be used for?

Lavender

Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Primary Benefits

  • Soothes occasional skin irritations

  • Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feelings and promotes peaceful sleep

  • Helps ease feelings of tension.*

Uses

  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.

  • Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.

  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.

  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*

  • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

Lemon

The top-selling doTERRA essential oil, Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home.

Primary Benefits

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces

  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*

  • Supports healthy respiratory function*

  • Promotes a positive mood

Uses

  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*

  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces.

  • Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.

  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.

  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.

  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

Peppermint

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. A high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products.

Primary Benefits

  • When ingested, promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing*

  • Promotes digestive health when taken internally*

  • Repels bugs naturally

Uses

  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.

  • Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*

  • Add a drop to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.

  • Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.

Tea Tree

Also known as Melaleuca, this essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree have been used by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia for centuries. They would apply crushed leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Tea Tree is best known for its purifying properties.

Primary Benefits

  • Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin

  • Promotes healthy immune function when used internally*

  • Ingest to protect against environmental and seasonal threats*

Uses

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil onto affected area.

  • Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.*

  • Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.

  • Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.

  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

Frankincense

Often called the “king of oils,” Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness when used aromatically, while topical and internal uses provide modern health benefits.*

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits.* In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin.

Primary Benefits

  • Ingest to support healthy cellular function*

  • Aroma promotes feelings of relaxation

  • Helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections when applied topically

  • Supports healthy immune, nervous, and digestive function when taken internally*

Uses

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.

  • Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.

  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.

  • Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.*

Oregano

Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional practices. The primary chemical components of Oregano is carvacrol, a phenol that possesses antioxidant properties when ingested. Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with a carrier oil when applied to the skin.

Primary Benefits

  • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent

  • Supports a healthy immune system, healthy digestion, and respiratory function when used internally*

  • Offers powerful antioxidants when ingested*

Uses

  • Take one drop in a veggie cap or 4 fl. oz of liquid daily to maintain healthy immune function.*

  • Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.*

  • Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.

  • Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.

Breathe (Respiratory Blend)

A popular essential oil blend, doTERRA Breathe's refreshing aroma can be used to create feelings of clear, easy breathing.

doTERRA Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara.

Primary Benefits

  • Maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing

  • Promotes a restful nights sleep

  • Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats

Uses

  • Diffuse, inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest or feet when seasonal and environmental threats are high.

  • Use when outdoors to minimize the effects of seasonal threats.

  • Diffuse at bedtime for a restful environment.

Digestzen (Digestive Blend

DigestZen is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating.*

This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion when used internally*

  • Consume to soothe occasional stomach upset*

  • Take orally to help reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion*

Uses

  • Add a few drops to water to take internally.*

  • Rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.

  • Take DigestZen internally when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.*

  • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*

OnGuard (Protective Blend)

As one of doTERRA's most popular oils, doTERRA On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.

doTERRA On Guard, a proprietary essential oil blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support when used internally.*

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*

  • Protects against environmental threats*

  • Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*

  • Promotes healthy circulation*

  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

Uses

  • Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for an immune boost.*

  • Add to water for an effective all-purpose surface cleaner.