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Essential Oils for Beginners
This simple essential oils for beginners guide will help you figure out where to start with essential oils. Before I say anything else – don’t worry. I’m not trying to get you to buy anything from me. Or to join my team. Or to be a “member” of something.
This is simply a list of the most popular essential oils, what they are used for, and where you can find them. I know that figuring out where to start with essential oils can be confusing, I’m here to help!
I started using essential oils almost 10 years ago. They weren’t as popular back then as they are now, but I was definitely hooked. I am not going to tell you that essential oils can cure every ailment (they can’t) but they are very handy! I love using essential oils for cleaning, diffusing, and more.
Top 10 Essential Oils for Beginners and their uses
1. Lavender oil
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils. It is one of the best essential oils for beginners because it can be used for so many things. It’s almost safe to use around children, although it should go without saying that children shouldn’t play with essential oils. Lavender oil can be used to help you sleep better, and diffusing it can create a calmer environment in your home.
Lavender oil is also great for sunburns and minor bumps and scratches. I love adding a few drops of lavender oil in the bathtub, along with some Epsom salts. It’s one of my favorite forms of self-care. Check out more self-care tips for busy moms here.
2. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is another great starter oil. I love using tea tree oil in a DIY cleaner. It is antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antibiotic.
3. Chamomile oil
Chamomile oil is great for relaxation. Choose Roman chamomile if you plan to use it around children. Roman chamomile is more gentle than German chamomile. It can be used for young babies and is often used in homemade diaper spray solutions to soothe diaper rash.
Roman chamomile is another excellent oil for diffusing in your home.
4. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus essential oil can help support respiratory health. I make a DIY “Vicks”-style solution with eucalyptus and coconut oil. Take caution using this oil around children, some may have reactions to it. Eucalyptus is a stronger oil, so make sure to dilute it as it can cause irritation on the skin.
If anyone has a cold, I like to add a small amount in the diffuser. I also use a little bit of my DIY chest rub on their chests and/or feet. These tricks combined with fresh juice or tea with citrus are a great way to combat a cold.
5. Lemon oil
Lemon essential oil is a great antibacterial and anti-fungal oil. It also smells amazing! If you are coming down with a cold, rub it in the palms of your hands and inhale. Lemon oil is great to use in homemade cleaners and even laundry detergent.
6. Frankincense oil
Frankincense oil is great for the skin and is often used in DIY facial creams. This is a more expensive oil, so if you find a great price it is almost certainly diluted. Make sure to watch for that when you purchase this wonderful oil.
7. Peppermint oil
Peppermint essential oil can soothe sore muscles and even headaches. I don’t take any kind of pain relievers anymore, I simply use peppermint oil. If I have a headache (which I rarely do) I will add a couple drops to some coconut oil and rub it on my forehead.
This is a stronger oil, so again take care when using it on your skin. Make sure to dilute it well. It can also be sprinkled around the doors in your home to deter ants from entering. I wrote a post with the best uses for peppermint essential oil if you want to read more about this oil.
8. Citronella oil
Citronella is a well-known mosquito repellent. It’s very easy to make your own citronella candles or bug spray using this oil.
9. Lemongrass oil
Not to be confused with lemon essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil is a common insect repellent. It can also help with digestive issues. You can use a combination of lemongrass and citronella in a DIY insect repellent. The combination of these oils (diluted in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut) works just as well as anything you can buy, without the nasty chemicals.
10. Orange oil
Orange essential oil is one of the best essential oils for beginners because who doesn’t love the smell of oranges? It helps circulation and can also be used when cleaning your home. It’s also very inexpensive, which makes it a great essential oil for beginners!
More on where to start with essential oils
Now that you know the top 10 essential oils for beginners, let’s dive a little deeper into essential oils.
Where to buy essential oils
My favorite brand of essential oils is Plant Therapy, with Aura Cacia being a close second. I love that both of these brands are highly rated and easily accessible. Independent testing has been done that shows both of these brands are just as good as the MLM brands, so there is no need to spend more!
I do recommend doing your research because some essential oils truly are of lower quality. The good news is that you can purchase either Plant Therapy or Aura Cacia on Amazon. This essential oils starter kit from Plant Therapy features 6 of the top 10 essential oils for beginners, and they’re organic!
I personally have this 14 oil set, which features everything mentioned in this blog post, plus a few more. Aura Cacia has a discover essential oils set, featuring tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils.
Which diffuser to use
Let’s quickly switch gears and talk about diffusers. One of the easiest ways to use essential oils as a beginner is to diffuse them. My favorite diffuser is this Zen diffuser by Greenair. I have tried many diffusers and this has been my favorite. Many other diffusers have broke after a few months but I’ve had this one for almost 2 years with no issues. Greenair has many other options for diffusers and I’d highly recommend that brand.
I also like the diffuser that comes with the Young Living starter kit, but it’s really pricey. I had one that I used for a while, but it broke and I really don’t want to spend the money to replace it. You can buy one on Amazon but I could get 3 Greenair diffusers for the same price. It’s slightly better, but not 3x better!
Using essential oils safely
I am not an expert, but I personally do not recommend ingesting essential oils. They are extremely potent and should not be ingested unless under the advice of an expert. Someone who sells essential oils for an MLM is not an expert. Both of the large MLM companies have seen a lot of criticism due to recommending unsafe practices.
I would start by using essential oils in your household products, diffusing them and using them topically. If you do want to ingest essential oils, I would recommend finding a certified aromatherapist for more guidance.
Always be careful using essential oils around children. Some experts believe that kids should be 5 or 6 before being exposed to oils like peppermint and eucalyptus. Plant Therapy has a “kid safe” line, which makes finding safe essential oils very simple
You should also be very cautious using essential oils around pets. As with anything else, you should always do your research. Essential oils should be used sparingly, if at all, around cats. If I am going to diffuse an oil, I make sure that the cat is in another room. I will also let the room “air out” for a while after I stop diffusing before I let her in again.
Now you’re ready to get started with essential oils
I hope this list helps you figure out where to start with essential oils. These 10 essential oils for beginners are a great place to start. It would be a lie to say that essential oils can cure every ailment, but they do have many amazing uses! Essential oils can set a positive atmosphere and improve your mood. They can relieve headaches, skin irritations, and inflammation. They are a safer alternative to candles, especially those containing chemicals. How will you use essential oils?