Our Favorite Essential Oils and a Few of Their Uses
I am obsessed with Douglas fir essential oil! This oil embodies the outdoors and smells fresh, woody, and earthy! It is extracted by steam distillation of the twigs and needles of this conifer tree. It is a great oil to add to homemade skin care products as it supports healthy skin and is a scent you will want to smell like all day long! It also smells amazing when combined with citrus oils, lavender, cedarwood, or frankincense. The aroma can help create a feeling of grounding and anchoring. It can help balance emotions while stimulating the mind, allowing the body to relax.
Use Douglas fir essential oil to:
- Cleanse and purify the skin
- Promote a positive mood and sense of focus
- Promote a feeling of clean airways and easy breathing
I will apply this oil neat (without dilution) on myself when used topically but will dilute on children or those with sensitive skin. I also diffuse this oil frequently. My favorite diffuser combos are Douglas fir with spearmint or grapefruit oil. This is an oil I like to always have two bottles of, one for current use and one for backup!
It is November! We start the holidays early at our house so once we hit November 1st, decorations are going up! Of course we want holiday aromas filling the air without the fake candles or the sugary temptations that these months are filled with. These are some of my favorite blends to diffuse to make my holidays happy and healthy.
- 3 drops cardamom
- 1 drop cinnamon
- 1 drop wild orange
- 1 drop clove
- 3 drops white fir
- 2 drops cinnamon
- 1 drop clove
- 1 drop ginger
Orange Spice Blend
- 4 drops wild orange
- 2 drops cardamom
Apple Pie Blend
- 2 drops clove
- 2 drops cinnamon
- 2 drops ginger
Pumpkin Pie Blend
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 1 drop clove
Add these recipes to your diffuser and enjoy. I love the holidays!
The word Arborvitae means “tree of life” so it is no wonder that these trees can live for over 800 years and have wonderfully useful properties. The essential oil is steam distilled from the heartwood of this conifer tree and contains many powerful constituents including methyl thujate, hinokitiol, and thujic acid. It has a distinctive strong aroma that will fill a room long after a bottle was open. Is this one I would want to diffuse around my house for smell alone? Probably not, but when I crack this bottle and apply to my loved ones or add to my diffuser, I know that I am doing something awesome for my family. Here are just a few of the amazing things this essential oil can do.
Arborvitae Essential Oil:
- Preserves wood naturally
- Is a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
- Protects against environmental and seasonal threats
- Naturally repels insects
We usually apply this oil diluted with coconut oil to the bottoms of our feet when immune support is needed. It can sometimes cause skin sensitivities so dilute always and patch test before application.
Some Other Great Ways to Use This Essential Oil:
- Mix 4 drops with 2 drops of lemon essential oil with a carrier oil for an effective wood preservative and polish
- Diffuse to purify the air
- Apply a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands for a protecting solution
- Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking to repel insects
- Mix in with mulch while gardening
- Diffuse for a grounding aroma
- Use during meditation for a sense of peace and calm
- Create your own cologne with cedarwood, arborvitae, and frankincense
This is definitely a distinctive essential oil that I think everyone should have on hand. How do you use your “Tree of Life” essential oil?
With my month of organization I have planned, I need a little back up motivation in case my couch starts calling to me. This rollerball recipe is my secret weapon, it supports your body in finding the energy and will power to get things accomplished. Apply it to your pulse points or behind your ears if you need that extra “umph” to get things done!
My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Motivation Blend
10 drops lime essential oil
10 drops wild orange essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops black pepper essential oil
Combine the essential oils into the base and fill coconut oil or other carrier oil to the top. Snap rollerball into place, cover, and label. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat.
Apply to inside of arm to test for sensitive skin before use. Apply topically for extra motivation as needed! Or apply to those spouses who may need the extra “umph” as well! 😉
Steam distilled from bud and stem, clove oil is one of my favorite oils to diffuse in the fall and winter. Truth be told, I think the main reason I love clove essential oil is that it smells like my favorite Christmas cookie. I used to eat molasses cookies by the truck load in a past life and having this oil diffusing is almost as good. This oil smells amazing and brings me back to warm fuzzy times. It also is said to help people get over emotional trauma/abuse, build up appropriate defenses/ boundaries, and have the courage to say “no” when needed. It also:
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Promotes circulation
- Helps to clean teeth and gums while promoting fresh breath
- Has powerful antioxidant properties
- Naturally repels insects
Fun and healthy ways to use this oil:
- Add to lotion for a warming massage
- Place one drop in 2 ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect
- Add a drop to your toothbrush before applying toothpaste
- After a dental cleaning, apply 1 drop to teeth and gums
- Diffuse with cinnamon and wild orange for a great fall and winter invigorating scent
Clove oil should be diluted when applied topically with a carrier oil and also diffused with caution. I only add 1 drop in combination with a few other oils (see above) as it can irritate mucus membranes if strong and inhaled directly. We also like to add it to our favorite recipes, including a gluten free “molasses” cookie recipe. 😉 Yum!
For those of you with yellowing nails that are looking less than healthy, this is the rollerball recipe for you! I apply this recipe to suffering finger or toe nails 2-3 times a day until they return to normal.
My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Healthy Nail Support
Add the essential oils to the base of the roller bottle and fill remainder with coconut or other carrier oil. Snap on roller top and label. Keep out of direct sunlight or extreme heat. Avoid contact with eyes.
Apply around and under affected nails 2-3 times per day until gone.
The rosemary plant has been regarded as sacred by numerous civilizations throughout history and used to drive away evil spirits and disease. The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering plant and is said to expand the mind and support individuals in receiving new experiences and aid in times of transition. This quality alone makes me want to slather it all over as I go through some changes in my life. I love to cook with this oil to add a huge pop of flavor and think it smells and tastes amazing! It also can:
- Help reduce nervous tension and fatigue
- Support healthy digestion
- Soothe muscle and joint discomfort
When used as flavoring in cooking or taken internally make sure the oil you are using is therapeutic grade essential oil so that it doesn’t contain impurities or other contaminants. It also can be diffused into the air for aromatic inhalation or applied topically. You can apply this oil without a carrier oil to reflex points but if you have sensitive skin, add a drop or two of coconut oil and rub it onto the bottoms of your feet.
This oil also smells and tastes great combined with lemon oil! Yum!
School has started and we do NOT have time to get sick! I’m busting out my immune support blend early this year to promote a healthy immune system that can fend off these back to school germs. I like to rub this rollerball on the bottoms of our feet for a few days whenever I hear a child start to sniffle.
My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Immune Support Blend
2 drops oregano
2 drops black pepper
4 drops grapefruit
fractionated coconut oil
Add essential oils to the rollerball base and fill to the top with coconut oil. Snap on roller top and label. Keep out of extreme heat or direct sunlight. Grapefruit oil can be photosensitizing, keep application area out of the sun for a few hours after use. Apply to the bottoms of your feet when you need to support your immune system.
I came home late one night after the kids were in bed and wondered why I smelled lemongrass strongly in the hallway. I figured someone must have complained of muscle aches and my husband recently applied it topically. When I tracked him down, he informed me he was diffusing it in the kids rooms and that it was his new favorite oil to diffuse. I thought this was strange since while I do apply it topically often and enjoy the smell, I have never ever even thought about diffusing it. I knew about its amazing support when applied topically such as:
- Supporting healthy digestion
- Soothing muscle aches and joints
- Purifying and toning skin
I was not familiar with any spectacular qualities that would be enhanced by diffusing the oil and breathing it in. I looked it up in my handy reference book and found this amazing quality:
- It heightens awareness and promotes a positive outlook
You learn something new everyday! So, why not diffuse it!? My daughter now also claims it is HER new favorite oil to diffuse so if you come into our house and smell lemongrass, blame my husband. 😉
This oil has a pretty strong aroma so just a drop or two is all you need if you want to try it in the diffuser. It does not have to be diluted when applied topically but I like to add some fractionated coconut oil when I massage it in to aching muscles and joints. I like to layer it with other oils that support the body in healing. Just please make sure to use therapeutic grade essential oils so you know what is being absorbed through your skin!
So who else diffuses this oil? We can’t be the only ones…right?
This recipe I made originally for my daughter who just started kindergarten. It helps her calm her mind and emotions while also enhancing her focus and self worth. I find myself stealing this rollerball to apply on myself as well since I think everyone can use a little bit of calming confidence!
My Favorite Rollerball Recipes: Calm Confidence Support – I use this recipe whenever I am feeling less than confident or when I feel stressed and need some extra support. I love to apply it before working when I really need to be able to focus and concentrate.
8 drops vetiver
4 drops ylang ylang
2 drops frankincense
2 drops roman chamomile
2 drops clary sage
2 drops marjoram
1 drop ginger
fractionated coconut oil
Add all of the essential oils (therapeutic grade only) to a roller bottle base and add fractionated coconut oil to the top. Push on the roller ball applicator until you hear it click on and label. Keep out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Apply a small amount to underside of arm to test for sensitivity before use.
Apply this to bottoms of feet, behind ears, back of neck, or down the spine at bedtime and as needed.