100 Essential Oil Uses and Their Remedies Checklist

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Essential oils have enhanced and brightened many individual’s lives for thousands of years now, providing various benefits for the user including aromatherapy, cosmetic and dietary uses. Essentials oils are an important part of many people’s lives in relation to their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

Extracted through the process of steam distillation, resin tapping and cold pressing from plants essential oils are created. These oils can then be used in a whole host of ways such as dietary additions, topical applications and aromatic diffusions, while promoting health and wellness for you and your family. Helping to cure ailments and provide strengths such as:
  • Improving uneven skin complexions and skin conditions.
  • Stimulates cellular renewal for faster healing of cuts, burns, minor wounds and bruises.
  • Eases both aches and pains for the user.
  • Some essential oils can help to balance and maintain moods and feelings.
  • Fighting bacterias, fungi and other forms of infections.
  • Relaxing and stress busting effects upon the user, meaning they can also be useful in treating anxiety.
  • Multi-purpose oils which can also be used within homemade cleaning products/ mixtures.
  • Some essential oils can prevent and kill pests such as slugs, worms and small bugs.
  • Bathtime scrubs can be massively enhanced with the use of a essential oil, benefitting the skin beautifully.
  • Oils can also be used to create great tasting teas and health boosting drinks.

These uses listed above are just a small example of the potential which essential oils hold, so read on to find out 100 uses and remedies which could benefit you!

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Our 100 Essential Oil Uses and Remedies Checklist!

Essential Oils for Mold

Reduce back and neck pains

Natural  Pain Reliever   

By using essential oils such as peppermint, ginger and cypress you can combine with coconut oil to create a perfect deep penetrating rub. Simply use as a massage oil on the area affected when pain begins to spike, and wash away with a damp cloth or take a shower.

Kick the cold and flu symptoms faster

Easy Breathing Booster

To help treat cold and flu symptoms try taking a few drops of oregano oil and frankincense a few times daily until you feel better.

Improve allergies

Essential Oil Improve Allergies

Rub lavender oil into your wrists and palms, inhaling deeply each time you feel allergy symptoms arising.

Reduce and improve pregnancy morning sickness.

Morning Sickness

Inhale either orange, lemon or ginger oil each time you begin to suffer from morning sickness. The best way to keep the scent around you is to add a few drops into a handkerchief and carry it round with your in the mornings.

Boost the immune system

Immune Booster

To boost your immune system simply add one drop of oregano oil to coconut or olive oil and rub onto the bottom of your feet each day, either in the mornings or before bed.

Muscle rub lotions

The Lotion

Mix eucalyptus oil with wintergreen oil to an unscented lotion and apply to any aching muscles.

Lose weight quicker

The best essential oils for weight loss

Use essential oils as daily supplements to curb appetite. Try a mix of grapefruit, ginger and cinnamon oil.

Treat poison oak or ivy

Essential oils for poison ivy

Rub peppermint oil onto the area poisoned.

Soothe a painful/ peeling sunburn

Soothe a painful/ peeling sunburn

Use chamomile oil and apply topically to the peeling skin and sunburn.

Heal blistered skin

Heal blistered skin

By using a few drops of teatree oil onto the affected areas you can treat blistering and painful skin.

Treat head lice and prevent them from returning

Kills Head Lice

Simply add a few drops of tea tree oil to your usual shampoo and conditioners.

Relieve PMS symptoms

Irregular Menstruation:

Apply a few essential oils onto a warm, damp hand towel and apply directly onto the abdomen area. We recommend using basil, rosemary and sage for this treatment.

Helps aid in treating painful period cramps

Helps aid in treating painful period cramps

To treat painful period cramps simply repeat the above (number 12) method but substitute the essential oils we recommended for ylang ylang oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil. Or you can simply use any one of those three oils and directly rub into the area that is painful for you with period cramping.

Treats ringworm

Treats ringworm

Use three drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of coconut oil, mix the two together and use topically onto the affected area.

Arthritis relief for chronic sufferers

Prevents Arthritis

Massage essential oils onto the areas suffering from arthritis.

Curb food cravings

Inhale cinnamon oil to help curb food cravings

Inhale cinnamon oil to help curb food cravings, as well as improve blood sugar levels in the body.

Improve circulation

Improve circulation

Add around 10-15 drops of grapefruit essential oil, or alternatively eucalyptus oil, to a hot bath.

Eczema and psoriasis creams

Eczema and psoriasis creams

Mix a few drops of lavender oil with shea butter and apply to the damaged skin and affected area.

Reduces fever

The Oil Can Reduce Fever

To reduce your fever add a small amount of peppermint oil and lavender oil to a warm cloth and pat your body down all over -especially on your forehead.

Helps in reducing motion sickness/ travel sickness

Motion Sickness Blend

Ginger essential oil can be super effective when trying to treat both motion and travel illnesses. Simply apply a small amount to your wrist or sleeve cuff and inhale when struggling with feelings of sickness.

Energizes your workout

Energizes your workout

To reduce fatigue try inhaling peppermint before working out.

Helps to limit hangover symptoms

Treatment of Hangover

Run a warm bath and add a few drops of juniper berry, cedarwood and rosemary to improve feelings and help return to a normal functioning.

Limit a teeth grinding habit

Limit a teeth grinding habit

Rub lavender oil onto your feet and behind your ears before bed.

Improve a person’s concentration

Improve a person’s concentration

To improve your concentration inhale bergamot, grapefruit as well as peppermint oil to help throughout the day.

Used in sore feet soaks

Foot Soak

Add peppermint oil to a foot soak.

Can be used to treat painful bruises

What Dark Bruises

You can use essential oils in your hot compresses to help treat and reduce pain of bruises.

Can be used to treat asthma

For Asthma or Hay Fever

To treat asthma you can create homemade vapo rubs by using peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and coconut oil on the chest area.

Strengthen your digestion

Healthy Digestion

To improve your digestion take ginger and fennel essential oil to support digestion and improve bowel movements.

Soothe bug bites

Soothe bug bites

Lavender can be used on bug bites to soothe and calm the itchiness/ pain.

Heal scalds and burns

Helps Burns To Heal

By combining aloe vera with lavender oil you can create the perfect burn salve.

Repair broken bones

Garlic can make our bones healthier

To aid in the repair of broken bones apply helichrysum, fir and cypress oils to the area.

-we’re not so sure on the effectiveness of this one, so use with caution!

Note: do not apply these oils onto open wounds and broken skin.

Cure a stubborn cough

Cough and Cough so More

Eucalyptus oil is known for it’s strong ability in opening the airways and clearing the nasal passages of blockages.

Headache relief

Coffee Can Cause Headaches

Apply either lavender oil or peppermint oil to the temples and rub for a few minutes.

Use in homemade toothpastes

Use in homemade toothpastes

To create a homemade toothpaste mix together peppermint oil, sea salt, baking soda and xylitol.

Relieve nausea feelings

It Can Banish Nausea

Breathe in either lavender, ginger or peppermint oils.

Treat dry and cracked soles

Treat dry and cracked soles

Mix lavender oil with coconut oil and massage into your dry and cracked soles twice per day, once in the morning and once before bed.

Helps reduce oily hair

Reason Fourteen-Freshen up the Air

Using ylang ylang, lime and rosemary oil you can create a hair mask to use for roughly 10-15 minutes before showering and shampooing your hair.

Lighten and fade age/ brown spots

Lighten and fade age brown spots

Applying frankincense on brown spots should improve both age spots and brown spots.

Can be used as a natural skin toner

The Radiance Booster

Geranium, water and lavender can create the perfect skin toner to use before applying your daily moisturiser.

Facial scrubs

Keep It Clean

Using yoghurt, patchouli oil, cornmeal and lavender oil you can create a effective, but gently on the skin, facial scrub which smells absolutely beautiful!

(Patchouli is my favourite essential oil of all for smell!)

Fade stretch marks

Fade stretch marks

Myrrh and grapefruit essential oil should help to fade and reduce stretch marks when applied topically.

Cure dandruff

Cure dandruff

Massage a mix of both rosemary and lavender oil into your scalp to improve blood flow, while curing excessive dandruff.

Deep hair conditioner

Green Tea Hair Rinse

By using 10 drops of rosewood, 3 drops of sandalwood and lavender to an unscented oil you can create a fantastic deep hair conditioner -leaving on for 20 minutes.

Alternatively to this method you can add both rosewood and lavender to your normal condition and allow to sit on your hair overnight, using a shower cap to hold your hair in one place while protecting your pillow.

Homemade teeth whitener

How Can You Whiten Teeth Naturally?

Use lemon oil and fresh strawberries to rub on your teeth.

Prevents as well as reduces wrinkles for the user

Prevents as well as reduces wrinkles for the user

Add a few drops of geranium, sandalwood and lavender to an unscented lotion and use on the areas which concern you most.

Strengthen and improve nails condition

Strengthen and improve nails condition

Using myrrh, lemon essential oil and vitamin e oil to improve nail condition and strengthen them to avoid broken nails in the future.

Thicken the hair strands

Antimicrobial Shampoo that Evicts Acne from the Pores

To thicken your individual hair strands, as well as adding volume to the hair, try adding rosemary oil to your shampoo.

Treat an itchy scalp

Kills The Scalp Bacteria That Slow Down Hair Growth

Use cedar wood or basil essential oil to add to your shampoo, reducing itchiness.

Use as a body spray

Use as a body spray

Add a small amount of your favourite smelling essential oil to 22 ml of water and place in a spray bottle.

Use in a sugar scrub

Use in a sugar scrub

Mix a few drops of almond oil, an essential oil of your choice and sugar together to make the perfect sugar scrub. Use on the lips mainly to plump and remove dry and dead skin cells.

Create a homemade deodorant

Create a homemade deodorant

You can use essential oils to create homemade deodorants.

Mix a homemade shampoo

Mix a homemade shampoo

Mix 2-3 drops of lavender oil, rosemary oil, coconut milk and a small amount of aloe vera gel. Use this shampoo like you would a regular store bought one.

Freshen your breath

It can freshen your breath   

Use peppermint oil to freshen your breathe.

Use to treat acne in a face wash

Use to treat acne in a face wash

To treat acne you can create a homemade face wash, including tea tree oil and raw honey.

Natural perfumes

Natural perfumes

Using 2-3 drops of jasmine essential oil on your wrist, chest and wherever else you like to apply your perfume. Many essential oils can be applied topically to your skin as a perfume.

Reduces appearance of both cellulite and varicose veins

Reduces appearance of both cellulite and varicose veins

Grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil should help to reduce signs of cellulite and varicose veins.

To create a minty hot chocolate

Delicious chocolate, Our Old Good friend (And Enemy)

Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to your hot chocolate to create a minty chocolatey treat.

Yoga and meditation

Yoga and meditation

Inhale your favourite essential oil before beginning your session to improve mood and help calm you appropriately.

Improve poor mood and depression

Improve poor mood and depression

To boost mood and avoid depression you can apply rose essential oil to your bath water.

Foot baths

Footbaths

Add either lemon or eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water, which you can the place your feet within soothing them.

Calm an upset or worrying child

Essential Oil Life Journey

Help to calm young children by adding a small amount of essential oils onto their favourite toys/ teddies or blankets.

Massage therapy

Massage

Use cedarwood essential oil for massage therapies.

Sauna therapy

Which areas have the highest amount of mold?

Add a small amount of your favourite oil into two cups of water in a sauna situation.

Detox bath

PMS Bath Blend Recipe

Add your favourite essential oils into your bath to cleanse and relax.

We recommend, for the perfect detoxifying bath, you add lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt.

Immediate relaxation

Immediate relaxation

Place a few drops of chamomile or peppermint to your temples for immediate relaxing effects after a long hard day.

Relieve tension

Relieve tension

Help to relieve anxieties by smelling lavender oil.

Create a homemade lip balm

Lip Balm Cap

Using coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil to make a homemade lip balm for your dry and chapped lips.

Body butters

Body butters

Using coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils you can moisturise your body brilliantly.

Improve quality of sleep

Restful Blend Recipe to Promote Sleep

Lavender oil can help improve your quality of sleep. Place 1-2 drops onto your pillow.

Help to treat insomnia

Help to treat insomnia

Many essential oils can also help to treat insomnia.

Creates cleaner dishes

What to Eat When You Have Nausea

By adding a small amount of lemon oil to your dishwasher you can create cleaner and nicer smelling dishes.

Flavoured lemon water

Flavoured lemon water

Use 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to flavour your water.

As a baby shower gift

As a baby shower gift

You can gift wall diffusers to calm both mother and baby in such a stressful period.

Alternatively, as a bridal shower gift

Alternatively, as a bridal shower gift

You can create your own lotions using essential oils to gift to the bride.

Get rid of foul shoe smells

Get rid of foul shoe smells

To freshen up poor smelling shoes you can add a few drops of lemon and a few drops of peppermint oil into the soles, where your feet would normally go.

Create a mint tea

Essential Oil

Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your favourite herbal tea.

Eliminate smoke smells in the air

Eliminate smoke smells in the air

Add essential oils and water into a spray bottle and use around the house, or in areas which smell of smoke.

Detoxifying the air

Detoxifying the air

By adding peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint you can diffuse the fumes in the air.

Use as a bathroom freshener

You can also try these blends if you have a preference for other oils:

Place a cotton ball soaked in lemon oil somewhere within your bathroom to combat bad smells.

Purify the fridge

Purify the fridge

To freshen up your fridge when cleaning it out, add a few drops of lemon oil or lime oil to the water you are using to rinse.

When cleaning out your fridge with water, try adding a few drops of lemon oil, orange oil and lime oil to the water… giving the fridge that fresh citrusy smell!

Clean kitchen smell

It’s an effective disinfectant

Add lemon, lime and eucalyptus oil to a pan of simmering water to freshen the room, ridding it of stale and old cooking smells.

Washing produce with essential oils

Lemon Protein Bars

Use a couple of drops of lemon oil in a bowl of cool water which your are using to rinse off produce.

Freshen the bin

Lavender

Place a few drops of your favourite essential oil into the bottom of your bin… we recommend those with fresher smells such as jasmine, lemon, lime or lavender.

Spiritual enlightenment

Spiritual enlightenment

Diffuse frankincense oil for spiritual enlightenment.

As a bathtime scrub

Add Them to the Bath

Combine baking soda, vinegar and bergamot oil to create your very own bathtime scrub.

Christmassy scents

Christmassy scents

Place a few drops of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil onto your fire logs around an hour before burning.

Eliminate mold and stop from spreading

Eliminate mold and stop from spreading

Use tea tree oil in your diffuser to discourage mold.

Kills pests

Kills pests

Spray either orange essential oil or clove oil to kill pests such as slugs and snails.

Create a lavender cake

Add a small amount of lavender essential oil

Add a small amount of lavender essential oil to your next cake mixture to create a lovely lavender tasting cake.

Use as a carpet cleaner

Top Natural Carpet Cleaner

Mix a reasonable amount of borax with tea tree oil to use on your carpet.

Use in the washing machine

Use in the washing machine

Add a few drops to your cycle each time.

Natural mosquito repellent

Natural mosquito repellent

Combine citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus oil to make a natural bug spray.

Clean and freshen sports/ gym gear

Clean and freshen sports/ gym gear

Freshen your sports gear with essential oils.

Add to your vacuum cleaner

Essential Oils

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your vacuum bag or dust container.

Homemade sunscreen

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Essential oils can be used to create homemade toxin free sunscreens.

Disinfect your dish sponge

Lemon Protein Bars

Use lemon oil between uses.

Stop hair loss

Reduce Hair Loss

Massage certain essential oils into your scalp to increase blood flow and prevent hair loss.

Transform an unscented/ lost scent candle

Benefits of Hypoallergenic Body Wash 

Place a few drops of your favourite smelling essential oils onto your candles after a few minutes of burning, directly into the melted wax.

Remove mites from your bedding

Remove mites from your bedding

Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your washing machine when washing bedsheets. Also combine the oil with some water into a spray bottle and spray directly onto your mattress, allowing to fully dry before replacing the sheets.

Add an aroma to your fireplace

Add an aroma to your fireplace

Place your favourite oils onto your firewood around an hour before lighting the fire.

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Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.